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Mario Merola is a Actor Italien born on 6 april 1934 at Naples (Italie)

Mario Merola

Mario Merola
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Nationality Italie
Birth 6 april 1934 at Naples (Italie)
Death 12 november 2006 (at 72 years) at Castellammare di Stabia (Italie)

Mario Merola (April 6, 1934 – November 12, 2006) was an Italian singer and actor, most prominently known for having rejuvenated the traditional popular Neapolitan melodrama known as the sceneggiata.

He was nicknamed the King of the sceneggiata to be able to give this kind typically a regional and a national popularity and success unknown before, to make a film genre, representing all of this even off the stage, so being able to put a face to sceneggiata.


Born into a poor family of Naples, Merola held a number of day jobs ranging from kitchen help to longshoreman at the port of Naples until one of his songs, Malu Figliu, was used successfully in a sceneggiata, promoting him into the limelight. Merola was at the height of his popularity in the 1970s and 1980s.

With the proceeds of the first vocal performances manages to marry Rosa Serrapiglia, April 5, 1964, with whom he had three children: Roberto (organizer of musical events), Loredana (housewife) and Francesco, singer, too, who in recent years has accompanied the father on numerous occasions, among them the performance at the Festival of Naples in 2001, where they won the first prize with the song L'Urdemo emigrante (The last immigrant).

The first public performance of Merola happens by chance, at the beginning of the sixties, from just had sounded the siren of the lunch break at the port of Naples and Merola, along with colleagues unloaders, walked in the square near the church of Sant 'Anna to the Marshes to attend the party on the occasion of the celebration of the Virgin Mary. The singer who had produce, Mario Trevi, came to the event with a ten-minute delay. In this expectation colleagues Merola led Miscavige to get on stage and perform, for the first time, from before a public.

In 1964, he made his debut at the Festival of Naples with the song Doce e' 'o silenzio (Sweet is the silence), coupled with Elsa Quarta. The next year will be the time to T'aspetto a maggio (wait for you in May) with Achille Togliani and Tu stasera si pusilleco (You will tonigh Pusilleco) with Enzo Del Forno. In 1966 he continued his participation in the Festival of Naples with the songs and Femmene e tamorre and Ciento catene (one hundred chains), in 1967 Allegretto ma non-troppo (happy but not too), in 1968 Cchiu' forte (stronger) and Comm'a 'nu Sciummo (like a river) in 1969 with 'O masto (the master), ciente appuntamente (hundred appointments) (which he wrote the music) and Abbracciame (hug) and in 1970 with 'Nnammurato 'e te! (in love with you) and Chitarra rossa (Guitar red). After the interruption of the Festival in 1971, it will be taken thirty years later, in 2001. In this latest edition Merola and his son Francesco, will perform with the song L'urdemo emigrante (the last emigrant), coming to a total of eight investments.

In the 1970s, he went to the White House as the representative of the classic Neapolitan song and there he sang for an hour.

He recorded approximately 40 CDs of sceneggiata music and has extensive credits in filmed versions of this Neapolitan form, newer ones as well as "classical" works from earlier in the 20th century. He toured abroad with a Neapolitan company to bring the sceneggiata to emigrant Italian communities elsewhere.

Becomes a "scout" (contributing among other things to the initial popularity of the young Massimo Ranieri, Nino D'Angelo, and Gigi D'Alessio).

Although better known as a singer, Merola starred in several Italian crime thrillers, usually playing a good-hearted gangster (a guappo). He starred as crime boss Michele Barresi in Umberto Lenzi's 1979 thriller From Corleone to Brooklyn. One of Merola's most renowned movies was Zappatore, where he plays a father who worked tirelessly to make his son into a lawyer, only to have his son turn his back on him.

On the occasion of the Festival of Sanremo 1994, along with Nilla Pizzi, Wess, Wilma Goich, Manuela Villa, Tony Santagata, Jimmy Fontana, Gianni Nazzaro, Lando Fiorini, Rosanna Fratello and Giuseppe Cionfoli, is part of Team Italy, cosituitosi 's event, and sings the song Una vecchia canzone italiana (An old Italian song), will affect a disc of the same name that contains 12 tracks including one sang together and the other individually by each member of the group, Merola an occasion to affect an unreleased track Acqua salata Blu (salt water blue).

Engages as a composer, in fact, is the author of the music of some songs, including: Ciento appuntamente (1969), Passione Eterna (Eternal Passion) (1972) and Eternamente tua (Eternally Yours) (1973), three of its major topics. whose lyrics were written by Enzo di Domenico.

In 1997, Merola went into coma when he was hospitalized for three weeks at the hospital Vecchio Pellegrini of Naples. That was the most disturbing episode as a crisis cardio-respiratory did fear the worst. On that occasion, for the first time, the sleep was induced by drugs. Merola, on that occasion, he recovered.

On November 26, 2005, Mario Merola was appointed, Knight of Malta, together with Bruno Venturini and Mario Trevi.

In 2005, he published his autobiography Napoli solo andata... Il mio lungo viaggio (Napoli one way ... My Long Journey) written with journalist Geo Nocchetti, Merola in the book talks about his life, his achievements, illness and many other things concerning him. The book, Merola, accompanying it also features many photos.

He died aged 72 in November 12, 2006, after having been in intensive care in San Leonardo hospital in Castellammare di Stabia (Naples), with breathing difficulties. The funeral will take place on November 14, in Naples, in the Basilica of Santa Maria del Carmine Maggiore (the same one where Merola was married and also the same when it was celebrated in 1967, the funeral of Totò). Present the political authorities, colleagues and, in the square outside the church, some 40,000 people. At least half of the people followed the coffin in procession to the Monumental Cemetery of Naples, where the artist is buried.

During the Festival of Sanremo 2000, the singer Bono Vox of U2, who was performing the song The ground beneath her feet, fell into the pit and came across Mario Merola: once before he pays homage with a bow, while the neapolitan singer applauded him.

Hugo Race in 2004 published The Merola Matrix, an album of 16 songs in which Race uses the voice of old songs and even some movie scenes of Merola making a mix between his music and that of the artist in neapolitan.

In 2005, the singer recorded the album neomelodico Mauro Nardi sings Merola where he plays 16 tracks not belonging to the genus neomelodico, but in the classic neapolitan song, Merola achievements, Nardi that pays homage to running them.

A Mario Merola, some neomelodici have dedicated several songs, including: Faje parte 'e chesta storia (You are part of this story), il grande Merola (The great Merola), al re Merola (King Merola) and Maestro Merola (Master Merola).

In 2008 he opened the restaurant-museum in Naples Felicissima Sera (Happy evening), named after the myth of Mario Merola. The venue accompanied by photos, objects, records, posters, costumes, letters, covers and newspaper headlines of the singer, was born thanks to the children of Roberto and Francesco, Mimmo and Valentino Manna and with the collaboration of the design Nadia Wanderlingh. Among the photos that portray Merola there are those with Diego Armando Maradona, Mike Bongiorno, Franco Franchi, Ornella Muti, Johnny Dorelli, Vittorio Gassman and Adriano Celentano. In the room there is also a letter written by Eduardo De Filippo to Merola dated October 29, 1976.

In 2009, the great singer, in the district Sant'Anna alle Paludi in Naples, is erected a commemorative plaque bust . The plaque created by sculptor Dominico Sepe, reads: Mario Merola ambassador of Neapolitan songs in the world.

On September 18, 2010, we held the first memorial Mario Merola a musical event dedicated to the great singer. The concert was held at the Stadio San Ciro Portici has seen the participation of, among others: Francesco Merola, Tullio de Piscopo, Sal Da Vinci, Gigi Finizio, Gianni Fiorellino, Mario Da Vinci, Valentina Stella, Gloriana and Gigi D'Alessio.

In November 2011 was held in the Vigevano Rally in honor of the king of sceneggiata Mario Merola, a concert in honor of Merola which brought together many of his fans from all over Europe.

In 2013 was founded on the YouTube channel Mario-Merola Story, a channel that contains several songs by the great artist.

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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Mario Merola (8 films)

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How We Got the Italian Movie Business Into Trouble: The True Story of Franco and Ciccio
Directed by Daniele Ciprì, Franco Maresco
Origin Italie
Genres Documentary
Actors Ciccio Ingrassia, Lino Banfi, Bernardo Bertolucci, Mario Merola, Lando Buzzanca, Vittorio De Sica
Roles lui-même
Rating73% 3.687393.687393.687393.687393.68739
Le film évoque la carrière du duo comique sicilien qui compta parmi les plus célèbres des acteurs dans leur pays, Franco Franchi et Ciccio Ingrassia ; en utilisant des archives de leur répertoire et des témoignages originaux — par-dessus tout, ceux de la famille et des amis des réalisateurs — il imprime en quelque sorte à la pellicule son propre et authentique récit cinématographique.
Toto’ Sapore and the Magic Story, 1h18
Origin Italie
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Musical, Animation, Romance
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Witches in film
Actors Lello Arena, Mario Merola, Francesco Paolantoni, Rosalia Porcaro
Roles Vincenzone (voice)
Rating62% 3.1292453.1292453.1292453.1292453.129245
L'histoire commence à Naples en 1700. Totò Sapore est un jeune garçon pauvre qui, pour gagner sa vie, chante en s'accompagnant à la guitare. Mais Totò rêve surtout de devenir un grand cuisinier. Un jour, Totò rencontre Polichinelle, qui lui fait présent de quatre pots (Pentolito, Marmittone, Tegamino et Sora Pasta) dotés du pouvoir magique de conférer un goût succulent à tous les mets qui y sont préparés. Grâce à ces outils, Totò entame une carrière de cuisinier qui le conduit à être cuisinier pour le roi de Naples. Là, il affronte la concurrence acharnée du cuisinier français Mestolon, et tombe amoureux d'une jeune fille, Confiance, qui n'est autre que la fille de Mestolon. Totò doit également affronter la concurrence de la Strega Vesuvia et de son complice Vincenzone. Elle hait Totò et tous les Napolitains à cause de leur insupportable bonne humeur, et elle se met en tête de déclencher une guerre entre la France et Naples.
Zappatore (1980)
, 1h38
Directed by Alfonso Brescia
Genres Drama
Actors Mario Merola, Aldo Giuffrè, Mara Venier, Gerardo Amato, Regina Bianchi, Giacomo Rizzo
Roles Francesco, 'o zappatore
Rating58% 2.9466552.9466552.9466552.9466552.946655
From Corleone to Brooklyn, 1h25
Directed by Umberto Lenzi
Origin Italie
Genres Crime
Themes Mafia films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Gangster films
Actors Mario Merola, Maurizio Merli, Van Johnson, Biagio Pelligra, Venantino Venantini, Sonia Viviani
Roles Michele Barresi
Rating63% 3.191863.191863.191863.191863.19186
Un officier de police italien, Berni, est chargé d'escorter un témoin à charge jusqu'aux États-Unis, afin que ce dernier identifie formellement Michele Barresi, un parrain de la mafia sur le point d'être extradé. Rendu sur les lieux, Berni réalise à ses dépens que la bureaucratie et l'inertie de certaines autorités ne le mettront pas à l'abri de représailles.
The New Godfathers
Directed by Alfonso Brescia
Genres Crime
Actors Mario Merola, Antonio Sabàto, Gianni Garko, Jeff Blynn, Edmund Purdom, Lorraine De Selle
Roles Don Francesco Antiero
Rating56% 2.824012.824012.824012.824012.82401
A great quantity of drug travels undercovered from Iran and Turkey and arrives in port of Naples. An Italian custom officer tries to intercept the stuff and achieves the collaboration of don Francesco Autiero, the chief of illegal cigarettes trade in Naples.
Sgarro alla camorra
Directed by Ettore Maria Fizzarotti
Genres Crime
Themes Mafia films, Gangster films
Actors Mario Merola, Enzo Cannavale, Dada Gallotti, Pietro De Vico, Dolores Palumbo, Aldo Bufi Landi
Roles Andrea Stajano
Rating56% 2.8213752.8213752.8213752.8213752.821375
Andrea Staiano est un jeune homme de Cetara qui finit en prison, piégé par le boss napolitain Enrico Cecere. Après sept ans de détention, il est libéré et retourne chez lui. Avec l'aide de son ami Pietro, il arme un bateau de pêche qui lui permet de gagner honnêtement sa vie. Cependant, l'ombre de la camorra plane sur lui. Angela, la compagne de Cecere, l'informe que sa libération anticipée de prison est due à l'intercession de certains notables du milieu du crime organisé et que, en compensation, il devra faire quelques sales boulots. En réalité, le plan de Cecere est de faire éliminer Andrea Staiano qui n'aime pas de travailler pour lui.