"1950" by Minghi/Chiocchio goes gold... more than 40 years later

“1950” by Minghi/Chiocchio goes gold… more than 40 years later

“1950” by Amedeo Minghi and Gaio Chiocchio has obtained the Gold Record certification (online singles section) from FIMI. They are the funny and bizarre results of streaming surveys that bring a song released more than forty years ago back into the limelight, giving it a deserved recognition.

Federico Pistone tells the story of “1950” here.

Music by Amedeo Minghi, words by Gaio Chiocchio
1950 (1983, It)

Amedeo Minghi's musical history is a bit similar to Francesco Nuti's cinematic history: adored by the public, destroyed by critics.
His fault would be that of being too “full of himself”, of considering himself a genius, a Verdi of pop music. Presumptuous does not rhyme with mediocre. The truth is that we are faced with the creator of some beautiful and very singable songs, in line with the best Italian melodic tradition. Of course, the meeting with the lyricist Gaio Chiocchio produced the two most unforgettable songs, “1950” and “When the summer will come”, while the one with Pasquale Panella, who modestly hid behind laughable pseudonyms (Duchesca or Vanda Di Paolo) brought to wonders such as “Serenata”, “In winter”, “Vita mia” – as well as the famous “Go away, love”, that of the “trottolino amoroso”.

When Minghi showed up at Sanremo in 1983, seated at the piano in a gray suit and began in a single breath: “How you smell, what a skirt, how beautiful you are, what legs you walk on the asphalt of Rome…”, many realized the masterpiece .
Not everyone, because the song – the co-production is by Lilli Greco with the authors – does not even enter the final, in an edition in which even “L'italiano” by Cutugno, “Vacanze romane” by Matia Bazar and “Vita spericolata” by Vasco Rossi they leave an all-pink podium to Tiziana Rivale (“Sarà che cherà”), Donatella Milani (“I wanted to tell you”) and Dori Ghezzi (“Margherita doesn't know it”).

However, if there is a woman who deserves to triumph, it would be Serenella from “1950”, a luminous page of post-war history which is also the declaration of love for Serenella and for life, which Minghi sings with elegance and sobriety (jumping but one.
verse for festival needs), aware of having a jewel that will be remembered for the rest of his artistic career, even if the words are by someone else.

The radio will broadcast
The song I thought for you
And maybe it will cross
The ocean far from us
The Americans will listen to it
That just yesterday they left
And with their flowered shirts
Which color our streets
And our spring days
That smell like your hair
And your beautiful eyes
Open to the future and closed to me

The words are by the Italian-Brazilian composer Gaio Chiocchio (1954-1996) but it is thanks to Minghi's score that it really feels like being disheveled by the sea wind and memories. A prodigious film set to music that “earns” the last clear place at that Sanremo, even if the moral winner remains her, Serenella. With Chiocchio, the following year Minghi “filmed” the sequel to “1950” with the delightful “When Summer Will Come”.