Here In My Heart

Album: I Love You Because (1952)
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  • Al Martino's friend Mario Lanza dropped his plans to record this when Martino told him he'd set his heart on recording this. Martino's first single, it went on to become a transatlantic #1.
  • This was the first song ever to hit #1 on the UK charts. Al Martino knew this was a UK #1, but had no idea it was the first until someone told him he'd made The Guinness Book of Records. >>
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    Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for above 2
  • Martino died on October 13, 2009 at age 82. Born Alfred Cini in south Philadelphia in 1927, Al worked as a bricklayer before joining the Marines (where he was wounded in the invasion of Iwo Jima), all the while hoping to be a singer like his friend Mario Lanza. Upon his return he adopted his grandfather's surname and began work in New York nightclubs, eventually winning Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts program and a recording contract with Capitol Records in 1952. "Here In My Heart" topped the charts that year and was followed by "Take My Heart" (#12 - 1952). Unfortunately, this drew the attention of organized crime figures, who bought out his management contract. Al fled to England and had no American chart records for the next seven years, until a friend was able to work out his safe return in 1958. Over the next twenty years, Al had six top 20 hits, including "I Love You Because" (#3 - 1963), "Painted, Tainted Rose" (#15 - 1963), "I Love You More And More Every Day" (#9 - 1964), "Spanish Eyes" (#15 - 1966) and "To The Door Of The Son" (17 - 1975). He is best remembered for the role of Johnny Fontane in The Godfather trilogy of movies, which many say was based on Frank Sinatra, a claim Al always denied.

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  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 12th 1966, Al Martino performed "Think I'll Go Somewhere and Cry Myself to Sleep" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    Just over three weeks later on March 6th the song entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart position #81; four weeks later on April 3rd it would peak at #30 {for 2 weeks} and it stayed on the chart for 8 weeks...
    And on April 17th it reached #2 {for 1 week} on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart; the week it was at #2, the #1 record for that week was "I Want to Go With You" by Eddy Arnold...
    As stated above, Al Martino, aka Johnny Fontane, passed away October 13th, 2009 at the age of 82...
    May he R.I.P.
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