Few of his fans know that Michele Zarrillo, a very popular singer in Italy during the 80's and still active, recorded his first album with his band Semiramis in 1973 when only 16-year old.
Semiramis was a teenagers five-piece from Rome mainly based on the guitar of Michele Zarrillo and twin keyboards of Giampiero Artegiani and Michele's brother Maurizio Zarrillo.
The basic nucleus had been formed around 1970 by Maurizio Zarrillo and cousins Reddavide and Pulvano, all of them being 15-year old, and their first singer was Maurizio Macos (real name Macioce). In 1972 they were joined by Michele Zarrillo, younger brother of keyboardist Maurizio, that had previously played with I Piccoli Lord and considered a gifted guitarist. The name Semiramis was chosen, from a queen of Babylon, and the group even played at Rome historical Villa Pamphili festival in 1972, but original drummer Pulvano had to leave the musical career as he was the only one with a regular job.
He was replaced by a long time friend of the group, Paolo Faenza, who took with him another keyboardist, Giampiero Artegiani, to enrich the group's sound.
Released by Trident label the album, Dedicato a Frazz, had a nice gatefold cover designed by Gordon Faggetter, an english painter based in Rome and working with RCA.
Complex rhythm changes and a good guitar/keyboards interplay are the main ingredients of this album, not perfectly produced but still regarded by many as one of the top italian prog LP's.
The band had an intense live activity in most of the major open-air festivals of the time, and kept playing even after the album release until 1974, with a few line-up changes, preparing a never released second album.
After the band's demise Michele Zarrillo was briefly in a later incarnation of Rovescio della Medaglia, and after some years, around 1980, started a successful career as a melodic pop artist, followed by Giampiero Artegiani that had a series of solo releases in the same vein along with a production work.
Original drummer Memmo Pulvano still plays in the Bowie cover band The Allad Insane.
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