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During the sixties music became more important than ever before, and the music we listen to now, rock, pop, and other genres is, for the most part, a prosecution of styles invented or restarted during these years.

Everywhere in the peninsula, almost in every town, thousand of young people, mostly boys, but also girls, decided to create a musical group, the name used at that time was "complesso" (complex), based on the model coming from UK: a lead guitar, a second guitar, an electric bass, drums; afterwards, following the new directions in the music, keyboards and wind instruments were sometimes added.

In this section it is presented a selection of 45 rpm singles edited in Italy during the sixties. Many of these singles were edited by Italian groups ("complessi beat") sometimes famous at their time (Rokes, Camaleonti, Equipe 84, Dik Dik), sometimes not. See also: Italian Beat Part 2

   

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The selection

  

Anonima Sound
Fuori piove
Parla tu

(Anonymous Sound:
Outside It's Raining
It's Your Turn To Speak)

Anonima Sound
L'amore mio l'amore tuo
I tetti

(Anonymous Sound:
My Love, Your Love
The Roofs)

  

Antoine
Pietre
La felicità

(Antoine:
Stones
The Happiness)

Le Bisce
La danza della morte
Una che dice sì

(The Grass Snakes:
Death's Dance
A Girl That Says Yes)

 

Bisonti
La tua ombra (mi segue)
Lui non vuole

(The Buffalos:
Your Shadow Follows Me
He Doesn't Want)

 

Bisonti
Occhi di sole
Crudele

(The Buffalos:
Sun Eyes
Cruel)

 

Califfi
Fogli di quaderno
La bellezza

(The Caliphs:
Workbook's Sleeves
The Beauty)

Califfi
Acqua e sapone
Lei non mi tradirebbe

(The Caliphs:
Soap and Water
She Wouldn't Betray Me)

       

Camaleonti
Sha La La La La
Tu credi in me

(The Chameleons:
Sha La La La La
You Believe In Me)

Camaleonti
Punto bianco
Non cade il mondo

(The Chameleons:
Sha La La La La
You Believe In Me)

   

Camaleonti
L'ora dell'amore (Homburg)
Noi e gli altri

(The Chameleons:
Love's Time
We And The Others)

Camaleonti
Non c'è niente di nuovo (11)
Vita facile

(The Chameleons:
Nothing New Here
Easy Life)

 

   

Brunetta
Solo per poco tempo
Dove vai?

(Brunetta:
For A Short Time Only
Where Are You Going?)

Caterina Caselli
Sono bugiarda (I'm A Believer)
Incubo n.4

(Caterina Caselli:
I'm A Liar
Incubus N.4)

 

       

Caterina Caselli
Nessuno mi può giudicare (8)
Se lo dici tu

(Caterina Caselli:
Nobody Can Judge Me
If You Are Saying This)

Caterina Caselli
Il volto della vita (9)
Disperatamente io ti amo

(Caterina Caselli:
The Face Of The Life
Desperately I Love You)

  

Caterina Caselli
Sole spento
Il giorno

(Caterina Caselli:
Extint Sun
The Day)

Caterina Caselli
L'orologio (10)
Bagnata come un pulcino

(Caterina Caselli:
The Clok
Weat As A Chick)

 

 

 

Caterina Caselli
Cento giorni
Tutto nero (Paint It Black)

(Caterina Caselli:
A Hundred Days
All Black)

Catherine Spaak
Prima di te ... dopo di te ...
Noi due

(Catherine Spaak:
Before you ... After you
We two)

  

  

 

 

Catherine Spaak
Quelli della mia età
(Tous les garçons et les filles)
Ho scherzato con il cuore
(J'ai jeté mon coeur)
(13)

Catherine Spaak
L'esercito del surf
Mi fai paura

(Catherine Spaak:
The Surf Army
You Make Me Fear)

 

 

   

Casuals
Massachussetts
Jennifer Brown

Cavernicoli
Non hai pietà
Se vuoi restare sola

(The Cavemen:
You Don't Have Mercy
If You Prefer To Remain Alone)

  

Chetro & Co
Danze della sera (2)
Le pietre numerate

(Evening Dances
Milestones)
 

Chetro & Co
Danze della sera
Le pietre numerate

 

Corvi
Un ragazzo di strada
Datemi una lacrima per piangere

(The Crows:
A Boy Boen In The Streets
Give Me A Tear To Cry)

Corvi
Bang Bang
Che notte ragazzi

(The Crows:
Bang Bang
What A Night, Boys!)

 

 

Corvi
Quando quell'uomo ritornerà
Si prega sempre quando è tardi

(The Crows:
When That Man Will Come Back
You Always Pray When It's Too Late)

Corvi
Bambolina
Nemmeno una lacrima

(The Crows:
Little Doll
Not A Single Tear)

 

 

Delfini
Tu te ne vai
Domani penserai a me

(The Dolphins:
You Are Leavin'
Think Of Me Tomorrow)

Michel Delpech
L'isola di Wight (5)
Wight Is Wight

(The Isle Of Wight)

       

Dik Dik
Il vento (Mogol-Battisti)
L’esquimese
(Mighty Quinn – B. Dylan, Manfred Mann)

(The Wind
The Eskimo Man)

Dik Dik
Se io fossi un falegname (Tim Hardin)
Il Mondo è con noi (Mamas & Papas)


(If I Were A Carpenter
The World Is With Us)

 

Dik Dik 
L'isola di Wight (5)
(Wight Is Wight)
Innamorato

(Wight Is Wight
Man In Love)

Dik Dik
Zucchero
Piccola arancia


(Sugar
Little Orange)

 

Evy
L'abito non fa il beatnik
Good Golly Miss Molly

(The Clothes Do Not Make The Beatnik)

Dino
Te lo leggo negli occhi
Cerca di capire

(I Read It In Your Eyes
Let Try To Understand)

 

Don Backy
L'ombra nel sole
Tu piangevi

(The Shadow In The Sun
You Were Crying)

Don Backy
Ho rimasto
Sono solo

(I Remained
I'm Alone)

  

Equipe 84
Papà e Mammà
Quel che ti ho dato

(Daddy And Mommy
What I Gave You)

Equipe 84
Bang Bang (Cher)
Auschwitz (Guccini)

 

Equipe 84
Un giorno tu mi cercherai
L'antisociale

(One Day You Seek Me
The Antisocial Man)



Equipe 84
29 settembre
È dall’amore che nasce l’uomo

(September 29th
Thanks To The Love The Man Borns)

 

  

Generali
La vita è una battaglia
Pensaci un po'

(The Generals
Life Is A Battle
Think A Little)

Ricky Gianco
La mia voce
.. e quando
Quanto tempo passerà
(My Voice
... And When
How Much Time Will Be)

 

Ghigo Agosti (Ghigo)
Coccinella
Stazione del Rock
(12)

(Ladybird
Rock Station)

Ghigo Agosti (Mister Anima)
Non voglio pietà
Solitude Time

(I Don't Want Mercy)

 

Ghigo Agosti (Mister Anima)
La mia passeggiata
Attrazione

(My Walk
Attraction)

Ghigo Agosti (Probus Harlem)
A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Hold On I'm Coming

 

  

Giganti
Tema
La bomba atomica


(The Giants:
Literal Composition
The Atomic Bomb)

Giganti
Una ragazza in due
Lezione di ritmo

(The Giants:
A Girl For Two
Lesson Of Rhythm)
 

 

 

Giganti
Da bambino
Tabù

(When You Are A Child
Taboo)

Giganti
Proposta
La tomba dell'amore

(A Proposal
The Grave Of The Love)

 

 

 

 

Gianni Morandi
C’era un ragazzo, che come me,
amava i Beatles e i Rolling Stones (4)
Se perdo anche te
(Once There Was A Boy That, As me, Loved
The Beatles And The Rolling Stones
If I Lose Even You)

Giois
Questo mio mondo
... e la vita ora continua

(This World Of Mine
... And The Life Goes On, Now)

       

Jonathan & Michelle
Occhiali da sole
Ai margini del mondo

(Sun Glasses
At The Edge Of World)

Luigi Tenco
Ciao amore ciao
E se ci diranno

(Bye, My Love, Bye
And If They Tell Us)

Michel Polnareff
Una bambolina che fa no, no, no...
La lezione del capellone

(A Doll That Says No, No, No
A Lesson From A Beatnick)

 

 

       
Nada
Ma che freddo fa
Una rondine bianca

(But That Is Cold,
A White Swallow)
Nada
Biancaneve
Cuore stanco

(Snow White,
Tired Heart)

 

Patty Pravo (14)
Ragazzo triste
The Pied Piper

(Sad Boy)

Patty Pravo
Se perdo te
Lettera a Gianni

(If I Will Lose You
Letter To Gianni)

 

Patty Pravo
La bambola
Se c'è l'amore

(The Doll
If There Is Love)

Profeti
Non si muore per amore
Odissea d'amore

(The Prophets:
You Can't Die For Love
Love Odyssey)

 

 

 

 

Quelli
Tornare bambino
Questa città senza te

(Them:
Became Child Again
This Town Without You)

 

Riky Maiocchi
Ma l'amore no
Un'altra vita

(But The Love, No
Another Life)

 

 

   

Ribelli
Chi sarà la ragazza
Quella donna

(The Rebels
Who Is The Girl?
That Woman)

Ribelli
Goodbye
Josephine

       

Ribelli
Obladì Obladà
Lei m'ama

(She Loves Me)

Renegades
Un giorno tu mi cercherai (1)
Una rosa da Vienna

(One Day You Seek Me
A Rose From Wien)

 

 

   

Renegades
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Il più grande amico

(The Greatest Friend)

Renegades (6)
Lettere d'amore
Vino e campagna 

(Love Letters
Wine And Country)

       

Roby Crispiano
Quando ritorno al mio paese
Il messaggio

(When I Come Back To My Town
The Message)

Roby Crispiano
Uomini Uomini
Solo io e te

(Men Men
Only You And Me)

 

 

Rokes
Bisogna saper perdere
Non far finta di no

(The Rokes:
You Must Know How To Lose
Do Not Pretend It Isn't True)

Rokes
Ascolta nel vento
Il primo sintomo

(Listen In The Wind
Tne First Sign)

  

Rokes
Che colpa abbiamo noi (3)
Piangi con me

(What Fault Have We?
Let's Cry With Me)

Rokes
Io vivrò senza te
Lascia l’ultimo ballo per me

(I Will Live Without You
Save The Last Dance For Me)

 

Rokes
Che mondo strano
(33 giri)

(What A Strange World)

Rokes 
Ma che freddo fa
Per te, per me

(But That Is Cold
For You, For Me)

 

 

 

Rokes
Cercate di abbracciare tutto il mondo come noi
Regency Sue

(Try To Embrace The Whole World, Like Us)

Rokes
Eccola di nuovo
Mi ricordo quando ero bambino

(Here She Comes Again
I Remember When I Was A Child)

 

Rokketti (6)
Black Time
L'amaro in bocca 

(The Bitter Taste In The Mouth)

Ricky Shayne
Stanotte
Di me cosa ne sai?  (Black is Black - Los Bravos)

(This Night
What Do You Know About Me?)
 

       

Satelliti
Babababa-ba (With A Girl Like You)
Quando sei con me

(When You Are With Me)

Ricky Shayne
Uno dei Mods
Cosa pensi di me

(One Of The Mods
What Do You Think Of Me)

       

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Some additional information

 

(1)

The Renegades where a British group that soon after their first success in UK (Cadillac) started to travel and work all around Europe, mainly in Italy and in Finland. In Italy they issued many discs singing in Italian, including also a participation at the Sanremo Festival, together with the most famous Italian group (Equipe 84). Their Italian production was more sentimental and traditional than "beat" and their success in the Mediterranean country was weak, even if they were quite famous. (see their discography)

(2)

Chetro & Co was a minor group, but a remarkable one. Founded by Ettore De Carolis, after this experience he became an appreciated folk musicians with his group Il Nuovo Canzoniere del Lazio. The song on A side is indeed very close to beat genre, with some aperture to the new psychedelic mood, and it's based on a poetry work written by the famous Italian novelist, film director and poet Pierpaolo Pasolini; the B side was based on the tune Milestones of  Miles Davis ("Le pietre numerate" is the translation of "milestones" in Italian). The single cover was folded on many parts and very complex, with a collage of many photos, sometimes ironic (“Il sistema compra Bob Dylan”, that is: "Bob Dylan sells itself to the system"). You can see all the photos here.

(3)

Italian cover, totally unrelated (lyrics by Mogol, the most famous Italian lyrics' author) of Bob Lind's tune Cheryl’s Going Home. It was the greater success in the whole Italian beat era. The Rokes, a British group, became after this hit the number 1 in Italy, together with the Italian group Equipe 84. (See the discography)

(4)

Gianni Morandi, the most successful Italian singer during the sixties, proposing up to then only pop songs, tried to credit himself also as a Beat singer with this disc. He was actually very young and very sympathetic with the new ideas of the sixties and, with the help of Mauro Lusini, an author of folk and beat songs, (toghether with him on the cover, on the right) he issued this song ("There was a boy that as me loved the Beatles and the Rolling Stones") about Vietnam war. A not usual argument in Italy at that time, when the Italian television accurately avoided to speak explicitly of the war and of the difficulties that the US forces were facing (the Italian government was then a very loyal allied of the American one). The song was a success, entering in the Top-10, but not a huge one (Morandi was a n.1 guy). The song became anyway a "protest song" very well known in Italy, sung together during the seventies by the students.
On the B-side, prudentially, the producers issued a more conventional cover from an american pop song (Solitary Man of Neil Diamond), in Italian "Se perdo anche te", that reached a more brilliant success.

(5)

The original song was the international success "Wight Is Wight" written by the French musician Michel Delpech, and inspired to the rock festival of 1968 in the South England island, with Hendrix, Doors, Who and even Miles Davis. A very slow and traditional song, anyway, totally unrelated with the event, as far as the cover showing the members of Dik Dik (one of the most famous groups in Italy) in the middle of an urban street.

(6)

Sometimes the covers of the Italian beat era were very scarse. This is an example. The Renegades are covering here two songs: the very well known "Love Letters" of Elvis Presley ("Lettere d'amore" in Italian) and The Camp of the Danish group Sir Henry & His Butlers. This was  originally an instrumental tune, but was added to it new lyrics inspired to the rural life ("wine and country") following an ephemeral tendency of that period in Italian music ("Il ballo di Peppe" of the Cugini di campagna, Il Ballo di Simone of Giuliano e i notturni). Impossible to understand why the Renegades are wearing renaissance suits.

(7)

The group I Rokketti was quite appreciated in Italy during the sixties. This song is a strong R&B, an original, based on a difficult love between a black boy and a white girl.

(8)

Caterina Caselli, started her career as the bass player and singer in his group Gli Amici, and was also one of the first "queen" of the famous italian dance hall Piper Club of Rome (that started the activities on February, 1965). During the sixties she became one of the most popular female singer in Italy, together with Patty Pravo, starting with his international hit Nessuno mi può giudicare ("Nobody must judge me"), proposed at the Sanremo Festival in 1966 together with the American singer Gene Pitney. After this period and many other hits (Perdono, Cento giorni, Tutto nero, Io sono bugiarda, Il volto della vita) she started a different career, becoming the owner of one of the most important italian labels (Sugar) and the producer of Italian musicians famous in Italy and in the world, as Elisa and Andrea Bocelli.

(9)

Italian cover of the international hit Days of Pearly Spencer di David Mc William.

(10)

This song L'orologio (The clock) wasn't a success. On the B-side an interesting experiment, the song Bagnata come un pulcino sung in the dialect of Modena, the town in Emilia region in which the singer was born. In Italy they are still present many dialects, related to the Italian language but sometimes, as in this case, very difficult to understand for an Italian coming from the South or the Central regions. An interesting cover inspired to the psychedelic style.

(11)

Non c'è niente di nuovo ("Nothing new here") was the song proposed by the Camaleonti during the Cantagiro in 1967. The Cantagiro was a very popular event, inspired to the bike contests (Tour de France, Giro d'Italia) and travelling all around Italy during the summer. The Camaleonti group was another of the most popular in Italy at that time, their former singer Riky Maiocchi has left the year before for a solo career and Mario Lavezzi and Tonino Cripezzi were the new components of the band.

(12)

Ghigo Agosti started to sing professionaly during the fifties, and he was among the first in Italy to sing R&B and rock songs (Stazione del rock, Coccinella), together with other "rockers", all from Milan, very famous in the following years (Adriano Celentano, Giorgio Gaber, Enzo Jannacci, Guidone, Ricky Gianco, Clem Sacco). During the sixties he formed the group Ghigo & i Goghi, he proposed a cover of Shout! and then he assumed other identities, as Mr. Anima (Mr. Soul), than Probus Harlem and lastly the psychedelic Black Sunday Flower.

(13)

Catherine Spaak, daughter of the former belgian premier and living in Italy, was an young actress extremely popular in Italy during the sixties. She started also a career as a singer with the cover in Italian of the hit of Francoise Hardy "Tous les garcons et le filles" (in Italian "I ragazzi della mia età") and other songs, the most popular one being "L'esercito del surf"  ("surf army")

(14) Patty Pravo was the most popular Italian singer during the sixties, probably even more of Caterina Caselli and Mina. She started to be famous as "la ragazza del Piper" ("the Piper Club's girl") following the great success of this dance hall located in the center of Rome, and she had very soon the opportunity to publish several discs. In the beginning she followed the "beat" style, but her greater hits were more popular and traditional songs, as "La bambola" ("the doll"), over 9 million copies sold in Europe.

 

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