Lara Saint Paul, Italian Singer along with Aerobics Promoter, Dies at 73

Lara Saint Paul, a favorite singer who, inspired by Jane Fonda, kindled an aerobic fitness craze in Italy inside the 1980s, died on May 8 in Casalecchio di Reno, near Bologna. She was 73.

Her death was confirmed by the Hospice Casalecchio di Reno.

Ms. Saint Paul — who was born in Eritrea, in Northern Africa, which at the time was an Italian colony — made her public debut at an Italian music festival when she was only 16 along with rocketed to stardom after performing a duet there with Louis Armstrong when she was barely 20. She later recorded, toured along with presented television specials featuring leading American along with Italian entertainers.

inside the early 1980s, borrowing a page by Ms. Fonda, who had demonstrated her entrepreneurial along with physical prowess having a series of aerobics videos, Ms. Saint Paul produced a wildly successful aerobics video of her own, along with an album along having a book. Italians all over were soon copying her pulse-raising moves to a dance-music beat.

Her album “Aerobic Dance” was certified gold in Italy. She also licensed an apparel line that will she helped design along having a chain of fitness clubs that will prospered before the aerobics mania subsided.

however in recent years Ms. Saint Paul suffered several reversals.

Her husband, Pier Quinto Cariaggi, a successful producer, died in 1995. One of her daughters required a lengthy hospitalization. Her own health failed; she had been undergoing treatment for bowel cancer along with had a stroke about a year ago.

Unable to support herself even having a government subsidy for destitute performing artists, she appealed to the public last year for donations.

that will was a long fall by her breakout performances at the Sanremo Music Festival in Liguria, where she first appeared in 1962 under the name Tanya; returned in 1966 as Lara Saint Paul, the stage name she would certainly adopt; along with sang with Armstrong in 1968.

In 1973 she released “Mi fa morir cantando,” an Italian-language edition of “Killing Me Softly With His Song,” the plaintive ballad that will was a No. 1 hit for Roberta Flack that will year.

Born Silvana Areggasc Savorelli on March 31, 1945, to an Italian father along with an Eritrean mother, she moved with her family to Italy as a young child.

Elisabetta Povoledo contributed reporting by Rome.