In the early sixties, Peppino Di Capri lives his period of greatest commercial success, which sees virtually all of his 45 rpm records in the charts one after the other, equally divided between covers, original songs in Italian and remakes of classic Neapolitan songs. In 1963 he was still the highest paid artist in Italy, and his marital history with Roberta Stoppa, although with some clouds on the horizon, did not seem to know any crisis.
Two young Roman authors, Lepore and Naddeo, submit to Peppino one of their tunes entitled “Lo sai”. Peppino would like to record it, but he feels that something is missing: in one of his sleepless nights, trying and trying again at the piano, he finally understands that to complete it, he needs a woman’s name. At five o’clock in the morning he wakes up his wife and makes her listen to the song dedicated to her for the first time. Thus was born an evergreen of modern Italian music, one of the best known and most performed love songs, which brought Di Capri yet another recording success and a landslide victory at the 1963 Cantagiro, and which is still part of the artist’s repertoire.
Curiosity: given the enormous success of the song, in the summer of 1963 the weekly magazine “Sorrisi e Canzoni TV” decided to give the 45 rpm to all Italian women named Roberta.