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Album: Dean Martin SingsReleased: 1953Charted:
One of Dean Martin's most famous songs, "That's Amore" describes love the way they do it in the southern Italy town of Napoli ("Amore" is Italian for "Love"). Filled with passion, the singer compares the feeling to his favorite Italian foods: pizza and pasta fagiole. It's a quirky romantic song poking a bit of fun at Italian stereotypes, something Martin - born Dino Crocetti - had every right to do.
The lyrics were written by Jack Brooks with music by Harry Warren. The song first appeared in the 1953 movie The Caddy
, starring Martin and his comedy partner Jerry Lewis. In his autobiography
, Lewis said that when he and Dean were making The Caddy
, the writers left Dean with little to do. Knowing this would increase their already strained relationship, Jerry went behind Dean's back and asked songwriter Harry Warren to write a hit song for Dean to sing in the movie. This was the result.
This has been used in a variety of movies, including Rear Window, Ishtar, Enchanted, Grumpier Old Men, White Chicks and Moonstruck. It's also appeared in the TV shows The Simpsons, Veronica Mars and Friends.