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    Posted: 16 Jan 2011 at 03:07
I love Italian singers, particularly female singers Wink
I found they sing so amazingly well, and that even in Spanish they sing better that Spanish speaking singers...
Do you like Italian singers? Some of my favorites:

Nada Malanima - El rey de oros



Mina - My love



Iva Zanicchi - The white border, the black border



Gabriela Ferri - I give you my eyes



And the best (in my oppinion), Gigliola Cinquetti.
What a voice, and what a femenine woman! I love her Embarrassed








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Come on! Nobody has heared Italian singers?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote gcle2003 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Jan 2011 at 11:09
There was a time when it was difficult to find anything except Italian singers - highbrow or low. So I guess no-one knows where on earth to start. Ar we talking Naples, Rome, Milan... Caruso or Sinatra, Gigli or Martin, Gobbi or Como, Pavarotti or Damone...?
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What about San Remo?
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What about it? Just goes to make my point.
 
I remember Modugno winning it in '58 and '59[1] and winning Eurovision the same two years, and then being shocked and horrified when he failed to win in 1960.
 
[1] With Volare (nel blu dipinto di blu) and Piove (Ciao Ciao Bambino).
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Here it goes. Volare by Modugno



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Ah...memories of "el mondongo" with a temperament worse than any coloratura diva! Personally, in 1958-1959 the music scene for the truly hep was definitely not Europe much less Italy and Volare was one of those recordings associated with the payola scandal of the era!
 
Search for it in the popularity index chart for those years--
 
1958
1. Tequila - Champs
2. Johnnie B. Goode - Chuck Berry
3. At The Hop - Danny & the Juniors
4. Get A Job - Silhouettes
5. Twilight Time - the Platters
6. It's All In The Game - Tommy Edwards
7. Do You Want To Dance - Bobby Freeman
8. Sweet Little Sixteen - Chuck Berry
9. Rockin Robin - Bobby Day
10. Tears On My Pillow - Little Anthony and the Imperials
11. I Wonder Why - Dion and the Belmonts
12. Yakety Yak - The Coasters
13. The Stroll - The Diamonds
14. Geat Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
15. Who's Sorry Now - Connie Francis
16. Splish Splash - Bobby Dari
17. Fever - Peggy Lee
18. Rock and Roll is Here To Stay - Danny & the Juniors
19. Breathless - Jerry Lee Lewis
20. Little Star - Elegants
21. Maybe Baby - Buddy Holly & the Crickets
22. Chantilly Lace - Big Bopper
23. All The Way - Frank Sinatra
24. One Night - Elvis Presley
25. Bird Dog - Everly Brothers
26. All I Have To Do Is Dream - Everly Brothers
27. It's Only Make Believe - Conway Twitty
28. Stood Up - Ricky Nelson
29. Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran
30. Book of Love - the Monotones
31. Lollipop - Chordettes
32. Queen Of The Hop - Bobby Darin
33. You Are My Destiny - Paul Anka
34. Rebel Rouser - Duane Eddy
35. Summertime Summertime - The Jamies
36. Tea For Two (Cha Cha) - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
37. Come On, Let's Go - Ritchie valens
38. Mexican Hat Rock - Applejacks
39. Witch Doctor - David Seville
40. Short Shorts - Royal Teens
41. Rave On - Buddy Holly
42. Rumble - Link Wray
43. Witchcraft - Frank Sinatra
44. Tom Dooley - the Kingston Trio
45. Where Your Ring Around My Neck - Elvis Presley
46. Don't You Just Know It - Huey Smith and the Clwns
47. Betty Lou Got A New Pair Of Shoes - Bobby Freeman
48. No One Knows - Dion and teh Belmonts
49. Ramrod - Duane Eddy
50. He's Got The Whole World In His Hands - Mahalia Jackson
 
1959
1. Mack The Knife - Bobby Darin
2. Kansas City - Wilbur Harrison
3. What'd I Say - Ray Charles
4. 16 Candles - the Crests
5. A Teenager In Love - Dion and the Belmonts
6. I Only Have Eyes For You - The Flamingos
7. Sleep Walk - Santo & Johnny
8. It's Just A Matter Of Time - Brook Benton
9. There Goes My Baby - Drifters
10. Come Softly To Me - The Fleetwoods
11. Sea Of Love - Phil Phillips
12. Donna - Ritchie Valens
13. Put Your Head On My Shoulder - Paul Anka
14. ('Til) I Kissed You - Everly Brothers
15. Only Sixteen - Sam Cooke
16. Heartaches By The Number - Guy Mitchell
17. A Big Hunk O' Love - Elvis Presley
18. Mr. Blue - The Fleetwoods
19. Sea Cruise - Frankie Ford
20. (Sorry) I Ran All The Way Home - the Impalas
21. Red River Rock - Johnny and the Hurricans
22. My Happiness - Connie Francis
23. Poison Ivy - Coasters
24. Misty - Johnnie Mathi
25. La Bamba - Ritchie Valens
26. Dream Lover - Bobby Darin
27. Peter Gunn - Ray Anthony
28. Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price
29. Angelina/Zooma Zooma (Medley) - Louis Prima
30. Back In The U.S.A. - Chuck Berry
31. High Hopes - Frank Sinatra
32. Turn Around - Harry Belafante
33. Personality - Lloyd Price
34. The Hawaiian Wedding Song - Andy Williams
35. Love Potion No. 9 - Clovers
36. Hushabye - the Mystics
37. Lonely Teardrops - Jackie Wilson
38. Battle Of New Orleans - Johnny Horton
39. Bongo Rock - Preston Epps
40. The Happy Organ - Dave "Baby" Cortez
41. Woo-Hoo - Rocka-Teens
42. Teen Beat - Sandy Nelson
43. Raw-ide - Link Wray
44. It Doesn't Matter Anymore- Buddy Holly
45. Everybody Likes To Cha Cha Cha - Sam Cooke
46. Lavender Blue - Sammy Turner
47. Along Came Jones - Coasters
48. Charlie Brown - Coasters
49. (Night Time Is) The Right Time - Ray Charles
50. M.T.A. - Kingston Trio
 
Of course the "author" of the Wiki article on "Volare" has a different take, it reads:
 

Modugno's recording became the first Grammy winner for the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1958. It is the only foreign-language recording to achieve this honor. It spent five non-consecutive weeks atop the Hot 100 in August and September 1958 and was Billboard's number-one single for the year. It is one of only three one-hit wonders to become single of the year in the history of the Hot 100 (followed by "Stranger on the Shore" by Acker Bilk in 1962 and "Bad Day" by Daniel Powter in 2006).

However, the jotter-down of the above forgot to cross-reference:
 
 
Oh and as for all the BS about the Grammies, well that piece of fluff was as connected to the actual music scene as Grandma Moses!
 
 
The thought that The Kingston Trio was "Country Western" music and that The Champs were "Rhythm and Blues" exponents could only occur in the heads of merchandizers rather than actual music consumers. But hey, Perry Como (an Italian of sorts) won that year as best vocalist...oh well conceits are so much fun.
 
In writing all such nonsense the supposed "experts" had best wait for all the people who actually lived through the era be safely dead! Not even both Dean Martin and Bobby Rydell "covering" that silly ditty in 1958 could make it a favorite among the 45rpm's crowd.


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Who cares about the gringo popularity rank, doctor. We are talking about Italian singers here. If you don't like them, leave us alone. Just go.
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"Italian singers"? Pavarotti is safely dead, as for the rest, well Eros Ramazzotti needed Tina Turner to prop him up and, if you want bluntness, your Mina is rather "long in tooth" herself; and, as Gcle noted on this subject you are treading your flippers a bit far from your regular floating iceberg. Even RAI italica does not make much of them preferring to dwell on the truly glorious...you know a la Andrea Bocelli.
 
 
 
 
And let us get real here, Pinguin, you know about as much on Italian music as you purport to claim on the genetic extraction of 19th century Latin American revolutionaries! So please, if you want to "tweet" do so on their bandwidth after all think the possibilities on Tweeter, MySpace and Facebook! You could get as curious as your heart's desire.
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Tsk, tsk...temper temper, you know how delicate you are when it comes to blood pressure , Pinguin. After all, what is true can not be denied and there is hardly any need to ruffle your feathers.
 
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My all-time favorite is Giacomo Lauri-Volpi. Anyone heard of him?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTbB-MTf8_g

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Originally posted by Slayertplsko Slayertplsko wrote:

My all-time favorite is Giacomo Lauri-Volpi. Anyone heard of him?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTbB-MTf8_g

 
Who has not heard of the greatest lyric tenor of his time and male master of Bel Canto! It's an insult to mention his name after someone barks about that mediocrity of Volare...
 
 
By the way the correct translation of what he screams out after banging on the piano:
 
Get all of those "sucky" tenors of today here and let them sing the same piece in the same key! I did it, at 86 years of age, sitting here... let them come! Let's do a competition!
 
Hmm could he possibly be talking about Luciano?


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The 'Hot-100' charts are misleading in judgeing the popularity of a song, because they list recordings. With a song with a traditional style publishing history like Volare you would have to add together all the various recordings to get a fair comparison. (And in those days of musical shows on television you'd have to add in live performances.)

Volare was recorded inter alia by Modugno, Perry Como, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Al Martino and, yes, Pavarotti amid a host of others, many of whom I never head of. Most of the disks listed by Hot-100 were just one-offs.

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Ah but you've hit upon a distinction that is quite crucial...each and every one of those Hot 100s represented the advent of a new phenomenon in American life, not only the advent of "teen culture" but the impact of the wallets and purses of each and all against the "tastes" of the record producers. As valid comparison "Mondongo" was not only a one-hit wonder but even there strictly among the then over 30 crowd! No matter who "covered" Volare the ditty was not a "dance-hop" number and really did not receive "air time" in the phenom of those days the AM dial...in fact it was considered more or less as a joke number similar to those idiotic chipmunks pushed by David Seville.
 
Sorry Gcle my old duck-tails would have shed their grease if anyone even hummed that silly ditty! 
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In my case, I preffer the classical Italian femenine singers.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote drgonzaga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Jan 2011 at 02:27
Pinguin your musical tastes are as acute as your sense of history, that is to say worse than pederstrian and entirely outre! You make Don Francisco appear the height of good taste!
 
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And your lack of sense of humour reveals your low IQ. Sorry doc.
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Oh, there is nothing wrong with my sense of humor...it is just that the irony of it all totally escapes you.
 
Anyway, if what you have posted is something more than the pedestrian (or worse) you do have music appreciation problems. Here's a personalized begging mug so that you can get a few coins to remedy the situation...
 


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But then I still regret the passing of the Hit Parade which was based on sales of sheet music, and which I grew up with.
 
What is most top be regretted now is the almost universal tandency for 'bands' or whatever you want to call them, to play only music they wrote themselves. Given the fact that musical creativity is far less common than perdorming ability that was asking for the death of popular music.
 
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Yes, the humour of idiots is laughing about others.
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Getting back to the original theme of the discussion, anyone ever listen to Gianni Morandi? 
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Originally posted by pinguin pinguin wrote:

And your lack of sense of humour reveals your low IQ. Sorry doc.
 
the Doctor wrote, back in 2011:
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