Soulful International Rock Star Zucchero to Headline 2007 Columbus Day Parade Red Carpet Performances

Italian Singer-Songwriter to Appear on Heels of Carnegie Hall Concert

Sep 12, 2007, 01:00 ET from Columbus Citizens Foundation

    NEW YORK, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Zucchero, the
 international rock star whose platinum albums have set sales records in
 Italy and throughout Europe and who has collaborated with artists Andrea
 Boccelli, Eric Clapton, the late Miles Davis and Sting, will perform on the
 Red Carpet during the 2007 Columbus Day Parade in New York City. The
 largest celebration of Italian and Italian-American heritage and culture in
 the world, the parade will take place on October 8 beginning at 11:45 AM.
     The parade and Red Carpet performances will be broadcast on WNBC
 affiliates and RAI International, the Italian television network.
     Zucchero was born Adelmo Fornaciari in Roncocesi, Italy, in the
 Province of Emilia-Romagna. His songs combine the lyrical poetry of Italy
 with the soul and drive of American rock.
     Zucchero launched his music career in 1970 at the age of 15 and
 achieved international success with the release of the 1985 album "Zucchero
 & The Randy Jackson Band." His 1987 album "Blue's" sold 1.3 million copies,
 becoming the highest-selling rock album ever in Italy and included the
 world-wide hit "Senza una Donna" which got to number 4 in the USA Billboard
     Throughout the 1990s, Zucchero recorded a series of albums on his own
 and in collaboration with other artists. In 1992, he released "Miserere,"
 which included a title track duet with the late Luciano Pavarotti. The
 record went platinum and earned Zucchero the Year's Most Successful Italian
 Singer at the World Music Awards.
     Zucchero's successes became an international cause celebre in 2004,
 when he released "ZU & Co.," which featured duets with a number of
 recording stars, including B.B. King, Sheryl Crowe , Eric Clapton, Sting
 and Macy Gray (the American release, Zucchero & Co,) was featured on
 Starbucks Hear Music Label.
     In late 2006, Zucchero released "Fly," which led to a world tour that
 will culminate on September 28, 2007 at Carnegie Hall. Zucchero's
 performance on the Columbus Day Parade Red Carpet follows and is free of
     New York City's Columbus Day Parade is organized by the Columbus
 Citizens Foundation, a non-profit organization in New York City committed
 to fostering an appreciation of Italian-American heritage and achievement.
 The Foundation, through a broad range of philanthropic and cultural
 activities, provides opportunities for advancement to deserving students
 through various scholarship and grant programs. During the 2007-2008
 academic year, the Foundation is supporting the education of 849 students.
 The Foundation has organized New York City's annual Columbus Day Parade
 since its inception in 1929. For more information, visit
     Event: 63rd Annual Columbus Day Parade
     Date:  Monday, October 8, 2007
     Hours: 11:45 AM to approximately 3:00 PM
     Start: Fifth Avenue and 44th Street
     End:   Fifth Avenue and 79th Street
     For additional information about the Columbus Day Parade:
     Andrew Decker: T. 212.222.4688 | F. 212.222.3188 |
     Giuliana Ridolfi Cardillo, Italian Cultural Institute:
      T. 212.879.4242 x 324,
     For additional information about Zucchero:
     Stewart Young and Merrie Hart, Hard to Handle Management, Inc:
      T. 818 884-0333

SOURCE Columbus Citizens Foundation