Motown All’Italiana

Fifty years ago this month, the Supremes’ “You Can’t Hurry Love” was at the top of the Billboard charts and the trio were becoming international stars.   To help spread the music of Motown across the globe, founder Berry Gordy had his biggest stars re-record their music in different languages and Italian seems to have been the most popular.  Here’s an old NPR segment on the topic and samples of “L’Amore Verra / You Can’t Hurry Love” and Stevie Wonder’s “Il sole è di Tutti / A Place In The Sun” from Italian TV.

The Supremes – L'amore verrà

♫ Stevie Wonder ♪ Il Sole è Di Tutti (New Release) ♫ Video & Audio Restaurati


Gianni Morandi: singer, actor, runner, Pokémon Go trainer…

71-year old Gianni Morandi is still performing (wrapped about a sold-out tour with Baglioni this year),  is about to star in a new TV series (“Per amore di mia figlia”), continues to run in marathons, and has now added Pokémon GO trainer to his resume.  Over the weekend, the unstoppable Morandi announced the news of his capture of the elusive Pokémon monster Dragonite to his Facebook fans.

Gianni Morandi – Uno su mille


Lolliradio Italia for your streaming musica needs

While Italian Sinfonia would love to be back on the air again, a wonderful substitution is Lolliradio Italia, a 24-hour Italian music station, bringing you the best of Italian pop, old and new, from Battisti to Baglioni, Pausini to Mengoni.

Lolliradio also broadcasts 5 other themed stations including Happy, Soft (a mix of mainly English and Italian older adult contemporary tracks – think Lite FM), Dance (DJ remixes), Hits (international hits currently playing on Italian airwaves) and Oldies (a lot of English dance pop from the 70s and 80s).

The station has its own iTunes, Android and Windows app and can also be found on TuneIn so if you’re not by your PC, connect your bluetooth receiver or Chromecast Audio @ home and transport yourself abroad for a while.

A sample of one of the many classics to be found on Italia…

Gianni Togni – Luna (1980)


YouTube’s Italian Music Vault

YouTube user Flaniman2 is the man for all classic Italian pop music fans.  His channel is dubbed “Tele Ricordi (La TiVù che non c’è più)” and his posts are made up of performances from mainly the 60s to the  80s of classic Italian hits performed live on music and variety shows, with a bunch of international hits sprinkled in.

♫ Ivano Fossati ♪ La Mia Banda Suona Il Rock ♫ Video & Audio Remastered HD

Stefania Sandrelli / The Music of “I Knew Her Well”

Happy birthday to Stefania Sandrelli who turns 70 today!   One of Sandrelli’s early films, and unknown to US audiences, was “Io la conoscevo bene,” a 1965 comedy-drama from Antonio Pietrangeli considered a classic in Italy.   The movie was released in the US this year as part of the Criterion Collection and is recommended not only for Sandrelli’s star performance and the movie’s comparisons to La Dolce Vita, but music fans would appreciate the soundtrack containing classics from Mina, Sergio Endrigo, Ornella Vanoni and Peppino DiCapri.

Stefania Sandrelli (Io la conoscevo bene) – Sergio Endrigo (Mani bucate)

Alessandra Amoroso breaks Guinness World record for most duets in 2 minutes

Guinness World Records confirmed this week that Alessandra Amoroso’s performance on the May 12th episode of “E poi c’è Cattelan” broke a record for most duets sung consecutively in 2 minutes (19).

Read the full story from Guinness here:

E POI C'È CATTELAN #EPCC –‬‬ "Extreme Duets Record Edition" con Alessandra Amoroso 2016: Max Gazzè and Negrita

Coming to the US and Canada this October for Hit Week Italy‘s annual North American festival is Max Gazzè and Negrita.  This will be Gazzè’s concert debut in the Americas while Negrita was part of HitWeek festivities in 2010 and 2012.

Max Gazzè
Oct 8 – Toronto
Oct 12 – NYC: Highline Ballroom
Oct 14 – Miami: North Beach Bandshell
Oct 16 – LA: Whisky a Go Go

Oct 24 – LA: Whisky a Go Go

Max Gazzè – La Vita Com'è

Negrita – Il Gioco

Eurovision on US TV – Francesca Michielin among favorites

The favorites @ at this year’s Eurovision competition are Russia and France but Italy may have a chance to sneak in towards the top with Francesca Michielin’s Festival di Sanremo entry “No Degree of Separation.”

The finals will be broadcast live in the US for the first time on Logo TV, beginning at 3pm on March 14th.

Francesca Michielin – No Degree of Separation (Italy) 2016 Eurovision Song Contest

Laura Pausini – Simili America Tour 2016

July 26 @ Brampton-Toronto, Powerade Centre
July 28 @ Brooklyn, Barclays Center
July 30 @ Miami, Waterfront Theatre @ American Airlines Arena
Aug 5 @ Los Angeles, Microsoft Theater

August through September will cover Central and South America.

Laura Pausini – Simili (Lyric Video)

Welcome to our new look!

It’s been almost 20 years since Italian Sinfonia debuted online in June 1996 (anyone remember Geocities?) – and it’s probably been about that long since we’ve updated our design. We’ve moved the site to a WordPress format and hope to take advantage of its many features, as well as focusing on keeping our most popular sections current.

Please email any comments or suggestions. A presto!

Italian sinfonia (2011 – Remaster)