Giuni Russo was born in Palermo, Sicily, on 7 September 1951. Busy with several family matters (Giuni already has 9 brothers) her father Pietro Romeo registered his new born baby girl Giuseppa 3 days later, on 10 September.
Playing and studying weren't as important as singing to her and she was continuously requested to do that at school. Her teacher offered her own desk to Giuni to be used as a stage but Giuni was so shy she'd prefer to perform hiding herself behind the classroom's door. A first try to come out was on the little stage of Music opposite to the "Politeama Theatre" in Palermo.
Her family didn't know what was going on and no one of them knew she was taking singing lessons from Master Ettore Gaiezza, paying him with the money earned during her first nights shows.
At the age of 15 she sang for the Castrocaro festival of the new voices, reaching the semifinal. The following year she won the festival, with a plebiscite of votes, singing Hurt by Timi Yuro and A chi by Fausto Leali.
The following year she took part in the Sanremo Festival as a "new proposal", under the name of Giusy Romeo with the song No amore, definitely not appropriate for her young age and talent, despite the 'hidden' sign of a young Paolo Conte.
She released two singles during 1968, No amore e L'onda. After her participation at Disco per l'Estate, Cantagiro and Festivalbar with the song L'onda, she recorded the cover version of Smoke in your eyes and the cover of I Say A Little Prayer of Aretha Franklin in 1969. That year, she moved to Milan to collaborate with musician and songwriter Maria Antonietta Sisini.
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