Piero Umiliani

Piero Umiliani

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Born in July 17, 1926 in Firenze (Florence), Italy.
Died in February 14, 2001 in Roma (Rome), Italy.
Piero Umiliani was an Italian composer of film scores, most famous for his song "Mah Nà Mah Nà" of 1968, that was originally used for a Mondo documentary about Sweden (Svezia, Inferno e Paradiso) and became world-famous in 1977 when performed for The Muppet Show. The song was also an anthem of the Benny Hill show.
Like many of his Italian colleagues at that time, he composed the scores for many exploitation films in the 1960s and 1970s, covering genres such as spaghetti western, Eurospy, Giallo, and soft sex films. Although not as widely regarded as, for example, Ennio Morricone or Riz Ortolani, he helped form the style of the typical European '60s/'70s jazz-influenced film soundtrack that later experienced a revival in films like Kill Bill and Ocean's Twelve.
Piero Umiliani was born in Florence on July 17 1926.
In 1959, charged by great Mario Monicelli to compose the OST of ‘I Soliti Ignoti’ (Big Deal on Madonna Street) OST, he gains international recognition.
The score featured Chet Baker on trumpet and it was the first experiment ever of Jazz Music on an Italian comedy movie.
In 1961, he writes the music for ‘Smog’ OST were again he featured Chet Baker artistry along with Helen Merrill shaping a masterpiece in Jazz OST history.
Il 1970, the Master opened Liuto Edizioni Musicali, his own publishing company and Sound Work Shop recording studio.
The first album of this new professional dimension was ‘Svezia, Inferno e Paradiso’ (Sweden, Heaven and Hell’) who contained the biggest hit of his career: ‘Mah Nà Mah Nà’ (Muppet Show, Benny Hill Show, Red Skelton show).
From Liuto catalogue came some of the greatest and richest moments in Italian film Music history.
‘La Ragazza dalla Pelle di Luna’ (The Girl with the Skin of the Moon), ‘La Legge dei Gangsters’ (The Gangsters’ Law), Angeli Bianchi … Angeli Neri (White Angels … Black Angels) etc.
Liuto catalogue also features incredible background music albums that delivers an amazing variety of sounds: from ‘To.Day’s Sound’ and ‘News’ to ‘Tra Scienza e Fantascienza’ (Between Science and Science Fiction).
In those great albums Piero Umiliani combined live Musicians with Electronic instruments. A very exhaustive manifesto of such works can be heard on ‘Musicaelettronica Vol. 1 & 2’ anthology albums.
In the past few years, the Timeless and Stainless sound of Piero Umiliani has strongly come back with the inclusion of his music in OSTs of movies like ‘Playing by Heart’ (Sean Connery), ‘Thick as Thieves’ (Alec Baldwin) and ultimately the star packed Hollywood production ‘Ocean’s 12’ with great 'Crepuscolo Sul Mare' track.
Major Multinational brands have used his music for television advertising and the CD releases of his music were acclaimed worldwide.
In his long career Piero Umiliani composed and recorded 190 soundtracks, 40 library albums and 35 TV title themes.
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Piero Umiliani Discography

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Piero Umiliani Smog (Musiche Dalla Colonna Sonora Originale) (Album) RCA Victor Italy 1962 Sell This Version
Piero Umiliani I Piaceri Proibiti (Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film) (Album) CAM Italy 1963 Sell This Version
PML 10342 Piero Umiliani Il Paradiso Dell'Uomo(LP) RCA Italiana PML 10342 Italy 1963 Sell This Version
CMS 30-113 Piero Umiliani Il Dono Del Nilo(LP) CAM CMS 30-113 Italy 1964 Sell This Version
Piero Umiliani Una Bella Grinta (Album) CAM Italy 1965 Sell This Version
Cms. 30-126 Piero Umiliani Bianco, Rosso, Giallo, Rosa (Colonna Sonora Originale)(LP, Album, Mono) CAM Cms. 30-126 Italy 1965 Sell This Version
LPM 004 - 007 Piero Umiliani Jazz Dall' Italia N°1 & 2: Piccola Jam(2xLP, Gat) Omicron LPM 004 - 007 Italy 1967 Sell This Version
LPM 005 Piero Umiliani Gli Italiani E L'Industria(LP) Omicron LPM 005 Italy 1967 Sell This Version
LPM 009 Piero Umiliani La Buona Stagione(LP) Omicron LPM 009 Italy 1967 Sell This Version
LPM 008 Piero Umiliani La Consolazione Della Pietra(LP) Omicron LPM 008 Italy 1967 Sell This Version
LPM 006 Piero Umiliani Il Ponte Dell'Asia(LP) Omicron, Omicron Edizioni Discografiche LPM 006 Italy 1967 Sell This Version
Piero Umiliani Svezia, Inferno E Paradiso (Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film) (Album) Omicron Italy 1968 Sell This Version
Piero Umiliani Fischiando In Beat (Album) Omicron Italy 1968 Sell This Version
LPM 0013 Piero Umiliani I Classici Del Mare(LP) Omicron LPM 0013 Italy 1968 Sell This Version
LPM 0011 Piero Umiliani Preistoria(LP) Omicron LPM 0011 Italy 1968 Sell This Version
LPM 0012 Piero Umiliani Playtime(LP) Omicron LPM 0012 Italy 1968 Sell This Version
Piero Umiliani La Legge Dei Gangsters (Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film) (Album) Omicron, Omicron Italy 1969 Sell This Version
Piero Umiliani Angeli Bianchi.... Angeli Neri (Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film) (Album) Omicron Italy 1969 Sell This Version
Piero Umiliani Effetti Musicali Omicron Italy 1969 Sell This Version
6032 Marcel Frank* / Bill Potts / Piero Umiliani Marcel Frank* / Bill Potts / Piero Umiliani - Major Mood Music Recordings(LP) Major Records (7) 6032 US 1969 Sell This Version
6034 Piero Umiliani / Marcel Frank* / Bill Potts Piero Umiliani / Marcel Frank* / Bill Potts - Production Music(LP) Major Records (7) 6034 US 1969 Sell This Version
6033 Bill Potts / Marcel Frank* / Piero Umiliani / Nicolo Flagello* Bill Potts / Marcel Frank* / Piero Umiliani / Nicolo Flagello* - Production Music(LP) Major Records (7) 6033 US 1969 Sell This Version
Piero Umiliani Le Isole Dell'Amore (Album) Cinevox Italy 1970 Sell This Version
RT-31 P. Umiliani*, A. Derevitzky*, C. Rizzo*, C. Savina*, D. Paris* P. Umiliani*, A. Derevitzky*, C. Rizzo*, C. Savina*, D. Paris* - Musiche Per Commento(LP) Record TV Discografica RT-31 Italy 1970 Sell This Version
Piero Umiliani 5 Bambole Per La Luna D'Agosto Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Album) Cinevox Italy 1971 Sell This Version