Ugo Calise

  • Born: (Oratino, Abruzzi e Molise, Italy [now Oratino, Molise, Italy])
  • Died: (Rome, Lazio, Italy) age 73

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 รจ ... 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.

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