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“That’s Amore” by Dean Martin

Who doesn’t love a catchy song about love and Italian food? The song “That’s Amore” was written by Jack Brooks and composed by Harry Warren in 1953. The pair was asked by famous actor Jerry Lewis to write a song for his co-star and show-biz partner Dean Martin to perform in the movie The Caddy (1953). “That’s Amore” ended up becoming a major hit for Martin, climbing the Billboard charts to the #2 spot. The song was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

“That’s Amore” is a parody about romance in the Italian city of Napoli. The playful song incorporates Italian stereotypes, comparing the feelings of love to common Italian dishes. Since its 1953 release by Capital Records, “That’s Amore” has been featured in numerous other movies and tv shows.

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis later ended their partnership. Many believed that after this split, Martin’s career would be over. Despite what critics said, Dean Martin became very successful as a solo act, starring in movies and TV shows, and once again topping the charts with more hit songs.

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