When Carmela La Bionda died, she invented the Italian ‘disco’ with her brother

Their worldwide hit was ‘One For You, One For Me’

Farewell to Carmelo La Bionda, who with his brother Michelangelo La Bionda formed the musical duo ‘La Bionda’, also known by the artistic name DD Sound: they are considered the inventors of Italian disco musicinterpreters of the world success ‘One For You, One For Me’ in 1977, the same year in which they exploded with the phenomenon ‘1, 2, 3, 4 … Gimme Some More’, a captivating song with a very original harmonica riff by mouth.

Carmelo died in his home in San Donato Milanese at the age of 73, after fighting cancer for over a year. The funeral will be held on Tuesday 8 November, at 2.30 pm, in the parish of Santa Barbara in San Donato Milanese.

“Carmelo left us today to join the great concert in heaven. We love you Carmelo, forever”, reads his Facebook page, with the pain of his son Francesco Paolo and his family. Among the first on social networks to express condolences was Johnson Righeira of the Righeira brothers, of which the La Bionda brothers were the producers: “A terrible news. A column in my life that collapses. Carmelo La Bionda has just passed away. , and nothing will be the same again. I don’t know where my life would have taken me without meeting him and Michelangelo. Hi Carme, thank you for everything. Have a good trip “.

The Sicilian brothers, born in Ramacca (Catania) but Milanese by adoption since 1954, Carmelo (February 2, 1949) and Michelangelo (August 25, 1952), were the first to be successful in the field of Italian dance production, with their two acronyms: La Bionda (project that embraced different styles) and DD Sound (which was born as a “disco” theme). The La Bionda brothers started their activity in a theater-laboratory. They made their debut at the Festival of Avant-gardes and New Trends in 1972, then worked as ‘shift workers’ in the recording room, collaborating with Mia Martini, the Ricchi e Poveri and Bruno Lauzi.

Their first album, “F.lli La Bionda Srl”, released in 1973 and self-produced by themselves, had lyrics written by Bruno Lauzi and was mainly acoustic with “progressive” and other lighter parts. They later moved to London and in the Apple studios they recorded “Every time you go away” (1974). Later they moved to Munich, the capital of dance and were among the first to offer disco music throughout Europe. Gradually they wrote “disco” tracks contaminating them with different elements such as rhythm & blues and Latin music. In 1977 DD Sound “was born” that already with their first song – “Disco bass” – entirely instrumental depopulated in the disco (the song was also chosen as the theme song of the “Domenica Sportiva”). With the almost contemporary “ Gimme some more”, with a light-hearted rhythm, they obtained an even more extraordinary success. Their music also met the favor of international audiences (over 10 million records sold) and in the two-year period 1978-1979 DD Sound collected several hits (“she She’s not a Disco Lady”, “Cafè”, “Hootchie Cootchie”). They also recorded “Cafè”, which was able to transport Brazilian rhythms, percussion and choirs into the “disco”, creating a mixture of refinement and fun in a captivating whirlwind of sounds.

Simultaneously with the explosion of DDSound, La Bionda released a good number of hits under their name (“One for you one for me”, “Bandido” and “Rocky woman” from 1981) and released 4 LPs: “La Blonde “(1978),” Bandido “(1979),” High energy “(1979),” I wanna be your lover “(1980). From 1982 the two brothers preferred to concentrate on the production and management of their Milanese recording studio. As producers they have signed the greatest hits of the Righeira brothers also creating several famous jingles (for example “Sorrisi is magic”). They have also composed soundtracks (including some for the Bud Spencer and Terence Hill films) using various aliases.