Archive for June 18, 2015

Old Guy Plays “Volare”

If you were around when this song came out, you need no reminders. It was huge. Written by Domenico Modugno and Franco Migliacci, it won a European song-writing contest in 1958. The word “volare” is the infinitive form of the verb and means “to fly”. Modugno also took the song to #1 in 1958.

This song has to be one of the most covered in history, and reached the top-40 again in versions by Dean Martin and Bobby Rydell. It is also associated with Sergio Franchi whose version was featured in commercials for the Plymouth Volare which was sold between 1976 and 1980.

This tune truly is one my personal all-time favorites. It is beautifully crafted with a captivating melody and very interesting harmonies. The harmonies are fairly sophisticated, with quite a bit of chromatic motion and changes of key.

June 18, 2015 at 7:01 pm Leave a comment

Old Guy Plays “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes”

This tune, written by Benjamin Weisman, Dorothy Wayne, and Marilynn Garrett, was a big hit for Bobby Vee in 1963, peaking at #3 on the charts.

Bobby Vee was born Robert Thomas Velline in Fargo, North Dakota. Rick Nelson’s career and life ended with a plane crash. Vee’s career began with the tragedy of one. On “The Day the Music Died” (3 February 1959), the three headline acts in the lineup of the traveling “Winter Dance Party”, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa while en route to the next show on the tour itinerary in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Velline, then aged 15, and a hastily-assembled band of Fargo, North Dakota schoolboys calling themselves Bobby Vee and the Shadows volunteered for and were given the unenviable job of filling in for Holly and his band at the Moorhead engagement. Their performance there was a success, setting in motion a chain of events that led to Vee’s career as a popular singer.

June 18, 2015 at 3:34 pm Leave a comment


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