Alfred Cini, 7 October 1927, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The son of Italian immigrants, a fact that was evident in his style and manner, Martino worked as bricklayer in his fathers construction business before being encouraged to become a singer by his friend Mario Lanza. After singing in local clubs, and winning Arthur Godfreys Talent Scouts, he recorded Here In My Heart for the small BBS record label. It shot to number 1 in the US chart, and reputedly sold over a million copies. This disc was also the first ever record to top the New Musical Express UK listings, inaugurated in 1952. Martinos success led to a contract with Capitol Records, and more hits in 1953 with Take My Heart, Rachel and When Youre Mine. For several years after that, the US record buyers apparently tired of Martinos soulful ballads, although he remained popular in Europe for a time - particularly in the UK,...
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