Testimonial By Johnny G

There really isn’t a lot of music that brings back all the great memories of my past but at the same time, keeps you completely engaged. One and Forever Love is that and so much more. The album is a really cool take on vintage music innovated with new sounds and techniques but most of all Nick has the IT we all love in music. I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the album release party and Nick and his band brought the music to life. I can not stop listening to Volare and Love came to me…Wonderful memories


“One and Forever Love” Play List

Mr. Moon (Take it Away)
One and Forever Love
Love Came to Me
Black Magic Woman
Lonely Teenager
Volare (Now Playing)
Love You So
My Pledge of Love
That’s When Your Heartache Begins
Queen of the Hop

The Story about the Song Volare

As what the lines of this song suggest, “Let us all leave the confusion behind, just like birds of a feather, a rainbow together we’ll find,” this is a song that could easily transport you to a happy and joyous place. Oh! What a wonder this is for the human soul.

The original piece, as sung by the Italian singer-songwriter Domenico Modugno fifty years ago at the prestigious Eurovision song contest, had the Italian title Nel Blu, Dipinto Di Blu (Volare) which translates to “The Blue (Sky), Painted in Blue (Volare: to fly)”. Co-written by Italian lyricist Franco Migliacci, the two songwriters aimed through this song to draw a picture of a man’s dream of flying through the air with his hands painted blue.

It became one of the most popular Italian songs since then, and was the first foreign-language single to top the singles charts in the rock era. And to solidify its success, Billboard magazine declared it number 1 single for that year (1958), then the Grammy’s as well crowned it as the first ever winner for the Record of the Year and Song of the Year . It was recorded by a wide range of outstanding performers including David Bowie, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli and Barry White.

Although far from the literal translation, the English version of the song, which was written by Lithuanian-American lyricist Mitchell Parish, was as popular as its prototype. The most prominent English versions were by the popular American singer/actor Dean Martin (1958) and Bobby Rydell’s (1960). Both versions were major hits in their respective years.

Volare was used in the movie The Rum Diary which starred Johnny Depp, as well as in the largely popular satirical cartoon Family Guy, season 12 episode 5. In that episode entitled “Boopa-Dee Bappa-Dee”, Peter gets a love advice from the spirit of Dean Martin after Peter and Lois got into a fight while vacationing in Italy. As Dean Martin parts company with Peter, the singer croons “Volare” while riding off on a giant flying rigatoni.

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In this album, Nick Dukas, crooner, and his band of talented musicians emulate that feel-good, flying-like-a-bird vibe you get from this charming Italian song. Additionally, they added their own original musical arrangement which adds another level of depth.

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