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Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
05-19-2019
12:53 AM ET (US)
Even Pineapple Pickers, a nothing song, is redeemed by a superb high B-flat at the end. It is comedic, and shows off Lanza's versatility. I suppose the same could be said about "There's Gonna Be a Party Tonight". Ciao.
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Sam SamillionPerson was signed in when posted
05-18-2019
10:22 PM ET (US)
I ran Toast of New Orleans in our theater today and was kinda blown away. The DVD release of TONO and TMK was the best effort they put into any Lanza movies. What surprised me, though, was that the track was always low and you had to raise the volume on TONO. TMK fared a bit better. But the revelation was that I had no distortion when raising the volume, the high notes rang our via both Mario and Kathryn Grayson. And the pic quality was razor sharp. Too bad some his other features didn't get this first class treatment. So what if he had to sing songs like Boom Biddy Boom and Tina Lina. Both were showcases for his great top notes.
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gary n.s.Person was signed in when posted
05-18-2019
07:25 PM ET (US)
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_que...e+three+tenors+1994+

I just had to post the Three Tenors and O Sole Mio. Fun to watch
Edited 05-18-2019 07:26 PM
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gary n.s.Person was signed in when posted
05-18-2019
07:03 PM ET (US)
Martino..thanks for mentioning Dalida. It has been a long while since I've listened to her. Also her captivating singing and yes her physical beauty, urged me to spend a lot of time reading about her and her shortened life. Which also led me to read about Alain Delon with whom she (Dalida) had an affair. Isn't it amazing how our combined affection of Mario Lanza leads us to listen too and read about other singers throughout the world..cheers..Gary
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Kristine CimmyPerson was signed in when posted
05-18-2019
06:34 PM ET (US)
Tony Martin sang "There's No Tomorrow" in movie "Two Tickets To Broadway"(Howard Hughes produced it)and the Prologue to "Pagliacci". He sang the Prologue , also, in movie "Kentucky Moonshine"(1938). Wasn't "It's Now or Never", the first song, Elvis sang, after he was discharged from the Army ? He also sang "Surrender" which had the tune of "Return To Sorrento" and sang a few notes of "Santa Lucia" in "Viva Las Vegas". Mario never had a chance to sing "Cara Mia".
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Barbara CliftonPerson was signed in when posted
05-18-2019
05:30 PM ET (US)
(AKA Diane Cox) If I posted the right clip, when they go to English, it's the word's to It's now or Never. This group is now in their 20s and in danger of becoming another Il Divo.
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Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
05-18-2019
03:58 PM ET (US)
Not to forget: It was Tony Martin who first sang O Sole Mio in English, titled There's No Tomorrow. It was a big hit for him on RCA Victor. In later recordings, he sang a part of it in Italian. By the way, he recorded the Pagliacci Prolog in part Italian and part English - in the original key. The finale is in Italian, with a fine high A-flat and high G at the end. Ciao.
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Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
05-18-2019
03:48 PM ET (US)
The LP, Enzo Stuarti Sings a Tribute To Mario Lanza, was recorded and released in 1960, on various budget labels. There was usually a picture of Lanza on the cover (not Stuarti), but Stuarti's name was always mentioned as being the singer. However, the first CD issue of this record, issued around 2000, had Lanza's picture on the cover, but no mention of Stuarti. Therefore, this CD was very confusing, because buyers thought the singer was Lanza, until they played it at home. I don't know if the CD company ever corrected the error. I presume that CD has been deleted for quite some time. Ciao.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
05-18-2019
03:47 PM ET (US)
Yes Fred, Sergio was certainly one of those singers who could bridge both genres. Diane, I did not pick up "Its Now or Never" in the Il Volo clip. Sounded to me it was "O Sole Mio" from start to finish.
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Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
05-18-2019
03:38 PM ET (US)
One fine tenor who could sing O Sole Mio & It's Now Or Never, equally well, was Sergio Franchi. He recorded the song in both formats. Ciao.
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Barbara CliftonPerson was signed in when posted
05-18-2019
02:56 PM ET (US)
(aka Diane Cox) A fun video of Il Volo when they were still teenagers doing a meld of O Sole Mio and It's Now or Never. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjKUdtiFbiQ
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
05-18-2019
08:22 AM ET (US)
Since we have been speaking quite a bit about "O Sole Mio", someone posted a page or two back that Elvis sang "O Sole Mio" as an updated version titled, "It's Now or Never". This was a huge hit for him and I believe that it was done specifically as a tribute to Mario Lanza. It is no secret that Elvis was a big fan of Lanza and collected all his records. Elvis requested that the song be given new English lyrics for him shortly after Mario died and his wife, Priscilla, said Elvis considered "It's Now or Never" to be his favorite song. I found an old post I wrote to Gary a couple years ago on the Elvis song and will repost it below:

"Here is a little more for you, Gary. "It's Now or Never" was extremely popular in Europe as well as America. Many European performers sang it, or at least sang "O Sole Mio" but used the Presley arrangement, often preferring it over the traditional, original arrangement. This was almost exclusively true of the "pop" singers.

The other day I referenced a youtube clip with Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu, singing "O Sole Mio", which they then turned to "It's Now or Never" at the refrain. I commented that they were not as effective in displaying the sensuality Presley brought to the new beat, especially considering the English lyrics he chose. It is my feeling that opera singers should stick with "O Sole Mio" and forget "It's Now or Never" and, for the most part, that is exactly what they do.

In the link below is an example of one of the great and beautiful, although very, very tragic, "pop" singers of the last century - the multi-cultural and linguist, "Dalida". No one was bigger during her time in the Mediterranean specific European region, and she even enjoyed a fleeting moment of success here in America but chose to stay in Europe for the most part. Notice how she sings "O Sole Mio" in the original Italian, but with the Elvis flavor of "It's Now or Never". It works for her where it failed for Alagna/Gheorghiu. I think the reason is that they tried to sing "It's Now or Never" the way they sang "O Sole Mio" and it just does not work very well that way. "Dalida" on the other hand, sings "O Sole Mio" the way she would sing "It's Now or Never". There is a difference because the two opera singers tried it in a way it can't be done (although I have no doubt Lanza might have been able to make it work). However, "Dalida", relying on her "pop" roots, sang the Italian text of "O Sole Mio" effectively even when using Elvis' arrangement. Depending on the voice type and style (and of course the level of talent), one way can work, the other can't. Here is "Dalida's" example of how a "pop" singer can make the two come together in a way that eludes most opera singers".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHx0DkKcNiI
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Barbara CliftonPerson was signed in when posted
05-17-2019
05:48 PM ET (US)
I bought that Stuarti album years ago, thinking it was Mario.
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Sam SamillionPerson was signed in when posted
05-17-2019
05:45 PM ET (US)
There has been a record that has long been out called something like "A Tribute to Mario Lanza By Enzo Stuarti"
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Mike from L.I.Person was signed in when posted
05-17-2019
05:25 PM ET (US)
Does anyone remember several years back that a new lp came out with supposedly different versions of Mario singing but it sounded terrible and it eventually came out that it was uncredited versions by Enzo Stuarti. How they screwed that up is beyond me.
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gary n.s.Person was signed in when posted
05-17-2019
12:44 PM ET (US)
Thanks Martino..Indeed a very revealing interview..and I agree with "O Sole Mio " as he stated one must deliver all he has..and certainly Mario Lanza does as well. Cheers..Gary..
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