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“Al di là” (English translation: “Beyond”) is a song written by Italian composer Carlo Donida and lyricist Mogol, and recorded by Betty Curtis. The English lyrics were written by Ervin Drake. The song was the Italian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1961, performed in Italian by Curtis at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France, on 18 March 1961, after Curtis had won the 1961 edition of the Sanremo Music Festival on 2 February 1961, which served as the Italian national selection from 1958 to 1966.
It was also recorded by Italian-American singer Connie Francis in Italian in 1962 and in a bilingual version later during the same year, with Connie writing the English lyrics instead of using Ervin Drake’s.
Donida is best known in America for writing “Uno dei tanti,” or “I (Who Have Nothing)”. English lyricist Drake also wrote the lyrics for such songs as “Quando, quando, quando” and “Good Morning Heartache”, and both the music and lyrics for “It Was a Very Good Year”.

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