PE0138. CLAUDIO VILLA, incl. 45 Songs by Pigini, Martelli, Rendina, Stazzonelli, Bonagura, Esposito, Cioffi, Bovio, Stazzonelli, Canetti, etc. (Italy) 2-Clama CVCD 1/2, recorded 1940s. Final sealed copy!
“Tenor Claudio Villa was born Claudio Pica in the Trastevere quarter of Rome in 1926. He recorded over 3000 songs, sold 45 million records, and appeared in 25 musicals during his career.
Many songs made famous by Villa, like 'A Tazza 'e Cafe', were recorded for the Fonit-Cetra company. Together with Domenico Modugno, Villa holds the record for the most ‘wins’ at the San Remo Music Festival, where he won the competition in 1955, 1957, 1962 and 1967. He also sang at another Italian music competition, ‘Canzonissima’, a television event shown on RAI from 1956 to 1974. He won Canzonissima in 1964 with ‘O sole mio’ and in 1966 with ‘Granada’.
Villa was largely unknown in North America until the 1996 film BIG NIGHT was released, co-directed by Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott. The film won international acclaim. The soundtrack includes three Claudio Villa songs: ‘Stornelli Amorosi’, ‘La Strada del Bosco’ and ‘Tic Ti, Tic Ta’. Villa is a master of the ‘stornello’, a traditional song style that we thought had just the right, delicate feeling for the film's opening. But we and co-director Campbell Scott were further amazed by Villa when in the editing room, we chanced upon his boisterous ‘Tic Tic, Tic Ta’ and his shamelessly romantic ‘La Strada del Bosco’.”
- Stanley Tucci