With such an amazing voice and a fantastic presence in front of an audience, it is no wonder that Frank Sinatra enjoyed such a long and successful career in the entertainment industry. Not only did he release numerous hit singles, he also starred in many films. Even after his death, his songs are still played and this talented artist is remembered fondly by his fans.
Dean Martin’s career spanned six decades and he was well-known for his on-stage charisma. He was one of the most popular Italian-American entertainers of the 20th century. He released a string of successful hits at various points in his career. Just a few of his hit singles include ‘Volare’, ‘Ain’t That a Kick in the Head’, ‘That’s Amore’, and Everybody Loves Somebody’. Another of his big hits was ‘The Door Is Still Open to My Heart’.
With a career that spans eight decades, Tony Bennett is one of the most successful and long-standing Italian-American performers of all-time. He has a string of hit records that remain popular to this day. One of his best and most well-known songs is ‘Rags to Riches’.
Perry Como was an American singer and television personality who had a career that spanned over half a century. He released numerous hits between the 1940s and 1970s with RCA Victor. He also hosted the variety show ‘Kraft Music Hall’ between 1948 and 1963. During his successful career, he released many hit singles. One of these was ‘I Know’.
Con Te Partirò is a stunning Italian song that has the ability to fill anyone who listens to it with many emotions. The music of the song was originally written by Francesco Sartori and the lyrics were written by Lucio Quarantotto. Andrea Bocelli was the first artist to ever sing it in. He first performed at the Sanremo Festival in 1995. One year later, Bocelli released another version of this song. Unlike the previous Italian version, this one was in English and called "Time to Say Goodbye". This song was a duet that he sang with the amazing English class-crossover soprano, Sarah Brightman. He then released another version of it in which he sang in Italian and Sarah Brightman sang in German. The release of this song was an amazing success as it topped charts across many European countries. This version became one of the best selling singles, and over 12 million copies of it were sold!
Often, we do not think about the things we use on a daily basis, such as where they came from, who was the first person to use an item and who came up with the idea in the first place. There are a staggering amount of ideas and objects that originate in Italy and here are some of the inventors we can thank for their brainwaves.
The word ‘mafia’ is used to represent organized crime around the world. However, its origins are in Sicily and originally referred to a branch of Italian organized crime called Cosa Nostra. This is possibly the best-known branch of the mafia in the world.
Nicolas Cage’s portrayal of the Italian Army Captain was widely criticized and this was predominantly for the clearly fake accent he was using. Despite the serious nature of the film, the faux Italian accent added an element of unintended comedy to the movie. You can watch Nicolas Cage’s terrible accent here: