Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Bebu Silvetti - Spring Rain - 1976
Reached #39 Pop in the USA in March 1977; theme song to the television game show "The Love Experts" with Bill Cullen.
Juan Fernando Silvetti Adorno (27 March 1944 — 5 July 2003), professionally known as Bebu Silvetti or simply Silvetti, was an Argentine pianist, composer, conductor, arranger and record producer. Popularly known for the 1977 instrumental disco hit "Spring Rain", Silvetti was also a successful, Grammy-winning producer for a wide variety of Latin and international music performers.
Silvetti was born in the city of Quilmes, Argentina, located in the province of Buenos Aires, approximately 17 kilometers from the capital city of Buenos Aires.
He started his piano education at the age of six. During his teenage years he formed his own jazz quartet and a few other musical groups. At 21, Silvetti left Argentina to go to Spain where he stayed a few years working as a pianist at some of the most popular jazz clubs of the time. In the early 1970s he moved to Mexico and started arranging and composing. Upon his return to Spain some years later, he recorded his first album, which contained his hit offering, "Spring Rain." Other albums followed. Silvetti returned to Mexico in the late 1970s, where he continued arranging, composing and producing mostly for other artists. After a stint working in Los_Angeles, California, he eventually settled in Miami, Florida, where he produced, arranged, and composed for a wide variety of Latin and international artists.During his career, Silvetti worked with performers such as Plácido Domingo, Luis Miguel, Paul Anka, Engelbert Humperdinck, Vicki Carr, Roberto Carlos (singer), Rocío Dúrcal, Rocío Jurado, Jerry Rivera, Tamara, Los Kjarkas, Paul Anka, Daniela Romo, Armando Manzanero, Jose Luis Perales, Daniel Barenboim, Nazareno Andorno, Juan Gabriel, Maggie Carles, Los Nocheros, Marco Antonio Solís, Ricardo Montaner, Paloma San Basilio, Raúl di Blasio and Selena.
Silvetti achieved many successes and accolades throughout his long and prolific career. In 2003, Silvetti was the recipient of the Latin Grammy Award for Producer of the Year. In 2002, he received the Billboard Producer of the Year Award. In 2001, he topped Billboard's year-end "Hot Latin Tracks Producer Chart."
Bebu Silvetti died at his home in Coral Gables, Florida, at the age of 59 from respiratory failure caused by complications from lung cancer treatment. At the time of his death, he reportedly had composed more than 600 songs, over 200 TV and radio commercials, and a number of film and TV soundtracks.
His hit track "Spring Rain" was remixed by DJ YOSHITAKA for the Japanese music game beatmania IIDX 13 DistorteD. The song name was changed to "Spring Rain (Lluvia de Primavera)" to signify the remix.
"Spring Rain" is sampled throughout the title track of Negativland's album Helter Stupid.
Denki Groove's song "Shangri-La (Y.Sunahara 2009 Remodel)", the ending theme of the 2009 anime series Kūchū Buranko, is based around looped samples of "Spring Rain". Silvetti is credited as a co-writer of the song.
* World without Words (as Silvetti) (1976)
* The Sensuous Sound of Silvetti: Spring Rain (as Silvetti) (1977)
* Concert from the Stars (as Silvetti) (1978)
* I Love You (as Silvetti) (1980)
* Lluvia de primavera (as Bebu Silvetti) (1994)
* Íntimos (Armando Manzanero and Bebu Silvetti) (2003)
* Boleros eternos (Carlos Greco and Bebu Silvetti) (2006)