Mango, stage name of Giuseppe Mango (6 November 1954 – 7 December 2014), was an Italian singer-songwriter and musician. He was known for his style which fuses pop, folk, world music, the frequent use of odd time signatures and for his extensive vocal range. He is best known for the song "Oro", from his 1986 breakout album release Odissea. Other hits include "Lei verrà", "Mediterraneo", "Bella d'estate", "Amore per te", "Come Monnalisa", "Nella mia città" and "La rondine". Mango has been defined by music author Mario Luzzatto Fegiz as an "authentic innovator of Italian pop music". He wrote songs for Italian artists such as Patty Pravo, Loredana Bertè, Andrea Bocelli, Mietta. Part of his repertoire was performed by Italian and foreign musicians including Mina, Mia Martini, Leo Sayer, Hélène Ségara and Eleftheria Arvanitaki.
Mango was born in Lagonegro, Potenza. He grew up listening mainly to soul and hard rock music, his favourite musicians included Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Peter Gabriel. He began his musical activity as a teen, playing in a cover band with his older brother Michele. Mango was not into Italian music at the time, stating he only performed some Lucio Battisti's songs.He studied sociology at the University of Salerno and in 1975 moved to Rome deciding to enter the music business.
In 1976 Mango recorded his first album, La mia ragazza è un gran caldo. Two songs from the album, "Per te che mi apri l'universo" and "Tu pioggia io mattino", attracted the attention of Patty Pravo, who put them on her albumTanto (1976), though, the title of the second song was changed in "Per amarti d'amore". Mia Martini also liked Mango's music and covered the song "Se mi sfiori" on the album Che vuoi che sia... se t'ho aspettato tanto (1976). His breakthrough came in 1985 with the album Australia, from which the single "Il viaggio" was performed by Mango at the Sanremo Music Festival of the same year.
In 1986 he released his most successful album Odissea, which contains some of his most famous songs, "Lei verrà" and "Oro". The album saw the collaboration of Brian Auger on the keyboards.1987's Adesso includes the successful single "Bella d'estate", co-written with Lucio Dalla.
Other notable records are Sirtaki (1990) and Come l'acqua (1992), which featured the involvement of musicians like drummer Manu Katché and bassist Pino Palladino, and Disincanto (2002). The track "Amore per te", from the album Visto così (1999), was used as the Italian theme of the telenovela El Privilegio de Amar.
His last work is La terra degli aquiloni, released in 2011. Mango also recorded three albums in Spanish: Ahora (1987), Hierro y Fuego (1988) and a spanish version of Sirtaki (1991).
On 7 December 2014 Mango suffered a heart attack during a concert in Policoro, province of Matera. While performing the song "Oro", he raised an arm and said "excuse me" to the crowd before collapsing. He died shorty after. He was 60. The next day his older brother Giovanni fell sick during the wake and passed away at the hospital, aged 75. It is believed to have also died from a heart attack.
Personal life A very reserved person who rarely appeared in mass media, Mango was married to Laura Valente, known for her tenure as vocalist with the pop band Matia Bazar. From their marriage two children were born: Filippo and Angelina.