1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Al Martino (born October 7, 1927)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Here in My Heart 1952
Al Martino had hits in the sixties including I Love You Because in 1963, I Love You More and More Everyday in 1964, and Spanish Eyes in 1965.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1952-1977 Record Label: Capitol
The internationally popular Italian balladeer was born Alfred Cini in South Philadelphia where he worked as a bricklayer in the family’s construction business and performed in neighborhood clubs in the evenings. Family friend and renowned Italian-American tenor, Mario Lanza, encouraged young Al Martino to pursue a musical career. By 1950, after winning first prize on Arthur Godfrey’s ‘Talent Scouts’ TV show, he landed a much sought-after record deal with Capitol Records. His first recording, Here In My Heart, sold over one million copies in the United States and hit number one on the British ‘singles’ charts. After several more hits, his recording career was interrupted by gangster interference in the mid fifties that kept him out of the United States. He returned in 1958 and resumed recording. Ironically he is best remembered for his role as the Mafia-connected singer Johnny Fontane singing the love theme Speak Softly Love in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 cinematic masterpiece ‘The Godfather.’