Come to the country with me
The 1930s witnessed the flourishing of bucolic songs by the likes of Morbelli, Di Lazzaro and Ruccione. Through the voices of stars like Carlo Buti, Odoardo Spadaro and Beniamino Gigli, the radio would make this genre a mainstay of the Italian repertoire, well attuned to the agricultural policies of the times such as the Battle for Grain and the reclamation of the Pontine marshes. This was the nationalist response to the French fashion that prevailed in cabarets, albeit it was destined to decline. Some of these songs have become timeless and remained successful well beyond their time.