That's Amore

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"That's Amore"
Single by Dean Martin
from the album Dean Martin Sings
Released 1953
Genre Pop
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Jack Brooks, Harry Warren

"That's Amore" is a 1952 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 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.[1]

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.[citation needed]

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.[2] 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.

Dean's daughter Deana Martin recorded her version of “That's Amore" in 2006. The song was released on her album "Memories Are Made of This" in 2006 by Big Fish Records.

In popular culture[edit]

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 phrase "When the moon hits your eye, like a big pizza pie, that's amore" is sung by Mario's head in the 1996 video game Mario Teaches Typing 2.

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.[3]

The song is used as the opening theme for seasons 1-4 (2000-2005) of Australian Comedy Series "Pizza"

In a 2005 episode of Veronica Mars, titled "Hot Dogs", the song plays when character Aaron Echolls (Harry Hamlin) beats up his daughter Trina's (Alyson Hannigan) boyfriend after he learns about the domestic abuse that occurred between the two.[4]

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.

2005 Patrizio Buanne recorded this song on his Album "The Italian"

In the 2008 film Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Dewey Cox (played by John C. Reilly) performs the song as an audition for a record label.

At the end of the "A Tree Grows in Springfield" episode of the 24th season of The Simpsons, the song provides the background music to an extra animated short film, and was sung by Michael Dees.[5]

The song is used heavily on the soundtrack of Love Is All You Need, a 2012 Danish film.[6]

The song was parodied for use on an advert for UPS in 2010.[7]

The song is featured in several episodes of the Australian Period Drama "A Place to Call Home"

The English Pop Star Robbie Williams performed the song on his International Arena Tour Swings Both Ways in 2014.

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli uses the song as his walk-up music at PNC Park (as of the 2015 season).

The song was heard in 2010 in the video game Mafia II.


  1. ^ a b c Osborne, Robert (1994). 65 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards. London: Abbeville Press. p. 131. ISBN 1-55859-715-8. 
  2. ^ Martin, Ricci (25 January 2002). That's Amore: A Son Remembers Dean Martin. Lanham, Maryland: Taylor Trade Publishing. p. 256. ISBN 978-0-87833-272-4. 
  3. ^ Wighton, Kate; Spanton, Tim (28 September 2010). "Oldencalls". The Sun (London). 
  4. ^ "The Music Of Veronica Mars: Episode 1-19: "Hot Dogs"". Mars Investigations: The (In)Complete Guide to Veronica Mars. Retrieved February 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ The episode credits
  6. ^ "Love Is All You Need". The Chicago Reader. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "UPS: We <3 Logistics Commercial". 1 November 2013. [dead link]

Further reading[edit]

  • Rotella, Mark (2010). Amore: The Story of Italian American Song. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN 978-0-86547-698-1. 

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