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Domenico Modugno (Italian pronunciation: [doˈmeːniko moˈduɲɲo]; 9 January 1928 – 6 August 1994)

was an Italian singer, songwriter, actor, guitarist, and later in life, a member of the Italian Parliament. He is known for his 1958 international hit song "Nel blu dipinto di blu". He is considered the first Italian cantautore
The youngest of four children, Modugno was born at Polignano a Mare, in the province of Bari (Apulia), on 9 January 1928. His father, Vito Cosimo Modugno, was a municipal police commander, while his mother, Pasqua Lorusso,was a housewife.
At the age of 9, his family moved to San Pietro Vernotico, in the Province of Brindisi,[4] where his father was transferred for a new job position.[5] Here Domenico attended primary school and learned San Pietro Vernotico's dialect, which belongs to the linguistic area of Lecce's dialect, similar to Sicilian. He attended secondary school in Lecce.
From a young age he wanted to become an actor and in 1951, after his military service, he enrolled in an acting school.
While still studying, he had a role in a cinematographic version of Filumena Marturano by Eduardo De Filippo as well as some other films. In 1957, his song "Lazzarella," sung by Aurelio Fierro, came second in the Festival della Canzone Napoletana, bringing him his first taste of popularity.[1] In 1958, Modugno took part in Antonio Aniante's comedy La Rosa di Zolfo at the Festival della Prosa in Venice. Also in 1958, he discovered the Italian comedy duo of Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia, became their manager and got them into a long running film career.[6] The turning point of his career came in that year, when he also participated in the Sanremo Music Festival, presenting, together with Johnny Dorelli, the song "Nel blu dipinto di blu." Co-authored by Modugno and Franco Migliacci, the song won the contest and became an enormous success worldwide, including the United States. It received two Grammy Awards[7] with sales above 22 million copies, and represented Italy in the 1958 Eurovision Song Contest, where it came in third.

Modugno used the money gained with "Nel blu dipinto di blu" to purchase a Ferrari, however, his car was totaled in an accident, which included his fenders being smashed. This was mentioned in the Alan Sherman song "That is why America's a nice Italian Name."
In 1959, Modugno won the Sanremo Music Festival for the second time in a row, with "Piove" (also known as "Ciao, ciao bambina"), and received second place in 1960 with "Libero." This was a successful period of time for Modugno who again represented Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest of 1959. Later his hit song "Io" was sung by Elvis Presley in English with the title "Ask Me."
In 1962, Modugno won the Sanremo Music Festival a third time with "Addio..., addio...." Four years later, he again represented Italy at Eurovision with "Dio, come ti amo." Sergio Franchi recorded it in Italian (titled "Oh How Much I Love You (Dio, come ti amo!)) on his 1967 RCA Victor album, From Sergio-with Love. Jack Jones recorded it in English for his 1967 album, Our Song, under the title "Oh How Much I Love You."
Modugno was an actor in 44 movies (such as Appuntamento a Ischia), and was a film producer of two (Tutto è musica of 1963 was his own biographical production).
In the 1970, Modugno focused on more classic music genres and profiles, as a singer and as a musician, adapting poetry, acting on television and in lead singing roles of modern operas.
In 1984, he suffered a severe stroke and remained partially paralyzed. He had to abandon his artistic career and devote himself to rehab.

From 1986, he worked for the rights of disabled people, and in June 1987, he was elected congressman for Turin in Italian Parliament, in the ranks of the Radical Party, a liberal-social political group. In the past he had supported the campaigns of the Italian Socialist Party and one for divorce, in addition to criticizing the human rights' violation by the regime of Augusto Pinochet, that cost him a denial of entry in Chile, where he had been scheduled to hold a concert.[1] In this last stage of his life, instead, he was very active in social issues, fighting against inhuman conditions of patients in the Agrigento psychiatric hospital.
Modugno returned on the music scene, definitively (he already held a concert for former inmates of Agrigento's mental asylum, in 1989), in 1992-1993, his last song was Delfini (Dolphins), in 1993 with his son, Massimo.
On August 6, 1994, Modugno died at the age of 66, from a heart attack, on the island of Lampedusa, Sicily, while he was in his home by the sea


Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare) - Domenico Modugno

Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare), also known as Flying, is a song written in 1958 by Franco Migliacci and Domenico Modugno, and by the latter originally played. Presented for the first time in the Sanremo Festival in 1958 Modugno himself paired with Johnny Dorelli, was the winner of that edition and from there he obtained a global success, becoming one of the most famous Italian songs in the world and with greater commercial success . The word that opens the refrain, Flying, became the song identification, was deposited to the SIAE as an alternative of the same title. In the blue painted blue also took part in the Eurovision Song Contest 1958 and finished in third place.
In the blue he painted blue was also included in the 33 laps The success of road and Domenico Modugno, as well as in the EP (Extended Play) 45s In the blue, painted blue / Husbands in the city, all published in '58.

In this first recording the song is arranged and performed by maestro Alberto Semprini with his sextet Blue, which consisted of Pupo De Luca on drums, Walter Beduschi on bass, Mario Migliardi hammond organ, Bruno De Filippi on guitar, Ebe Mautino harp and the same Semprini piano.

Domenico Modugno, the author and performer of the song, while performing at the Eurovision Song Contest 1958.
The recording was made in the studios of Fonit Cetra via Meda in Milan.

Semprini had also accompanied the Apulian singer at the Festival with Blue Sextet, conducting the orchestra, and no doubt the arrangement ideas contributed both to the victory that success.

Each time the singer will change label reinciderà the song, with new arrangements and sometimes with the title changed to Flying.

The versions about the birth of the text by the two authors (who have created a long artistic partnership) are mixed and vary according to the time of reconstruction: Gianni Borgna picked them [2], and so it turns out that the first time claimed Modugno that the idea of ​​the refrain Volare, oh oh had come to him one morning watching with his wife Franca at the blue sky through the window of his house in Piazza Consalvo in Rome, while Migliacci instead asserted that the idea had come to him, looking at the picture Le coq rouge dans la nuit by Marc Chagall , and that only after he had spoken to the Apulian singer-songwriter.

Following, then, Modugno said that, being a walk near Ponte Milvio with lyricist, one of the two (supporting not remember which one it was) would have pronounced the verse "As I had painted blue ', and there would then developed the remainder of the text.

Lately (see box), however, Migliacci changed version, claiming that the song was born after a nightmare.

That magical "flight" son of a nightmare
The lyrics of Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare) - visionary poetic flight into the blue that becomes more intense - it was written - words of its author - the darkest day of his life. It may sound paradoxical, but it is the son of a nightmare. The song, therefore, is not built around a table but was generated by a real dream vision.
Franco Migliacci, talented lyricist of fifty to sixty years, told bluntly how did you get the inspiration for the lyrics of this song, it must be said, only later found its finished form can make it triumph to Sanremo 1958 festival and make an example to carry around the world to represent the made in Italy in the field of music.
Said Migliacci
"I knew immediately that I had written something important  when you write a song, especially a love song, this most beautiful succeeds, has more flavor, if the author is suffering love. »
In the day when he composed - he said the author with undisguised longing - suffered the "iraddidio". Enough to provide the keystone of a song can appear after a long time - the same author, but also to many fans of pop music - a unique and fabulous flavor.
Musically, the song is by convention the traditional Italian music breaking point and the beginning of a new era, adopting the new style led by the "screamers" and mediandolo with a performance that is affected by the swing influences of US imports. If the harmonic structure of the song is still the traditional mold, it is innovative arrangement.
In the United States (published by Decca, DL 8808) was ranked first for 5 weeks (the only time for one Italian song); in total it has sold over 22 million copies in the world and has been interpreted by a large group of singers and groups, including Dean Martin, Al Martino and Gipsy Kings.

In 1958, the song won two Grammy for Song of the Year ( "Song of the Year") and as Record of the Year (Record of the Year).

The song is used an


Piove (Ciao Ciao Bambina) - Domenico Modugno

Rains, better known as Hello hello baby, is a piece of music by Dino Green and Domenico Modugno, presented the Eurovision Song Contest in 1959 and winner of the Sanremo Festival in 1959.

The song is a dramatic ballad, which tells of a lover who asks his girlfriend another kiss and not go away because it proves yet love for her.
He returned to Italy after a series of international tours in the US and Latin America, Modugno tried to involve Migliacci in writing a new song: while he was waiting for his train departed, the Pittsburgh station, in Pennsylvania, in a day rain, watched the farewell of two lovers in the rain and noting down these lines: "Hello hello baby, one more kiss / and then lose you forever; / I want to find new words / but it rains, it rains on our love. "

As the lyricist was not interested, Modugno involved Dino Verde, with whom he previously collaborated in the writing of Resta cu 'mme, and composed this song: to some extent it repeats of In the blue painted blue pattern: a slow introduction, accompanied by 'hammond organ, played by Mario Migliardi, which then opens with an airy chorus. Also another point that unites the two songs is the fact that both are known by the word of the refrain, rather than by its proper title.

The song won the Sanremo Festival in 1959, he comes in last place in the Italian charts for six weeks in the Netherlands for nine weeks and Flanders in Belgium for two weeks, thus becoming one of the singer's notes, though not equaled the success of in the blue painted blue. In the same year the song was presented by Joe Paths Canzonissima, gaining the victory.

During the Eurovision Song Contest 1959, the song was performed after Uh, jeg ville ønske jeg var dig Danish Birthe Wilke and after Mon ami Pierrot Jacques Pills, coming from Monaco. At the end of voting, the song received 9 points, ranking 6th out of 11 submitted songs. This also happened with the Italian song of the Eurovision Song Contest 1960 by Renato Rascel Romantica

They were made different versions of the song including those of Willy Alberti (first position in the Netherlands for nine weeks), Caterina Valente with Tschau tschau girl ...! (First position in the Netherlands for nine weeks and Flanders in Belgium for two weeks and the second position in West Germany), Aurelio Fierro, Luciano Tajoli, Xavier Cugat, Franck Pourcel and Fred Hammond. Many years after its release rains was mentioned in the song The Last Kiss by Carmen Consoli.


Tu si 'na cosa Grande - Domenico Modugno

In 1964 Modugno seeks to change record company to switch to Curci and the first recording with the new label is the song Tu si' na cosa grande, winning that year's Festival of Naples.

Fonit Cetra decides to build on the success of the song and publishes a 45 with a recording of the same song Modugno had carried out a few months before; also reprinted many old 45s singer-songwriter with a new catalog number and finally gives also prints a 33 rpm titled Modugno with some old songs and three previously unreleased on LP, Tu si' na cosa grande, What do I care .. .to me, who had participated in the Festival of Sanremo in 1964, and mom, a cover of a song by Charles Aznavour (written with Robert Gall, lyricist father of the singer France Gall).

The album cover depicts a close-up photos of the singer, with the writing of the album ladder on the left.


Resta cu mme - Domenico Modugno

After the victory at the Sanremo Festival, despite international commitments resulting from the huge success of In the blue painted blue, Modugno, who faced a unique moment of artistic, public mood also a number of discs 45 and 78 laps with a lot of new songs, that become big hits, like O ccafé, and I Pasqualino Maharaja, in October Fonit decided to enclose them in a new 33 laps alongside reincisioni of old songs of the RCA period or songs already published in previous months, as Resta cu mme ( the strike is here inserted in a version sung in English which was still unusual for Italy, although the title remains in Neapolitan).

The album cover depicts a close up of the face of the singer, on green yellow background. They are not present either on the cover or on the label information about the musicians and arrangers.

Last Modugno LP to be published in format 22 cm, that is smaller than normal 33 laps.


Vecchio Frack - Domenico Modugno

A very intense song, played by Modugno with a guitar accompaniment that doubles as a rhythm part (clapping his hand on the strings), is the story (even told through metaphors) of an elegant man in tails [1] that at midnight strolls the deserted streets of a city at dawn and was apparently killed himself, and who sings the song ignores this man who he is and where he comes from.

Modugno performs "Old frac" and, as he sings and whistles, strikes guitar case
As the same Modugno said repeatedly, this song is inspired by the story of Prince Raimondo Lanza di Trabia (husband of Olga Villi) who, at age 39, in November 1954, had committed suicide by jumping out a window the second floor of the Hotel Eden via Ludovisi in Rome .

It was the first of two songs Modugno in Italian during the first period RCA (the second was Musetto, engraved a few months later).


La Lontananza - Domenico Modugno

La Lontananza is a single of Domenico Modugno.

It is one of the single most popular Modugno, with two songs that were very successful, and was also published in several foreign editions. The remoteness of the text was written by Modugno with Enrica Bonaccorti, that the singer had met the previous year during the staging of the play I fell a Girl in My Soup.

Here's how Modugno speaks of the song:

"The remoteness expressed to me a great feeling of love, and has in itself a great idea. the wind blowing out all the little ones and lit bonfires. The idea is not mine, but I grabbed the fly when the Bonaccorti read me a letter he had written her boyfriend: I developed and was born the song. »
The song was presented by the author to Cantagiro 1970 sanctioned the return of the singer in first place in the hit-parade (position that had not been reached since 1966). In 1972 he was also included in the soundtrack of the film The free-range male, which starred the Bonaccorti.

The distance was also engraved by Mina in 2001 as a tribute album to Sconcerto songwriter, with an arrangement by the South American influences. The text I love you, I love you instead was written by Mogol and is also available in the boxed set of 3 CDs The stories of Mogol (but with wrong title: I love you, I love you); the music is the result of collaboration between Modugno and the master Elio Island. Both songs were then inserted in All Modugno and were then reprinted in CD.