Ugo Calise was a composer, author, arranger, singer and guitarist; in his youth he was also a footballer for the Ischia team.
In Naples in the mid-1940s he began to sing the classics of Neapolitan song; in Ischia he met Romano Mussolini and together with other friends they formed a band that performed in La Conchiglia di Forio.
In 1953 he opened the Rangio Fellone with the architect Sandro Petti in Ischia, which for a decade would be the most popular night spot for the international jet-set on holiday in Ischia.
Thus were born the songs L'ammore mio è ... frangese; 'Na voce, 'na chitarra e 'o poco 'e luna; Chitarra mia napoletana.
In 1954 he played and sang in London for Queen Elizabeth II, on the occasion of a reception offered by the Italian Embassy: Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Anthony Eden, Vittorio De Sica, Peter Ustinov among those present.