Premiata Forneria Marconi ( PFM ) is an Italian progressive rock band. Their beginnings date back to 1972 with the album Storia di un minuto. One of the leaders of the progressive movement of the 1970s in continental Europe (Eurock), PFM is also the most successful Italian rock band internationally, notably in England, the United States, Japan and Canada.
Franco Mussida, Franz Di Cioccio, Flavio Premoli and Giorgio Piazza together formed a group in the mid-1960s, accompanying various Italian pop, rock and folk singers. Great names of the time, such as Lucio Battisti, Mina, Adriano Celentano, will have the opportunity to sing while being accompanied by quality musicians. The group appears on several recordings of these artists, while managing to establish quickly on the rock and pop circuit of the 1960s.
Then in 1968, they formed the band I Quelli, which will release an album and some hit singles. Like many bands of this era, they make Italian versions of already known songs, such as Dici (Tommy Roe's Dizzy), Lacrime e pioggia (Aphrodite's Child's Rain and Tears), Tornare Bambino (Traffic Hole in My Shoe) , Hush by Joe South and of course the unforgettable La bambolina che fa no no no (The doll that is not Michel Polnareff) or Per vivere Insieme (Happy Together of the Turtles). Then in the early 1970s, the group looks for something else and ends the adventure I Quelli to become PFM. It is then that a meeting will be decisive for its members.
Premiata Forneria Marconi was officially born in 1970 after Mauro Pagani of the Dalton band, who helped the band grow their sound by including a violin and a flute. From that time, they were already accomplished musicians of high class, easily able to play more structured pieces close to the progressive, such as the British groups that inspired them so much, Genesis, Gentle Giant and Yes.