Album:O Corse Ile d'Amour
Tino Rossi was very popular in France in the 30s and during WWII mostly through appearing in musical films. Tchi-Tchi was one of the songs that established him in the mid-30s. He was born Apr. 29, 1907 in Ajaccio, Corsica, France. Rossi began performing at an early age. As a teen, he left for the French mainland and performed in clubs in the Riviera. Then he moved to Paris and signed with EMI's Columbia label in 1933. He appeared in his first film in 1934. But the 1936 film Marinella was Rossi's breakthrough role and it made him a big star in France. He performed Tchi-Tchi is this film and it turned out to be one of his most popular songs. Tchi-Tchi and many of Rossi's other songs were written and arranged by veteran songwriter Vincent Scotto. Scotto wrote songs for plenty of films but Rossi was his most successful collaboration. Rossi continued to be popular during WWII though he got into trouble for supporting collaborationist causes and he spent a brief time in prison. In 1946, Rossi recorded Petit Papa Noel which has become a Christmas perennial in French speaking countries. That was probably his final big hit though he continued to perform until his death on Sept. 26, 1983 at age 76. This 2CD budget comp is a good intro to his music. Here's Tino Rossi performing Tchi-Tchi in the 1936 film Marinella.