Tino Rossi

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Tino Rossi (29 April 1907 – 26 September 1983) was a French singer and film actor. Constantin Rossi was born in Ajaccio, Corsica, France, was gifted with a voice well suited for opera. He became a tenor in the French cabaret-style and, perhaps as a direct result, one of the great romantic idols of his time. Later Tino Rossi played the "Latin Lover" in various movies and he became a movie star as well. During his career Rossi recorded hundreds of songs and he appeared in more than 25 films, the most notable of which was the 1953 production, Si Versailles m'était conté directed by Sacha Guitry. His romantic ballads had especially women swooning and his art-songs by Jules Massenet (1842–1912), Reynaldo Hahn (1875–1947), and other composers, sold out theaters wherever he performed. Tino Rossi is the only French singer to have sold more than 700 million records. His disc "Petit Papa Noël" alone sold 80 million copies worldwide.