Piero Umiliani

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Piero Umiliani
Umiliani at his recording studio
Umiliani at his recording studio
Background information
Born(1926-07-17)17 July 1926
Florence, Kingdom of Italy
Died23 February 2001(2001-02-23) (aged 74)[1]
Rome, Italy

Piero Umiliani (17 July 1926 – 14 February 2001) was an Italian composer of film scores.


29 August 1981: Meeting per l’amicizia fra i popoli. Concert in Rimini of the Rai Orchestra directed by Master Piero Umiliani.

Umiliani was born in Florence, Tuscany. Like many of his Italian colleagues at that time, he composed the scores for many exploitation films in the 1960s and 1970s, covering genres such as Spaghetti Westerns, Eurospy, Giallo, and softcore sex films.

His composition "Mah Nà Mah Nà" (1968) was originally used in Sweden: Heaven and Hell, a 1968 Mondo documentary about Sweden. It was a minor charting single (spending 6 weeks on the Billboard chart and peaking at #55, and reaching #22 in Canada), popularized by The Red Skelton Show, first airing in October 1969, and The Muppets, who covered the song several times; starting on episode 0014 of Sesame Street on 27 November 1969, then The Ed Sullivan Show three days later, and again on the syndicated series The Muppet Show in 1977. The track was also a hit in the UK, reaching number 8 in the UK Singles Chart in May 1977.[2]

Umiliani's other scores included Son of Django, Orgasmo, Gangster's Law,[3] Death Knocks Twice, Five Dolls for an August Moon,[1] Baba Yaga, The Slave and Sex Pot. His orchestra score "Arrivano I Marines" for War Italian Style, a 1966 comedy about two USMC soldiers in Italy, is used in the Armored Trooper Votoms series as "March of the Red Shoulders".

His composition "Crepuscolo Sul Mare" was later used in Ocean's Twelve.[4] More recently, his composition Echi Della Natura featured on the soundtrack of Ashim Ahluwalia’s 2012 film, Miss Lovely.[5][6]

Umiliani died in Rome in February 2001, at the age of 74.[7]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Film Directed by Singles Latest CD / Digital Release
1958 Big Deal on Madonna Street
1963 Omicron
1964 Samson and His Mighty Challenge
1965 Sons of the Leopard Sergio Corbucci
The Dreamer
La Celestina P... R...
Agent 3S3: Passport to Hell
1966 Agent 3S3, Massacre in the Sun
Target Goldseven
Ring Around the World
Due mafiosi contro Al Capone
Requiem for a Secret Agent Sergio Sollima GDM / CD CLUB 7004 / 2001
War Italian Style
1967 Son of Django
Argoman the Fantastic Superman
Last of the Badmen
I barbieri di Sicilia
Il marchio di Kriminal
Lotus Flowers for Miss Quon
Blueprint for a Massacre
1968 Sweden: Heaven and Hell Luigi Scattini Digibeat / DGBT001 / 2014
1969 Orgasmo Umberto Lenzi Quartet Records / QR482 / 2022
The Archangel Giorgio Capitani Rambling Records / RBCP-2949 / 2015
Gangster's Law Siro Marcellini "Crepuscolo Sul Mare"
Death Knocks Twice Harald Philipp Cinevox / CD MDF 344 / 2001
1970 Five Dolls for an August Moon Mario Bava Cinevox / BX MDF 149: Cinque Bambole (Versione Coro) / Ti Risveglierai Con Me (Versione Film) Cinevox / CD MDF 636 / 2009
A Quiet Place to Kill Umberto Lenzi Quartet Records / QR482 / 2022
Don Franco e Don Ciccio nell'anno della contestazione Marino Girolami
Roy Colt and Winchester Jack Mario Bava Cinevox / CD MDF 331 / 2000
1971 Paesaggi Library Music Four Flies Records / FLIES52CD / 2022
Vengeance Is a Dish Served Cold Pasquale Squitieri
To-Day's Sound Library Music Beat Records / DDJ05S / 2014
1972 History and Prehistory Kronos Records / KRONGOLD042 / 2022
Sex of Their Bodies Luigi Scattini
1973 La Ragazza Fuoristrada Luigi Scattini Schema / SCEB922CD / 2015
Baba Yaga Corrado Farina Four Flies Records / FLIES 45-06: Open Space (4:16) / Slogan (4:10)
The Slave Giorgio Capitani Beat Records / CDCR 143 / 2020
1974 La governante Giovanni Grimaldi
The Body Luigi Scattini Schema / SCEB923CD / 2015
Il domestico Luigi Filippo D'Amico
1975 Sex Pot Giorgio Capitani
The School Teacher Nando Cicero Digitmovies / CDDM282 / 2016
1976 Eva Nera Joe D'Amato
1977 Twilight of Love Luigi Scattini
Pane, burro e marmellata Giorgio Capitani
1978 Blue Nude Luigi Scattini Beat Records / DDJ035 / 2014
1979 Lobster for Breakfast Giorgio Capitani
1980 I Hate Blondes Giorgio Capitani
1981 There Is a Ghost in My Bed Luigi Scattini Beat Records / DDJ14DLX / 2017
Quando la coppia scoppia Giorgio Capitani Beat Records / DDJ050 / 2019
1982 Vai Avanti Tu Che Mi Vien Da Ridere Giorgio Capitani Beat Records / DDJ14DLX / 2017


  1. ^ a b Lucas, Tim (2007). Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark. Video Watchdog. pp. 821–2. ISBN 978-0-9633756-1-2.
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London, England: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 575. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ Piero Umiliani: La legge dei gangsters - Music Streaming - Listen on Deezer, retrieved 18 February 2020
  4. ^ "Ocean's Twelve (2004) Soundtracks". IMDb. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  5. ^ "MISS LOVELY's Ashim Ahluwalia talks 'Bollywood Underground' « Spectacular Optical".
  6. ^ "From 1983 to..." www.umiliani.eu.
  7. ^ M. Lentz iii, Harris (24 October 2008). "Umiliani, Piero". Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2001: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. p. 209. ISBN 978-0786412785. Retrieved 5 August 2019.

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