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G. E. Gaeta

Giovanni Gaeta (1884 – 24 June 1961) was the real name of the Italian poet, writer and musician better known as E. A. Mario. He took the E of his assumed name from the initial letter of the pseudonym Ermes under which he wrote for the newspaper Il Ventesimo; the A came from Alessandro, the paper's chief editor; and Mario was the name of its Polish director.

Gaeta composed and wrote the lyrics to more than 2,000 works in Italian and Neapolitan. In 1918, he wrote La leggenda del Piave, which at the birth of the Italian Republic was a candidate for the Italian national anthem. His other famous works include Santa Lucia luntana, Balocchi e profumi, Vipera, Rose rosse, and O' Paese dò sole.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 5th, 1884 (Naples), Died June 24th, 1961 (Naples)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1924

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist

Notes: A. Silla was a pseudonym of G. E. Gaeta (Giovanni Ermete Gaeta), whose primary pseudonym was E. A. Mario.


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-29257 10-in. 1/8/1924 Cinematografo Vincenzo Di Maio Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh S-72122 10-in. Nov. 1923 Cinematografo Giuseppe Milano Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gaeta, G. E.," accessed December 7, 2021,

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"Gaeta, G. E.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 7 December 2021.

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