Adriano Celentano (born 6 January 1938) is an Italian composer, producer, comedian, actor, film director and TV host. He is dubbed "il Molleggiato" (the flexible one) because of his dancing.
Celentano has released many record albums which have enjoyed enormous commercial and critical success. He is reportedly the second best-selling Italian artist of all time, after Mina, having sold more than 150 million records over the course of his career.
He is very often credited as the author of both the music and lyrics of his songs, although according to his wife Claudia Mori, sometimes they were written in collaboration with others. Due to his prolific career and great success, both in Italy and in the rest of the world, he is considered one of the pillars of Italian music.
Celentano is also recognized for being particularly perceptive of the changes in the music business. He is credited for having introduced rock and roll to Italy – a genre that exercised great appeal on young people of that time. As an actor, Celentano has appeared in about 40 films, mostly comedies.