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Stefano Torossi on 45, Pt VI – I Camaleonti’s Vita d’uomo (in cerca della verità) (2017) On Sale Music, I Balordi on Magic Bitpop Vol. 3 (1996) On Sale Music, Plus Two Rare Singles
In April 2017, I Camaleonti’s Vita d’uomo (in cerca della verità): Singoli + rarità CBS ’67-’69, a compilation of 45 singles and rare cuts by the pop group, was released by Italy’s On Sale Music.
The twenty one tracks on the CD include “Noi e gli altri,” composed by Stefano Torossi and originally released by I Camaleonti as the b-side of the 1967 single “L’ora dell’amore (homburg).”
I Camaleonti’s “Noi e gli altri” was also used on a TV program in Italy of the same name, “We and Others” in English. Another pair of singles from the show came out the next year, Giampiero Macario’s “Come, dove, quando perche,” a B-side written by Stefano Torossi and Bruno Rasia in which Berto Pisano did arrangements and directed the orchestra, and I Crazy Boys’ “Hai negli occhi tutto il sole del mondo,” composed by Giorgio Lecardi, Rasia, and Torossi.
Besides CBS, Stefano Torossi composed, arranged, and performed on a host of singles released in the 1960s. This includes thirteen sides for RCA between 1960 and 1968–nine as a member of The Flippers, three for Tony Del Monaco, and the B-side for Giampiero Macario.
I Camaleonti’s “Noi e gli altri,” composed by Stefano Torossi
Torossi also did singles in the Sixties for Carosello (I Balordi), Durium (I Crazy Boys), Italfon (Orchestra da Ballo Italfon), Parade (Louiselle), and under his own name for Costanza Records.
I Camaleonti’s “Noi e gli altri,” composed by Stefano Torossi, is on YouTube:
I Camaleonti’s Vita d’uomo (in cerca della verità): Singoli + rarità CBS ’67-’69 is currently available directly from On Sale Music. Many copies of the original 1967 vinyl 45 are still widely available including more than 50 copies at last check on the music marketplace Discogs.
Magic Bitpop Vol. 3 Compilation Includes Pair by I Balordi
The same Bologna-based label responsible for I Camaleonti’s Vita d’uomo (in cerca della verità): Singoli + rarità CBS ’67-’69 released Magic Bitpop Vol. 3 in 1996, another compilation of pop music from the 1960s.
The eighteen tracks in the third installment of the Magic Bitpop series features a pair of singles I Balordi released on Carosello in 1968, “Fateli tacere” and “Diamoci la mano.”
Each side on the I Balordi 45 was composed by Sergio Ricci and Stefano Torossi.
“Diamoci la mano” and “Fateli tacere” were also used for the Cinquecerchi TV program.
I Balordi’s “Diamoci la mano,” composed by Sergio Ricci and Stefano Torossi
I Balordi’s “Diamoci la mano,” composed by Sergio Ricci and Stefano Torossi, is online:
I Balordi’s “Fateli tacere,” composed by Sergio Ricci and Stefano Torossi
I Balordi’s “Fateli tacere,” composed by Sergio Ricci and Stefano Torossi, is here:
The Magic Bitpop Vol. 3 compilation of 1960s pop music CD is currently available at the music marketplace Discogs as well as directly from On Sale Music.
“Valzer valtur,” composed by Stefano Torossi and Gianantonio Muratori
In 1976, Stefano Torossi was commissioned to create a one-off single by the owners of the Valtur Villages. The vinyl release was a gift to the residents. Forty years later, a couple of copies have finally made it online.
The A-side of the Club Valtur single is Stefano Torossi and Gianantonio Muratori’s “Valzer valtur,” with their “Tutti gli amici” on the B-side.
Each track was arranged by G. Iacobucci.
Stefano Torossi and Gianantonio Muratori’s “Valzer valtur” is on SoundCloud:
Note: If any legal rights holders object to the posting of this rare, out of print, and unavailable track ripped from this correspondent’s personal collection, please drop a line and it will be removed immediately.
Hap Snow’s Whirlwinds’ “Banshee,” composed by Snow, Art Bearon, and Stefano Torossi
And something special, Stefano Torossi’s first recording to be released as a single from his student days in the United States in the late 1950s, “Banshee” by Hap Snow’s Whirlwinds.
The Fleetwood Records A-side is credited to guitarist James K. “Hap” Snow, pianist Art Bearon, and drummer Stefano Torossi. The B-side, “Bottoms Up,” showcases the fourth regular member of the band, saxophone player Harry Lewis.
Both sides were cut at the Ace Recording Studios in Boston, Massachusetts in 1959.
Hap Snow’s Whirlwinds’ “Banshee,” composed by Snow, Art Bearon, and Stefano Torossi, is online:
Stefano Torossi on 45: 25 Sides from 1960 to 2013
The first five parts of this series, an overview of the majority of Stefano Torossi’s single releases between 1960 and 2013, are located on this site. Click “ALBUMS” above and then scroll down to “singles.” Note several tracks on both YouTube and SoundCloud have been recently removed at the behest of record companies. Enjoy these tracks while you can!
- Pt I: Five B-sides from the 1960s featuring The Flippers, Tony Del Monaco, I Camaleonti, and Giampiero Macario
- Pt II: Five A-sides from the 1960s featuring The Flippers, Tony Del Monaco, I Crazy Boys, I Balordi, and Louiselle
- Pt III: Five More B-sides from the 1960s featuring Orchestra da Ballo Telefon, The Flippers, I Balordi, Tony Del Monaco, and Ennio Morricone
- Pt IV: Five More A-sides from the 1960s and 1970s featuring The Flippers, Lino Toffolo, and an orchestra directed by Alessandro Alessandroni
- Pt V: Five More Singles from 1960 to 2013 featuring The Flippers and I Marc 4
Louiselle’s’ “Ancora no,” composed by Stefano Torossi, Audrey Nohra Stainton, and Federesco
The twenty five Stefano Torossi-related singles include another standout track released in 1968, pop singer Louiselle’s “Ancora no.” The A-side for the Parade label was composed by Torossi, Audrey Nohra Stainton, and Federesco–with Aldo Tamborrelli, Carlo Rossi, and Gianni Dell’Orso’s “Il vizio” on the flip side.
Both tracks were used on the soundtrack for director Giuliano Biagetti’s film L’età del malessere, released the same year. However, neither is included on Stefano Torossi’s soundtrack album released by General Music.
Louiselle’s “Ancora no,” composed by Stefano Torossi, Audrey Nohra Stainton, and Federesco, is on YouTube:
Torossi Audio Sampler includes Four More Singles from the Sixties
An online sampler covering 1960 to 1969 includes The Flippers’ A-sides “Non gridar bambina” (1960) and “Happy Cha Cha” (1961), both on RCA, a B-side from Orchestra Da Ballo Italfon’s “Quando calienta il sol” (1962) on Italfon, four cuts from Stefano Torossi’s Musica per commenti sonori (1968) on Costanza Records (CO 10002), with “Non importa,” also released as a single, and his full Musica per commenti sonori (1969) album, with Sandro Brugnolini (CO 10005):