Louiselle’s Louiselle (1968) Parade featuring “Ancora no” by Stefano Torossi, Audrey Nohra Stainton, and Federesco
In 1968, Italian vocalist Maria Luisa Catricalà’s eponymous Louiselle debut LP featured nine compositions by Carlo Rossi, Aldo Tamborrelli, and Gianni Dell’Orso and one by Stefano Torossi, Audrey Nohra Stainton, and Federesco. “Ancora no,” the final track on the Parade album, also appeared in director Giuliano Biagetti’s film L’età del malessere released the same year.
The opening side of the album includes “Nel cuore mio” and “Perdonami,” performed by the Willy Brezza orchestra, “Se potessi ritornare” and “Il vizio” by an orchestra led by Gianni Mazza, and “Da un minuto” by Complesso I Gattorpardi. “Il vizio” was also released as the B-side of Parade’s “Ancora no” (1968) 45 single.
Louiselle’s “Il vizio,” composed by Carlo Rossi, Aldo Tamborrelli, and Gianni Dell’Orso and performed by an orchestra directed by Gianni Mazza, is on YouTube:
Orchestra Willy Brezza does another pair of tracks, “La scogliera” and “La formica,” and Complesso I Gattorpardi performs “Il mio paese” on side B of the Louiselle album. A Bruno Nicolai-directed orchestra is credited with “Uoh! Mama'” and orchestra leader Robby Poitevin closes the LP with “Ancora no.”
Louiselle’s “La formica,” composed by Carlo Rossi, Aldo Tamborrelli, and Gianni Dell’Orso and performed by an orchestra led by Willy Brezza, is here:
When asked recently about the project, Stefano Torossi recalled:
Louiselle is someone I met only on the occasion of the recording session.
The Louiselle LP and the “Ancora no” 45 single were the only time Torossi appeared on Italy’s Parade label.
Louiselle’s “Ancora no,” composed by Stefano Torossi, Audrey Nohra Stainton, and Federesco and performed by an orchestra directed by Robby Poitevin, is online:
Although “Ancora no” is used in L’età del malessere, Stefano Torossi’s soundtrack for the same film does not include the Louiselle track. Instead, the 1968 soundtrack LP by Torossi features the vocals of I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni.
The 2010 Verita Note CD reissue adds a score of extra cuts including one of this correspondents favorite, under-the radar gems by Edda Dell’Orso, Stefano Torossi’s “L’età del malessere (solo vocal).” The latter outtake is also available on the excellent compilation Al cinema con Edda Dell’Orso as track 22 “L’età del malessere (Edda’s Solo Voice At The ’68 Rec. Session).”
At this time, the only other track from the Louiselle LP found online is “La scogliera,” composed by Carlo Rossi, Aldo Tamborrelli, and Gianni Dell’Orso and performed by an orchestra led by Willy Brezza:
More from Louiselle
Born in Vallelonga, Vibo Valentia, Louiselle was raised in Isola d’Elba before moving to Rome. In 1965, Louiselle, otherwise known as Maria Luisa Catricalà, made her debut at Festival di Sanremo Festival.
Lyricist Carlo Rossi, later her husband, is credited with discovering her. Among her most popular numbers is “Andiamo a mietere il grano” released in 1965. She released more than 30 singles in addition to full length LPs and CDs. Louiselle currently resides in Rome.
And something special, Louiselle’s live performance of “Andiamo a mietere il grano”:
More info about Louiselle is found here:
Torossi Audio Sampler Focuses on Music from the Sixties
An online sampler covering 1960 to 1969 includes one A-side with The Flippers from “Non gridar bambina” (1960) on RCA Camden, one B-side from Orchestra Da Ballo Italfon’s “Quando calienta il sol” (1962) on Italfon, and four cuts from Stefano Torossi’s Musica per commenti sonori (1968) on Costanza Records (CO 10002), and four from his Musica per commenti sonori (1969), with Sandro Brugnolini (CO 10005):