Monday, September 16, 2013


Italian music was so popular in Brazil around 1963-1964 that some native Italian speakers who lived in the country tried their best to sign contracts and record songs in Italian. Dick Danello is probably the most famous of those Italians or Italian-descendants who hit the parade.

Dick Danello recorded Little Tony's 'Quando vedrai la mia ragazza' and had a fair bit of air play. He started appearing on TV shows and eventually was included as part of the Jovem Guarda gang - those Brazilian young people who sang or played Brazilian rock. 

Dick Danello writes his own biography for Melodias. But as Brazilian journalism is famous for using a lot of adjectives instead of nouns we're left with little insight about Danello's life. 

Dick says he was born 1 January (like a lady, he declined to state the year) in Belvedere Marittimo, in the province of Cosenza, in Calabria, Italy. 

He says he came to Brazil for a visit and decided to stay. He doesn't say what made him visit Brazil in the first place. 

He says, after recording 'Quando vedrai la mia ragazza' for Fermata in 1965, Enrique Lebendiger, its director, tried to get him to sing at famous Festival di San Remo, but could not do it. Thing is: Danello was not famous enough to appear in San Remo.

Now, he had his 2nd single for Fermata: 'Ogni mattina' b/w 'Non aspetto nessuno' and was keeping his fingers crossed to get up the charts. 

If one really looks at Dick Danello's single discography one will notice he recorded at least one San Remo hit per year. Not necessarily the winner song but one he was really keen on. 

Dick Danello's singles discography 

FB-33-069  -  Bussicabombaio / Quando vedrai la mia ragazza - Fermata 1964 
FB-33-118  -  Non aspetto nessuno / Ogni mattina - Dick Danello - Fermata 1965

FB-33-154  -  Nessuno mi può giudicare / Parlami di te - Dick Danello - Fermata 1966

7B-931 – Bisogna saper perdere / Il mondo non è per me - Odeon 1967
Poesia (Don Backy) / Da bambino (Massimo Ranieri's entry at San Remo '68) - Odeon 1968

50.147 – Zingara / Lontano dagli occhi (both songs are San Remo tunes) –  Continental 1969

50.204 – Chi non lavora non fa l’amore (Celentano's San Remo winner) / La prima cosa bella – 1970
50.000 – Il cuore è un zingaro / Poetica no.1 (San Remo '71) - Continental 1971

Dick Danello's EP for Som-Copacabana with four covers of Italian hits.
San Remo 1964
San Remo 1966
San Remo 1969

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