Danish singer and entertainer Dario Campeotto passed away at 84 after a long illness, as confirmed by his family. The beloved singer peacefully passed away surrounded by his family on April 1st in Frederiksberg. Campeotto had undergone surgery for pancreatic cancer in the summer of last year, and in November he had to cancel his participation at multiple events.
Campeotto’s breakthrough in the music industry came in 1961 when he secured fifth place for Denmark at Eurovision Song Contest in Nice with his song “Angelique”. This became his signature song and marked the start of a lifelong music career. Campeotto’s Italian name didn’t rhyme in Danish, as he was born in Frederiksberg to Italian parents. His father was a Fiat dealer and later became the director of Fiat in Denmark.
Despite starting to sing publicly in Copenhagen at the age of 10, Campeotto’s enduring success began with his Eurovision participation. Following the success of “Angelique”, he released several records and received multiple offers for roles in theater, film, and operettas.
Campeotto’s music career also included performances in Danish musicals such as “Sommer i Tyrol” and “Sound of Music”. In the mid-1990s, he attempted to venture into the restaurant industry with “Vin & Ølgod” in inner Copenhagen but faced financial failure. However, he bounced back in 2001 with his successful performance in the Danish family film “Flyvende farmor”.
Campeotto leaves behind his wife Gertrud Campeotto, whom he married in 1977, and three children, two of whom he had with Gertrud Campeotto. He was previously married to actress Ghita Nørby in the 1960s, with whom he had a son named Giacomo.
Campeotto’s contributions to the music industry and his participation in Eurovision will be remembered by his fans and loved ones.
Watch his performance at The Eurovision Song Contest in 1961 here:
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