Thursday, October 15, 2009

Al Martino, ‘Godfather’ Singer, Dies

You know the guy. The guy in The Godfather who played a guy that was like Frank Sintatra? Yeah, that guy. Well, he died. Surprisingly, he wasn't whacked:
Al Martino, the smooth-voiced baritone who had a string of hits in the 1950s and ’60s with sentimental ballads like “Here in My Heart” and “Spanish Eyes” and then found wider fame as Johnny Fontane, the wedding singer in “The Godfather,” died on Tuesday at his home in Springfield, Pa. He was 82.

A daughter, Alison Martino, described the death as sudden but did not give a cause.

(I don't mean to make light of his death - it's a great sadness for his family - but, come on, with the Godfather connection, tell me you didn't think the same thing.)

I didn't know he had quite a career on his own as an Italian crooner. Good to see he was active right up until his death. A lesson for us all.

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