Gianni Ferrio

Gianni Ferrio (16 November 1924 – 21 October 2013) was an Italian composer, conductor and music arranger.

Gianni Ferrio
Born(1924-11-16)16 November 1924
Vicenza, Italy
Died21 October 2013(2013-10-21) (aged 88)
Rome, Italy

Life and career

Born in Vicenza, Ferrio studied at conservatories of Vicenza and Venice.[1] He started working at the end of the fifties, and was pretty active as a composer of film scores, signing about 120 sound-tracks especially for spaghetti westerns and commedie sexy all'italiana films.[1] His piece "One Silver Dollar", the main theme to Giorgio Ferroni's Blood for a Silver Dollar (1965), was later included in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds.[2]

He was also well known for his work in pop music, particularly for his collaboration with Mina, for whom he composed, among others, the hit song "Parole parole", and wrote arrangements and orchestrations for numerous of her songs and albums.[3][4] The last collaboration with Mina was for her 2012 album 12 (American Song Book), for which Ferrio traditionally provided the string arrangements.

He was the official conductor for Sanremo Music Festival in 1959 and 1962 and for the Eurovision Song Contest 1965.[5] He also took part, as conductor, in several important Italian TV-shows.[1]

Ferrio was married to ballerina and film actress Alba Arnova.[6]

Selected filmography


  1. Enrico Deregibus (2010-10-08). Dizionario completo della Canzone Italiana. Giunti Editore, 2010. p. 189. ISBN 8809756258.
  2. Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Original Soundtrack Inglourious Basterds". AllMusic.
  3. Dora Giannetti (1998). Divina Mina. Dalai editore, 1998. pp. 43–44, 61–62. ISBN 8886471726.
  4. Ezio Guaitamacchi (2009). Mille canzoni che ci hanno cambiato la vita. Rizzoli, 2009. ISBN 8817033928.
  5. "Eurovision Songfest Honors Go To French Teener France Gall". Billboard Vol. 77, No. 14. April 1965.
  6. Enrico Lancia, Fabio Melelli (2005). Le straniere del nostro cinema. Gremese Editore, 2005. p. 89. ISBN 8884403502.
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