LUNA MEZZO MARE

Latest update on 13/04/2015

Artist: Paolo Citarella
Author: Paolo Citorello
Label: Italian Book Company/Brunswick
Year: 1927

Sicilian singing seaman. Risqué song about a girl telling her mother how the moon over the sea makes her long for a husband. Follows a list of candidates, all of a different trade (butcher, baker, shoemaker, farmer, carpenter, gardener, fisherman, policeman, fireman), parading their most typical attribute.

Covers:

1929:

Paolo Citarella [on Okeh as Mamma A Cer Maddari]

1930s:

Paolo Dones [as A Luna Mmenzu 'u Mari]

1930s:

Rosina Gioiora Trubia [as Mi Vogghiu Maritari]

1930s:

Silvia Coruzzolo [as A Luna Mezzo O' Mare]

1930s:

I Diavoli [as La Luna In Mezzo Al Mare]

1938:

Rudy Vallee [as Oh! Ma-Ma! (The Butcher Boy); credits go to Vallee, Citorello and Lew Brown, writer of Beer Barrel Polka and Life Is But A Bowl Of Cherries]

1938:

Andrews Sisters [as Oh! Ma-Ma!]

1938:

Glenn Miller [idem]

1940:

Trio Lescano [as La Luna In Mezzo Al Mare]

1951:

Louis Prima [as Zuma Zuma Barca La]

1951:

Dean Martin

1958:

Lou Monte [as Lazy Mary in his typical 'Eyetalian' accent and two chorus in 'British']

1960:

Mills Brothers [as Oh! Ma-Ma!]

1967:

Pete Seeger [as C'e La Luna (The Butcher Boy)]

1972:

Louis Prima [as Che La Luna]

1972:

cast of The Godfather I [during Sicilian wedding shots]

1973:

Salix Alba [as Oh Mama]

1999:

Frank Simms [in Hugh Grant film Mickey Blue Eyes]

Slightly inspired by Rossini's La Danza, a Neapolitan tarantella with opening line: "Già la luna in mezzo al mare, mamma mia".

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