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Al Martino

Al Martino

(1927 – 2009)

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Al Martino

Al Martino
(1927 – 2009)

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Al Martino

(1927 – 2009)
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This online memorial is to honour the life of Al Martino. Al Martino was born as Alfred Cini and was an Italian American singer and actor. "Martino was one of the great Italian American pop crooners, boasting a string of hit singles and albums that stretched from the early 1950s all the way into the mid 1970s. However, he was perhaps even better known for his role in The Godfather as singer Johnny Fontane, a character supposedly based on Frank Sinatra, but with eerie similarities to Martino's own career." Allmusic journalist Steve Huey was quoted as saying. He was inspired by Al Jolson and Perry Como and decided to try his own hand at singing at an early age. When his boyhood friend Alfredo Cocozza changed his name
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to Mario Lanza and became an international opera star, the possibility of a career in music suddenly seemed plausible. After service with the U.S. Marines in World War II, including being a part of the Iwo Jima invasion where he was wounded, he commenced his singing career. Adopting the stage name Al Martino (after his maternal grandfather's last name), he performed in local nightclubs for a time, and moved to New York in 1948 with Lanza's encouragement. He went on to win first place on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts television program, thanks to a rendition of Como's "If," and that exposure helped him land a recording contract with the Philadelphia based independent label, BBS. His single "Here in My Heart" was
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number one in the first UK Singles Chart, published by the New Musical Express on November 14, 1952, putting him into the Guinness Book of World Records. "Here in My Heart" remained in the top position for nine weeks in the United Kingdom, setting up a record for the longest consecutive run at number one, which over half a century on, has only been beaten by four other tracks. A transatlantic chart-topper, "Here in My Heart" earned Martino a gold disc. Its success secured Martino a record label deal with Capitol Records, and he released three more singles — "Take My Heart," "Rachel," and "When You're Mine" — through 1953, all of which hit the U.S. Top 40. One of the most successful Martino hits was
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"Spanish Eyes", achieving several gold and platinum discs for sales. Recorded in 1965, the song reached number 5 on the UK Singles Chart when re-issued in 1973. Even today, this classic by composer Bert Kaempfert (his original title for the song was "Moon Over Naples") is among the 50 most-played songs worldwide. Another hit was "Volare", (also known as "Nel blu, Dipinto di Blu"). In 1976, it reached number one on the Italian and Flemish charts, and was in the Top Ten in Spain, The Netherlands and France, as well as in many other European countries. Apart from singing, Martino played the role of Johnny Fontane in the 1972 film The Godfather, as well as singing the film's theme, "I Have But One Heart (O Marenariello)".
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He played the same role in "The Godfather Part II and The Godfather Part III, as well as The Godfather Trilogy: 1901-1980. Al Martino died at his childhood home in Springfield, Pennsylvania. This online obituary is in memory of Al Martino and his amazing achievements in his life.
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This online memorial is to honour the life of Al Martino. Al Martino was born as Alfred Cini and was an Italian American singer and actor. "Martino was one of the great Italian American pop crooners, boasting a string of hit singles and albums that stretched from the early 1950s all the way into the mid 1970s. However, he was perhaps even better known for his role in The Godfather as singer Johnny Fontane, a character supposedly based on Frank Sinatra, but with eerie similarities to Martino's own career." Allmusic journalist Steve Huey was quoted as saying. He was inspired by Al Jolson and Perry Como and decided to try his own hand at singing at an early age. When his boyhood friend Alfredo Cocozza changed his name...

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