Gegè Di Giacomo
Gennaro Di Giacomo, said Gege (Naples, January 17, 1918 - Naples, 1 April 2005) was an Italian singer and drummer.


Grandson of the poet Salvatore Di Giacomo
Salvatore Di Giacomo
Salvatore Di Giacomo was a Neapolitan poet, songwriter and playwright.Di Giacomo is credited as being one of those responsible for renewing Neapolitan dialect poetry at the beginning of the 20th century...

, began to play the small drum and cymbals orchestra with his brother Pino, who played the snare drum, before it has a battery across its ten years of being hired to run the cinema Samson live (it was the silent era) on the soundtracks of films shown, such as King Vidor's The Big Parade (1925), which had the texture of the First World War, learning the art, which would soon come in handy, to invent sounds, noises and found everything that could strike.

After being in the service of the orchestras of Gino Campese, Nello Segurini, Armando Del Conte and Gino Dome during the Second World War, was hired Oct. 28, 1949, together with the Dutch guitarist Peter Van Wood, by Renato Carosone, joining part of a trio that would mark a turning point in the history of the Neapolitan song.

The first of the trio of hit records, recorded for Pathé, contain music music music, played by Renato Carosone and Gege Di Giacomo and sung by Peter Van Wood, who in 1952 left the couple to pursue a solo career.

Gege Di Giacomo, however, remained alongside Carosone, which aggregates other musicians to form his own band, defined itself completely in the second half of the fifties "Complex Carosone.

Many of the songs were born from Carosone long collaboration with lyricist Nisa and the merit of the extraordinary international success of these was also Gege, on the evening of May 13, 1954, the Caprice in Milan, during the introduction of pansies, suddenly shouted "Canta Napoli! Naples in Bloom", which became his battle cry, perfectly adapted to all the songs he performed, most of them narrated in first person, as Pigliate 'na pad ("Napoli in UK! "), loved thee? (Naples bed! ") And Caravan petrol (Napoli oil!").

On January 5, 1957 Carosone and his band in Cuba began a successful American tour, which ended with a triumphant concert at Carnegie Hall in New York.

After the farewell to the scenes of Carosone of 7 September 1960, James rushed for a while 'in the adventure solo, appearing at the 1961 Festival of Naples (where he sang All of the family, repeated by Aurelio Fierro, who was ranked third and Pi-Riki-kuke, repeated by Gloria Christian) and 1962 (where he sang Chin and fire, repeated by Cocky Mazzetti and O 'monument, repeated by Carla Boni) and putting together his own group, but did not have a success and also decided to bid farewell to the show, just making an appearance at the side of his friend Renato ever after his return on August 9, 1975.

Personal life

On his eighty-fifth birthday, the President of the Campania Region, Antonio Bassolino, and the councilor Teresa Amato gave him the Premio Carosone Poggioreale at his home, where he died two years later.
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