Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Jimmy Fontana in Modica, 2011

I was sad to read tonight of the death of the singer Jimmy Fontana, whose songs were some of the first I listened to in Italian as a teenager. I have written here about Jimmy's performance in Modica in 2011. Never did I think, as I sang along to Jimmy's hits in the sixties, that I would be singing along to them at a live concert of his near my home in Sicily almost half a century later!

Jimmy's biggest hit was the 1965 song Il Mondo, which he wrote with Carlo Pes. The lyrics are by Gianni Meccia and the original arrangement was by Ennio Morricone.

Thank you, Jimmy, for all the pleasure you have given to millions, including a girl and a woman who never stopped dreaming of Italy.

Jimmy Fontana - Il Mondo


Lee said...

I'm not familiar with him.

I read this morning that Mel Smith of "Alas Smith and Jones" and "Not the Nine O'Clock News" passed away last Friday after a heart attack at his home.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Mel Smith died in July, Lee.

Moggsy said...

I love "Il Mondo", Patrizio's anyhow.

Seems lots of people who were the background to the world and maybe the sound-track to our lives are moving on. Alan Wicker, David Frost Also.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Moggsy. I love Patrizio's version too. Yes, it does seem that way.


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