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Piero Umiliani

Piero UmilianiBorn: 17-Jul-1926
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: 14-Feb-2001
Location of death: Rome, Italy
Cause of death: Heart Failure

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Composer

Nationality: Italy
Executive summary: Mah Na Mah Na

Italian film composer in the vein of Ennio Morricone, active in the 1960s and 70s. Umiliani scored around 200 films, the first of which -- I soliti ignoti (Big Deal on Madonna Street, 1958) -- was the first Italian film to use a jazz soundtrack, and featured trumpeter Chet Baker. He is best remembered for the lounge tune "Mah Na Mah Na". Written in 1968 for the porn film Svezia, Inferno e Paradiso, the song later cropped up on the Benny Hill show in the 70s. Jim Henson's muppets had a hit covering it in 1977.

Daughter: Elisabetta Umiliani

    University: Counterpoint and Fugue, Luigi Cherubini Conservatory, Florence, Italy

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