That's Amore

Dean Martin

About That's Amore

"That's Amore" is a 1953 song by composer Harry Warren and lyricist Jack Brooks. It became a major hit and signature song for Dean Martin in 1953. Amore (pronounced [aˈmoːre]) means "love" in Italian.


Year:
1983
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(In Napoli where love is king
When boy meets girl here's what they say)

When a moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie
That's amore
When the world seems to shine like you've had too much wine
That's amore
Bells will ring ting-a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling
And you'll sing "Vita bella"
Hearts will play tippy-tippy-tay, tippy-tippy-tay
Like a gay tarantella

When the stars make you drool just like a pasta fazool
That's amore
When you dance down the street with a cloud at your feet
You're in love
When you walk in a dream but you know you're not dreaming signore
Scuzza me, but you see, back in old Napoli
That's amore

(When a moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie
That's amore
When the world seems to shine like you've had too much wine
That's amore
Bells will ring ting-a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling
And you'll sing "Vita bella"
Hearts will play tippy-tippy-tay, tippy-tippy-tay
Like a gay tarantella, lucky fella

When the stars make you drool just like a pasta fazool)
That's amore
(When you dance down the street with a cloud at your feet
You're in love
When you walk in a dream but you know you're not dreaming signore
Scuzza me, but you see, back in old Napoli)
That's amore
Amore, that's amore

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Dean Martin

Dean Martin (born Dino Paul Crocetti; June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995) was an American singer, film actor, television star and comedian. more »

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Written by: Harry Warren, Jack Brooks

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12 facts about this song

Song's Origin
"That's Amore" is a 1953 song by American singer Dean Martin. The song became a major hit and signature song for Martin.
Appearance in Film
It was first introduced in the movie "The Caddy" where Dean starred with comedian Jerry Lewis. For their performances in this film, Martin and Lewis received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
Language Usage
The song is known for its iconic Italian phrases and words, it even begins with "When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's Amore." Amore means love in Italian.
Songwriters
The song was written by Jack Brooks and Harry Warren. They've been credited for many popular songs during the 1950s era.
Chart Performance
In 1953, the song reached the second position on the Billboard charts and number one on the Cash Box chart. It was also listed in the 2004 AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs.
Cultural References
Because of its catchy tune and memorable lyrics, "That's Amore" has been used in various films, TV shows, and commercials overtime. It's most famous in the film franchise of “Moonstruck”, “The Simpsons”, “Happy Feet”, and many more.
Awards
The song "That's Amore" received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Song in the year it was released, 1953.
Album Release
"That's Amore" was also the title track of Dean Martin's 1953 album, making it one of the most prominent songs of his career.
Musical Style
The song is a perfect example of a "Neapolitan ballad", an Italian-style song with a slow tempo, and is considered a classic of this genre.
Cover Versions
Many artists have covered "That's Amore" in their albums and performances, including Dion and the Belmonts and Michael Bublé, proving its timeless appeal.
RIAA Certification
In 1998, Dean Martin's version of "That's Amore" was honored by the RIAA with a gold certification, signifying sales of over 500,000 units in the United States.
Legacy
More than half a century after its release, "That's Amore" remains one of Dean Martin's most popular songs, indicative of his style and persona. Many people who think of Dean Martin immediately associate him with this song.

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