Romano Mussolini

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Romano Mussolini
Romano Mussolini.jpg
Young Romano in 1932
Romano Bruno Mussolini

(1927-09-26)26 September 1927
Died3 February 2006(2006-02-03) (aged 78)
Rome, Italy
Occupationjazz pianist, painter and film producer
Years active1945–2006
Spouse(s)Maria Scicolone
Carla Maria Puccini [it]
Parent(s)Benito Mussolini
Rachele Mussolini

Romano Bruno Mussolini (26 September 1927 – 3 February 2006) was an Italian jazz pianist, painter, and film producer.[1] He was the fourth child and youngest son of Benito Mussolini.

Early life and education[edit]

Romano Mussolini was native of Villa Carpena, Forlì (Emilia-Romagna), Romano Mussolini studied music as a child, playing classical pieces with his father on the violin. After World War II, he started playing jazz under the assumed name "Romano Full".[2]

Musical career[edit]

By the mid-1950s, he had formed a trio. Mussolini released a self-titled record (featuring Lilian Terry on vocals and trumpeter Nunzio Rotondo) through RCA Records in 1956. By the 1960s, he had formed the "Romano Mussolini All Stars", which became one of Italy's foremost jazz bands.[citation needed]

The All Stars recorded a well-received record Jazz Allo Studio 7 in 1963 with At the Santa Tecla following a year later. Mussolini's band toured internationally with artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Helen Merrill and Chet Baker. In the 1990s, Mussolini recorded two more albums, Perfect Alibi, and Soft and Swing.

His playing style has been described as "like a slightly melancholic Oscar Peterson. Occasionally inspired, he was always efficient; he made the refrains run on time."[3]

Personal life[edit]

In 1962, Mussolini married Maria Scicolone, the younger sister of actress Sophia Loren. They had two daughters, Elisabetta and her elder sister Alessandra Mussolini, who was a member of the European Parliament, and led an Italian far-right party often described as neofascist, Alternativa Sociale. Romano Mussolini composed the party's official anthem, "The Pride of Being Italian".[3]

With his second wife, the actress Carla Maria Puccini, he had a third daughter, Rachele, named after his mother Rachele Mussolini. The younger Rachele has served as a member of the city council of Rome. [4]

Mussolini was very reserved about his family history. It was only in 2004 that he published a book, entitled Il Duce, mio padre (The Leader, my father), followed by a similar book in 2005, collecting personal memories and accounts of private confidences and discussions with his father.


Romano Mussolini died in 2006, aged 78, in a hospital in Rome from heart problems.

Selected discography[edit]

  • Mirage (1974)
  • Soft & Swing (1996)
  • The Wonderful World of Louis (2001)
  • Timeless Blues (2002)
  • Music Blues (2002)
  • Romano Piano & Forte (2002)
  • Jazz Album (2003)
  • Napule 'nu quarto 'e luna (2003)
  • Alibi perfetto (2004) soundtrack


  1. ^ "Same name, different fame". The Sydney Morning Herald. March 18, 2006.
  2. ^ Mazzoletti, Adriano (2001). "Romano Mussolini". In Sadie, Stanley; Tyrrell, John (eds.). The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2nd ed.). London: Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-56159-239-5.
  3. ^ a b Steyn, Mark (May 2006). "He made the refrains run on time". The Atlantic Monthly.
  4. ^ "Rachele Mussolini: Fascist dictator's granddaughter wins most votes in Rome's municipal elections". Euronews. 6 October 2021. Retrieved 6 October 2021.


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