RAI-Radio Audizioni Italiane (Italian Radio Listenings) was the name of the Italian national radio broadcaster from 26 October 1944. The name was changed in RAI-Radiotelevisione Italiana with the beginning of official national TV broadcasting on 3 January 1954.
Nilla Pizzi sings "Vola colomba" [Fly Dove] with conductor Cinico Angelini and his Orchestra. This song won the second Sanremo Italian Song Festival. (Sequence added to Giuseppe Bennati's musical comedy "Il microfono è vostro" [The microphone is yours],
Crooner and actor Luciano Tajoli in 1947. He won the Sanremo Festival in 1961.
Claudio Villa sings classic Neapolitan song "Luna rossa" [Red Moon], with conductor Vigilio Piubeni and his Orchestra (1950). In 1952, this song was recorded by Frank Sinatra as "Blushing Moon" (Columbia).
In 1951, Nilla Pizzi won the first edition of the Sanremo Italian Song Festival with "Grazie dei fiori" [Thanks for the Flowers]. In the early years, each singer could take part in the Sanremo Festival with more than one song. In 1952 (in the picture), Nilla Pizzi took part in it with the songs "Vola colomba" [Fly Dove], "Papaveri e papere" [Poppies and Ducks] and "Una donna prega" [A Woman Prays] , with which she won respectevely the first, the second and the third places.
Classic vocal pop and movie star Nilla Pizzi. When she was aa teen-ager, she became popular as a competitor of several beauty contests, including the national beauty contest Lire per un Sorriso" Liras for a Smile].