What pictures will be conjured up when the Roulette album
"Italy starts to play for you?
Will you sit back and see the pretty faces of The Di Mara Sisters —
Rose, Lillian and Marisa? Or will you, perhaps, see the faces of Italy .
the leaning Tower of Pisa ... Capri and the Bay of Naples ... the Grand
Canal of Venice ... the Ponte Vecchio in Florence ... the 18th Century
Fontana Di Trevi in Rome, where you wish on a coin ... the famed Appian
Way, pausing along one of the hairpin turns for a breath-taking view of
this lengendary city.
Whether we are Italians or not, we can all feel and understand the songs
of Italy. There is a mood established that surmounts the barriers of a
foreign language or a strange land. It's a natural liking we all have
for sunny skies, laughing children and starry-eyed lovers.
It is the magic of the country ... the heart of the people, that the Di
Mara Sisters have captured in their first American recording.
Those lilting Italian melodies they learned on Papa Di Mara's knee now
blossom forth as full-grown songs, like roses blooming under sunny
To hear the songs of The Di Mara Sisters is to realize the gaiety and
good nature of the Italian people. Songs like "Santa Lucia," "Tic Ti Tic
Ta," "Sorrento," and "Arrivederci Roma" prove the point. So do
"U.S.-fashioned" songs such as "I Have But One Heart" and "Three Coins
In the Fountain." These and others in the set help point up the zest for
living and singing that the Italians have handed down from generation to
The three Di Mara Sisters, who came to the United States in 1953, are
the result of a happy union between America and Italy.
Their mother, a U.S. citizen, met Senor Di Mara while on a visit to
Italy. They fell in love and married.
The daughters acquired their musical heritage from Papa, an-outstanding
accordionist and representative of the famed Vicardi Accordion Company.
After leaving Papa's knee, they continued their musical studies with
various professional teachers, including the well-known Maestro
Although "La Rai," the television station servicing the Rome area, is
not yet a tourist attraction, it may well become an important landmark.
For it was there that the Di Mara Sisters were introduced,
professionally, to the Italian people. And the same can be said, perhaps
on a lesser scale, about the Club Alamo in Detroit. For it was there, in
1955, that the Di Maras were introduced to the American people.
Since then, they have been appearing in clubs and television, winning
the hearts of the citizens of their adopted country.
RECORDING SUPERVISION - HUGO & LUIGI
ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY TONY DANNON
COVER PHOTO - SHOSTAL (R. Gerlach)
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