Monday, October 21, 2013

RIP Gianni Ferrio

The world of Italian music has lost one of its most important creative minds: it is off today as composer and arranger Gianni Ferrio has died at the age of 88. The artist had a long career that saw him starring on the big and small screen but also behind the scenes of the world of music, composing and arranging some of the greatest achievements made in the Italian musical tradition.
He was born Giovanni Achille Ferrio in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy and studied at conservatories of Vicenza and Venice. He started working at the end of the 1950s, and was active as a film composer of film, signing about 120 scores especially for Spaghetti westerns and sex comedies. His piece "One Silver Dollar", the main theme of the sound-track of Giorgio Ferroni's Un dollaro bucato, was later included in the sound-track of Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. Ferrio was also well known for his work in pop music, particularly for his collaboration with Mina, for whom he composed, among others, "Parole parole". He was the official conductor for Sanremo Music Festival in 1959 and 1962 and for the Eurovision Song Contest 1965. He also took part, as conductor, in several important Italian TV-shows. Gianni was married to actress Alba Arnova [1930- ] since 1956.
FERRIO, Gianni (Giovanni Achille Ferrio)
Born: 11/15/1924, Vicenza, Veneto, Italy
Died: 10/21/2013, Italy
Gianni Ferrio’s westerns – composer:
A Dollar of Fear - 1960
The Magnificent Three – 1961
Heroes of the West – 1963
Massacre at Grande Canyon – 1963
Blood for a Silver Dollar - 1965
Heroes of the West - 1965
Djurado - 1966
Fort Yuma Gold - 1966
Rebels on the Loose – 1966
The Tough One – 1966
Death Sentence - 1967
The Dirty Outlaws - 1967
Don’t Sing, Shoot (TV) - 1967
A Few Bullets More - 1967
Find a Place to Die - 1968
A Bullet for Sandoval - 1969
Sundance Cassidy and Butch the Kid - 1969
A Man Called Sledge – 1970
Reverend Colt – 1970
The Ballad of Ben and Charlie - 1971
Long Live Your Death – 1971
Fast Hand is Still My Name - 1972
California – 1977

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