FLORENCE – Narcissus Paris died at the age of 92. Another serious mourning for the people of Fiorentina, two years after the death of Davide Astori. The actor and singer was one of the iconic faces of the Tuscan club, with his purple labaro, an anthem of Fiorentina.
Paris, born on 29 November 1927 in Campi Bisenzio, died in the night in his home on the Florentine hills. He had been ill for some time, so much so that on 15 January, on the occasion of the Fiorentina-Atalanta game, the "Forza Narciso" banner had appeared in the Fiesole curve. He leaves his wife Fiorella and their children Daniela and Andrea.
"Forever of Florence I boast and glory". With these words taken from the anthem, President Rocco Commisso and the whole team wanted to pay a first tribute to the artist and passionate fan "who brought the name of Florence and Fiorentina to the world".
Prominent exponent of the school of Tuscan starlings between the 1940s and 1950s, he was one of the most beloved interpreters of the radio public and in particular from the Tuscan one. He made his debut on Radio Firenze, establishing himself as a radio singer with the various Rai orchestras and in particular with the training of Francesco Ferrari.
His repertoire, initially set on typical stornelli, gradually opened to the classical melodic genre. In 1955 he participated in the Sanremo Festival in tandem with Claudio Villa presenting the song "Incantatella", destined to become an international success.
"Canzone Viola", the Florentine anthem, was recorded in 1959, then reinterpreted in the 1960s. Since then it echoes at the Artemio Franchi stadium and accompanies footballers and fans with every victory. In 2002, Paris itself gave the Collective Viola the rights to the song. In 2017, for the 90 years, the mayor Dario Nardella had awarded him the Fiorino d'oro.
"Florence loses a beloved and unmistakable voice – said the first citizen – Paris has linked its name to the city and its purple heart".
Source: La Nazione, Ansa
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