Passengers (Italian band)

Passengers (also spelled as I Passengers) is an Italian pop-italo disco musical group, mainly successful in the early eighties.


The group formed in 1979, produced by Angelo and Felice Piccaredda and consisting of two male singers (Gesualdo "Kim" Arena, already active as a singer from the late 1960s, and Chuck Rolando) and two female vocalists (Mary Shay Collen and Elwanda Contreras).[1][2] They got their first hits in 1980, with the single "He's Speedy Like Gonzales", which ranked tenth at the Italian hit parade, and with a cover version of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight".[1][2][3] In 1981 and in 1983 they entered the Sanremo Music Festival, respectively with the songs "Midnight" (which peaked at 25th position at the Italian hit parade) and "Movie Star".[1][2][3] The group disbanded in 1987.[2] Chuck Rolando carried on in the music business and in 1992 he became CEO and Managing Director of Sony ATV Music Publishing (Italy), overseeing the administration and creative development of song catalogues for artists such as The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.




  1. 1 2 3 Eddy Anselmi. Festival di Sanremo: almanacco illustrato della canzone italiana. Panini Comics, 2009. ISBN 8863462291.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Franco Manzoni (15 April 2004). "Morto Kim Arena, voce dei Passengers". Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  3. 1 2 Dario Salvatori. Storia dell'Hit Parade. Gramese, 1989. ISBN 8876054391.

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