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Nicola Arigliano


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Nicholas Arigliano - an Italian singer of jazz, the “Frank Sinatra” of Italy - was born on December 6, 1923 in Squinzano and died on March 30, 2010.

At 11 years old he ran away to Milan, as he was humiliated by his family due to his stuttering. Because of his difficult childhood he used to sign autographs, later on, by the name ‘Pasquale’. He took lessons in music theory, played the saxophone and sang in a few amateur bands, with american-style singers.

He came to public attention, as he participated in 1946 on Radio Bari, at the “Amateur Paradise” competition, organized by composer Vito Vittorio Crocitto and maestro Carlo Vitale.

“I started young. I studied a bit ‘of harmony, I was, actually I am, a Bach convinced, I like everything about Sebastian” - Nicola

In 1952, he participated at the Newport Jazz Festival, thanks to music critic Marshall Brown, who noticed him earlier. Back in Italy, he participated as an actor in numerous television programs, and started his professional career as an entertainer.

His life is divided between music and television. His first disc dates from 1956 and was a 78 rpm record; it consisted of a few napolitan songs and was released by RCA Italia. The following year, he moved to Fonit and released other recordings with Alberto Pizzigoni and Riccardo Rauchi.

With the transition to 45 rpm records, and to the Columbia label, the first success came with the recording of the song “Simpatica” by Garinei, Giovannini and Kramer, taken from the musical comedy Buonanotte Bettina.


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  • PurplePostRock

    its ok

    4 Jul 2012 Reply
  • KLOWN95

    Ah,ma è morto?Cavolo,non lo sapevo! Un'altra perla della musica italiana che se ne va! Riposa in pace,Nicola!

    2 Aug 2010 Reply
  • VNTrock

    Omaggi al grande Nicola.

    19 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Ulysses101

    Che mondo è quello in cui ci si riempie la bocca e, peggio ancora, le orecchie di Gigi D'Alessio e si dimentica Arigliano? Farewell Maestro... Ti sia lieve la terra.

    1 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Erestor_thebard

    Squinzano, 6 dicembre 1923. Calimera, 30 marzo 2010. Addio, vecchio boss.

    31 Mar 2010 Reply
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  • Don_Diego

    Go man!

    6 Jun 2006 Reply

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