Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Il marsigliese - Marseillen poika

Cumulus (see earlier entry) recorded "Marseillen poika" (The boy from Marseille) in 1977 and it became one of their greatest hits and the song is fondly remembered even today. The lyrics were provided by Irina Milan. The success was largely based on the eponymous popular television series that run in Finland in summer 1977. The melody line of this song was used as it's signature tune. The tv-series as well the song originated from Italy. The tune "Il marsigliese" was composed by brothers Guido and Maurizio de Angelis. And they also performed it as M & G Orchestra. The De Angelis brothers were among the most prolific Italian musicians in the 70's. Often they were forced to use different names for many of their projects to avoid over-saturating the market. One of those names was Oliver Onions, which is the name they are mostly identified with. They also became famous as score writers for the Terence Hill and Bud Spencer movies.

Here's the pair:

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