Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Alessandro Alessandroni

Musician, arranger, choir director, and prolific composer, known for his film work; his was the famous whistle and guitar heard on Morricone's "Fistful of Dollars" and many other spaghetti Western scores -- via He was such a talented young vocalist and guitarist that Nino Rota recruited him for his ensemble. As a composer, he worked on such titles as "Johnny Hamlet" (a Western adaptation), "Killer Nun," "Lady Frankenstein," "Very Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind," and others. And did you know  . . . he was the vocalist on the original version of popular 1968 nonsense song "Mah Na Mah Na", later made famous by the Muppets? TRUE!