William GalassiniBorn: March 19th, 1924, Brisighella (Italy)
Died: June 5th, 1984, Bologna (Italy)
In 1959, he shared the job of musical director of the Sanremo Festival with Gianni Ferrio, each conducting half of the participating singers with their own orchestras. The winning song was ‘Piove (Ciao ciao bambina)’, sung by Johnny Dorelli (accompanied by Ferrio) and composer Domenico Modugno (who performed his song with Galassini’s ensemble). Subsequently, Modugno was sent to Cannes to be the Italian representative in the Eurovision Song Contest, in which he had secured a third spot for his native country the year before with ‘Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)’. In 1959, however, he fared worse, scoring a meagre nine points, resulting in a sixth position. Galassini had travelled to Cannes with Modugno to conduct the orchestra.
In due course, a more extensive biography of William Galassini will be published on this website