Saturday, February 24, 2018

Who Are Those Composers? ~ The De Angelis Brothers

The De Angelis brothers were born in Rocca di Papa, near Rome, Italy.

Guido De Angelis on December 22, 1944, and Maurizio De Angelis on February 22, 1947. Their musical career started in 1963, when, after successfully publishing an LP, they became arrangers for RCA Italiana. Their success led to many more albums in which they composed, arranged, and sang their music.

The De Angelis brothers were among the most prolific Italian musicians of the 1970s. In fact, they were forced to use different names for many of their projects to avoid over-saturating the market. One of these was Oliver Onions, which eventually became the name they were mostly identified with. Another name they recorded under was Juniper.

Although they released many standalone albums, it is for their soundtrack work for which the De Angelis brothers are best known. Out of their many scores, which includes the main theme for the 1983 Italian cult movie “Yor, the Hunter from the Future”, undoubtedly the most famous and popular are those composed for the Terence Hill and Bud Spencer comedies. Their song ‘Dune Buggy’ for the film “Watch Out, We're Mad” reached the top of the charts in Europe.

They are also known for their work on animated series, having composed original songs for Italian-dubbed anime (such as “Doraemon”, “Ashita no Joe” and “Galaxy Express 999”) and European series (such as “Around the World with Willy Fog”).

They composed the  music also for title song of Sandokan series, which was based on the novel E. Salgari.

They are also famous for writing and composing the themes to “Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds” and “Bobobobs”.

De ANGELIS, Guido e Maurizio (De ANGELIS, Guido [12/22/1944, Rocca di Papa, Lazio, Italy -     ], De ANGELIS, Maurizio [2/22/1947, Rocca di Papa, Lazio, Italy -     ] – producers composers, songwriters, musicians (guitar), singers.
Trinity Is STILL My Name!* – 1971
Man of the East* - 1972 [as Oliver Onions]
The Sting of the West* – 1972
Chino* – 1973
Karate, Fists and Beans – 1973 [as Juniper]
Spaghetti Western – 1975
Trinity, the Clown, the Guitar – 1975
The White, the Yellow, the Black – 1975
Zorro* – 1975
Keoma* – 1976
A Man Called Blade* – 1977
Arrivano i Vostro (TV) - 1983
Doc West (TV) – 2008
Triggerman (TV) – 2008
My Name is Bud – 2011
My Name is Carlo – 2011

* Available on CD

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