Tuesday 8 June 1971


Born: November 15th, 1924, Vicenza (Italy)
Died: October 21st, 2013, Rome (Italy)
Nationality: Italian

In due course, the short impression below will be replaced with a more extensive career overview


Gianni Ferrio was an Italian composer, arranger, and conductor. From the 1940s onwards, he has worked as an arranger and studio conductor for different record companies (including RCA Victor and CGD) and a string of artists, most notably Mina, with whom he has had a lifelong working relationship, up until her last album in 2005. He wrote some of Mina’s best-known songs, including ‘Non gioco più’ (1975). His most famous composition is arguably ‘Paroles, paroles’, which, sung by Dalida and Alain Delon, became a European hit in 1973. 

He wrote scores to more than seventy feature films, amongst which Un dollaro bucato (1965) and Tutti a squola (1979). As a conductor, he worked on many broadcasts of Italian public TV network RAI; he was the musical director of the San Remo Festival on two occasions, in partnership with William Galassini (in 1959) and Cinico Angelini (in 1962). In those days, Ferrio was considered to be a modernist conductor, because his orchestra included a prominent brass section. 

In 2007, he made a surprise return to the San Remo Festival (after an absence of 45 years!) as the composer, arranger, and conductor of Johnny Dorelli’s ballad ‘Meglio così’.


Gianni Ferrio was the musical director of the tenth Eurovision Song Contest, held in Naples in 1965. He not only conducted the Italian entry ‘Se piangi, se ridi’ (sung by Bobby Solo), but also the songs submitted by Austria and Ireland – the first ever Irish entry in the contest. 

Four years previously, Ferrio's orchestra was used to for the studio session to record Betty Curtis' San Remo winner - and Italian Eurovision entry - 'Al di là'.


Country – Italy
Song title – "Al di là"
Rendition – Betty Curtis 
Lyrics – Giulio Rapetti "Mogol"
Composition – Carlo Donida
Studio arrangement – Gianni Ferrio 
(studio orchestra conducted by Gianni Ferrio)
Live orchestration – Gianfranco Intra
Conductor – Gianfranco Intra
Score – 5th place (12 votes)

Country – Ireland
Song title – "I’m Walking The Streets In The Rain"
Rendition – Butch Moore 
Lyrics – Teresa Conlon
Composition – Joe Harrigan / George Prendergast
Studio arrangement – Johnny Spence
Live orchestration – Johnny Spence
Conductor – Gianni Ferrio (MD)
Score – 6th place (11 votes)

Country – Austria
Song title – "Sag ihr, ich lass’ sie grüssen"
Rendition – Udo Jürgens 
Lyrics – Frank Bohlen / Udo Jürgens
Composition – Udo Jürgens
Studio arrangement – Rudi Bauer
(studio orchestra conducted by Rudi Bauer)
Live orchestration – Rudi Bauer
Conductor – Gianni Ferrio (MD)
Score – 4th place (16 votes)

Country – Italy
Song title – "Se piangi, se ridi"
Rendition – Bobby Solo 
Lyrics  Giulio Rapetti "Mogol"
Composition – Gianni Marchetti / Roberto Satti
Studio arrangement – Gianni Marchetti
(studio orchestra conducted by Gianni Marchetti)
Live orchestration – Gianni Marchetti
Conductor – Gianni Ferrio (MD)
Score – 5th place (15 votes)

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