Hello, Dean Martin was one of the best interpreters of pop music in the world. His wonderful voice that gave the last ounce of feeling in every note will never be duplicated. In his long career that included movies, records, television and Vegas, Dean Martin “The King Of Cool” won the hearts of his fans who waited for each new single record and album to be released. His television show “The Dean Martin Show” was a ratings winner from 1965-1974. His friends “The Rat Pack”, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford were a tough act to follow in Las Vegas.
In 1952 a song written by Harry Warren and Jack Brooks would become a huge 1953 hit and signature song for Dean Martin. That song is his classic hit THAT’S AMORE, translated from Italian, it means “that’s love”. The song first appeared in the soundtrack of the Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis comedy film THE CADDY in 1953. In the film Dean Martin performs the song with Jerry Lewis joining in. THAT’S AMORE received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Song of the year, but lost to SECRET LOVE, by Doris Day.
The track that was used for the single record release on Capitol Records was recorded in August of 1953. The “B” side of the record was YOU’RE THE RIGHT ONE. THAT’S AMORE made its Billboard pop debut on December 19, 1953. It reached #2 on the chart, a spot it held for 6 weeks and remained on the pop chart for 22 weeks…talk about a huge record. The single sold over 1 million copies and was awarded a “Gold Record”. The song was kept from the #1 spot by Les Paul and Mary Ford’s, VAYA CON DIOS. Dean would continue to record hit after hit and hit album after hit album. Between 1955 and 1971 he would chart 42 Billboard pop hits, two #1’s MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS in 1955 and EVERYBODY LOVES SOMEBODY in 1964 and five Adult Contemporary #1 hits, EVERYBODY LOVES SOMEBODY, THE DOOR IS STILL OPEN TO MY HEART and YOU’RE NOBODY TILL SOMEBODY LOVES YOU, all in 1964, IN THE CHAPEL IN THE MOONLIGHT and IN THE MISTY MOONLIGHT in 1967.
I know that THAT’S AMORE is not a rock and roll song, but it has a special place in our pop culture as does the fabulous Dean Martin. In 1987 Dean’s version of THAT’S AMORE was played as the opening theme song for the award-winning film MOONSTRUCK, starring Cher and Nicholas Cage. Everyone who has ever listened to pop music has heard this classic recording and probably sang it a few times in the shower. The “Golden Era Of Rock And Roll” is proud to welcome this classic recording to the ranks of the great songs of rock and roll….it’s just that important of a song!!!