|Short Biography From An 1998 Article:
ONEIDA NATION HOMELANDS -- Singer Al Martino, recognized by many as "Johnny Fontane" from Frances Ford Coppola's epic film "The Godfather," will perform his hits at 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28 at Oneida Indian Nation's 21 Bourbon Street, Turning Stone Casino Resort. Tickets are $25 and available from Casino Credit.
Martino's unique vocal style and charm brought him international success, and he continues to win audiences the world over with his smooth style. Born Alfred Cini Martino, the singer made his debut more than 40 years ago in Philadelphia. His hit, "Here in my Heart," landed him into the Guinness Book of Records for being the first American artist to rank No. 1 on the British single charts in 1952.
Martino developed his craft performing in bars and clubs in his neighborhood after working days in the family's construction business. Family friend and celebrity Mario Lanza convinced Martino to pursue a musical career. He moved to New York and by 1950 secured a record deal with Capitol Records after winning top prize in Arthur Godfrey's "Talent Scout Show."
Lanza was originally asked to record "Here in my Heart," but time constraints pushed Lanza aside and Martino stepped in. Recording the song guaranteed Martino a place in the international music scene, bringing him success here and in Europe and Australia.
Sales of Martino's top hit, "Spanish Eyes," composed by Bert Kaempfert, brought him gold and platinum awards. The song reached 15 on the British charts and is one of the 50 most-played songs worldwide. He also recorded "Volare" which hit No. 1 on the Italian and Belgian charts, and made the top ten in Spain, Holland and France.
Other memorable Martino hits include "Painted, Tainted Rose," "Living a Lie," "I Love You More and More Every Day," "Tears and Roses," "Mary in the Morning," "I Love you Because," "Can't Help Falling in Love," and "To the Door of the Sun (Alle Porte Del Sole)."
Turning Stone Casino Resort is located just off New York State Thruway Exit 33 in Verona (about 30 miles east of Syracuse). For more information, call 1-800-771-7711 or 315-361-7711.