Music, Myth and Melodrama

Cammarata Dossier explores the adventures of one unique family of Sicilian musical performers. These vignettes wander from Italian origins, through arrival in America at Ellis Island, and across Vaudeville, Prohibition and Depression eras – up to modern times.

Vintage photographs, artifacts, newspaper clippings, ephemera, recordings and recollections are compiled from many sources and circumstances. Connections, correspondences and curious findings inform the heritage of the Cammarata (or Camarata) family.

The purpose of this collection is to share, delight and educate. Content is based on careful, extensive and ongoing investigation. Past and present entertainment collaborations inspire yet more Myth, Music and Melodrama.

Comments, suggestions and further connections are welcome.

Read the Chapters of the family story.