Chi Mai

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"Chi Mai" (Italian: whoever) is a composition by Ennio Morricone written in 1971. It was used in the films Maddalena (1971)[1] and Le Professionnel (1981),[2] as well as in the television series An Englishman's Castle and The Life and Times of David Lloyd George.[1] Because of its appearance on the latter television programme, "Chi Mai" reached number 2 on the UK Singles Chart in 1981.[3]


Elements of the melody of "Chi Mai" appeared in a piece entitled "Invito All Amore" from the 1968 Sergio Corbucci Spaghetti Western, The Great Silence.[4] The original Italian lyrics for this song were written by Carlo Nistri - Ricordi (1972).[5]

"Chi Mai" is also famous in France for being used for a Royal Canin's 1980s commercial, to the point that it is more closely associated with the commercial than with its other appearances, including Dunhill in 1987. In 2002, this association was referenced by the French movie, Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, in a scene in which Dogmatix is chasing a legionnaire running on all fours in slow motion (like in the commercial) while "Chi Mai" is playing in the background.

Online community[edit]

"Chi Mai" is also the name of the online community about Ennio Morricone. The site offers a repository of information and a free quarterly on-line magazine called 'Maestro' about Morricone's discography, concerts and movies. The on-line magazine contains reviews, in-depth articles, discoveries and free comments.[6]

Cover versions[edit]

In 1981, the British instrumental rock group the Shadows released a guitar version of the composition. Other cover versions were released by Amii Stewart, Milva, and Escala.[7] In 1988 the British singer Marti Webb included a vocal version of the song, with lyrics by Don Black, under the title of 'He's Not You' on her album 'Marti Webb Sings Small Screen Themes'.


Ranking (1981 - 1982) Best
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[8] 4
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 11
France (SNEP)[10] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 2


  1. ^ a b Trivia for Maddalena at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Soundtracks for Le professionnel at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ "Chi Mai (Theme From 'Life And Times Of David Lloyd George')". Archived from the original on 18 October 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "ENNIO MORRICONE -"Invito All Amore" (1968)". YouTube. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Carlo Nistri Discography - Chi Mai (1972)". Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Maestro - The Ennio Morricone Online Magazine". Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Shadows cover Chi Mai". Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  8. ^ " – Ennio Morricone – Chi Mai" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  9. ^ " – Ennio Morricone – Chi Mai". Top 40 Singles.
  10. ^ "Classements par artistes (lettre M)". InfoDisc. Archived from the original on 27 January 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2013. .
  11. ^ "Ennio Morricone: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.
  12. ^ " – Ennio Morricone – Chi Mai". Swiss Singles Chart.