Eros Ramazzotti was born on October 28, 1963 in Cinecittà, suburb of Rome, Italy.
Ramazzotti, the son of a housepainter, who was named after the Greek god of love, started to play the guitar at age of seven. At an early age he would occasionally appear as an extra in films while spending most of his time dreaming of having a career as a pop-star. While still a teenager, he would write songs with help from his father Rodolfo. Later he decided to attend a musical conservatory but instead ended up taking a training program for a book-keeper, after failing the admission examination.
Ramazzotti first took part in 1981 in a music contest called Voci Nuove di Castrocaro (new voices of Castrocaro Terme) with the song “Rock 80” (written by himself) in front of various record label representatives.
Even though, the contest was won by Zucchero and Fiordaliso, Ramazzotti managed to reach the final and received two votes from Roberto Galanti and Baron Lando Lanni who represented the newly born label DDD. Soon Eros received his first contract with DDD and moved to Milan with his brother Marco and his mother Raffaella where they, in the beginning, lived in the same building where the record label was located.