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Domenico Modugno (1928–1994)

Domenico Modugno was born on January 9, 1928 in Polignano a Mare, Puglia, Italy. He was married to Franca Gandolfi. He died on August 6, 1994 in Lampedusa, Pelagie Islands, Sicily, Italy. See full bio »

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 2014 Bruce's Hall of Fame (TV Movie) (writer: "Volare")
 2014 Hungry Hearts (music: "Tu si' 'na cosa grande")
 2013 Fading Gigolo (writer: "Tu si' 'na Cosa Grande")
 2013 Call the Midwife (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.7 (2013) ... (writer: "Volare" - uncredited)
 2012 Vegas (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- All That Glitters (2012) ... (writer: "Volare")
 2012 To Rome with Love (performer: "Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)") / (writer: "Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)")
 2011-2012 Dancing Stars (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #7.5 (2012) ... (writer: "Volare (nel blu dipinto di blu)")
- Episode #6.5 (2011) ... (writer: "Volare")
 2012 Welcome to the North (writer: "Nel blu dipinto di blu")
 2011 The Rum Diary (writer: "Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto De Blue)", "Volare")
 2011 Pan Am (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Pilot (2011) ... (performer: "Lazzarella" - uncredited)
 2010 Sorelle Mai (performer: "Vecchio frac") / (writer: "Vecchio frac")
 2010 L'Italien (lyrics: "Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)") / (music: "Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)")
  Memòries de la tele (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 2010) (music - 1 episode, 2010) (performer - 1 episode, 2010)
- Episode #4.26 (2010) ... (lyrics: "Volare") / (music: "Volare") / (performer: "Volare")
  50 años de (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 2009) (music - 1 episode, 2009)
- Vacaciones de verano (2009) ... (lyrics: "Volare") / (music: "Volare")
 2009 David Garrett Live in Berlin (TV Movie) (writer: "Volare (Nel blu dipinto di blu)")
  Banda sonora (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2009) (writer - 1 episode, 2009)
- Episode #5.16 (2009) ... (performer: "Vecchio Frak") / (writer: "Vecchio Frak")
 2008 That's Amore!: Italian-American Favorites (TV Movie) (performer: "Volare" - uncredited) / (writer: "Volare" - uncredited)
 2008 Por Toda Minha Vida (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Dolores Duran (2008) ... (writer: "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu")
 2007 La situazione di mia sorella non è buona (TV Movie) (writer: "Ragazzo del sud")
 2007 Mad Men (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Long Weekend (2007) ... (writer: "Volare" - uncredited)
 2007 Mr. Woodcock (writer: "Volare")
 2005-2007 Curb Your Enthusiasm (TV Series) (music - 2 episodes)
- Meet the Blacks (2007) ... (music: "Field and City" - uncredited)
- The Larry David Sandwich (2005) ... (music: "Field and City" - uncredited)
 2007 I Always Wanted to Be a Gangster (lyrics: "Volare") / (writer: "Volare")
 2007 The Baker (writer: "Volare")
 2007 Ugly Betty (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- In or Out (2007) ... (writer: "Volare" - uncredited)
 2006 You Are the One (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Capítulo 103 (2006) ... (writer: "Volare")
 2004 Cap d'any a TV3 (TV Special) (lyrics: "Volare") / (music: "Volare")
 2004 Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Blindes Vertrauen (2004) ... (writer: "Volare" - uncredited)
 2004 Dean Martin: The One and Only (Video documentary) (music: "Volare" - uncredited)
 2003 Suddenly Paradise (performer: "Tu Sì 'na Cosa Grande") / (writer: "Tu Sì 'na Cosa Grande")
 2003 Live and Swingin': The Ultimate Rat Pack Collection (Video documentary) (writer: "Volare")
 2003 The Lizzie McGuire Movie (writer: "Volare" - as D. Modugno)
 2003 American Cousins (performer: "Volare") / (writer: "Volare")
 2002 Anita & Me (writer: "Volare")
 2002 Mondays in the Sun (writer: "Volaba")
 2002 Stones (performer: "Volare (Nel blu dipinto di blu)") / (writer: "Volare (Nel blu dipinto di blu)")
 2001 Mostly Martha (writer: "Volare" - as Modugno)
 2001 Dogtown and Z-Boys (Documentary) (writer: "Volaré")
 2000 One Hundred Steps (performer: "Nel blu dipinto di blu")
 2000 Looking for Alibrandi (performer: "Piove (Ciao Ciao Bambina)") / (writer: "Piove (Ciao Ciao Bambina)", "Volare")
 1999 Man on the Moon (lyrics: "Volare" (1958)) / (music: "Volare" (1958))
 1997 Money Talks (lyrics: "Nel Blu, Dipinto di Blu (Volare)") / (performer: "Nel Blu, Dipinto di Blu (Volare)") / (writer: "Nel Blu, Dipinto di Blu (Volare)")
 1997 Contact (music: "Volare" - uncredited) / (performer: "Volare" - uncredited)
 1997 Vegas Vacation (writer: "Volare (Nel Blu, Dipinto Di Blu)")
 1997 The Quiet Village (writer: "Dio come ti amo")
 1996 The Last Days of Frankie the Fly (music: "NEL BLU, DIPINTO DI BLU")
 1995 Campet (writer: "Vecchio Frac")
 1995 Grumpier Old Men (writer: "Volare")
 1995 Casino (writer: "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)")
 1995 Camerieri (writer: "Vecchio frack")
 1994 Speechless (music: "Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu)")
 1994 C'était le 12 du 12 et Chili avait les blues (lyrics: "Volaré") / (music: "Volaré")
 1994 The Corpse Had a Familiar Face (TV Movie) (music: "Volare")
 1993 A Bronx Tale (performer: "Sole Malato")
 1991 Father of the Bride (writer: "Volare")
 1991 29th Street (writer: "Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu))
 1989-1991 Quantum Leap (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Raped - June 20, 1980 (1991) ... (writer: "Volare" - uncredited)
- Double Identity - November 8, 1965 (1989) ... (writer: "Volare")
 1991 The House of Smiles (writer: "Nel blu dipinto di blu")
 1990 Growing Pains (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Midnight Cowboy (1990) ... (writer: "Volare - uncredited)
 1990 Acropolis Now (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Cappuccino Catastrophe (1990) ... (writer: "Volare")
 1989 Moonlighting (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- In 'N Outlaws (1989) ... (music: "Nel blu, dipinto di blu (Volare)" - uncredited)
 1988 Soldadito español ("Volare") / (performer: "Volare")
 1988 A Fish Called Wanda (performer: "Nel blu, dipinto di blu") / (writer: "Nel blu, dipinto di blu")
 1988 Aloha Summer (music: "Nel blu, dipinto di blu") / (performer: "Nel blu, dipinto di blu")
 1987 Young Love: Lemon Popsicle 7 (writer: "Volare")
 1986 Vamp (as Dominico Modugno, "Volare") / (music: "Volare" - as Dominico Modugno)
 1986 Absolute Beginners (writer: "Volare")
  Screen Two (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1986) (music - 1 episode, 1986)
- Song of Experience (1986) ... (lyrics: "Volare" - uncredited) / (music: "Volare" - uncredited)
 1985 Rosso ("Piove")
 1985 Up Your Anchor (performer: "Piove Ciao Ciao Bambina")
 1982 Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again (lyrics: "VOLARE" - as D. Modugno) / (music: "VOLARE" - as D. Modugno)
 1980 The Hollywood Knights (writer: "Volare")
 1979 The Wanderers (writer: "Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)")
 1978 Good Old Days Part II (TV Special) (performer: "Volare") / (writer: "Volare")
 1978 Lemon Popsicle (performer: "Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)", "Come prima", "Ciao, ciao bambina") / (writer: "Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)", "Ciao, ciao bambina")
 1977 Looking for Mr. Goodbar (lyrics: "Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)" (1958) - uncredited) / (music: "Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)" (1958) - uncredited)
 1975 Columbo (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Troubled Waters (1975) ... (writer: "Volare" - uncredited)
 1974 The Ernie Sigley Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 23 July 1974 (1974) ... (writer: "Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu)")
 1974 Alice in the Cities (performer: "Nel blu dipinto di blù (Volare!)") / (writer: "Nel blu dipinto di blù (Volare!)")
 1973 Il maschio ruspante (performer: "La lontananza", "Piove") / (writer: "La lontananza", "Piove")
 1973 World on a Wire (TV Movie) (music: "Amara terra mia")
 1973 Teresa the Thief (writer: "Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)" - uncredited)
 1968 Capriccio all'italiana (performer: "Cosa sono le nuvole") / (writer: "Cosa sono le nuvole")
 1967 Three Bites of the Apple (writer: "Carla Theme")
 1966 The Hawks and the Sparrows (performer: "Uccellacci E Uccellini (Titoli Di Testa)")
 1966 How Do I Love You? (writer: "Dio, come ti amo!")
 1966 The Eurovision Song Contest (TV Special) (performer: "Dio, come ti amo") / (writer: "Dio, come ti amo")
 1965 Don Camillo in Moscow (music: "Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)")
 1965 Hollywood a Go Go (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.17 (1965) ... (writer: "Ciao Ciao Bambino")
 1965 Shindig! (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.27 (1965) ... (writer: "Volare")
 1963 The Lawrence Welk Show (TV Series) (music - 2 episodes)
- Episode #8.46 (1963) ... (music: "Volare" - uncredited)
- 400th Television Show (1963) ... (music: "Volare" - uncredited)
 1962 Il Sorpasso (performer: "Vecchio Frak") / (writer: "Vecchio Frak")
 1962 The Main Attraction (lyrics: "Si, Si, Si") / (music: "Si, Si, Si")
 1962 Psycosissimo (writer: "Notte di luna calante")
 1962 The Eurovision Song Contest (TV Special) (music: "Addio, addio")
 1961 Cacciatori di dote (writer: "Notte di luna calante")
 1960 Hungry for Love (music: "Più sola")
 1960 It Started in Naples ("Stay Here with Me" (Resta cu'mme))
 1959 Nel blu dipinto di blu (performer: "Farfalle", "Pasqualino maraja", "Nel blu dipinto di blu", "Io", "Pizzica, pizzica, pizzica bu", "Strada anfosa", "Resta cu me") / (writer: "Farfalle", "Pasqualino maraja", "Nel blu dipinto di blu", "Io", "Pizzica, pizzica, pizzica bu", "Strada anfosa", "Resta cu me")
 1959 Dos fantasmas y una muchacha (writer: "Azul Pintado de Azul (Volare)")
 1959 Ich bin kein Casanova (writer: "Espresso-Café (O'Café)")
 1959 Esterina (performer: "Una testa piena di sogni") / (writer: "Una testa piena di sogni")
 1959 The Eurovision Song Contest (TV Special) (music: "Piove (Ciao, ciao bambina)") / (performer: "Piove (Ciao, ciao bambina)")
 1958 Marinai, donne e guai ("Marinai, donne e guai", "La donna riccia") / (performer: "Marinai, donne e guai")
 1958 Mogli pericolose (performer: "Mogli pericolose") / (writer: "Mogli pericolose")
 1958 You Bet Your Life (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode #9.8 (1958) ... (music: "Volare")
 1958 Vento di primavera (writer: "Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)")
  The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1958) (writer - 1 episode, 1958)
- Episode #12.1 (1958) ... (performer: "Volare", "Ah che Bell 'o Café", "Drunken Donkey") / (writer: "Volare", "Ah che Bell 'o Café", "Drunken Donkey")
 1958 Io, mammeta e tu (writer: "Io mammet' e tu", "Viento di Scirocco", "'O specchio", "Musetto")
 1958 The Eurovision Song Contest (TV Special) (lyrics: "Nel blu dipinto di blu") / (music: "Nel blu dipinto di blu") / (performer: "Nel blu dipinto di blu")
 1957 Lazzarella (performer: "Lazzarella", "La signora a fianco", "'A pizza c'a' pummarola") / (writer: "Lazzarella", "La signora a fianco", "'A pizza c'a' pummarola")
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Other Works:

Single: "Nel blu dipinto di blu" (aka "Volare"). NOTE: Reached #1 on the US charts.

Did You Know?


When his song "Nel blu dipinto di blu" hit the #1 slot on the US charts in 1958, it became the only Italian song ever to do so. It went on to win the very first "Record of the Year" and "Song of the Year" categories at the Grammys when the recording industry's awards show premiered that year. When English lyrics were later added, artists such as Dean Martin, Nelson Riddle, Bobby Rydell, Al Martino... See more »


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