He had his greatest success as a singer between the early Al Martino - I Love You More And More Every Day and mids, being described as "one of the great Italian American pop crooners ",  and also became well known as an actor, particularly for his role as singer Johnny Fontane in The Godfather. Jasper "Al" Cini was born in Al Martino - I Love You More And More Every Day Pennsylvania.
His parents were immigrants from AbruzzoItalywho ran a construction business, and while growing up, he worked alongside Aim High - Ennio Morricone - In The Line Of Fire (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) brothers, Pasquale and Frank as a bricklayer. He aspired to become a singer, emulating artists such as Al Jolson and Perry Fonkie Journey - Blackhouse - The Blackhouseand by the success of a family friend, Alfredo Cocozza, who had changed his name to Mario Lanza.
Inhe moved to New York City, recorded some sides for the Jubilee label,   and inwon first place on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts television program with a performance of Como's hit " If ". As a result, he won a recording contract with the Philadelphia-based independent record label BBS, where he recorded " Here in My Heart ". Lanza's label, RCA Victorhad asked Lanza to record the song, but Martino called Lanza and pleaded with him to let Martino's version have a clear chance.
His popularity allowed him to continue to perform and record successfully in the UK, headlining at the London Palladium and having six further British chart hits in the period up toincluding "Now" and "Wanted". However, his work received no exposure back in the US. InMartino signed with 20th Fox Records ;  his deal scored him two albums,  and four singles released, none of which was a major hit. He also made several high-profile television appearances, helping to re-establish his visibility.
Inhe had his biggest U. Arranged by Belford HendricksMartino's version went to number three on the U. Billboard Hot chart, and number one on the Easy Listening chart. The album of the same name went top 10 in the Billboard Martino had four other U. One of Al Martino - I Love You More And More Every Day biggest hits was " Spanish Eyes ", achieving several gold and platinum discs for sales. Martino's run of chart success faded after the mids, although many of his records continued to reach the U.
Hot Another later hit was a disco version of " Volare ", also known as "Nel blu, Its Mine - Kate Havnevik - Kate Havnevik di Blu". Init reached number one on the Italian and Flemish charts, and was in the top 10 in Spain, the Netherlands, and France, as well as in many other European countries.
The single "Spanish Ballerina" written in Bohlen's europop sound reached number 93 in the German single charts. Apart from singing, Martino played the role of Johnny Fontane in the film The Godfatheras Al Martino - I Love You More And More Every Day as Oh Heideroosje - Hanny Thorella - Bloemen Voor Jou the film's theme, " Speak Softly Love ".
He later returned to acting, playing aging crooner Sal Stevens in the short film Cutoutappearing in film festivals around the world in Martino was married first to Jenny Furini; then to Gwendolyn Wenzel; and, finally, to Judi Martino, to whom he was married at the time of his death.
Daughter Alison Martino is a writer and television producer of such programs as Mysteries and Scandals and Headliners and Legends. Martino died from a heart attack   on October 13,at his childhood home in SpringfieldPennsylvaniasix days after his 82nd birthday. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Al Martino. Biography portal. All Media Network. Retrieved April 26, October 14, The New York Times. Retrieved August 17, April 25, Retrieved April 17, April 14, Top Pop Singles — 1st ed.
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