Buona Sera

Louis Prima

About Buona Sera

Buona Sera (sometimes titled Buona Sera, Signorina) is a song written by Carl Sigman and Peter de Rose and best known as performed by Louis Prima & His Orchestra in 1957. It reached #1 in the singles charts in Belgium, the Netherlands and Norway, and is ranked #3 on the all-time best-selling singles chart in Flanders between 1954 and 2014 as compiled by Ultratop. Ralf Bendix reached #5 in Germany with his recording of the same song in 1958. Acker Bilk's version reached #7 in the UK in 1960. In the same year, Dean Martin recorded the song on his This is Dean Martin! album. The song was used as the theme song for the second season of the TV series "Platane" by Éric Judor in 2013. 


Year:
1997
3:00
105 
#1

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Buona sera, signorina, buona sera
It is time to say goodnight to Napoli
Though it's hard for us to whisper, buona sera
With that old moon above the Meditteranean sea
In the mornin' signorina we'll go walkin'
When the mountains help the sun come into sight
And by the little jewelry shop we'll stop and linger
While I buy a wedding ring for your finger

In the meantime let me tell you that I love you
Buona sera, signorina kiss me goodnight
Buona sera, signorina kiss me goodnight

Buona sera, signorina, buona sera
It is time to say goodnight to Napoli
Though it's hard for us to whisper, buona sera
With that old moon above the Meditteranean sea
In the mornin' signorina we'll go walkin'
When the mountains help the sun come into sight
And by the little jewelry shop we'll stop and linger
While I buy a wedding ring for your finger

In the meantime let me tell you that I love you
Buona sera, signorina kiss me goodnight

By the little jewelry shop we'll stop and linger
While I buy a wedding ring for your finger

In the meantime let me tell you that I love you
Buona sera, signorina kiss me goodnight
Buona sera, signorina kiss me goodnight
Sera, signorina kiss me goodnight

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Louis Prima

Louis Prima (December 7, 1910 – August 24, 1978) was an American singer, actor, songwriter, and trumpeter. Prima rode the musical trends of his time, starting with his seven-piece New Orleans style jazz band in the 1920s, then successively leading a swing combo in the 1930s, a big band in the 1940s, a Vegas lounge act in the 1950s, and a pop-rock band in the 1960s. In each of his musical endeavors, he incorporated his exuberant personality into his act.[citation needed] more »

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Written by: Peter De Rose, Carl Sigman

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10 facts about this song

Song Origin
"Buona Sera" is an Italian phrase which translates to "Good Evening" in English. The song was composed by Carl Sigman and Peter DeRose.
Original Artist
Originally, this song was sung by Louis Prima, an American singer, actor, and songwriter. He was known for his jazz, swing, and big band musicianship from the 1940s to the 1970s.
Louis Prima's Version
Louis Prima recorded "Buona Sera" in 1956. It became a major hit in the UK, reaching number three on the chart.
Dean Martin's Version
Notably, Dean Martin, the American singer, actor, and comedian, also performed a cover of the song. He was often associated with the "Rat Pack," a group of entertainers prominent in the 1960s.
Martin's Singing Style
Dean Martin was known for his laid-back persona, and this style was well-embedded in his interpretation of the song "Buona Sera."
Album Placement
Martin's rendition of "Buona Sera" was included on his 10th studio album titled "French Style," which was known for songs portraying different European countries.
Lyrics
The lyrics to "Buona Sera" express a romantic sentiment, with the central character of the song wishing for a good evening and sharing a sweet moment with their lover under the stars.
The Song's Popularity
"Buona Sera" has remained popular over the years and has been covered by many artists beyond Martin and Prima. This remains a testament to its catchy tune and timeless appeal.
Musical Style
The song features a mix of big band and Italian folk styles, making it a unique blend of Prima's smaller band sounds with more grandiose orchestral arrangements.
Global Influence
Despite being in Italian, the song has found popularity among non-Italian-speaking audiences, showcasing the global appeal of the music.

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