As a child he learned to play the violin, showing a remarkable musical talent. In 1937, he became a member of orchestra Rocco Grasso and in 1939, he played with Sesto Carlini's orchestra, one of the most renowned Italian jazz bands of that time.
After the Second World War, he resumed his musical career, alternating between playing jazz and light music. In 1948, he gained further academic qualifications, graduating in piano and composing from Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome. In 1949, he was chosen to represent Italy at Festival du Jazz de Paris, where he played with double bassist, Gorni Kramer and drummer, Gil Cuppini. In the following year he began a long series of recordings titled "Musica per i vostri sogni". In collaboration with Piero Morgan (also known as Piero Piccioni), he made a series of radio shows, one of the first Italian experiments to present jazz piano performances with a string orchestra. About the same time he began to have success as a popular songwriter, using the pseudonym Roman Vatro. In 1952, he was invited by the film director Alberto Lattuada to write the music for his upcoming movie Anna. One of the songs "El Negro Zumbon" became a worldwide best seller. In the same year, Trovajoli performed as a concert pianist playing Gershwin music under the direction of Artur Rodzinski at San Carlo theatre in Naples and Willy Ferrero at Basilica di Massenzio in Rome. In 1953, in addition to writing the music for the film "Due notti con Cleopatra", he served as the orchestra director at Festival della canzone di Sanremo, repeating this role in 1957. He gained more international success with the song "Che m'è mparato a ffà", recorded by Sophia Loren in 1958.
In 1962, Trovajoli, who had previously worked on some variety shows, composed the score for the musical comedy "Rugantino".
Travajoli wrote the soundtracks for many movies, working with film directors such as Vittorio De Sica, Marco Vicario, Dino Risi, Luigi Magni and Ettore Scola.
In 2007, he was awarded the "Premio Speciale David di Donatello" in recognition of his achievements.
- 32 Instruments & Performance
- 148 Writing & Arrangement
- 1 Featuring & Presenting
- 70 Conducting & Leading
- 5 Production
|BPM 3007||Various||Missing Love (as Armando Trovajoli) Various - Love Themes (CD)||BMG Production Music||BPM 3007||UK||1999||Sell This Version|
Singles & EPs
|A 4524||Sophia Loren / Franco Giordano Och Hans Orkester*||Mambo Bacàn (as Armando Trovajoli) Sophia Loren / Franco Giordano Och Hans Orkester* - Mambo Bacàn / Nives (7", Single)||Knäppupp||A 4524||Sweden||1956||Sell This Version|
|75 709||Various||Rock Della Ballera (as Armando Trovajoli) Various - Boccace 70 (Bande Sonore Originale Du Film) (7")||RCA Victor||75 709||France||1962||Sell This Version|
|EM-15||Various||Shabadabada (as Armando Trovajoli) Various - Disco Refrain N. 15 (7", EP, Promo, Smplr)||RCA Italiana||EM-15||Italy||1964||Sell This Version|
|A10V 0040||Various||Prigionieri Del Cielo (as Armando Trovajoli) Various - 10 Successi Da Film (10", Comp)||RCA Italiana, RCA||A10V 0040||Italy||1956||Sell This Version|
|LPM 10008||Various||Desiree (as Armando Trovajoli) Various - Cocktail Di Successi - N. 2 (LP, Comp)||RCA Italiana, RCA||LPM 10008||Italy||1958||Sell This Version|
|LC 6||Various||Catherine Dixie (Dal Film Il Marito E' Mio E L'Ammazzo Quando Mi Pare) (as Armando Trovajoli) Various - Orseggiamo Insieme (LP, Comp, Mono, Promo)||Campi Gruppo Editoriale Recording, For You (2)||LC 6||Italy||1970||Sell This Version|
|GMS 0003||Various||Un Sogno Atteso (as Armando Trovajoli) Various - Magia E Mistero (LP, Comp)||General Music||GMS 0003||Italy||1978||Sell This Version|
|GMS 0001||Various||Topo Di Campagna (as Armando Trovajoli) and 1 more… Various - Il Sorriso, La Risata, La Torta In Faccia (LP, Comp)||General Music||GMS 0001||Italy||1978||Sell This Version|
|GMS 0004||Various||Pause Dei Silenzi (as Armando Trovajoli) Various - Suspense (LP, Comp)||General Music||GMS 0004||Italy||1978||Sell This Version|
|CIA 5008||Various||Patetico Incontro (as Armando Trovajoli) Various - La Commedia All'Italiana (LP, Comp)||Cinevox||CIA 5008||Italy||1980||Sell This Version|
|803 011||Various||I Lunghi Giorni Della Vendetta (as Armando Trovajoli) Various - Western - Bandes Originales Des Films (LP, Comp)||General Music||803 011||France||1980||Sell This Version|
|2MJP 1064||Various||Afternoon Blues (as Armando Trovajoli) Various - Italian Jazz Graffiti (LP, Comp)||Musica Jazz||2MJP 1064||Italy||1988||Sell This Version|
|Various||Sessomatto (as Armando Trovajoli) and 1 more… Various - Easy Tempo Vol. 1 (A Cinematic Easy Listening Experience) (Comp)||Right Tempo Classics||Italy||1996||Sell This Version|
|Various||Frenesia (as Armando Trovajoli) Various - Easy Tempo Vol. 3 (Further Cinematic Easy Listening Experience) (Comp)||Easy Tempo||Italy||1997||Sell This Version|
|Various||Masquerade (as Armando Trovajoli) and 2 more… Various - Easy Tempo Vol. 4 (A Kaleidoscopic Collection Of Exciting And Diverse Cinematic Themes) (Comp)||Easy Tempo||Italy||1997||Sell This Version|
|RT002MCD||Various||Sessomatto (as Armando Trovajoli) Various - Easy Tempo - Pitti Immagine Uomo (Extra Lounge Special Edition) (CD, Comp, Ltd, Promo)||Easy Tempo, Right Tempo||RT002MCD||Italy||1997||Sell This Version|
|ET 912 DLP||Various||Caccia Al Ladro (as Armando Trovajoli) Various - Easy Tempo Vol. 6 (A Cinematic Jazz Experience) (2xLP, Comp)||Easy Tempo||ET 912 DLP||Italy||1998||Sell This Version|
|ET 911 DLP||Various||Blazing Magnum (as Armando Trovajoli) Various - Easy Tempo Vol. 5: A Slammin' Cinematic Experience (2xLP, Comp)||Easy Tempo||ET 911 DLP||Italy||1998||Sell This Version|
|MET 401/403 CDS||Various||Sessomatto (as Armando Trovajoli) and 1 more… Various - Easy Tempo Experience - A New Cinematic Perspective (CD, Comp)||Easy Tempo||MET 401/403 CDS||Italy||1998||Sell This Version|
|Various||Vivere Felici (as Armando Trovajoli) Various - Easy Tempo Volume 8 (Cinematica!! - Different Musical Horizons) (Comp)||Easy Tempo||Italy||1998||Sell This Version|
|Various||FMB Shake (as Armando Trovajoli) and 3 more… Various - Easy Tempo Vol. 7 (Bikini Beat) (Comp)||Easy Tempo||Italy||1998||Sell This Version|
|STN1006DLP||Various||Surf Service (as Armando Trovajoli) Various - Ambiente Elegante (2xLP, Comp, Gat)||Studio Uno||STN1006DLP||Italy||1999||Sell This Version|
|Red 104-1||Various||Theme For A Murderer (as Armando Trovajoli) and 5 more… Various - (Italian Girls Like) Ear-Catching Melodies (LP, Comp)||Dagored||Red 104-1||Italy||1999||Sell This Version|
|Various||Dancing For You (as Armando Trovajoli) Various - Easy Tempo Vol.9 (The Ultimate Cinematic Compendium) (Comp)||Easy Tempo||Italy||1999||Sell This Version|