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Dan Lawlor
01:29 AM ET (US)
Matt: I have survived the initial operation and will be getting chemo on Wednesday for my liver which was heavily involved...sorry to disappoint, but I will not be coming down any more. It was my pleasure to help you celebrate your birthday and I wish you many more. Just keep pleasant thoughts of this old tenor who thanks you for the opportunities...Dan
Dan Lawlor
06:10 PM ET (US)
Dennis: I will certainly give Pavarotti a go for his high C...ha ha
Gail Swartz
08:27 AM ET (US)
Dan,get well,and soon!

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diane cox
01:17 AM ET (US)
Dan - during this trying period, rely on the one tenor's voice to help. You can listen during chemo with ear plugs, and certainly at home when you're feeling uneasy or blue. Helps me through anything.
10:00 PM ET (US)
Dan,get well soon.
09:43 PM ET (US)
Dan, the good news is that there is singing in heaven. So whether here or the life to come, you will be singing.
The bad news is that everybody who wants to sing will probably be gifted with a voice, so you will have lots of competition!
Take care, friend, and follow the doctor's advice. My father had this diagnosis, the doctors said it was very fast-growing, I called all my relatives to let them know to hurry if they wanted to see my father one more time...and he lived on for years! It wasn't fast-growing at all! May your chemo treatments be successful so Matt can relish introducing you and your voice again to his opera-loving friends in Florida.
Dan Lawlor
08:35 PM ET (US)
Thank you all for your kind remarks and wishes...just to upgrade you: They found colo-rectal cancer on the last Sat in May, took 7 inches out and now will scheduled me for chemotherapy for my liver starting next Wednsday...my trust is in Jesus who said "In my Father's House are many mansions" I will hold to that thought knowing that if He wants me there is nothing I can do about it...thanks again and my best to all...Dan Lawlor
but I want to sing again....Ha ha
diane cox
03:31 PM ET (US)
Atalla ayan singing Rigoletto in Stuttgart
06:14 AM ET (US)
Why would anyone want to know 144 success facts about Grayson or anyone for that matter isn't their success enough?
01:12 AM ET (US)
Sam, this book seems to be part of a series on various celebrities. There are more than 30 in the series, all with "success facts", all with the same advertising pitch. For example, there is "Kathryn Grayson: 144 Success Facts—Everything you need to know about Kathryn Grayson". All are published by Emereo. It wouldn't surprise me that all might be clumsily written. If you do a bit of research, you will find many of the "success facts" (what in the world is that?) listed on each of the celebrities. I wish a trusted Lanza fan would give it a review in England, perhaps from a free library, before I consider spending $40.00 for the book.
Sam samueian
11:31 PM ET (US)
Forgot to add that the subtitle of the yet to be released DVD is "The True Story of the Voice From God". A clue that the producers are aware of Mario's unmatched talents!
Sam Samuelian
08:04 PM ET (US)

Number On: Brian, our friend from the UK, discovered that Amazon UK (and UK only) is offering a new DVD entitled "Mario Lanza The Best of Everything". It costs 11.99 pounds and has a pre-order price guarantee. What it does NOT have is a description! It only says it will be released by the producers, Screenbound Pictures, on March 13, 2017. It is in the PAL format so will not play here unless adapted. I have the best person for that job should the DVD be worthy of adapting to our NTSC format. In the meantime Brian reports that he will be going crazy until he finds out more!

Number Two: A book which is available again only in the UK. It costs 21.55 pounds and is entitled "Mario Lanza 152 Success Facts-Everything You Need to Know About Mario Lanza". The author is Randy Rutledge and the publisher is Emereo Publishing. This one has a description but all you can see is: "A source of Mario Lanza inspiration. 'Mario Lanza' (born 'Alfred Arnold Cocozza'; January 31, 1921...." and then it cuts off and you cannot click to see more! The publication date was June 13, 2014, so I guess this wasn't as new as I thought. Amazon UK goes on to tell us that customers who bought this also bought the "Greatest Operatic Recordings" CD and "Desk Lamp with Brightness Control" (I guess that makes the book easier to see, lol). There are only three customer reviews and it gets 3.7 out of 5 stars average. Number one reviewer, who gave it one star, said it is "written in pidgin English and gibberish". Number two, who gave it five stars, said "as a devoted fan I loved everything about him". Number three, who gave it five stars, said "interesting". Now, don't you feel like you know a lot about this book??!! Well, at least with this work you can order it now and see for yourself.

Now, it's your turn to give this post a rating and say why!!!!!!
Edited 06-22-2016 08:07 PM
Ronald Sarbo
08:00 PM ET (US)
Returning to LOB it should be noted that in 1957 Lanza's close friend George London recorded "George London On Broadway" for Decca. No doubt this was inspired by Lanza's album. Lanza inspired many classical singers to record show tunes and standards.
06:10 PM ET (US)
For more than half my life I've been a big fan of Mario and have an extensive collection of his music, I do say LOB is not one I play often. I just listen and accept what he gave to us. No one walks in my shoes, I never walked in his.
03:54 PM ET (US)
If you want to Christmas shop early for people you might want to introduce to the great voice of Mario Lanza, here is a bargain on a five disc CD box set from Amazon. The reviews say the sound is good although I have never heard them. The discs are laid out well with three in mostly English, one CD dedicated to Italian songs and one is all operatic (although for some reason they threw in "Serenade" on the opera disc). No way you can go wrong on this deal:
02:14 PM ET (US)
Now we're saying something entirely different and probably closer to the truth. It's conceded that Opera remained his lifelong ambition and that no doubt was the problem. He probably believed he could have it all. If we believe what we've read, he was approached , but felt he wasn't ready. The pressure must have been horrific. Still, we'll never know. Does seem that most of the criticism here comes from the male side, while the distaff is happy to accept and appreciate the joy of his music. To think we might all be judged as harshly as he is. Seems the more one has to offer, the greater the urge to take it away.
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