"Al di là" ("Beyond") is a song written by Italian composer Carlo Donida and lyricist Mogol, and recorded by Betty Curtis. The English lyrics were written by Ervin Drake. The song was the Italian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1961, performed in Italian by Curtis at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France, on 18 March 1961, after Curtis had won the Sanremo Music Festival 1961 on 2 February.

Italy "Al di là"
Betty Curtis-Al di là.jpg
Eurovision Song Contest 1961 entry
Country
Artist(s)
Roberta Corti
As
Language
Composer(s)
Lyricist(s)
Conductor
Gianfranco Intra
Finals performance
Final result
5th
Final points
12
Entry chronology
◄ "Romantica" (1960)
"Addio, addio" (1962) ►
"Al di là"
Single by Emilio Pericoli
B-side"Sassi"
Released1961 (Italy); May 1962 (US)
Recorded1961
GenreTraditional pop music
Length2:04
LabelWarner Bros. Records
Composer(s)Carlo Donida
Lyricist(s)Ervin Drake
Producer(s)Danny Davis
"Al Di La"
Single by Connie Francis
A-side"I'm Gonna Be Warm This Winter"
ReleasedDecember 1962
Recorded11 November 1962
GenreTraditional pop music
Length2:25 (A-side)
3:17 (B-side)
LabelMGM Records K 13116
Composer(s)Carlo Donida
Lyricist(s)Ervin Drake
Producer(s)Danny Davis
Connie Francis
US singles chronology
"I Was Such a Fool (To Fall in Love with You)" / "He Thinks I Still Care"
(1962)
"Al Di La"
(1962)
"Follow the Boys" / "Waiting for Billy"
(1963)
"Al Di La"
Single by Ray Charles Singers
from the album Command Performances
B-side"Till The End Of Time"
Released1964
Recorded1964
GenreEasy listening
Length2:05
LabelCommand
Composer(s)Carlo Donida
Lyricist(s)Ervin Drake
Producer(s)Danny Davis
Ray Charles Singers singles chronology
"Love Me with All Your Heart"
(1964)
"Al Di La"
(1964)
"One More Time"
(1964)

Donida is best known in America for writing "Uno dei tanti", or "I (Who Have Nothing)". English lyricist Drake also wrote the lyrics for such songs as "Quando, quando, quando" and "Good Morning Heartache", and both the music and lyrics for "It Was a Very Good Year".

Cover versionsEdit

  • In the United States, Emilio Pericoli is the artist most associated with the song. He sang "Al di là" in a nightclub, with a small combo, in the popular 1962 film Rome Adventure, starring Troy Donahue and Suzanne Pleshette,[1] and his single that year on Warner Bros. Records reached number six on Billboard's pop chart and number three on the easy-listening chart.[2] Pericoli's version ranked #48 on Billboard's 1962 Year-End chart.[3] Pericoli's album version of the song is not the same as in the film. It is much slower and recorded with a full orchestra. (In the film, Donahue's character interprets the song's title as meaning "Beyond the Beyond".) In the UK Singles Chart, Pericoli's version peaked only at number 30, but spent 14 weeks in the Record Retailer Top 50, beginning on 30 June 1962.[4]
  • It was also recorded by Italian-American singer Connie Francis in Italian in 1962 and in a bilingual version later during the same year, with Connie writing the English lyrics instead of using Ervin Drake's.[5]
  • Willy Alberti released a version in 1962[6] and on his 1973 album, Van levenslied tot opera.[7]
  • Al Hirt also appears in Rome Adventure and plays the song in a nightclub scene. He released a version on his 1963 album, Honey in the Horn.[8]
  • Jerry Vale released a version on his 1963 album, Arrivederci, Roma.[9] This version was also part of the soundtrack of the 2019 film The Irishman.
  • The Ray Charles Singers scored a 1964 hit, peaking at #29 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart with their cover of the song.
  • Al Martino, who would later play the fictional crooner Johnny Fontaine in the 1972 film The Godfather, recorded "Al di là" in Italian on his 1963 The Italian Voices of Al Martino album (Capitol Records).
  • In 1966 Don Cornell recorded a cover of the song for the album Andiamo - Let's go with Don Cornell, orchestra directed by Joe Guercio (ABC-Paramount - ABCS 537).
  • Sergio Franchi is another Italian-American singer associated with this popular song. He recorded on his 1968 RCA Victor album, Wine and Song.[10] Franchi also sang the song on the 26 December 1964, broadcast of The Hollywood Palace.[11]
  • In 1994 Délcio Tavares recorded a cover for the Brazilian market on the Italianíssimo II album (ACIT, 60062250).
  • Patrizio Buanne recorded on his 2015 Decca Records album Viva la Dolce Vita singing in English and Italian.
  • Other notable recording include Milva (1961),[12] Ace CannonSweet and Tough (1966),[13] Jerry Adriani (1996).[12]
  • Janice Harper, Capitol Records, 1961.

ChartsEdit

Artist Year Peak chart positions
ITA
[14]
US
[15]
Betty Curtis 1961 11
Luciano Tajoli 3
Emilio Pericoli 2 6
Tony Dallara 32
Connie Francis 1962 90
The Ray Charles Singers 1964 29

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jose-Juan Porcar Cano (4 March 2017), Emilio Pericoli - AL DI LA ("Más allá") subtitulada en castellano., archived from the original on 18 December 2021, retrieved 22 June 2018
  2. ^ [1] Archived 25 March 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=411&cfgn=Year-end+Singles&cfn=The+Billboard+Hot+100&ci=3077223&cdi=9013022&cid=12%2F31%2F1962[dead link]
  4. ^ The Complete Book of the British Charts by Tony Brown, Omnibus Press, 2000, page 668
  5. ^ "Among My Souvenirs: The Real Story"
  6. ^ "Willy Alberti – al di Là (1962, Vinyl)". Discogs.
  7. ^ "Willy Alberti – van Levenslied Tot Opera (1973, Vinyl)". Discogs.
  8. ^ Al Hirt, Honey in the Horn
  9. ^ Jerry Vale, Arrivederci, Roma
  10. ^ "Explore Releases on Discogs". Archived from the original on 21 April 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2012. Sergio Franchi
  11. ^ http://www.tv.com Archived 20 May 2019 at the Wayback Machine The Hollywood Palace
  12. ^ a b Al di là SecondHandSongs
  13. ^ "Al di la". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 21 November 2010.[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Tutti i successi del 1961" (in Italian). HitParadeItalia.it. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  15. ^ Peak positions for the song in the US: