Dear Al Fans,
Al's "Thank You" CD was released on January 1st 2011. Joe has put a lot of effort into this project to make Al's
final recordings available to all of his fans. He has now taken
on another task and will be doing the initial distribution.
By overwhelming demand it is a pleasure to announce
that we will
start taking orders for the new, full Al Martino 10 song "Thank
Cd's will start shipping January 1st, 2011. Please
weeks for delivery.
US orders/ Please mail $17.50/per cd made out to
JV Songs and mailed to:
Joe Vulpis / 1225 River Rd. / Suite 12 D / Edgewater, NJ 07020
Outside Us/ Please mail $19.50/per cd made out to
JV Songs to: Joe
Vulpis / 1225 River Rd. / Suite 12 D / Edgewater, NJ 07020
Please include your phone number, email (if possible)
In addition please visit I Tunes, Amazon and all major music download sites.
Thank you for your continued support,
Joe Vulpis, Writer/Producer
a very emotional year marked by the passing of one of the greatest
crooners in our time we're pleased to announce that Al's final recording
project with Producer/Songwriter Joe Vulpis is now complete. Five
new original songs are currently being uploaded to all major music
sites. The titles are:
I Can't Tell You, Thank You, A Woman's Touch, Trying To Find My
Way and Hello Goodbye. The next five songs which are 3 (never before
Roy Orbison songs sung by Al as well as 2 remakes, Always On My
Mind and Garth Brook's If Tomorrow Never Comes will be available
on the full CD.
On behalf of
the Martino Family and Joe Vulpis (Al's friend & Producer/Songwriter)
we'd like to thank you for your continued support and good wishes..
Al Martino Fan Mail
Two sites that I can recommend are:
Joe Vulpis, Al's last producer, recently was
in England and met with Mr. Graham Hunter who wrote a very nice
article for the magazine, BEAT.It is Mr. Hunter interviewed Joe
and wife, Judi, for this article. Graham had met Al twice during
Al's last tours of the United Kingdom. It is a very nice tribute
to Al and an update on his last recordings.
here for article in PDF
The Martino family would
like to thank John Stango for his amazing portrait of Al that he
so kindly painted and gave us. Mr. Stango is a famous pop artist
from Philadelphia. We will treasure the painting and hang it with
deep appreciation, Al would have loved it. Thank you so much John.
The Martino Family:
We have just been informed by Mr. John Rook that Al has
been inducted into the "Hit Parade Hall of Fame". Once
nominated, a recording artist has to have had 2 or more Top 10 hits
in the 50's. 60's and 70's. An artist has 3 years to quaify. Their
web site is "Hitparadehalloffame.org".
Mr. Rook was kind to write a personal note to us and said :
"He found Al to always be so honest, so humble, and yet so
confident in his own talent. He didn't have to work at it, it all
came natural. I wish he had been here to know he had been inducted
into our "Hit Parade Hall of Fame". I know he would have
appreciated it, but it was only a small token of just how so many
others appreciated him."
Our family is truly honored by this special award. We know
Al would be very proud.
From: Judi Martino
January 29, 2010
My family and I are very touched by a wonderful
gesture made by Mr. and Mrs. Bill Gioso of Philadelphia, Pa.. They
have been devoted fans of Al since the early 50's. They felt they
wanted to honor Al and decided to ask their neighborhood park, Alverthorpe
Lake and Park in Abington, Pa., if they could put a plaque on a
park bench. The park agreed and now it has been completed. They
added a new bench with his plaque that partly reads,"In Memory
of Singer Al Martino, "I'll Be Looking At The Moon, But I'll
Be Seeing You". This song had special meaning as it was sung
at his funeral by two of Al's former backup singers. Thank you very,
very much Bill and Mary, Al would indeed be honored.
From: Judi Martino
November 5, 2009
I would like to sincerely thank everyone for the tremendous outpouring
of love I have received since Al's passing. I have been overwhelmed
by so many beautiful tributes to Al. I know he would be honored
to know that he touched so many people's lives. There is a web site
called Legacy.com that as of this date, has 84 pages of condolences.
They are all so kind and heartfelt. Al was a humble man for the
tremendous talent that he had, and I know how much he would appreciate
the amazing posts. I am also grateful for all the regular fans and
friends who post on our web site. You have all helped us in this
time of our heartbreaking grief.
Al's passing came suddenly with no warning, it was a cardiac arrest.
It is still a shock to me and his family. He was in good health
and only the day before we drove from Philadelphia to New York where
he recorded two songs. His voice was as beautiful as ever. Ironically
one of the titles was "If Tomorrow Never Comes".
We held his funeral in Philadelphia as all his family live there
and were able to pay their respects. It was a lovely service and
he was given a 21 gun salute for his WWII service on Iwo Jima. His
two former backup singers came from New York and sang "I'll
Be Seeing You".
Al was laid to rest in California at a private ceremony.
This caricature of Al is by famed Canadian
artist, Pete Emslie. He presented the original to Al when Al performed
in Canada two years ago.and it proudly hangs in Al's home. Mr. Emslie
has written a lovely tribute to Al that can be viewed on his web
I would like to invite
all dads fans to a Facebook page dedicated to "Fans of Al Martino".
You do have to sign up (it's easy) . There are a lot of rare videos
and pictures. I think you will enjoy it and people can post comments
as well as their memories and personal photos.
Also I would like to thank Ron Cannatella for the amazing video
he posted on YouTube of "Daddy's Little Girl" with photos
taken through the years of dad and me. I will treasure it.
It is with great sadness that
I must report the sudden passing of Al on Tuesday, October, 13th.
Please see the brief but sincere message from the Martino family
Al Martino Fan Contact
To All of Al's fans, Judi, Alison, Alfred, Alana and the entire
Martino family wishes to express our gratitude for all of the emails
and wonderful thoughts and prayers posted on Al's Guestbook.
Please know that Al was always thankful of his fans and truly was
grateful for their loyalty.
May God Bless You All
S. Philly-born singing
star Al Martino, 82
By JOHN F. MORRISON
AL MARTINO, a South Philly kid with
a big voice whose ballads reached high on the charts from the 1950s
on, died yesterday of a heart attack in his Springfield, Delaware
County, home. He had celebrated his 82nd birthday last Wednesday.
His death was sudden
and unexpected since he had not been ill and was still performing.
In recent years, he was most popular in Europe, especially Germany.
full article, click here.
Al Martino (born Alfred Cini, October 7, 1927
– October 13, 2009) was an American singer and actor. Allmusic journalist
Steve Huey states, "Martino was one of the great Italian American
pop crooners, boasting a string of hit singles and albums that stretched
from the early 1950s all the way into the mid 1970s. However, he
was perhaps even better known for his role in The Godfather as singer
Johnny Fontane, a character supposedly based on Frank Sinatra, but
with eerie similarities to Martino's own career." Read
full Wikipedia, cleck here.
Al will be Featured
Guest Emcee for the "Mario Lanza 50th Anniversary Concert"
benefiting "The Little Italy Revitalization Project & The
Riverside Opera Company". It will be held October 3, 2009 at
the Snug Harbor Culture Music Hall on Staten Island, New York. There
will be performances by Tenor Dominic Mantuano and Soprano Yuriko
Nonaka and special guests, Mr. Frank Tenaglia and Mr. Aaron Caruso.
Mr. Alan Auriela will conduct the Richmond County Orchestra Also
there will be a very special dedication to Damon Lanza, Mario's
son, by long time friend and 'brother' Mr. Bob Dolfi. Unfortunately
Damon passed away last year as he had looked forward to this 50th
anniversary tribute to his father. It is going to be a very special
For tickets: 1 (800) 770-1270
Al has just recorded a great new
song, "Trying To Find My Way" with a talented young writer,
Joe Vulpis. It is starting to get a lot of airplay around the country
and Al is grateful to DJ, Jerry Blavat, the "Geator with the
Heater, the Boss with the Hot Sauce," on Cruising 92.1 in Philadelphia
who initially started playing the song on his radio show every day
and getting tremendous response. Also Johnny Rook, "Radio's
Man of the Year" said "Al, you have a smash!". Johnny
is co-creator of "Hit Parade Hall of Fame" and asked me
to let you know Al was nominated in 2007 for the honor and you can
vote for Al by going to the website, www.hitparadehalloffame.org.
You have to look for the nominates in 2007.
Al's new song, "Trying To Find
My Way" can be
purchased at CDBaby.com and very shortly on iTunes. It is brand
new and there will soon be other sites as well. We will keep you
posted. We think you will like this new recording with it's country
flair. Let us know.
Al Martino Tribute
recently posted in Florida and we found it very clever, not your
usual article! By Bill DeYoung