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Quartetto Cetra

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Quartetto Cetra was an Italian vocal quartet established during the 1940s.

The group originated from the previous Quartetto Ritmo, following the replacement of one of its singers. Felice Chiusano filled the vacancy left by Enrico Gentile and joined Tata Giacobetti, Virgilio Savona, and Enrico de Angelis in the quartet’s line-up. Quartetto Cetra first appeared in a radio review called Riepilogando in 1941.

In October 1947 Enrico de Angelis left the group to join the Army. He was replaced by the singer Lucia Mannucci, the wife of Virgilio Savona. That was Quartetto Cetra’s final lineup, which lasted for the rest of their four-decade career. The first song they performed together was “Dove siete stata nella notte del 3 giugno?” (“Where were you on the night of 3 June?”).

In 1948 Quartetto Cetra did the dubbing of the choruses for the Italian release of Disney’s film Dumbo. For their excellent job they received a congratulatiory note signed by Walt Disney himself. Afterwards they did the dubbing for other films such as Make My Music, Melody Time, and The Wizard of Oz.

Quartetto Cetra made their stage debut in Pietro Garinei & Sandro Giovannini’s Gran Baldoria review. Several other musical comedies followed. On stage the Cetras worked with other Italian celebrities of those times, such Wanda Osiris and Alberto Sordi.

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