I love the 50s, and somewhat I’m a collector too: I’m interested mainly in Italian rock’n’roll of the 50s, that except for some names (Celentano amongst all), the rest is pretty obscure. I’d like to donate you a song taken from a flexi-disc.
The year is 1960, the guy who sings is named Carlo Genovesi (I don’t know if he made other records after this) and the song is called “Baby Luna”, and it sounds pretty well.
The same song was performed by a more famous Italian singer the year before, Bruno Martino (who co-wrote this song), and it was more uptempo than this version.
Thanks a lot for taking the time to record and scan this record.
Mille grazie, Franco!
Frank is also drumming in the great western swing/rockabilly band The Starliters, who will be playing in Berlin on Saturday, May 14th at the Roadrunners Club. I´ll definetely be heading over to the Roadrunners Club! If you´re into rockabilly, come and see The Starliters!
When I checked Wikipedia I got the information that Domenico Modugno (9 January 1928 – 6 August 1994) was an Italian singer known for his 1958 international hit song “Volare”. It received two Grammy Awards with sales above 22 million copies, and represented Italy in the 1985 Eurovision Song Contest, where it came in third. Modugno was an actor in 44 movies. In 1987 he was also elected congressman as a member of the liberal Italian Radical Paty. But to be honest I had never heard of him before I bought this EP in Lisbon a couple of weeks ago.
Italians had a thing for incorporating rock´n´roll into the orchestra sound. I own a bunch of similar Italian records like this one. Marinai donne e guai apparently is a song from a Italian film. This is a Spanish Telefunken release licensed from the Italian Fonit label.
“Sailors on the quai, don´t look after the girls!”.
Little Tony (Antonio Ciacci) was one of Italy´s most popular rockers. This is a Jugoslav release of their first original Italian EP on Durium. A nice proof that that there were early rock´n´roll releases behind the iron curtain.
Gene Vincent´s Lotta Lovin´done Italian style…
Caffeteria Twist is a cover-version of Randy Randolph´s 1958 saxophone-instrumental hit record Percolator. The b-side Mille Luci is my favourite song of all of these songs. I know I´ll be pretty alone with that feeling because it is also the least rockin´one but that song makes me dream of scooters, ice-cream parlors and everything 60´s in Bella Italia…
In his comment below Ilias just sent these links to some beautiful clips from European films that feature the Twist. The first one is from the Italian film Il Sorpasso directed by Dino Risi starring Vittorio Gassman:
This one is from the Greek film O kyrios Pterarhos (Mr Wing-commander) from 1963. The guy dressed in the Greek Air Force uniform who is dancing with the charming lady is Thanos Souyioul (son of the very famous Greek songwriter Mihalis Souyioul) who died very untimely few years later in a car accident.
Great choices! Thanks a lot Ilias!
I like this cute little piano player on the Microson company-sleeve…
Peppino Di Capri was one of Italy`s biggest rockers. His Italian Madison Time is actually a completely different song and it kills the original Madison Time big time!
Il Ragazzi della Via Gluck were Adriano Celentano`s backing band from 1966 to 1970 and this is their first single published on Celentano`s own Clan Records. But I didn`t know this when I bought it. The Ragazzis don`t exactly look like a Beat group but the song Rock! Il Padre del Beat sounded promising. Well, that turned out to be more of a nostalgic Rock`n`Roll number but the B-side is great: a italian version of Sam & Dave`s Soul classic Hold on I´m Coming …