Giusto Pio, Italian musician and songwriter, Died at 91

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Giusto Pio was born on January 11, 1926, in Castelfranco Veneto and died on February 12, 2017.

He was an Italian musician and songwriter.

Giusto Pio studied music in Venice.

Pio was engaged as a violinist in the RAI orchestra of Milan.

During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Pio became popular as a long-standing collaborator of singer-songwriter Franco Battiato, by whom he was initially hired as violin teacher.

Besides working as a producer and musician on several successful albums with Battiato (including L’era del cinghiale bianco and La voce del padrone), he also collaborated with him as a producer for several singers such as Milva, Alice and Giuni Russo.

During 1984 Pio, Battiato and lyricist Rosario “Saro” Cosentino penned the Eurovision Song Contest entry “I treni di Tozeur”, performed by Battiato and Alice, which finished 5th in the contest and became a considerable commercial success in Continental Europe and Scandinavia.

He also released two instrumental LPs (also in collaboration with Battiato) under his own name, entitled Legione straniera (1982) and Restoration (1983).

Giusto Pio passed away at 91 years old.