The new single by Vittorio Merlo, Italian singer-songwriter in Luxembourg, librarian for 35 years among the Milanese public libraries, Bocconi University and the European Court of Justice is a declared tribute to Francesco De Gregori.
Il mio nome era Bufalo Bill is a combination of quotes from verses extracted from twenty-five different songs by Francesco De Gregori that make up a collage that creates a new song that has its own music, structure and independent history: a tribute to the musical singer-songwriter who inspired Vittorio in his adolescence and musical growth.
The CD cover explicitly recalls the graphics of the cover of De Gregori's LP Bufalo Bill and in the video, deliberately simple and easy made, scroll the vinyl editions of the albums containing the songs from which Vittorio extracted the verses to compose his new single.
The idea was born following the legal situation that involved De Gregori for many years with the authors of the song Zingara, winner of the Sanremo Festival in 1969 and interpreted by Iva Zanicchi and Bobby Solo. De Gregori explicitly cited the song in his song Prendi questa mano Zingara, released in 1996 on the album Prendere e lasciare. The result was a plagiarism lawsuit filed by the authors of Zingara which ended after almost twenty years giving reason to the Roman singer-songwriter, establishing that he had not committed a crime of plagiarism but explicitly cited the song as a sort of tribute.
Vittorio became very passionate about the topic and rereading the interview with De Gregori appeared on the Fatto Quotidiano of 19 February 2015, he came up with the idea of composing a tribute to De Gregori with a passage composed precisely of quotations from the Roman Singer-Songwriter. De Gregori in the interview referring to the first sentence that initially condemned him for plagiarism said:
“Music, like other art forms, is a continuous game of quotes and recoveries. It seems to me that the ordinance contradicts a significant cultural trend line of the past few decades. It would be as if Campbell's had prevented Andy Warhol from reproducing the famous soup can in his famous and extraordinary works. "
As in his latest productions of recent years, Vittorio Merlo made the song using the precious collaboration of Riccardo Zappa who played and arranged the song.
In the digital edition the song is published in an EP containing six other songs by Vittorio so far absent from the online platforms: La ballata del Sindaco Pescatore (acoustic version), Sabato del Villaggio, Le Parole, Dopo la Retata del Velodromo, Firuli Firula, La Luna splende.
Vittorio Merlo worked from 1982 to 2018 as a librarian first in Milan and then in Luxembourg. As a singer-songwriter he has released five CDs (Ho sognato Bruno Vespa, Aicha.it, C'č ancora tempo, La Ballata del Sindaco Pescatore, Tu ancora m’innamori) and held several concerts in Italy and Europe.
He has combined his professional activity as a librarian with the passion for songwriting that has led him frequently to perform in concerts and music festivals in Italy and Europe, combining the musical form with literature and culture.
In 2018 a collection of 22 songs published in twenty years of career entitled "Amando la Ferrari Sognando Bruno Vespa" was released on iTunes and the other music platforms.
From September 2018 he ceased his activity as a librarian to devote himself mainly to music, the family and its well-being.
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