Michele Lacerenza was born on January 7, 1922 in Taranto, Puglia, Italy. One of the great trumpet players of the Spaghetti western genre. When Ennio Morricone was composing the score for “Fistful of Dollars”, Sergio Leone wanted Italy’s premiere trumpet player Nini Rosso but Lacerenza heard about it and wanted to play the trumpet for the film score, and Michele knew it well. So he played that solo in such a breathtaking manner that he himself was driven to tears. And in the end Sergio too was moved by that heartbreaking sound". Vinicio Capossela, a renowned Italian singer, admits: "That trumpet breaks Leone's long, silent sequences like a cry rising from the desert stones. The Lord's trumpet calls the souls to judgment, Lacerenza's calls them to the final showdown". In 1964, after the exploit of "For a Fistful of Dollars", Lacerenza's trumpet became a fetish for an endless number of spaghetti-western movies. Lacerenza's trumpet immediately evokes the gritty and grimy West of Sergio Leone and of his countless imitators. Lacerenza became a composer and composed scores for three Euro-westerns and played on ten. Michele died on November 17, 1989 in Rome. Today we remember Michele Lacerenza on what would have been his 90th birthday.