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Hi Everyone,

It’s getting closer!!! Those concert dates are coming up pretty quick. Let me guess, you’re counting the days, right?

Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca are still home in Italy, they seem to be eating, dancing and hitting the beach. More on that later.


I’ve done a lot of posts featuring Italian and Italian American singers. There are still some I haven’t done yet. Italy seems to spawn some great singers (as if we didn’t know that) They have reached perfection when they sent us Il Volo!! 🙂


James William Ercolani (born June 8, 1936), known by his stage name James Darren, is an Italian-American television and film actor, television director, and singer.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 8, 1936, Darren began his career as a teen idol, having been discovered by talent agent and casting director Joyce Selznick. This encompassed roles in films, most notably his role as Moondoggie in Gidget in 1959, as well as a string of pop hits for Colpix Records, the biggest of which was “Goodbye Cruel World” (#3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961). It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Another sizeable hit was “Her Royal Majesty” (#6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962). He is also featured in one of the Scopitone series of pop music video jukebox films (“Because You’re Mine”).

James Darren is not related to Bobby Darin. This confusion sometimes arises because: their names are pronounced similarly, they are the same age, they both started their careers as teen idols with similarly styled songs, both later sang some of the same standard pop/jazz ballads, and they are both associated with Gidget. James starred in “Gidget” films as Gidget’s (Sandra Dee) love interest. In real life, Bobby was the love interest: he married Sandra Dee. During this time, he also appeared as a guest star on the popular ABC-TV sitcom The Donna Reed Show.

Darren’s role in the 1961 World War II film The Guns of Navarone was an attempt to break out of his teen image. He was the singing voice of Yogi Bear in the 1964 animated film, Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear!, on the song “Ven-e, Ven-o, Ven-a”. Prior to that, he was the singing and speaking voice of “Jimmy Darrock” on an episode of The Flintstones. He then achieved success co-starring as impulsive scientist and adventurer Tony Newman in the science fiction television series, The Time Tunnel (1966–1967).james d1

In the 1970s, Darren appeared as a celebrity panelist on Match Game.

Later Darren had a regular role as Officer James Corrigan on the television police drama T. J. Hooker from 1983–1986. Subsequently he worked as a director on many action-based television series, including Hunter, The A-Team, and Nowhere Man, as well as dramas such as Beverly Hills, 90210 and Melrose Place.    james d2

In 1998, he achieved renewed popularity as a singer through his appearances on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in the role of holographic crooner and advice-giver Vic Fontaine; many of his performances on the show were re-recorded for the album This One’s from the Heart (1999). The album showed Darren, a close friend of Frank Sinatra, comfortably singing in the Sinatra style; the 2001 follow-up Because of You showed similar inspiration from Tony Bennett.



Gianluca is spending time at the beach and just relaxing?


Ignazio is spending time with Piero in a recording studio?


Piero and Ignazio are taking dancing lessons?


Monday May 12th was their manager’s, Michele Torpedine’s birthday?


Piero still loving his food?

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Ignazio got another tattoo?

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Gianluca sends a sweet message to his fans everyday?


Love “You Guys” can’t wait for next month!!!

*******UPDATE: Today Gianluca tweeted from Bologna that Il Volo was recording and rehearsing!!!

*****Check the post below,”Who’s Going Where” if you want to add your name to the concert list*****




37 thoughts on “DID YOU KNOW?????”

  1. Thanks Linda good information of James Darren I remember him slightly but don’t really remember the songs he sang. Good looking though. Also great pictures of our Sweethearts. Didn’t know Ignazio was taking dancing lessons as well as Piero. Love his own style of dancing

  2. I’m with you on that as I said before he can do wrong. Anything he does or how he looks is fine with me..
    On the World’s Best can we only vote once? I voted for World’s best Album, Group & Act so was wondering if we can vote more than once.. I’ll go back in tomorrow & try again.

  3. I remember James Darren very well. He had a very handsome face just like Gianluca. He loved Sinatra just like Gianluca. Can’t wait till they release a new cd.

    1. Holy moly!! I think Ignazio just rocked his record video!

      OK, this might call for something I sent Connie in reference to the photo of Piero holding his We Are Love cake and revealing his prodigious biceps….

      Surely applies to this phenomenal video of Ignazio!
      and plenty of Gianluca, so take your pick!

      I got a theme song for you and … [fill in the blank which one]

      Search YouTube for
      Shania Twain Whatever You Do, Don’t (lyrics in description)

      The lyrics are in the description, but here are a few I thought you might relate to.

      “…I go jello when you smile
      I start blushin’-my head rushin’

      If you stand too close to me
      I might melt down from the heat
      If ya’ look my way one more time
      I’m gonna go out of my mind…”

      😉 Wow! Still spinning!
      ~ Jeanine D.

    2. This is not hot – it is SIZZLING HOT!!!!. I can’t seem to get enough of Ignazio – play it again, again, again, again, again,again, again, angain, again, again, – you get the picture.

  4. Linda, I don’t believe you asked me to do that! You are the one who was helping wean me away from the video!! Now I have to look at it a few more times. Your fault.

  5. Changing the subject, I’m afraid… I need to ask the NASHVILLE GROUP to respond here because I don’t have all of your email addresses. I know that there is another large Nashville group, headed by Beverly Olson and Judy Thurmann, who are planning activities for Mon. and Tues, the 16 & 17th of June. Dolly and I will not arrive in Nashville until early afternoon of the 17th, so all I am planning is for some of us to meet for an early dinner at Demos’ Restaurant Tues. pm . All in all there are just too many of us for a restaurant to accommodate the 2 groups for dinner, so I am just sticking to our original group of Anna Breeding and husband, Dolly and I, Linda P., Andrea L, Peggy Gain and spouse, maybe Jeanie and husband…Have I left anyone out? PLEASE LET ME KNOW, YEA OR NAY!!! And anyone else, please just post here if you would like to join us… We certainly would love to have you.

    Demos’ does not take reservations, but the manager said that if we come early, there should be no problem getting seated…So is it all right to meet at Demos’ at 4:45 so that we can hug and holler at each other, and get out of there by 6:15 so that we can go to the Schermerhorn (fairly close by) and get our M&G tickets at the box office. Again, you can email me if you like at helenbridg@gmail.com or you can respond here. I just can’t wait to meet all of you, put a name with a face, and then go and hear The Boys!!! Talk about dying and going to heaven!!!!

    1. I can’t help feeling excited for you Helen! Just another month you will finally see our guys…and GIANLUCA. Yay!

      1. Yay! Yay!!! YAY!!!!! Again and again and again!!!! Thanks, Elaine!

  6. I’m so excited about all these tantalizing hints that keep dropping! I think they’re all just trying to see how far they can push us without actually revealing anything about the album. CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!

    Ms. Crider, Ms. Foley, and Ms. Snyder, I think you and all the other dimple fans in the Crew need to make a special place dedicated just to your favorite guy (hmmmm, who could that be?). I mean, with everything about him in each individual post added to all the extras in the comments, I think you have enough for an entire new website! What would you call yourselves? The Site For Ignazio’s One True Love ( because each one of you seems to be)?

    1. It was on Facebook somewhere in a bunch of travel pictures of Milan. Actually, my sister sent it to me in the collection of pictures.

      1. Ignazio getting a whole lot of loving today by the Flight Crew. You are cracking me up ladies! Who’s got a picture on the fridge? I wouldn’t be surprised if it were all of you!

    1. On the fridge. In the living room. Computer “wallpaper”. Won’t tell you where else!

  7. 🙂 Thanks, Linda. I love that the greats have careers that span generations…

    Can’t believe concert time is almost here!

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