• Mix: A Tribute to Nicolosi

    Ott 15 2007, 20:39 di sharevari

    Ever since my early noughties rediscovery of italo disco, I've been a massive fan of the first three Valerie Dore singles and their unique melancholic and string-laden swooning sound. I never bothered to dig deeper however, apart from tracking down everything else with Dore's name on it; only to discover it was pretty rubbish (from Lancelot onwards).

    But recently I stumbled upon a few other tracks that shared the same sound and the same bittersweet harmonies, one of them was Only Music Survives by Alba, another was Your Mind by Angie Care. And through some Discogs browsing and email conversations with Johan Agebjörn (of Sally Shapiro fame), I suddenly realised that all these productions had a common link in a team of song writers and producers all sharing the surname of Nicolosi. It even turns out they're behind quite a few other italo favourites of mine that I previously had not thought related! Just a Story by Mike Rogers, Funky Is On by Funky Family and Distant Planet by The Voyagers being the most noteworthy.
  • The story behind Valerie Dore

    Ott 8 2007, 20:50 di johanagebjorn

    Monika Valerie Dore Stucchi

    Valerie Dore is not the name of an italo disco singer. It's the name of an italo disco project involving two different female singers and a big number of producers and song-writers. In this journal I will try to summarize what I know about this, and also point out a few unanswered questions that I have. Feel free to correct and add information by writing a comment.

    It all began with the group Novecento, consisting of the lead singer Dora Carofiglio and the three siblings Nicola Lino Nicolosi, Pino Nicolosi and Rossana Nicolosi. The Nicolosis had met Dora already in 1977. This group put out their debut singles and LP in 1984 but the great international success came when the Pino & Lino brothers put together the track The Night with Dora on lead vocals. The Night was written by a fourth (?) sibling - Giuseppe Nicolosi - together with Barbara Addoms, but was according to the sleeve arranged by the Pino…