Renato Rascel Romantica
"Romantica" (Romantic) was the Italian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1960, performed in Italian by Renato Rascel. The song had previously won the 1960 Sanremo Music Festival.
At the close of voting, it had received 5 points, placing it 8th in a field of 13.
The song span three foreign versions in 1960. Dalida's version topped the French charts for a week.
The Estonian version by the Estonian Radio Male Quartet entitled "Romantika" altered the original by skipping the introduction. For two seasons of the Estonian hit comedy talk show "Rahva Oma Kaitse", the Estonian version was featured as the end title piece. One of the editors, Mart Juur commented:"Honestly, meanwhile we haven't heard anything of the worth of Ringo Starr's "No No Song" and "Romantika" by the Male Quartet of the Estonian Radio. Look, there was a time when we used the so-called "bozo" songs, but recently we've started to pay attention at the quality of our featured music!"
Jane Morgan recorded an English version of the song just after the contest, in 1960.
In the late 80's, early 90's, the Norwegian vintage band "Lollipop" performed and released a version of Romantica. The song was performed by the Norwegian singer, Tor Endresen in Italian. "Lollipop" was a band that was constructed by Norwegian singer Rune Larsen for a vintage musicshow in Norway. It became very successful with 30 episodes on TV and two tours and also CD rekleases of music from the period 1955 to 1965.
There is also a French version of this song.