Richard Cocciante – Just For You

justWith his soft voice and svelte silhouette, Richard Cocciante appeared destined to become a romantic crooner who rose to fame in 1974 with hits Belle senz’Anima. He was born in Saigon, brought up by an Italian father & French mother. His multicultural background allowed him to bring something unique to his music. While he raised in Italy, Richard’s work influenced by other cultures and success singing in French, Germany and Spanish. Although he’s relatively unknown in the UK and Netherlands but his song Just For You was very popular in Indonesia with less information about the singer. After signing to record label RCA in 1975, Richard met Vangelis who just finished his solo album “Albedo 0.39”. They cooperated for  RCA on Cocciante’s album “Concerto per Margherita” on 1976. Vangelis is credited for producing and arranging and his playing-style very recognizable on this album. In 1978 Richard released the Spanish, French and English single versions of the song, respectively titled Margarita, Marguerite, and Just For You. All recorded without Vangelis but still using the sleeve names Les Styriennes, it was created by Bernhard Grisel who used his wife as a model for the painting. And of course he mix France and the Far East to Italy even speaks with a bit of an accent –one that is all Cocciante– which adds to his mystique and the enigma surrounding his music.

Inilah salah satu ikon berupa lagu kesayangan yg nyaris merata diputar di tiap radio ibukota hingga pelosok Indonesia akhir 70an. Kemudian meledak di era 80an berikut dampak wabah kurang tidur demi alasan asmara. Rela begadang dgn memeluk radio menunggu kiriman lagu dan pesan spesial dari seseorang, atau nelangsa patah hati, maupun kasih tak sampai sambil diracun kaset C90 berisi lagu Just For You bolak balik. Perkara siapa yg nyanyi gak penting, bahkan peluang jadi bahan fiktif penyiar untuk meracik drama tengah malam. Misalnya kisah penyanyi tak dikenal yg hanya mencipta satu lagu ini saat lembur di studio rekaman, setelah kematian istrinya. Berupa curahan hati berupa surat cinta panjang, sehingga lirik Just For You memang tanpa pengulangan dan sulit dihafal. Tapi menurut pengakuan Luberti yg bantu Richard Cocciante menulis lirik Just For You, proses memang dimulai jam 4 subuh di studio tentang figur bernama Margarita. Selanjutnya di aransemen untuk orkestra dan paduan suara oleh Vangelis, pakar synthesizer yg terlibat karena di satu label RCA. Kesaktian Vangelis membedah balada mencekam telah terbukti seperti It’s Five O’clock bareng Demis Roussos saat mereka masih di Aphrodite’s Child, atau Deborah kolaborasi dgn Jon Anderson.just2Adapun gosip kematian dalam lagu Just For You mungkin akibat kisah sang seniman yg melukis sampul depan rekaman album Concerto per Margherita. Ia menjadikan istrinya sbg model kaver lalu diberi nama Les Styriennes. Sayangnya beberapa tahun kemudian setelah album ini terkenal di beberapa negara, sang seniman meninggal akibat tabrakan mobil. Maka sbg sahabat baik sekaligus penghormatan, Richard kadang menceritakan tentang sahabatnya sebelum mulai melantunkan lagu Margarita, Marguerite, atau Just For You untuk lirik berbahasa Inggris. Agar lebih sensasional untuk mengenang Just For You, sengaja disisipkan klip romantis The Lake House dan Il Mare. Lagu ini pernah hasilkan banyak duit buatku saat jadi penyiar radio, terima rekaman kaset kosong yg bahkan hanya minta diisi full rintihan Just For You doang .. (nDy)

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