Piero Umiliani

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Born on July 17, 1926 in Firenze (Florence), Italy.
Died on February 14, 2001 in Roma (Rome), Italy.
Piero Umiliani was an Italian composer of film scores and library music who was also behind the Omicron label and the Sound Work Shop label & Sound Work-Shop Studio, and cofounder of Liuto Edizioni Musicali. In his long career Piero Umiliani composed and recorded 190 soundtracks, 40 library albums and 35 TV title themes.
He became most famous for his song "Mah Nà Mah Nà" of 1968, that was originally used for a Mondo documentary about Sweden (Svezia, Inferno e Paradiso) and became world-famous in 1977 when performed for The Muppet Show. The song was also an anthem of the Benny Hill show.
Like many of his Italian colleagues at that time, he composed the scores for many exploitation films in the 1960s and 1970s, covering genres such as spaghetti western, Eurospy, Giallo, and soft sex films. Although not as widely regarded as, for example, Ennio Morricone or Riz Ortolani, he helped form the style of the typical European '60s/'70s jazz-influenced film soundtrack that later experienced a revival in films like Kill Bill and Ocean's Twelve.
Piero Umiliani was born in Florence on July 17 1926.
In 1959, charged by great Mario Monicelli to compose the OST of ‘I Soliti Ignoti’ (Big Deal on Madonna Street) OST, he gains international recognition.
The score featured Chet Baker on trumpet and it was the first experiment ever of Jazz Music on an Italian comedy movie.
In 1961, he writes the music for ‘Smog’ OST were again he featured Chet Baker artistry along with Helen Merrill shaping a masterpiece in Jazz OST history.
Il 1970, the Master opened Liuto Edizioni Musicali, his own publishing company and Sound Work Shop recording studio.
The first album of this new professional dimension was ‘Svezia, Inferno e Paradiso’ (Sweden, Heaven and Hell’) who contained the biggest hit of his career: ‘Mah Nà Mah Nà’ (Muppet Show, Benny Hill Show, Red Skelton show).
From Liuto catalogue came some of the greatest and richest moments in Italian film Music history, e.g. ‘La Ragazza dalla Pelle di Luna’ (The Girl with the Skin of the Moon), ‘La Legge dei Gangsters’ (The Gangsters’ Law), Angeli Bianchi … Angeli Neri (White Angels … Black Angels) etc. Liuto catalogue also features incredible background music albums that delivers an amazing variety of sounds: from ‘To.Day’s Sound’ and ‘News’ to ‘Tra Scienza e Fantascienza’ (Between Science and Science Fiction). On those great albums Piero Umiliani combined live musicians with electronic instruments. A very exhaustive manifesto of such works can be heard on ‘Musicaelettronica Vol. 1 & 2’ anthology albums.
In the past few years, the timeless and stainless sound of Piero Umiliani has strongly come back with the inclusion of his music in OSTs of movies like ‘Playing by Heart’ (Sean Connery), ‘Thick as Thieves’ (Alec Baldwin) and ultimately the star packed Hollywood production ‘Ocean’s 12’ with great 'Crepuscolo Sul Mare' track.
Major multinational brands have used his music for television advertising and the CD releases of his music were acclaimed worldwide.
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RAL 2 Tempo Jazz — Piero Umiliani Piero Umiliani Tempo Jazz(LP) RCA Custom RAL 2 Italy 1960 Sell This Version
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PML 10320 Smog (Musiche Dalla Colonna Sonora Originale) — Piero Umiliani Piero Umiliani Smog (Musiche Dalla Colonna Sonora Originale) (Album) RCA Victor PML 10320 Italy 1962 Sell This Version
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PML-10308, PML 10308 Boccaccio '70 (Original Soundtrack) — Piero Umiliani Nino Rota / Armando Trovajoli* / Piero Umiliani Nino Rota / Armando Trovajoli* / Piero Umiliani - Boccaccio '70 (Original Soundtrack) (Album) RCA Italiana, RCA Italiana PML-10308, PML 10308 Italy 1962 Sell This Version
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PML 10342 Il Paradiso Dell'Uomo (Musiche Dalla Colonna Sonora Originale) — Piero Umiliani Piero Umiliani Il Paradiso Dell'Uomo (Musiche Dalla Colonna Sonora Originale) (Album) RCA Italiana PML 10342 Italy 1963 Sell This Version
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Cms. 30-066 I Piaceri Proibiti (Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film) — Piero Umiliani Piero Umiliani I Piaceri Proibiti (Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film) (Album) CAM Cms. 30-066 Italy 1963 Sell This Version
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Cms. 30-105, C ms. 30-105 Mondo Matto Al Neon — Piero Umiliani Piero Umiliani Mondo Matto Al Neon (Album) CAM, CAM Cms. 30-105, C ms. 30-105 Italy 1964 Sell This Version
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CMS 30-113 Il Dono Del Nilo — Piero Umiliani Piero Umiliani Il Dono Del Nilo (Album) CAM CMS 30-113 Italy 1964 Sell This Version
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Cms. 30-104 Intrigo A Los Angeles (Colonna Sonora Originale) — Piero Umiliani Piero Umiliani Intrigo A Los Angeles (Colonna Sonora Originale) CAM Cms. 30-104 Italy 1964 Sell This Version
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LPM 001, LPM 0001 Comica Finale — Piero Umiliani Piero Umiliani Comica Finale(LP) Omicron, Omicron LPM 001, LPM 0001 Italy 1964 Sell This Version
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LPM 003, LPM 0003 Arie Antiche — Piero Umiliani Piero Umiliani Arie Antiche(LP) Omicron, Omicron LPM 003, LPM 0003 Italy 1964 Sell This Version
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LPM 002, LPM 0002 Musica Per Due — Piero Umiliani Piero Umiliani Musica Per Due(LP) Omicron, Omicron LPM 002, LPM 0002 Italy 1964 Sell This Version
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Cms. 30-126 Bianco, Rosso, Giallo, Rosa (Colonna Sonora Originale) — Piero Umiliani Piero Umiliani Bianco, Rosso, Giallo, Rosa (Colonna Sonora Originale) (Album) CAM Cms. 30-126 Italy 1965 Sell This Version
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Cms. 30-131 Una Bella Grinta — Piero Umiliani Piero Umiliani Una Bella Grinta (Album) CAM Cms. 30-131 Italy 1965 Sell This Version
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LPM 005 Gli Italiani E L'Industria — Piero Umiliani Piero Umiliani Gli Italiani E L'Industria (Album) Omicron LPM 005 Italy 1967 Sell This Version
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LPM 004 - 007 Jazz Dall' Italia N°1 & 2: Piccola Jam — Piero Umiliani Piero Umiliani Jazz Dall' Italia N°1 & 2: Piccola Jam(2xLP, Gat) Omicron LPM 004 - 007 Italy 1967 Sell This Version
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LPM 009 La Buona Stagione — Piero Umiliani Piero Umiliani La Buona Stagione(LP) Omicron LPM 009 Italy 1967 Sell This Version
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LPM 008 La Consolazione Della Pietra — Piero Umiliani Piero Umiliani La Consolazione Della Pietra(LP) Omicron LPM 008 Italy 1967 Sell This Version
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LPM 006 Il Ponte Dell'Asia — Piero Umiliani Piero Umiliani Il Ponte Dell'Asia(LP) Omicron, Omicron Edizioni Discografiche LPM 006 Italy 1967 Sell This Version
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LPM 0015 Psichedelica — Piero Umiliani Piero Umiliani Psichedelica (Album) Omicron LPM 0015 Italy 1968 Sell This Version
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LPM 0010 Effetti Musicali — Piero Umiliani Piero Umiliani Effetti Musicali Omicron LPM 0010 Italy 1968 Sell This Version
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LPM 0011 Preistoria — Piero Umiliani Piero Umiliani Preistoria (Album) Omicron LPM 0011 Italy 1968 Sell This Version
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LPM 0012 Playtime — Piero Umiliani Piero Umiliani Playtime Omicron LPM 0012 Italy 1968 Sell This Version
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LPM 0014 Svezia, Inferno E Paradiso (Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film) — Piero Umiliani Piero Umiliani Svezia, Inferno E Paradiso (Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film) (Album) Omicron LPM 0014 Italy 1968 Sell This Version
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LPM 0013 I Classici Del Mare — Piero Umiliani Piero Umiliani I Classici Del Mare(LP) Omicron LPM 0013 Italy 1968 Sell This Version
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MDF 33/25 La Morte Bussa Due Volte (Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film) — Piero Umiliani Piero Umiliani La Morte Bussa Due Volte (Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film) (Album) Cinevox Record MDF 33/25 Italy 1969 Sell This Version