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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 Escobar: Paradise Lost (writer: "Dio come ti amo", "Dios Como Te Amo" (uncredited))
 2014 Hungry Hearts (music: "Tu si' 'na cosa grande")
 2014 S.O.S.: Mulheres ao Mar (writer: "Nel Blu, Dipinto Di Blu")
 2013 Fading Gigolo (writer: "Tu si' 'na Cosa Grande")
 2012 To Rome with Love (performer: "Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)") / (writer: "Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)")
 2012 Welcome to the North (writer: "Nel blu dipinto di blu")
 2011 The Rum Diary (writer: "Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto De Blue)", "Volare")
 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)")
 2007 Mr. Woodcock (writer: "Volare")
 2007 I Always Wanted to Be a Gangster (lyrics: "Volare") / (writer: "Volare")
 2007 The Baker (writer: "Volare")
 2003 Suddenly Paradise (performer: "Tu Sì 'na Cosa Grande") / (writer: "Tu Sì 'na Cosa Grande")
 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)
 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 (lyrics: "NEL BLU, DIPINTO DI BLU (aka. VOLARE)") / (music: "NEL BLU, DIPINTO DI BLU (aka. VOLARE)")
 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")
 1993 A Bronx Tale (performer: "Sole Malato")
 1991 Father of the Bride (writer: "Volare")
 1991 29th Street (writer: "Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu)")
 1991 The House of Smiles (writer: "Nel blu dipinto di blu")
 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 Näkemiin, hyvästi (lyrics: "Volare (Nel blu, dipinto di blu)") / (writer: "Volare (Nel blu, dipinto di blu)")
 1986 Vamp (as Dominico Modugno, "Volare") / (music: "Volare" - as Dominico Modugno)
 1986 Absolute Beginners (writer: "Volare" (Nel Blu Dipinto DI Blu))
 1985 Rosso ("Piove")
 1985 Up Your Anchor (performer: "Piove Ciao Ciao Bambina")
 1984 Nothing Left to Do but Cry (writer: "Nel blu dipinto di blu" - as Modugno)
 1983 El Norte ("Meraviglioso")
 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 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)
 1976 Il maestro di violino (performer: "Il maestro di violino") / (writer: "Il maestro di violino")
 1974 Alice in the Cities (performer: "Nel blu dipinto di blù (Volare!)") / (writer: "Nel blu dipinto di blù (Volare!)")
 1973 Teresa the Thief (writer: "Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)" - uncredited)
 1972 Il maschio ruspante (performer: "La lontananza", "Piove") / (writer: "La lontananza", "Piove")
 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!")
 1965 Don Camillo in Moscow (music: "Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)")
 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")
 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")
 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 Vento di primavera (writer: "Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)")
 1958 Io, mammeta e tu (writer: "Io mammet' e tu", "Viento di Scirocco", "'O specchio", "Musetto")
 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.

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He made over 200 recordings and sold 60 million records, in the process becoming Italy's most successful performing artist. Modugno had begun his career as a small part supporting actor in films. See more »


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