The Archivio Storico della Canzone Napoletana is a project proposed by Radio-RAI,
created in collaboration with the Campania Region, the Province of
Naples and the City of Naples, with the precise objective of
collecting, documenting, digitalising all the available examples of
Neapolitan musical repertoires and placing them at the disposal of the
From Enrico Caruso and Fernando De Lucia to Almamegretta and 99 Posse,
on an itinerary which includes Gennaro Pasquariello and Gilda
Mignonette, Nino Taranto and Maria Paris, Sergio Bruni and Roberto
Murolo, Renato Carosone and Mario Merola, Peppino Di Capri and Pino
Daniele, Nino D'Angelo and Gigi D'Alessio... But also Elvis Presley
and Paul Mc Cartney, Dulce Pontes and Caetano Veloso, Mireille Mathieu
and Charles Aznavour, Frank Sinatra and Frank Zappa.
The video we are presenting today to all our friends of Neapolitan song is a true gem. It dates back to 1968, on the stage of the Teatro Politeama, during the second evening of the 16th Festival of Neapolitan Song, where Aurelio Fierro (the "smile of Naples") performed. The song he presented was 'O timido, written by the De Vito-Ferraro duo and put to music by Vittorio Marsiglia. In his Nuova enciclopedia della canzone napoletana, Pietro Gargano spoke about Aurelio Fierro as follows: «He was the king of a braggart sort of strolling song. He had a happy face, suffered from early balding, possessed a contagious sort of gesticulation and a tenor voice full of doodles: this was Mister Simpatia ("Mr. Likeable"). But he was also much, much more».
Happy viewing and, especially, happy listening!