Al di là

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Italy "Al di là"
Eurovision Song Contest 1961 entry
Carlo Donida
Ervin Drake (english lyrics)
Gianfranco Intra
Finals performance
Final result
Final points
Appearance chronology
◄ "Romantica" (1960)   
"Addio, addio" (1962) ►
"Al di là"
Single by Connie Francis
A-side"I'm Gonna Be Warm This Winter"
ReleasedDecember 1962
Format7" single
RecordedNovember 11, 1962
GenreTraditional pop music
Length2:25 (A-side)
3:17 (B-side)
LabelMGM Records K 13116
Songwriter(s)Carlo Donida, Mogol
Producer(s)Danny Davis
Connie Francis
US singles chronology
"I Was Such a Fool (To Fall in Love with You)" / "He Thinks I Still Care"
"Al di là"
"Follow the Boys" / "Waiting for Billy"

"Al di là" (English translation: "Beyond") is a song written by Italian composer Carlo Donida and lyricist Mogol, and recorded by Betty Curtis. The English lyrics were written by Ervin Drake. The song was the Italian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1961, performed in Italian by Curtis at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France, on 18 March 1961, after Curtis had won the 1961 edition of the Sanremo Music Festival on 2 February 1961, which served as the Italian national selection from 1958 to 1966.

It was also recorded by Italian-American singer Connie Francis in Italian in 1962 and in a bilingual version later during the same year, with Connie writing the English lyrics instead of using Ervin Drake's. [1]

Donida is best known in America for writing "Uno dei tanti," or "I (Who Have Nothing)". English lyricist Drake also wrote the lyrics for such songs as "Quando, quando, quando" and "Good Morning Heartache", and both the music and lyrics for "It Was a Very Good Year".


  • In the United States, Emilio Pericoli is the artist most associated with the song. He sang "Al di là" in a nightclub, with a small combo, in the popular 1962 film Rome Adventure, starring Troy Donahue and Suzanne Pleshette[2], and his single that year on Warner Bros. Records reached number six on Billboard's pop chart and number three on the easy-listening chart.[3] Pericoli's version ranked #48 on Billboard's 1962 Year-End chart.[4]. Pericoli's album version of the song is not the same as in the film. It is much slower and recorded with a full orchestra. (In the film, Donahue's character interprets the song's title as meaning "Beyond the Beyond".) In the UK Singles Chart, Pericoli's version peaked only at number 30, but spent 14 weeks in the Record Retailer Top 50, beginning on 30 June 1962.[5]
  • Al Hirt also appears in Rome Adventure and plays the song in a nightclub scene. He released a version on his 1963 album, Honey in the Horn.[6]
  • Jerry Vale released a version on his 1963 album, Arrivederci, Roma.[7]
  • The Ray Charles Singers scored a 1964 hit, peaking at #29 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart with their cover of the song.
  • Al Martino, who would later play the fictional crooner Johnny Fontaine in the 1972 film The Godfather, recorded "Al di là" in Italian on his 1963 The Italian Voices of Al Martino album (Capitol Records).
  • Sergio Franchi is another Italian-American singer associated with this popular song. He recorded on his 1968 RCA Victor album, Wine and Song.[8] Franchi also sang the song on the December 26, 1964, broadcast of The Hollywood Palace.[9]

Other notable recording include Milva (1961),[10] Ace CannonSweet and Tough (1966),[11] Jerry Adriani (1996).[10] Janice Harper, Capitol Records, 1961.


Artist Year Peak chart positions
Betty Curtis 1961 11
Luciano Tajoli 3
Emilio Pericoli 2 6
Tony Dallara 32
Connie Francis 1962 90
The Ray Charles Singers 1964 29


  1. ^ "Among My Souvenirs: The Real Story"
  2. ^ Jose-Juan Porcar Cano (4 March 2017), Emilio Pericoli - AL DI LA ("Más allá") subtitulada en castellano., retrieved 22 June 2018
  3. ^ [1] Archived 25 March 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ [2][dead link]
  5. ^ The Complete Book of the British Charts by Tony Brown, Omnibus Press, 2000, page 668
  6. ^ Al Hirt, Honey in the Horn
  7. ^ Jerry Vale, Arrivederci, Roma
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 April 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Sergio Franchi
  9. ^ The Hollywood Palace
  10. ^ a b Al di là SecondHandSongs
  11. ^ "Al di la". Retrieved 21 November 2010.
  12. ^ "Tutti i successi del 1961" (in Italian). Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  13. ^ Peak positions for the song in the US: