Legendary Marbella Icon Toni Dalli Has Passed Away At The Age Of 88.
Toni Dalli, the international singer who rose from the Yorkshire coal mines to become a household name in the UK and America in the 1950s and ’60s has passed away at his home in Marbella at the age of 88. A legend in Marbella for over 40 years, his name was linked to the golden years of the town and to some of the most famous names in show business.
The 80s saw Toni move to Marbella where she opened a highly successful restaurant on the Golden Mile; many of his friends from the world of entertainment and film, including Jimmy Tarbuck and Sean Connery, were regular guests. Toni enjoyed his other passion, golf, being a regular on the many courses in Marbella. He was also a founding member of the Ferrari Owners Club in Andalucía.
Originally from Pescara in Italy, Toni moved to Yorkshire in the late 1940s and worked in the mines and steel mills. His outstanding voice led him to sing in workers’ clubs where he was discovered by Percy Livingston and Roy Holstein, who advised him to move to London to gain fame.
He soon achieved success and, in the 1950s, became a regular on stage and television in the UK, as well as appearing on Ed Sullivan’s Show, Hollywood, Las Vegas and New York, where he sang at Carnegie Hall. One of the many highlights of his career was his performance at The Royal Albert Hall.
Toni was married to his wife Valerie for over 60 years and the couple had four children. Simon, Marco and Nicholas established the popular Dalli’s pasta factory in Puerto Banus in the 1980s.