Carmelo and Michelangelo La Bionda

The brothers who created Italian Disco Music

On Saturday 25th at Villa Cagnola di Gazzada, Varese, there was a meeting with the founders of Spaghetti’s Disco Music, Carmelo and Michelangelo La Bionda. Celebrities all over the world. The Villa is a splendid place, once inhabited by the Cagnola’s family, textile industrialists, and great fans of Chinese antique porcelain.

It is a bizarre destiny that the brothers, Michelangelo and Carmelo La Bionda, who literally “made” disco music in Italy, are more famous outside Italy than in Italy.

Their greatest success, which still sells after years, remains without a doubt their “Vamos a la playa” of which they are co-authors with Righeira. Also our “One for you, one for me” is still very popular, even if it was written in 1978. But there are some real “cult” songs which are less evident, but they continue to attract fans in all generations.

Carmelo and Michelangelo La Bionda are artists, composers, record producers, publishers. They started their activity in 1970 playing for Fabrizio de Andrè. And writing songs for singers like Mia Martini (for whom they write “Piccolo Uomo”) Also Ornella Vanoni, the Ricchi e Poveri, Bruno Lauzi, and many others. They moved to London to the Beatles’ recording studios to record two of their albums of songs in Italian and English. In London, they met Amanda Lear, still unknown, and became their record producers. To launch her, they changed the Country of residence and life. They moved to Munich, at that time, one of the biggest music production centers in the world. Where they stayed seven years to follow their productions.

Vamos a la playa

From there, they started their international career as singers, songwriters, and producers. The one that led them to dominate the charts all over the world, with various songs like “One For You One For Me” and There For Me. In 1983 they then wrote and launched Vamos A La Playa with the Righeira. For which they also signed “No Tengo Dinero” and “Summer is ending.”

A journalist asked what they think of “young music.” Carmelo replied: “I turn 71 in a few days, the fact that we are still international personalities. Gives us continuity compared to many others, and in retrospect, We consider ourselves very lucky. Keeping these successes for children and young makes us understand that there was something valid in our music. But now music has changed, it has become another world, they still call it music. But it is only partially so, and it is much more about multimedia. So much so that the advertising, which needs music, picks up old and ancient things. From the creative point of view, instead, things have become much more straightforward, even in an exaggerated way. Music is now much weaker, with the computer which often replaces human creativity. So, I know young guys who listen to Led Zeppelin and buy their vinyl records.”