Passez-moi … “Volare – Nel blu dipinto di blu” music by Domenico Modugno & lyrics Franco Migliacci (1958)

“… which means “In the blue painted blue” written for the text by Franco Migliacci, it celebrates the beauties of the native region of Modugno, the sky and the clear blue sea! It would seem that the two authors have not always told the same version as to the origin of the lyrics…”

“Migliacci declaring that this dreamlike flight in the blue of the sky was inspired by Chagall’s painting: “the red rooster in the night” which he had dreamed of and where the color blue dominates.”

“Modugno declaring that the words “Volare oh oh…” were inspired by the vision of the blue sky of Rome in the company of his wife…” Laurent Valero

1958, Live Italy, Domenico Modugno, 3rd place – Second performance! …

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Di blu mi sono dipinto
di blu mi sono vestito
per intonarmi al cielo
lassù nel firmamento
Volare verso il sole
e volare volare felice
più in alto del sole
And again more su…
Nel blu dipinto di blu …

♫ Play me the standard again – Credits

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♪ Stefano Bollani, solo piano: Bar Biturico – From the album “Les Fleurs Bleues (2001)”

– Blue Label ‎LBLC 6635

♫ Play me the standard – Program

Live, Domenico Modugno sings on Ed Sullivan’s show in 1958 …

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♪ Domenico Modugno, vocals: Volare (Domenico Modugno / Franco Migliacci / Domenico Modugno) – Album (1958) – LP Label AUDIO FIDELITY

♪ Johnny Dorelli, vocals & Gianni Ferrio Orchestra: Volare (Domenico Modugno / Franco Migliacci / Domenico Modugno) – 45 rpm Label CGD

♪ Marino Marini ed il suo Quarteto: Volare (Domenico Modugno / Franco Migliacci / Domenico Modugno) – 45 rpm Label Durium (1958)

♪ Tony Motola, guitar & Bob Haggart Orchestra: Volare (Domenico Modugno) – Album Roman Guitar (1964) – LP Label PATHE MARCONI

♪ Rita Pavone, vocals: Volare (Domenico Modugno / Franco Migliacci / Domenico Modugno) (1961) – Rita Pavone Anthology / Super Best – Label TROVA 2526402

♪ Bill Jennings, guitar & Brother Jack Mac Duff, organ. Wendell Marshall, bass. Alvin Johnson, drums: Volare (Domenico Modugno) – Album Enough said! (Prestige / 1959) – FRESH SOUND RECORDS label

♪ The Platters: Volare (Domenico Modugno / Franco Migliacci / Mitchell Parish) (1964) – Anthology The Platters – LP Label MERCURY

♪ Ella Fitzgerald, vocals & Frank De Vol Orchestra: Volare (Domenico Modugno / Franco Migliacci / Domenico Modugno) – Album Hello Dolly! (1965) – Label VERVE

♪ Frank De Vol’s Rocking Big Band: Volare (Domenico Modugno) – Big Beat Special Album: The New Sound of Frank De Vol’s Rocking Big Band (1963) – COLUMBIA Label

♪ John Barry Orchestra: Volare (Domenico Modugno) – Album John Barry Plays Goldfinger (United Artists / 1964) Anthology The Bee’s Knees The EMI Years 1957 / 1964 – EMI Label

♪ Petula Clark, vocals & Frank Tony Hatch Orchestra: Volare (Domenico Modugno / Franco Migliacci / Domenico Modugno) – Album The world greatest international hits / Petula Clark (1965) – VOGUE DISCS label

♪ Cecil Lloyd Trio: Cecil Lloyd, piano & Lloyd Trottman, bass. Panama Francis, drums: Volare (Domenico Modugno) – Album Piano Patterns (20th Century Fox / 1958) Anthology Jazz Jamaïca 1931 / 1962 – Label FREMEAUX & ASSOCIES

♪ Rocky Roberts, vocals: Volare (Modugno / Migliacci / Parish) – Album Recorded in USA (Durium / 1970) – LP Label PATHE MARCONI

♪ David Bowie, vocals: Volare (Modugno / Migliacci / Parish) – Soundtrack of the film Absolute beginners by Julien Temple (1986) Anthology David Bowie / Loving The alien (1983 / 1988) – Label PARLOPHONE

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♪ Ran Blake, solo piano: Volare (1977) (Domenico Modugno) – Album “Third Stream Re-Compositions (2007)”

– Label Universal Music Jazz 984 756

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♪ Stefano Bollani Trio, piano & Ares Tavolazzi, bass. Walter Paoli, drums: Volare (Domenico Modugno) – Album “Volare (2002)”

– Label Incipit TKCV 35308

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