Nel blu dipinto di blu (In the Blue Painted Blue), popularly known as Volare (Italian for: to fly), is Domenico Modugno’s signature song and Italy’s entry in the 1958 Eurovision Song Contest.
At the end of the voting, Volare had received 13 points, placing 3rd in a field of 10.
Modugno’s recording became the first Grammy winner for the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1958. It is the only foreign-language recording to achieve this honor. It spent six weeks atop the Hot 100 in August and September 1958 and was Billboard’s number-one single for the year. It is one of only three one-hit wonders to become single of the year in the history of the Hot 100 (followed by Stranger on the Shore by Acker Bilk in 1962 and Bad Day by Daniel Powter in 2006).
Domenico Modugno (9 January 1928 – 6 August 1994) was a twice Grammy Award-winning Italian singer, songwriter, actor, and later in life, a member of the Italian Parliament.
21 years after Volare’s release Chrysler brought the song back – remember this: