Latest Release

Top Songs

Albums




Singles & EPs







Compilations



About Emilio Pericoli

b. 1928, Cesenatico, Italy. This sailors son was a member of an amateur dramatic society while a trainee accountant in Milan. It was after he had taken the plunge as a professional thespian that he found himself, microphone in hand, one frolicsome 1960 evening in a local nightclub. From this casual beginning, he decided to concentrate on singing, and eventually won a contract with Ricordi Records. The vehicle that was to project Pericolis vocal talent most commercially was Al Di La which, performed by Betty Curtis, had won 1961s San Remo Song Festival for composers Guilio Rapetti and Carlo Donida. Though Pericolis cover - one of many - garnered modest domestic sales, it was a more palpable hit in Latin America. Furthermore, after it was re-recorded with an English lyric (by Ervin Drake) for 1962s Rome Adventure film soundtrack, it was used again in Lovers Must Learn with Pericoli in handsome cameo. This exposure elicited airplay which pushed Al Di La to number 6 in the USA and into Britains Top 30. He had no further hits in English-speaking territories but Pericoli was still able to rely on Al Di La as leverage to gain a New York cabaret season in 1965 as a brief tangent to a career as a television actor.

NOW PLAYING