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William "Bill" Conti (Providence, 13 April 1942) is an American composer and arranger, best known for his work in film soundtracks. He was also often the conductor in the ceremonies for the delivery of the Oscars.

Of Italian-American origins, after graduating from Louisiana State University, he worked for some time in Italy, realizing among other things the arrangements for the film version of the first Italian rock opera, Orfeo 9, realized by Tito Schipa Jr. , also as arranger, with Ornella Vanoni, Umberto Bindi, Patty Pravo, Peppino Gagliardi, Alberto Fortis.

Conti won the celebrity in 1976 by composing the soundtrack of the film Rocky, which gets an Oscar nomination for the leitmotiv of the film Gonna Fly Now, with the trumpet solo by Maynard Ferguson. After working in numerous films, including the spectacular Fugue for Victory (1981), in 1984 he won the Oscar for the soundtrack of the film Real Men. In the eighties he also composed the soundtracks for some telefilms like Falcon Crest or Dynasty. He has worked in many of Sylvester Stallone's films.


Gonna Fly Now - Bill Conti

Gonna Fly Now, often credited as Theme From Rocky, is a song composed by Bill Conti for the film Rocky, which is the main theme. It was published as a single in 1977 and on 2 July it reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 [2]. She became part of the culture of the United States of America together with the character of Rocky Balboa.

The text was written by Bill Conti himself with Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins, while the voices are by DeEtta Little, sister of the actor Cleavon Little, and Nelson Pigford. The music is performed by the band of Maynard Ferguson, who plays the solo trumpet.

The song is known for its appearance in the Rocky saga, and is present in all films except Rocky IV. He was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Song.