1/02/2010

OK, so this is just a hypothetical.

But suppose, just suppose, that some kids in Italy were really taken with the looks of Elvis and other rockabilly types in the late 1950's?

But, suppose, instead of picking up the vocabulary of rhythm-and-blues, they stayed pretty nestled in the traditional popular music of their country, with maybe a few touches from the bijou courtesy of Piero Piccioni or Ennio Morricone.

This might be the result, in 1961. Don't say I didn't warn you!



By the way, the lead vocalist, Adriano Celentano, is a huge star in Italy. How huge? Here's a video of him from 2005. He's now spectacularly (but not suavely) challenged in the follicle department, sits on steps while he is singing, doesn't appear to acknowledge the audience and is clearly struggling to hear the feed in his ear. Kind of pitiful, but the audience is clearly enthused with seeing him recap live a big hit of his ('Azzurro'), originally recorded in the late 1960's. And I thought all those PBS specials of 'doo-wop' groups have a forgiving audience!

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