Domenico Modugno

(9 January 1928 – Polignano a Mare, Lampedusa, 6 August 1994)

 

Son of Malatrasi, Commander of the Municipal Guard, and Easter Lorusso, of the nearby town of Conversano; has two older brothers, Vito Antonio said Tonino and John said Gandhi, and an older sister, Teresa, from small family is called Mimi. In 1935 his father is transferred to San Pietro Vernotico, Brindisi. (where they are then buried parents of Modugno): Mimmo in 7 years begins to go to school and learn the dialect San Pietrano (being part of the Salento dialect), vaguely reminiscent of the Sicilian dialect. Learn to play the guitar in his teens thanks to the teachings of his father Cosimo in 1945 made up two songs, but they never will: and the Moon between clouds smiling at my pain and the train whistling, writes even poems. In 1949 finished their military service in Bologna returns to San Pietro Vernotico, and began playing the accordion for the whole country, improvising SERENADES for girls. He began his theatrical activity under the guidance of Maestro Rolomir little fellow, but life as a country starts has to be narrow, and decided to go to Turin and later will move to Rome, where he's staying at the monastery of camaldolese monks on the Caelian Hill, won a competition for actor amateurs who will allow him to enroll at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia.There he meets the young Sicilian actress Franca Gandolfi, daughter of a Colonel. Franca would become his wife.

The film begins with her first appearance on film the firemen of Viggiù ; in 1951 appears in the film Filumena MarturanoIn the movie heroic charge, plays a military soldier who has to sleep a child, Modugno singing a popular song of San Pietro Vernotico, Lullaby (Uliè Uliè tene us), thanks to this song Modugno is called to participate in the broadcast Trampoline, where she performed with Nina n; performance appreciated by the Director of the second channel Rai, so Fulvio Palmieri proposes to design and conduct a music broadcast in four episodes. In 1963 leads Amuri ... amuri, radio program where she played a song for each episode. In those days comes the story that Domenico Modugno's Sicilian: since the public exchanges the Salento dialect for the Sicilian, Modugno does not disprove, attracting the wrath of his fellow villagers of San Pietro, in fact will declare to be Sicilian. In 1953 he hosts along with Frank Sinatra in the broadcast radio Radioscrigno,during which Malaya will perform the song Lullaby, a song that is very appreciated by Sinatra, who asks him arecording of the song. Sinatra will not ever this song, but this will serve to raise the interest of Modugno RAI executives. In 1953 gets a contract with RCA, for which begins to publish the first 78 and 45 rpm discs, with songs composed in Salento dialect and Sicilian. For these pieces is inspired by the folklore of these two regions; miners, fishermen, etc.. The first release is a 78 rpm "ciociaria / Lullaby". The parents separate and his mother moved to Rome with Vito Antonio, Domenico's brother who began working for him as a Manager, the other brother Giannino remains in San Pietro Vernotico and will open a showroom. Modugno's father unfortunately suicide in 1960 to die because he or she will be diagnosed with an incurable disease. In 1955 to RCA Records for the old tail coat that causes a slight problem with the censorship of the time towards the end of the song "a moment of love that never again will return " is changed to "To a wedding dress first and last his love"he did change since at that time expressions that alludessero physical contact was considered immoral, the same Malaya will declare later that this song was inspired by the story of Prince Raimondo Lanza di Trabia (husband of actress Olga Villi), who had committed suicide in November of 1954, at the age of 39 years by jumping from the window of his palace in Via Sistina in Rome. In 1957 participates in Naples with Aurelio Festive iron, with the song " Lazzarella wrote with Pall. In 1958 the protagonist of Sanremo Festival with the song " Nel Blu dipinto di Blu written by Franco Migliacci. Performs at the Sullivan Show, the most popular television program of the United States, at this time the Americans say his MR. Flying. In 1960 he participates in the film "Appuntamento a Ischia" with Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia and Mina. In 1961 participated in the musical comedy Rinaldo in Garinei and John, Modugno composes the music for the show.Rinaldo in camp is broadcast by RAI. In 1966 he met Pasolini film works with the hawks and the sparrows,music by Ennio Morricone, Modugno collaborated also with Salvatore Quasimodo. After his time in 1964 to 1968, he switched to Curci Fonit returns to RCA Italiana. In 1984 while recording the broadcast of Channel 5 La luna nel pozzo, in the studios of Cologno Monzese suffers stroke, the doctor on duty did not notice the seriousness of his condition, and told him to take an aspirin and go home. On the night his condition is more severe, and was rushed to the San Raffaele hospital in Milan, after a few days he was transferred to the neurosurgical ward of Niguarda and later in a Roman clinic, was forced to a long rehabilitation period of three months. In 1986, impressed by the activities to assist disabled people became interested of the initiatives of the radical party, for which he was a candidate in the general election of 1987, and was elected to the Chamber of deputies of the X term, from which he resigned on 18 April of 1990, following the resignation from his seat in the Senate by Gianfranco Salihin takes over in the Senate, where it will sit until the end of the term.During his time in Parliament, Modugno pledged in favour of the rights of persons with disabilities and protection of artists. Domenico Modugno are very in favor of sick in the Agrigento psychiatric hospital where the sick were living in inhuman conditions, succeeding in 1988 to close the hospital. In 1990 he was elected, in Agrigento city councilman. On 26 August 1993 held in Rome a great concert for lifetime achievement, during the concert I declare in front of everyone: "I beg your pardon, but hunger would also said to be Japanese," referring to the episode of when you did go to Sicily. The same year affects his last song, arranged by Mo Stephen Borzi "dolphins" with his son Massimo Modugno. Domenico Modugno died on 6 August 1994 at his home in Lampedusa in front of rabbit Island, died of a heart attack at the age of 66 years.

 

Filmography 

 

1949/ I pompieri di Viggiù, directed by Mario Mattoli

1951/Destiny, directed by Enzo Di Gianni

1951/Cameriera bella presenza offresi, directed by Giorgio Pàstina

 1951/Filumena Marturano, directed by Eduardo De Filippo

1952/Trial against unknown persons, directed by Guido Brignone

1952/Carica eroica, directed by Francesco De Robertis

1953/the caravan of sin, directed by Pino Mercanti

1953/ easy years, directed by Luigi Zampa

1954/that's life, (segment "La Giara), directed by Giorgio Pàstina

1954/holiday of love, directed by Jean-Paul Le Chanois

1954/Red and black, directed by Domenico Paolella

1954/Knights of the Queen, directed by Mauro Bolognini

1955/from here to the inheritance, directed by Riccardo Freda

1955/from here to the inheritance, directed by Riccardo Freda

1955/I pinguini ci guardano, directed by Guido Leoni

1955/The Red cloak, directed by Giuseppe Maria Scotese

1955/Songs from across Italy, directed by David Packman

1956/goes on at night, directed by Gian Paolo Callegari

1956/I girovaghi, by Hugo Fregonese

1957/Le avventure dei tre moschettieri, regia di Joseph Lerner

1957/La spada imbattibile, regia di Hugo Fregonese  

1957/Lazzarella, regia di Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia

1957/Mariti in città, regia di Luigi Comencini

1958/Io, mammeta e tu, regia di Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia

1958/Gli sparvieri del re di Joseph Lerner

1958/Mogli pericolose, regia di Luigi Comencini

1959/Europa di notte, regia di Alessandro Blasetti

1959/Nel blu dipinto di blu, regia di Pietro Tellini

1959/Destinazione Sanremo, regia di Domenico Paolella

1959/Napoli è tutta una canzone, regia di Ignazio Ferronetti

1959/Esterina, regia di Carlo Lizzani

1959/Mantelli e spade insanguinate, regia di Frank Mc Donald e Nathan H.Juran

1960/Sanremo, La grande sfida, regia di Piero Vivarelli

1960/Adua e le compagne, regia di Antonio Pietrangeli

1960/Appuntamento a Ischia, regia di Mario Mattoli

1960/Vacanze in Argentina, regia di Guido Leoni

1961/L’onorata società, regia di Riccardo Pazzaglia

1961/Il giudizio universale, regia di Vittorio De Sica

1963/Tutto è musica, regia di Domenico Modugno

1966/Uccellacci e uccellini, regia di Pier Paolo Pasolini

1966/Per un pugno di canzoni, regia di Josè Luis Merino

1967/Tre morsi nella mela, regia di Alviz Ganzer

1968/Capriccio all’italiana, regia di Pier Paolo Pasolini

1972/Lo scopone scientifico, regia di Luigi Comenicini

1974/La sbandata, regia di Alfredo Malfatti e Salvatore Samperi

1975/Piange …. Il telefono, regia di Lucio De Caro

1976/Il Maestro di violino, regia di Giovanni Fago

1983/FF.SS. Cioè … che mi ha portato a fare sopra a Posilippo se non mi vuoi più bene, regia di Renzo Arbore .

 

Televisione

 

1956/ I tre moschettieri

1965/ Scaramouche

1975/ Il marchese di Roccaverdina

1972/ Un colpo di fortuna

1977/ Don Giovanni in Sicilia

1984/ Western di Cose nostre

 

 

Prosa Televisiva Rai

 

1956/ L’Alfiere, di Carlo Alianello, regia di Anton Giulio Majano

 

 

 Attore Teatrale

 

1952/ Il Borghese gentiluomo

1954/ Controcorrente

1955/ Italy Saturday night

1956/ flood

1958/ La rosa di zolfo

1961/ Rinaldo in field

1963/ Thomas of Amalfi

1965/ The Goat Island

1968/ Liola

1969/ I waterfall a girl in the pot

1971/ don't wake the Lady

1973/ The Threepenny opera

1979/ Cyrano

1981/ L' man who met himself

 

 Songs 

 

 18 August

Home will be back together

The camp of bandits

Goodbye ... goodbye

Now forget about it

Ouch, purparu

Hallelujah Amara terra mia

Bitter my flower

Love never

The anniversary

Apocalypse

Hang a yellow ribbon

Armand d ' Abdalah

The Adventure

The flag

Sea bath

Balla balla

Ballad for a madman

Beautiful

Bordolino

Lu Brigante

Merry Christmas to all over the world

Cadetti di Guascogna

Cain

Calatafimi

Takes to the city

Cangaceiro

Cantu of Abdalah

The cat's song

Song of Cyrano

Or Ccafe

Cavaddruzzu

Cavaddu tea de la mine

Chicory (sung with his wife Franca Gandolfi)

White Horse

What is a kiss

What are the clouds

What a mess

What do I care ... to me

That you love like us

How did

As a tyrant

Comedy is over

With that beautiful face

With you I can't resist

Corriamoci meeting

So beautiful and so alone

Cucciola

From my rear window

Datimi ' nu Tobi D'Ali

Dolphins (Duet with son Massimo Modugno)

You have to trust me

Diciasettemilalire

Behind the love

God, how I love you

Bullet train coming from. ...

Tell her I'm happy

Tomorrow we begin again

Sunday

Don G

Curly Woman

Beautiful Women

After She

Where when De Woche

Duet Yes or not (Duet with Delia Scala)

And ' beautiful ' or sea

And God created woman

And looks

Bear's tale

Butterflies

Femmine di lusso

Le Fleurs et L'Amour

Maybe she loves me

Lu Frasulinu

The Cage

Day to day or day to day

Young love

The Wanderer

Hello love

I

Homme et la montagen

IO mammeta e tu

I have been fighting

I sinner

I will find you

I live here

Tears of love

Lazzarella

Letter from a soldier

Free

Distance (The)

Wolves and sheep

Mackie Messere

Maestro di violino

Magaria

MAGO de Roses

Malarazza

Bad dog

Mafia

Women sailors and woe

Mom

Husbands in town

Lu Realsworld

Melody of the storyteller

Wonderful

Month and September

My daughter

Give me the charge

Million sparks

Mille bolle blu

Thousand fami

Milletrè

Minaturi

My dear fall

I've entered the soul

Dangerous wife

Dead guitars

Mparame in vulè well

Musciu niuri (black cat or Kitty black)

Nose

Music

Na baby disease

Neither with you nor without you

In good times and bad

Nel blu dipinto di blu

Drunken Orchestra

Paths of glory

Clown in paradise

Pasquale is a disgrace

Pasqualino Maharajah

The Sparrow

None of my love

Fear of losing you

Snow a year ago

Crazy in love

Nina and lu capurali

One way or a flower

Ninna nanna de lu purparu

Piange il telefono

On the one hand a flower

Nisciuno bit sapè

It rains

No, my child

Pisci sword

We called it love

Pira d'oru

No longer alone

Pizza there in tomato sauce in Italy

Don't cry, Maria

I could not bind you to me

Not stay among the angels

Fabulous afternoon

You are no longer my baby

Closed door

Never let it be

Instead of me

You are not worthy

Trial love

Night of my love

Puparu

When a friend goes away

This is the B side

Night long night

La Novia

This is my life

Naked

Southern boy

Nu me anything

Reggio Calabria

Endless ocean sea

Resta cu ' mme

Ojalà

Recalling with tenderness

Olympia

Awakening

Now that salt day

Romantica

Salinaru

Terramante

Saint Valentine's Day

Head full of dreams

The crush

I love you, I love you

Scarcagnulu

Sceccu Lagnosu

Three burros and three robbers

Silver trumpet

You do a great thing

God willing

Tu si ' or sea

If a Cable Guy

Blue Suit

Selene

The hawks and the sparrows

The Lady at the side

Hey tv

Sicilien à Paris

Va, Va, Va

Yes, yes, yes

Old guitar

Sympathy

The Old Man

Vecchio Frack

Si tu vas

Harvest day and night

A soldier

Vale of summers

Vale de sciroccu

Sun ill

O Vesuvio

O Sole mio

A trip to the Moon

Sun, Sun, Sun

Come away (my friend)

Vincent Salas

Over the rooftops love my crazy Blues

Moon spell

Viva America

Vitti ' na crozza

Or Mirror

Stasera pago io

History of Mimmo Modugno

Strada ' nfosa

Sounds, Comrade

The Sveglietta

Tamburru de la guerra

Tambureddu

Many fa

Hush hush sweet sweet

 

 78 rpm discography

 

La ciociara/Lullaby (Rca Italiana)

Musciu niuru/Lu Pu (Rca Italy)

La donna riccia/Lu pisce spada (Rca Italy)

La sveglietta/La barchetta of Abdalah (Rca Italy)

Lu Wizard of roses/Cavaddruzzu (Rca Italy)

Sirinata dispittusa/Scaragnulu ' na (Rca Italy)

Lu minaturi/Nina and lu capuraland (Rca Italy)

Cavaddu tea de la minera/Vale de sciroccu (Rca Italy)

Ninna Nanna de lu Puparu/Lu sciccareddu

Lu mistress of rose/Cavaduzzu

Sirinata dispittusa/Scarcagnulu ' na

The lady next door/the snow a year ago

Lu minaturi/Nin and corporal lu/Lazzarella/Strada ' nfosa

Old guitar/Lu tambureddu/Nel blu dipinto di blu/Nisciuno bit sapè

Lagnosu/Lu Lu sceccu tamburu de la guerra/O ' ccafe/Pasqualino Maharajah

Maria/Vitti na crozza As '' dangerous/wife/first

Vecchio Frack/Sun, Sun, Sun/Rain/Twenty summers

Muisetto/Io mammeta e tu/Night long night

 

33 Rpm

 

I successi di Domenico Modugno

Domenico Modugno and her guitar-A poet, a painter, a musician

The road of success

Domenico Modugno

Domenico is always Domenico

Domenico Modugno

Domenico Modugno/Modugno Siciliano

Modugno

God, how I love you

Nose/Io Mammeta e tu