Sunday, December 10, 2017

Brett Halsey Book Signing



Sunday December 10, 2017
Book Carnival
348 S. Tustin St.
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 538-3210
2:00 p.m.

Chris Tracy turned away from a situation he couldn’t face and became a bounty hunter – a profession where when all else failed, he could count on his fast gun.
When an old friend convinces him to strike out in search of a lost fortune in gold, their trek across a barren desert leads them into challenges far greater than the devastating sun, hostile Indians, or the unknown riders who are dogging their trail.
It becomes a trail into to a situation far more dangerous and perplexing than anything he has ever encountered. A situation that threatens death and destruction to all around him.

Available at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com & Brett Halsey’s Website http://bretthalsey.net/books.html


Who Are Those Composers ~ Franco Brocardi




Franco Bracardi was born in Rome, Italy on May 16, 1937. He began his artistic career in the music field, as an accompanist, composer and small impresario. He was quite successful, in the 1960s, with the The Flippers complex, alongside Lucio Dalla. In 1970 he joined the editors of the program ‘Alto gradimento’, in which he mainly dealt with writing radio gags, together with Renzo Arbore, Gianni Boncompagni, Mario Marenco and his elder brother, the famous comedian Giorgio Bracardi. He remained working as an author at RAI for over ten years, also taking care of the ‘Discoring’ program. He was also conductor on minor television programs, under the name of Solforio.

In 1972 he recorded a 45 rpm record with the quintet NU Orleans Rubbish Band, which was composed not only by Bracardi on the piano, but Fabrizio Zampa on drums, Mauro Chiari on bass, Massimo Catalan to the trombone and Renzo Arbore on the clarinet; this group published a 45 rpm record, containing ‘She was Not an Angel’ and ‘The Stage Boy’, recorded by the five.  He was the author of the music of "Strapazzami di coccole", written by Gianni Boncompagni and interpreted by Topo Gigio.

His greatest fame was due to his twenty plus years participating on the ‘Maurizio Costanzo Show’ where he played the role of the pianist who was entrusted with the task of stressing, dampening and improvising the difficult or salient moments of the show. In the cinema he played an interesting character figure, used in many films, especially in the 1980: we remember him mainly in the role as Lino Banfi 's cousin in the comedy "Vieni avanti cretino" (1982), directed by Luciano Salce .

As a composer he had much successes with Raffaella Carrà (A far l'amore comincia tu, Ballo ballo, E salutala per me, Pedro, Forte forte forte, Black-cat), with whom he played pleasant duets on the television variety show ‘Fantastico tre’ in 1982. He also wrote songs for other performers: his song "Bambina mia" (composed with Anna Rita Della Rosa with lyrics by Gianni Boncompagni and Daniele Pace ) was recorded for Armonium. He scored the Europ-western “...Altrimenti vi ammucchiamo” (Kung Fu Brothers in the Wild West) in 1973 using the alias Franco Brocardi.  

Franco Bracardi died in Rome on February 27, 2005 following an illness.  


BROCARDI, Franco (aka Solforio) (Franco Bracardi) [5/16/1937, Rome, Lazio, Italy – 2/27/2005, Rome, Lazio, Italy] – composer, songwriter, musician (piano), film, TV actor, brother of producer, wrtier, composer, actor Giorgio Bracardi [1933-     ], member of ‘The Flippers’
Kung Fu Brothers in the Wild West - 1973

Special Birthdays



Franco Pisano (composer) would have been 95 today, he died in 1977.












Isabel Mestres (actress) is 70 today.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

RIP Leonid Bronevoi

Respected Soviet and Russian actor Leonid Bronevoi died in Moscow on December 9, 2017, at the age of 88. Born Leonid Solomonvitch Bronevoy on December 17, 1928 in Kiev, Ukrain he appeared in many Soviet films, most famously in the World War II spy thriller “Seventeen Moments Of Spring”. He never played in a leading role, but was renowned as a talented supporting actor. He also was a prominent figure in Soviet and Russian theater. Bronevoi was the recipient of numerous professional and state honors, including the honorary title of People's Artist of the Soviet Union. His lone Euro-western was 1977’s “Armed and Dangerous: Times and Heroes of Bret Harte” as Piter Damfi.

Spaghetti Western Locations ~ Adios, Sabata



We continue to our search for filming locations of the 1970 film “Adios, Sabata”. We see Sabata, Ballantine, Escudo, Septiembre and Gitano travelling through a canyon on their way to deliver the gold to Ocano in order to buy guns for the revolution. Along the way they talk themselves into splitting up the gold and double crossing Ocano. When they open the chest they find only one bag of gold dust and the rest of the bags are filled with sand. They are now more than ever determined to get the gold from Colonel Skimmel because the revolutionaries will be blamed for the robbery of the gold shipment.


Filmed at Rambla Lanujar, Almeria Spain.



For a more detailed view of this site and other Spaghetti Western locations please visit my friend Yoshi Yasuda’s location site: http://y-yasuda.net/film-location.htm and Captain Douglas Film Locations http://www.western-locations-spain.com/