Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Al Martino – Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu) (Capitol)

The famous American Dream pretty much turned into reality for this Philadelphia, PA-born son of Italian immigrants who were running a construction business. Working back then as a bricklayer with his brothers, the then young Cini decided he would become a singer, inspired by artists such as Perry Como and Al Jolson, as by the one of family friend Mario Lanza.
Getting his greatest success as a singer from the early 50’s until the mid-70’s, Al Martino not only managed to be considered as one of the greatest Italian-American Pop crooners, but also became an actor, mostly remembered for his role as singer Johnny Fontane in the Francis Ford Coppola 1972 directed film ‘The Godfather’…
His last big success happened back in 1976 with the release of a Disco version of ‘Volare’ – a song originally recorded by Italian singer Domenico Modugno that got him to win the Sanremo Music Festival back in 1958 – which most likely charted in the European countries…
Al Martino remained active during more than 60 years. He died on Oct. 13, 2009, 6 days after his 82nd birthday, at his childood home in Springfield, PA.

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