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Pizzi died on Saturday at a clinic in Milan, where she was convalescing from an earlier operation, the state television said.
Pizzi triumphed at the 1951 inaugural edition of San Remo, the star-studded festival which promotes Italian song. When she was 90, she sang at San Remo to mark 60 years of the festival and delighted the audience with a still strong and lovely voice.
She also won at San Remo the second year, in 1952, sweeping the festival’s top three prizes, but finished in second place in 1958, when Domenico Modugno won with “Nel blu dipinto di blu,” better known to countless people worldwide as “Volare.”
She once described the secret of her success as singing those songs which “bring on a good mood, happiness, and maybe even some beautiful memories.”
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