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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Fred Buscaglione born 23 November 1921

Ferdinando "Fred" Buscaglione (23 November 1921 – 3 February 1960) was an Italian singer and actor who became very popular in the late 1950s. His public persona – the character he played both in his songs and his movies – was of a humorous mobster with a penchant for whisky and women.
Ferdinando Buscaglione was born in Turin, Italy on 23 November 1921. The son of a porter, his great passion for music appeared at a very young age. When he was 11, his parents enrolled him at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Turin. During his teen years, he performed at night clubs in Turin singing jazz and playing double bass and violin.
During World War II, he was incarcerated in an American internment camp in Sardinia. His musical talent was apparent and he was allowed to join the orchestra of the allied radio station of Cagliari. This permitted Buscaglione to continue to make music and to experiment with new sounds and rhythms coming from the U.S. (Most foreign music had been officially forbidden by the Italian Fascist regime.)
After the war, Buscaglione returned to Turin and resumed working as a musician for various bands. He then formed his own group, the Asternovas. During a tour in Switzerland in 1949 he met and married the half-German half-Moroccan entertainer Fatima Robin. In the meantime he was gradually creating his public character, inspired by Clark Gable and Mickey Spillane's gangsters.

His friend Leo Chiosso, a lyricist who wrote many of his songs, told him stories about gangsters and their babes, New York City and Chicago, tough men who were ruthless with enemies but easily fell victims to a woman's charms. Together they wrote the hits that brought nationwide fame to Buscaglione: Che bambola (Whatta babe!), Teresa non sparare (Theresa, don't shoot!), Eri piccola così (You were so small), Guarda che luna (Look, What A (beautiful) Moon), Love in Portofino, Porfirio Villarosa (a caricature of Porfirio Rubirosa), Whisky facile (Easy Whiskey).

After perfecting his routine in night clubs and theatres he started recording his songs in 1955; the first single (a shellac 78rpm record containing 'Che bambola' and 'Giacomino') sold 1,000,000 copies with close to no promotion, propelling him to a degree of fame he never considered possible.
By the end of the 1950s, Buscaglione was one of Italy's most wanted entertainers. He appeared on advertising campaigns, on television, in movies.
At 38 years of age, he was killed in a car accident when his pink Ford Thunderbird collided with a truck in the early hours before dawn in Rome, of all places, right before the U.S. embassy. Only hours ago he had dinner with some friends at a restaurant in Rome and met future Italian pop diva Mina Mazzini who made her Sanremo Music Festival debut earlier. The two discussed future collaboration that sadly never materialized.
Alongside his legacy, in songs and movies, Buscaglione deserves mention for having encouraged musicians and singers from the newer generation (the one influenced by the earliest forms of rock and roll) to stand up against the conservative producers and discographers of the time, demanding recognition for their art and their style. In this role he proved instrumental in the rise of the "yellers" scene which from the early 60s started to revolutionize the Italian popular music panorama. (Info Wikipedia)


boppinbob said...

For “Fred Buscaglione – Canzoni D’Italia” go here:

01. Fred Buscaglione - Buona sera signorina (2:37)
02. Fred Buscaglione - Nos partir (2:53)
03. Fred Buscaglione - Al chiar di luna (2:38)
04. Fred Buscaglione - Love in Portofino (3:04)
05. Fred Buscaglione - Five o'clock rock (2:45)
06. Fred Buscaglione - Lasciati baciare (3:12)
07. Fred Buscaglione - Nientei visone (2:20)
08. Fred Buscaglione - Volare (2:57)
09. Fred Buscaglione - Boccuccia di Rosa (2:18)
10. Fred Buscaglione - Parlami D'amore Mariu (2:18)
11. Fred Buscaglione - Piove (2:28)
12. Fred Buscaglione - Juke box (2:21)
13. Fred Buscaglione - Una sigaretta (3:05)
14. Fred Buscaglione - Carina (2:24)
15. Fred Buscaglione - Guarda che luna (2:22)
16. Fred Buscaglione - Giacomino (2:21)
17. Fred Buscaglione - Il dritto di Chicago (2:34)
18. Fred Buscaglione - Fantastica (2:29)
19. Fred Buscaglione - Pensa at fatti tuoi (2:12)
20. Fred Buscaglione - Un piccolo bacio (3:10)
21. Fred Buscaglione - Tu non devi farlo piu (2:06)
22. Fred Buscaglione - La tazza di te' (2:41)
23. Fred Buscaglione - Frankie and Johnny (2:53)
24. Fred Buscaglione - Che bella cosa sei (3:00)

Thanks to Ludovico @ Entre Musica for original link.

Bake liedjes said...

Thanks Bob. Very nice upload.
Regards Theo

espo said...

Hi Bob...Luigi here !!...can you help me I would like to include in my blog the "Zippyshare" player to play a track of the L/P that I post..just like you have here...BUT can't find any clear instructions of what to do...i have manage to download the player but it has already got a track on it...Obviously it probably is something simple or maybe not !!..any help would be great...if you want to contact me via e-mail let me know....cheers.....Luigi...

boppinbob said...

Hello Luigi. Firstly my account with Zippyshare is free so the mp3 player will only work for 30 days unless someone plays it or downloads the mp3. If you go premium then it's permanent.

Once I sign in I click the browse tab. This opens your PC directory. Find the mp3 you want to embed then double click on it. It should then appear in the loader bar.
Click Start Upload. Once it uploads it will give you a link.

Now click on the HTML embed link tab for code..... (You can now adjust player width by reducing zippywidth in the code given to whatever width you like. I usually change the 680 to 500......

Cut and paste the code to your blog post (not forgetting to juggle between the HTML & COMPOSE tabs when entering the html code) I also use the PREVIEW tab to see what or if any fine adjustments to do.

EASY AS PIE (mind you it took me a while to get the hang of it)
Regards, Bob

espo said...

Hi Bob...thanks for the info...managed to do it ok with a bit of fiddling...I get the small version of the player when i do what you say..but I click on the player and it takes me back to zippyshare's big player and I take it from there..thanks once again for the help...only hope i don't forget what to do !!!...cheers....Mick (Luigi)