Fabrizio De André (18 February 1940 - 11 January 1999) was an Italian singer-songwriter. Known for his sympathies towards anarchism, libertarianism, and pacifism, he also was a passionate atheist, and his songs often featured marginalized and rebellious people, prostitutes and knaves, and attacked the Catholic Church. Artistically active during almost 40 years, and an author of thirty studio albums, he is renowned for the quality of his lyrics, and often considered a poet. He contributed to the valorization of the languages of Italy, most notably the Ligurian, and to a lesser extent, Sardinian, Gallurese and Neapolitan. Due to his popularity, several institutions throughout Italy had streets, places, parks, schools and public libraries named after him, starting right from his untimely disparition.
De André was born in Genova, welcomed into the world by Gino Marinuzzi's "Country Waltz" on the home gramophone. Twenty-five years later, Fabrizio De André would set his "Waltz for a Love" to Marinuzzi's waltz tune.