FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 file photo, Italian singer Lucio Dalla performs during the 62nd edition of the Sanremo Song Festival, in Sanremo, Italy. Lucio Dalla died of a heart attack, aged 68 in Montreaux, Switzerland, Thursday, March 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, file)
March 1, 2012 11:28:17 AM PST
by FRANCES D'EMILIO Associated Press
ROME - March 01, 2012 --
His musical roots were in jazz, but his songs ranged from folk to pop to classical to opera, creating a soundtrack beloved by generations of Italians.