'Godfather' singer Al Martino dies 82

Al Martino (born Alfred Cini, October 7, 1927 – October 13, 2009) was an Italian American singer and actor. Allmusic journalist Steve Huey states, "Martino was one of the great Italian American pop crooners, boasting a string of hit singles and albums that stretched from the early 1950s all the way into the mid 1970s. However, he was perhaps even better known for his role in The Godfather as singer Johnny Fontane, a character supposedly based on Frank Sinatra, but with eerie similarities to Martino's own career."

In the U.S., Martino had eleven Top 40 hits in the Billboard pop singles chart in the 1960s and 1970s, with 1963's "I Love You Because" (#3) and 1964's "I Love You More and More Every Day" (#9) both reaching the Top Ten. He also sang the title song for the film, Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964), and is credited in the end titles of the film.

Apart from singing, Martino played the role of Johnny Fontane in the 1972 film The Godfather, as well as singing the film's theme, "I Have But One Heart (O Marenariello)". He played the same role in "The Godfather Part II and The Godfather Part III, as well as The Godfather Trilogy: 1901-1980.

Death of Al Martino
Al Martino died at his childhood home in Springfield, Pennsylvania.
Al Martino was 82 years old at the time of his death.

Al Martino - I have but one heart

What was his wife Judi's

What was his wife Judi's maiden name?

another great italian singer

another great italian singer gone, I bet heaven has a great time hearing all these singers , something to look forward too hopefully not for a while

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cindy Pekarek I want to send prayers out to the survivors of Al Martino. I thank Al for all the time he gave in his career in show business. May he rest in peace. Blessing's to you Cindy

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My prayers go out to the survivors of Al Martino. May he rest in peace. Blessing's to all Cindy Pekarek

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Al's passing came suddenly with no warning, it was a cardiac arrest. It is still a shock to me and his family. He was in good health and only the day before we drove from Philadelphia to New York where he recorded two songs. His voice was as beautiful as ever. Ironically one of the titles was "If Tomorrow Never Comes".

We held his funeral in Philadelphia as all his family live there and were able to pay their respects. It was a lovely service and he was given a 21 gun salute for his WWII service on Iwo Jima. His two former backup singers came from New York and sang "I'll Be Seeing You".

Al was laid to rest in California at a private ceremony.

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Oh, thank you very much for sharing this.

God bless you.

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My mother also loved Al Martino and turned me on to him, as I did my son, who saw him perform in Pittsburgh a few years back and was thrilled to be able to touch him. He will live on in the musical hearts of our generations to come. I haven't found a cause of death listed?

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Hi. We don't know the cause of death. I thought maybe I will find out 1-2 months later. But, no luck. Thank you for visiting.

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Beautiful music.....It brings back pleasant memories.

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My mother loves Al Martino. His voice reminds me of my mother.