Nico Fidenco

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Nico Fidenco (actually Domenico Colarossi ; born January 24, 1933 in Rome ) is an Italian singer and composer who has worked a lot for the cinema.


Fidenco began studying medicine in 1953, but soon broke it off and enrolled at the centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia . As an assistant director he worked on several documentaries and with Franco Brusati . He celebrated his first successes as a singer in the early 1960s; already his first hit was a film song, Su nel cielo from the movie Dangerous nights of Franco Maselli . Other titles, often Italian cover versions of successful film songs, which Fidenco, who had learned to play the piano as an autodidact, recorded, followed. In the period from 1960 to 1971 alone, he published around 40 singles. By early 1963 he had sold more than a million records. He was responsible for the soundtrack for more than 65 films, including twelve spaghetti westerns , and in later years for exploitation films . His music is described as "heated and serious, fun and funky". Fidenco mostly worked with a small cast, consisting of keyboards and guitars that shape the sound as well as (often exotic) percussion and discreetly used winds and strings, often with trumpet solos for the westerns. He was influenced u. a. by Alessandro Alessandroni , with whom he also worked frequently.

At the Sanremo Festival in 1967 Fidenco appeared together with the singer Cher , but could not reach the finals with Ma piano (per non svegliarti) . From 1984 to 1994 he formed I Super 4 with Riccardo Del Turco , Jimmy Fontana and Gianni Meccia ; In addition to their repertoire, the quartet presented a new LP in 1985, which had moderate success.

Single releases (selection)

year Title
Top ranking, total weeks, awardChartsChart placements
(Year, title, album , rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1960 What a Sky (Su nel cielo) IT1 (18 weeks)
RCA Italiana N 1109
1961 Just the same old line IT5 (14 weeks)
Il mondo di Suzie Wong IT1 (28 weeks)
RCA Italiana PM 1144
B-side: Tornerai… Suzie
Legata a un granello di sabbia IT1 (22 weeks)
RCA Italiana PM 1166
B-side: Ridi, ridi
Come nasce un amore IT8 (6 weeks)
1962 Tra le piume di una rondine IT4 (6 weeks)
Moon River (Colazione da Tiffany) IT3 (20 weeks)
RCA Victor PM 3044
B-side: Audrey
Lasciami il tuo sorriso IT5 (9 weeks)
1963 Se mi perderai IT2 (13 weeks)
RCA Italiana PM 3199
B-side: Goccia di mare
1964 Con te sulla spiaggia IT5 (18 weeks)
A casa d'Irene IT14 (1 week)
1965 L'uomo che non sapeva amare IT5 (13 weeks)
La voglia di ballare IT11 (2 weeks)

Filmography (selection)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Billboard, September 21, 1963, p. 52
  2. ^ Kristopher Spencer: Film and Television Scores 1950–1979. 2008, p. 122
  3. ibid.
  4. Ulrich P. Bruckner: For a few more corpses. Munich 2006, p. 520
  5. M&D chart archive. Musica e dischi , accessed on July 3, 2016 (Italian, paid subscription access).