|Single by Dean Martin|
|from the album Dean Martin Sings|
|Writer(s)||Jack Brooks, Harry Warren|
"That's Amore" is a 1952 song by composer Harry Warren and lyricist Jack Brooks. It became a major hit and signature song for Dean Martin in 1953. Amore (pronounced ah-MOR-eh) means "love" in Italian.
The song first appeared in the soundtrack of the Martin and Lewis comedy film The Caddy, released by Paramount Pictures on August 10, 1953. In the film, the song is performed mainly by Dean Martin, with Jerry Lewis joining in and then followed by the other characters in the scene. It received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Song of that year, but it lost to "Secret Love" from Calamity Jane starring Doris Day.
The track that was used for the single released by Capitol Records was recorded on August 13, 1953, (Session 3098; Master 11694-6), with the orchestra conducted by Dick Stabile, at Capitol Records' studios at 5505 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, California. On November 7, 1953, Martin's record of the song, with "You're the Right One" (which was recorded at the same session as "That's Amore") on the flip side, peaked at #2 on the Billboard charts. The song was kept from the #1 spot when Les Paul and Mary Ford's Capitol Records single "Vaya Con Dios" returned to the #1 spot after being knocked out by Stan Freberg's Capitol Records single "St. George and the Dragonet", which had been #1 for the previous four weeks, after "Vaya Con Dios" had been #1 for the nine previous weeks.
The song remains closely identified with Dean Martin. That's Amore was used as the title for a 2001 video retrospective of Martin's career; and his son, Ricci Martin, entitled his 2002 biography That's Amore: A Son Remembers Dean Martin. As an iconic song, "That's Amore" remains a secondary signature song.
Many artists have covered this song, one being Alma Cogan, who sang it on the BBC radio programme Take It From Here on December 31, 1953.
In popular culture
In 1987, Dean Martin's rendition of "That's Amore" enjoyed a resurgence of popularity when it was featured in the popular film Moonstruck, directed by Norman Jewison and starring Cher, Nicolas Cage, Danny Aiello, Vincent Gardenia, and Olympia Dukakis.
During the 1992-1993 TV season, this song was once used as the theme song for a TV show of the same name hosted by Luca Barbareschi.
In the 1994 episode of the show Saved by the Bell: The New Class, "Tommy the Tenor", it is revealed that when the gang tries out for glee club and are not good that Tommy D has a great singing voice when he sang this song in the shower after football practice, in which he does not want to join since he thinks he would ruin his image. So Brian lip syncs to Tommy D singing this song.
In 1995 this song was performed by the Greek singer Kostas Makedonas and Chorus.
The song is featured in the 1998 film Babe: Pig in the City.
In the 1999 movie Stuart Little, when Stuart is kidnapped by the Stouts, Mr. Stout turns on the car radio to hear "That's Amore" being sung by Dean Martin, and tells Stuart to sing along.
Since around the year 2000, the song has been sung by association football fans with the lyrics changed to "When the ball hits your head and you're sat in row Z, that's Zamora", in honor of the English footballer Bobby Zamora. It started while he was playing for Brighton & Hove Albion and has since followed him to West Ham United, Fulham and his current club QPR.
The song is used as the opening theme for seasons 1-4 (2000-2005) of Australian Comedy Series "Pizza"
In a 2005 episode of Nip/Tuck, entitled Sal Perri, a plane crash victim says he is a wedding singer and he was on his way to sing at his son's wedding. While being treated he starts to sing That's Amore's chorus, then stops responding and passes only a minute later.
The song is featured in several episodes of the Australian Period Drama "A Place to Call Home"
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