1 November 1943, Cosimo, Sicily. Salvatore Adamos family emigrated to Belgium where he balanced bookish excellence and artistic leanings while at school in Jemmapes. An able guitarist and singer, he had already been heard on local radio when, following his victory in a Radio Luxembourg contest, he gained a Philips Records recording contract. He then had hits in the Netherlands with tracks such as Sans Toi Mamie and Dolce Paola, a show-stopper at a Brussels concert (attended by the princess to whom the opus was dedicated). Relocating to Paris, a 1965 appearance at Olympia provoked a favourable notice in France-Soir that sparked off a string of self-composed Pathe disc successes in France and its colonies. In 1966 he charted with Les Filles Du Bord De Mer, Mes Mains Sur Tes Hanches and the yuletide smash, Tombe La Neige. His clean, conservative image garnered a large middle-of-the-road audience but,...