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Piero Umiliani (July 17, 1926 Florence - February 14, 2001 Rome) was an Italian composer of film scores and library music who was also behind the Omicron label and the Sound Work Shop label & Sound Work-Shop Studio, and cofounder of Liuto Edizioni Musicali. In his long career he composed and recorded 190 soundtracks, 40 library albums and 35 TV title themes.

He became most famous for his song "Mah Nà Mah Nà" of 1968, that was originally used for a Mondo documentary about Sweden (Svezia, Inferno e Paradiso) and became world-famous in 1977 when performed for The Muppet Show. Like many of his Italian colleagues at that time, he composed the scores for many exploitation films in the 1960s and 1970s, covering genres such as spaghetti western, Eurospy, Giallo, and soft sex films. Although not as widely regarded as, for example, Ennio Morricone or Riz Ortolani, he helped form the style of the typical European '60s/'70s jazz-influenced film soundtrack that later experienced a revival in films like Kill Bill and Ocean's Twelve.

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