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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

RIP Al Martino

No one would ever charge Al Martino with being a jazz singer. Nevertheless, he could interpret a lyric and his repertoire included many great standards.
He played a significant role in my life inasmuch as he was the first American singer/musician I ever saw live. Early 1950's - Newcastle Empire. I can still recall him walking on stage wearing a dark blue tuxedo and opening up with "I've Got The World on a String" - it was also the first time I'd ever heard that song.
For that memory alone I am saddened but I'll remember him too for his part in "The Godfather".
Al Martino died, aged 82, October 13, 2009. He was a legend.

Lasting Tribute site. Obit. Lance.

4 comments :

Patrick said...

The Lasting Tribute website has updated its memorial pages to include Al Martino.

http://www.lastingtribute.co.uk/tribute/martino/3167052

It's a respectful memorial to Martino and somewhere to pay tribute to his family's fortitude at this difficult time.

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Hil said...

My beautiful Mum loved him singing "Spanish Eyes".

R.I.P. Al Martino.

Liz said...

I loved Al Martino, he depicted an era of unattainable glamour that could only come from America. Also to those of us who couldn't get home quick enough to get the words down of the latest songs on Radio Luxembourg. Heady exciting stuff to teenagers who loved their music & dance halls
Liz

Anonymous said...

AL MARTINO HAS ONE OF THE BEST VOICES I EVER HEARD. MR. MARTINO I SEEN IN DELAWARE AT THE THREE LITTLE BAKERS. AFTER THE SHOW HE WAS IN THE LOBBY SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS , HE STAYED THERE UNTILL EVERY ONE WAS TAKEN CARE OF. MAY GOD BLESS, REST IN PEACE..

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