Saturday, June 16, 2018

Who Are Those Composers? ~ Gianni Ferrio

Giovanni Achille Ferrio was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy on November 16, 1924. He studied at the conservatories of Vicenza and Venice. Ferrio started working at the end of the 1950s, and was active as a composer of film scores, creating about 120 sound-tracks especially for spaghetti westerns and sex comedies. His score for "One Silver Dollar", the main theme to Giorgio Ferroni's Blood for a Silver Dollar (1965), was later included in 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, the hit song "Parole parole", and wrote arrangements and orchestrations for numerous of her songs and albums. The last collaboration with Mina was for her 2012 album 12 (American Song Book), for which Ferrio traditionally provided the string arrangements.

He was the official conductor for Sanremo Music Festival in 1959 and 1962 and for the Eurovision Song Contest 1965. Gianni also took part, as conductor, in several important Italian TV-shows.

Ferrio was married to ballerina and film actress Alba Arnova and died in Rome on October 21, 2013

FERRIO, Gianni (aka James Anderson, Lady Park) (Giovanni Achille Ferrio) [11/15/1924, Vicenza, Veneto, Italy - 10/21/2013, Rome, Lazio, Italy] – composer, conductor, arranger, songwriter, married to actress Alba Arnova (Alba Filomena Fossati) [1930-    ] (1956-2013).
A Dollar of Fear - 1960
The Magnificent Three – 1961
Massacre at Grande Canyon* – 1963
Blood for a Silver Dollar* – 1965
     Song: “A Man…A Story” sung by Fred Bongusto (Alfredo Bongusto)
     Song: “Give Me Back” sung by Lidia MacDonald (Lydia McDonald)
Heroes of the West* - 1965
Djurado* - 1966
Fort Yuma Gold* - 1966
Rebels on the Loose* – 1966
The Tough One* – 1966
Death Sentence* - 1967
     Song: “The Last Game” sung by Nevil Cameron
     Song: “Yes, Sir” sung by Lilian Terry, I Cantori Moderni
The Dirty Outlaws* - 1967
     Song: “The Desperado” sung by John Balfour (John Ireson)
Don’t Sing, Shoot (TV) - 1967
A Few Bullets More* - 1967
Wanted* - 1967
Death Sentence* - 1968
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
     Song: “Let it Rain, Let it Pour” sung by Stefan Grossman
Long Live Your Death – 1971
Fast Hand is Still My Name* - 1972
California* – 1977
Tex and the Lord of the Deep*

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