That's Amore

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"That's Amore"
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] and became a major hit and signature song for Dean Martin, who first recorded and released it that year. Amore (pronounced [aˈmoːre]) means "love" in Italian.

The song was played in the 1987 film Moonstruck, the 1995 film Grumpier Old Men and the 1999 film Stuart Little.


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 the other characters in the scene follow. 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.[citation needed]

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.


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


Further reading[edit]