Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Men With No Credit ~ Ted Coconis (ILLUSTRATOR)

By Mike Ferguson

Born Constantinos Coconis in 1927 in South Side, Chicago, Illinois, United States. At the age of 13 he was awarded a scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago. While underage he joined the U.S. Air Force rose to pilot before being discovered out, and then became a seaman in the Merchant Marines. When he hit 18 he became an artist , first in Chicago, then later in San Francisco. where he worked free-lance. Mr. CoConis is best remembered for the psychedelic art for Massimo Dallamano’s "The Picture of Dorian Gray " (1970). He worked with David Blossom, Bernie Fuchs, Fred Otnes & Mitchell Hooks at United Artists on the "The Man with No Name" campaign (sources conflict on who did what). He may have been in charge of the agency. While at UA he did the art for "Fiddler on the Roof" (Norman Jewison, 1971) & "Man of La Mancha" (Arthur Hiller, 1972). The following year he did the art for "Breezy" (US, 1973), that Clint Eastwood directed, but did not star in. He has illustrated movie posters, book covers and story illustrations, that he developed with his wife, model and muse, Kristen.   


Who Are Those Composers? ~ Giosy & Mario Capuano

Giosafatte ‘Giosy’ Capuano and his younger brother Mario Capuano were born in Rome in the mid-1940s. They both began their musical careers as teenagers. Giosy went to Rome to start his career while Mario spent over three years in Scandanavia while both were in their late teens. Giosy contacted Mario and had him join him in Rome working as a team of producers, composers, arrangers and songwriters at Durium records. They would spend the next 20 years in this artistic association. They formed their own group and immediately began to find international success with three records in the top ten all at the same time. Tweedle Dee Tweedle Dum, Sacramento, Samson & Delilah, Bottoms Up, Union Silver, Kailakee Kailakoo, Honey No, Yellow Boomerang, On This Land, Give It Time, To Remind Me, The Talk of All The USA. Other artists then began using compositions written and arranged by the Capuano brothers to great success such as Sheila (Les Rois Mages, Vive La Terre), Demis Roussos (Perdoname), Nana Mouskouri (Ni Vivre Ni Mourir), Agnetha Fältskog (ABBA) (En Sång Om Sorg Och Glädje), Johan Daansen (Deadly Game), Sonny Blanco (Blueberry  Wine), Tommy Steiner (Ich Dech 'Mich Zu Mit Meinen Träumen), Andy Foxx (Afrikaan Blue, Thank The Lord For The Night), Cyan (Misaluba), Rita Deneve (Zomordromen), Mal (Mighty Mighty & Roly Poly, Crazy Kings, Love Collector), Anita Mayer (No One To Hold Me), Tosti & Capuano Brothers
(Indian Springtime), an instrumental television theme for the transmission ‘The Boys of the Five Circles’ aired on the occasion of the 1972 Olympic Games. .

The brothers founded, in partnership with Giacomo Tosti, Catoca, a record company with offices and studios in Rome and offices in London . It is abroad, in fact, that Mario followed to carry out much of his work, with the exception of some Italian parentheses as arranger/producer and author, writing, among other things, pieces for Amii Stewart (Working Late Tonight, with which he participates in the Festival of Sanremo 1983 , and Mother Mary) and Tullio de Piscopo (Slow progress, And Then and Then, Qui gatta incubates, three titles linked to as many participations in Sanremo, besides Jastaò, Libero, Compressed energy and what have you got?

The duo composed the score for one Euro-western: “Two Faces of the Dollar” (1967).

CAPUANO, Giosy (aka Giosofat) (Giosafatte Capuano) [194?, Rome, Lazio, Italy -     ], CAPUANO, Mario [1945, Rome, Lazio, Italy -     ] – producers, composers, arrangers, songwriter, musicians.
Two Faces of the Dollar (1967)

Special Birthdays

Miguel Arbo (composer) would have been 100 today, he died in 1996.

Alberto De Mendoza (actor) would have been 95 today, he died in 2011.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Men With No Credit ~ Mitchell Hooks (ILLUSTRATOR)

Born Mitchell Hooks on April 2, 1923 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Renowned for his artwork for paperback books and magazines. Served with the U.S. military, including occupation duty in Germany. Later became a freelance illustration career in New York City. He painted paperback covers for "Avon", "Bantam Books", "Dell Books" & "Fawcett Publications". Illustrated for magazines including "Cosmopolitan", "The Saturday Evening Post" and others. Worked with David Blossom, Bernie Fuchs, Fred Otnes, & Ted CoConis on the "The Man with No Name" campaign (sources conflict on who did what). It is said that Mr. Hooks was the inspiration behind the early drafts. Hooks also drew the American poster for the first James Bond film "Dr. No" (Terence Young, 1962).  Mitchell Hooks died on March 18, 2013 in New York City.

Spaghetti Western Locations ~ Adios, Sabata

We continue with our search for filming locations for “Adios Sabata”. The scene switches from the bridge to Skimmel’s headquarters as we see troops preparing to leave and soldiers loading a wagon with barrels of gun powder. Escudo orders Sepriembre and Gitano, who are dressed in military uniforms to take out the sentry and guards. 

This scene was filmed at the Cinecitta Mexican village set outside of Rome.

For a more detailed view of this site and other Spaghetti Western locations please visit my friend Yoshi Yasuda’s location site: and Captain Douglas Film Locations