FUNICULI FUNICULA

Latest update on 19/01/2011

Artist: Luigi Denza
Author: Luigi Denza/Peppino Turco
Year: 1880

In Neapolitan dialect. Introduced in hotel Quisisana in Castellammare di Stabia at the inauguration of the incline railway to the top of the Vesuvius (Funiculare del Vesuvio). This extra musical support helped convince tourists to risk the ride, since many preferred the safer back of a donkey or even walking. Meanwhile the city of Ercolano (Herculaneum) considers to re-install the original funiculare.

Covers:

1887:

Richard Strauss [melody in Neapolisches Volksleben, the allegro from his orchestral suite Aus Italien; he wrongly assumed it was a traditional]

1896:

Ferrucio Giannini [oldest recording]

1898:

Dumont Minstrels [on Berliner]

1914:

John McCormack

1915:

Charles Harrison

1921:

Arnold Schönberg

1924:

Beniamino Gigli

1936:

Joseph Schmidt

1939:

Johnny & Jones

1956:

Louis Prima

1956:

Mario Lanza

1959:

Connie Francis

1961:

Annette Funicello

1977:

Grateful Dead

1998:

Helmut Lotti

2000:

Luciano Pavarotti

2001:

Brave Combo [with Cathy Finch and Marcy Marxer]

2010:

Bennie Jolink & Jan Wilm Tolkamp [as Jagen In 't Bos]

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