Singing The Blues – Regular readers of the Eurovision Times site may be aware that there’s a bit of friendly rivalry between the editors at the moment. Hulluna is currently enjoying the rather surprising fact that her team, Leicester City, are top of the Premiership. 2nd in command, Morgan, supports Spurs, who are hot on their heels in second place!
Leicester has played its part in recent years in Eurovision, with both Englebert Humperdinck (UK 2012) and Molly Smitten Downes (UK 2014) hailing from the area. But this season has seen Leicester City fans adopt a rather surprising chant… an old Eurovision song: Domenico Modugno (Italy 1958) with ‘Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu)‘!
The song is used as an ode to current Manager, Claudio Ranieri, who hails from Italy, and the words have been changed by the Leicester City fans to “Ranieri, Ranieri, he came from Italy, to manage the City”.
The song finished in 3rd place but was not without controversy. There was a claim by Antonio De Marco of plagiarism (yes, nothing’s changed in Eurovision) but singer Domenico Modugno sued for defamation and won. Also during the contest, due to a transmission fault, the song was not heard in all countries transmitting the event, so it was performed at the end as well, before the voting took place.
It became one of the most successful Eurovision songs of all time and has been covered by Bobby Rydell, Dean Martin, Al Martino, Jerry Vale, David Bowie, Cliff Richard, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Dalida, Gipsy Kings, Chico & the Gypsies, Deana Martin and Barry White.