Monday, December 21, 2015

Oh Well, At Least He's Better Than Heino

From Italian television, sometime in the late '50s or early '60s, please enjoy -- if possible -- the literally incredible Adriano Celantano...

...and his, shall we say, overly enthusiastic take on "Jailhouse Rock."

This guy has been a superstar in his native land and elsewhere for decades now, but I must confess I had never heard of him until last week, when a Ukranian émigré friend let it drop that Celentano's records were practically the only pop music you could hear in the old Soviet Union when he was a kid in the '80s. Poor guy.

In any case, you can hear Celentano cover some other early rock classics elsewhere on YouTube, including a performance of "Blueberry Hill" that makes Fats Domino sound like Metallica. You can also, occasionally, hear his music on the sound system at the fabulous Keuka Kafe Wine Bar on Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills, NY.

You're welcome.

[h/t Ollie Sakhno]


edward said...

Hey looks like One Wild and Crazy Guy;>

Wonder how his knees are holding up.

buzzbabyjesus said...

Those are some moves.

Anonymous said...

He's got the Jerry Lewis thing down.


steve simels said...

Celantano is also name-checked in Ian Dury's "Reasons to Be Cheerful."

Words fail me.

O.S. said...

Thanks for kind words, Steve. Definitely not Heino. I would describe him as an Italian Travolta. However, his dance moves improved a bit from that Jailhouse Rock video.

Alzo said...

...because Travolta himself is actually an EYE-talian ;-) Celentano is an institution, not unlike Bill Murray in the US.
Like ABBA, he didn't speak English but faked it phonetically. Check out his biggest hit, "Prisencolinensinainciusol" which consisted of jive talk he proposed sounded like American R&B to Italian ears:

Sadly, the original production is no longer on YouTube- the choreography was worthy of Leni Riefenstahl.

Anonymous said...

Vickie- You are spot on with the comment on his Jerry Lewis moves!

Capt. Al