Music For Sunday Sauce Italian Gravy

Frank Sinatra


Excerpted from SUNDAY SAUCE  –  When Italian-AMericans Cook

   Music to cook Sunday Sauce by? It’s a great
idea, and one that comes naturally. We’ve always done it. When cooking Sunday
Sauce or any Italian dishes, it always helps to have some great Italian
background music. It doesn’t hurt and only heightens an already wonderful
experience, especially when you are entertaining guests.
   There are two or three greats that always
come to mind first. These prodigious Italian-American singers are of course,
first; Frank Sinatra, then Dean “Dino” Martin (Crochetti), and Mr. Tony Bennett
(Benedetto). They are the most famous, and for good reason, they are all just
that, “Great.” When it comes to overall artist, it’s fare to say that Sinatra
is usually at the top of the heap. But when it comes to actual Italian Songs,
Dino, Jerry Vale, and Louie Prima have the great
beat for those particular types of songs. But hey, there’s no way
anyone can beat “The Chairman of The Board,” Mr. Francis Albert Sinatra. Dino
is wonderful with his famed renditions of Volare and Amore, and you can’t count
out Jerry Vale with one of the most iconic and beloved to Italian Americans,
especially in New York, with Jerry doing Al
di La
. Actually, many would say it is between Volare and Amore that are
thee two most loved and popular Italian American songs. But no, for really
true, hard core Italians, and as I’ve already said, especially in New York, it
is Al Di La that we truly love most.
It is played at every Italian Wedding, bar none. Many artists have sung it, but
it is Jerry Vale’s that is most popular. Connie Francis’s rendition is quite
beautiful and best of the female singers, Connie being an Italian Girl from
Jersey, real name Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero. “Now That’s Italian.” Yes a
lot of these great Italian-American artist changed their names back then, like
Tony Bennett, real name Anthony Benedetto from Astoria Queens, New York. Dean
Martin from Stubenville, Ohio, his real name was Dino Crochetti.
    Back to Al Di La. If you’ve never heard the
song, and I know there are many who haven’t especially among the younger
generation, do yourself a favor, and get a copy of Connie Francis or Jerry Vale
singing this gorgeous song. Get both!
    The song That’s Amore is perhaps the most popular of all Italian-American
songs for the general public. It is one of Dean Martin’s signature songs and
with the popularity of the movie Moonstruck, starring Cher, Nicholas Cage, and
Danny Aiello, this song became even more famous. Louie Prima had great success
with this song, and his tune “Angelina” The Waitress at The Pizzeria is a must
listen to song of Italian-America and eating.
    So we have lots of great Italian Songs and
Italian American and Italian artists, but one stands alone at the top. Yes, you
know who? He’s A # 1, the one-and-only, Frank

                                                                  GREAT MUSIC
                                                                 FRANK SINATRA