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Diane Cox
10-31-2014
12:24 AM ET (US)

Second photo
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Diane Cox
10-31-2014
12:23 AM ET (US)

I prefer pictures from the earlier years - he can look quite jaded in the later years and that gleam of love of life is gone from his eyes. Besides these two there are two where he looks mad at the world that I also like - one by a window and another where his hair is wild. I like those because I think they show more of what the real Lanza is like - not the movie star guy.
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diane cox
10-31-2014
12:06 AM ET (US)
Will post my Lanza picture when I get on my desktop - a few minutes.
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Martino to Diane
10-30-2014
08:19 PM ET (US)

That second picture is much, much better. I like it lots!! Here is my favorite pic of Lanza. What's yours?
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Diane Cox
10-30-2014
04:55 PM ET (US)
I am friends with Ms Netrebko on Facebook, and she posts pictures of herself quite often. These were recently taken in Moscow.
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matt minzer
10-30-2014
04:42 PM ET (US)
HI DIANE:

WHAT WEBSITE DID YOU USE TO GET THE PICTURES OF ELIZABETH TAYLOR WITH THE VOICE OF AN ANGEL-ANNA NETREBKO?

PLEASE ADVISE.

THANK YOU,
MATT MINZER IN 86 DG. TROPICAL FLORIDA WITH A TWO DAY COLD WAVE COMING ON SATURDAY.
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Diane Cox
10-30-2014
02:32 PM ET (US)

This pix was from the same batch.
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Martino to Diane
10-30-2014
01:23 PM ET (US)
Nice dress (I suppose). But it does not seem to suit her. I don't know anything about fashion but she seems and looks uncomfortable wearing it for some reason. The dress sort of looks like a fancy curtain just wrapped around her. Does anyone else get that impression? You need to click on the photo for an enlargement.
Edited 10-30-2014 01:25 PM
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Martino to Dan
10-30-2014
01:20 PM ET (US)
Anytime my friend, glad you received it. Let us know how your performance goes.
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Dan Lawlor to Martino
10-30-2014
12:32 PM ET (US)
The sheet music arrived today...it is just right...thanks a million...
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Diane Cox
10-30-2014
11:30 AM ET (US)

A treat for you fans:
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Suzanne
10-30-2014
10:48 AM ET (US)
Fred. Thanks, I didn't really expect there to be a book of Neapolitan songs that Mario recorded, but hope one day to find some of them together in one collection. I'm going to keep looking. If there was one that had quite a few of them in it, I'd be ok with that. See that you were a consultant on the CD I've been playing lately with Gisele MacKenzie and Mario on the cover. If I need some answers I'll come to you.Re: Barbra Streisand, remember so well the first time I heard her, the Johnny Carson show. She sat on a tall stool and sang "Happy Days Are Here Again" in a way I'd never heard it sung. So Innovative. The woman's a fabulous talent. (she wore a big hat, as I recall).
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David Weaver
10-30-2014
09:52 AM ET (US)
On a side bar but in the field of recordings and music, an interesting bit of trivia: 50 years ago this week, Barbra Streisand's LP "People" reached #1 on the Billboard charts, her first album to ever hit #1. Earlier this month, her latest album "Partners" hit #1 - making her the only artist to have a #1 album in each of the last six decades. That is a pretty remarkable achievement.
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Ed to Martino
10-30-2014
07:30 AM ET (US)
Martino, On the money my good friend, I listened twice to Atlantov's Serenata and he obviously respectfully is styled like Mario Lanza, and I say many thanks for not making me the only one in thinking no one sang it like Mario. Again, God I wish he had more time with us miss him bigtime.
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Martino to Ed
10-29-2014
09:56 PM ET (US)
The "Serenata" has also been one of my favorites. I believe Caruso wrote the lyrics and was the first tenor to sing it. For some reason it was not recorded by anyone else after his death, until Mario Lanza resurrected it in the "Caruso Favorites" album. Even after Lanza brought it back to life, only a few tenors have sung it since, such as Vladimir Atlantov (two versions) and Franco Bonisolli. The link below shows the early video by Atlantov, where it is quite obvious he learned to sing this from Lanza's recording. In fact, listen to Atlantov in anything he sang and you will hear Mario Lanza's influence. Perhaps Vladimir fancied himself as the "Russian Lanza", as he always admired and spoke highly of Mario. As far as I am concerned no one, not even Caruso, surpasses Lanza in this song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gR-WLXGbSJY
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Ed to Fred
10-29-2014
09:12 PM ET (US)
Fred, the song Serenata has been a favorite of mine since I first heard Caruso sing it on an LP I bought called Neopolitan Favorites, I claimed it on my top twenty desert island songs I would take along with me when we did them on Lanza Legend some years ago. I don't know if anyone aside from Lanza doing but to me Lanza's is as good as Caruso's.
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