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Domenico Modugno
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    (January 9, 1928-August 6, 1994)
    Recorded and co-wrote ‘Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu)' (1958)
    Appeared in the films ‘Genoese Dragnet' (1952), ‘The Knights of the Queen' (1954), ‘The Red Cloak' (1955), ‘The King's Musketeers' (1957) and ‘Three Bites of the Apple' (1967)
    Elected to the Italian Parliament (1986)
    He was a one-hit wonder in English-speaking countries.
    ‘Volare' was inspired by the illustration on a pack of cigarettes.
    His song ‘Nuda' (1960) was banned from Italian radio for containing the lyric, ‘I would like to hold you nude in my arms.'
    He caused a minor scandal at the Eurovision contest when he got angry at the orchestra and walked off the stage during dress rehearsals (1966).
    He won best song honors at the San Remo Festival of Music four times.
    ‘Volare' became a standard so fast that Billboard reviewed seven different versions in one issue (July 21, 1958).
    He beat out industry heavyweights such as Frank Sinatra to win the first Grammy for Record of the Year (1959).
    In Parliament, he campaigned for the rights of the mentally ill.

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