Where those associated with Western films from around the world are laid to rest.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
RIP Franco Reitano
Composer, musician Franco Reitano died in Milan, Italy on
July 12, 2012. He was 70. Franco was the brother of fellow composers and
musicians Domenico and Mino [1944-2009] and Vincenzo ‘Gege’ [1940- ].
Born Francesco Reitano in 1942 in the town of Fiumara, Reggio, Calabria, Italy
the brothers formed their own singing group in the 1960s called Franco Reitano
and his Brothers. Franco recorded his first 45 recording “Tu sei la luce"
and "Non sei un angelo" in 1961. At the end of the year he moved to
Germany where the group was signed to a series of performances, including in a
club where the Beatles played together in their early days. Later his brother
Mino became a star with Franco as his manager and songwriter. Franco collaborated
with his brothers Mino and Domenico on the score for one Euro-western “Tara Poki” (1971).
Born in Toledo, Ohio in 1946 I have a BA degree in American History from Cal St. Northridge. I've been researching the American West and western films since the early 1980s and visiting filming sites in Spain and the U.S.A. Elected a member of the Spaghetti Western Hall of Fame 2010.