“O sole mio” is the most sung and played song, the most listened to, the most everything … of all times.
It was performed by all the singers, in all languages, from opera to blues; played by all the musicians with all kinds of instruments: piano, guitar, violin, trumpet, mandolin and flute.
The most important interpretation, however, remains that of Enrico Caruso, who more than any other contributed to make it famous all over the world.
Sung in every corner of the earth but also in outer space by Yuri Gagarin, the first astronaut to travel in space. During his memorable journey, April 12, 1961, he chosed to sing “O sole mio”.
“O Sole Mio” is the best-selling song in history. Its English version, “It’s Now or Never” (1960), sung by Elvis Presley has sold by far the most copies, ten million worldwide.
In short, this is the song of records.
Today, it is considered as the heritage not only of Naples and Italy, but of all humanity. Difficult to understand the miracle of this work: the secret of that global timeless success is simplicity or the archaic bond between the human being with the star that gives life, the sun.
“O sole mio” is the Neapolitan equivalent of standard Italian Il mio sole and it can be translated literally as “my sunshine”.
The music of the song seems to have been inspired by a beautiful sunrise on the Black Sea.
Many important artists have interpreted this legendary song, of which there are hundreds of versions among them there are Josephine Baker, Dalida, Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli.
Recently, the Neapolitan singer Pino Daniele has performed a version with the same title.
This song is a joyful celebration of the sun, the simple happiness of the laundry exposed to the sun. …
There is also a love theme just mentioned; the metaphor of the sun used to say: “you are beautiful as the sun, more than the sun … You are the sunshine of my life …”
The sun is compared to the positivity of life, it is considered the enemy of the storm, the dark and the distance.
With three simple words, in an understandable Neapolitan at all the latitudes, “O sole mio” makes people still cry and sing all over the world.
made by the Italian school in Bitonto