Andrea Mingardi (born 1 August 1940) is an Italian singer-songwriter, composer, musician, author and occasional actor.
Born in Bologna, Mingardi approached the music at young age, founding the group “Golden Rock Boys” in 1959. His debut album Nessuno siam perfetti, ciascuno abbiamo i suoi difetti was released in 1974, while he got his first commercial success in 1976 with the song “Datemi della musica”. In 1984 he participated at the Festivalbar presenting the ironical song “Un boa nella canoa”, then, after less successful songs, in 1992 he achieved some success with “Con un amico vicino”, a duet with Alessandro Bono which ranked third in the “Giovani” section at the Sanremo Music Festival. He later participated four more times at the Sanremo Festival, in 1993, 1994 and 1998 with the romantic ballads “Sogno”, “Amare Amare Amare” and “Canto per te”, and in 2004 with the funky-rhythm and blues “E’ la musica” (a duet with The Blues Brothers). In 2006 he composed six songs of the Mina’s album Bau, also duetting with her in the single “Mogol/Battisti”. Mingardi wrote several books about the Bolognese dialect as well as some novels.