I Santo California are an Italian musical group active since 1974. They are best known for their debut single “Tornerò” which became an international no. 1 hit in 1975.

The group was founded by five musicians

Pietro Paolo Barbella – vocals, keyboards, Donato Farina – drums, Domenico Aiello – bass, Massimo Caso – guitar and Gianni Galizia – keyboards

Originally called La Nuova Frontiera, the band initially performed in clubs and beach resorts. In 1974, Elio Palumbo, a song writer, helped them sign a contract with the Italian label Yep Record. At that point, the band had changed their name to I Santo California.

They released their debut single, “Tornerò“, at the end of 1974. It was a major hit in Italy and Switzerland. It also peaked at number five in Germany and Austria. The band’s debut album charted within the top twenty in Italy.

The band continued the international success and in 1977, I Santo California took part to the Sanremo Music Festival. In 1978, they scored their last top ten hit in Italy with “Manuela, amore!“. After that, their popularity decreased.

Following a break of fourteen years, in 1994 the band released a new album.

Backing Tracks – Tornero

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