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Johnny Fontaine Gets the big depart: Al Martino dead at 82

“Godfather, Godfather, what am I going to do?” Al Martino famously asked as the Sinatra like Johnny Fontaine in The Godfather Part 1. A horses head later Fontaine had the role.

And Al Martino had the role as well. The great Italian crooner who died today at the age of 82 was in a linage that included Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennet -working class Italian kids who knew how to sing the old songs and sell the new ones. His biggest hits included “Volare” (but doesn’t everybodies?) and “Spanish Eyes” and “Speak Softly Love” (the theme from the Godfather plus words).

Who are gonna replace these guys when they’re all gone?

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