Singer banned by Mussolini dies age 91

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The Independent Online

One of the great singers of Italy's postwar era, Nilla Pizzi, has died at the age of 91. Pizzi achieved her greatest fame during the 1950s and 1960s, when she championed Italy's unique tradition of popular song at the Sanremo music festival.

Her career received an early set back during the Mussolini era when her voice was deemed too provocatively sensual to be broadcast on the radio.