That's Amore

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"That's Amore"
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Single by Dean Martin
from the album Dean Martin Sings
B-side"You're The Right One"
ReleasedNovember 7, 1953
RecordedAugust 13, 1953 at Capitol Studios, Hollywood
Composer(s)Harry Warren
Lyricist(s)Jack Brooks

"That's Amore" is a 1953 song by composer Harry Warren[1] and lyricist Jack Brooks.[1] It became a major hit and signature song for Dean Martin in 1953. Amore (pronounced [aˈmoːre]) 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.[2] Lewis commissioned Warren and Brooks to write songs for Martin to sing in the movie. According to Lewis, he personally paid them $30,000 secretly in the hope that one would be a hit for Martin.[3] In the film the song is performed mainly by Martin, with 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.[1]

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, titled his 2002 biography That's Amore: A Son Remembers Dean Martin.[4] As an iconic song, "That's Amore" remains a secondary signature song.

Music critic Joe Queenan has described the song as "A charming, if goofy, parody of popular Neapolitan organ-grinder music," and observed "That's Amore was one of many songs from the early Fifties that helped rehabilitate Italy's image as a land of magic and romance that had somehow been lured from its festive moorings by the glum fascist Benito Mussolini."[5]

Chart performance[edit]

The track that was used for the single released by Capitol Records was recorded on August 13, 1953, (Session 3098; Master 11694-6) at Capitol Records' studios at 5505 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, California, with the orchestra conducted by Dick Stabile. 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 No. 2 on the Billboard charts.

Cover versions[edit]

Many artists have covered this song, including:

  • Alma Cogan, who sang it on the BBC radio programme Take It From Here on December 31, 1953
  • Connie Francis, who sang an Italian adaptation of the song on her 1960 album More Italian Favorites.

Popular culture[edit]

  • The song was parodied in Mario Teaches Typing, a Mario spinoff game for children learning how to type, referencing "a Moray" eel.
  • The song was also the opening title song in the 1987 film Moonstruck.


  • Lewis, Jerry; Kaplan, James (2005). Dean & Me (A Love Story). New York: Doubleday. ISBN 0-7679-2086-4.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Martin, Ricci (2002). That's Amore: A Son Remembers Dean Martin. Lanham, Maryland: Taylor Trade Publishing. ISBN 978-0-87833-272-4.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Osborne, Robert (1994). 65 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards. London: Abbeville Press. ISBN 1-55859-715-8.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)


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