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Domenico Modugno

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Domenico Modugno became among the initial Italian performers in the favorite music field in a position to achieve a global star position, touring worldwide and offering a million information released in various languages. Using a electric guitar in his hands, he started composing at age 15, acquiring the first rung on the ladder of an incredible career specialized in acting, performing, and songwriting. Motivated by the films, Domenico Modugno started participating in the Experimental Middle of Cinematography, producing his debut in 1951 while playing a job in Eduardo de Filippo’s Filomena Marturano. The chance to attract the eye of music-related professionals came after taking part in a Frank Sinatra tribute broadcasted by way of a local radio place. In 1958, Domenico Modugno became a member of San Remo’s Event with a music known as “Nel Blue Dipinto Di Blu,” also called “Volare.” Regarded as a classic within the Italian music picture, that music allowed him to accomplish two Grammy honours for Recording of the entire year and Music of the entire year.

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Full Name Domenico Modugno
Died August 6, 1994, Lampedusa, Italy
Profession Actor, Politician, Film director, Film producer, Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Film Score Composer
Nationality Italian
Spouse Franca Gandolfi
Children Fabio Camilli, Marcello Modugno, Marco Modugno, Massimo Modugno
Parents Pasqua Lorusso, Vito Cosimo Modugno
Siblings Giovanni Modugno, Teresa Modugno, Vito Antonio Modugno
Awards Grammy Award for Song of the Year, Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Music Songs Nel blu dipinto di blu, La distancia es como el viento, Piove, Dio come ti amo, La lontananza, Amara Terra Mia, Vecchio frack, Lazzarella, Pasqualino Maraja, Piange... il telefono, Tu Si' 'Na Cosa Grande, La Donna Riccia, Addio... Addio, Delfini, Come Hai Fatto, Meraviglioso, Vitti Na Crozza, L'Uomo In Frack, Strada 'Nfosa, Como Has Hecho, Il Vecchietto, Cosa Sono Le Nuvole, Lu Pisce Spada, Azul Pintado de Azul, Resta cu´mme, Musetto, Io, Mammeta E Tu, L'Anniversario, 'O ccafè, Pasqualino Maragià, Il Posto Mio, Stasera Pago Io
Albums Piange... il telefono/L'avventura, La donna riccia/Lu pisce spada, Pazzo amore, Con l'affetto della memoria, Tutto è musica, Le 50 Più Belle Canzoni, Rinaldo In Campo, L'anniversario, Sing Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare) And Other Italian Favorites, Domenico Modugno, Canta Sus Mejores Canciones, I Successi Di Domenico Modugno, Domenico Modugno (1962), Modugno, Concerto live @ rsi (7 gennaio 1981), L'homme et la montagne (Mono Version) [feat. François Charpin Trio], Radio Show, Domenico Modugno 25 Grandes Éxitos Originales, Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu: Le Più Belle Canzoni Di Domenico Modugno, La Sicilia di Domenico Modugno, A Sicilian in Paris ( Original 1958 First USA LP Remastered ), Adesso non pensarci più/Ballata per un matto, E Vene 'o Sole, Le Versioni Originali Dei Grandi Successi (All Tracks Remastered), I Grandi Successi di Modugno, Domenico Libero Modugno, Domenico Modugno - En Concierto, Domenico Modugno at His Best, Vol. 1, La cicoria, Il meglio, Encore, 20 Grandi Ssuccessi (Le più Belle Canzoni Di Domenico Modugno), Domenico Modugno at His Best, Vol. 2, The Golden Collection, L' Amore e L' Allegria, Piange... il telefono e le più belle canzoni di Domenico Modugno, I grandi successi di Domenico Modugno, Successi, I grandi successi originali, La Strada Dei Successi, I successi dell'uomo in frack, Tutto Modugno 1, Tutto Modugno: Mr. Volare 1956-1964, Tutto Modugno 2, Una carriera nella leggenda, Tutto Modugno 5, Tutto Modugno (Mister Volare), Domenico Modugno (1960), Tutto Modugno 6, Il meglio di Domenico Modugno, La Nuova Canzone Italiana
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, Male
Movies Piange... il telefono, Smell of Flesh, The Scientific Cardplayer, Caprice Italian Style, Three Bites of the Apple, Scaramouche, The Last Judgment, L'onorata società, Appuntamento a Ischia, Nel blu dipinto di blu, Mogli pericolose, Husbands in the City, Of Life and Love, Mantelli e spade insanguinate, Le imprese di una spada leggendaria, The Red Cloak


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1 In later life turned to politics and, in 1987, became an MP for Italy's Radical Party.
2 Derived the idea for his 1958 hit song 'Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu' "while thinking of a painting by Chagall, of a man, with half of his face painted blue, looking out of a window".
3 He made over 200 recordings and sold 60 million records, in the process becoming Italy's most successful performing artist. Modugno had begun his career as a small part supporting actor in films.
4 Father of Marco Modugno, Marcello Modugno and Massimo Modugno.
5 When his song "Nel blu dipinto di blu" hit the #1 slot on the US charts in 1958, it became the only Italian song ever to do so. It went on to win the very first "Record of the Year" and "Song of the Year" categories at the Grammys when the recording industry's awards show premiered that year. When English lyrics were later added, artists such as Dean Martin, Nelson Riddle, Bobby Rydell, Al Martino, The McGuire Sisters, Alan Dale, Barry White, Linda Ross, Jesse Belvin each released their own covers of the song.
6 Pop singer


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mucho Gusto 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ochéntame... otra vez 2016 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Tu cara me suena 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bruce's Hall of Fame 2014 TV Movie writer: "Volare"
Escobar: Paradise Lost 2014 writer: "Dio come ti amo", "Dios Como Te Amo" uncredited
Hungry Hearts 2014 music: "Tu si' 'na cosa grande"
The Voice Kids 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
S.O.S.: Mulheres ao Mar 2014 writer: "Nel Blu, Dipinto Di Blu"
Fading Gigolo 2013 writer: "Tu si' 'na Cosa Grande"
Call the Midwife 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Vegas 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
To Rome with Love 2012 performer: "Nel blu dipinto di blu Volare" / writer: "Nel blu dipinto di blu Volare"
Dancing Stars 2011-2012 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Benvenuti al nord 2012 writer: "Nel blu dipinto di blu"
The Rum Diary 2011 writer: "Volare Nel Blu Dipinto De Blue", "Volare"
Pan Am 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sorelle Mai 2010 performer: "Vecchio frac" / writer: "Vecchio frac"
The Italian 2010 lyrics: "Nel blu dipinto di blu Volare" / music: "Nel blu dipinto di blu Volare"
Memòries de la tele TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2010 music - 1 episode, 2010 performer - 1 episode, 2010
50 años de TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2009 music - 1 episode, 2009
David Garrett Live in Berlin 2009 TV Movie writer: "Volare Nel blu dipinto di blu"
Banda sonora TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
That's Amore!: Italian-American Favorites 2008 TV Movie performer: "Volare" - uncredited / writer: "Volare" - uncredited
Por Toda Minha Vida 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
La situazione di mia sorella non è buona 2007 TV Movie writer: "Ragazzo del sud"
Mad Men 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mr. Woodcock 2007 writer: "Volare"
Curb Your Enthusiasm 2005-2007 TV Series music - 2 episodes
I Always Wanted to Be a Gangster 2007 lyrics: "Volare" / writer: "Volare"
The Baker 2007 writer: "Volare"
Ugly Betty TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2007 writer - 1 episode, 2007
Sos mi vida 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Maxed Out 2006 Documentary writer: "Volare"
Cap d'any a TV3 2004 TV Special lyrics: "Volare" / music: "Volare"
Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dean Martin: The One and Only 2004 Video documentary music: "Volare" - uncredited
Il paradiso all'improvviso 2003 performer: "Tu Sì 'na Cosa Grande" / writer: "Tu Sì 'na Cosa Grande"
Live and Swingin': The Ultimate Rat Pack Collection 2003 Video documentary writer: "Volare"
The Lizzie McGuire Movie 2003 writer: "Volare" - as D. Modugno
American Cousins 2003 performer: "Volare" / writer: "Volare"
Anita & Me 2002 writer: "Volare"
Los lunes al sol 2002 writer: "Volaba"
Piedras 2002 performer: "Volare Nel blu dipinto di blu" / writer: "Volare Nel blu dipinto di blu"
Mostly Martha 2001 writer: "Volare" - as Modugno
Dogtown and Z-Boys 2001 Documentary writer: "Volaré"
I cento passi 2000 performer: "Nel blu dipinto di blu"
Looking for Alibrandi 2000 performer: "Piove Ciao Ciao Bambina" / writer: "Piove Ciao Ciao Bambina", "Volare"
Man on the Moon 1999 lyrics: "Volare" 1958 / music: "Volare" 1958
Money Talks 1997 writer: "Nel Blu, Dipinto di Blu"
Contact 1997 music: "Volare" - uncredited / performer: "Volare" - uncredited
Path to Paradise: The Untold Story of the World Trade Center Bombing. 1997 TV Movie writer: "Volare"
Vegas Vacation 1997 writer: "Volare Nel Blu, Dipinto Di Blu"
Vaiennut kylä 1997 writer: "Dio come ti amo"
The Last Days of Frankie the Fly 1996 lyrics: "NEL BLU, DIPINTO DI BLU aka. VOLARE" / music: "NEL BLU, DIPINTO DI BLU aka. VOLARE"
Campet 1995 writer: "Vecchio Frac"
Grumpier Old Men 1995 writer: "Volare"
Casino 1995 writer: "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu Volare"
Camerieri 1995 writer: "Vecchio frack"
Speechless 1994 music: "Volare Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu"
C'était le 12 du 12 et Chili avait les blues 1994 lyrics: "Volaré" / music: "Volaré"
The Corpse Had a Familiar Face 1994 TV Movie music: "Volare"
A Bronx Tale 1993 performer: "Sole Malato"
Father of the Bride 1991 writer: "Volare"
29th Street 1991 writer: "Volare Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu"
Quantum Leap 1989-1991 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
La casa del sorriso 1991 writer: "Nel blu dipinto di blu"
Growing Pains 1990 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Acropolis Now 1990 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Moonlighting 1989 TV Series music - 1 episode
Soldadito español 1988 "Volare" / performer: "Volare"
A Fish Called Wanda 1988 performer: "Nel blu, dipinto di blu" / writer: "Nel blu, dipinto di blu"
Aloha Summer 1988 music: "Nel blu, dipinto di blu" / performer: "Nel blu, dipinto di blu"
Young Love: Lemon Popsicle 7 1987 writer: "Volare"
Näkemiin, hyvästi 1986 lyrics: "Volare Nel blu, dipinto di blu" / writer: "Volare Nel blu, dipinto di blu"
Vamp 1986 as Dominico Modugno, "Volare" / music: "Volare" - as Dominico Modugno
Absolute Beginners 1986 writer: "Volare Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu"
Screen Two TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 1986 music - 1 episode, 1986
Rosso 1985 "Piove"
Up Your Anchor 1985 performer: "Piove Ciao Ciao Bambina"
Non ci resta che piangere 1984 writer: "Nel blu dipinto di blu" - as Modugno
El Norte 1983 "Meraviglioso"
Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again 1982 lyrics: "VOLARE" - as D. Modugno / music: "VOLARE" - as D. Modugno
The Hollywood Knights 1980 writer: "Volare"
The Wanderers 1979 writer: "Nel blu dipinto di blu Volare"
Good Old Days Part II 1978 TV Special performer: "Volare" / writer: "Volare"
Lemon Popsicle 1978 performer: "Nel blu dipinto di blu Volare", "Come prima", "Ciao, ciao bambina" / writer: "Nel blu dipinto di blu Volare", "Ciao, ciao bambina"
Looking for Mr. Goodbar 1977 lyrics: "Nel blu dipinto di blu Volare" 1958 - uncredited / music: "Nel blu dipinto di blu Volare" 1958 - uncredited
Il maestro di violino 1976 performer: "Il maestro di violino" / writer: "Il maestro di violino"
Columbo 1975 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Piange... il telefono 1975 performer: "Le Téléphone Pleure Piange Il Telefono" / writer: "Le Téléphone Pleure Piange Il Telefono"
The Ernie Sigley Show 1974 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Alice in the Cities 1974 performer: "Nel blu dipinto di blù Volare!" / writer: "Nel blu dipinto di blù Volare!"
Welt am Draht 1973 TV Movie music: "Amara terra mia"
Teresa la ladra 1973 writer: "Nel blu dipinto di blu Volare" - uncredited
Il maschio ruspante 1972 performer: "La lontananza", "Piove" / writer: "La lontananza", "Piove"
Capriccio all'italiana 1968 performer: "Cosa sono le nuvole" / writer: "Cosa sono le nuvole"
Three Bites of the Apple 1967 writer: "Carla Theme"
The Hawks and the Sparrows 1966 performer: "Uccellacci E Uccellini Titoli Di Testa"
Dio, come ti amo! 1966 writer: "Dio, come ti amo!"
The Eurovision Song Contest 1966 TV Special performer: "Dio, come ti amo" / writer: "Dio, come ti amo"
Il compagno Don Camillo 1965 music: "Nel blu dipinto di blu Volare"
Hollywood a Go Go 1965 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Shindig! 1965 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Lawrence Welk Show 1963 TV Series music - 2 episodes
Il Sorpasso 1962 performer: "Vecchio Frak" / writer: "Vecchio Frak"
The Main Attraction 1962 lyrics: "Si, Si, Si" / music: "Si, Si, Si"
Psycosissimo 1962 writer: "Notte di luna calante"
The Eurovision Song Contest 1962 TV Special music: "Addio, addio"
Cacciatori di dote 1961 writer: "Notte di luna calante"
Adua e le compagne 1960 music: "Più sola"
It Started in Naples 1960 "Stay Here with Me" Resta cu'mme
Nel blu dipinto di blu 1959 performer: "Farfalle", "Pasqualino maraja", "Nel blu dipinto di blu", "Io", "Pizzica, pizzica, pizzica bu", "Strada anfosa", "Resta cu me" / writer: "Farfalle", "Pasqualino maraja", "Nel blu dipinto di blu", "Io", "Pizzica, pizzica, pizzica bu", "Strada anfosa", "Resta cu me"
Dos fantasmas y una muchacha 1959 writer: "Azul Pintado de Azul Volare"
Ich bin kein Casanova 1959 writer: "Espresso-Café O'Café"
Esterina 1959 performer: "Una testa piena di sogni" / writer: "Una testa piena di sogni"
The Eurovision Song Contest 1959 TV Special music: "Piove Ciao, ciao bambina" / performer: "Piove Ciao, ciao bambina"
Marinai, donne e guai 1958 "Marinai, donne e guai", "La donna riccia" / performer: "Marinai, donne e guai"
Mogli pericolose 1958 performer: "Mogli pericolose" / writer: "Mogli pericolose"
You Bet Your Life 1958 TV Series music - 1 episode
Vento di primavera 1958 writer: "Nel blu dipinto di blu Volare"
The Ed Sullivan Show TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1958 writer - 1 episode, 1958
Io, mammeta e tu 1958 writer: "Io mammet' e tu", "Viento di Scirocco", "'O specchio", "Musetto"
The Eurovision Song Contest 1958 TV Special lyrics: "Nel blu dipinto di blu" / music: "Nel blu dipinto di blu" / performer: "Nel blu dipinto di blu"
Lazzarella 1957 performer: "Lazzarella", "La signora a fianco", "'A pizza c'a' pummarola" / writer: "Lazzarella", "La signora a fianco", "'A pizza c'a' pummarola"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
San Remo: The Big Challenge 1960
Vacanze in Argentina 1960
Appuntamento a Ischia 1960 Mimmo Rotunno
Adua e le compagne 1960 Domenico Modugno (uncredited)
Bon soir, Kathrin! 1960 TV Series
Nel blu dipinto di blu 1959 Turi La Rosa
Mantelli e spade insanguinate 1959 Athos
Esterina 1959 Piero
Destinazione Sanremo 1959 Cantante
Io, mammeta e tu 1958 Gaetano
Le imprese di una spada leggendaria 1958 Athos
La spada imbattibile 1957 Athos
The King's Musketeers 1957 Athos
Lazzarella 1957 Mimì
Accadde di notte 1956
L'alfiere 1956 TV Mini-Series Nunzio
The Three Musketeers 1956 TV Series Athos
Il mantello rosso 1955 Saro
Village magique 1955 Un frère d'Agatina
Da qui all'eredità 1955 Innamorato di Marisa
I cavalieri della regina 1954 Athos
Genoese Dragnet 1954 Commissario di polizia
Of Life and Love 1954 Tamantin (segment "La giara")
Anni facili 1953 Il giudice Rocco Santoro
La carovana del peccato 1953 Vanni
Carica eroica 1952 Cavalry soldier
Destino 1951 Turiddu
Filumena Marturano 1951 avvocato Nocella
Position Wanted 1951 Enrico (uncredited)
Western di cose nostre 1984 TV Movie Dott. Nuara
Don Giovanni in Sicilia 1977 TV Mini-Series Giovanni Percolla
Il maestro di violino 1976 Giovanni Russo
Piange... il telefono 1975
La sbandata 1974 Salvatore Cannavone
Lo scopone scientifico 1972 Righetto
Il marchese di Roccaverdina 1972 TV Mini-Series Marchese di Roccaverdina
Capriccio all'italiana 1968 Lo spazzino (segment "Che cosa sono le nuvole?")
Three Bites of the Apple 1967 Remo Romano
Europa canta 1966 Singer
The Hawks and the Sparrows 1966 The Balladeer (voice, uncredited)
Scaramouche 1965 TV Mini-Series Scaramouche
Rinaldo in campo 1963 TV Movie Rinaldo Dragonera
The Last Judgment 1961 The singer
L'onorata società 1961 Salvatore, the husband

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Climb 1997 composer: song "Nel blu dipinto di blu -Volare"
Lemon Popsicle 1978 composer: song "Ciao, Ciao Bambina"
La sbandata 1974 composer: songs "La sbandata" and "La risvegliata"
The Hawks and the Sparrows 1966 singer - uncredited
Love, the Italian Way 1960 composer: title song "Femmine di lusso"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Piange... il telefono 1975
Rinaldo in campo 1963 TV Movie
Mariti in città 1957
Da qui all'eredità 1955

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tutto è musica 1963

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tutto è musica 1963

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tutto è musica 1963 producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Aspettando Sanremo 1990 TV Mini-Series Himself
F.F.S.S., cioè: '...che mi hai portato a fare sopra a Posillipo se non mi vuoi più bene?' 1983 Himself
Good Old Days Part II 1978 TV Special Himself
Musical de Mallorca 75 1975 TV Movie Himself - Performer
Vera Lynn 1969 TV Series Himself
International Cabaret 1966-1967 TV Series Himself
Partitissima 1967 TV Series Himself
Soeben eingetroffen 1966 TV Series Himself - Musician
The Eurovision Song Contest 1966 TV Special Himself - Italian Entry: 17th Place
Noche del sábado 1965-1966 TV Series Himself
Gran parada 1964 TV Series Himself
Carrusel nocturno 1964 Documentary Himself
Tutto è musica 1963 Himself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1960 TV Series Himself - Singer
Sunday Showcase 1959 TV Series Himself - Recipient
The Ed Sullivan Show 1958-1959 TV Series Himself - Singer / Himself
The Eurovision Song Contest 1959 TV Special Himself - Italian Entry: 6th Place
European Nights 1959 Documentary
The Eurovision Song Contest 1958 TV Special Himself - Italian Entry: 3rd Place

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Secret History of Eurovision 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
1960 2010 Documentary Himself
Banda sonora 2009 TV Series Himself
Tour d'Eurovision 2005 TV Movie Himself - Italian Entry
Congratulations: 50 Years Eurovision Song Contest 2005 TV Movie Himself
Come si fa a non amare Pier Paolo Pasolini - Appunti per un film sull'immondezza 2005 Documentary short
Come inguaiammo il cinema italiano - La vera storia di Franco e Ciccio 2004 Documentary
Eurovisión Siglo XX 1998 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Hoe win ik het songfestival 1996 TV Movie Himself - Italian Entry
The Eyes, the Mouth 1982 Himself (uncredited)
Un sorriso, uno schiaffo, un bacio in bocca 1975
Festival 1970 TV Series

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1959 Grammy Grammy Awards Record of the Year For the song "Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu (Volare)."
1959 Grammy Grammy Awards Song of the Year For the song "Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu (Volare)."


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