Vico Torriani

Biedermann und Cool Man

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Swiss pop vocalist and actor Vico Torriani waxed his first hit in 1949 and began appearing in films and on television in the early '50s. Biedermann und Cool Man is an anthology of his foreign-language Decca recordings from 1957-1963, encompassing pop and mild rock & roll tunes sung in German, Spanish, French, Italian, and even Hebrew, including a handful of European hits such as "Bon Soir, Herr Kommissar" and a vocal version of Lawrence Welk's instrumental hit "Calcutta." The songs, as well as the variety of languages, contribute to the international flavor of the anthology as Torriani sings of "Waikiki" (an adaptation of Andy Williams' "Lips of Wine") and Lou Monte's "Pepino the Italian Mouse." He also turns in versions of Ricky Nelson's "Hello Mary Lou" and Buddy Greco's "Sempre Amore." The booklet erroneously lists "Glaub Meiner Liebe" as a cover of a Burt Bacharach-penned song by the obscure American group Bobby Wharton & His Little Green Men. Torriani was around the age of 40 when he made these recordings, so they represent the vocal stylings of a veteran performer appealing to an adult pop audience rather than the younger rock & roll crowd.

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