Piergiorgio Farina – Brigitte Bardot
Piergiorgio Farina from Ferrara, Italy – not to be confused with Giorgio Farina of Discocross – was a violin player, arranger, singer and soundtrack composer whose main claim to fame was performing the theme song for the 1967 western 10,000 dollari per un Massacro / 10 000 Dollars For A Massacre, and composing the score for legendary director Renato Polselli’s elusive Casa dell’amore… la polizia interviene. There was also this record which according to the sleeve notes won something called a “Hollywood Critics Award” in 1977, “presented by Al Pacino and Sammy Davis Jr”. If there really was such a thing as a Hollywood Critics Award, winning one must have been quite a coup for Piergiorgio and his record, realesed by a very minor Italian label.
In any case, this here version of the old warhorse Brigitte Bardot – a big sixties tune glorifying the once Goddess-like French film star who has now become an extreme right wing supporter – gets a great mock-Brazilian groove going and might very well have got Al and Sammy discoing wildly at the after-party for the Hollywood Critics Awards.