Nino Oliviero

Nino Oliviero

Real Name:
Gaetano Oliviero
Italian musician and composer (Naples, February 13, 1918 - Rome, March 1, 1980).
Great and pure musician of Neapolitan music, his strong and rare personality along with his great ability to compose such wonderful music are unforgettable. Born in Naples at the end of the great war, Nino Oliviero showed an outstanding talent for music ever since he was a child. His mother was the first to have this intuition and for this reason decided to have a “quartino” made for him, a very small violin built on purpose for his tiny little hands, at the tender age of five.
She did this secretly from her husband, who certainly would not have understood the gesture of encouraging such a decision, that of music, in a time so uncertain.
After only a few years of studying, the secret was unveiled. The father was unwillingly taken to a musical audition for children and was literally amazed when he saw his little Nino perform a sweet serenata for solo violin in such a wonderful way. From that moment on Nino began his long and great musical career. The young talent arrived to the diploma at only sixteen. He achieved the diploma (with the highest grade) at the San Pietro a Majella, the most prestigious music Conservatory in Italy. His examiner was the great artist, Francesco Cilea, author of Arlesiana.
In the meantime, he entered the Oriental University of Naples and began composing his first songs, winning the first prize at the Contest of Piedigrotta with “ Primavera”
This prize enabled him to become one of the upcoming young talents of the time and gave him the possibility to attend the most important cultural and musical circles of the city.
His inspiring lifetime friend and teacher was Libero Bovio, one of the greatest Neapolitan poets (author of “Reginella”, “ O paese d’ ‘o sole”, “Zappatore”). Libero had the habit of opening his home to young and talented artists to whom he joyfully gave incomparable tips on art and culture.
During the same period, Nino composed many other songs, always inspired by a warm and profound sentiment and dominated by the love he had for his wonderful city, Naples.: “suspirata”, “tristezza e’ vierno”, all based on the verses of the great Ferdinando Russo ( songs which were later recorded by Vittorio de Sica).
Then came the darkness of the second World War and Nino was called to become a soldier. The disaster and the destruction of the country eventually led to the beginning of a new era of peace. In 1945, the young artist ( who is newlywed) decided to move to Rome, a city that offered more job opportunities than devastated Naples. He found a job working for FIAT, a job too tight for a free talent as he was, yet even there he managed to apply his creative talent as a composer and came up with an advertising jingle for the launch of the new Topolino car (“la500C”). A year went by and he finally got his first opportunity: the young musician met the famous editor Leonardi which believed in him so much that he asked him to join the Leonardi company, making his dream come true.
He wrote many other beautiful songs such as “ Non conosci Napoli”, “”il pianino e’ partito da Napoli”, “Povero Ammore Mio,”
Until the greatest successes like “Nu quarto e’ luna” with verses by Tito Manlio, “Quanno staje cumme” (verses and music), “ O ciucciariello”, written with his friend Roberto Murolo, “Giuvanne cu a’ chitarra”, with Stefano Canzio. From then onwards Nino’s career has been luminous and overwhelming.
Driven by an extreme and inexhaustible impulse to write music, he started composing movie soundtracks of the time, (Domenica d’agosto, Canzone Appassionata, Cuore di mamma, Napoli sole mio taken from one of his beautiful songs). In 1962, he composed the soundtrack for “Mondo Cane” the new film of Gualtiero Jacopetti, a director he had already worked with for a famous film magazine of the time “Ieri, Oggi, Domani”. The movie had an extraordinary success all over the world, also due to its soundtrack, especially because one of the songs (called “More”) actually won a nomination at the Oscars in 1963. The first time ever for an Italian musician.
At this point Oliviero was a renowned International musician. He won the prestigious “Grammy” award (the American Oscar for music) and continued to compose successful soundtracks worldwide (“Mondo cane2”, “una Moglie Americana” with Ugo Tognazzi, “la Moglie Giapponese” with Gastone Moschin, to the point of being chosen by the famous Vincent Minnelli to compose the music of his last film “Nina”, with Liza Minnelli and Ingrid Bergman. Oliviero did all of this without ever betraying his Neapolitan heart.
At the age of 62 a sudden illness put an end to the life and the career of this magnificent musician, A man of great personality, able to touch the hearts of everyone who had a chance to know him and anyone who was just able to listen to his music.
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Nino Oliviero Discography Tracks


Riz Ortolani And Nino Oliviero Riz Ortolani And Nino Oliviero - Mondo Cane (Album) United Artists Records Canada 1962 Sell This Version
Nino Oliviero Mondo Cane N° 2 (Album) CAM US 1964 Sell This Version
Nino Oliviero / Bruno Nicolai Nino Oliviero / Bruno Nicolai - Il Pelo Nel Mondo (Album) CAM US 1965 Sell This Version
Nino Oliviero La Moglie Giapponese (Colonna Sonora Originale ) (Album) RCA Italy 1968 Sell This Version
N.O. 1001 Nino Oliviero "Un Giorno A Brooklin" (A Day In Brooklyn) - Fantasia Da Concerto Per Piano E Orchestra & Temi Da Films(LP, Mono) Not On Label N.O. 1001 Italy 1972 Sell This Version
SO 69301 Nino Oliviero Nina - Colonna Sonora Originale(LP, Album) Oceania Records SO 69301 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
CVS005 Nino Oliviero Nino Oliviero And His Orchestra(CD, Album) CAM CVS005 Italy 1999 Sell This Version
GDM 2053 Nino Oliviero Ringo Del Nebraska (Original Soundtrack)(CD, Album, Ltd) GDM GDM 2053 Italy 2005 Sell This Version
SAG 9066 Nino Oliviero Per Orchestra(LP) CAM SAG 9066 Italy Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Riz Ortolani E Nino Oliviero Riz Ortolani E Nino Oliviero - Mondo Cane (Colonna Sonora Originale) (Single) CAM, CAM Netherlands 1962 Sell This Version
Riz Ortolani E Nino Oliviero Riz Ortolani E Nino Oliviero - Mondo Cane (Colonna Sonora Originale) (Single) CAM Italy 1962 Sell This Version
CAM-1009 Riz Ortolani E Nino Oliviero Riz Ortolani E Nino Oliviero - Mondo Cane (Colonna Sonora Originale)(7", Single, Mono) CAM CAM-1009 Japan 1962 Sell This Version
CA. 2560 Nino Oliviero Mondo Cane n. 2(7", Single) CAM CA. 2560 Italy 1964 Sell This Version
275-XC Riz Ortolani Y Nino Oliviero Riz Ortolani Y Nino Oliviero - Mondo Cane = Este Perro Mundo (Banda Sonora Del Film)(7", EP) Vergara 275-XC Spain 1964 Sell This Version
CA. 2561 Nino Oliviero Mondo Cane n.2(7", Single) CAM CA. 2561 Italy 1964 Sell This Version
PM45-3334 Robby Poitevin E La Sua Orchestra / Nino Oliviero Robby Poitevin E La Sua Orchestra / Nino Oliviero - Una Moglie Americana(7") RCA Italiana PM45-3334 Italy 1965 Sell This Version
CDR. 45-30 Nino Oliviero Cuando Se Muere El Sol/Cavalca Ringo(7") CAM CDR. 45-30 Italy 1966 Sell This Version
EPE-537 Nino Oliviero, Riz Ortolani Nino Oliviero, Riz Ortolani - Trilha Sonora do Filme Mondo Cane(7") Fermata EPE-537 Brazil Unknown Sell This Version
2211-NCR-001 Riz Ortolani - Nino Oliviero Riz Ortolani - Nino Oliviero - Mondo Cane(7", S/Sided, Fle) Cineriz 2211-NCR-001 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
CAM 5002 Riz Ortolani, Nino Oliviero Riz Ortolani, Nino Oliviero - Mondo Cane (More) Life Savers Girls (More)/ Mondo Cane (More) Models In Blue (More)(7", Single, Promo) CAM CAM 5002 Canada Unknown Sell This Version


SP/CR 20051 Nino Oliviero, Ennio Morricone Nino Oliviero, Ennio Morricone - Una moglie americana / Come imparai ad amare le donne (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Recordings)(CD, Album, Comp) Avanz Records SP/CR 20051 Japan 2010 Sell This Version