Sandy Marton became one of the most recognizable Italian pop stars of the 80's though few of his songs broke in the states. His long blond hair was reminiscent of Green Gartside from Scritti Politti. Maybe there was only room for one pop star with long blonde hair.
Which reminds me Italians use the expression O.K. and for them it means great. I've found the need to explain to them that in English O.K. is nothing special. Sometimes it is just above the minimum. So I would never use O.K. as a compliment.