More (Theme from Mondo Cane) — selected early recordings, 1962-1966


More (Theme from Mondo Cane)

Songwriting credits:

  • music, originally titled “Ti guarderò nel cuore,” composed by Nino Oliviero and Riz Ortolani
  • lyric in Italian by Marcello Ciorciolini
  • lyric in English by Norman Newell

Excerpts from the Wikipedia page:Mondo Cane (1962) poster (2) sm

“More (Theme from Mondo Cane)” is a film score song written by Riz Ortolani and Nino Oliviero for the 1962 film Mondo Cane (Dog’s World, or as the soundtrack album states, “a world gone to the dogs”). The movie’s music was released as Mondo Cane: Original Motion Picture Sound Track Album, music by Riz Ortolani and Nino Oliviero, on United Artists Records UAS 5105.

The movie Mondo Cane[p] is a documentary, and uses a variety of music to accompany various segments. Some melodies are used repeatedly, in different styles, each named for the part of the movie where the music is used. Of the 15 music tracks on the soundtrack album, one melody is presented 6 times, another melody 2 times. The melody which became known as “More” is presented 4 times, named “Life Savers Girls,” “The Last Flight/L’Ultimo Volo,” “Models In Blue/Modelle in Blu,” [and] “Repabhan Street/Repabhan Strasse,” in styles ranging from lush to march and 3/4 waltz.

Originally composed as an instrumental and titled “Ti guarderò nel cuore”, lyrics were later provided by Marcello Ciorciolini, which were adapted into English by Norman Newell [Newell’s English lyric is not an adaptation of the Italian lyric. The two are dissimilar.]. At that point, “Theme from Mondo Cane” became “More” (not to be confused with an earlier pop song of the same name).

“More” first caught national [presumably referring to the US] attention as a pop instrumental hit by famous Danish jazz trombone player Kai Winding & Orchestra that was arranged and conducted by Claus Ogerman, released as a single on Verve 10295. Popular in the summer and autumn of 1963, the record peaked at #2 on the Easy Listening chart and at #8 and lasted 15 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100,[2] (and is still played by radio stations). Rather than employing a traditional jazz instrument, the recording’s melody was instead performed on the electronic Ondioline by Jean-Jacques Perrey. Verve quickly released album “Soul Surfin'” containing “More” and other songs performed by Winding’s big band. While Winding’s brassy performances feature top jazz players, notably Kenny Burrell on guitar, the arrangements are in so-called “surf music” style.


helpful links:

Mondo Cane (1962)-Lifesaver Girls-2

Riz Ortolani and Nino Oliviero

“Life Savers Girls” segment of the film Mondo Cane (1962)


“Life Savers Girls (More)” — from the Mondo Cane original soundtrack album, released in 1962


“Models in Blue / Modelle in Blu” — from the Mondo Cane original soundtrack album, released in 1962


 Katyna Ranieri — recorded as “Ti guarderò nel cuore” — issued in May 1962 on (Italy) MGM Records K 2051, as the B-side of “Mondo cane (Je m’en fous)”


Kai Winding and Orchestra — issued on the single Verve Records ‎VK 10295, b/w “Comin’ Home Baby”

disagreement as to the US single release date:


Vic Dana — issued in July 1963 on the single Dolton No. 81 (also Dolton 81), b/w “That’s Why I’m Sorry” — also the title track on the album Dolton BLP-2026 (Mono), Dolton BST-8026 (Stereo)


Martin Denny — from the 1963 album The Versatile Martin Denny, (US) Liberty LRP-3307 (Mono), Liberty LST-7307 (Stereo); also issued in 1963 on the single Liberty 55571, b/w “Little Boat”


Tony Renis — “Ti guarderò nel cuore” — issued in 1963 on the single (Italy) La Voce Del Padrone ‎7MQ 1846, b/w “Otto e mezzo”


Jerry Murad’s Harmonicats — from the 1963 album Try a Little Tenderness, Columbia CL 2090 (Mono), Columbia ‎CS 8890 (Stereo)


Doris Day — from the album Love Him, Columbia CL-2131 (Mono), Columbia CS-8931, released on 16 December 1963


1963-Moacyr Franco-(LP) Moacyr Franco, (Brazil) Copacabana CLP 11345 (1a)

Moacyr Franco — Portuguese lyric version “Doce amargura,” from the LP Moacyr Franco, (Brazil) Copacabana CLP 11345, released c.1963-64


Mantovani and his Orchestra — from the 1964 album The Incomparable Mantovani, (UK) Decca LK 4640 (also LK.4640)


Andy Williams — from the 1964 LP “Call Me Irresponsible” and Other Hit Songs from the Movies



Frank Sinatra with Quincy Jones and Count Basie Orchestra, 1964-photo by John Dominis (2a)

Frank Sinatra with Count Basie & Orch-1964-by John Dominis (1a)

Frank Sinatra accompanied by Count Basie and his Orchestra — recorded on 12 June 1964; released on the 1964 album It Might as Well Be Swing, featuring arrangements by Quincy Jones



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