Italian Café - Putumayo
With an intoxicating blend of Italian songs from the 50s and 60s and contemporary music inspired by this bygone era, Italian Café is a charming collection that will appeal to listeners of any generation.
Many of the artists on Italian Café packed the nightclubs of the era and gained popularity through Italy's newly inaugurated TV channels and burgeoning film industry. The image of the lovable hoodlum came to life in Fred Buscaglione. While most foreign music was banned under the Italian fascist regime, Buscaglione wound up in a U.S. internment camp, where he was able to get a jumpstart in trying out the styles emerging from America. True to his fast-living ways, he died at 40, crashing his pink Thunderbird into an oncoming truck early one morning in 1960.