Piero Umiliani

Piero Umiliani (17 July 1926 14 February 2001) was an Italian composer of film scores, and is most famous for his song "Mah Nà Mah Nà" and orchestra score "Arrivano I Marines".

Piero Umiliani
Born(1926-07-17)17 July 1926
Florence, Kingdom of Italy
Died23 February 2001(2001-02-23) (aged 74)[1]
Rome, Italy


Umiliani was born in Florence, Tuscany. Like many of his Italian colleagues at that time, he composed the scores for many exploitation films in the 1960s and 1970s, covering genres such as Spaghetti Westerns, Eurospy, Giallo, and softcore sex films.

His composition "Crepuscolo Sul Mare" was later used in Ocean's Twelve.[2]

"Mah Nà Mah Nà" (1968) was originally used in Sweden: Heaven and Hell, a 1968 Mondo documentary about Sweden. It was a minor charting single (spending 6 weeks on the Billboard chart and peaking at #55), popularized by The Muppets, who covered the song several times; starting on episode 0014 of Sesame Street on 27 November 1969, then The Ed Sullivan Show three days later, and again on the syndicated series The Muppet Show in 1977. The track was also a hit in the UK, reaching number 8 in the UK Singles Chart in May 1977.[3]

Umiliani's other scores included Son of Django, Orgasmo, Death Knocks Twice, Five Dolls for an August Moon,[1] Baba Yaga, The Slave and Sex Pot. His orchestra score "Arrivano I Marines" for War Italian Style, a 1966 comedy about two USMC soldiers in Italy, is used in the Armored Trooper Votoms series as "March of the Red Shoulders".

Umiliani died in Rome in February 2001, at the age of 74.[4]

Selected filmography


  1. Lucas, Tim (2007). Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark. Video Watchdog. pp. 821–2. ISBN 0-9633756-1-X.
  2. "Ocean's Twelve (2004) Soundtracks". Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  3. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London, England: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 575. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. M. Lentz iii, Harris. "Umiliani, Piero". Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2001: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. p. 209. ISBN 978-0786412785. Retrieved 5 August 2019.

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