Los Angeles, Oct 15: Al Martino, the singer of 1960's hits such as Spanish Eyes and Volare, died aged 82 in his home town of Philadelphia, according to a statement from his publicist Wednesday.
Along with his musical career, Martino also appeared with Marlon Brando in the 1972 film The Godfather, in which he played Johnny Fontane, a singer with Mafia connections.
Born Alfred Cini in Philadelphia in 1927, he was an apprentice bricklayer in his youth and had been expected to go into his family's successful masonry business. But his strong baritone helped him break into the music business. After he adopted his grandfather's surname Martino, he had a string of hits starting in 1952 with Here in My Heart, I Love You More and More Every Day and Mary in the Morning.
Martino is survived by his wife Judi and two children.