With ten weeks to go until the start of Alfie Boe and Michael Ball’s Together Again tour, it’s time to count down Alfie’s ten best live songs, as voted for by you in 2017. There are a few new entrants to the top ten and one or two surprises but the first in our countdown is O Sole Mio / It’s Now or Never from the Diamond Jubilee concert in 2012:
For many years, O Sole Mio would have been a song extremely well known to Alfie and he was still performing it well into 2012, albeit with a bit of Elvis thrown in. Here’s the master himself:
A different arrangement of It’s Now or Never featured on the Storyteller album but was never performed live. This song has long been a favourite with fans and cemented this with an appearance at number nine in the 2016 Best Live Song poll. It has also been chosen twice in our semi regular Six Sensational Songs series.
O Sole Mio was written in 1898 and has been recorded and performed by huge numbers of people, making it one of the most famous Neapolitan songs around. Alfie himself sang it on his 2007 album La Passione although that hasn’t stopped him having to explain that it’s not about ice cream to UK audiences – for those of you outside our sunny shores, the tune of O Sole Mio was the theme of Cornetto ice cream TV adverts for a ten year period in the 1970’s and 1980’s.
Sorry – I just couldn’t resist putting it in!
O Sole Mio is available on La Passione:
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