Melody Makers

Melody Makers

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Biography

Emanuele Fizzotti (who studied guitar at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles and has played with the Treves Blues Band and with Cristiano De Andrè) and Attilio Gili (who sang and played bass in Gli Hu!, one of the first Italian groups that dared to perform and record rock and r’n’b in Italy in the late ‘60s) form the band in the Spring of 2000.

The Melody Makers continue the musical legacy that Attilio Gili’s and Emanuele Fizzotti’s Zip Fastener Blues Band(rock, blues and swing band) left after they split up.
The Zip Fastener (who also has one CD to his name) played at “Sanremo Blues 1991”, one of the most prestigious music festivals in Italy, sharing the bill with Italian Blues artists such as Rudy Rotta or Tolo Marton and blues greats like Rufus&Carla Tomas or Jack Bruce.
Zip Fastener’s performance at the Festival was broadcasted on RAI 1 (the first national TV channel in Italy).

In Melody Makers the blues element is not just the simple repetition of the standard three chords but the starting point for a journey through different musical stiles such as rock, swing, r’n’b and funk.

In the Fall of 2001 Casm Records/More Sound released their debut CD which contains 9 self penned songs and 4 covers.

Since then, the MM performed in important international festivals such as “Vallemaggia Magic Blues” (Vallemaggia - Switzerland), “Soul Island Festival - Elba meets Pistoia Blues”(Isola d’Elba), “Tropea Blues Festival”(Tropea-VV), “Torrita Blues Festival”(Torrita di Siena), “Green Hills in Blues”(Atri-TE), “Blues Sotto le Stelle”(L’Aquila), “Blu Notti Blues”(Moncalvo d’Asti-AT), “Liri Winter Festival(Isola del Liri-FR).

In 2002 “Heartaches”, a track taken from their debut CD, was included in the soundtrack of “Va bene così”, a short film by Dario Casetti. The following year they wrote the soundrack for Casetti’s new film “Come mi immagini”, which was presented at the “Turin Film Festival”.

Their next CD, “Movin’ On”, was released in October 2004 on “New LM Records”, a Ravenna based indie which has recorded internationally known artists such as Pippo Guarnera, Vince Vallicelli and Nick Beccattini.

The CD contains 12 studio tracks written by Fizzotti&Gili and 4 “classic” live recordings: “I got you(I feel good)” by the legendary James Brown, “Stone free” by Jimi Hendrix, “Oh well” by Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac and “Try a little tenderness” by the great Otis Redding.
With its more instictive feel and higher energy level, this second CD shows just how far the MM have gone since their first 2001 release.
After Attilio Gili’s death in April 2005, although well aware of the fact that Gili was irreplaceable both as their lead singer and friend, the MM started playing again in October 2005 as a trio.

In February 2009 Rockhattle Music (an italian indie) released their third CD, “Out To Play”.
The album, also on sale on many “on line stores” such as iTunes, contains 12 songs written by Fizzotti(one together with Marina Schiavinato) and 3 covers.
The original compositions range from the funky blues style of “Out To Play” or “Looking for my Marylou” to the rock blues style of “Never worried 'bout a thing”, from the shuffle style of “I'm a Tiger” or “Nothing is easy” to the swing/rockabilly style of “Dragon's Boogie”, from the r'n'b style of “Getting High” to the slow minor blues style of “Darkness All Around”.
The acoustic element is more to the forefront than in the previous albums: a tribute to Elvis Presley in “All Shook Up” with a blues vibe, a dobro guitar plaied with a bottleneck slide in the painful “Down on the River”, which ecoes the Mississipi worksongs and features Marina Schiavinato on vocals, a finger-picked acoustic guitar with a taste of Big Bill Broonzy in “Turn Me Loose” and, finally, the 5 strings banjo giving a country vibe to “After Midnight” or the mandolin starting off and riding along the world famous rock'n'roll anthem “Johnny B. Goode”.
Radio stations in Italy and abroad have been playing the CD (USA: KKJZ Los Angeles, WVOF Bridgeport, WNUR Chicago, KBCS Washington, Smokestack lightin' Florida, Phoenix 98, GB: Bishop FM, Star 107, Radio Six International, Talk Radio Europe, Denmark: Radio Holstebro, Holland: BRTO Radio, etc).
The CD has also been reviewed in a very positive way by italian mags such as “Il Blues”, “Jamboree” or “Chitarre” and on line mags such as “Blues Bytes”(May 2009 issue).

Bruce Iglauer, head of “Alligator Records” in Chicago, told the Melody Makers : “ You are very good musicians with real blues feeling , lots of talent, very broad choice of styles and a lot of good taste. Not every song appeals to me, but overall I was quite impressed. You are a really good band that can play blues and variations on blues in many styles with taste and credibility”.

During their live performances the Melody Makers play, beside a few songs taken from the two CDs, songs by the great artists from the ‘60s such as Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles

Lyrics

That old friend of mine

Written By: Emanuele Fizzotti

Walking ‘round the corner
Baby you just look so fine
Maybe you remind me of
That old friend of mine

Everybody was singing love songs
I was happy and she was divine
Little baby you know you look like
That old friend of mine

She was hot I was bold
Then she left me stone cold
If someday we’ll meet again maybe she won’t seem the same

Uh I get that lonesome feeling
As you walk and pass me by
Pretty baby you know you look like
That sweet girl of mine

Everybody was singing love songs
I was happy and she was divine
Pretty baby you know you look like
That sweet girl of mine

Yes I get that lonesome feeling
As you walk and pass me by
Little baby you know you look like
That old friend of mine

That old friend of mine
That sweet little girl
Uh Uh
That sweet little girl of mine

That old friend of mine

Written By: Emanuele Fizzotti

Walking ‘round the corner
Baby you just look so fine
Maybe you remind me of
That old friend of mine

Everybody was singing love songs
I was happy and she was divine
Little baby you know you look like
That old friend of mine

She was hot I was bold
Then she left me stone cold
If someday we’ll meet again maybe she won’t seem the same

Uh I get that lonesome feeling
As you walk and pass me by
Pretty baby you know you look like
That sweet girl of mine

Everybody was singing love songs
I was happy and she was divine
Pretty baby you know you look like
That sweet girl of mine

Yes I get that lonesome feeling
As you walk and pass me by
Little baby you know you look like
That old friend of mine

That old friend of mine
That sweet little girl
Uh Uh
That sweet little girl of mine

Getting high

Written By: Emanuele Fizzotti

I’m getting high
I’m getting high
I’m getting high man
I’m getting high
But I can’t find
The reason why
I’m getting high

One drink of gin
Two drinks of beer
Four drinks of bourbon
I have no fear
Still I can’t find
The reason why
I’m getting high

‘Till I can walk
Pass me that scotch
‘Cause I can walk barman
Back to my porch
But I can’t find
The reason why
I’m getting high

One drink of wine
Two drinks of rhum
Four drinks of brandy
It’s not too soon
Still I can’t find
The reason why
I’m gettig high

I’m getting high
I’m getting high
I’m getting high barman
I’m getting high
But I still can’t find
At least one reason why
I’m getting high

Discography

## OUT TO PLAY (2009)
Record Label : Rockhattle Music
Produced by Emanuele Fizzotti
Executive producer: Albino Barbero

Melody Makers:
Emanuele Fizzotti – vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, dobro,5 strings banjo, mandolin, bass, fake hammond, tambourine
Luca Roffino – drums

Special guests:
Marina Schiavinato – backing vocals (tracks 5/7/12/15)
Silvio Sansone – blues harp (track 14)
Maurizio Torchio – bass (tracks 4/9)
Attilio Gili – vocals (track 15)

01. Dragon’s Boogie (Fizzotti) RockHattleMusic
02. Out To Play (Fizzotti) RockHattleMusic
03. All Shook Up (Presley/Blackwell) Elvis Presley Music
04. Looking For My Marylou (Fizzotti) RockHattleMusic
05. After Midnight (Cale) Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
06. Nothing Is Easy (Fizzotti) RockHattleMusic
07. Johnny B. Goode (Berry) Arc Music Corp. /Isalee Music
08. I’m A Tiger (Fizzotti) RockHattleMusic
09. Darkness All Around (Fizzotti) RockHattleMusic
10. That Old Friend Of Mine (Fizzotti) RockHattleMusic
11. Never Worried ’bout A Thing (Fizzotti) RockHattleMusic
12. Down On The River (Fizzotti/Schiavinato) RockHattleMusic
13. Getting High (Fizzotti) RockHattleMusic
14. Turn Me Loose (Fizzotti) RockHattleMusic
15. Down To New Orleans (Fizzotti) RockHattleMusic

## MOVIN’ ON! (2004)
Produced by "New LM Records" - Ravenna (Italy)
Recorded at “ROCKHATTLE MUSIC” Studio - Cavallirio (NO) Italy

01. No arp (E. Fizzotti)
02. It just won’t do (A. Gili / E. Fizzotti)
03. Tell me (A. Gili / E. Fizzotti)
04. Little girl (A. Gili / E. Fizzotti)
05. If you love me tonight (A. Gili / E. Fizzotti)
06. Blue cheese blues (A. Gili / E. Fizzotti)
07. I’ll never love again (A. Gili / E. Fizzotti)
08. Pretty baby (A. Gili / E. Fizzotti)
09. Good lovin’ woman (A. Gili / E. Fizzotti)
10. It will never end (A. Gili / E. Fizzotti)
11. Run to me (A. Gili / E. Fizzotti)
12. Let me in (A. Gili / E. Fizzotti)
13. I got you - I feel good (J. Brown)
14. Stone free (J. Hendrix)
15. Oh well (P. Green)
16. Try a little tenderness (Woods / Campbell / Connelly)

## MELODY MAKERS (2001)
Produced by “SOLOMUSICA” - Stroppiana (VC) Italy
Recorded at “ROCKHATTLE MUSIC” Studio - Cavallirio (NO) Italy

01. Too much (A. Gili / E. Fizzotti)
02. The power of gold (A. Gili / E. Fizzotti)
03. Squeeze me tight (A. Gili / E. Fizzotti)
04. Heartaches (A. Gili / E. Fizzotti)
05. What I'd Say (R. Charles)
06. Lazy swing (E. Fizzotti)
07. Satisfied (A. Gili / E. Fizzotti)
08. You will be mine (A. Gili / E. Fizzotti)
09. I believe to my soul (R. Charles)
10. Flip, flop & fly (Calhoun / Turner)
11. Still be true (A. Gili / E. Fizzotti)
12. I'm still walking (A. Gili / E. Fizzotti)
13. Dust my broom (R. Johnson)

## GROOVIN’ IN THE BLUES (2004) – AA VV
Produced by "New LM Records" - Ravenna (Italy)

01 – GIORGIO CAVALLI
02 – SECOND GRACE
03 – MELODY MAKERS
It will never end (Gili / Fizzotti)
04 – BIG FAT MAMA
05 – THE BLUESMEN
06 – MIKE SPONZA
07 – DIRTY SOUL
08 – PIPPO GUARNERA
09 – MARIO DONATONE
10 – CHERRY RED
11 – JOE VALERIANO
12 – JIMMY JOE
13 - DOUBLE NECK
14 - GIOVANNI BAILO
15 - JOE CARUSO
16 - RAIN SONGS

## BLUES SOTTO LE STELLE (2003) – AA VV
L’Aquila 6, 7 e 8 agosto 2003 – “Fontana delle 99 Cannelle”

01 – 02 MELODY MAKERS
Johnny B. Goode (C. Berry)
Squeeze Me Tight (Gili – Fizzotti)
03 – 04 DAGO RED
05 – 07 ROBERTO CIOTTI
08 – 09 BLUESIANA COMBO
10 – 12 TONY COLEMAN BAND

## TAVAGNASCO ROCK 2002 – AA VV

01 – STATUTO
02 – MELODY MAKERS
Satisfied (Gili-Fizzotti)
03 – BAUGROUP
04 – EGIN
05 – ANIMAMAGRA
06 – QUINCY BLUE CHOIR
07 – STAZIONE MARCONI
08 – SUPERNOVA
09 - HANA-BI
10 - INTERRASTRANIERA
11 - LUIS DE YJARYOT
12 - FEDERICO SIRIANNI & MOLOTOV ORCHESTRA
13 - DESKADENA
14 - SATTAMASSAGANA

## ZIP FASTENER - WHO ARE WE? (1994)
Produced by “GIALLO RECORDS”

01. Feeling lonely (E. Fizzotti)
02. Money for my wife (E. Fizzotti)
03. Hard to handle (Jones / Isbell / Redding)
04. Hard to be (E. Fizzotti)
05. You want to leave me (E. Fizzotti)
06. You got to run (E. Fizzotti)
07. Kansas city (Leiber / Stoller)
08. Rock me baby (King / Josea)
09. Because I love you just the same (E. Fizzotti)
10. Proud Mary (Fogerty)
11. (Sittin' on) The dock of the bay (Redding / Cropper)
12. One and one is two (E. Fizzotti)

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SOUND TRACKS:

COME MI IMMAGINI (2003)

Un film di Dario Casetti con Silvia Shön e Simone Gerace
MELODY MAKERS with MARINA SCHIAVINATO
In my dreams (Gili-Fizzotti)

VA BENE COSI’ (2002)

Un film di Dario Casetti con Ilaria Gariazzo e Maurizio Fassina
MELODY MAKERS - Heartaches (Gili-Fizzotti)

Set List

... ORIGINALS
LAZY SWING
TOO MUCH
SQUEEZE ME TIGHT
I’M STILL WALKING
STILL BE TRUE
NO HARP
BLUE CHEESE BLUES
LITTLE GIRL
I’LL NEVER LOVE AGAIN
TELL ME
PRETTY BABY
THAT OLD FRIEND OF MINE
TURN ME LOOSE
DARKNESS ALL AROUND
NOTHING IS EASY
GETTING HIGH
I’M A TIGER
LOOKING FOR MY MARYLOU

... CLASSIC & ACOUSTIC BLUES
DUST MY BROOM
KILLING FLOOR
STEPPIN’ OUT
SHAKE YOUR MONEY MAKER
YOU GOT TO MOVE
BRING IT ON HOME
HEY HEY
HOOCHIE COOCHIE MAN
SWEET HOME CHICAGO
IN MY TIME OF DYING

... TRADITIONALS
MAN OF CONSTANT SORROW
WORKING ON THE RAILROAD
WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHIN’ IN

... JIMI HENDRIX
STONE FREE
THE WIND CRIES MARY
LITTLE WING
RED HOUSE
HEY JOE

... STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN
MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB
SCUTTLE BUTTIN’
COLD SHOT
RUDE MOOD

... Peter Green’s FLEETWOOD MAC
BLACK MAGIC WOMAN
OH WELL

... BOOKER T. & THE MG’S
GREEN ONIONS

... OTIS REDDING
(SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY

... RAY CHARLES
WHAT I’D SAY

... EDDIE COCHRAN
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