Tuesday, August 8, 2006

Show 15: Red, Red Wine

Jackie “Teak” Lazar – that little jerk who performed his corny act here in the Mauna Loa Lounge last week – somehow made off with all our booze at the end of the night! So...

This week, we’re out of rum... we’re drinking wine... we’re listening to Italian tunes to help wash the red stuff down.

Song 1 : : Che m’e ‘mparato a fa
Artist : : Sophie Loren
Album : : Greatest Hits

Who the hell knew that Sophia actually had any greatest hits? This record is actually sub-titled “The Films – The Voice – The Body.” I love that. This song is sung in the wonderful Neapolitan dialect.

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Song 2 : : ‘O Russo e ‘A Russa
Artist : : Renato Carosone
Album : : I Piu’ Grandi Successi di...

Another greatest hits compilation by my favorite Neapolitan artist. In case you didn’t know, this is the guy who wrote “You Wanna be Americano.”

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Song 3 : : Core ‘Ngrato
Artist : : Jerry Vale
Album : : Bella Italia 2

I guess I’m on a Neapolitan kick here. This one’s by Bronx-born Italian-American Genaro Louis Vitaliano.

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Song 4 : : Chitarra Romana
Artist : : Connie Francis
Album : : Bella Italia

From Naples, we move to Rome... Another one by an Italian-American (Newark-born Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero). Connie’s Italian pronunciation is not as good as Jerry’s though.

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Song 5 : : Buonanotte
Artist : : Renato Carosone
Album : : I Piu’ Grandi Successi di...

Mr. Carosone bids us “Good Night.”

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