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'Volare' Lawsuit

Okay, Everybody... Vooo Lar Eh...

12/20/2013 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

"Volare" -- the Italian song made famous by Dean Martin -- is the centerpiece of a nasty legal battle ... and it will determine who gets to sing it ... and where.

You know the song -- Voooo lar e  oh oh oh oh ....

Part of the fight is over who controls the rights to the American version -- the music publisher or the family of the guy who co-wrote it when it was first recorded in Italy in 1958.

There's a lot at stake ... "Volare" is still a big hit -- and not just in karaoke bars. There've been at least 40 different covers  -- from artists like Frank Zappa, Paul McCartney, and David Bowie.

And whoever owns the song will have the power to decide who can record it.

Whatever happens in the lawsuit .... Volare -- the shower version -- is still okay to sing.


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Dead account Delete at will    

All depends on the original writer and publishers deal.

253 days ago


"You are not really drunk if you can lie down without holding on." - Dean Martin
"You are not really at TMZ if you can read a blog comment page without being blitzed by spam." - Marge

253 days ago


Song was wrote by Domenico Modugno who won San Remo Festival in 1958.

253 days ago

Mumra the Ever Living    

Siorry TMZ, that song was originally by a man named Domenico Modugno. Dean Martin made a cover that was not nearly as successful. You know, it would take all of about three minutes to check your facts, but if your will to destroy lives for the Kardashians and the Lohans, why should you worry about a little thing like getting the facts right get in your way.
Here, I did your work for you - took one minute.
Oh, and Bobby Rydel had the most popular cover.

253 days ago

Mumra the Ever Living    

Look, I realize you TMZ guys have problems using Google, so here is a taste of the article:
>> "It spent five non-consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 in August and September 1958 and was Billboard's number-one single for the year. Modugno's recording subsequently became the first Grammy winner for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1958."
Yeah, the Italian guy won a GRAMMY for the song. Here he is on the Ed Sullivan Show from 1958 singing it.

253 days ago


Volare was written by Domenico Modugno from Italy. Remember my Italian parents playing it when I was a little girl!. Il cielo dipinto di bluuuuu!!

253 days ago


Nobody & I mean NO-BOD-Y out croons Deano...EVER!

253 days ago


This song gets played on every cruise ship, leving every port, everywhere in the world.

252 days ago

Politico Pablo    

Dean Martin was the very definition of coolness. He sure had a lot of stage presence.

252 days ago


This whole thing is stupid. There needs to be a "statute of limitations" on song copyrights. After 50 years songs should be in the public domain. Other patents and copyrights expire, so music should too.

252 days ago

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