1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
On an Evening in Roma recorded by Dean Martin English Lyrics by Nan Frederics, Italian Lyrics by Umberto Bertini, Music by Alessandro Taccani Introduced July 13, 1959, on Capitol records #4222
In the 1950s, Americans were enamored with Italian songs—Arrivederci Roma, Al Di La, and Domani and with Italian singers—Vic Damone, Julius La Rosa, Al Martino, and Jerry Vale. But the best remembered Italian/American songs were recorded by affable Dean Martin. That’s Amore, Innamorata, and Return To Me (Ritorna-Me), are better known than his last recording at Capitol records, On an Evening in Roma (Como e' bella ce' la luna brille e' strette), which never made it into the top-fifty. Dean sighs “I am only one, and that’s one too few.” Even if it was not as popular as some of his other releases, On an Evening in Roma is one of his finest “grinning and mandolining in sunny Italy” songs. Smooth, sly, and snappy, Dean Martin was one of the best selling recording artists of the fifties and sixties. Dozens of the popular, melodious, EASY-POP ballads of the decade were ideally suited to his loose, lazy, Lay Some Happiness on Me, charm. Dean Martin worked in local clubs and in 1946 teamed up as the suave straight-man/singer with manic comedian Jerry Lewis. Their wildly improvisational comedy quickly made Martin and Lewis stars. Dozens of the melodious ballads in the 1950s were ideally suited to his lazy charm and he remains one of the best selling recording artists of the decade. His films included ‘Rio Bravo’ and ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ starring Rat Pack leader Frank Sinatra and he headlined a mid-sixties TV series that ran for nine seasons on NBC.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"Do they take ‘em for espresso, yea I guess so, on each lover’s arm, a girl, I wish I knew"