On Saturday, October
8, Al along with other South Philadelphia singers were honored with a mural
in their home town. Philadelphia is proud to be known as "America's
City of Murals". They are in neighborhoods all over the city.
This particular mural is at 1231 E. Passyunk Avenue. It is on the Anatasi's
Cafe's outside wall and also near two South Philadelphia cheese steaks
icons, Pat's and Geno's. The mural is dedicated to the 'Sounds of
Philadelphia' and to the music legends : Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Bobby
Rydell, Chubby Checker, DJ Jerry Blavat (the Geator with the Heater), Eddie
Fisher and of course Al Martino. It was a very special event and Al was
honored to have been there. His parents would certainly have been
proud. His father was an immigrant from Italy and his mother was born and
raised in South Philadelphia in that very neighborhood were the portraits
are displayed. The event was attended by Al, Frankie Avalon, Chubby
Checker and Jerry Blavat. They were also given a Citation from the
City of Philadelphia by Councilman, Frank DiCicco. So if you ever
get to Philly, go get a steak sandwich and look up at the wall....you can't
Martino Honored With Mural By The City Of Brotherly Love Philadelphia
Martino Receives The Special
Entertainment 2003 Award
Al has just returned
from Mannheim, Germany where he was given a very special award by
"Radio Regenbogen (Rainbow)" .
He received the
prestigious 'Lifetime Entertainment 2003' award. It was
very gratifying to receive this and Al thanks all involved for this very
special honor. On the same program, awards were also given to Tom
Jones, Metropolitan Opera singer Deborah Sasson, and rock and roll star,
Meatloaf. Al and Tom had not seen each other since the early 70's,
so it was a nice reunion as well!
to receiving his achievement award, Al taped a TV show to be aired
at a later date in Europe, saluting composer Bert Kaempfert. Mr.
Kaempfert wrote Al's million seller hit, "Spanish Eyes", which of course
Al performed on the show. He was also asked to sing Mr. Kaempfert's
other compositions, "Strangers in the Night" and "Danke Schoen".