Edoardo Vianello - "Guarda Come Dondolo" & Jimmy Fontana - "Il Mondo"
He was prolific and incredible and had a way of activating a generation of people! He charged them and then set them loose on the world.
Edoardo Vianello is an Italian singer, composer and actor. He's considered one of the most popular Italian singers of the Sixties. SIAE estimated a sale of over 50 million records worldwide. As of 2006, songs of Vianello were included in the soundtracks of 64 films.
Born in Rome, Vianello started his career in 1956. He obtained his first successes in 1961, with Il capello and Pinne fucile ed occhiali, which both ranked second in the Italian Hit Parade. Later he obtained several more great successes (including Guarda come dondolo, Abbronzatissima and O mio signore which charted 1 and I Watussi which charted 3, until the second half of the 1960s. After a less successful period, he re-launched his career in the 1970s founding the duo Vianella with his wife Wilma Goich. The main hit of the period was Semo gente de borgata, which ranked 7 in Hit Parade. In the late 1970s he reprised his solo career.
Jimmy Fontana on the other hand knew JUST how to make smooth music that everyone wanted to listen to. He sang about big ideas and big things and slowly changed an entire country's idea of music.
Born Enrico Sbriccoli in Camerino, Italy, he went to Rome, after graduating from school, to study Economics and Accounting, while teaching himself the bass and attending local jazz venues. Eventually, he would devote himself completely to music. Early on in his career, he adopted the stage name Jimmy Fontana, taking the name of one of his idols, American musician Jimmy Giuffre, and the surname "Fontana" arbitrarily, as he related, out of the phone book.
He started his own jazz band, Fontana and his Trio, with piano, bass and drums, and around that time he met Leda, who would become his wife and with whom they would have four children, Luigi, Roberto, Andrea and Paola.
At the end of the 1950s, he turned to light music and began his solo career. His first success was "Diavolo" ("Devil") that won him third place in the Festival of Barcelona. With his song "Bevo" ("Drink"), in 1960, he won the Burlamacco Gold, a music competition in Viareggio. His first participation in the Festival of Sanremo came in 1961 with "Lady luna" ("Lady moon"), written by Armando Trovajoli and Dino Verde. His first single with RCA is "Non te ne andare" ("Don't go"), released in 1963 and written by Gianni Meccia and Lilli Greek.
In 1965, Fontana had his major success with "Il mondo" ("The world"), a song composed by Fontana and Carlo Pes, and arranged by Ennio Morricone, with lyrics by Gianni Meccia, which reached the top of the charts in Italy and other countries in Europe and charted in Latin America as well. The same year, he made his debut as an actor, appearing in two musicarelli, which are movies heavily featuring musical numbers, titled Viale della canzone ("Avenue of song") and 008 Operazione ritmo ("008 Operation rhythm").
So, today with charm and sunshine in equal measure, I choose a duo of Italians, Edoardo Vianello's "Guarda Come Dondolo" & Jimmy Fontana's "Il Mondo" as my, break all the records, change your own ideas, let no limits be set, songs for a, get out and get proud, find the confidence inside, you are all you've ever needed to be Friday!