Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu) - Gipsy Kings - Greatest Hits
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Winning the eighth Sanremo Music Festivalthe song was chosen as the Italian entry to the Eurovision Song Contest inwhere it won third place out of ten songs in total.
The combined sales of all the versions of the song exceed 22 million copies worldwide, making it one of the most popular Eurovision songs of all time and the most successful Sanremo Music Festival song ever.
It spent five non-consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot in August and September and was Billboard 's number-one single for the year. The song was later translated into several languages and it was recorded by a wide range of performers. Franco Migliacci started working on the lyrics of the song in Juneinspired by two paintings by Marc Chagall.
He had planned to go to the sea with Domenico Modugno, but while waiting for Modugno to show up, Migliacci started drinking wine and eventually fell asleep. He had vivid dreams, and when he woke up, he looked at the Chagall paintings reproductions on the wall.
Much later, inFranca Gandolfi recalled that her husband, Domenico Modugno, after a storm forced open his window, had the idea of modifying the chorus of the song, introducing the word "Volare", which is now the popular title of the song.
The song is a ballad  in a dramatic chanson style, in which Modugno describes the feeling he has, which resembles flying when with his lover. Mi dipingevo le mani e la faccia di blu; poi d'improvviso venivo dal vento rapito, e incominciavo a volare nel cielo infinito. The English lyrics were written by Mitchell Parish. Alternative English lyrics were written in by Gracie Fieldsand they were used in most concerts she performed in from then until her death in She often changed Medley: Speed The Plow / The Maid Behind The Bar (Judys Reel) / Teatottlers Reel (Temperance Reel words to suit her performance and age.
Inthe song participated in the selection process for the eighth Sanremo Music Festival, held in The jury charged with selecting the entries to the competition was going to reject "Nel blu dipinto di blu", but in the end it was one of the 20 admitted songs.
On 31 Januarythe song was performed for the first time, during the second night of the eighth Sanremo Music Festival, by Domenico Modugno and Johnny Dorelli. According to his team-partner, Dorelli was so nervous Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu) - Gipsy Kings - Greatest Hits he had to be punched by Modugno to be persuaded to perform on the stage.
After being admitted to the final,  held at the Sanremo Casino on 1 Februarythe song was performed again, and it won the contest,  beating the song "L'edera" by Nilla Pizzi and Tonina Torrielliwhich came in second place.
Dorelli's performance didn't have a big impact on Glasvegas - Flowers & Football Tops audience,  while Modugno's is now considered to be the event which changed the history of Italian music.
Following the first place at the Sanremo Music Festival, the song was chosen to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contestwhich took place on 12 March She Put The Baby In The Microwave - The Mutilators - Music Lovers. Rejoice! Mutilators Greatest Hi HilversumNetherlands.
Domenico Modugno was chosen Dozy World - Maypole - The Real the singer. The song was performed first on the night, preceding the Netherlands' Corry Brokken with " Heel de wereld ". It was succeeded as Italian entry at the contest by " Piove Ciao, ciao bambina ", also performed by Modugno.
The song became an instant success in Italy, selling more than 20, copies in its first 12 days. As of Februaryaccording to RAI 's estimates, the single had soldcopies in its domestic market.
In the United Kingdom, Modugno's single was released on 23 Augusttogether with eight other versions recorded by international artists. In the United States, the single debuted at number 54 on the very first Billboard HotForeign Corridor - Jeff Greinke - Cities In Fog (CD, Album, Album) 4 Augustand the next week it climbed at number two, marking the biggest jump to the runner-up spot in the chart's history.
It is also one of the only two songs by Modugno charting on the Hottogether with " Piove Ciao, ciao bambina ", which peaked at number In the United Kingdom, the single debuted at number 15 on 6 Septemberand the following week it rose and peaked at number ten on the UK Singles Chart.
The song's popularity endures, and inaccording to the Italian Society of Authors and Publishersit was the most played Italian song, in Italy as well as in the whole world. Inseven years after his death, Modugno was awarded with the Sanremo Music Festival Special Award, "given to the one who, [ Ina concert was held in CopenhagenDenmark, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest.
I myself voted for "Volare" but I am pleased that so many people voted for us. Inthe 50th anniversary of the song was celebrated in Italy by releasing a postage stamp showing a man who is flying on a blue background. Immediately after the release of "Nel blu dipinto di blu", Antonio De Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu) - Gipsy Kings - Greatest Hits accused Domenico Modugno and Migliacci of plagiarising his song "Il castello dei sogni'".
During the trial for plagiarism, De Marco claimed that he lost his sheet music in Rome, while registering his song with the Italian Society of Authors and Publisherssuggesting that Modugno somehow found it   and plagiarised both the lyrics and the music of his composition. Credits adapted from Discografia Nazionale della Canzone Italiana. After the releases by Modugno and Dorelli and following the initial success of Modugno's one, many other versions were quickly recorded and released.
The song was also translated in several languages, including French, Spanish, Dutch, Finnish and Portuguese. It was released on the same EP as his own entry for Belgium, " Ma petite chatte ". Inthe song was recorded by Italian-American singer Bobby Rydellreaching number four on the Hot during the summer of  and number 22 in the UK.
Among the other artists covering the song soon after its release, Connie Francis included it in her 's Connie Francis sings Italian Favorites Chet Atkins covered it for 's Travelin' Ella Fitzgerald recorded it for her 's Hello, Dolly! Louis Armstrong performed "Nel blu dipinto di blu" live during the s, and his performance was later included in some of his live albums. Inthe song was featured on the self-titled album released in Germany by Italian singer Rita Pavone.
His single peaked at number 33 in the US,  it reached number 3 on the Dutch Single Top and it was certified gold by the Canadian Recording Industry Association.
Inthe Italian supergroup MusicaItalia released a cover version for the song as a charity single for Ethiopian famine relief. Australian alternative rock band TISM recorded a version in the early to mid s which was issued on their debut album Great Truckin' Songs of the Renaissance in A version of the song by David Bowie was featured in 's British rock musical film Absolute Beginners. Their version topped the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart in April  and became a minor hit in the Inner Dub - Various - Essentials Vol 2 (File), where it reached number InItalian singer Mina released the Jivaro Song - Julien Clerc - Le Coffret Essentiel Sconcertoentirely composed of Domenico Modugno Italian hits, including "Nel blu dipinto di blu".
British Popera vocal group G4 opened 's album Act Three with a cover of the song  and during the same year, Claudio Baglioni included it in his double studio set Quelli degli altri tutti quitogether with other popular Italian songs. The song was released on her album, Volarein by Big Fish Records.
Ina rock version of the song was included in Gianna Nannini 's Io e Te. British tenor Jonathan Antoine 's debut solo album, Tenorefeatures an operatic pop version of "Nel blu El Rancho Grande - Sonny Bono Hammond Organ And His Rhythm* - Congratulations, Mister Hammond di blu".
Italian vocal group Il Volo recorded the song for the album L'amore si muove in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Nel blu dipinto di blu. For the film, see Nel blu dipinto di blu film.
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