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Marina (Rocco Granata song)

"Marina" is a 1959 Italian song by Italian-Belgian singer-songwriter Rocco Granata, his first international hit and best known song. Originally released in 1959 as the B-side of "Manuela", the B-side became more played than the A-side, and by 30 January "Marina" interrupted "Oh! Carol" by Neil Sedaka for one week at the No.1 spot of Hitkrant's List of European number-one hits of 1960. The song sold millions of copies.
It was #1 in Belgium, #31 in the US,[1] and #1 in Germany,[2] The Netherlands, Italy and Norway.
It was the No.2 jukebox play of the whole year in Automaten-Markt's records after "Seemann" by Lolita.[3][4]


The song Marina was so popular in Belgium and the Netherlands that many parents named their baby daughters Marina. In the Netherlands, the number of born Marina's rose from 156 in 1958 (before the hit song), to 190 and 250 in 1959 en 1960 : an increase of 22% in 1959 and again 32% the next year. [5]

A (German) musical feature film entitled Marina (by Paul Martin) was released in 1960.

In 1989, Granata commissioned a dance remix of "Marina" (by Rocco Granata & The Carnations), which again topped the Belgian charts as well as those of Italy and Germany.

In 2013 his early life (and his musical career starting with the sudden success of the hit "Marina") was captured in a new biographical movie named Marina, directed by Stijn Coninx.


  1. ^ Joel Whitburn, The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. 7th edn, 2000
  2. ^ The positions for the German Singles Charts are taken from Günter Ehnert: Hit Bilanz. Deutsche Chart Singles 1956–1980. Hamburg: Taurus Press 1990, S. 88
  3. ^ Billboard - Dec 31, 1960 - Page 37 "The top juke box tunes of 1960, according to Automaten-Markt, 1. "Seemann," by Lolita; 2. "Marina," by Rocco Granata; 3. "Wir Wollen Niemals Auseinander-geh'n," by Heidi Bruhl ...
  4. ^ Billboard - Nov 21, 1960 - Page 46 MARINA AND OTHER ITALIAN FAVORITES Rocco Granata. Laurie LLP 2003 — Rocco Granata bad his first international hit with "Marina," "
  5. ^ "Nederlandse Voornamenbank (Dutch First Names Database) - Marina". Meertens Institute.