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gary from Halifax
10-24-2021
09:03 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.175.132.12
Derek M Was it perhaps Mario del Monaco in the photo. Cheers..Gary
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SAM MILLION
10-24-2021
07:42 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HI DEREK. I AM HAVING A GREAT DEAL OF DIFFICULTY RECOGNIZING THAT TENOR TO THE RIGHT OF MR. WHITFIELD. WAS HIS NAME SOMETHING THAT IN ITALIAN MEANS SQUASH? WAS HIS NAME THE MASCULINE FORM OF MARIA? DOES HIS NAME RYYNE WITH BONANZA? AH, I GIVE UP. SOMEONE ELSE HERE WILL SURELY GIVE THE CORRECT ANSWER.....

HI KRISTINE. OLIVER OR "OLLIE" HARDY SANG IN A COUPLE OF THEIR MOVIES ( BOTH TWO REELERS AND FEATURES). MY FAVORITE LAUREL AND HARDY FEATURE IS "WAY OUT WEST". MOST CRITICS SAY THAT THIS MOVIE AND "SONS OF THE DESERT" ARE THE BEST THEY EVER MADE. IN "WAY OUT WEST" OLLIE SINGS "THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS OF VIRGINIA" IN A SWEET LIGHT TENOR VOICE. FOR COMEDY, STAN OR STANLEY SINGS THE VERSE WITH HIM IN A LOW REGISTER, THEN GETS CLUNKED OVER THE HEAD BY OLLIE, AND ENDS UP SINGING IN A VERY HIGH FALSETTO VOICE. INCIDENTALLY, "WAY OUT WEST" ALSO HAS WHAT I FEEL IS THE BEST EXTENDED LAUGHING SEQUENCE EVER PUT ON FILM. HOW STAN LAUREL LAUGHED SO MUCH AND FOR SO LONG IS NOTHING SHORT OF AMAZING! GO HERE TO SEE/HEAR IT:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAfjgTc-t0U (NOTE THAT THIS WAS RECORDED "LIVE" WITH NO DUBBING.

ALSO, "WAY OUT WEST" FEATURES A DANCE SEQUENCE THE DUO MADE. IT IS ANOTHER CLASSIC. GO HERE:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_que...+dance+way+out+west
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Kristine C
10-24-2021
07:33 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Where do we send letters to Jeff ? I like Laurel and Hardy, too. Oliver Hardy had a singing voice. Tenor , Felix Knight was in their movie "March Of The Wooden Soldiers"(1934). Knight was good looking, had a good singing voice, but only made a few movies. You can hear him on You Tube, singing "Moon of Manakoora"(from the movie, "The Hurricane")and "Let One Flower Grow Alone In Your Garden"(from "The Desert Song"). Stan Laurel's son-in-law was Rand Brooks, who played Scarlett O'Hara's husband, in "Gone With The Wind" and was on "Rin Tin Tin" t.v. series. I belong to Sons Of The Desert Club, down here, in Florida.
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SAM MILLION
10-24-2021
07:25 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
KRISTINE: IT SOUNDS TO ME LIKE THE COMPANY THAT HAS HOSTED JEFF RENSE'S FORUM THAT WE ENJOY EVERY SINGLE DAY AND HAVE FOR MANY YEARS IS CLOSING DOWN.

WE NEED TO QUESTION JEFF TO SEE WHAT NEW COMPANY HE WILL BE USING FOR THE FORUM. I VERY MUCH DOUBT HE WILL CLOSE IT DOWN.

SO, GUYS, EVERYONE NEEDS TO WRITE TO JEFF AND FIND OUT WHAT HIS PLANS ARE. THIS IS MY LETTER. EVERYONE PLEASE ADD YOURS TO THE LIST WITHOUT DELAY!
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Kristine C
10-24-2021
03:38 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Sam, I will send check to you in tomorrow's mail. I like Laurel and Hardy,too. Oliver Hardy had a singing voice. Tenor Felix Knight was in their movie "March Of The Wooden Soldiers". He was good looking and had a good singing voice, but only made a few movies. On You Tube, you can hear him sing "Moon Of Manakoora"(from the movie "The Hurricane")and "Let One Flower Grow Alone In Your Garden". I just read that Quick Topic is shutting down in December. Where will this forum go to ?
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Derek MainwaringPerson was signed in when posted
10-24-2021
12:37 PM ET (US)
IP: 24.13.214.89

"Cara Mia" was a multi-million-seller for British tenor David Whitfield in 1954. He recorded it with the Mantovani orchestra, as did Joseph Calleja on a recent Mantovani tribute album. Both recordings can be found on YouTube and both are very fine. The song was over a decade old before Jay Black and the Americans recorded their up-tempo version in 1965.

Here's a charming photo of David Whitfield taken backstage at the London Palladium in November 1957. You'll probably recognize the artist in the suit and tie standing to his immediate left.
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SAM MILLION
10-24-2021
10:06 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
AND HERE IS JAY DOING THE SONG IN ITS INITIAL RELEASE:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sFy5_kmEi4
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SAM MILLION
10-24-2021
10:05 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
YOUTUBE 2011 JAY BLACK "CARA MIA". I HAVEN'T HEARD IT YET. LET'S SEE HOW HE DOES MUCH OLDER:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oFW6rmtUXY
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SAM MILLION
10-24-2021
09:57 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HI KRISTINE. I AM DELIGHTED THAT YOU WANT A LANZA CARICATURE FOR YOUR COLLECTION. I GUARANTEE YOU WILL BE PLEASED. JUST SEND 15.00 TO SAM SAMUELIAN, 2305 WEST DEERFIELD DRIVE, MEDIA, PA. 19063.

INCIDENTALLY, I LOVE THE MUSIC OF JAY BLACK AND THE AMERICANS. JAY'S RANGE WAS INCREDIBLE. I KNOW SEVERAL SINGERS LOCALLY WHO HAVE TRIED SINGING "CARA MIA" AND THEY ALWAYS HAVE TROUBLE WITH THE HIGH NOTES. I MYSELF HAVE TRIED IT (IN A LOWER KEY) AND STILL IT IS HARD TO SING!!
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Kristine C
10-24-2021
01:16 AM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
I am a fan of Rocky and Bullwinkle.
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Kristine C
10-24-2021
01:15 AM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Sam, I think I would like one of those caricatures. I am artistic and love caricatures. What's your address, again ?
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Kristine C
10-24-2021
01:12 AM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Correction: Jay Black.
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SAM MILLION
10-23-2021
11:23 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
GOOD CATCH KRISTINE! I KNOW CLINT OFTEN LIKED TO CONTROL THE MUSIC IN HIS FILMS BUT NOT SURE WHY HE CHOSE MARIO'S BIT. THE FILM ITSELF IS EXCELLENT.

HEY FOLKS, I FORGOT TO MENTION THAT I HAVE A COUPLE OF THE KILGORE MARIO LANZA CARICATURES LEFT. IT IS APPROXIMATELY 11 BY 18 INCHES AND SUITABLE FOR FRAMING. IF ANYONE WANTS ONE, JUST ASK ME. FIFTEEN DOLLARS SHIPPED. AS I SAID EARLIER IT IS COLORFUL AND WELL DONE WITH MARIO WEARING THE COSTUME USED IN THE LAST SEQUENCE OF "THAT MIDNIGHT KISS" WITH DEEP BLUE COLOR AND GOLD ACCENTS. THE COPIES ARE INDISTINGUISHABLE FROM THE ORIGINAL THANKS TO AN EXCELLENT PRINTER HERE IN MEDIA.
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Kristine C
10-23-2021
11:19 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Jay Blackton passed away. RIP. He was with Jay and The Americans, back in the '60's, though, he sang rock'n'roll type music, his voice had opera potential, especially, when they sang "Cara Mia".
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Kristine C
10-23-2021
10:29 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
I am watching the movie "Bird" on TCM. It's about jazz musician, Charlie Parker and was directed by Clint Eastwood. It starred Forrest Whittaker and is from 1989. There is a scene, in the movie, where Mario Lanza is heard, singing "Be My Love".
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Bill Ronayne
10-23-2021
10:04 PM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.185.86

Nice review Sam. It was a very enjoyable afternoon and our 3rd luncheon since reopening. The Mario Lanza Institute would like to thank everyone that attended and also those that made donations. Sam can be seen wearing his Mario shirt. Best, Bill
Edited 10-23-2021 10:06 PM
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SAM MILLION
10-23-2021
08:46 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
THE MARIO LANZA MUSEUM EVENT FOR TODAY, SATURDAY OCTOBER 23RD.

I PUT ON MY MARIO LANZA T-SHIRT WITH THE "PRIZEFIGHTER STANCE" (WHICH MANY ADMIRED) AND HEADED TO THE MUSUEM IN PHILADELPHIA. THE START TIME WAS TO BE 1:00 PM AND I ARRIVED 12:30 TO SEE PLENTY OF PEOPLE ALREAY THERE TALKING AND ENJOYING ALL THE WONDERFUL RARE PHOTOS BILL RONAYNE PUT UP ALL BY HIMSELF. HE HAS DONE A MARVELOUS JOB COVERING PRACTICALLY EVERY SQUARE INCH OF THE WALLS. MARIO IS EVEN IN THE BATHROOM!

MARIO'S FIRST COUSIN, CAROLE SHEA, CAME UP FROM NEW JERSEY TO BE THERE AND BILL TOLD ME THAT MOST ATTENDEES WERE PEOPLE WHO ARE LOCAL EITHER TO PHILLY OR NEW JERSEY. BEING A "FOODIE", I SURVEYED THE FOOD THAT WAS THE FIRST ORDER OF "BUSINESS" RIGHT AFTER WE DID A TOAST TO MARIO'S 100TH ANNIVERSARY.

THE FOOD CONSISTED OF THREE INCH HOAGIE PIECES EITHER ITALIAN OR TURKEY OR SALAMI, ETC. THEN THERE WERE DELICIOUS WRAPS STUFFED WITH CHICKEN AND PLENTY OF OTHER GOODIES. THESE WENT FAST. A MACARONI SALAD WAS NEXT ALONG WITH SWEET AND HOT PEPPERS. THE "STATION" TO THE RIGHT HAD A VARIETY OF CARBONATED DRINKS. LAST STOP WAS THE DESSERTS THAT WENT FASTER THAN ANYTHING ELSE. LANZA FOLKS MUST HAVE A SWEET TOOTH. I ENJOYED THE SOFT COOKIES WITH JELLY CENTERS, THE DOUBLE LAYER CHOCOLATE COOKIES, THE CANDIES LIKE HERSHEY'S AND CRAMY MINTS, AND SOME VERY SMALL SQUARE SOFT COOKIES.

BILL'S TIMING WAS IMPECCABLE. HE ALLOWED JUST ENOUGH TIME FOR EVERYONE TO FILL THEIR BELLIES AND THEN BY 2:00 HE STARTED RUNNING "BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE" ON THE BIG SCREEN TV. IT LOOKED EXCELLENT AND HE TURNED THE SOUND UP TO CONCERT LEVEL. NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES YOU HAVE SEEN THIS FILM, IT ALWAYS IS BETTER WATCHING IT WITH PEOPLE WHO REACT TO IT, ESPECIALLY THE FUNNY SCENES. THERE WAS SILENCE WHENEVER MARIO SANG. THE MOVIE IS FILLED WITH GREAT MUSIC AND IT IS TIMED WELL THROUGHOUT. I HAVE SAID BEFORE THAT I FIND THIS FILM A VERY WATCHABLE ONE.

BILL TOLD EVERYONE THE STORY ABOUT LANZA SINGING "THE LORD'S PRAYER". HE WALKS INTO THE CHURCH A NICE SVELTE MARIO AND AFTER HE ENTERS HE GAINS ABOUT 40 POUNDS TO BECOME THE NOT SO SVELTE MARIO! HIS WEIGHT VARIES MORE IN THIS MOVIE THAN ANY OTHER. HE WASN'T SO HAPPY MAKING IT, BUT HE WAS PROFESSIONAL ENOUGH NOT TO LET IT SHOW. IT FOLLOWED "THE GREAT CARUSO" AND MARIO SAID "YOU CAN'T PUT CARUSO IN THE ARMY"! HE WANTED TO DO "THE STUDENT PRINCE" INSTEAD BUT THAT WASN'T TO BE. THE TITLE OF THE FILM WAS SUPPOSED TO BE DIFFERENT BUT SINCE THE SONG "BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE" HAD ALREADY BEEN WRITTEN IT BECAME THE FILM'S TITLE. INCIDENTALLY, I REMARKED TO ALL THAT THE FIRST SCENE WITH FRANCESCA LANDERS AND ROSSANO HOLDING EACH OTHER ON THE SOFA WAS "TOO LIGHT MARIO". HE IS CLOSE TO LOOKING EMACIATED.

I PASSED OUT MY SURPRISE GIFT TO EVERY PERSON THERE. IT IS A VERY LIMITED EDITION OF MARIO DONE IN CARICATURE BY MY THEN ARTIST FRIEND AL KILGORE. AL WAS FAMOUS FOR DRAWING BULLWINKLE FOR THE "ROCKY AND BULLWINKLE" TV SHOW. I TOLD ALL THE STORY BEHIND ITS MAKING. ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE CARICATURE (WHICH I THINK IS WONDERFUL) ARE WORDS THAT SAY "SAM, THIS IS THE CLOSEST I COULD COME TO THAT MIDNIGHT KISS". HE WAS REFERRING TO THE FACT THAT HE WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE FOUND ME A 16MM PRINT OF THE FILM BUT IT FELL THROUGH, SO HE MADE THE ORIGINAL PAINTING INSTEAD. LOOKING AT THE CIRCUMSTANCES TODAY, I AM GLAD TO HAVE THIS OVER THE FILM SINCE DVDS OF IT ARE NOW COMMON. AL WAS A CLOSE FRIEND BUT DIED WAY TOO YOUNG AFTER A TRIP TO THE HOSPITAL FOR A PAIN HE WAS EXPERIENCING. WHEN HIS WIFE DOLORES CALLED TO TELL ME HE HAD PASSED, I DROPPED THE PHONE RECEIVER AND SIMPLY COULDN'T SAY A THING. LATER I CRIED HARD. HE AND I ALSO SHARED A LIFELONG LOVE OF LAUREL AND HARDY. AL WAS ONE OF THE FOUNDING MEMBERS OF THE LAUREL AND HARDY COMMEMORATIVE SOCIETY CALLED "THE SONS OF THE DESERT". I WENT UP TO NEW YORK FOR A FEW OF THEIR MEETINGS AND WAS THRILLED BY GUEST STARS THEY HAD INCLUDING MARGARET HAMILTON AND DICK VAN DYKE.

BACK TO TODAY. I TOOK A GOOD LOOK AT THE ATTENDEES SEEING THE MANY AND VARIED MARIO LANZA PHOTOS AND OTHER MEMORABILIA. VERY PROMINENT IS THE LARGE BUST OF HIM. THERE ARE TWO ARTICLES OF CLOTHING WHICH ARE NOT FROM A MOVIE SINCE THEY ARE CASUAL DRESS. I TOOK LOTS OF PHOTOS BUT UNFORTUNATELY DON'T KNOW HOW TO TRANSFER THEM HERE. POSSIBLY BILL CAN. ALSO, BILL IS TRAVELING BACK TO HIS HOME IN NEW YORK AS I WRITE THIS. I HOPE HE WILL ADD TO WHAT I AM TYPING AS WELL AS CORRECT ME IF I MAKE ANY MISTAKES.

HE SHOWED ME ABOUT FORTY COPIES OF A BOOK ABOUT ROSE PONSELLE WITH LOTS OF PICTURES AND FACTS. HE RETRIEVED THESE FROM THE ENRICO CARUSO MUSEUM WHICH HAS CLOSED ITS DOORS. THE CURATOR, ALDO MANCUSO, IS STILL LIVNG BUT RETIRED. THE BOOK IS AVAILABLE FROM THE MUSEUM (IT IS SIZABLE) FOR ONLY 15.00 WHILE YOU CAN FIND IT ON EBAY OR AMAZON FOR MANY TIMES THAT PRICE! I PURCHASED TWO OF THEM. BILL ALSO HAS AVAILABLE ALL OF THE SEPIA CDS, MARIO DINNER PLATES, AND MORE.

THE MOVIE WAS OVER BY NEARLY 4:00 AND PEOPLE HUNG AROUND AWHILE TALKING AND LOOKING AT THE MESMERIZING PHOTOS. I KNOW EVERYONE THERE HAD A WONDERFUL TIME. I HOPE THEY WILL BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE THREE NOVEMBER AFFAIRS. FIRST IS THE CAROLE SHEA DINNER PARTY SLATED FOR FRIDAY NOVEMBER 19TH. AS IN THE PAST, IT WILL BE HELD AT LA VIOLA. A THREE COURSE DINNER FOR 46.00 PER PERSON. I CAN VOUCH FOR THE HIGH QUALITY OF THE FOOD!

THE FOLLOWING DAY, NOVEMBER 2OTH, IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEKEND: THE FORMAL MARIO LANZA BALL. IT IS BEING HELD AT A NEW LOCATION CALLED THEE "IATSE BALLROOM" AT 6 PM. THERE WILL BE A DJ TO PROVIDE DANCE AND BACKGROUND MUSIC. THERE WILL BE DIFFERENT "STATIONS". THE FIRST WILL HAVE THE APPETIZERS WHICH WILL ALSO BE BUTLERED. THEN COMES THE DINNER WITH THE FOLLOWING STATIONS: PASTA WITH SALAD AND ASSORTED BREAD, A CARVING STATION WITH POTATOES AND VEGETABLES, A SEAFOOD STATION, AND FINALLY A CHICKEN STATION. TUNE IN FOR THESE STATIONS (BAD JOKE!). THE LAST COURSE, OF COURSE, WILL BE DESSERT OF CHEESE CAKE WITH COFFEE AND TEA. NOTE THAT BEER, WINE, AND SOFT DRINKS ARE INCLUDED IN THE 125.00 PER PERSON PRICE OF ADMISSION. ALL OTHER DRINKS ARE AT THE CASH BAR THROUGHOUT THE EVENING (DARN IT, I LOVE APPLE MARTINIS BUT WILL LIKELY FOREGO THEM THIS YEAR--BESIDES I WILL BE DRIVING).

NATURALLY A FOCAL POINT OF THE AFFAIR WILL BE THE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS PERFORMING. I UNDERSTAND THAT THIS YEAR A MEMBER OF THE METROPOLITAN OPERA COMPANY WILL BE A JUDGE! BILL WILL ALSO HAVE ONE OF HIS ALWAYS EXCELLENT VIDEO PRESENTATIONS. THERE WILL BE AN AUCTION TOO. PERSONALLY I WILL LIKELY SIT BACK AND ENJOY THIS PART SINCE A FEW YEARS AGO I HAD THE ENTIRE PLACE GASPING AS I CONTINUALLY OUTBID THE HUSBAND AND WIFE TEAM WHO HAVE THEIR OWN "LIGHTHOUSE" BED AND BREAKFAST. I SHOULD ALWAYS AVOID AUCTIONS SINCE I TEND TO BE STUBBORN. (THE SAME GOES FOR EBAY AUCTIONS. I FAR PREFER THE "BUY IT NOW" METHOD OF PURCHASING SOMETHING). I HOPE THERE WILL BE COLOR PROGRAMS, AS THEY ARE SUITABLE FOR KEEPING.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A THIRD EVENT FOR THE WEEKEND, WHICH WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY NOVEMBER 21ST, A GATHERING AT THE MUSEUM WITH A LUNCHEON AND A SHOWING OF "SERENADE". THE SEATS ARE LIMITED TO A NUMBER IN THE TWENTIES AND ALREADY 17 HAVE BEEN BOOKED. THE COST IS 30.00 PER PERSON. NOTE THAT THE MUSEUM IS AT 1214 REED STREET IN PHILADELPHIA. THE OUTSIDE HAS VERY LARGE AND BOLD LETTERS ABOVE THE ENTRANCE. THE INSIDE IS QUITE INVITING IN ALL RESPECTS. I HOPE I CAN BE ONE OF THE PEOPLE ATTENDING, BUT I NEED TO WAIT AND SEE IF MY MENTAL HEALTH IS GOOD BY THEN. IF I AM THERE, YOU WON'T MISS ME WITH MY NEWLY PURCHASED VINTAGE BRIGHT RED JACKET AND MATCHING HAT!!

SO, THAT IS MY REPORT. I HOPE YOU ENJOYED READING IT.
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gary from Halifax
10-23-2021
05:12 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.175.132.12
Martino..please send me an e-m to myself: dgm56buick@outlook.com

I lost all my e-m addresses do to a pc problem. Many Thanks..Gary
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SAM MILLION
10-22-2021
11:28 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
TONIGHT'S MOVIE THAT I SCREENED MIGHT HAVE TO BE CENSORED. IT IS VERY, VERY NAUGHTY BUT AN EXTREMELY PROVOCATIVE AND THOUGHT PROVOKING FILM. THE TITLE IS "WILD THINGS" AND THAT IS A GREAT DESCRIPTION SINCE MOST OF THE CHARACTERS ARE WILD THINGS. STARS MATT DILLON, NEVE CAMPBELL, DENISE RICHARDS, CARRIE SNODGRESS,THERESA RUSSELL, KEVIN BACON, AND OTHERS. THERE IS A GOOD BIT OF NUDITY AND SOFT PORN. BUT THIS MOVIE IS SO INTERESTING THAT IT CAN BE WATCHED AGAIN AND AGAIN. EVEN AFTER "THE END" TITLES COME ON, THE STORY CONTINUES SHOWING BACK ELEMENTS THAT GOT THE CHARACTERS WHERE THEY END UP. NO ONE IS SAFE EXCEPT FOR ONE WHICH I WON'T POINT OUT IN CASE YOU GO TO AMAZON AND BUY A BLU RAY COPY FOR ONLY 6.99.

TOMORROW IS THE BIG DAY AT THE LANZA MUSEUM. I AM STOKED AND READY TO SEE 22 OTHER FANS THERE ENJOYING THE LUNCHEON AND BYM SHOWING. RIGHT BEFORE THAT I AM STOPPING IN AT OUR ROSE TREE PARK FOR THE BIG DOG FESTIVAL WHERE PEOPLE SHOW OFF THEIR DOGS, EAT, DRINK, AND SEE BOOTHS WITH BOTH COLLECTIBLES AND DOGGIE ITEMS FOR SALE YOU WON'T SEE ELSEWHERE.

HOW ABOUT A NEW QUIZ QUESTION BEFORE I GO. THIS IS CONCERNING MARIO'S LAST FILM "FOR THE FIRST TIME". WHEN MARIO AND JOHANNA ARE HAVING A DELECTABLE SPAGHETTI DINNER MARIO TAKES A SPOON AND PUTS SOME GRATED CHEESE ONTO RAFAELLA'S PLATE. WHAT DOES HE DO RIGHT AFTER THAT? HINT: IT IS VERY FUNNY!
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SAM MILLION
10-21-2021
11:18 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HI KRIS,

    I THINK YOU COVERED IT ALL WITH PIZAZZ! THANKS FOR THE ACCURACY OF YOUR COMMENTS. I BELIEVE IT WAS BOBBY VAN WHO LATER WENT ON TO A FINE DANCING CAREER IN FILM.

    IT IS ONLY TWO MORE DAYS UNTIL 21 PLUS PEOPLE GATHER AT THE NEW MARIO LANZA MUSEUM FOR LUNCHEON AND SCREENING OF "BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE". I AM HAVING A SPECIAL AND UNIQUE GIFT MADE TO GIVE TO EACH ATTENDEE.

    NOW ON A TOTALLY DIFFERENT SCORE: TONIGHT'S MOVIE FOR ME WAS SHEER ENTERTAINMENT. I SAW "SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT" WITH BURT REYNOLDS, SALLY FIELD, AND JACKIE GLEASON. IT IS A "ROAD" PICTURE WITH UNLIMITED ACTION AND FUN. YOU COULD TELL THE ENTIRE CAST WAS HAVING A GOOD TIME. I UNDERSTAND THAT MANY OF GLEASON'S SAYINGS WERE AD-LIB. MY FAVORITE IS THE NAME HE CALLS REYNOLDS "YOU TICK TURD". HILARIOUS! THERE IS A BONUS FEATURE SHOWING BURT MUCH OLDER DISCUSSING THE MOVIE. THEN ANOTHER BONUS FEATURE HAS PEOPLE LIKE RON HOWARD AND STEVEN SPIELBERG TALKING FONDLY OF THE UNIVERSAL LOT BEING THE GREATEST IN HOLLYWOOD. SHOWN ARE BUILDINGS USED FOR A FILM INTERCUT WITH THE ACTUAL MOVIE MADE. THE OLDEST STANDING SET IS ONE USED IN THE SILENT LON CHANEY "PHANTOM OF THE OPERA". ANOTHER IS "BACK TO THE FUTURE" AND YET ANOTHER IS BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID". ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS STRUCTURES IS THE HOUSE USED IN "PSYCHO". IT HAD ONLY TWO SIDES WHEN THE MOVIE WAS MADE BUT AFTER THE SUCCESS OF IT, THE OTHER TWO SIDES WERE MADE TO MAKE IT A COMPLETE HOUSE.

SPEAKING OF MOVIES, IT HAS BEEN AGES SINCE ANNA AND I WENT OUT TO SEE A NEW MOVIE IN THE THEATER. OUR LACK OF ATTENDANCE PRE-DATES COVID BY A COUPLE YEARS. WHAT A CHANGE FROM THE TIMES WE WOULD SEE TWO OR THREE MOVIES A WEEK! WELL, GOING OUT AGAIN IS ON OUR TO-DO LIST!
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Kristine C
10-21-2021
08:57 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
i read that a singer was dubbed for Christopher Plummer in "The Sound of Music" and that singer was also dubbed in for John Kerr in movie version of "South Pacific".
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Kris Cimmy
10-21-2021
06:59 PM ET (US)
IP: 209.85.128.52
Sam, according to Terry Robinson, the Army Base scenes were filmed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Marguerite Piazza was approached for "Because You're Mine", but she didn't want to leave television. Pier Angeli was considered for "The Seven Hills of Rome", and Mario wanted David Niven to be in "The Seven Hills of Rome". Was it Vince Edwards in "Too Late Blues" and "Serenade" ? I read,in Dore Schary's autobiography, that Mario wanted Lana Turner in "Because You're Mine" . MGM told him, she can't sing, though, she was in "Mr. Imperium" with Ezio Pinza and Fran Warren's voice was dubbed in for her. She wasn't happy working with Pinza. Now I have a question. What movie musical dancer made his film debut in "Because You're Mine" ?

On Thu, Oct 21, 2021, 1:27 PM QT - SAM MILLION <
qtopic-30-ECKcxtRbxUTNy@quicktopic.com> wrote:
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Kris Cimmy
10-21-2021
04:13 PM ET (US)
IP: 209.85.128.41
59311
SAM MILLION
10-21-2021
01:27 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
KRIS: YOU GOT ME ON ALL OF YOUR QUESTIONS I AM SORRY TO REPORT! LET ME GO OVER THEM ONCE MORE:

Sam, here are my questions. What Army Base was used for "Because You're Mine" ? Jane Powell was first considered for "Because You're Mine", but had to withdraw from it, due to pregnancy. What soprano was considered for the movie, before Doretta Morrow was chosen ? What actress was first considered for "The Seven Hills of Rome" ? What British actor, did Mario want to be in "The Seven Hills Of Rome" ? By the way, Kurt Kasznar, who was in "For The First Time", was in the Broadway Cast of "The Sound of Music". I wonder if Julie Andrews was a fan of Mario Lanza ?

1-ARMY BASE: COULD IT BE WHERE HE WAS STAYING IN MARFA?

2-WHAT FEMAL WOULD HAVE BEEN CHOSEN FOR BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE: WELL, SOMEONE WITH A GOOD VOICE AND PREFERABLY AN OPERATIC QUALITY AND PRETTY WHO COULD ALSO ACT. MARIO'S FRIEND--I CAN'T THINK OF THE GIRL'S NAME BUT SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO MAKE AN ALBUM WITH MARIO AND NEVER DID.

3-BRITISH ACTOR FOR "SEVEN HILLS OF ROME". WHY BRITISH WHEN THE CAST WAS MOSTLY ITALIAN?

4-BOTH OF US SHOULD WONDER AND HOPE IF KASZNAR AND JULIE ANDREWS LIKED MARIO'S SINGING.

LET ME KNOW IF I CAME EVEN CLOSE TO AN ACCEPTABLE ANSWER. NO ONE ELSE HAS TRIED, SO I THINK IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO STOP THE SPECULATION.
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Ronald Sarbo
10-21-2021
12:22 PM ET (US)
IP: 65.88.88.68
Sam: Bellaver played Sgt Mazzioli. He worked in the office with Sgt Warden: Burt Lancaster. Of course Bellaver went on to star in the iconic TV series "Naked City" as Det. Arcaro.

I believe Mario wanted David Niven as they got on well in The Toast Of New Orleans. I also believe Lanza wanted Lana Turner For both "Because You're Mine" as well as The Seven Hills of Rome".

What actor was in both "Serenade" with Lanza and "Too Late Blues" with Bobby Darin?
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SAM MILLION
10-20-2021
11:49 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
GOOD ONE RON! HE IS HARRY BELLAVER, WHO PLAYED MARIO'S COUSIN IN SERENADE. I DON'T REMEMBER WHO HE PLAYED IN "FROM HERE TO ETERNITY".

COINCIDENTALLY, I WAS GOING TO WRITE ABOUT HIM TONIGHT BECAUSE HE APPEARED IN THE FILM I SHOWED IN OUR THEATER CALLED "LOVE ME OR LEAVE" ME WITH DORIS DAY AND JAMES CAGNEY. HE PLAYS CAGNEY'S "STOOGE". MARIO HIT HIM HARD IN THE SCENE FROM "SERENADE" WHERE HE CALLED JOAN FONTAINE A TRAMP. DORIS DAY'S SINGING IN THE MOVIE BIOGRAPHY OF VOCALIST RUTH ETTING IS SUPERB. HAS THERE EVER BEEN A MORE CRYSTAL CLEAR FEMALE VOICE IN THE MOVIES? IN THE FILM SHE STARTS OUT AS A DANCER BUT REALIZES SHE IS NO DANCER BUT RATHER A VOCALIST. IN REAL LIFE DORIS DAY STARTED AS A DANCER BUT AFTER AN ACCIDENT AFFECTING HER LEGS SHE BECAME A SINGER.

KRISTINE: IT IS ALMOST MIDNIGHT HERE AND I NEED SOME TIME TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS---ESPECIALLY SINCE MOST LOOK DIFFICULT! WITHOUT A DOUBT MOST ARE THE TYPE THAT CANNOT BE LOOKED UP ON THE INTERNET. GEEZ!
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Kristine C
10-20-2021
09:58 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Sam, here are my questions. What Army Base was used for "Because You're Mine" ? Jane Powell was first considered for "Because You're Mine", but had to withdraw from it, due to pregnancy. What soprano was considered for the movie, before Doretta Morrow was chosen ? What actress was first considered for "The Seven Hills of Rome" ? What British actor, did Mario want to be in "The Seven Hills Of Rome" ? By the way, Kurt Kasznar, who was in "For The First Time", was in the Broadway Cast of "The Sound of Music". I wonder if Julie Andrews was a fan of Mario Lanza ?
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gary from Halifax
10-20-2021
07:25 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.175.132.12
Hello Mike from LI. I had never known of Sissel and listened to a few of her songs. A lovely voice. I have listened to John Gary at various times over the years.Great singer. And as for Kiri I have enjoyed listening to her music over the years .. she is wonderful (retired now I believe) cheers Gary
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Ronald Sarbo
10-20-2021
05:07 PM ET (US)
IP: 65.88.88.68
Thanks Sam. Here's one for you. What actor was in both "From Here To Eternity" and "Serenade"?
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SAM MILLION
10-20-2021
02:40 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
WELL, THANK YOU RON FOR YOUR PERFECT SCORE IN ANSWERING MY QUIZ QUESTIONS. I HAVEN'T SEEN YOU POSTING IN YEARS. I BELIEVE YOU ARE ALSO A BIG FRANK SINATRA FAN.

HOW ABOUT SOMEONE ELSE POST SOME QUESTIONS THAT WILL CHALLENGE US?!
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Ronald Sarbo
10-20-2021
12:29 PM ET (US)
IP: 170.170.57.205
Gene Kelly played Pal Joey on Broadway.
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Ronald Sarbo
10-20-2021
12:27 PM ET (US)
IP: 170.170.57.205
There is a Spanish Blu-Ray of High Society but it is PAL. Not playable on US Blu-Ray players.
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Ronald Sarbo
10-20-2021
12:16 PM ET (US)
IP: 170.170.57.195
Louis Calhern was in The Student Prince & High Society.

Princess Grace would joke with Frank about her Gold Record for "True Love".

Angela Cartwright was in Make Room For Daddy.

Robert Wise directed The Sound Of Music
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Mike from L.I.
10-20-2021
09:28 AM ET (US)
IP: 96.232.90.227
Gary: my favorites other than Mario are Kiri te Kanawa (a wonderful crossover singer), John Gary, and a Norwegian singer named Sissel. Care to comment?
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SAM MILLION
10-20-2021
12:47 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
TONIGHT'S FILM FOR ME WAS "THE SOUND OF MUSIC". THIS IS PERHAPS THE GREATEST MUSICAL OF ALL TIME FROM THE GREAT CASTING TO THE WONDERFUL MUSICAL NUMBERS. JULIE ANDREWS IN HER PRIME ESSAYS THE ROLE OF MARIA WITH TENDERNESS AS WELL AS VERVE. HER SINGING IS LOVELY. IMAGINE "INHERITING" SEVEN CHILDREN ALL AT ONCE IN THIS STORY BASED ON THE REAL LIFE VON TRAPP FAMILY SINGERS. THE STUFFY CAPTAIN IS PLAYED BY CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER, WHO I BELIEVE DOES HIS OWN SINGING. THE CHILDREN ARE ALL EXCELLENT, AS IS ELEANOR PARKER AS THE BARONESS.

THIS WAS MY GRANDMOTHER'S FAVORITE MOVIE. SHE SAW IT THREE TIMES IN THE THEATER, AND THE BEST WAS WHEN WE COULD APPRECIATE THE FULL GRANDEUR OF TODD-AO WITH ITS SHARP 65MM FILM. FOR THE ROADSHOW VERSION WE TRAVELLED INTO CENTER CITY PHILADELPHIA TO SEE. IT WAS THRILLING.

YOU KNOW I CAN'T LEAVE WITHOUT A COUPLE OF QUIZ QUESTIONS. (BY THE WAY MOST OF MY PREVIOUS QUESTIONS REMAIN UNANSWERED).

1-ANGELA CARTWRIGHT PLAYED ONE OF THE CHILDREN. HER NAME WAS BRIGITTA. WHAT TV SHOW THAT SHE WAS IN FOR SEVEN YEARS MADE HER FAMOUS? SHE ALSO STARRED IN ANOTHER TV SHOW THAT RAN THREE YEARS. IT WAS "LOST IN SPACE", RUNNING FROM 1965 TO 1968.

2-WHO DIRECTED THE SOUND OF MUSIC?

ONE FINAL THOUGHT: CAN YOU IMAGINE MARIO SINGING "CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN"?!! A GREAT ROGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN PIECE.
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SAM MILLION
10-19-2021
05:43 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
THAT LAST QUESTION WAS A TRICK QUESTION! I HAVE TWO LEGITIMATE QUESTIONS REGARDING "HIGH SOCIETY". COLE PORTER WROTE 13 SONGS FOR THE MOVIE. NINE WERE USED. HE WAS IN GREAT PAIN FOR YEARS AFTER AN ACCIDENT RIDING A HORSE. LOUIS ARMSTRONG PLAYS AN IMPORTANT PART IN THE FILM AS HE "BRIDGES" THE DIFFERING STORY LINES FROM THE VERY BEGINNING IN THE BUS TO THE END WHEN HE SAYS "END OF STORY" AS THE END TITLES COME ON. HIS JAZZ DUET WITH BING AND LOUIS' ORCHESTRA IS EXCELLENT.

ALL THE ABOVE IS JUST INTERESTING TRIVIA. NOW THE QUESTIONS:

1-WHICH ACTOR APPEARED BOTH IN "HIGH SOCIETY" AND "THE STUDENT PRINCE"?

2-GRACE KELLY WOULD JOKE WITH FRANK SINATRA OVER WHAT THING SHE EARNED FOR HER SINGING IN THE 1956 MOVIE? IT WOULD BE YEARS BEFORE FRANK EARNED THE SAME THING FOR HIS SINGING.
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SAM MILLION
10-19-2021
11:13 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
LAST NIGHT I SCREENED "HIGH SOCIETY". THIS IS A FAVORITE MUSICAL WITH A STELLAR CAST INCLUDING FRANK SINATRA, GRACE KELLY, AND BING CROSBY. TOO BAD THEY DIDN'T EVER RELEASE IT ON THE BLU RAY IT DESERVES. MY PROJECTOR UPSCALES IT BUT IT STILL HAS SOME GRAIN. ANYWAY, IT IS LOADED WITH TOP COLE PORTER SONGS LIKE "TRUE LOVE" WHICH EARNED BOTH CROSBY AND KELLY AWARDS. I THEN WAS MOVED TO LOOK AT THE DVD BONUSES. ONE IS SAD. APPARENTLY GRACE TRIED TO DRIVE AT 16 AND WAS TERRIBLE AT IT. HER FATHER SAID SHE SHOULD NEVER DRIVE. HOW PROPHETIC. THE OTHER TOLD ME THAT HOWARD KEEL WAS SCHEDULED TO PLAY THE CROSBY PART BUT COULD NOT FINISH THE MOVIE HE WAS WORKING ON IN TIME. SO, BING GOT THE PART AND IT BECAME THE FIRST MUSICAL THE TWO APPEARED IN TOGETHER!

ONE QUICK QUIZ QUESTION: HAS A BLU RAY OF THE MOVIE EVER BEEN RELEASED?
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SAM MILLION
10-19-2021
11:07 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
WELL, WE ARE BACK UP AND RUNNING. I STILL HAVE SOME QUESTIONS I WROTE WHICH HAVE NEVER BEEN ASKED BEFORE, SO I HOPE SOMEONE WILL GIVE IT A SHOT.
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gary from Halifax
10-19-2021
10:26 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.175.132.12
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJS7nhCN_Gk
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gary from Halifax
10-19-2021
10:23 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.175.132.12
Speaking of favorite singers, I have a few after Mario.. Elvis,Jackie Wilson and a few others,some operatic tenors of course like Pippo,and Corelli. But I must add here Brenda Lee.
When I lived in Toronto she appeared at what was known as The Beverly Hills Motel in The Hook and Ladder Room..This was in 1971, and I caught her show 4 out of 5 nights. She came by my table in between acts and I spoke to her briefly. I asked if she would join me for dinner before she left her engagement. We met that Sat. night at the dining area and shared a meal and wonderful conversation. She was totally down to earth,friendly, and shared with me some aspects of her personal life. I shall never ever forget that evening.some 50 years ago.
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RenseWebmasterPerson was signed in when posted
10-19-2021
12:00 AM ET (US)
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SAM MILLION
10-16-2021
10:24 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
MARIO LANZA IS MY ALL TIME FAVORITE SINGER. NO ARGUING THAT FACT! BUT BEFORE MARIO CAME INTO MY LIFE, MY FAVORITE SINGER WAS FRANK SINATRA. HE STILL IS NEAR THE TOP OF THE LIST. ACTUALLY NUMBER TWO.

TONIGHT I DECIDED TO GIVE MARIO A REST AND INSTEAD WATCHED FRANK IN ACTION IN MY FAVORITE SINATRA MUSICAL CALLED "PAL JOEY". I CAN WATCH THIS FILM ANYTIME AND NEVER GET BORED. IT FEATURES A GREAT SUPPORTING CAST IN RITA HAYWORTH AND KIM NOVAK, BOTH SCRUMPTIOUS ACTRESSES. THE RODGERS AND HART SCORE IS AMAZING. CLASSIC TUNES THROUGHOUT LIKE "THE LADY IS A TRAMP", "MY FUNNY VALENTINE", BEWITCHED, BOTHERED AND BEWILDERED, THERE'S A SMALL HOTEL, I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TIME IT WAS, I COULD WRITE A BOOK, ARE ALL TOPS. THERE IS ALSO A TINY LITTLE DOG NAMED "SNUFFY" WHO STEALS EACH SCENE HE IS IN.

I WILL LEAVE WITH ONE QUIZ QUESTION RE PAL JOEY. THE FILM WAS RELEASED IN 1957, BUT WHO FIRST ESSAYED THE ROLE ON BROADWAY?
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SAM MILLION
10-16-2021
12:19 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I FORGOT TO MENTION THAT MGM ALSO DYED MARIO'S BLACK HAIR BROWN WITH A REDDISH TINT. TOTALLY UNNECESSARY. MARIO DIDN'T LIVE TO SEE HIS HAIR GO GRAY, BUT THE MAKE UP PEOPLE IN "GREAT CARUSO" AGED HIM BY THE TIME OF THE CONCERT IN CHURCH WITH THE YOUNG BOY SOPRANO ADDING HIS VOICE. I THINK EVERYONE HERE KNOWS THAT THE VOICE WAS NOT THAT OF A BOY SOPRANO BUT RATHER THAT OF A TALENTED VOICE DOUBLE. I HAVE SPENT A MINIMUM OF 50.00 AT THE ARMENIAN STORE AND A MAXIMUM OF 200.00 FOR A TIME THAT A MALE PART WAS GIVEN TO HIM. IT HAS BECOME AN UNCOPIED FOCAL POINT OF "SEVEN HILLS OF ROME".
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SAM MILLION
10-16-2021
12:08 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
AS USUAL YOU ARE RIGHT KRIS. KUDOS! I MAY AS WELL TELL YOU THE SONG MR. DONETTI SINGS IS "THREE O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING". HE IS PROBABLY DUBBED BUT I CAN'T SAY FOR SURE AS NAISH HAD SUCH A WIDE RANGE OF CHARACTERS AND VOCAL VARIATION.
59290
SAM MILLION
10-16-2021
12:05 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
WHILE DRIVING AROUND TODAY IN OUR VAN I WAS PLAYING THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL CONCERT. I KNEW THE LAST NOTE OF "BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE" WAS PERFECT, RINGING THIS CONCERT. THE ONLY BAD NOTE WAS THE VERY LAST WITH "LA DONNA E MOBILE". THIS AND OTHER FLAWS WERE SURELY WHAT MADE LANZA KILL THE RELEASE OF THE SHOW. LUCKY FOR US THAT POSTHUMOUSLY RCA PUT IT OUT ON LP AND TODAY YOU CAN FIND IT ON CD AS WELL UNDER THE TITLE "LIVE FROM LONDON". OF COURSE WE ARE ALSO VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE SOME VIDEO CLIPS OF LIVE SHOWS LIKE THE LONDON PALLADIUM WITH A SVELTE LOOKING MARIO SINGING PERFECTLY DESPITE THE PHLEBITIS THAT PUT HIM IN A GREAT DEAL OF PAIN, THE SECOND CHRYSLER SHOWER OF STARS SHOW, AND SELECTED HIGH NOTES SUNG LIVE IN A COUPLE OF HIS MOVIES. LIKE TONIGHT IN TMK I ENJOYED HIM THROWING A HIGH NOTE AT KATHRYN'S VOCAL COACH AND LATER TO ARTHUR TREACHER. HE SINGS A LIVE NOTE IN "THE GREAT CARUSO" AFTER THE SNUFF TO CLEAR THE NOSE, ETC., ROUTINE. IN "BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE" HE SINGS LIVE AFTER SIGNING HIS AUTOGRAPH FOR HIS REAL LIFE MOTHER AND FATHER. NOTE THAT BY THE TIME HE HEADS FOR THE TRUCK WITH ALL THE OTHERS PILED IN, THE TRACK SWITCHES TO A RECORDING HE LIP SYNCS. IN "TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS" HE SINGS LIVE DOING SCALES FOR THE MAESTRO. WHO CAN NAME SOME OTHER EXAMPLES, IF ANY? ALSO, A TENOR IS HEARD SINGING "BE MY LOVE" FOR "THE SEVEN HILLS OF ROME" SCENE AFTER HE HAS MADE A PITCH TO GET A JOB AT THE ULPIA CLUB. IT WAS MARIO PURPOSELY SINGING LIKE A POOR TENOR!!
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Kristine C
10-15-2021
11:15 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Sam, Amparo was Jose' Iturbi's sister's first name, M-G-M straightened Mario's hair. I can't remember the song .
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SAM MILLION
10-15-2021
11:09 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
TONIGHT'S MOVIE WAS "THAT MIDNIGHT KISS". I KNOW I JUST SAW IT RECENTLY, BUT CAN ONE GET ENOUGH LANZA? OF COURSE NOT! I THOUGHT UP SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MOVIE:

1-JOSE ITURBI HAS A REAL LIFE SISTER WHO APPEARS IN THE MOVIE. WHAT WAS HER NAME?

2-WHAT DID THE STUDIO DO TO MARIO'S HAIR BEFORE FILMING?

3-J. CARROLL NAISH SINGS (OR IS DUBBED FOR) A LOVELY BALLAD THAT IS A STANDARD AT THE PARTY GIVEN FOR HIS SON AND FUTURE DAUGHTER IN LAW. NAME IT.

WE ARE HAVING OUR FIRST GARAGE SALE SINCE WE MOVED INTO OUR HOUSE IN 1990, WHEN WE HAD ONE CIRCA 1997. I REMEMBER IT WELL BECAUSE PEOPLE THAT CAME DIDN'T DO MUCH BUYING. OUR NEIGHBORHOOD ISN'T THE GARAGE SALE TYPE SINCE THEY ARE RATHER "UPPITY". I ACTUALLY MADE MORE MONEY SELLING SNO CONES TO THE KIDS!! IT MAY BE HOT ENOUGH TO REPEAT THAT TOMORROW. THE SNO CONE MAKER WORKS WELL AND MAKES ICE THAT IS FINE AS SNOW. AND I HAVE GOOD FLAVORS LIKE LIME, CHERRY, STRAWBERRY, AND ORANGE. ORANGE YOU GLAD I TOLD YOU ALL THIS, LOL?!
59287
SAM MILLION
10-15-2021
12:00 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
AFTER A BIG MEAL I WANTED TO JUST RELAX, SO SHOWED A DOUBLE FEATURE IN OUR THEATER. FIRST WAS "JOLSON SINGS AGAIN", THE FOLLOW UP TO "THE JOLSON STORY". LIKE THE FIRST MOVIE, THIS IS LOADED WITH CLASSIC SONGS AND THE JOLSON VOICE IS AT ITS RICHEST AND DEEPEST. NEXT, "THE SEVEN HILLS OF ROME" AGAIN BECAUSE I WANTED TO SEE WHAT I ALWAYS THOUGHT ABOUT THE MOVIE--THAT IT IS RATHER EMPTY STORY WISE AND THE SONGS DON'T COME VERY QUICKLY. MY FEELINGS HAVEN'T CHANGED ABOUT THE STORY OR LACK OF IT, BUT THEY HAVE INDEED CHANGED ABOUT THE FLOW OF THE SONGS. THEY ARE VERY EVENLY PACED AND MAKE FOR A NICE FLOW FOR THE FILM.


I HAVE SOME QUIZ QUESTIONS REGARDING IT:

1-WHAT ITALIAN WORD DOES RAFAELLA TELL MARIO WHEN SHE FIRST MEETS HIM? IT HAS TO DO WITH A "QUE SERA SERA" FEELING.

2-MARIO HAD TWO SONS. WHICH OF THEM IS MARIO'S CHARACTER NAMED FOR?

3-MARIO SINGS A LOVELY MEZZA VOCE SONG WHILE ON THE BOAT WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND. THE SONG IS INCOMPLETE SINCE THE STORY GETS IN THE WAY! NAME THE SONG.

COME ON--TRY TO BEAT KRISTINE THIS TIME!!
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SAM MILLION
10-14-2021
04:53 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
YES INDEED, VINCE. THE RAH VERSION IS SUPERIOR. SO FAR AS "NESSUN DORMA" GOES, MARIO'S VERSION (BOTH THE ONE USED IN "SERENADE" AND THE ALTERNATE TAKE ARE EXCELLENT. YOU ALL KNOW (AND LOVE I HOPE) ANOTHER ONE WHO SINGS THIS ARIA:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZq4REe8OSA
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
10-14-2021
11:58 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Vince, you are correct. Of course we can nitpick, and this is true of every song or aria sung by any singer. Lanza (and Bjorling) did a fabulous job with the slightly slower than usual tempo. From these two I would have it no other way. Remember, we are only talking fractions here.

Most tenors sing this aria a little faster and only in the hands of the most capable artists such as Lanza and Bjorling does this slower tempo succeed. In lessor hands, it could get a little sluggish which this aria is anything but. Mario and Jussi knew how to negotiate the tempo of the conductor, and make it even better than usual. The conductors probably knew these two tenors were among the best ever and purposely slowed things down a bit to showcase the voices in a way the audience could "savor" them better.

So good are these renditions, that I believe the best three "Nessun Dorma" ever sung live (not studio) are these two and Corelli. Unlike Corelli, who sang the complete opera in every major venue in the world dozens of times (and has been considered the best Calaf ever to sing it on the stage), neither Lanza or Bjorling ever sang Turandot live. Bjorling did, however, learn the complete role of Calaf when he made one of his last recordings of this opera for RCA.
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
10-14-2021
11:44 AM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228

A little something I was working on...
A simple song but as usual Mario sells it beautifully.
I always preferred his live performance of this at the Royal Albert Hall over his soundtrack recording.
https://youtu.be/KkMaZh5Rp7c
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
10-14-2021
11:14 AM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228
Thanks Sam, Gary, Martino and Derek.
It is a glorious live performance!
Derek, I do think the tempo is a tiny wee bit too slow. ;-)
But I will agree with you that the tempo certainly does allow us to wallow and bask in Mario's brilliance.
Fair play to Mario for dealing magnificently with the demands, actually he seems to be savouring it.
I really wish Rzsa had at the very least injected a small bit of pace and extra excitement coming out of the orchestral bridge into, "Dilegua, o notte! Tramontate, stelle!", he is so rigid with his metre that he doesn't see the opportunity to find that extra thrill there.
How's that for nitpicking! ;-) :-)
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Derek MainwaringPerson was signed in when posted
10-14-2021
10:08 AM ET (US)
IP: 24.13.214.89
Bravo once again, Vince, another fine video and a truly stunning performance by Lanza, the one that inspired the title "Singing to the Gods" for my second Lanza bio. It always makes me wish he had managed to summon up the elegance of that performance when it came time to record the aria for "Serenade." Rozsa has been criticized by some purists for his slower than usual tempo, but that's just nitpicking IMO. Besides, if nothing else, it gives you more time to bask in the glory of Lanza's fabulous singing.
59281
SAM MILLION
10-13-2021
05:01 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
MAGNIFICENT JOB DEAR VINCE. FROM THE STILLS TO THE CRISP SOUND TO THE CLEVER MATCHING OF VISUALS FROM FTFT TO THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL. OF COURSE WE HAVE COME TO THINK OF YOUR YOUTUBE OUTPUT AS NOTHING LESS THAN BRILLIANT!
59280
SAM MILLION
10-13-2021
04:50 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HI KRIS,

    GOOD JOB! YES, SHE SAW TWO DOCTORS AND IT WAS EITHER THE SECOND OR THIRD THAT SAID HE WOULD TAKE A CHANCE (SINCE THE OPERATION WAS NEW AND RISKY). JOHANNA SAID UNFAVORABLE ODDS DIDN'T SCARE HER AND SHE WANTED TO GET MARRIED BUT NOT UNTIL SHE COULD HEAR MARIO SPEAK/SING. THE GOAT'S NAME IS "MATILDA", WHICH YOU HEAR JOHANNA AND HER FATHER EXCLAIM SEVERAL TIMES WHERE THEY ARE "STUCK" AT THE NARROW ROADWAY LEADING TO THE BRUCKNER HOUSE. THE MAID WAS BEATING THE GOAT AND HIT MARIO A FEW TIMES AS HE TRIED TO SHIELD THE GOAT! VERY PERCEPTIVE OF YOU TO SINGLE OUT DIRECTOR RUDOLPH MATE' AS A CAMERAMAN TURNED DIRECTOR. WHEN HE SWITCHED JOBS, HIS KEEN SENSE OF PHOTOGRAPHY WENT WITH HIM--THERBY MAKING THE COUNTRYSIDE OF CAPRI AND OTHER LOCATIONS QUITE LOVELY.

MARISSA ALASIO STILL ALIVE? I THOUGHT FOR SURE PEOPLE HERE ON RENSE SAID THERE WERE NO SURVIVING CO-STARS OF MARIO'S EXCEPT JOHANNA. I AM GLAD THEY WERE WRONG AND THAT SHE IS 85 AND STILL WELL. MARISSA IN HER PRIME WAS KNOWN AS THE "SOPHIA LOREN" OF HER ERA. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE PHOTOS OF HER NOW.

INCIDENTALLY, CORELLI IN ANY LANZA FILM WOULD BE A BIG LETDOWN BECAUSE OF ACCENT LIKE YOU SAID. HE WOULD, HOWEVER, HAD A GOOD SCREEN PRESENCE WITH HIS HEIGHT, GOOD LOOKS, AND MANL Y DEMEANOR.
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Kristine C
10-13-2021
04:12 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Sam, I will have to guess because I haven't seen "For The First Time" in awhile. I think she saw 2 doctors. I can't remember the goat's name. Rudolph Mate' was a director of photography-cinematography before he became a movie director. Marissa Allasio is still alive and she is 85. I heard that she married into royalty. I think, Johanna had a singing voice. I also read,they didn't know how Mario Lanza could pass the physical before filming "FTFT", due to health issues, so they were thinking of replacing him with tenor Franco Corelli. But Corelli had a heavy Italian accent and thought he wouldn't be understood, so they stayed with Lanza in the movie.
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gary from Halifax
10-13-2021
02:45 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.175.132.12
Great job Vince.. I shall be watching this clip many times over. Cheers..Gary.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
10-13-2021
02:35 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Vince, as usual, you have given us an excellent youtube clip for us to enjoy Mario Lanza. The sync of the audio to the video was especially well done. In my opinion, in his interpretation, rhythm and tempo, Mario was influenced by the radio concert performance of Jussi Bjorling, just a few years before in 1944. They sing the aria in a very similar tempo and style.
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
10-13-2021
10:11 AM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228

One of my favourite Live Lanza performances, that I've finally put visuals to.
https://youtu.be/sJ6rX9yK9oE
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SAM MILLION
10-13-2021
08:33 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
THOSE QUESTIONS WERE FAIRLY EASY. HOW ABOUT TWO MORE WHICH ARE DIFFICULT? THEY WILL BASED ON "FOR THE FIRST TIME".

1-HOW MANY EAR DOCTORS DOES JOHANNA SEE BEFORE SHE FINDS THE ONE WHO WILL OPERATE?

2-THE BRUCKNER FAMILY GOAT IS CALLED WHAT NAME?

3-THE DIRECTOR OF THE MOVIE WAS RUDOLPH MATE. HIS WONDERFUL CAPTURING OF THE CAPRI SCENERY IS EXEMPLARY. WHY IS THIS SO?

THE LAST ONE IS PRETTY HARD BUT THE FIRST TWO WILL KNOW THE ANSWERS IF HE OR SHE HAS SEEN "FOR THE FIRST TIME" MULTIPLE TIMES. OKAY KRIS, GIVE THEM A DAY'S START AND THEN TRY TO ANSWER THEM!
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SAM MILLION
10-13-2021
01:02 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I DID SOME RESEARCH AFTER SCREENING THE MUSICAL EXCERPTS OF FTFT. HERE IS WHAT I LEARNED:

Marios costar was lovely Johanna Von Koczian who was born in 1933 in Germany.

ThE FTFT movie titles curiously list her as VAN and not Von.

She must still be alive as there is no notice of her death. More information about her can be found on the great movie website "IMDB" or Internet Movie Database Dot Com.

All the other women are dead. This does not include Luisa Di Meo, the young street urchin who sang Arrivederci Roma with her mentor Mario Lanza.
Edited 10-13-2021 01:05 AM
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SAM MILLION
10-13-2021
12:50 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HI KRIS! ONCE AGAIN YOU ARE THE FIRST TO PARTICIPATE. KNOW THAT I REALLY, REALLY APPRECIATE THAT. YOU ARE CORRECT ABOUT THE VALET'S NAME BEING "FINCH". ON THE SECOND QUESTION YOU GOT TWO OUT OF FIVE. MARIO AS ENRICO NAMED HER: "GLORIA GRAZZIANA VITTORIA AMERICA CARUSO". HERE IS EXACTLY THE FULL DIALOGUE (WHICH OUR GOOD FRIEND VINCE DI PLACIDO MADE A VIDEO OF: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ocje8VKorQo

ON ANOTHER NOTE, I WATCHED PARTS OF FOR THE FIRST TIME YET AGAIN AND SKIPPED AROUND TO JUST THE MUSICAL NUMBERS. ALWAYS A THRILL. THEN I RAN WEST SIDE STORY IN THE SAME MANNER. WHAT A GREAT FILM. I CAN'T IMAGINE WHY OR HOW THEY WILL MAKE A NEW VERSION. IT WILL BE RELEASED DECEMBER 10TH TO THEATERS AND THEN WE CAN SEE FOR OURSELVES.....
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Kristine C
10-12-2021
07:54 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Sam, I will take a guess in answering your questions, though, I haven't seen "The Great Caruso" in awhile. I will say Finch. Caruso's daughter names were Gloria America, but can't remember the other 3. I think he used his mother's name. "The Student Prince" was also a silent movie "The Student Prince of Heidelberg" with Ramon Novarro and Norma Shearer. There was no singing, due to no sound, though, Ramon Novarro had a singing voice. In fact, in one of Novarro's early 1930's movies, he sang "A Vucchella", which Mario Lanza sang in "The Great Caruso". Novarro introduced "Pagan Love Song". I watched the "American Masters" documentary about Rita Moreno, on PBS TV online(I didn't know it was on PBS TV on Oct. 5th). There were a few scenes from "The Toast of New Orleans", "Singin' In The Rain", and "Pagan Love Song"(Howard Keel and Esther Williams). She had a relationship with Marlon Brando, when they broke up, she almost committed suicide(he or anyone isn't worth that). She is a political activist, attended Dr. King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" Speech. She married a pyschiatrist or psychologist named Gordon and has a daughter. I think she lives near San Francisco. Congresswoman Jack Speier was with her, in one scene. Rita said after she received the Oscar for "West Side Story", she didn't receive many good movie offers. She looks great at 89 !
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SAM MILLION
10-12-2021
01:04 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
NO ANSWERS TO MY QUESTIONS YET?

I HAD ONE MORE LANZA FILM TO WATCH TO MAKE COMPLETE THE WEEK LONG SHOWS IN OUR THEATER. BUT THIS ISN'T REALLY A LANZA FILM BUT AN EDMUND PURDOM/ANN BLYTH MOVIE WITH MARIO'S VOICE BEING A HIGHLIGHT. WHO WOULDN'T BE MOVED BY "GOLDEN DAYS" AS PART OF THE ORIGINAL SCORE AND "I'LL WALK WITH GOD" AS PART OF THE WRITTEN FOR THE SCREEN SCORE.

I MUST RAVE ONCE MORE ABOUT THE NEW COSMOS MAX PROJECTOR. IT GAVE THE MOVIE A GREAT PICTURE POSTCARD LOOK THAT RAN FROM BEGINNING TO END OF THE FILM. THE MASKED BALL SCENE WAS PARTICULARLY EXCITING.

IN "I'LL WALK WITH GOD", NOTE PURDOM'S REVERENCE AND I LIKE HOW HE MOVES HIS HEAD DOWNWARD NEAR THE END OF THE SONG FOR A VERY FINE DRAMATIC EFFECT.

I DIDN'T THINK ORIGINALLY I WOULD LIKE ANN BLYTH AS A BLONDE BUT SHE LOOKS GREAT THAT WAY AND ANY OTHER WAY AS SHE IS A NATURAL BEAUTY.

"BELOVED" IS YET ANOTHER GREAT MOMENT. I AM GLAD THEY DECIDED TO USE THE RE-RECORDED VERSION AS IT IS THE BEST. THE OTHER ISN'T BAD BUT IT IS SOMEWHAT OVER THE TOP.

MORE DELIGHTS COME IN THE FORM OF CHARACTER ACTOR "CUDDLES" SAKALL (SHEESH!) AND THE VERY FINE EDMUND GWENN. LOUIS CALHERN MAKES A WONDERFUL KING. AND THE PICKLE PUSS "LUTZ" IS THE GUY YOU LOVE TO HATE.

GUESS THAT IS ABOUT ALL. I WROTE THIS IN A STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS MANNER.
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SAM MILLION
10-11-2021
12:13 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I PROPOSE TWO NEW "QUIZ" QUESTIONS REGARDING "THE GREAT CARUSO". I DON'T THINK THEY ARE TOO HARD.

1-IN THE MOVIE, PARK BENJAMIN, DOROTHY'S FATHER, HAS A PERSONAL VALET. WAS HIS NAME FESTUS, FLETUS, FINCH, OR FERDY?

2-TELL US THE FULL NAME MARIO AS ENRICO CARUSO GIVES TO HIS NEWLY BORN DAUGHTER. REMEMBER THAT MARIO SAYS TO ANN BLYTH: "THE NAME IS THE MAMMA'S PRIVILEGE--YOU ARE THE STAR OF THIS OPERA". THE LITTLE BABY GIRL RECEIVED FIVE NAMES IN FULL.
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SAM MILLION
10-11-2021
12:06 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I JUST FINISHED WATCHING THE "NEW" DVD OF "THE GREAT CARUSO". AND I THINK I CAN CALL IT NEW SINCE MY "NEW" PROJECTOR BROUGHT A QUALITY OF COLOR AND SHARPNESS TO IT THAT I HAD NOT WITNESSED BEFORE. NEEDLESS TO SAY I LOVED IT ALL OVER AGAIN.

I WASN'T EXACTLY READ TO GO TO BED AND SAW THAT THE 2005 DOCUMENTARY ON MARIO CALLED "SINGING TO THE GODS" WAS ON THE DISC. I WATCHED IT AND REALIZED HOW WONDERFUL A PRODUCTION THIS IS. IT COVERS SO MUCH OF MARIO'S LIFE AND DOES IT WELL. PLUS THERE IS HARDLY A MOMENT ON SCREEN WHERE THE LANZA VOICE ISN'T HEARD UNDERNEATH THE NARRATION OF THOSE INTERVIEWED--MOST NOTABLY OUR OWN DEREK MANNERING. ANOTHER PLUS IS THE SOUND QUALITY. WHETHER IN THE BACKGROUND OR IN SCENES FROM HIS MOVIES, THE SOUND IS BRILLIANT. LOUD AND CLEAR AS A BELL. GOSH, I'M SO GLAD I WASN'T SLEEPY TONIGHT!!
59268
Kristine C
10-10-2021
07:24 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Sorry to hear someone was killed by falling scenery in opera "Sadko" in Russia. Years ago, I read that happened to Ann Sothern, when she was in a play, "Everybody Loves Opal" in Florida. It injured her back and she had to walk with a cane in her older years.
59267
Len (UK)
10-10-2021
04:54 PM ET (US)
IP: 109.157.78.44
I have just read that a performer has sadly been killed by falling scenery in a performance of Sadko at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.Probably not unique but I have not heard of such a tragic incident previously.

Sadko is the Rimsky-Korsakov work from which 'Song of India' is derived; one of my favourite Lanza pieces. I would love to see the opera. All I have seen from it is the Jussi Bjorling exert on YouTube.

https://uk.yahoo.com/news/performer-dies-s...pera-084618766.html
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SAM MILLION
10-10-2021
12:41 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I KNOW I ALEADY WROTE A LOT ABOUT THE COSMOS PROJECTOR BUT I LEFT OUT ONE OF ITS IMPORTANT FEATURES. YOU WILL HAVE ACCESS TO HUNDREDS OF APPS INCLUDING BEING ABLE TO CAPTURE SITES LIKE YOUTUBE AND HBO MAX. TELL ME IF I AM WRONG BUT I HAVE NOT SEEN OTHER PROJECTORS WITH THIS FEATURE. AND ONE LAST OBSERVATION, OUR LARSGE PROJECTORS CAN DO 3D WHILE THE COSMOS CANNOT. HOWEVER THE ENGINEERS ARE GOING TO RELEASE FIRMWARE SO YOU CAN ADD 3D AND THE MANY APPS TO YOUR MACHINE!
Edited 10-10-2021 12:43 AM
59265
SAM MILLION
10-09-2021
11:32 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HI MARTINO. I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT KIND OF PICTURE YOU GET AS I HAVE THE EPSON 5040USB. IT IS ABOUT THREE YEARS OLD. IT IS ONE NOTCH BELOW YOURS. I OFTEN RAVED ABOUT THIS LCD MACHINE TO MY FRIENDS AND STILL DO AS YOU CAN PURCHASE ONE NOT FOR MY ORIGINAL COST OF 3,500.00 BUT REFURBISHED OR LIGHTLY USED ON EBAY FOR 1,700.00. IT IS THE ONLY PROJECTOR I HAVE EVER HAD THAT FADES TO BLACK. IT IS TRULY THE BEST PROJECTOR I EVER HAD. THE NEW ONE WHICH IS 4K HAS SOME DISTINCT ADVANTAGES WHICH I HAVE POINTED OUT. IT IS A DLP SYSTEM AND THE COLOR IS NOTICEABLY BETTER THAN THE EPSON TO THE POINT WHERE YOU ARE BLOWN AWAY WITH THE TECHNICOLOR LIKE QUALITY.

SO FAR AS USING WITH AMBIENT LIGHT, I SEE YOUR POINT. PEOPLE OUR AGE COULD TRIP AND GET HURT JUST GOING TO THE BATHROOM. BUT THERE ISN'T A PROJECTOR MADE THAT DOESN'T LOOK BETTER IN TOTAL DARKNESS. THERE IS ANOTHER 4K MACHINE CALLED THE "VAVA" (SILLY NAME!) WHICH HAS ENOUGH BRIGHTNESS TO RUN IN A ROOM WITH SOME LIGHT COMING IN. MY NEW ONE CAN DO THIS TOO BUT IT HAS LESS LIGHT OUTPUT THAN ANY OF THE FOUR MACHINES WE ARE DISCUSSING.

INCIDENTALLY, SINCE THE COSMOS UPSCALES SO WELL IT IS PROVIDING ME THE URGE TO RUN DVDS BESIDES JUST THE BLU RAYS THAT I FAVOR. AND, THE 4K DVD PLAYER (MINE IS AN LG I GOT A GOOD BUY ON FOR 79.99) ALSO UPSCALES. YOU CAN LOOK AT THE SKY OR BACKGROUNDS IN SCENES AND YOU SEE NO DISTRACTING VIDEO "NOISE". THE IMAGES ONSCREN ARE LIKE GLASS. CLEAR AND WITHOUT ARTIFACTS.

I HAVE NOW RE-RUN EVERY LANZA FILM IN THE LAST WEEK WITH BYM BEING THE LAST ONE. IT IS ALSO THE FILM BILL RONAYNE CHOSE TO SCREEN AT THE MUSEUM LUNCHEON OCTOBER 23RD. HE USES A VERY GOOD FLAT SCREEN TV, WHICH IF I HAD TO GUESS IS ABOUT 60 INCHES IN SIZE. THE GREAT CARUSO BLU RAY TAKEN FROM THE ORIGINAL TECHNICOLOR NEGATIVES IS GREAT. NO COMPARISON TO THE OLD STANDARD DVD VERSION.

INCIDENTALLY, I AM TOYING WITH THE IDEA TO APPLY FOR A JOB AT OUR LOCAL BEST BUY. I WOULD FEEL TOTALLY AT HOME SURROUNDED BY DOZENS OF TVS, LOTS OF AUDIO EQUIPMENT, ETC. MY ONLY FEAR IS WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN TO THE JOB WHEN I GO BACK INTO THE INEVITABLE DEPRESSION....

I WAS GOING TO SAY A FEW WORDS ABOUT BYM. I FIND IT A DELIGHT TO WATCH. IT FLOWS VERY WELL, HAS GOOD MUSIC THROUGHOUT, AND MARIO'S SINGING IS TOP NOTCH. THE ADDIO ALLA MADRE IN THE BEGINNING WOULD STAND UP TO ANY OTHER TENOR'S VERSION HANDS DOWN. I ALSO LIKE THE COMEDY ELEMENTS. I LIKE MARIO'S ACTING. HIS LIP SYNCHING IS VERY GOOD. NICE TO SEE HIS MOM AND DAD IN IT ASKING FOR HIS AUTOGRAPH. AND IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY YOU WILL SEE GLIMPSES OF TERRY ROBINSON DRESSED LIKE A SOLDIER. IT INCLUDES ONE OF THE BEST "LORD'S PRAYER", A HIGHLIGHT AND ALSO THE SCENE WHERE MARIO IS NICE AND FIT GOING INTO THE CHURCH TO SING AND GAINS 40 POUNDS ONCE HE COMES INSIDE IS HYSTERICAL. THE WARDROBE DEPARTMENT LIKELY HATED LANZA BUT THEY DID A GREAT JOB OF HIDING HIS WEIGHT (LIKE THEY DO FOR PREGNANT WOMEN--YOU WOULD NEVER KNOW THAT SHIRLEY JONES IN "THE MUSIC MAN" WAS PREGNANT DURING FILMING.) ANOTHER HIGHLIGHT IS GRANADA, NOT ONLY FOR HIS GREAT SINGING BUT FOR HIS USE OF HIS BODY AND HANDS (THE LANZA TRADEMARK FOR HIS "FIGHTER'S STANCE".) THE LAST NOTE MARIO SINGS IN THE FILM IS GLORIOUS AND FORTUNATELY HE HAS MORE VOLUME THAN DORETTA MORROW WHICH MAKES FOR AN EXCITING FINALE.

TOTALLY SHIFTING GEARS: I HEARD "CAVALCADE OF SHOW TUNES" WHILE DRIVING IN MY VAN ANTIQUING. THERE ARE THREE SONGS WHICH HAVE HIGH NOTES LIKE A BELL. AMONG THE BEST HE HAS EVER SUNG. ONE IS THE END OF "ROSE MARIE", THE OTHER IS THE END OF "ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE". AND THIRD IS THE END OF "ONLY A ROSE" "CHILLS RUN UP AND DOWN MY SPINE" TO QUOTE QNOTHR LANZA SONG. NAME THAT TUNE!!
59264
Martino1Person was signed in when posted
10-09-2021
10:57 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Hi Sam, I have an Epson Pro Cinema 6050UB and it is a little over a year old. These must be ordered and installed by authorized Epson dealers. I think it was about $5,000 or so, which is a bargain for the quality of this machine.

What is important is that the picture you enjoy is how you have set up the various modes and settings of your display. You are right, it does not have to be spot on as to ISF calibration specs. Calibrators usually take six hours or more to fully set up a projector. They use very expensive equipment, such as $40,000 image cameras and calibrate for various viewing options. I always have my equipment calibrated at two settings at least - for night viewing and day time viewing. Although I have light control in the room, I sometimes let some ambient light in so if I have guests they can see what they are doing and don't trip and fall. I use to have a third calibration for 3D, but I don't use that much anymore. In its place I have UHD/4K calibration. Even after all that, I tell the calibrator to enrich the greens just a bit because I watch a lot of golf tournaments. A green "push" so to speak, so even my system is altered somewhat in pure accuracy to accommodate my personal taste.

Enjoying Mario Lanza movies is just as important, maybe more so, than enjoying all the new (especially Sepia) audio CDs. The equipment we use to hear and see Lanza in all his glory is critical to obtain the full potential of the source material. Again, the important thing is that you are happy with your picture and sound. That is all that matters. Could you be happier with professional calibration both on your projector, and a professional calibration of your audio equipment? I don't know the answer to that question.
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SAM MILLION
10-09-2021
03:27 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HI AGAIN MARTINO.I FORGOT TO ASK YOU THE NAME AND MODEL NUMBER OF YOUR VIDEO PROJECTOR AND HOW OLD IT IS. ONE OF THE BIG DRAWS OF MY PROJECTOR (WHOSE FULL NAME IS THE "ANKER NEBULA COSMOS MAX 4K PROJECTOR) IS IT BEING TRUE 4K. THAT IS THE TOP RESOLUTION AVAILABLE TO DATE AS FAR AS I KNOW. DUE TO THIS, IT WILL UPSCALE STANDARD AND EVEN BLU RAY DVDS. ADD TO THAT A 4K DVD PLAYER (I BOUGHT ONE FOR ONLY 79.99) AND THIS WILL UPGRADE YOUR DISC EVEN FURTHER. I BOUGHT THE COSMOS STRICTLY ON A TRIAL BASIS. THE ONE EBAY OUTLET IS A DEALER THAT WORKS WITH THE FACTORY PRODUCING THE MACHINES (ANKER). YOU HAVE UP TO 30 DAYS TO RETURN IT. SHIPPING TO YOU IS FREE WHILE SHIPPING BACK YOU PAY. ALSO NOTE THAT THEIR SOUND SYSTEM IS TOUTED AS 3D WHICH MEANS THAT IT HAS AN AUDIO DISPERSION OF 360 DEGREES, SO NO MATTER WHERE YOU SIT FROM THE PROJECTOR THE SOUND QUALITY WILL BE THE SAME. IT HAS THE MOST UNUSUAL CASE EVER WITH ITS OVAL SHAPE. THE TOP OF THE MACHINE GLOWS IN RED THE NAME "NEBULA" ALONG WITH TINY SPECS OF WHITE LIGHT THAT LOOK LIKE A CONSTELLATION. A VERY "SEXY" FEATURE. LAST, IT HAS ENOUGH OUTPUTS AND INPUTS TO PLEASE EVERYONE. THE ONLY THING IT WILL NOT DO IS SHOW 3D DVDS. BUT THAT IS SOON TO BE ADDED WITH A FIRMWARE UPDATE THEY PLAN TO INTRODUCE BY THE END OF THE YEAR. TWO MORE SPECIFICS AND I AM DONE FOR NOW. IT PRODUCES UP TO A 150 INCH PICTURE (WHICH IS ABOUT MY SIZE OF OUR HOME THEATER SCREEN THAT IS 8FT BY 14 FT IMAGES. MY PROJECTOR SITS 18 FEET AWAY TO GET THE FULL SIZE. IT HAS A NEAT AUTO FOCUS FEATURE THAT TAKES ONLY A FEW SECONDS TO ACCOMPLISH. THE UNIT RUNS VERY QUIET AND I CANNOT HEAR THE FAN NOISE. IT DOESN'T GET HOT LIKE BULB MACHINES DO AS IT USED LEDS. LAST, THE REMOTE CONTROL IS SMALL AND VERY EASY TO USE WITH ITS SENSIBLE LAYOUT. ONE BUTTON ALLOWS TALKING INTO IT TO SELECT CHOICES OF APPS. MY EPSON HAS NO APPS BUT THIS COMES EQUIPPED WITH HBO MAX, YOUTUBE, AND MANY MORE OR YOU CAN GET WHAT YOU WANT BY ORDERING MORE.
59262
SAM MILLION
10-08-2021
11:35 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HI MARTINO. LET ME ADDRESS SOME OF THE POINTS YOU MADE. 1-PICTURE FROM MY COSMOS MAX PROJECTOR IS TOO SATURATED WITH REDS. IN PERSON THESE REDS "POP" AND LOOK JUST LIKE THE OLD 16MM PRINTS I USED TO COLLECT OF MUSICAL MOVIES. 2-I CAN ADJUST IT DOWN. FOR PROJECTORS I HAVE PURCHASED IN THE PAST I HAVE USED "WHITE CHRISTMAS" DVD AS MY REFERENCE DVD. THANKS TO VISTA VISION IT IS VERY SHARP AND HAS BEAUTIFUL COLOR THROUGHOUT. THE COSMOS HAS PLENTY OF LEEWAY REGARDING SETTINGS. SOME I DON'T EVEN KNOW PUPOSE WISE. AN EXAMPLE IS "GAMMA". THE FACTORY SETTINGS ARE ALWAYS 50 (OUT OF 100)SO I ADJUST UP AND DOWN FROM THERE. THE SIMPLEST ADJUSTMENTS ARE BRIGHTNESS (100 PERCENT) AND CONTRAST ( I USE ABOUT 65 PERCENT SINCE MORE MAKES THE PICTURE LOOK HARSH). ALL OF THE MORE SOPHISTICATED SETTINGS ARE FOUND IN "ADVANCE SETTINGS" AND INCLUDE COLOR INTENSITY, SATURATION, PICTURE MODES WHICH INCLUDE THREE--NORMAL, MOVIE, AND OFFICE. THEN THERE IS COLOR GAIN, COLOR TEMPERATURE,HUE, AND MORE THAT INCLUDE SETTING FOR THE THREE PRIMARY COLORS AND THE SECONDARY COLORS. WHEW! THAT IS QUITE A TASK.

I HAVE NEVER HAD A PROJECTOR CUSTOM CALIBRATED SINCE I CALIBRATE TO MY OWN REQUIREMENTS. THEY MAY NOT BE "TEXT BOOK" SETTINGS BUT THEY MAKE ME HAPPY. FOR EXAMPLE, I JUST STARTED SCREENING "BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE", THE LAST OF MARIO'S MOVIES I HAVE SCREENED IN THE PAST WEEK. FRANCESCA IN THE BEGINNING WEARS AN OUTFIT THAT "SCREAMS" WITH EXCITING COLOR. THEN THE SEGUE TO THE "ADDIO ALLA MADRE" BEGINS WITH THE SAME PICTURE "PUNCH". EVEN THE BUILT IN SOUND IS FULL AND HIGH ENOUGH TO SATISFY ANYONE.

I HAVE ASKED VINCE DIPLACIDO TO INCLUDE ONE MORE SCREEN SHOT WHICH SOMES FROM "THAT MIDNIGHT KISS". I THINK YOU WILL SEE THE COLOR IS MUCH MORE NATURAL WHEN HE POSTS IT. I THINK BACK TO THE DAYS WHEN "BEST BUY" WAS LIKE A SECOND HOME SINCE I LOVED COMPARING FLAT SCREEN TVS FROM 30 INCH TO 90 INCH SIZES. COLOR IS SO VARIABLE THAT IT WAS RARE TO SEE TWO SETS WITH THE SAME EXACT LOOK. EVEN WHEN THEY USE AN "IN HOUSE" FEED TO ELIMINATE WIDE VARIATIONS. I BOUGHT MY CURRENT 75 INCH SAMSUNG AFTER SEEING ANNA STAND BESIDE AN IMAGE OF A MODEL. THE MODEL LOOKED MORE LIFE LIKE THAN MY WIFE, LOL! TO MY EYES THE BEST COLOR IS FOUND ON THE LG "OLED" SYSTEM THAT HAS THE RICHEST BLACK LEVELS AND SHARPNESS. WE HAVE A 55 INCH LG OLED IN OUR KITCHEN NEXT TO THE TABLE. WE CAN SIT AS CLOSE AS THREE FEET AWAY AND BE VERY SATISFIED. MY NEW IPHONE 11 PRO HAS AN OLED SCREEN FOR BEST PICTURE I HAVE EVER HAD IN A CELL PHONE.

I THINK THE FACT THAT I AM USING THE "CHEAP" NEW 7 LB. PROJECTOR (COST FROM THE FACTORY FOR REFURBISHED UNITS IS 1,299.99.) OVER MY 25 LB. EPSON SAYS A LOT. I CAN RUN THE SOUND FROM THE COSMOS THROUGH MY SURROUND SOUND SYSTEM USING AN OPTICAL CABLE. THERE IS ONLY ONE AREA WHERE THE EPSON LCD BEATS THE COSMOS DLP IS FADE OUTS. THE EPSON FADES TO TRUE BLACK (THE FIRST PROJECTOR I HAVE OWNED THAT WILL DO THIS. DIGITAL PROJECTORS OFTEN HAVE A HARD TIME WITH FADES) WHILE THE COSMOS FADES TO A SUBDUED WHITE SCREEN.

OKAY, I HOPE I HAVE MADE MYSELF CLEAR. TIME TO GO BACK DOWN TO THE THEATER AND ENJOY "BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE" WHILE ANNA AND THE DOGS ARE IN BED. THEY CAN'T HANDLE THE VOLUME LEVELS I ENJOY!!
59261
Martino1Person was signed in when posted
10-08-2021
08:04 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Sam, you have a pretty good picture from your new projector and although it is difficult to make a judgement from just a screen shot by a hand held camera, when I click on the picture to enlarge it, I can tell you have way too much of what is known as "red push", probably from an inaccurate gamma adjustment. Your reds are too saturated and that causes not only your reds, but faces as well, to look less natural.

Take a look at this clip posted by Vince on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtHtChyCw0c. Watch the clip in its entirety. Then open two tabs, one with the youtub clip above, and one with an enlargement of the photo Vince posted for you. Then go back and forth in an A/B test. You will find that the youtube clip is certainly not perfect either (too high a contrast setting for one thing) but put the youtube setting on HD or Auto and you will see the colors a little closer to what they should be, both in the reds (which are vibrant but not saturated) and the faces, giving a more natural look to the entire scene. Look closely too at Lanza's face and all the colors of his costume and neck piece and I am sure you will see the difference. In your shot, Mario's face seems almost two tone, with the upper part being lighter and getting darker as you go down to the chin area where it becomes lighter again. The youtube clip shows no such progression in facial tone, seamless from the head to the neck. The color processing used by the studio was superb and does not need as much enhancement as you seem to have adjusted in your settings. The one quibble I have with the studio is that in this scene they did not pay much attention to depth of field photography. The people in the background, behind Lanza, are all too blurry. I know they focused on Lanza, but they could have sharpened the background a little better.

Since you have a new and high quality projector, I would suggest doing what I have done for years - hire a professional ISF certified calibrator to adjust your settings for accuracy. It is the best investment you can make and most people will notice the difference in natural color and overall picture quality right away. Even the highest quality projectors are helped with calibration. When everything is said and done you might not find the difference overly significant, but with professional calibration, you know you have unlocked the full potential of your display.
59260
SAM MILLION
10-08-2021
07:23 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
THANKS SO MUCH FOR UPLOADING THE SCREEN SHOT, VINCE. MAKE SURE ALL OF YOU HERE WHO ARE INTERESTED CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO SEE IT MUCH LARGER. THE GREAT COLOR IS THE RESULT OF THE 1,299.99 COSMOS MAX VIDEO PROJECTOR I HAVE BEEN SO TAKEN BY. HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND GREAT WEEKEND!
59259
Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
10-08-2021
02:54 AM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228

Sam asked me to upload this screenshot from his home cinema.
59258
SAM MILLION
10-08-2021
12:41 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
ENJOYABLE POSTS PRECEDING MINE HERE. I WAS WATCHING AN AWFUL MOVIE THIS EVENING WITH JENIFER JASON LEIGH CALLED "RUSH", WHEN SUDDENLY I STOPPED IT AND SAID TO MYSELF "YOU SHOULD BE WATCHING THAT MIDNIGHT KISS", WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT I DID. THE COLOR AND QUALITY WITH MY NEW COSMOS MAX PROJECTOR WAS STUNNING. SOME OBSERVATIONS ABOUT THE MOVIE. ONE, I THINK MARIO IS AT HIS PERFECT WEIGHT IN THE MOVIE. NOT TOO THIN (AS IN THE OPENING SHOTS OF HIM WITH FRANCESA IN BYM) AND CERTAINLY NOT HEAVY AT ALL. DESPITE WHAT HE LIKED TO TELL PEOPLE (THAT HIS VOICE IS BETTER WHEN HE HAS SOME WEIGHT ON), I FIND THAT NEGLIGIBLE. HIS VOICE HERE IS RICH AND EXCITING. ALSO, I AM AMAZED HOW J. CARROLL NAISH CAN TRANSFORM HIMSELF FROM MARIO'S FATHER IN TMK TO UNCLE NICKY IN TONO. THAT IS A REAL CHARACTER ACTOR FOR YOU. THOMAS GOMEZ PLAYED MANY HEAVIES IN FILMS, SO TO SEE HIM IN THE COMEDIC ROLE OF "THE GREAT BETELLI" IS A NICE CHANGE. HE PRACTICALLY STEALS THE SHOW WITH HIS ANTICS. I AM SURE SOME "LIGHTWEIGHT TENOR" DUBBED HIS VOICE. AND LET US NOT FORGET THE FAMOUS GRAYSON 44D BUST FELLOWS!! THE SINGING THROUGHOUT IS CONSISTENTLY EXCELLENT WITH NO GOING SHARP. I HAVE ALWAYS LIKED HOW MARIO IS INTRODUCED TO HIS AUDIENCE IN THIS, WITH HIS BACK TURNED, AND THEN YOU SEE HIS FACE. HIS ACTING IS SURPRISINGLY GOOD--ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING THIS WAS HIS FIRST TIME AT BAT. AND WHO CAN FORGET HIS HITTING HIGH NOTES IN THE FACES OF THE ACCOMPANIST AND ARTHUR TREACHER?! ITURBI IS GIVEN SEVERAL NUMBERS AND I FIND HIS PLAYING EXCELLENT. JUST THE OTHER DAY I WAS TALKING ABOUT HOW GOOD AN ACCOMPANIST CALLINICOS WAS. IN THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL PERFORMANCE LISTEN TO THE COLORING HE USES AND THE DYNAMICS. HE MAY NOT HAVE BEEN A GREAT PIANIST BUT CERTAINLY ONE WORTHY OF MARIO. MARIO KNEW THAT TOO AND KEPT HIM ON THE PAYROLL A LONG, LONG TIME DURING HIS CAREER. LAST FOR TONIGHT, I WANT TO SAY THE COMEDY IN TMK IS QUITE GOOD. I HAVE TO LAUGH EVERY TIME I SEE "PEMBERTON" HELPING GOMEZ BREAK UP THE DRESSING ROOM AND THROWING HEAVY OBJECTS OUT OF THE WINDOW. OH YES, THE ACCURACY IN KEEPING THE SETTING LOOK LIKE PHILADELPHIA IS SHOWN BY THEM USING THE THREE NEWSPAPERS WE USED TO HAVE HERE. THE PHILADELPHIA BULLETIN, THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, AND THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS. ALL GONE AS FAR AS I KNOW.
59257
Kristine C
10-07-2021
07:37 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
I didn't know about Rita Moreno Documentary being on PBS TV, the other night. I knew, sometime, it would be on PBS TV. I read that a number of her scenes in "Singin' In The Rain" were cut. I read her autobiography, though. I know she was involved with Marlon Brando and Elvis. Dorothy Dandridge was offered the part of Tuptim in movie version of "The King and I" , but turned it down, Rita Moreno got the part. By the way, Doretta Morrow played Tuptim in Broadway's "The King and I" and Linda Darnell played Tuptim in the movie "Anna and The King of Siam" with Irene Dunne and Rex Harrison(as the King).
59256
Kristine C
10-07-2021
07:30 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Remembering Mario Lanza, anniversary of his passing. Jan. 31, 1921-Oct. 7, 1959).
59255
Jim Thompson
10-07-2021
06:35 PM ET (US)
IP: 24.38.229.151
It never leaves the mind when this day comes. I had gone to sleep after a late shift at the radio station in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. My wife woke me saying she had just heard something about Mario. Sure enough I got the headlines, got dressed and drove back to the station. I tore everything on the Associated Press and other news wires and requested to follow every national press story with a few minutes of my own. A day to remember. I will treasure spending time with Maria Coccoza, Damon Lanza, Colleen Lanza and a long friendship with Elissa and her husband Bob as well as time with Terry Robinson. May God bless those not with us and those who are.
59254
Julie Page
10-07-2021
03:53 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
Thinking of Mario on this day that we lost him, now and always. The bio of Rita Moreno was interesting and surprisingly showed scenes from TONO which hardly ever happens. She was talking about the parts that she wasn't happy to be relegated to, so probably didn't care for that one either, so didn't make much of it. If anyone saw Tony Bennett on 60 mins. it was pretty amazing that he's so unaware ,yet when on stage he was the same Tony in mannerisms and his voice nearly the same. I've heard that music stays in one's memory in spite of everything else that's lost. Amazing!
59253
SAM MILLION
10-07-2021
01:00 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I ENJOYED A VERY UNSUAL FILM TONIGHT CALLED "SIMONE" WITH AL PACINO IN A ROLE AS A GUY WHO USES A SEXY BLONDE TO BETTER HIS FAILING FILM CAREER AS A DIRECTOR. WHAT NO ONE KNOWS UNTIL THE END IS THAT SHE IS TOTALLY COMPUTER GENERATED AND WHAT COMES OUT OF PACINO'S MOUTH IS WHAT COMES OUT OF THE GIRL'S MOUTH. IT IS UNUSUAL AND HOLDS YOUR INTEREST.

ON ANOTHER NOTE I TREATED MYSELF TO EXCERPTS FROM "THE TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS" AND REALIZED SOMETHING I HAD NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT--THE HIGH PRODUCTION QUALITIES OF THE FILM. MGM DIDN'T HOLD BACK IN THEIR SPENDING FOR THIS MOVIE. I WOULD GUESS THAT "THAT MIDNIGHT KISS" WAS SO POPULAR THAT THEY WANTED TO KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING. MANY SCENES ARE FILLED WITH BIG CROWDS! AND THE "TINA LINA" PRODUCTION NUMBER HAS NEVER BEEN EQUALED IN A LANZA FILM. FOR ONE THING, IT IT ONE OF THE FEW TIMES MARIO DANCES. IN "TINA LINA" I HAVE TO CHUCKLE AT HOW HE IS ALWAYS SEEN IN BETWEEN RITA MORENO AND HER LOVER. YOU SEE HIS FACE IN MOST OF THE NUMBER DESPITE HIM BEING IN THE BACKGROUND. IT WAS ALSO A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR SOME GREAT HIGH NOTES. HIS ACTING, CONSIDERING THIS WAS ONLY HIS SECOND FILM, HAS NUANCES THAT SHOW HIS NATURAL ACTING TALENT. FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN HE ASKS KATHRYN GRAYSON TO DANCE FOR THE FIRST TIME AND SHE GIVES IN, HIS FACE LIGHTS UP AND HE SAYS "FINE, FINE"--- DELIVERING THAT LINE WITH A SUBTLE INNUENDO THAT DELIGHTS. LATER IN THE FILM, WHEN HE AND UNCLE NICKY AS PLAYED BY J.CARROLL NAISH, ARE BATTLING THE STORM THAT TEARS APART THEIR BOAT, YOU FEEL A REAL SENSE OF DREAD---ALSO SOMETHING NOT FOUND IN MOST LANZA FILMS. LIKE VINCENT PRICE IN SERENADE, NAISH DELIVERS PLENTY OF GOOD QUIPS. ONE OF THE BEST EXAMPLES IS WHEN NAISH IS SEATED NEXT TO VINCENT PRICE. HE SEES THE ROTUND SINGER ONSTAGE PERFORMING WITH GRAYSON. MY NEXT SENTENCE IS NOT VERY ACCURATE BUT I KNOW Y'ALL WILL GET THE POINT. I BELIEVE DAVID NIVEN TELLS NAISH SOMETHING ABOUT THE SINGER ABOUT TO DIE IN TERMS OF THE OPERA'S STORY. NAISH SAYS "HE SHOULD"! ANOTHER GREAT EXAMPLE COMES RIGHT AFTER MARIO SINGS THE SCALES WITH THE MAESTRO TO DETERMINE HIS VOCAL RANGE. HE HITS A VERY HIGH NOTE AND THE CHANDELIER SHAKES. NAISH TRIES TO HIT A HIGH NOTE (WITH A TOTALLY UGLY SOUND) AND NOTHING HAPPENS--TO HIS DISMAY!
59252
SAM MILLION
10-06-2021
06:51 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I ALSO FOUND RITA MORENO'S BIOGRAPHY OFFBEAT. SHE SPEND THE FIRST THIRD OF THE BOOK TALKING ABOUT HER MAMMA AND PUERTO RICO. IT IMPROVED SOMEWHAT WHEN SHE GOT TO THE UNITED STATES.

HEY, I THINK I AM THE FIRST ONE TO CALL THIS: TOMORROW IS MARIO'S DEATH DAY--OCTOBER 7TH. TCM SHOULD HAVE SOMETHING LINED UP, BUT JUDGING FROM THE PAST COUPLE YEARS THAT DOESN'T AMOUNT TO ANYTHING SIGNIFICANT. WE FANS WOULD LIKE TO SEE HIS MEMORY PRESERVED, BUT IN ACTUALITY WE HAVE ALL HIS FILMS WHETHER ON VHS OR DVD. MY FIRST EXPOSURE TO THE GREAT CARUSO CAME VIA AN AUDIO TAPE MY FRIEND RON (WHO AT THE TIME WAS STATIONED IN GERMANY) SENT ME ON A REEL TO REEL TAPE. THE MOVIE IS GREAT EVEN THAT WAY. I WAS IMPRESSED HOW IT MOVES SO WELL AND HOW MUCH GREAT SINGING IS IN THE MOVIE!IF ANYONE DOES SEE A FILM OF HIS SHOWN LOCALLY OR NATIONALLY, DO LET US HERE KNOW....
59251
Stephen of Las Vegas
10-06-2021
06:02 PM ET (US)
IP: 68.229.43.168
Of course, she could have spoken of that movie and Mario, but it could have been left on the cutting room floor! I remember looking at her autobiography a few years ago and I don't believe she had anything substantial to say about him. I think I found two or three pages where she mentioned him and I probably found them in the index.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
10-06-2021
05:33 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Stephen, thanks for alerting us to the Moreno special. I have PBS as an app and I dug it out and watching her special now. So far it has been very interesting and well done. I also noticed those clips from TONO. I was surprised that they showed at least half a dozen or more clips with Mario, considering how inconsequential her role and appearance in this picture was. I'm not surprised, however, that she did not mention Mario during her interview. In Moreno's long and distinguished career, having worked with the greatest stars over the course of two or three generations, she probably considers her early work in TONO as merely a blip on the radar of her incredible career and of no particular significance.
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Stephen of Las Vegas
10-06-2021
04:39 PM ET (US)
IP: 68.229.43.168
I don't know if anyone else posted about this, but last night PBS American Masters had a 90-minute special on Rita Moreno. I think it was the first run for this. Extremely interesting. There were 3 or 4 very brief shots from The Toast of New Orleans with Mario, but she didn't make any mention of him. You may be able to see it on your PBS station's site if it's not repeated soon on TV. Perhaps someone will post it on Youtube. Oops, it is on the PBS site. Better watch it while it's available...sometimes these disappear after a few days:

https://www.pbs.org/video/rita-moreno-just...o-go-for-it-zv0jcq/
Edited 10-06-2021 04:46 PM
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SAM MILLION
10-05-2021
11:41 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
IT JUST SO HAPPENS THAT TONIGHT I DO HAVE SOMETHING MARIO TO DISCUSS. I WENT DOWNSTAIRS AND PUT ON THE GREAT NEW PROJECTOR I HAVE BEEN TOUTING FOR WEEKS HERE. I COULDN'T BELIEVE MY EYES. "FOR THE FIRST TIME" ON MY OLD STANDARD DVD LOOKED LIKE BLU RAY. AS GOOD AS OR BETTER THAN THE NEW "GREAT CARUSO". THE IMAGES WERE SATURATED WITH RICH COLOR, THE SOUND WAS EXCELLENT, AND THE MOVING IMAGES LOOKED LIKE "GLASS" ON THE SCREEN WITH NO VIDEO NOISE, SPECS, OR OTHER ARTIFACTS AFFECTING THE ENJOYMENT OF THE LAST LANZA FEATURE. HIS SINGING IS SUPERB IN THIS FILM, SAVE FOR THE STRAINED "LA DONNA E MOBILE" IN THE RAIN. I WISH I KNEW HOW TO ADD A PHOTO TO THIS POST TO SHOW OFF WHAT I AM ADDRESSING. IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED TO SEE A STILL OF FTFT AS I SAW IT TONIGHT, JUST EMAIL ME AND I WILL SEND IT TO YOU. I AM SMS5565@GMAIL.COM. FOR EXAMPLE, ZSA ZSA GABOR'S RED DRESS SEEMED TO HAVE A LIFE OF ITS OWN IN INTENSITY. THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW COULD BE ENJOYED IN OTHER SCENES FROM "COME PRIMA" TO "VESTI LA GIUBBA". I HAVE ALWAYS FOUND THE FILM TO BE EASY TO WATCH AND VERY EASY ON THE EARS WITH EACH GREAT ARIA OR SONG. DOES ANYONE KNOW IF MARIO'S CO-STAR JOHANNA IS STILL ALIVE AND IF SO HOW OLD SHE IS? I AM FLOORED BY RITA MORENO, WHOSE FIRST MOVIE WAS "THE TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS". SHE IS 89 AND WILL BE APPEARING IN THE UPDATED "WEST SIDE STORY". INTERVIEWS OF HER ARE AMAZING. SHE DOESN'T LOOK HER AGE AT ALL. IF ONLY MARIO COULD HAVE LIVED EVEN HALF AS LONG AS SHE....
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SAM MILLION
10-05-2021
07:52 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HI GUYS! I HAVE COME UP EMPTY THE LAST TWO DAYS IN FINDING SOMETHING TO POST ABOUT OUR MARIO. SO, I THOUGHT I WOULD SHIFT GEARS AND TELL YOU ABOUT AN EIGHTIES MOVIE I JUST SCREENED AND HOW MUCH I ENJOYED IT. YOU MAY KNOW IT SINCE I THINK IT WAS PRETTY POPULAR WHEN RELEASED. THE TITLE IS "THE BUTCHER'S WIFE" STARRING DEMI MOORE AND JEFF DANIELS. MOORE NEVER LOOKED SO LOVELY AND HER ACTING WAS RIGHT ON. THE FILM IS A LOVE STORY/FANTASY ABOUT DEMI, A GIRL WHO LIVED IN A LITTLE TOWN AND HAD SPECIAL "POWERS". SHE MEETS THE GUY WHO HER POWER TOLD HER WOULD BE THE IDEAL MATE AND SHE MARRIES HIM! THE BUTCHER LOVES HER BUT STARTS NOTICING ALL THE "WITCHCRAFT" SHE STARTS PRACTICING BEING CLAIRVOYANT AND AIMING AT HIS MEAT CUSTOMERS. HE SHRUGS IT OFF BAT FIRST BUT LATER THINGS GET SO COMPLICATED THAT HE CANNOT HOLD BACK AND ACTUALLY HAS AN AFFAIR WITH ONE OF HIS CUSTOMERS--WHO JUST HAPPENS TO SING EXACTLY LIKE HIS FAVORITE SINGER--BESSIE SMITH. HE LOVES THE BLUES BOTH WOMEN SANG. I WON'T GO FURTHER AND SPOIL IT IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IT. IF SO, LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF IT. THE DVD WAS IN MY PILE OF DISCS TO DONATE TO THE LIBRARY. BUT NOW I AM PUTTING IT BACK INTO MY COLLECTION OF 4,000 DVDS. CRAZY NUMBER, HUH? ANNA SAYS SHE COULD HAVE ADDED A WING TO OUR HOUSE WITH WHAT I SPENT ON DVDS, LOL.
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Bill Ronayne
10-03-2021
04:28 PM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.188.165
Thanks Sam. I neglected to post about the upcoming event at the Mario Lanza Museum.

October 23, 2021 1pm-4pm

Mario Lanza Institute & Museum
1214 Reed Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Come enjoy a delicious lunch and watch a complete showing of "Because You're Mine" starring Mario Lanza, Doretta Morrow and James Whitmore.
$30 per person. 50/50 raffle. Seating is limited and on a first come first paid basis. Street parking is available.
Checks should be mailed to the museum address above. Credit card payments can be made over the phone by calling call 215-238-9691. Please note that there is a fee for credit card payments.

Best, Bill
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Dennis1Person was signed in when posted
10-03-2021
01:40 AM ET (US)
IP: 76.126.57.19
Good one, Sam! You were a Mario booster from the beginning!
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SAM MILLION
10-02-2021
11:47 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
TONIGHT'S FILM FOR ME IN OUR HOME THEATER WAS "YES, GIORGIO" WITH GOOD OLD RELIABLE LUCIANO PAVAROTTI. DESPITE A PLOT WEAKER THAN MOST OF MARIO'S MOVIES, I had forgotten how much comedy it has-like near the beginning a nun who has a flat tire is picked up by Pav and all the way to the airport she keeps denying it is actually him, and he keeps singing as proof. But by the end of the ride she says she knew it was him all along and all she wanted was a free concert!
 The film is also in my favorite ratio of 1:85 which means it fills the entire screen while a film like Seven Hills of Rome Is 2:35 and has black bars top and bottom.
THE FILM IS LOADED WITH MUSIC AND SPACED EVENLY THROUGHOUT. HE DOES AT LEAST 7 ARIAS (ALL FAMOUS LIKE "NESSUM DORMA", 6 SONGS LIKE "FUNICULI, FUNICULA, AND A SONG WRITTEN JUST FOR THE MOVIE. IT TAKES PLACE BOTH IN ITALY AND NEW YORK. KATHRYN HARROLD IS HIS CO-STAR AND SHE IS A STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL, BUXOM, GAL.AND HAVING EDDIE ALBERT AS GIORGIO'S MANAGER ADDS A TOUCH OF CLASS. LIKE SEVEN HILLS OF ROME, THERE ARE FREQUENT SCENES OF THE COUNTRYSIDE. PAV AND HIS "NEAR LOVE" KATHRYN EVEN TAKE AN EXCITING HOT AIR BALOON RIDE. ALSO NOTEWORTHY IS HOW GOOD PAVAROTTI'S LIP SYNCHING IS. TRUE, HE IS VERY HEAVY BUT CARRIES IT WELL.

THIS FILM HAS SPECIAL MEANING TO ME. I WENT WITH MY VERY DEAR UNCLE BILL IN 1982 TO SEE IT AND WHEN THE REPORTERS OUTSIDE THIS PREMIERE LEARNED I WORKED IN THE TEMPLE UNIVERSITY FILM LIBRARY, THEY CAME OVER TO INTERVIEW ME. I HAVE THE INTERVIEW SOMEWHERE ON VHS TAPE, WHICH I RECORDED LATER IN THE EVENING AT HOME. I REMEMBER WHAT I SAID: "HE'S NO MARIO LANZA, BUT HE DOES A COMPETENT JOB". AND WITH THAT I WILL SAY GOODNIGHT MY FRIENDS.....

Sent from my iPhone
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SAM MILLION
10-02-2021
12:29 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
KRISTINE, I REMEMBER "THAT'S HOLLYWOOD" BUT OF COURSE NOTHING SURVIVES FROM THAT SHOW AS FAR AS I KNOW. HOWEVER YOU CAN ORDER "HIDDEN HOLLYWOOD", WHICH I STRONGLY RECOMMEND BY GOING TO AMAZON WITH A SEARCH. YOU CAN GET IT USED FOR ONLY $5.60! HERE IS THEIR DESCRIPTION:D

Product Description
Take an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at rare and exciting musical and dance sequences deleted from classic Fox films! Vital to an age devoted to film preservation and restoration, this collection of rarities offers behind-the-scenes stories about the cutting of major footage from movies and shows these outtakes as they would have originally been seen. Includes: "Hop, Skip and Jump" performed by Shirley Temple (deleted from "Little Miss Broadway"); a dance number performed by Betty Grable (deleted from "Footlight Serenade"); "The Woof Song" performed by Bert Lahr (deleted from "Love and Hisses"); two dance sequences featuring Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, cut from the film "Cafe Metropole," including the original opening sequence; "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better" performed by Ethel Merman and Dan Dailey (deleted from "There's No Business Like Show Business"); Katherine Hepburn's first appearance on film in an early screen test made in 1932, in which she performs a scene from "The Animal Kingdom."

Amazon.com
The proper title isn't so much Hidden Hollywood as Cool Stuff We Found in the Vault at Twentieth Century Fox. This grab bag consists of segments snipped from Fox pictures for reasons of length or content, and the results are uneven but fascinating. Musical numbers abound and provide some fun, but Fox wasn't exactly MGM (and remember, this is the material deemed expendable). The jewels in the first volume include two routines from Caf Metropole, starring the graceful dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, and a bizarre patter song by Bert Lahr that qualifies as authentic American surrealism (as host Joan Collins admits, the studio cut the song because they were completely bewildered by it). There's also an entire, self-contained sequence from the omnibus film We're Not Married, featuring an irascible Walter Brennan in an amusing Tobacco Road-style vignette. Plus, Edward Everett Horton does a pantomime of Gypsy Rose Lee: a golden 10 seconds. --Robert Horton

BY THE WAY, THE LUNCHEON AND MOVIE AT THE WONDERFUL NEW LANZA MUSEUM WILL BE HERE BEFORE YOU KNOW IT. IT IS OCTOBER 23RD STARTING AT 1 PM. I SO LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING OLD FRIENDS AND ENJOYING ALL THE MUSEUM HAS TO OFFER!
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Kristine C
10-01-2021
11:34 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Sam, it sounds familiar. Years ago, there was a show called "That's Hollywood", narrated by Tom Bosley. It would show scenes from movies at 20th Century Fox. For instance, they showed the film footage that Tyrone Power made for "Solomon and Sheba" with Gina Lollobrigida and a sword fight scene with George Sanders, up until, Power complained he didn't feel well and retreated to his dressing room, when he had the heart attack. If you remember, 20th Century Fox had to scrap all the scenes, so far, that were filmed, start over with Yul Brynner replacing Tyrone Power after he passed away. In the case of Jean Harlow, she filmed most of her scenes for "Saratoga", when she became ill , passed away. The remaining scenes were filmed with her stand in. One segment, they had, was censored scenes. In the movie "Cafe' Metropole"(starring Tyrone Power), there was a scene, where a white woman wanted to meet Bill Robibson's character and he danced with a white woman in dark make up. The studio said these scenes won't pass the censor, so they were deleted.
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SAM MILLION
10-01-2021
10:30 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I JUST WATCHED PART OF A DVD AND IMMEDIATELY THOUGHT ABOUT KRISTINE AND HER GREAT DETAIL TO INTERESTING FILM FACTS. THE DVD IS CALLED "HIDDEN HOLLYWOOD" AND IS ABOUT SCENES CUT FROM WELL KNOWN 20TH CENTURY FOX FILMS. FOR EXAMPLE, THERE IS A RARE DANCE SHIRLEY TEMPLE DOES WITH BILL BOJANGLES ROBINSON FROM THE 1938 "LITTLE MISS BROADWAY". THE DVD IS NARRATED BY JOAN COLLINS AND INCLUDES COLOR AS WELL AS BLACK AND WHITE FOOTAGE. THEY SAID IT IS ESTIMATED THAT 75 PERCENT (!) OF ALL SILENT MOVIES ARE LOST AND THAT 50 PERCENT OF FILMS MADE UP TO 1950 ARE GONE BY HALF. I HAVE ONLY SEEN ABOUT 40 PERCENT OR LESS OF THE DVD AS I HAD RUN THE FEATURE "FLASHDANCE" AND I WAS GETTING PAST MY USUAL BEDTIME. INCIDENTALLY, I HAD FORGOTTEN HOW GOOD FLASHDANCE IS. GREAT SCREEN MOMENTS LIKE JENNIFER BEALS DATING MICHAEL NOURI (HER BOSS) AND ON ONE DATE IN A RESTAURANT SHE IS EATING LOBSTER IN SUCH A SEXY WAY (CHEWING AND SWALLOWING) THAT IT TURNS HER BOSS ON. BUT EVEN BETTER IS WHEN SHE TAKES OFF ONE OF HER SHOES AND SLIPS HER FOOT INTO HIS CROTCH AND RUBS. THE LOOK ON HIS FACE IS PRICELESSDF!
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Diane Cox
09-30-2021
12:17 PM ET (US)
IP: 23.127.59.195
Ms. Netrebko turned 50 recently.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
09-29-2021
05:25 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Yes, Gary, that is a beautiful duet and Alvarez/Netrebko sang it just like it should be sung. They were marvelous. Both were at the height of their careers at this time and Netrebko never looked or sounded more beautiful. I love it when the tenor goes for the high C at the end, and although Alvarez did not, he sang with great effect.
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gary from Halifax
09-29-2021
04:50 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.175.132.12
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nEu8BNVCeA

Mentioning Alvarez made me think of this duet which I adore with all my heart. Cheers..Gary
Edited 09-29-2021 04:50 PM
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gary from Halifax
09-29-2021
04:42 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.175.132.12
Regarding Alvarez..yes Martino he possessed a beautiful voice at his finest..Here is a quick excerpt from none other than Pippo who had this to say.. Re. Alvarez (circa 1994)

He had several unsuccessful auditions at the Teatro Coln in Buenos Aires. By fortunate coincidence, the legendary tenor Giuseppe di Stefano heard him at one of those auditions and urged him to go to Italy. "You have good instincts; you remind me of myself when I was a young man", di Stefano told him. Turning to the other people present, di Stefano commented, "this young man sings with his heart, he will have a great career!"
Edited 09-29-2021 04:44 PM
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SAM MILLION
09-28-2021
08:54 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I WANTED TO ADD TO MY POST BELOW ONE WORD THAT SUMS UP THE LANZA MAGIC. THIS IS A WORD I READ IN THE CALLINICOS BIOGRAPHY ON MARIO. IT IS: OROTUND! THAT MEANS FULL, ROUND, AND IMPOSING. DO WE NEED ANY MORE THAN THAT FROM A GREAT SINGER?!
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SAM MILLION
09-28-2021
05:59 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
TRAVELING IN THE VAN TODAY I LISTENED TO MARIO'S "CAVALCADE OF SHOW TUNES". I CAME TO AN INTERESTING CONCLUSION BESIDES SAYING THIS IS AN EXCELLENT ALBUM. MARIO'S VOICE IS NOT ONLY EXCITING ON THE HIGH NOTES, BUT HE HAS RESONANCE AND EVEN SOME SQUILLO IN THE MEDIUM RANGE. ONLY THE LOWEST RANGE DOESN'T HAVE THE IMPACT. I HAVE HEARD OVER THE YEARS PEOPLE SAYING HE HAD AN EXCELLENT LOW RANGE BUT I THINK IT IS ONLY "GOOD". LICITRA AND ALVAREZ HAD VERY LITTLE RINGING TO THEIR VOICES BUT THEY WERE VERY ENTERTAINING, PROFESSIONAL, LIKABLE, AND TALENTED. BUT THERE IS ONLY ONE MARIO LANZA!
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
09-28-2021
08:53 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
I have seen that video, Sam. It is rather old but wears well. Licitra died ten years ago in a scooter accident. Both singers were at their prime when this video was shot (beautifully I might add) and they gave a pretty good concert overall.

Alvarez, at his best, possessed an incredibly beautiful voice, especially in the more lyric roles than the dramatic ones he has sung for the last dozen years or so. Those roles have taken a toll on his voice, as has age (I think he is 60). I've not heard of him for some time and if he is still singing opera at all it may be in the smaller venues and giving concerts now and then. But back when this video with Licitra was made his voice was still radiant. I consider Alvarez to have been the better of the two singers but Licitra still had potential to improve at the time of his death.
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SAM MILLION
09-28-2021
02:12 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I WATCHED A DVD CALLED "DUETTO"TONIGHT SINCE ANNA HAS THE STANDARD DVD SOLD TO A CUSTOMER. SHE IS GETTING A SURPRISING $22.00. THEN I WENT TO AMAZON AND SEE THEY SELL IT FOR $55.00!! I LIKED BOTH TENORS---LICITRA (ITALIAN) AND ALAVAREZ (ARGENTINIAN). ONE HAS GREY HAIR AND THE OTHER IS BLACK. BOTH HAVE GOOD STAGE PRESENCE AND BOTH SMILE TO THEMSELVES AND TO THE AUDIENCE OFTEN. IT IS SET IN THE ROMAN COLISEUM OUTDOORS. THE ORCHESTRA IS LARGE AND PLAY FOUR OF THE TRACKS INCLUDING "INTERMEZZO FROM CAVELARIA RUSTICANNA". THE ONLY RECOGNIZABLE ARIAS ARE "E LUCEVAN LE STELLE" AND "LAMENTO DI FEDERICO". THEY DO "MARIA" BUT IT IS NOT THE ONE FROM WEST SIDE STORY! MOST OF THE OTHER SONGS ARE ITALIAN AND I DIDN'T RECOGNIZE ANY. THERE IS ALSO A CD OF IT WHICH IS MUCH CHEAPER AND LIKELY JUST AS ENTERTAINING. HAVE ANY OF YOU SEEN OR HEARD IT?
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Bill Ronayne
09-27-2021
09:34 AM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.184.213
Thanks Linz for your kind words about the newsletter.
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Bill Ronayne
09-27-2021
09:28 AM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.184.213
Hi: Just so there's no confusion about the Ball Weekend in Philadelphia. Here's the information as there are a few typos in Sam's post:

Mario Lanza Ball

Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 6:00pm.
IATSE Ballroom $125 per person.
Scholarship winner performances, video presentation, auction and dinner and dancing to Over the Top Entertainment. Wine, beer and soft drinks are included in the admission price. All other drinks are cash bar. This is in effect for the entire event. Coat check is complimentary and free onsite parking is available.

Mario Lanza Museum

Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 1:00pm.

A special luncheon, which will include a complete showing of Serenade, will take place at the Lanza Museum on Sunday the 21st. $30 per person. Lunch will be from 1:00pm 1:45pm and the movie will start promptly at 2:00pm. Seating is limited to 30 people and on a first come first paid basis. No refunds or credits. No exceptions. Street parking. Please RSVP ASAP as events at the museum sell out fast.

Hotel accommodations for out of towners are available at the DoubleTree Hotel in Center City at $189+ tax per night. Reservations must be made by October 15th to get the special price. For more information about the weekend, email info@mariolanzainstitute.org or call 215-238-9691. For those that cannot attend and would like to make a contribution, online donations can be made on our website www.mariolanzainstitute.org or sent to Mario Lanza Institute 1214 Reed Street Philadelphia, PA 19147.

Best, Bill
Edited 09-27-2021 09:30 AM
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SAM MILLION
09-27-2021
08:54 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
SO HAPPY THAT PEACE HAS RETURNED TO OUR FORUM. IT SHOWS THAT WE DO HAVE STRENGTH TO SETTLE PROBLEMS IN A NON VIOLENT MANNER. LINZ, I AGREE THAT SERENADE WOULD BE A FINE CHOICE FOR WB HOME VIDEO TO GIVE THE SAME TREATMENT IT GAVE TO PROCESS THE GREAT CARUSO. AS TO WHICH IS BETTER?---SERENADE OR GREAT CARUSO, I JUMP BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN EACH FILM AS TO WHICH IS MARIO'S GREATEST. PERHAPS A BETTER APPROACH WOULD BE HOW THEY FIT LANZA. HE WASN'T PLAYING HIMSELF IN GC AND HE WAS YOUTHFUL AND IN BETTER PHYSICAL SHAPE OVER ANY OTHER FEATURE. DURING THIS PERIOD GC WAS THE BEST. WITH SERENADE HE HAD ALREADY SHIFTED INTO THE LATER, OLDER, MARIO--ONE WHOSE VOICE WAS DEEPER IN TONE . HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED HIS SPEAKING VOICE DURING THE MOVIE WAS LOWER AS WELL? AND HIS ACTING THE BEST? WELL IT SURELY WAS. THE FILM IS FULL OF GREAT ARIAS AS IS GC AS WELL AS NEAPOLITAN SONGS. HE NEVER LOOKED MORE UNLIKE HIMSELF WITH THAT UNBELIEVABLY HIGH POMPADOUR AND HIS VERY NOTICEABLE WEIGHT CHANGES (THINK THE SCENE OF HIM IN BED AFTER HE FIRST AWAKENS FROM THE SLEEP THAT LASTED DAYS). THIS HAPPENED NOTABLY IN BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE TOO. YET HE WAS MUCH SLIMMER IN SEVEN HILLS OR ROME AND FOR THE FIRST TIME AS HE HELD HIS WEIGHT THE SAME IN MOST SCENES. BILL ALWAYS DOES A GREAT JOB WITH HIS LANZA NEWSLETTERS. I HAVEN'T BEEN SIGNED UP FOR THEM BUT I THINK I SHOULD TALK WITH BILL SOON.

CARMEL: I AM HAPPY KNOWING YOU REMEMBER ME, ANNA, AND RON. BACK THEN I HAD A HARD TIME KEEPING MY EYES OF OF YOU AS YOU WERE A TRUE "CUPCAKE".(ANY SEXIST REMARKS WILL BE MADE ONLY BY DIRTY OLD MEN, LOL). THESE DAYS THE CUPCAKE HAS TRANSFORMED INTO A MATURE LADY WITH PLENTY OF GLAMOUR. PLEASE DO POST HERE AS OTHERS HAVE SUGGESTED. YOU MAY NOT KNOW AS MUCH AS YOUR HUSBAND ARMANDO ABOUT MARIO, BUT READING HERE WILL ASSIST IN YOUR LEARNING. PLUS WE NEED MORE WOMEN ON THIS FORUM!

SPEAKING OF BILL, I JUST RECEIVED THE INVITATION TO THIS YEAR'S MARIO LANZA BALL. IT IS A TOTALLY REVISED LETTER THAT I WOULD LIKE SHARING WITH THE LIKELY FEW OF YOU WHO WILL MAKE IT THERE. FOR ME IT IS A 40 MINUTE DRIVE AND AN AFFAIR TO LOOK FORWARD TO. SINCE MARY PAPPOLA RAN THE INSTITUTE AND THEN HANDED THE REIGNS DOWN TO A VERY WILLING MR. RONAYNE, I THOUGHT OF THE DOUBLE TREE AS THE PERFECT LOCATION FOR THE BALLS. GOD, THEY EVEN HAD AN ICE CARVING OF MARIO IN THEIR BEST DAYS. THAT HAS HAD TO BE CHANGED. FOR THE UPCOMING NOVEMBER 29TH EVENT, HERE ARE THE SPECIFICS: IT IS THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF MARIO'S BIRTH AND THE 59TH (!) ANNUAL LANZA BALL. BILL HAS CHOSEN AN ENTIRELY NEW VENUE, SOMETHING DEAR OLD JOHN LUCIANI WOULD HAVE ROOTED FOR. JOHN OFTEN ASSISTED JEANETTE TO RUN THE MUSEUM AND BE A TOUR GUIDE. HE HAD GREAT VISION FOR CHANGE AND IMPROVEMENT RE MARIO FANS.
 
THE VENUE IS A PLACE I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF CALLED THE IATSE BALLROOM IN PHILLY. IT STARTS AT 6 WHILE IN THE DOUBLE TREE DAYS IT STARTED AT 5 WITH A HAPPY HOUR WHERE ATTENDEES COULD MINGLE AND GET "HAPPY"! "FORGET YOUR TROUBLES, COME ON GET HAPPY" IS THE SONG CUE HERE. BEFORE THE BALL ROOM DOORS OPENED, I ORDERED THREE APPLE MARTINI'S THE BEST MIXED DRINK I HAVE EVER HAD). AND ONE FOR GOOD MEASURE TO TAKE INTO THE BALLROOM. PLUS TWO COKES FOR THE SAME PURPOSE. FUNNY STORY: I REMEMBER SOME YEARS AGO THAT ONE OF THE OLDER LADIES AT THE HAPPY HOUR JUMPED RIGHT IN TO MY FUNNY PHRASE REGARDING A NEW DRINK I DISCOVERED IN MY IPHONE CALLED "SEX ON THE BEACH". WE WOULD BOTH HOWL AT THE MENTION OF THAT. SHE WOULD SAY: "SAM, SHOULD WE HAVE MORE SEX ON THE BEACH?". LOL.

THE EVENING WILL FEATURE THE ALWAYS CORE ASPECT OF THE BALL: TO CHOOSE AND HONOR SCHOLARSHIP WINNING VOCALISTS. SCHOLARSHIPS LIKE THIS ARE SOMETHING MARIO ENVISIONED DOING TO SHARE HIS DREAM OF FINDING NEW TALENT WITH THE WORLD. IN ADDITION TO THAT THERE WILL BE DINNER AND DANCING TO NOT THE LIVE MUSIC OF THE QUARTET. (IN A SENIOR MOMENT I CAN'T RECALL THE GROUP NAMED AFTER THEIR LEADER, A MAN I KNEW AND ACTUALLY SANG WITH YEARS BEFORE THEIR HIRING FOR THE BALL.) NOW WE WILL HAVE THE "CANNED"MUSIC OF A DJ. HOPEFULLY THIS DJ FROM "OVER THE TOP ENTERTAINMENT" WILL BRING ALONG SOME LANZA MUSIC.

THERE WILL ALSO BE AN AUCTION OF LANZA MEMORABILIA THAT CAN BE EXCITING IF YOU LIKE BIDDING. I HAVE A QUICK STORY TO TELL. SOME YEARS AGO THE AUCTION WAS FOR A GORGEOUS FRAMED COLOR PICTURE OF MARIO AND KATHRYN GRAYSON FROM THE TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS. IT CAME FROM MARY PAPPOLA'S PRIVATE COLLECTION. THAT FACT AND THE BEAUTY OF THE PIECED HAD ME DETERMINED TO WIN IT. AFTER THE MAJORITY OF BIDDERS HAD DWINDLED, IT WAS DOWN TO ME AND THE LADY AND HER HUSBAND WHO RAN A BED AND BREAKFAST AT A LIGHTHOUSE (THEIR NAMES?). WE BID THE VALUE WAY UP AND EACH OF US HAD "DUG IN THEIR HELLS" TO WIN. I SENSED THEY WERE AGGRAVATED BY MY CONTINUING TO DRIVE THE PRICE UP. I REALLY DIDN'T WANT TO PAY THAT MUCH AND ANNA SUGGESTED I STOP. I MADE ONE MORE BID WHILE ANNOUNCING TO THEM THAT I WOULD KEEP BIDDING NO MATTER WHAT (THE UNYIELDING ARMENIAN IN ME). AH HA! THEY STOPPED AND I WALKED AWAY WITH IT TO THE TUNE OF 250.00 IF MEMORY SERVES. THE AUDIENCE WAS ACTUALLY GASPING. I HAVE THE PIECE ON A FAVORED SPOT IN WHAT I CALL MY MUSIC ROOM.

SO, THE BALL WILL BE A SATURDAY--AND IN KEEPING WITH TRADITION OF HAVING A LANZA WEEKEND BILL HAS ARRANGED TO OPEN THE WONDERFUL NEW LANZA MUSEUM ON SUNDAY FOR A TASTY LUNCHEON AND COMPLETE SHOWING OF "SERENADE" ON THE BIG FLATSCREEN TV WITH RICH SOUND COMING FROM THE CEILING SPEAKERS.YOU CAN'T MAKE IT LOUD ENOUGH TO SUIT ME!IT IS ONLY 30.00 PER PERSON AND STREET PARKING IS AVAILABLE FOR THE EVENT THAT STARTS AT 1 PM. WHICH REMINDS ME THAT THE BALL WILL COST A REASONABLE !25.OO DOLLARS WITH FREE COAT CHECKING AND FREE PARKING ON THE PREMISES.

AND WE ARE NOT COMPLETELY SEVERING RELATIONS WITH THE DOUBLE TREE HOTEL, AS THIS WILL BE THE CHOSEN PLACE FOR OUT OF TOWN AND LOCAL PEOPLE WANTING A PLACE TO SLEEP. DON'T WORRY ABOUT SLEEP--THE EXCITEMENT WILL KEEP YOU WIDE AWAKE! I PREFER DRIVING FROM HOME AND THE FEW TIMES I COULDN'T DRIVE CAROLE SHEA'S BROTHER AL GAGLIARDI AND SISTER IN LAW, THE STUNNING LYNN, PICKED ME UP AT MY HOME. WE "HANG" OUT TOGETHER EVEN THOUGH WE WEREN'T SEATED AT THE SAME TABLE. DURING ONE PRE-BALL WE ALSO HAPPILY "HUNG OUT". I KEPT SUGGESTING THAT WE HAVE MORE APPLE MARTINIS UNTIL HER HUSBAND "CUT HER OFF". DUNNO IF SHE HAS A DRINKING PROBLEM--BUT THAT IS PERSONAL. NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO CONFIRMATION CARDS SENT OUT. YOUR PERSONAL CHECK IS YOUR CONFIRMATION AND RECEIPT.

LAST, ONE OF MY FAVORITE ASPECTS IS THE DINING AS YOU PROBABLY KNOW I LIVE TO EAT! APPETIZER COURSE WILL CONSIST OF BUTLERED FOOD AND A CRUDITE STATION. DINNER WILL NO LONGER BE SIT DOWN. THERE WILL BE A BUFFET PASTA STATION WITH SALAD AND ITALIAN BREADS. THEN A CARVING STATION WITH VEGETABLES AND POTATOES. WHY, WE ALSO GET A SEAFOOD STATION AND A CHICKEN STATION. WOW! CALL ME IN HEAVEN TO BE ABLE TO EAT AS MUCH AS I CAN. THEN IT ALL ENDS WITH CHEESECAKE SERVED WITH COFFEE AND TEA. AND GUESS WHAT? BEER, WINE, AND SOFT DRINKS ARE INCLUDED IN THE PRICE. YIPEE! ALL OTHER DRINKS WILL BE AT AN EVENING LONG OPEN CASH BAR.

WELL, THERE YOU HAVE IT. ANOTHER OF SAM'S LONG, LONG POSTS. I HAVE FUN WRITING THEM HOWEVER. I WILL BE PAYING FOR THE EVENT LAST MINUTE AS I CAN NEVER PREDICT THAT I WILL BE IN MENTALLY GOOD SHAPE. PRAY FOR ME THAT WILL BE SO...
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linz1
09-27-2021
05:06 AM ET (US)
IP: 125.239.120.191
And the new Legacy of Mario Lanza does not disappoint. A celebration of Mario's greatest movie, Serenade. Oh, for that to come out in Sting-Ray or whatever that new-fangled nonsense is called.
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linz1
09-26-2021
07:31 PM ET (US)
IP: 125.239.120.191
Given that these are such touchy times, it occurs to me I should make clear that of course I don't seriously consider Armando "old and wizened." That, too, was a tease. As anyone can see from his recent appearance with Derek and Vince, he is as handsome and vibrant as ever.

After Damon died, Aaron Caruso told me that he and Damon used to ring each other up for the express purpose of insulting each other, competing to see who could come up with the most colourful put-down of the other, both laughing uproariously the entire time. I think Mario would have enjoyed that, and participated too. Probably would have enjoyed Rory's allusions as well!

Looking forward to opening the latest Lanza Legacy later today!
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
09-26-2021
09:17 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Thank you Carmel, hope to hear more thoughts from you about Mario Lanza. I sense you could be a valuable member of this forum if you wanted to be.

Linz, I see you have found a new go to word - Wokeness. Well, it is better than mental pygmies. If you use it correctly it can be a good thing, at least if you adhere to "urban" definitions.

I remember Rory and he provided some good information, especially about what made Lanza unique from a singer's point of view. I was never offended by the information he provided. You must recall what I was "offended" by and that was what I thought to be the uncalled for use of sexual acts, oral sex acts to be exact, that I hardly see has a place here where many women lurk. They would be the ones offended, not so much me. He could have used numerous analogies to highlight his point (and in an even more persuasive way). Why he chose the one he did is a mystery but I only pointed out to him that because of the number of women here, he might want to use different language. He might not have known this being so new to the forum and I pointed it out, not to scold him which I did not do, but to inform him in a respectful manner. There is a difference but once again, I am sorry if he thought I was scolding him.
59225
linz1
09-26-2021
03:01 AM ET (US)
IP: 125.239.120.191
Dear Martino,

I fear you just became a victim of your own Wokeness. The ultra-unwoke Armando I first met would have enjoyed with hilarity your banter and teasing, but at some point became Woke and "sensitive" (of course, he's far too old and wizened to attract such a lovely, youngbut seemingly humourlesswoman). As did I. Alas, that went out of fashion 20 or more years ago, and now everyone (especially someone with a now-worthless PhD before his or her name) wakes up with the intent of finding something to be "offended" by. As you were "offended" by my friend Rory's post here which might otherwise have led to an upsurge of postings by young voice students. I suppose it's good that Carmel has forgiven youbut really, there was nothing to forgive you for.
Edited 09-26-2021 03:01 AM
59224
Carmel to Sam
09-25-2021
11:32 PM ET (US)
IP: 194.193.171.200

Dear Sam, I have fond memories of you, your wife and Ron. We had some great times! Its so good of you to come to the aid of your friend Martino, it has helped to clarify the matter, and we can now move on. Take care!
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Carmel to Martino
09-25-2021
11:16 PM ET (US)
IP: 194.193.171.200
Dear Martino, apology accepted thank you for your explanation. Im humbled by your compliments, but you must understand that since you posted your remarks not once, but twice, I saw them as a clear indication that, for some unknown reason, you were targeting Armando. All good, let's start again.
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gary from Halifax
09-25-2021
09:21 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.175.132.12
Hello Carmel.. I post here on occasion, but have been posting here off and on for years.
During these years I have learned a great deal concerning Lanza and a great deal concerning opera through the words posted by Martino. I consider Martino a friend. I have never espied anything written here by Martino to be hurtful or demeaning to anyone. Martino is a stalwart
member of this forum and his writings help keep this forum a terrific site to visit and take part.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
09-25-2021
06:11 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
My dear Carmel, if I offended you I am sorry. As Sam said, I was joking and my words meant something entirely different than what you thought. I have a great deal of respect for your husband and consider his work on Lanza's life one of the best and his knowledge about Mario second to none. I meant the comments to be taking as a compliment to you directly as the lovely lady you are, and indirectly to Armando as well who is fortunate to have you. I'm sorry it did not turn out that way and I extend my apologies to you and also to Armando if he also felt slighted.
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SAM MILLION
09-25-2021
04:51 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
DEAREST CARMEL, I AM PRETTY SURE MARTINO DIDN'T MEAN TO SAY HURTFUL THINGS (EXCEPT HIS SAYING YOU ARE TOO YOUNG AND PRETTY FOR ARMANDO, WHICH I BELIEVE WAS A JOKE). HE IS VERY RESPECTED ON THE RENSE FORUM FOR HIS KNOWLEDGE AND OFTEN PERCEPTIVE POSTS. JUST AS ARMANDO IS RESPECTED FOR HIS GREAT BIO ON MARIO. (I OFTEN THINK BACK TO THE NIGHT WHEN ARMANDO, MY FRIEND RON FROM ST. LOUIS, AND I GOT TOGETHER AFTER A LANZA BALL AND LET LOOSE IN SOME NIGHT SPOT WHERE WE SANG AT THE TOP OF OUR LUNGS!! I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER MEETING YOU SINCE YOU WERE SO SINCERE AND AS MARIO'S COKE SHOW ANNOUNCER ONCE SAID "RICH, YOUNG, AND PRETTY" WHICH MAY OR MAY NOT DESCRIBE YOU. I FOR ONE WISH YOU GUYS LIVED A LOT CLOSER THAN ITALY!
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Carmel to Martino
09-24-2021
11:44 PM ET (US)
IP: 194.193.171.200
Your repeated personal attacks on my husband, Armando, are both nasty and insulting.
Who are you?
You dont know either me or Armando but your venomous remarks certainly reveal much about the kind of person that you are.
You are no different to the harsh, uncaring Hollywood people and the cynical press Mario had to endure.
Your comments are thoughtless with no regard to people's feelings and totally uncalled for!
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Bill Ronayne
09-24-2021
03:54 PM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.177.63

The October 2021 issue of "The Legacy of Mario Lanza" newsletter has just been published and mailed out. It features coverage of several recent events at the Lanza Museum, a look at Mario's various recordings of "La Danza," and a variety of articles and photos concluding our commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the release of "Serenade" plus the regular features. Best, Bill
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
09-24-2021
08:33 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Gary, yes it was a very nice chat with Vince, Armando, Carmel and Derek. (I still say Carmel is way too good for an old goat like Armando)!! It is always a treat to hear Lanza experts talk about him and his art. A few years ago Perigo and Rense had a series of "chats" that were most informative, as was the discussion Perigo had with Roland Bessette, which was included in the book, "The One Tenor". It is always a pleasure to hear people who know what they are talking about discuss Mario Lanza. Maybe we will have more "chats" in the future.
Edited 09-24-2021 08:33 AM
59216
gary from Halifax
09-23-2021
10:07 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.175.132.12
Martino..many thanks for posting the youtube link re. Vince's "Chat" with Armando,Carmela and Derek. A tremendous "chat" indeed. Thank so much Vince as well. Cheers..Gary//
59215
SAM MILLION
09-22-2021
11:28 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HEY THERE JIM! I DIDN'T KNOW YOU ARE A VOCALIST. WELL FROM ONE VOCALIST TO ANOTHER, I AM CURIOUS TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY EXAMPLES OF YOUR SINGING ON YOUTUBE OR PRIVATELY. I WOULD VERY MUCH LIKE TO HEAR YOU. DO LET ME KNOW. REGARDS, SAM PS. HOW IMPRESSIVE THAT YOU SHARED A STAGE WITH THE GREAT CAROL BURNETT!!
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Jim Thompson
09-22-2021
02:15 PM ET (US)
IP: 24.38.229.151
Sorry to read about the passing of Jane Powell. I met her and we had pictures taken together when we lived in Westport, CT. She would also attend the yearly Blesssing of the Animals at lovely June Havoc's place. Kristine I am so glad you posted about the passing of Peter Palmer. We were in the Army at the same time. He sang and won in our Army Entertainment Contest at Ft. Dix, NJ in 1957. I won the contest the next year and we sang On the Ed Sullivan Show, when Carol Burnett made her first appearance on TV. I won the Army contest singing "Granada" ! May they rest in Peace.
Edited 09-22-2021 02:29 PM
59213
Kristine C
09-22-2021
10:18 AM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
On Oct. 16th, TCM will have a tribute to Jane Powell and will show some of her movies.
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Kristine C
09-22-2021
10:16 AM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Peter Palmer passed away at age 90. RIP. He was in Broadway Musical "Li'l Abner"(1956)with Edie Adams as Daisy Mae, Stubby Kaye as Marryin' Sam, and Charlotte Rae as Mammy Yoakum. He was in the movie version in 1959, but Edie Adams was pregnant, couldn't be in the movie, Leslie Parrish played Daisy Mae. Valerie Harper was in the chorus and Donna Douglas had a part in it, along with Julie Newmar. Originally, the producers of Broadway's "Lil Abner" had Dick Shawn in mind to portray Abner, but saw Peter on "Ed Sullivan Show", decided to choose him. It was said, Palmer sang "Granada" on the show. After, the movie version of "Li'l Abner", he struggled to have a movie career. That's sad, because he had a good singing voice, good looks and built. Back in 1980's, late Tom Hatten showed the movie "Li'l Abner" on KTLA Channel 5, Los Angeles and had Peter Palmer as guest co-host. Palmer mentioned that Mario Lanza also recorded "Love In A Home" from "Li'l Abner". In recent years, The Lennon Sisters also recorded it. Sam, again, thanks for kind words.
59211
SAM MILLION
09-22-2021
09:29 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HERE IS A COPY OF A LETTER I JUST SENT TO OUR OWN BILL RONAYNE LAST NIGHT:

      I WAS SITTING HERE AT THE COMPUTER AND SUDDENLY REALIZED I DIDN'T KNOW IF THERE WAS GOING TO BE A BALL, OR EVEN A PRE-BALL. THEN I SAW YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE, WHICH LOOKS GREAT. I ADORE THAT DONATED PAINTING!

       SO I THINK THE PARTY FROM 1-4 ON OCTOBER WILL BE A GOOD FIT FOR ME. IT IS FROM 1-4 AT THE MUSEUM AND FEATURES A TASTSY LUNCH AS WELL AS A SHOWING ON THEIR BIG FLAT SCREEN TV. AS I CAN NOW DRIVE AGAIN AFTER PROVING TO ANNA THAT I CAN DO SO VERY WELL. (DON'T TELL HER BUT I DRIVE BETTER THAN HER...SHE RIDES THE BRAKES TOO MUCH). I MAY HAVE SENT YOU MY BULK EMAIL ABOUT HOW I ENJOYED THE KUTZTOWN RADIO MEET SATURDAY PAST AT RENINGER'S AND THE 12 HOUR VISIT TO RENNINGER'S ADAMSTOWN THE NEXT DAY, SUNDAY OCTOBER 19TH. I BOUGHT SOME GREAT COLLECTIBLES THAT ARE SURE TO BE GOOD SELLERS. I ALWAYS USE MY IPHONE BEFORE PURCHASING THESE DAYS. THE COMPLETED PRICES REALIZED SHOW ME HOW MUCH I SHOULD PAY IN ORDER TO MAKE A DECENT PROFIT.
        NOW REGARDING THE BALL, WHICH IS APPROXIMATELY ONE MONTH FROM THE PARTY, I CAN'T PLAN THAT FAR IN ADVANCE BECAUSE OF MY BIPOLAR DISORDERED. I HAVE EVERY HOPE I WILL STAY IN A GOOD PLACE BUT HAVE TO PLAY IT BY EAR AS I DID THE LAST TIME WE WERE AT THE DOUBLETREE--WHICH I ENJOYED IMMENSELY.
         I WANT TO VOLUNTEER MYSELF IF YOU NEED RECORDINGS MADE OF THE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS, MY IPHONE CAN MAKE EXCELLENT RECORDINGS.I KNOW IN THE RECENT PAST THAT YOU, BILL, HAVE DONE THESE RECORDINGS BUT I AM PRETTY SURE YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONCENTRATE ON YOUR JOB AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE LANZA INSTITUTE. I CAN TAKE VIDEO WHICH COULD BE TRANSFERRED TO A DVD IF WANTED. I AM NOT SURE WHAT ELSE YOU MIGHT LIKE, BUT AM UP FOR SUGGESTIONS. I WISH WE COULD GET A LARGER SCREEN TO INCREASE THE THRILL OF SEEING WHAT PROGRAMS AND CLIPS, ETC. YOU HAVE PLANNED. MY NEW PROJECTOR IS TOTALLY PORTABLE AND SHOWS THE BEST QUALITY SHARPNESS AND COLOR I HAVE SEEN SO FAR. OF COURSE IT IS 4K, THE HIGHEST RESOLUTION WE HAVE TO DATE. THE ONLY THING I CAN'T DO IS PLUG THE SOUND CABLE INTO THE ROOM'S SYSTEM. HOWEVER, PUTTING A MICROPHONE IN FRONT OF THE PROJECTOR'S SPEAKERS WOULD FILL THE ROOM WITH BIG SOUND. TO CUT AWAY A BIT, I HAVE ADDED SOME EXCITING NEW WARNER HOME VIDEO RELEASES THAT HAVE QUALITY AS GOOD AS OR BETTER THAN GC. TWO EXAMPLES ARE SINATRA-KELLY-WILLIAMS IN "TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME". AND THE MUSICAL AND COMEDY TREAT THAT IS STAR STUDDED FROM KENAN WYNN TO JUDY GARLAND AND THAT IS CALLED "THE ZIEGFELD FOLLIES" WHICH IS NARRATED BY WILLIAM POWELL..
        I HAVE ONE QUESTION. IF THE BALL IS 6 TO 1O, DOES THAT MEAN NO COCKTAIL HOUR? I ALWAYS LIKED THAT SINCE YOU CAN TALK TO PEOPLE AND GET AROUND RATHER THAN BE SEATED AT A TABLE. (OF COURSE YOU CAN STILL GET UP AND TALK AT THE BALL IN MOMENTS WHERE NOTHING IS GOING ON OR THE DANCING TAKES PLACE. (QUICK ASIDE---PERHAPS WE SHOULD HAVE A SEGMENT TO HONOR FRANK TENAGLIA...) OR PERHAPS I JUST ENJOY THOSE "FREE" APPLE MARTINIS, LOL. AND SOMETIMES THE APPETIZERS ARE TASTIER THAN THE MAIN MEAL!
        WELL, BEFORE I START RAMBLING I SHOULD SAY GOOD BYE FOR NOW.

MY BEST ALWAYS,

      SAM

PS. I HOPE YOU HAVE HEARD/SEEN THE ZOOM MEETING BETWEEN DEREK MCGOVERN, ARMANDO CESARI AND WIFE CARMEL, AND VINCE DIPLACIDO. IT IS HIGHLY ENTERTAINING AND VERY INFORMATIVE. ARMANDO'S RECALL OF THINGS, HIS MANY INTERVIEWS WITH PEOPLE ASSOCIATED WITH MARIO, ETC. IS WORTH THE PRICE OF ADMISSION ALONE. I HAVE SEEN IT TWICE SO FAR.

PPS. GOOD TO HEAR THE MUSUEM IS NOT SELLING HE LATEST SEPIA CD RELEASE. IT IS ONE OF THE BEST DEREK HAS DONE SO FAR IN MY OPINION.
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
09-20-2021
05:06 AM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228
Thanks for watching and enjoying our chat.
Sam, that is a very good observation, "sheer joy", I have to say to be able to talk with with these two greats was definitely sheer joy.
To share in Armando's experiences and hear about the people he has talked to is a privilege, I wish I had not interrupted as much and listened to him even more, you can never get too much Armando!
I must stress this was a very informal zoom chat but of course we got talking about Mario and I got excited afterward and pulled that video together. Derek and Armando's understanding cannot be stressed enough for allowing me to put it out there as informal as it was.
Martino, I agree we could have done with a lot more Carmel, but she's such a legend she just let us waffle on... Although I think her observation that the warm loving upbringing Mario grew up with, made the harsh uncaring Hollywood and the cynical Press treatment, an even more difficult problem for him to deal with.
That is so true, and so perceptive, he just wasn't prepared for the treatment he got. Mario had not gone through a tough upbringing or school of hard knocks to case harden him.
Edited 09-20-2021 02:28 PM
59209
SAM MILLION
09-20-2021
03:51 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HI MARTINO! I WAS SO HAPPY TO SEE THE NEW ZOOM VIDEO STARRING OUR FRIENDS VINCE, DEREK, AND ARMANDO. THE THREE OF THEM (MAKE THAT FOUR WITH ARMANDO'S WIFE!) SPOKE COPIOUS WORDS THAT WILL EDUCATE ANY LANZA FANS. WHAT THEY IMPART ON THE SCREEN IS SHEER JOY. I HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING ARMANDO AT A LANZA BALL AND BUYING HIS EXCELLENT BOOK WHICH HE SIGNED. LATER THAT NIGHT ALL OF US, INCLUDING MY FRIEND RON WHO ALSO BOUGHT THE BIOGRAPHY, WENT FOR A FEW DRINKS AND ENDED THE NIGHT SINGING AT THE TOP OF OUR LUNGS!! FYI: ARMANDO'S WIFE'S NAME IS NOT CARMELA BUT JUST CARMEL. SHE WAS A JOY TO TALK TO AND I THOUGHT SHE WAS QUITE A "CUPCAKE".
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
09-19-2021
01:38 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
It is rare indeed to have an informal discussion about Mario Lanza, recorded by three of the foremost Lanza experts in the world. But yesterday, that is exactly what happened. Vince DiPlacido edited a zoom video between himself, Lanza Biographer Armando Cesari, and Derek McGovern and posted it yesterday on youtube.

They spoke about Mario in general terms for the most part, with reference to everything from the Lanza children, to Mario's costumes, the TSP fiasco and musical supervision and other subjects. Don't expect to hear Lanza's voice but listen to these men talk about him with such enthusiasm and genuine admiration and you will learn something for sure. Armando was even joined by his lovely and very Italian wife, Carmela (BTW, she is far too young and pretty for Armando but that is another matter entirely!). In fact, I would have liked to have heard from Carmela but typical of all Italians, myself included, you needed duct tape to keep Armando from talking). I recommend everyone listen in to this interesting, nearly hour long conversation, which is linked below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnDRi-zxsvQ
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SAM MILLION
09-17-2021
07:21 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
YOU WONDER HOW SOMEONE LIKE THE LAST POSTER BREAKS INTO OUR "LITTLE CIRCLE". ALL TO OFTEN THESE DAYS PEOPLE BOTHER US. NOT SURE ABOUT YOU GUYS BUT WE GET FIVE TO 7 ROBOCALLS A DAY AND IT IS LIKE GETTING JUNK MAIL. SO WHO AMONG US NEEDS AN "AFFORDABLE TRUCKING COMPANY"? LOL, LOL!
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SAM MILLION
09-17-2021
02:11 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
MY GOODNESS KRISTINE! YOU SURE YOU KNOW INSIDE HOLLYWOOD. I WAS SO PLEASED YOU SENT ME THE DETAILS SINCE I NEEDED THE KNOWLEDGE YOU SHARED!HEY, WHY DON'T YOU WRITE A BOOK?! I AM SERIOUS. IT COULD BE "DESK TOP" PUBLISHED....
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Kristine C
09-16-2021
09:58 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Sam, Janis Paige was in some movie musicals in the 1940's. She was in "Bathing Beauty"(Esther Williams). Then, she went to Warner Bros., was in movies with Dennis Morgan, Jack Carson, Cuddles Sakall. She was in Broadway Musical , "The Pajama Game" with John Raitt and was in "Romance On The High Seas"(Doris Day's film debut). In 1957, she had a part in movie version of "Silk Stockings" with Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse. Marsha Hunt was a model, in the 1930's, which led her to be in movies, in 1930's. She played the oldest sister in movie "Seven Sweethearts" with Van Heflin, Kathryn Grayson. She was in "Cry Havoc" with Margaret Sullivan, Ann Sothern, Joan Blondell(about the nurses on Bataan). Marsha Hunt was also a political activist, which , sadly, caused her to be blacklisted, for awhile. Originally, she had been cast to play James Dean's character's mother in "Rebel Without A Cause", but withdrew, Ann Doran replaced her. There is a group of fans who would like Marsha Hunt be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and there is a documentary about her "Marsha Hunt: Sweet Adversity" that has been on TCM.
59203
SAM MILLION
09-16-2021
08:56 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HI KRISTINE. EXCEPT FOR THE NEWS ABOUT JANE POWELL, THESE ARE AMAZING AGES FOR THE FAMOUS PEOPLE YOU LISTED! JANE POWELL WAS AT THE METROPOLITAN TRIBE TO MARIO IN 2005 (AND I HAVE ONE MORE SET OF TWO CDS WHICH ARE AUDIO OF THE SHOW'S HIGHLIGHTS). JANIS PAIGE (99 YRS OLD) I AM NOT TOO FAMILIAR WITH. MITZI GAYNOR (90)I HAVE LOVED EVER SINCE SOUTH PACIFIC. RITA MORENO (89) OF COURSE IS FAMOUS FOR WEST SIDE STORY BUT TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS WAS EITHER HER FIRST OR SECOND FILM EVER. AGAIN, MARSHA HUNT(103 GOD BLESS HER)I CANNOT EVEN PICTURE. BUT LESLIE CARON (UPPER 80'S)I HAVE ENJOYED IN MANY MUSICALS, ESPECIALLY "AN AMERICAN IN PARIS", A CLASSIC. AND OUR OWN ANN BLYTH(NOT SURE OF HER AGE). IN 2005 AT THE MET AFFAIR I SWEAR TO YOU SHE LOOKED EXACTLY LIKE SHE DID IN THE GREAT CARUSO. IT WAS LIKE TIME STOOD STILL FOR HER. THE MOST RECENT PHOTOS I HAVE SEEN (MAYBE TWO YEARS OLD) HAVE HER STILL LOOKING LOVELY.
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Kristine C
09-16-2021
08:13 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Jane Powell passed away at 92. RIP. I think, originally, she was supposed to be in "Because You're Mine", but became pregnant, had to withdraw from the movie. Janis Paige turned 99. Mitzi Gaynor turned 90. Rita Moreno is 89, Marsha Hunt is 103, Leslie Caron is in her upper 80's, Ann Blyth is still with us.
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SAM MILLION
09-16-2021
12:36 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I FORGOT TO ADD TO MY COSMOS PROJECTOR REVIEW A TRULY GREAT FEATURE THAT IS WORTH A LOT. THAT IS THAT IT COMES WITH APPS ALREADY IN IT AND YOU CAN SEARCH FOR OTHERS WITH A SIMPLE MENU. SOME OF THE CHOICES INCLUDE YOUTUBE, NETFLIX, AND SO ON. WHEN YOU ARE ON THE OPENING PAGE, YOU SEE MANY PROGRAMMING CHOICES THAT ARE LISTED IN ROWS. I OPTED FOR HBO MAX AND CLICKED ON AN EXCELLENT TOM HANKS FEATURE CALLED
THE TERMINAL. IN IT TOM IS A FOREIGN GUY WHO HAS JUST RUDIMENTARY ENGLISH AS THIS COMMAND. HE COMES TO OUR COUNTRY TO VISIT NEW YORK CITY BUT HE ISNS'T ALLOWED ENTRY SINCE HIS COUNTRY IS AT WAR. HE HAS A HEART OF GOLD AND HELPS PEOPLE LIKE LOVELY CATHERINE ZETA-JONES, ZOE SALDANA, AND OTHER FAMILIAR FACES. IT IS VERY ENTERTAINING AND HOLDS YOUR INTEREST THROUGHOUT. OKAY, I AM DONE WITH MY PROJECTOR TALK. I HOPE THIS WASN'T BORING FOR YOU GUYS.
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SAM MILLION
09-15-2021
06:45 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HELLO VERNA. MARTINO IS HIS REAL NAME JUST AS MINE IS SAM.YOUR POST CONFUSED THE HELL OUT OF ME. I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO SAY. MARTINO IS A SCHOLAR. PERHAPS HE CAN DUMB IT DOWN SO I CAN GET IT, LOL.

I HAVE AN UPDATE ON THE 1,299.00 NEW PROJECTOR (CALLED THE NEBULA 4K COSMOS MAX) WITH THE LED LAMP THAT LASTSA 30,000 HOURS. I A-B COMPARED IT TO MY GREAT 5040 EPSON AND I WAS HARD TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE!IN FACT IS HAD REDS THAT WERE SO SATURATED IT MAKES THE VIEWER DROOL. IT IS AS SHARP AS MY EPSON (WHICH IS ONLY 4K "READY" AND NOT TRUE 4K. BUT I LEARNED SOMETHING ELSE TONIGHT. 4K BLU RAY DISCS DON'T LOOK ANY BETTER THAN STANDARD BLU RAY BUT THEY COST MORE TO BUY. WHAT STUNNED ME WERE THE TWO NEW FEATURES THAT, LIKE GREAT CARUSO, WERE TAKEN DIRECTLY FROM THE ORIGINAL TECHNICOLOR NEGATIVES. THE TWO MUSICALS ARE "TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME" WITH SINATRA, G. KELLY, AND ESTHER WILLIAMS. THE OTHER IS EVEN MORE STUNNING AND IS STAR STUDDED FROM FRED ASTAIRE TO JUDY GARLAND. THE TITLE IS "THE GREAT ZIEGFELD"

OTHER FEATURES OF THE COSMOS PROJECTOR IS THAT IT HAD BUILT IN AMP AND SPEAKERS THAT ARE VERY NICE SOUNDING CONSIDERING THE SMALL SIZE. TURN UP THE VOLUME TOO LOUD AND IT WILL DISTORT. THE PROJECTOR CAN MAKE EXCELLENT IMAGES UP TO 150 INCH INSIDE, WHICH IS LIKE HAVING FOUR STANDARD FLAT SCREEN TV'S. I GREAT FEATURE IS ITS ABILITY TO DOWNLOAD FREE FROM THE INTERNET YOUTUBE, NETFLIX, TV SHOWS, MOVIES, ETC. WHAT A GREAT DEAL THAT IS. THE PROJECTOR IS ABOUT 10 BY 7 BY 4 INCHES AND WEIGHS ABOUT 10 POUNDS. THE PICTURE IT PRODUCES IS VERY SHARP AND HAS AUTO FOCUS. I CONSIDER IT A REAL BARGAIN AND A TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT. I EVEN THINK IT COMPARES FAVORABLY TO THE VAVA 4K PROJECTOR I SAW AT A FRIEND'S HOUSE MONDAY. THIS ONE COSTS ABOUT 1,850.00 AND HAS LASER LIGHT INSTEAD. LASERS WILL PRODUCE BRIGHTER IMAGE BUT I FOUND NOTHING DULL ABOUT THE IMAGE OF THE COSMOS. EVEN WITH THE LIGHTS ON YOU CAN SEE THE PICTURE, ALTHOUGH IT IS MUCH NICER WHEN TOTALLY DARK. FINALLY, ONE 'CUTE' FEATURE IT HAS IS THAT WHEN TURNED ON THE TOP BLACK INSERT GLOWS RED WITH THE PRODUCER NAME NEBULA, AND THE COOL PART IS THAT BENEATH IT ARE TINY DOTS OF LIGHT WHICH LOOK LIKE A CONSTELLATION.
59199
Verna_A
09-15-2021
06:27 PM ET (US)
IP: 49.179.23.48
Hi Martino1 (sorry I don't know your real name). Thank you for fulfilling my prophecy about the outrage! I hope at least some ML connoisseurs don't take your view and will be willing to participate in the production of possible new songs, as they would be able to make a real difference. We're obviously talking a different kind of animal to the authentic recordings, although it's worth remembering that all recorded artists are to some extent at the mercy of technology, and technology tinkerers, so it's a puzzle to know where to draw the line. When I was thinking of new songs, I was thinking of simple romantic songs, like the example I gave, which shouldn't be too problematic in terms of expression. Recording a complex aria would I imagine be difficult without significant input from another singer, which may or may not be acceptable to the ear. Can I say again, I will judge by results - what my ear hears, not preconceived attitudes. I think there is a large audience out there who would do the same (not opera aficionados, I'd agree there). I am not necessarily advocating for the deepfake technology, just predicting that it is likely to be coming. Change does tend to shock people, but it happens, nevertheless. Would this group ban any discussion of such releases, if and when they happen?
59198
Martino1Person was signed in when posted
09-15-2021
05:14 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Well Verna, you certainly entered the forum with something conceptually new - and yes, outrageous. What you suggest is the antithesis of all opera lovers and lovers of classical singing in general, be it opera or the classical style "pop" music of Lanza, Bocelli, Grigolo, etc. I think I speak for the majority of people not only at this forum but throughout the classical music world: First and foremost in preference is live performance with a distant second being studio recordings. What you are talking about would be an affront to all we hold dear. You said, "Obviously you can never know exactly how Mario would have expressed each note...", and therein lies the heart of the matter. It is EXACTLY how Mario would have expressed each note that means everything.

All kinds of tricks through technology can change the sound of voices but not the interpretation - NEVER can technology create an interpretation. And interpretation is one of the most important factors that set Mario Lanza apart. A new song "sung" by Lanza through electronic note enhancement/splicing, or whatever gimmickry, would, by definition, deny us of what made Lanza so unique. Your suggestion may have merit in some circles and with some popular music genres, but not in opera and certainly not in the world of Mario Lanza.
59197
Verna_A
09-15-2021
04:00 PM ET (US)
IP: 49.179.23.48
(My first message so please be nice)
I have to smile a bit when people say of Mario compilations on disk "nothing new". Being dead for 60 years is a bit of a problem when it comes to issuing new recordings. However now I've said it, I take it back... I haven't seen any comment in ML circles about the advances in deepfakery (think Abba). Synthetic versions of performers are within the scope of today's computer programs and although the focus today is on video simulations, I think audio simulations are about to hit us. i.e. feed into the computer program every note Mario ever recorded and generate a new song. Obviously you can never know exactly how Mario would have expressed each note, but someone with taste and knowledge can be on hand to choose between options. I'm ready for the purists (no offence) to express their horror and outrage, but I'm open to it and will judge by results. I'd really like ML to knock off say Bocelli with a song like "Time to Say Goodbye"
59196
Martino1Person was signed in when posted
09-15-2021
08:59 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
I'm a collector, therefore I purchase albums and CDs of singers that interest me, especially if there are tracks I do not have or if sound quality is enhanced. I collect for the sake of collecting, not necessarily to have a different version of something I already have. But the criteria remains the same - something I do not already have or better sound. Sepia recordings are among the best sounding reproductions of Mario Lanza's voice I have ever heard. I have reviewed and commented on virtually all of them.

The current CD, "Immortal Voice", has been delayed for some reason but it is on the way and I am sure I will be very pleased with it, both as a collector and as a critical listener of one of the greatest voices of all time. I also find the notes and booklets to be of value and are collectible items in and of themselves, same as an LP jacket.

Some time ago, someone wrote here that certain songs recorded by Lanza should never be issued because they were "not up to par". I disagreed with this and said so. I want everything Lanza ever recorded and I want it in the best sound possible and I then I will be the judge of what I think is "up to par". Sepia, McGovern, DiPlacido, etc. seem to be doing just that and I have always appreciated their effort.

Valeria's position is understandable although I have different thoughts, as mentioned above. Clearly, she is a great fan of Mario Lanza, but she does not think as a collector thinks and that is her right. Enhanced sound is not a necessary criteria alone for her to purchase a new disk containing selections she already has. She is also Italian and therefore more practical than most people and this is precisely the position she takes. In Italy, pragmatism is simply the nature of the beast.
59195
SAM MILLION
09-15-2021
07:46 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
SUCH CONTENTION EARLY IN THE MORNING. SO BETTY IS ACTUALLY VALERIA. VALERIA DOESN'T LIKE TO MINCE WORDS, AS I FOUND OUT ONCE SOME TIME AGO. LINZ IS MAKING A GOOD ARGUMENT TO THE "NOTHING NEW" SYNDROME WITH HIS EXAMPE OF WHERE TO FIND THE SOME DAY REHEARSAL. I HAVE LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF LANZA LPS. LOVE HAVING SO MANY DIFFERENT IMAGES OF MARIO (THESE COULD ALSO BE CALLED NOTHING NEW). THEN I HAVE HUNDREDS OF HIS CDS. HAVE DOZENS OF HIS CASSETTE TAPES (MOST RECORDED BY ME OFF THE RADIO), AND GOOD NUMBER OF THE SINGLE 10 INCH LPS AND A , A GOOD NUMBER OF THE 45 RPMS ANAD THE 45 ALBUMS , AND FINALLY 78 SINGLES AND 78 ALBUMS. LAST, THERE ARE RECORDINGS I COPIED FORM DEREK'SITE WHICH ARE RAR.I THINK THAT JUST ABOUT COVERS IT.

SO, WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO POST UNDER A FAKE ID? (THANKS DEREK).

THANK YOU LINZ FOR THE LEAD TO LOOK UP THE DAMON LANZA PRODUCTIONS CDS!
59194
linz1
09-15-2021
03:23 AM ET (US)
IP: 125.239.127.153
Sam: Not just the Damon Coke CDs, but the several other single CDs from DLP over the years. It's on one of those you can find the Some Day rehearsal, if I'm not mistaken.

I agree entirely with D. McG: how cowardly to denigrate the Sepia CDs under a false name. And how risible the "content" of the denigration.
59193
Derek McG to Betty67
09-15-2021
02:14 AM ET (US)
IP: 220.92.65.19
Valeria: You are perfectly entitled to criticize the Sepia CDs, but I wish you would at least have the courage to post under your real name.
59192
Betty67Person was signed in when posted
09-15-2021
01:41 AM ET (US)
IP: 93.42.98.163
Sam, if you are a true fan, you have all the LPs that ever came out, plus the CD that through the years were produced. Therefore, this particular CD is redundant. Yes, the sound quality is great, BUT there are no new tracks. Frankly, they could have done much better for Mario's 100th anniversary.
I do not understand why you get so excited for something you already have. They just changed the cover and remastered the songs. No big deal. I have some of the other Sepia CDs, but, again, beside the 'great sound', they do not add to our knowledge of Mario's repertoire.
59191
SAM MILLION
09-14-2021
01:43 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
LINZ: I HAVE THE DAMON LANZA SET OF COKE SHOWS. I WILL LOOK FOR THE PIECES YOU POINED OUT. THANKS FOR WRITING.

DID YOU PAY ATTENTION TO MY VIDEO PROJECTOR REVIEW? DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING APPROACHING A 150 INCH SCREEN?

HOW WOULD YOU RATE THE LANZA FILMS IN ORDER OF LIKE?
59190
SAM MILLION
09-14-2021
01:34 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HI BETTY. FIRST OF ALL THE SEPIA CDS HAVE GREAT SOUND, SO THAT WOULD BE AN IMPROVEMENT. THE FOUR BONUS TRACKS ARE NOT NEW BUT ARE ALL OTHERWISE HARD TO FIND ON OTHER CDS. THE REHEARSAL OF "SOME DAY" IS BRAND NEW AND INTERESTING COMPARISON TO THE VERSION HE SANG LIVE SOME HOURS LATER. THE SONGS ARE PROGRAMMED AND HAVE A "FLOW". I HOPE YOU HAVE THE OTHER TEN SEPIA CDS ONLY TOO HAVE THE BEST SOUND AVAILABLE.
59189
Betty67Person was signed in when posted
09-14-2021
11:41 AM ET (US)
IP: 93.42.98.163
I was actually disappointed by the last Sepia CD. Nothing REALLY new.
As Shakespeare would put it: Much ado about nothing...
59188
linz1
09-14-2021
02:39 AM ET (US)
IP: 125.239.127.153
Sam: I think if we could get all the music from The Great Caruso reproduced with the same quality as E Luvevan on Immortal, that would be a huge advance. Remember, this E Lucevan, like the Some Day rehearsal, was first released on the Damon Lanza CDs on which we heard a wealth of new material that was lost on pretty well everyone at the time. I recall having to point out to folk, including Damon himself: Holy Moley, that's a different take of Love Is the Sweetest Thing, or Santa Lucia Luntana, etc. In many cases, these alternates were better than those officially released. (I think there was a different Grieg's I Love Thee as well.) But they were not reproduced with the same production values that Sepia has brought to bear on them. It's true that there is an abundance of material still waiting to come out. I hope Sepia keep going!
Edited 09-14-2021 02:42 AM
59187
SAM MILLION
09-14-2021
01:17 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
TONIGHT I SAW THE 1,849.00 DOLLAR VAVA 4K PROJECTOR FOR THE FIRST TIME AT A FRIEND'S HOME THEATER. I WAS VERY, VERY IMPRESSED. THE BRIGHTNESS WAS AMAZING, THE CONTRAST EXCELLENT AND THE COLORS RICH. IT HAS BUILT IN SOUND USING HARMON KARDON AMP AND SPEAKERS. WHAT HAD ME MOST AMAZED WAS HOW THE UNIT SITS ON THE FLOOR ONLY 7 INCHES AWAAY FROM A 150 INCH SCREEN AND PROJECTS UP IN PERFECT PROPORTION. THE UNIT WON THE TOP TEN PROJECTORS OF 2021 UNDER 3,000 DOLLARS WHICH WERE TESTED BY PROJECTOR CENTRAL, WHOSE STAFF KNOW THESE UNITS INSIDE AND OUT.

BUT I WANTED TO MAKE A MARIO LANZA POST AFTER SCREENING TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS TONIGHT. I HAD FORGOTTEN HOW GOOD THE TWO FILM SET (WITH TMK) IS. THE PICTURE QUALITY IS FLAWLESS AND MUCH CLEANER THAN ALL THE OTHER NON BLU RAY DVDS OF MARIO'S FILMS. THE COLORS WERE VERY RICH AND THE SOUND LOW BUT EXCELLENT AND CLEAR AS A BELL WHEN VOLUME IS TURNED UP. THIS IS BECOMING MORE OF A FAVORITE FILM. IN FACT, I DECIDED TO TAKE A CRACK AT LISTING HIS FILMS IN ORDER OF GREATNESS. I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR YOUR OPINIONS OF THE FOLLOWING. NUMBER ONE HAS TO BE THE GREAT CARUSO, NUMBER TWO IS SERENADE, NUMBER THREE IS TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS, NUMBER FOUR IS A TOSS UP BETWEEN BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE AND FOR THE FIRST TIME, THAT MIDNIGHT KISS IS FIFTH, AND SEVEN HILLS OF ROME IS AT THE BOTTOM. THE STUDENT PRINCE I AM NOT INCLUDING BUT I FIND IT A VERY ENTERTAINING AND WELL MADE MOVIE. THE DVD OF IT IS VERY FINE THOUGH NOT BLU RAY.

LINZ: SO GLAD TO HEAR YOU HAVE ALL THE SEPIA CATALOGUE. I HOPE MORE COME OUT AS THERE ARE A GOOD MANY TITLES WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN COVERED. I SUGGESTED TO DEREK THAT THEY RELEASE GREAT CARUSO IN ITS ENTIRETY BUT HE FELT THAT WASN'T SUCH A GOOD IDEA. BESIDES THERE IS A NICE SOUNDING CD ON THE FILM THAT COVERS EVER ARIA AND SONG AND EVEN THE BEGINNING AND END MUSIC. NOT SURE IT IS STILL AVAILABLE BUT I RECOMMEND IT. I JUST CHECKED AND SEE IT IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE. IT WAS MADE IN SPAIN. I COULD PROBABLY COPY IT WITH MY CD RECORDER THAT MAKES FIVE COPIES AT ONCE FROM A MASTER CD OR DVD. BUT IT TAKES TIME AND SOME MONEY FOR DISCS AND CASES.
59186
linz1
09-13-2021
11:37 PM ET (US)
IP: 125.239.127.153
Sam: I do indeed have all the Sepia Mario CDs. I should imagine I did reviews of all of them. They are all gold, but this last one is gold-plus! An ideal centenary release.
59185
SAM MILLION
09-13-2021
01:00 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I JUST TRIED POSTING AN ARTICLE ABOUT A BRAND NEW PROJECTOR CALLED SIMPLY "THE VAVA 4K PROJECTOR WITH A LINK TO EBAY FOR THE SPECS. SELLS THERE FOR ONLY 1,849.99. IT IS USES A LASER LIGHT SYSTEM. PLEASE EMAIL ME FOR MORE INFORMATION. IMAGINE SEEING MARIO ON A SCREEN OR EVEN WHITE BED SHEET LARGER THAN LIFE. IT NEEDS ONLY 7 INCHES FROM THE SCREEN TO GIVE A 100 INCH PICTURE AND CAN GO UP TO 150 INCH.ACCORDING TO REVIEWS IT BLOWS AWAY THE COMPETITION OF MACHINES MUCH HIGHER PRICED.
59184
SAM MILLION
09-13-2021
12:47 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I AM HAPPY TO SAY THAT THE IN DEPTH REVIEW I POSTED HERE A FEW DAYS AGO IS NOW ON AMAZON AND WILL ENCORAGE BUYERS TO GO FOR IT. MY REVIEW SITS RIGHT BELOW LINZ'S REVIEW OF SAME. MINE DISCUSSES EACH TRACK FULLY WHILE LINZ DOES A LEARNED REVIEW IN GENERAL.
59183
SAM MILLION
09-13-2021
08:41 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
LINZ, I WILL LISTEN AGAIN. I HAVE ALREADY RUN THE CD SEVERAL TIMES AND WAS IN A SORT OF HEAVEN! YOU DIDN'T SAY IF YOU HAD THE ENTIRE SEPIA LANZA LIBRARY...
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Linz1
09-13-2021
05:19 AM ET (US)
IP: 125.239.127.153
Sam: the cringe-moment in Long Ago is the reprise of fhe words "that all I longed for." Badly off-pitch, in a rendering where much of the rest of the intonation is suspect as well. No biggie. I squirm, but don't skip. There is no other CD of which I can say that!!
59181
SAM MILLION
09-12-2021
01:54 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
VINCE: IF YOU DIDN'T GET MY PRIVATE EMAIL,I AM POSTING HERE TO REMIND YOU OF THE VIDEOS I WOULD SO MUCH LIKE TO HAVE (WITH NO WORRY ON YOUR PART OF THEIR BEING SHARED). THANKS.
59180
SAM MILLION
09-12-2021
11:58 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
LINZ, I JUST TOLD DEREK (WHO ALSO LOVES IF I LOVED YOU) THAT I HAVE DONE A 180 ON IT AND NOW ENJOY IT. THERE WAS SOME OTHER "MYSTERY SONGG" I DIDN'T LIKE BUT I HAVE YET TO FIND IT. I THINK IT WAS ONE OF THE COKE SHOW LIBRARY.

I AM VERY PLEASED TO HEAR YOU LIKED MY REVIEW. BETWEEN PLAYING THE CD, MAKING NOTES, AND WRITING THE FINANL DRAFT I PUT IN THREE HOURS. IT IS DISAPPOINTING THAT NOT ONE PERSON RESPONDED TO IT. IN FACT, I DON'T THINK MANY EVEN ORDRED ONE SINCE THEY FEEL IT IS THE SAME OLD SAME OLD. IT CERTAINLY IS NOT. PLUS WHAT ABOUT THE NEVER RELEASED ON CD TRACKS AND BONUS TRACKS THAT ARE NEW LIKE THE REHEARSAL FOR "SOME DAY"?
YOU WILL HAVE TO TELL ME WHY YOU OBJECT TO LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY....

AMAZON SAID MY REVIEW WOULD PROBABLY TAKE A FEW DAYS TO APPEAR.
59179
linz1
09-12-2021
03:08 AM ET (US)
IP: 125.239.127.153
Sam: Thank you for alerting folk to the fake versions of my book on Amazon. At the same time, I must say I'm impressed by the title chosen by one of the fakers: "Heroic Soul." He or she understands more about my book and Mario than most professed Lanza fans!!
59178
linz1
09-12-2021
02:37 AM ET (US)
IP: 125.239.127.153
Sam: I saw your review, and enjoyed it immensely. I was dismayed, but not surprised, at the lack of response to it. There are few in the world-at-large, and here as well, for whom anything is about Mario and not about themselves. This chronic Woke Narcissism is destroying the world. I disagree with you about If I Loved You, and love the fact that Mario mentions Brahms in his introduction. But what would be the point of responding to you thus here?! The one cringe-moment I have with the latest Sepia CD is in Long Ago. But again, what would be the point of elaborating?
59177
SAM MILLION
09-11-2021
11:16 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I AM POSTING THIS FOR A FRIEND:

Should anyone be tempted to order a supposedly new book on Mario entitled "Heroic Soul" by one Deanne Ludvigson, be aware that this is a word-for-word knock-off of Linz's own book "The One Tenor: A Salute to Mario Lanza." Incredibly, Amazon is enabling this theft.

A keen-eyed member of the Lanza Google forum has just alerted members to this outrage, and as she notes, this is not the first time that a Lanza book has been targeted by thieves. Only a few months back, fraudsters were also selling a clumsily disguised version of Armando Cesari's biography of Mario on Amazon.

So caveat emptor!!
59176
SAM MILLION
09-11-2021
10:57 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HI LINZ. THANK YOU FOR POSTING YOUR REVIEW AGAIN. YOU ARE FERVENT IN THE INTENSE TONE OF IT. MY REVIEW IS AMONG THE PREVIOUS PAGES AND I JUST ADDED IT TO AMAZON. I WOULD STILL LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU PRIVATELY. MANY THANKS.
59175
Kristine C
09-11-2021
10:52 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Sam,I asked which one of Mario's movies was Pier Angeli considered for. The answer is "Seven Hills of Rome".
59174
SAM MILLION
09-11-2021
10:39 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
GLAD TO SEE YOU ARE STILL PLUGGING AWAY AT IT. FIRST ANSWER CORRECT. SECOND ANSWER IS WRONG. IT WAS TWO TIMES. THIRD ANSWER IS INCORRECT. THE NUMBER IS SEVEN. FOURTH ANSWER IS INCORRECT. TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS AND FOT THE FIRST TIME. FIFTH ANSWER IS CORRECT. SO THIS TIME YOU GOT TWO RIGHT AND THREE WRONG. HOWEVER, YOU ARE STILL DOING BETTER THAN I DID! I MUST HAVE MISSED THE QUESTION YOU PROPOSED. WHAT WAS THE QUESTION ANS ANSWER AGAIN?
59173
linz1
09-11-2021
09:16 PM ET (US)
IP: 125.239.127.153
Sam: here's my review. It's on SOLO, which I have of-line for now, and it's also on Amazon:

The only thing extraordinarily ordinary about the extraordinarily extraordinary new CD from Sepia is the title: The Immortal Voice of Mario LanzaA Centennial Celebration. The rapturous musical fare served up here is far better suited to the Wine, Women and Song title I long ago urged upon the master-mind of Sepia's Lanza CDs, Derek McGovern. I acknowledge, however, that in 2021 such nomenclature might well "trigger" the Church of Woke and cause the CD to be "cancelled," so perhaps something innocuously prosaic is indeed called for. In any event, this CD, hands down, wins the prize for the cleverest Mario Lanza compendium ever: a position occupied for decades by RCA's You Do Something to Me LP/CD which Dr McGovern and Team SepiaRichard Tay, Robin Cherry, Ray Leaning, Vincent di Placido, Carmel Parisi and Armando Cesarihave now decisively knocked off its perch. This is easily the most intelligent and imaginative Lanza compilation to date, by Sepia, RCA/Sony or anyonenot, as one might fear with a commemorative release, a parochial, predictable re-hash (yet again) of "greatest hits"; not Be My Love for the millionth time; rather, a uniquely loving, thoughtful (and thought-provoking) selection of rare and precious jewels, four of which have never before been commercially released. <!--break-->

The Immortal Voice begins with wine and ends with song, or more precisely, Without a Song. Many women get to be sung about or to along the way, with trees, wine, cities, wine, villages, wine and God making it into this divine mix as well. Every track sounds better than it ever has (the genius of Mr Cherry), and I am going unashamedly to use a much over-used adjective, "stunning," to describe the end effect. It happens to be the best word I can think of because playing the whole CD three times in quick succession left me .... stunned. The surging top notes in If I Loved You never surged quite like this before; the baritonal quality in Mario's later recordings never sounded so positively bassal as it does here; Vesti la Giubba and E Lucevan le Stelle never wrenched my gut quite this much; Mario's trademark naughty sharpness on occasional high notes never sounded so deliciously thrilling as in his re-entry in Neapolitan Love Song; and so lustily (and often) did he toast the joys of Bacchus that I confess I was left not just stunned but deliriously intoxicated.

If wine did not exist Mario Lanza would have found it necessary to invent it. Born to drink as well as sing, he might well have altered Oscar Wilde's witticism to: "Drink is the nurse of the singing classes."

Devout alcoholists may be thankful that Mario abjured the strictures of the morbidly sober, and that their modern-day counterparts, from the aforementioned Church of Woke, are currently too preoccupied with infantile pronouns to think of cancelling adult libations.

"For if I die as I hope to die/then I'll never be sober again not I" Mario exclaims in the uproariously Unwoke Drinking Song from The Vagabond King. ("A flagon of wine, a gallon of wine, a barrel of wine will doooooooooo ... an OCEAN of wine will do!")

To all intents and purposes he got his wish, leaving a legacy of uninhibitedly joyous singing with a style and voice that made him indubitably, as someone has called him, The One Tenor. Never has that legacy been so well honoured as on Sepia's latest CD, replete with erudite and heartfelt commentary in Derek McGovern's accompanying booklet.

A toast to all concerned. Beviam!!

Dedicated to Lillian Young, 1923-2019, who, were she here, would understand.
59172
Kristine C
09-11-2021
06:43 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Sam, I will take guesses on the answers. "Serenade", Three times, Four, "Seven Hills of Rome" and "For The First Time", Hi Jinx" with Jinx Falkenburg(1949). By the way, the answer to my trivia question about Pier Angeli is "Seven Hills of Rome", the movie, she was considered for. I wonder what part David Niven would have played, if he had been cast ? I read ,the script for "Seven Hills of Rome" was so many pages, it had to be edited. On a sad note, screenplay writer, Art Cohn, who wrote the screenplay for "Seven Hills of Rome", was killed with Mike Todd, in that horrible plane crash. Cohn had also written the screenplay for "Ten Thousand Bedrooms" with Dean Martin and Anna Maria Alberghetti. Kirk Douglas was invited to go with Mike Todd, on the plane, but Kirk's wife, Anne persuaded him not to go and Elizabeth Taylor was planning to go, too, but caught the flu or a cold, had to cancel it. I am reading the book, Kirk Douglas and his wife, Anne wrote, now.
59171
SAM MILLION
09-11-2021
08:14 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
THE SECOND DEREK MCGOVERN QUIZ OF FIVE QUESTIONS FOLLOWS:

When the then-Vice President of RCA, the celebrated Emanuel ("Manie") Sacks, once heard the recordings for a new Lanza album, he declared: "Throw out everything else and stick to this. The man is a musical phenomenon." What album was he referring to?
The Student Prince (soundtrack)
Serenade (soundtrack album)
Mario! (RCA)
For the First Time (soundtrack album)

 How many times did Lanza perform live on British TV?
Once
Twice
Three times
Four times

Of the conductors with whom Lanza worked, how many of these men's *original* song compositions (not adaptations) did he record?
Four
Five
Six
Seven

Which two Lanza films have the shortest running time at just under 97 minutes apiece?
"That Midnight Kiss" and "The Toast of New Orleans"
"That Midnight Kiss" and "Because You're Mine"
"The Toast of New Orleans" and "For the First Time"
"Seven Hills of Rome" and "For the First Time"

On which recorded interview did Lanza state: "I sing each word as though it were my last on earth"?
"Hi Jinx," with Jinx Falkenburg (September 1949), a promotional interview for "That Midnight Kiss"
"Today in Hollywood," with Betty Smyser (March 1950), an interview on the occasion of Lanza's visit to Honolulu
"Magic Mario," with conductor Ray Heindorf (February 1956), a promotional interview for "Serenade"
BBC interview with Wilfrid Thomas (March 1958) during Lanza's final recital tour.

OKAY, HAVE FUN SOLVING THESE. I GOT ALL THE ANSWERS WRONG WHEN FIRST TAKING THE ORIGINAL QUIZ. SURELY SOME ONE OF YOU CAN BEAT THAT!
59170
SAM MILLION
09-10-2021
11:05 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
KRIS, I JUST FOUND ALL OF THE FIVE ANSWERS. LA VITA IS CORRECT. NUMBER TWO ANSWER IS INCORRECT. IT IS BLANCH THEBOM. YOU ARE ALSO CORRECT FOR NUMBER THREE YOU ARE CORRECT. NUMBER FOUR IS INCORRECT. THE ANSWER IS SERENADE. AND YOU ARE RIGHT ON WITH NUMBER FIVE. WELL, YOU GOT THREE RIGHT AND TWO WRONG, WHICH IS STILL MUCH BETTER THAN I DID (I HAD ALL FIVE WRONG!). I HOPE T0 GET ANOTHER FIVE TOMORROW AND HOPE OTHERS PARTICIPATE TOO.
59169
SAM MIULLION
09-10-2021
10:49 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
KRIS, I AM ASHAMED TO ADMIT THAT I CANNOT FIND THE ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS. ALL ARE ONES I BLEW IN TAKING DEREK'S ORIGINAL QUIZ. BUT TOMORROW I WILL HUNT AND GET BACK TO YOU. I AM SURE YOU HAVE SOME RIGHT. RIGHT NOW I AM ANXIOUSLY AWAITING THE PROJECTOR I POSTED ABOUT. IT IS ONE THIRD THE PRICE OF OTHER MACHINES WITH SUCH GREAT FEATURES. JUST NEVER HAVING TO CHANGE BULBS IS A BIG ADVANTAGE AS THEY USUALLY COST 175.00 OR MORE. THE LEDS USED IN THE NEW UNIT HAVE A LIFE OF 30,000 HOURS OR THE EQUIVALENT OF 30 YEARS. WE'LL LIKELY BE LONG GONE BY THEN!!
59168
Kristine C
09-10-2021
06:22 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Sam, I am going to guess on most of the questions, except for one, where I know the correct answer. "La Mia Vita per il Canto", Licia Albanese, Seven Hills of Rome, The Student Prince", and "Giovanni Mario". Now I have a trivia question: Which one of Mario's movies, was Pier Angeli considered to star in ? "Seven Hills of Rome" or "For The First Time" ? Trivia questions are fun and good mental exercise !
59167
Kristine C
09-10-2021
06:14 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Happy Birthday, Anna !
59166
SAM MILLION
09-10-2021
02:31 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
LINZ: I WOULD LOVE TO READ YOUR REVIEW OF THE LATEST SEPIA CD "THE IMMORTAL VOICE OF MARIO LANZA. I WROTE ONE AND POSTED IT TWO DAYS AGO. WHEN I CLICK ON THE LINK IN YOUR POST I GET TAKEN TO A BLANK PAGE. THANKS IN ADVANCE, SAM
59165
SAM MILLION
09-10-2021
02:18 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
DEREK MCGOVERN SITE INCLUDES FIVE QUIZZES WITH 30 QUESTIONS EACH. HE HAS KINDLY ALLOWED ME TO PICK RANDOM QUESTIONS AND PROPOSE THEM TO OUR RENSE MEMBERS. KEEP IN MIND THESE ARE DIFFICULT. MINE ARE GRADE SCHOOL LEVEL WHILE HIS ARE COLLEGE LEVEL AND THEN SOME. NO FAIR LOOKING ANSWERS UP. I ADMIT THAT I ONLY SCORED 30 POINTS OUT OF 100 IN ONE QUIZ AND 40 POINTS IN THE FOUR OTHERS. SO, PUT ON YOUR THINKING HATS AND LET US GET STARTED. ALL QUESTIONS ARE MULTIPLE CHOICE (WHICH YOU'D THINK WOULD MAKE ANSWERING EASIER!

 What was the name of the Italian radio show on which Lanza was heard in his final broadcast just three days before his death?
"La Mia Vita per il Canto"
"La Vita Breve"
"Storia della Mia Vita"
"La Musica della Mia Vita"

Who wrote the following in 1999? "[Mario Lanza's] voice was of first class operatically speaking and of very large scale. . . . My own personal memories are tinged with the deep and sincere regrets that Mario was never a colleague at the Met as his talent warranted."
Blanche Thebom, mezzo-soprano
Lucine Amara, soprano
Licia Albanese, soprano

 In which film was David Niven originally scheduled to co-star with Lanza for a second time?
Because You're Mine
Serenade
Seven Hills of Rome
For the First Time

17 When the then-Vice President of RCA, the celebrated Emanuel ("Manie") Sacks, once heard the recordings for a new Lanza album, he declared: "Throw out everything else and stick to this. The man is a musical phenomenon." What album was he referring to?
The Student Prince (soundtrack)
Serenade (soundtrack album)
Mario! (RCA)
For the First Time (soundtrack

In November 1951, the Los Angeles Times reported that Lanza had purchased a screenplay entitled "Mario, the Great." Who was the subject of the screenplay?
Himself: Mario Lanza
Giovanni Mario, a celebrated 19th century tenor
A fictionalized swashbuckler named Mario
Mario Silva, a real-life vocal coach

SO, THOSE ARE FIVE QUESTIONS. WE WILL USE THAT AS THE NUMBER EACH TIME.

GOOD LUCK!
59164
Martino1Person was signed in when posted
09-10-2021
02:09 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
I wish your dear Anna a wonderful birthday and many more. Having lost my Judi a couple months ago, I know how irreplaceable these wonderful ladies are. Never take them for granted because once they are gone you will realize how precious they really are.
59163
SAM MILLION
09-10-2021
09:41 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HI GUYS. TODAY IS MY WIFE ANNA'S 69TH BIRTHDAY (SLIGHTLY NAUGHTY YEAR!). IT WOULD BE GREAT IF SOME OF YOU COULD POST HER NICE BIRTHDAY WISHES. THANKS IN ADVANCE, SAM
59162
SAM MILLION
09-09-2021
02:34 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
LAST ONE. I HAVE ONE SET OF TWO CDS OF THE METROPOLITAN OPERA TRIBUTE TO MARIO LANZA FROM 2005. POST OR EMAIL ME AT SMS5565@GMAIL.COM IF INTERESTED. EXC AUDIO QUALITY. 15.00 SHIPPED.
Edited 09-09-2021 02:35 PM
59161
SAM MILLION
09-09-2021
11:55 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HI GUYS. TODAY I HAVE SOME EXCITING NEWS ABOUT A NEW VIDEO PROJECTOR WHICH YOU CAN PLACE IN ANY ROOM ON A SHELF OR STAND, PLUG IN A BLU RAY DVD PLAYER AND EXPERIENCE A 4K (HIGHEST RESOLUTION AVAILABLE TODAY) BRIGHT, SHARP, COLORFUL PICTURE. IT COMES WITH BUILT IN SPEAKERS WHICH DISPERSE SOUND 360 DEGREES ALLOWING BEST SOUND ANYWHERE YOU SIT. IT HAS ALL THE FEATURES OF MACHINES COSTING THREE TIMES AS MUCH. THIS IS VERY AFFORDABLE AT ONLY 1,299. IMAGINE HAVING MARIO ENTERTAINING YOU WITH A LARGER THAN LIFE SPEAKER. IT WILL BE LIKE HAVING YOUR OWN LITTLE IMAX THEATER. OH, YES, YOU CAN EVEN PLUG YOUR CELLPHONE INTO IT TO SEE YOUR PHOTOS AND MOVIES. I TRIED TO POST A FULLY DETAILED DESCRIPTION THREE TIMES BUT THE SITE WON'T LET ME IN. LET ME GIVE YOU AMAZON (WHERE THE PRICE IS HIGHER, EBAY IS THE PRICE I QUOTED) AND ALL THE SPECS ARE THERE:https://www.amazon.com/Nebula-Cosmos-Anker...0TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==
59160
Kristine C
09-08-2021
08:46 AM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Sam, I was trying to decide if it had been Enrico Rosati, Arturo Toscanini, and didn't think of Peter Herman Adler. I remember, Adler was in "The Great Caruso". As far as I know, The National Registry of Film and Recordings, The Library of Congress, still don't have any of Mario Lanza's films and recordings. Hope they will add them, someday. Prayers for Louisiana , Northeast Coast(Hurricane Ida), hope Mario Lanza Museum, Philadelphia, is allright. Prayers for California, with the fires ! I was thinking, I wonder if " What's My Line ?" ever approached Mario Lanza to be on it ? Celebrities appeared on there. Imagine, if Mario had lived, maybe he would have been a guest on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson, or "The Merv Griffin Show".
59159
SAM MILLION
09-08-2021
01:46 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
SAM'S REVIEW OF THE "IMMORTAL VOICE OF MARIO LANZA" CD FOLLOWS....

I PUT THE NEW SEPIA RELEASE ENTITLED "THE IMMORTAL VOICE OF MARIO LANZA" ON THE HI-FI AROUND MIDNIGHT AND MY REWARD WAS HAVING "A MIDNIGHT KISS", ALMOST LITERALLY AS IT EXCITED ME LIKE THE GENTLE KISS OF A SEXY GIRL!HAVING SAID THAT, THIS CD ISN'T VERY GOOD. NO IT IS NOT, IT IS FREAKING FANTASTIC!!!!
I AM NOT GOING INTO IN LONG DESCRIPTIONS OF EACH TRACK SINCE I DON'T KNOW HOW TO SAY "GREAT" 23 TIMES (THAT IS THE NUMBER OF TRACKS ON THE DISC).THIS CD IS BOUND TO BE ONE BUYERS WILL PLAY AGAIN AND AGAIN WITHOUT LOSS OF INTEREST. DEFINITELY ON THE TOP OF THE LIST OF SEPIA RECORDS RELEASES. 
OKAY, HERE I GO:
1-BRINDISI FROM CAVALLARIA RUSTICANA: A NEAT WAY TO START OFF THIS CD AS IT IS SPRIGHTLY AND VERY SHORT AT 45 SECONDS. A CRAFTY CHOICE BY PRODUCER OF THIS CD (THE INCOMPARABLE DEREK MCGOVERN). IT IS HIS QUICK "TEASE" TO GET US WANTING TO HEAR MORE.
 
2-ERGO BIBAMUS: VERY FAMILIAR TO US SINCE IT IS RIGHT OFF THE STUDENT PRINCE SOUNDTRACK. SHORT AND NICE. NOT NICE AND SHORT!

3-JUST WE TWO: VERY RICH VOCAL QUALITY, WITH DEPTH TO THE VOICE AND WITH NO DISTORTION AS WE HAVE ON AN LP OR OTHER CD. THIS WAS 1959 SO MARIO IS MORE BARITONAL.

4-IF I LOVED YOU: THE ONLY TRACK ON THIS CD THAT I AM NOT FOND OF. THIS IS A GREAT CLASSIC SONG AND MARIO SINGS IT PRETTY WELL AND PEPPY BUT I TRULY FEEL THIS IS NOT A SONG FOR HIM. THINK BARITONE GORDON MACRAE AS A BETTER CHOICE TO PERFORM IT.

5-LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY: TYPICAL OF HIS MOST BRILLIANT YEAR OF SINGING ON THE COKE SHOWS. HE WAS ON TOP OF THE WORLD. SADLY HIS DEATH WAS ANYTHING BUT LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY. NEVERTHELESS, THE VOICE IS LYRICAL, SWEET AND COMPELLING.

6-SOME DAY: THIS IS THE SONG HE SANG ON TV FOR THE SECOND "CHRYSLER SHOWER OF STARS". THE RECORDING OF IT WE HAVE ENJOYED FOR YEARS ON DVD IS FABULOUS DESPITE HIS OBVIOUS NERVOUSNESS. HOWEVER, THIS TRACK IS THE REHEARSAL FOR THE SHOW AND IS ENTIRELY DIFFERENT FROM THE ONE THAT WENT OUT OVER THE AIR. SOMETIMES IT IS SLOWER, SOMETIMES FASTER. HE WAS IN EXCELLENT VOICE THAT DAY. GREAT ENDING NOTE. I THINK THIS VERSION MIGHT BE A BIT MORE POWERFUL THAN THE OTHER BUT OVERALL LESSER. 

7-TREES: THIS IS ONE OF THE SONGS THAT WOULD BE MY CHOICE TO HEAR IF I WERE STRANDED ON A DEEP SEA ISLAND. WITH ONLY A WIND UP VICTROLA. IT IS GORGEOUS IN EVERY WAY,THE SINGING TENDER AND DELICATE. YOU CAN ALMOST FEEL THE FRAGILE LEAVES FALLING ON YOUR FACE ON THE ISLAND. AS SINGING GOES, THIS IS FLAWLESS.(SPECIAL NOTE: I USED THIS SONG FOR MY COLLEGE RADIO SHOW COURSE, ABOUT TWO PAGES LONG AND ENTITLED "A SONG OF DISQUIET". IT EARNED ME AN "A" GRADE!)

8-THE VIRGIN'S SLUMBER SONG: A LOVELY SONG DONE BY A LOVELY VOICE WHOSE OWNER GIVES US SOME VERY TENDER FALSETTO MOMENTS.

9-NEAPOLITAN LOVE SONG: THIS PIECE APPARENTLY DOES NOT SHOW UP MUCH IN RECORDINGS WE WOULD HAVE PURCHASED SINCE I DIDN'T REMEMBER IT (AND YOU KNOW I HAVE PLAYED AND HEARD EVERYTHING MARIO EVER SANG MANY TIMES OVER). THAT HAVING BEEN SAID, THIS IS SIMPLY A VERY NICE RECORDING.

10-LA SPAGNOLA: AH, THIS SONG LIFTS THE SPIRIT USING THE FLAIR MARIO PUTS INTO IT. PEPPY AND EXCELLENT.

11-CORE N' GRATO: A VERY POPULAR SONG FOR NEAPOLITAN SONG FANS. MARIO IS EXUBERANT, IN GREAT VOICE, AND OPEN THROATED SOUND. OH, AND DON'T FORGET PASSION TOO.

12-MARECHIARE: NOT BAD AT ALL. ACTUALLY VERY GOOD. I FEEL HE HAS DONE IT BETTER IN OTHER RECORDED VERSIONS. THIS ONE IS NO SLOUCH HOWEVER.
 
13-TORNA A SURRIENTO: FROM THE SOUNDTRACK OF ARGUABLY MY FAVORITE LANZA MOVIE "SERENADE". SIMPLE PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT THAT MARIO MAGIC SINGING LEADS US TO FEEL HE HAS A SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA THAT RESTAURANT OWNER LARDELLI WAS HIDING IN THE NEXT ROOM. NEAR PERFECTION, WONDERFUL SINGING, TOO MUCH ECHO, (FORGIVABLE). THE END HIGH NOTE IS SUPERB, SOMETHING I CANNOT SAY WHEN HEARING THE MOVIE SOUND TRACK. 
 
14-SANTA LUCIA LUNTANA: THIS IS A 1958 RECORDING SO WE ANTICIPATE A DEEPER LANZA VOICE AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE GET HERE. HE SINGS IT WITH EASE AND AVOIDS HIGH NOTES AT THE END THAT GIVES THE PIECE THE "CLASS" THAT IT DESERVES. FOR THE COKE SHOW REHEARSAL HE SANG IT WILDLY AND PUT IN AN UNNECESSARY HIGH END NOTE). A FINE RENDITION.
15-L'ALBA SEPARA DALLA LUCE L'OMBRA: THIS SONG WAS RELEASED ON THE "CARUSO FAVORITES" LP WHICH MANY PEOPLE I HAVE TALKED TO PUT DOWN WHILE INSISTING THE WHOLE ALBUM HAS FORCED, STRAINED, INFERIOR SINGING. WELL, THOSE FOLKS CAN LISTEN TO WHAT THE GENIUSES AT SEPIA RECORDS HAVE DONE HERE. EXCITING WITH A DRIVING PACE AND EQUAL TO CARUSO'S GREAT RENDITION. 

16-VESTI LA GIUBBA: MARIO'S "LUCKY ARIA". HIS LUCK HOLDS OUT FOR THIS EXCELLENT RENDITION. NOT QUITE AS GOOD AS THE "FOR THE FIRST TIME" SOUNDTRACK RECORDING, YET STILL GREAT.

17-IMPROVISO: ANOTHER RECORDING MADE WHILE MARIO WAS WITHIN HIS FINEST YEARS OF SINGING (WHICH WAS ABOUT THE TIME OF THE COKE SHOWS.) EXCELLENT ALL THE WAY WITH ONLY A FEW SHARP NOTES THAT DON'T REALLY MAKE IT LESSER. 

18-E LUCEVAN LE STELLE: SIMPLY PUT, POWERFUL, MOVING, AND WONDERFUL. THE EXCERPT OF THIS ARIA IN THE "GREAT CARUSO" FILM MONTAGE SEQUENCE BEATS THIS ONE A BIT EVEN THOUGH IT IS ONLY AN EXCERPT. 

19-GIA NELLA NOTTE DENSA: AN OTHELLO DUET. IGNORE JEAN TENNYSON'S SINGING AS IT IS ONLY FAIR AT BEST (ALTHOUGH THERE IS A NICE PHOTO OF MARIO AND HER INCLUDED IN THE CD BOOKLET). WHILE I AM ON THAT SUBJECT LET ME SAY THE BOOKLET IS TERRIFIC IN ITS LOOK AND CONTENT. IT IS DESIRABLE ALL ON ITS OWN! BACK TO THE PERFORMANCE. THIS WAS DONE LIVE ON RADIO AND EARLY AT 1945. SOME MIGHT SAY MARIO WAS TOO YOUNG FOR THE ROLE, AND I DO HEAR SOME OF THAT IN HIS SINGING, BUT SINCE THIS PRECEDED SOME OF THE VOCAL TRAINING HE GOT, IT IS DARN GOOD. LONG AT 8 MINUTES BUT IF YOU CUT OUT JEAN TENNYSON (LOL) IT IS ONLY 4 MINUTES, THE EXCERPT OF THIS ARIA WE HEAR IN "FOR THE FIRST TIME" IS CLASSIC. 

20-GOLDEN DAYS: THIS IS A DUET AND THE FIRST OF THE FOUR BONUS TRACKS ON THE CD. THE RECORDING WAS DONE LIVE ON RADIO IN 1946. MARIO'S SINGING FRIEND ROBERT WEEDE ADDED A CAPABLE BARITONE TO THE LANZA VOICE. VERY GOOD. 

21-SUMMERTIME IN HEIDELBERG: THIS IS FROM THE 1959 "STUDENT PRINCE" ALBUM WHICH HARDLY EVER BEATS THE 1954 LP, BUT IT NEVER SOUNDED AS GOOD AS THIS TRACK WHICH IS RESTORED AND IS REMARKABLE AND A STAND OUT PIECE OF THE OPERETTA.

22-DRINKING SONG FROM "THE VAGABOND KING": RECORDED ONLY MONTHS BEFORE HIS DEATH, THIS IS YET ANOTHER TRACK WHICH ON THE LP SOUNDS MORE LETHARGIC AND DULL. GET READY FOR THIS BECAUSE IT IS EXCELLENT. AND MARIO SHOWS YOUTHFUL PASSION DURING A TIME WHEN HE DRANK A LOT AND WAS DEPRESSED SOMEWHAT.
 
23-WITHOUT A SONG: A FAVORITE PIECE WHICH I ENJOY SINGING AND HAVE USED TO OPEN SOME SHOWS ANNA AND I PERFORMED IN YEARS AGO. THIS IS FROM THE COKE SHOW LIBRARY SO YOU CAN MAKE A GOOD GUESS THAT IT WOULD BE EXCELLENT. IT IS TRULY EXCELLENT, VIBRANT, SUNG PERFECTLY, AND A TREMENDOUS WAY TO END A GREAT CD. 
THAT'S ALL FOLKS. NOTE THAT I STARTED PLAYING THE CD AT MIDNIGHT AND NOW IT IS 1:45 AM. AS YOU SEE IT ISN'T EASY BEING A "MUSIC CRITIC" BUT I HAVE FOUND THAT IT PAYS OFF IN MANY WELL DESERVED WAYS. GOOD NIGHT FOLKS. 
Edited 09-08-2021 01:50 AM
59158
SAM MILLION
09-08-2021
01:43 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
KRISTINE: YOU ARE HALF RIGHT. THE SECOND QUIZ ITEM ANSWER IS PETER HERMAN ADLER.
59157
Bill Ronayne
09-07-2021
09:44 PM ET (US)
IP: 69.122.146.212

This oil painting is a recent addition to the Mario Lanza Museum. It was originally commissioned by a fan in the 1960's and after her passing, her family donated it to the museum. It's now on display and is even more striking in person. Mario's eyes follow you everywhere!

By the Way, the Lanza Museum now carries all of the Mario Lanza Sepia CD's. https://www.mariolanzainstitute.org/store/cds/


Best, Bill
59156
Kristine C
09-07-2021
08:59 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
sam, thank you for kind words and I liked the DVD's you sent to me.
59155
Kristine C
09-07-2021
08:58 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Sam, I am going to guess it was Enrico Rosati and there are 10 Sepia CD's of Mario Lanza.
59154
SAM MILLION
09-07-2021
02:22 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
GEEZ, I THOUGHT MY QUIZZ QUESTIONS WOULD REQUIRE SOME THOUGHT DEREK MCGOVERN WROTE UP A LENGTHY QUIZZ THAT IS NOT ONLY FUN, MIND STIMULATING, WELL THOUGHT OUT, BUT ALSO VERY, VERY DIFFICULT. I ONLY GOT A SCORE OF 40 PERCENT (AND I CALL MYSELF A LANZA EXPERT, L0L?

GO HERE AND TRY IT:
https://derekmcg.survey.fm/the-life-times-of-mario-lanza
59153
SAM MILLION
09-07-2021
07:34 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
AH, I SEE THAT KRISTINE ANSWERED THE TMK QUESTION. NOT SURPRISING AS SHE IS A VERITABLE STOREHOUSE OF GREAT INFORMATION. HERE ARE TWO OTHER QUIZZES:1-WHO SAID THAT AT AGE 20 MARIO HAD SIMILAR QUALITIES AS CARUSO?
2-HOW MANY LANZA SEPRIA CDS HAVE BEEN RELEASED?

BYE FOR NOW!
59152
SAM MILLION
09-07-2021
06:51 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I CAN EASILY TELL YOU THE CHARACTER NAMES MARIO HAD FOR ALL HIS FILMS (LIKE TONY COSTA IN FTFT). BUT I WAS STUMPED ON HIS NAME FOR TMK. FINALLY DID A SEARCH TO FIND IT IS JOHNNY DONNETTI!
59151
Kristine C
09-06-2021
10:56 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Correction: Brigette Bardot.
59150
Kristine C
09-06-2021
10:54 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Sam, I answered your questions: Johnny Donnetti, The Hollywood Bowl, and Ida Koverman. Tonight, on TCM, they honored movie music composer, Ennio Morricone. If you remember, he arranged the music for "The Vagabond King" recording, Mario Lanza did. Ennio passed away, last year. They showed "Cinema Paradiso"(1988)about a movie theater, in a town, in Sicily, where a little boy is fascinated by the movies, shown there. I think his uncle is a projectionist, there. It is in Italian with English subtitles. This movie won an Oscar. There were still photos of Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, etc. Silent movies were shown. When the priest attended the movie, by himself, he would ring a bell, when the kissing scenes showed up . LOL ! Sadly, there is a fire in the movie theater, the boy's uncle is blinded , permanently, from the fire. The boy grows up, is a teen-ager, falls in love, but doesn't end up with the girl. At the end, he is middle aged, goes back to the town for his uncle's funeral and sadly, Cinema Paradiso is demolished, due to no one attending movies, anymore, because of tv, videos, etc. I was thinking, it would have been great, if a scene from a movie of Mario lanza, or still photo , of him, had been in the movie. There was a scene from Bridget Bardot's movie. Rudolph Valentino and Charlie Chaplin were shown.
59149
SAM MILLION
09-06-2021
02:07 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HAS ANYONE BEEN ABLE TO ANSWER MY QUIZ QUESTIONS? ALSO, DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD LIKE TO KEEP THIS THREAD GOING AND PARTICIPATE?
59148
SAM MILLION
09-06-2021
08:04 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
THIS MAY BE A DOUBLE POST AS I AM NOT SURE MY FIRST ONE CAME THROUGH. A POSTER HERE STATED SHE WOULD LIKE TO SEE AN AUTO BIOGRAPHY ABOUT LANZA CO-STAR ANN BLYTH. WELL, THERE IS AN EXCELLENT BIOGRAPHY ON HER THAT CAME OUT A COUPLE YEARS AGO. IT IS ALMOST AS THICK AS A PHONE BOOK. THIS ALSO MADE ME THINK OF THE LITTLE "STREET URCHIN"WHO MARIO PUT INTO SEVEN HILLS OF ROME. NAMELY LUISA DI MEO. JUST SEARCH HER NAME AND YOU WILL READ HERE SHORT MEMOIR.
59147
SAM MILLION
09-06-2021
03:06 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
ARE YOU ALL AWARE OF THE SEPIA RECORDS CDS THAT FEATURE MARIO? THEY ARE GREAT AND HAVE THE ABSOLUTE BEST SOUND AVAILABLE ON LANZA RECORDINGS. THERE ARE TEN TOTAL. YOU CAN SEE THE TITLES AT SEPIARECORDS.COM
59146
SAM MILLION
09-06-2021
01:46 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
IS THERE ANY UPDATE RE THE MYSTERY ABOUT FRED DAY?
59145
SAM MILLION
09-05-2021
06:18 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE WHO IS ALSO A BIG LANZA FAN AND I HAVE BEEN PLAYING LANZA QUIZ GAMES. I THOUGHT PERHAPS WE COULD DO THE SAME HERE ON RENSE. 1-WHAT WAS MARIO'S STAGE NAME FOR "THAT MIDNIGHT KISS"? AND 2-WHERE DID MAYER FIRST HEAR MARIO AND WHAT WAS THE NAME OF HIS SECRETARY WHO ARRANGED IT?
59144
Bill Ronayne
09-02-2021
01:39 PM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.182.58
Thanks, I'm OK. As far as I know the museum is OK as well. I haven't heard anything to the contrary. Best Bill
59143
Julie Page
09-02-2021
11:40 AM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
Praying for all those affected by this latest catastrophe. Bill, you OK? Worried about the museum as well. Unbelievable.
59142
Bill Ronayne
09-01-2021
12:24 PM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.178.54
Thanks Martino for your kind words. Thanks also to Suzanne. Toast of New Orleans was filmed at the studio so far as I know. Best, Bill
59141
Martino1Person was signed in when posted
08-31-2021
06:28 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
I agree with Julie. The museum looks great and many thanks to Bill for all his efforts over the years in perpetuating the legacy of Mario Lanza. I doubt there is anyone in the world today that works harder and is more dedicated in advancing awareness of Lanza's life and art than Bill Ronayne. All Mario Lanza fans owe Bill much gratitude for his unbending dedication to never let the name of Mario Lanza be forgotten.
59140
Julie Page
08-31-2021
03:10 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
HI BILL. GREAT PUBLICITY FOR THE MUSEUM. Just wondering, watching the devastation in New Orleans, don't suppose that any of "Toast" was filmed there? Probably all studio. Thanks.
59139
Bill Ronayne
08-28-2021
09:49 PM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.184.148
The Mario Lanza Institute & Museum recently had a segment on the PBS show "You Oughta Know."

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbSbB4XNXy0

Best, Bill
59138
Kristine C
08-28-2021
12:33 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Happy Belated Birthday, Ann Blyth ! I hope she writes an autobiography. Sorry to read Don Everly(The Everly Brothers)passed away. His brother, Phil passed away about 2 years ago. They had a unique harmony. Don's son, Edan performed with Frankie Avalon and Frankie, Jr. is the drummer for the act. Also, actor Mike Nader passed away. He was on "Dynasty" and in the "Beach Party" movies. His late uncle was movie star, George Nader(back in the '50's), known for beefcake photos. In September, TCM's Star Of The Month will be opera singer-movie actor, Paul Robeson. Prayers for Louisiana, in particular, New Orleans, Hurricane Ida is expected to hit there ! New Orleans has been the locale for movies such as "The Toast of New Orleans"(Mario Lanza, Kathryn Grayson)and "King Creole"(Elvis Presley).
59137
Gary from Halifax
08-21-2021
02:01 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.175.132.12
Many thanks Martino..I shall check it out as written.
59136
Martino1Person was signed in when posted
08-21-2021
08:43 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Gary, it has been a while since I downloaded youtube videos and the youtube downloader software I used is no longer available. I did a search on google "how to download youtube videos" and there are many new ways, including some that are step by step on various youtube clips. PC Magazine seems to have an easy method and it is shown on youtube. I suggest you do the same search I did and see which method is best for your PC and operating system. I use Chrome OS rather than Windows which limits me so you'll have to determine the software that is compatible with your system. One change I noticed is that HD quality downloads usually come at a cost, although you may find some freeware that will allow HD.
59135
Gary from Halifax
08-20-2021
04:57 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.175.132.12
Hi Martino.. It has been years since I downloaded a song from youtube in order to copy it to cd disc. My old brain won't recall how the procedure is done. Hope you are well..Cheers..Gary from Halifax. e-m if needed: dgm56buick@gmail.com
Edited 08-20-2021 04:57 PM
59134
Alex Valiansky
08-16-2021
10:39 AM ET (US)
IP: 107.77.213.127
Happy ninety-third birthday to Ann Blyth, Mario Lanzas last surviving American leading lady.
59133
Kristine C
08-14-2021
06:50 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Correction: Leo Durocher.
59132
Kristine C
08-14-2021
06:48 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
The Mac/Eddy Fan Club posted a tv pilot for a sitcom, with Nelson Eddy, called "Nelson Eddy's Backyard", on facebook. It co-starred Jan Clayton, Chick Chandler, and child actors, Sammy Ogg and Richard Eyer. Nelson plays himself. Jan Clayton plays a widow with two sons and I think, Nelson's love interest. I liked it. But for some reason, it didn't sell. Nelson sang "Wish You Were Here"(from Broadway Musical "Wish You Were Here". Eddie Fisher sang it, in the Broadway Cast, Jack Cassidy sang it). Nelson Eddy and Jan Clayton sang "Wunderbar" from Broadway Musical " Kiss Me, Kate". It may be on You Tube. Some think there shouldn't have been children in the cast. Jeanette MacDonald tried a tv pilot on "Producer's Playhouse", co-starring Laraine Day and her husband, Leo Dorucher. It didn't sell. Jeanette was offered a variety tv series, like Dinah Shore had, but turned it down, preferring a Broadway Show. Some say, Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald should have hosted musical variety shows with comedians and comediennes, as guests, doing skits, like "The Carol Burnett Show", years later. It's interesting to watch lost tv pilots. Sorry to hear, Jane Withers and Markie Post passed away. RIP.
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Mike M.
08-11-2021
04:31 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.232.90.227
DVR alert. That Midnight Kiss and Toast of New Orleans both on Turner Classics late tonight.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
08-05-2021
04:39 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
The great Enrico Caruso died a hundred years ago on the 2nd of August. There has not been a lot said about it around the internet which shows you how the decline of classical music, especially opera has accelerated over the past few years. However, the NY City Opera did dedicate a program to Caruso to commemorate the event. It can be seen on youtube at this link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axLWiRb0u2c
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Betty67Person was signed in when posted
08-05-2021
05:38 AM ET (US)
IP: 93.42.98.163
Thank you, Derek.
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Derek MainwaringPerson was signed in when posted
08-02-2021
11:35 PM ET (US)
IP: 24.13.64.27
Hello to all. If you have the popular video conferencing software Zoom on your computer, you might be interested in two upcoming Lanza tributes.

This coming Friday, August 6, I will be presenting a one-hour 70th anniversary program titled MARIO LANZA & THE GREAT CARUSO. Mather Lifeways will be hosting the presentation at 12:30 p.m. PT / 2:30 p.m. CT / 3:30 p.m. ET, so be sure to check your time zone if you plan to tune in. It's free but you must register beforehand and I would recommend that you do a trial run with one of the other Zoom presentations to familiarize yourself with the process.

Here's the link to Mather's calendar for August. Just clink on the WATCH ON ZOOM link for the Lanza tribute on August 6, type in the requested information, then confirm your booking by clicking on ADD TO CART. Mather will send you the invite to access the presentation on the day.

https://matherlifeways.eventsair.com/MLCEP...=Telephone%20Topics

Another hour-long Lanza tribute on Zoom, THE INCOMPARABLE MARIO LANZA, will be presented by Sachem Library in Holbrook, NY on October 6th:

https://sachem.librarycalendar.com/events/...le-mario-lanza-zoom

I have no involvement with this one but I'm certainly looking forward to hearing what they have to say about our favorite tenor. Sign up now and don't forget to check your own time zone on the day.
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Kristine C
08-01-2021
08:42 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
I don't know how to transfer You Tube to this site. There is the You Tube of Billy Eckstine singing "Enchanted Land" which is the tune of "Song of India". There is also, Tommy Dorsey's Big Band version of "Song of India". I think there was a movie called "Song of India" with Sabu and Merle Oberon and there is the movie "Song of Scherezade" starring Jean Pierre Aumont, Yvonne DeCarlo, Eve Arden. It was about Rimsky-Korsakov and "Song of India" was sung in the movie, but I can't remember who the singer was.
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Gary from Halifax
08-01-2021
10:49 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.175.132.12
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-hwvh58a20

Thank you Martino..a wonderful version sung by Bjorling..as you mentioned.
Cheers..Gary
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
07-31-2021
12:03 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
I agree, Gary. Song of India is a lovely piece based loosely on a tenor aria from the exotic opera, "Sadko", by Rimsky-Korsakov. Lanza sings Song of India not as the aria, but as re-worked by Johnny Mercer. Although the Mercer re-do arrangement looses most of the haunting quality of the original aria (listen to Bjorling to hear what the original aria sounds like), it fitted Mario to a tee and he sang it beautifully. "Sadko's" aria is pretty much forgotten these days but Lanza's "Song of India" will live on as one of Mario's finest achievements.
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Gary from Halifax
07-30-2021
07:46 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.175.132.12
To quote you Martino from your post "a beautiful voice coupled with beautiful singing"
Indeed that is so, and I just finished listening to Song Of India sung by Mario. As a kid of 10 or 12 years of age I would play this song over and over again;I was captured as a lover of his voice. I am sure all my family members knew all the words as I played it non stop. I am so grateful that as a young lad I was totally enamored by Mario's singing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kpBge6lCu4
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
07-30-2021
09:21 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Thanks, Jim. You are so lucky to have heard Jussi Bjorling. I have often said my three great regrets were not hearing Lanza, Callas and Bjorling. What I wouldn't give to go back to those days.
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Jim Thompson
07-29-2021
05:22 PM ET (US)
IP: 24.38.229.151
As usual, Martino, excellent in every way. Jose in his youth was astonishing. Had the pleasure of hearing him twice. Once at Carnegie Hall and the other time at Radio City in his tribute to Lanza show. With Mario, my love is for the artistry of Jussi Bjorling. Heard him in person at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. The excitement, the Wow factor, for me are not there with any of the current "names".
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
07-28-2021
10:04 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Mario Lanza had many great qualities and vocal characteristics that made him the wonderful singer that he was. We have touched upon them all at one time or another. I suppose it can all be summarized down to two things - beautiful voice coupled with beautiful singing. There are many examples of this and one of the best is Lanza's famous 1949 RCA recording of "Che Gelida Manina". We have often talked about this recording and how truly great it is. In my opinion, it is the definitive recording, live or studio, of this aria ever sung and one of Lanza's best performances.

I think most of us will acknowledge Lanza takes the Gold medal here, but who wins the silver? Since we are in the midst of the Olympic Games, I thought I would try to answer that question, at least for myself although others will surely have their own favorites. So, the other day I decided to listen to a compilation of tenors singing this great aria, one right after the other. I must have listened to a couple dozen different renditions and I was quite pleased with all of them. It is one of the most popular of all arias and virtually every tenor has sung it at one time or another.

Some tenors stood out above others, such as Pavarotti, DiStefano and Bjorling. I expected these super tenors to make the cut and they did not disappoint in this very demanding aria. But only one could take home the silver medal and although it was close, I awarded it to Jose Carreras. My main judging criteria was the same that made Lanza's rendition so great - beautiful voice coupled with beautiful singing. In this regard, Jose was magnificent.

Listen to the aria in the youtube link below, which is a recording made early in Jose's career when his voice was at its most ravishing. I awarded extra points of course because this was a performance of a complete opera before a live audience. You may not give him the silver medal and select another, but the greatness of this singing and the exquisite beauty of his voice cannot be denied.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nNpDgb_NzE
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Dennis1Person was signed in when posted
07-26-2021
03:35 PM ET (US)
IP: 76.126.57.19
Mike, I never thought of it before but I think you are correct as to similarities between Kaufman and Domingo. I have never been enamored of Kaufman's baritone voice (just as I prefer the earlier Mario to the later voice), but I have often admired his acting skills in a role. I didn't think of Domingo as a good actor when I first listened to him, but he has done a very credible job in some of his films. Two excellent tenors, but I agree with Martino that 50 years from now Domingo will still be a familiar name as Caruso is today, but Kaufman will likely be an Aureliano Pertile by that time.
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Diane Cox
07-26-2021
12:21 AM ET (US)
IP: 23.127.59.195
Agree totally, Martino. But with the current batch of tenors, Kaufmann, is one of the best. I have to give best to Piotr Bezcala at the moment. There have been about three younger tenors that I had hopes for, but they reached a certain peak, and did not exceed that. No goosebumps.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
07-25-2021
04:10 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Mike, I think Jonas Kaufmann is one of the better tenors on the scene over the past decade or so. He has a distinct baritone quality to his voice, which seemed to develop after his first few years as a professional. Domingo also had that quality although not as pronounced. Domingo was the better tenor as far as I am concerned for a couple reasons: he was a much better musician and linguist for one thing. He also had a very broad range of suitable roles whereas Kaufmann seems a bit out of his element in some of the roles he sings. I remember seeing a theater broadcast of his "Faust" several years ago and I thought I was listening to Siegfried rather than a French lyrical singer. Domingo could sing most anything and made it sound good. Domingo also had a more Italiante sound to his voice, as do most Latino singers, unlike Kaufmann who clearly is from the Teutonic school.

As far as top notes are concerned, I don't think anyone would confuse the high Cs of Pavarotti, Corelli or Gedda with Domingo. He never really had an explosive top like those others, nor does Kaufmann for that matter. Up to Bb it is a draw but beyond that I give the edge to Kaufmann.

Both these singers have had great, international careers and have given many marvelous performances and in 50 years Domingo will still be remembered without a doubt. I can't say that with as much certainty about Kaufmann.
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Mike M.
07-25-2021
03:48 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.232.90.227
Anyone see the great performances on PBS recently from Vienna? Jonas Kaufmann was guest soloist and I noticed his similarities to Placido Domingo in mannerisms, facial expressions and even hairstyle.I thought he was very good, but Domingo had a richer voice. Comments, anyone? The young Domingo had a more secure top notes, if that is the right adjective.. Please discuss.
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Diane Cox
07-24-2021
12:51 PM ET (US)
IP: 23.127.59.195

1951 The Great Caruso premiere
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Kristine C
07-24-2021
01:07 AM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Some of the stars, who attended the premiere of "The Great Caruso" were Clark Gable, James Stewart, Tyrone Power, Barbara Stanwyck, Esther Williams, Jane Powell. I wonder if there is film footage of the premiere ?
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Kristine C
07-24-2021
01:01 AM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
The film biography of Aretha Franklin is coming out, called "Respect"(which is one of her hit songs). Maybe there's hope of a Lanza film biography. By the way, she was a fan of Mario Lanza. I just read, not only, TCM didn't honor Mario Lanza on his 100th Birthday, neither did they honor Leo Gorcey on his 100th Birthday. Leo was in "The Dead End Kids", "The Eastside Kids", and "The Bowery Boys" movies. Back in 2014, Tyrone Power's fans wanted him honored on his 100th Birthday, on TCM, it didn't happen. Maybe they didn't have his movies in their film library. But in August, Tyrone Power will be one of the honorees for Summer Under The Stars on TCM. Kathryn Grayson will be honored, again, too, so her movies, with Mario, should be aired.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
07-21-2021
07:53 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Good luck with your situation Ron, and yes, we have missed you. Thank you for the kind words.
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Ron Stevens
07-21-2021
05:10 PM ET (US)
IP: 94.8.15.234
Hi all, I haven't posted on here for so long, apologies. Firstly, I'm so very sorry to hear of your loss, Martino. Secondly, thanks Linz, your review is outstanding. I'll try and post more often, going through a difficult relationship break-up at the moment. Take care and stay safe everyone, always x
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linz1
07-20-2021
02:18 AM ET (US)
IP: 125.238.168.113
My review of the fabulous new Sepia CD: http://www.solopassion.com/node/11272
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Kristine C
07-19-2021
07:50 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Bill, I received the CD The Immortal Voice-Mario Lanza, today, in the mail. Sam, I watched the DVD of the tv show, from Philadelphia, about Mario Lanza, with Terry Robinson being interviewed about his book, "Lanza:His Tragic Life". Then, I watched the Reunion Concert of Peter, Paul, and Mary. In August, on TCM, it will be Summer Under The Stars, with 24 hours of a movie star's movies, each day. Kathryn Grayson, again, will be one of them, so, I think, Mario Lanza's movies , with her, will be seen. There are some newcomers to the honorees, this year, such as Abbott &Costello, Ramon Novarro, Eve Arden, Richard Burton, and others. Novarro sang "A Vucchella" in one of his early 1930's movies, by the way. I just finished reading George Chakiris's autobiography, "My West Side Story". When he was dancing, in the chorus, at M-G-M, he wrote that he and 15 year old Elizabeth Taylor were invited to visit Mario Lanza's movie set, to hear him sing. George wanted to ask Elizabeth, for a date, but was shy. Films Of The Golden Age Magazine had a story about the Mauch (pronounced Mawk)Twins, who were in "The Prince and The Pauper" with Errol Flynn. It mentioned they both were in "Winged Victory" with Mario Lanza and other celebrities, movie stars, also, including Red Buttons.
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Bill Ronayne
07-19-2021
02:31 PM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.182.24
Yes Suzanne I knew Frank for about 10+ years. He passed away in December of 2010.

Suzanne and Kristine: Your CD is scheduled to be delivered today according to the tracking.

Best, Bill
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Julie Page (Suzanne)
07-18-2021
06:06 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
Looking over some notes I had written in 2006, found this. I hadn't been able to get to the ball that year. Called the museum for a program. Frank Briatico answered. He was minding the museum that day and we had a nice conversation. Frank told me he'd known Mario, had gone to the gym with him. Frank said don't believe what you read about him. He was a great guy, kind, caring.If you were out with him, he'd pick up the check. No one knew he could sing never talked about it. Frank said eating and drinking didn't kill Mario, Hollywood did. Don't suppose Frank is with us now but I'll never forget our talk. Bill, did you know Frank? Looking forward to the CD. Thanks.
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Gary from Halifax
07-17-2021
07:13 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.175.132.12
Hi Kristine C. Freddie Mercury was such an amazing talent. Here is a clip of him singing operatic. I have no idea what Freddie thought of Mario.

Cheers..Gary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bijmJTlqsNw
Edited 07-17-2021 07:18 PM
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Kristine C
07-16-2021
11:01 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Did you know late Freddy Mercury had an operatic voice ? I just found that out on You Tube. I know he was a fan of opera singer , Montserrat Caballe. I wonder if he liked Mario Lanza ? I know, Linda Ronstadt liked Maria Callas and Mary, of Peter, Paul, and Mary, liked opera.
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Ross Mills
07-16-2021
04:53 PM ET (US)
IP: 80.5.210.229
Diane, Thanks for the link it was interesting as you said.
Wonder how (providing he could sing English fairly cleanly) Shi would sound doing Be My Love?
If you consider his ease with the long top note in the 2020 (O Sole Mio) "4 Tenors"clip perhaps he would sing it well. At least he would not balk at the top note as so many professional, distinguished Tenors have done in the past?
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Diane Cox
07-16-2021
01:19 PM ET (US)
IP: 23.127.59.195
Ross, he has a good voice. Here's a selection from 2021. In 10 years his voice has darkened some, his breath control is better, control is good, but that youthful sound is missing. Good reception from the audience. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGLib9YOiVk
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Ross Mills
07-16-2021
12:34 PM ET (US)
IP: 80.5.210.229
Just a suggestion to Diane of a great "younger" Tenor by the name Yijie Shi.
He is the best Chinese Tenor I have heard. He exibits passion and a mastery of Italian...This shows him singing "che gelida manina"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmig4oWkpxA
and this a sense of humour with the FOUR tenors.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0IjIupBsKU
Hope you enjoy .all the best to old friend Sam.
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Bill Ronayne
07-14-2021
02:47 PM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.179.5

The Mario Lanza Museum now has the new Sepia CD "The Immortal Voice of Mario Lanza A Centennial Celebration" in stock. It will be available at the museum starting this Saturday July 17th. Kristine and Suzanne your copies will go out in the mail this week. If anyone is interested in purchasing a copy from the Lanza Museum, you can send a $15 check made out to Mario Lanza Institute to Mario Lanza Institute 1214 Reed Street Philadelphia, PA 19147. For those wishing to pay by card, call the museum at 215-238-9691. Please note that there's an additional $1 fee for card orders. USA orders only
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Kristine C
07-12-2021
07:46 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Sam, I watched your CD of Mario Lanza , hosted by Constantine Callinicos, showing "The Shower of Stars", "The Christophers", the interview with Maria Cocozza(who was interviewing her ?), and the home movies of Mario Lanza, which I never saw, before. It showed Mario, Terry, etc. I saw the excerpt from "The Ed Sullivan Show", when Mario Lanza was promoting "The Seven Hills of Rome", showing Luisa DeMeo singing with Mario, Ed Sullivan with Mario, and when Marissa Allasio appeared. She was wearing a mink stole or fur piece. I think it was because she was showing too much cleavage. Ed Sullivan and Lawrence Welk were strict about cleavage, though, tv had censorship, at that time. Wasn't it Faye Emerson who was showing cleavage, back then ? "The Ed Sullivan Show" is in reruns on MeTV, Sunday Nights, at 9:30 PM(Eastern Time Zone). It was cut in half hour shows, though. About 2 weeks ago, they showed Elvis, from 1956 or 1957. I wonder if the Mario Lanza segments will be shown ? Sam, the DVD is interesting. Thanks, again.
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Diane Cox
07-11-2021
01:26 PM ET (US)
IP: 23.127.59.195
Agree about Bocelli - have never been a fan. There are many such tenors, and several that are better. Kaufmann and Bezcala are the two best at this time and neither is in the "great" category - sadly no up and coming voices that are outstanding. I keep looking for the next great one.
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Pamela Latham
07-11-2021
10:58 AM ET (US)
IP: 90.220.181.25
Hi Betty, many thanks for you prompt reply. Here is a typo erroneous my previous post it should read. Covent Garden not Coventry Garden, thanks to word suggestion on my. iPad which I missed!
I too saw him in Traviata in Venice, and also. went to Turin for the premier of the first part of Caruso La Voce Damore with Gianluca and.Stefano Reali the director . GianLuca did a tremendous job in the tv mini series, which i have on DVD
I first heard GianLuca in the Mario Lanza Festivalin Filignano in 2001 where he was acccompanied by Katie Ricciarelli and was. Immediately impressed with his voice and persona.
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Betty67Person was signed in when posted
07-11-2021
07:44 AM ET (US)
IP: 93.42.98.163
Pamela, I saw Terranova in 'La Traviata', in Venice. And I saw his series about Enrico Caruso's life. I really like his voice, and his passion. Bocelli on the other hand, has not much of a voice, and no passion. He is a 'technician', not an artist. That is my opionion, of course.
Mario Lanza will always be number 1, and I doubt there will ever be another tenor like him. I think it is unfair to compare other tenors to him, but there are a number of good ones around, like Terranova.
Edited 07-11-2021 07:45 AM
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Len (UK)
07-11-2021
07:31 AM ET (US)
IP: 81.153.19.179
Regarding Bocelli; I have to agree. A couple of years ago a local opera-trained soprano helped me rehearse Song of India and praised Lanza. However, she said that another pupil adored Bocelli which she could not agree with because she felt that the voice lacked drama and passion unlike Lanza.
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Pamela Latham
07-11-2021
07:12 AM ET (US)
IP: 90.220.181.25

Betty, I concur wholeheartedly with you. I have never rated Bocelli, always thought his voice lacked c9lour and passion, I notice you mention GianLuca Terranova, I have known him for over 20 years and followed his career avidly. I am eagerly awaiting his debut at Coventry Garden next year as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, the same part he should have performed there in 2020 but of course it was not to be. I am interested where and when you heard of him, and if you have ever seen him live ? I have heard him perform in many opera houses since 2008, La Scala, Fenice in Venice, Naples, Rome, Florence, Arena di Verona and Dsseldorf, plus Grange Park and Wigmore Hall in the UK. He actually attended three of our Get together (BMLS) and sang for our members which was a great honor and pleasure for us. We sincerely hope that the future will be bright for him and all in the performing arts after the last 18 months of hardship.
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Betty67Person was signed in when posted
07-11-2021
04:55 AM ET (US)
IP: 93.42.98.163
I have always considered Bocelli a very overrated tenor. I could never understand why people liked him so much. Gianluca Terranova, for example, is MUCH better.
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Kristine C
07-10-2021
08:13 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Jimmy Lennon was a fan of Mario Lanza. Jimmy was the ring announcer, at the fights held at Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles. He also played ring announcers in movies "Rocky IV", "Raging Bull" and sang in the night club scene in movie "Tough Guys"(Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster). He was uncle of The Lennon Sisters. Mario Lanza and Terry Robinson would see and talk to him, at those fights.
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Kristine C
07-10-2021
07:54 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Besides Jackie Wilson liking Mario Lanza, here are a few other singers who liked him. Mel Carter(who sang "Hold Me, Thrill Me", "Kiss Me"), Aretha Franklin, Julius LaRosa, Robert Goulet, John Raitt, Martin &Lewis, Renee' Fleming, I think, Maria Callas(she wished she could have sung with him), Joe Feeney("The Lawrence Welk Show"), Sammy Davis, Jr., Lawrence Tibbett, Walter Pidgeon(who sang in his young days), Frankie Avalon mentioned Mario's name, when he was on "You Bet Your Life" with Groucho, James Darren, Al Martino, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como. Shirley Jones said there will always be one Mario Lanza, when she hosted "Serenade" on AMC Channel, back in the 1990's.
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Diane Cox
07-10-2021
05:53 PM ET (US)
IP: 23.127.59.195
Dennis, I thought it was a cut above many of his performances. He's not that young anymore also.
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Dennis1Person was signed in when posted
07-10-2021
04:49 PM ET (US)
IP: 76.126.57.19
Hello Diane, thanks for the reference to Bocelli. When I started listening, I thought "same old Bocellipleasant voice, nicely done, still no squillo with the top note at the end of Nessun Dorma". I have always been impressed with his drive to be a good singer, especially in light of the stage limitations due to his blindness. But I was impressed with his finish on this rendition. Who knew that he had such breath control! Well done, Andrea.
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Gary from Halifax
07-10-2021
02:20 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.175.132.12
Mentioning Jackie Wilson and his love of Mario, got me thinking about other singers from the Pop music world.
Naturally my thoughts turned to Elvis..I recall reading some time ago that Pricilla stated her and Elvis shared their love for Mario.
   it was their shared love of Mario Lanza, she added, that was really the link between the two of us. Lanzas hugely popular bel canto classical tenor approach fused with the roots styles surrounding Elvis created the core of his singing style.
Cheers...Gary

ps.. Diane I checked that recent performance by Bocelli you posted. Indeed a very fine performance.
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Gary from Halifax
07-09-2021
08:56 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.175.132.12
Thinking today of the old days, back in the fifties and sixties, I thought of one of my favourite singers outside of the operatic tenors often seen here.. Jackie Wilson was and still is a favourite...https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/553590979181580444/ How wonderful that Jackie loved Mario.
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Diane Cox
07-09-2021
01:34 PM ET (US)
IP: 23.127.59.195
Very good recent performance by Bocelli
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0sTVZMFUfY
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
07-08-2021
08:01 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Thank you Gary, I remember those old days when youtube first started. What a treasure that has become. I too have spent many hours watching videos of things that I not only never saw before, but did not even know existed. Thanks again for thinking of me.
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Gary from Halifax
07-07-2021
06:10 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.175.132.12
Martino,, I have been thinking much about you the last couple of days. I know that you will get through this difficult time as I did some years back. Years ago you posted the first "youtube" video I had ever seen. It must have related to Mario but I just can't recall the video today. Needless to say, I have since spent untold hours watching various tenors and other singers on youtube with great delight thanks to yourself. Best..Gary.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
07-06-2021
04:21 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Julie, thank you so very much. I'm coming to this board and other sites ten times a day now. Amazing how you gravitate to a computer when your partner dies. I've heard other people say the same thing. Maybe it is true that computers are replacing people, but in ways no one imagined. Anyway, I hope someone gives a good review of the new Sepia CD. I'd like to order it but gosh, I have so much stuff around here already I can't hardly walk in and out!!
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Julie Page
07-06-2021
11:11 AM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
I just saw this . I'm so sorry for your loss,Martino. a lovely lady.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
07-06-2021
08:11 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Thank you so much Diane and Dennis. Yes, I am a man of faith although it has been tested a few times. There is certainly a higher wisdom that no one can explain or understand that guides us through life and eventually death. Judi was a woman of faith too and understood this completely. It was hard yesterday to lay her to rest but all agreed it was a beautiful service - I'll be fine. Thank you again for the kind words.
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Dennis1Person was signed in when posted
07-05-2021
10:25 PM ET (US)
IP: 76.126.57.19
Martino, what sad news. We are almost the same age and I know what a blow it would be to lose my life partner. My prayers and condolences are with you. From your interest over the years in certain music, I have always thought of you to be a man of faith. I hope your faith can sustain and strengthen you now.
59076
Diane Cox
07-05-2021
12:21 PM ET (US)
IP: 23.127.59.195
Martino - thinking of you today. Gather your family and friends around you.
59075
Martino1Person was signed in when posted
07-04-2021
07:54 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Thank you ladies. I truly appreciate it.
59074
Betty67Person was signed in when posted
07-04-2021
04:08 AM ET (US)
IP: 93.42.98.163
Dear Martino, my condolences. I know how you feel. I lost my beloved husband years ago, and not a day goes by without thinking about him. You will see her again, 'on the other side'. Be sure of that.
59073
Kristine C
07-03-2021
08:25 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Martino , My sympathy and condolences to you and family.
59072
Martino1Person was signed in when posted
07-03-2021
06:52 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216

Thank you my friends, your kind words warm my heart.
59071
Gary from Halifax
07-03-2021
03:29 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.175.132.12
Dear Martino I am so very sorry to read here that your Judi has passed. She and you are in my prayers.
Gary
59070
Jim Thompson
07-03-2021
12:57 PM ET (US)
IP: 24.38.229.151
Dear Martino,
I am sorry to learn of the passing of your Judi. Words never fill the void or the emotions of such sadness. She will be in my prayers.
Jim
59069
Bill Ronayne
07-03-2021
09:55 AM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.181.94
Sorry for your loss Martino. May she always walk with God. Best, Bill
59068
Martino1Person was signed in when posted
07-03-2021
09:22 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Yes, a very Happy 4th to everyone. For me, however, it will be a sad holiday weekend as my beloved Judi passed away last Tuesday and will be laid to rest Monday. A little Mario Lanza has helped me but I know the hole I feel in my heart will never go away.
59067
Kristine C
07-03-2021
12:45 AM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Happy 4th of July !
59066
Kristine C
07-03-2021
12:44 AM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
I only know what everybody else has been saying about Fred Day, that letters being sent to him, are being returned to senders, no one from his family has said what happened to Fred. TCM is releasing "The African Queen" to movie theaters, this month. It's in conjunction with its 70th Anniversary of its release. It is one of my favorite movies and Bogart won the Oscar for Best Actor. Katharine Hepburn wrote a book about the filming of it. It was a lot of hardships, the film crew got sick and it's not easy filming in Africa. Edwina Booth, was in "Trader Horn"(1930's) with Duncan Renaldo and Harry Carey. That was filmed in Africa and it was said she caught a disease, there, never fully recovered. Hepburn wrote, one day, she entered a porta potty type thing and a mamba snake was in it. Getting back to its 70th Anniversary release, why didn't TCM release "The Great Caruso" to movie theaters, in conjunction with its 70th Anniversary release and Mario Lanza's 100th Birthday ? On another subject, Bobby Rydell is planning a Broadway Musical of his life. He is from South Philadelphia, too.
59065
Betty67Person was signed in when posted
07-02-2021
11:17 AM ET (US)
IP: 93.42.98.163
I have 12 autographs of Mario.... I think I have enough :-D
59064
Diane Cox
07-02-2021
11:05 AM ET (US)
IP: 23.127.59.195
I'll have to dig out my two autographs from the early 50s. I wrote off and got them. One for sure is addressed to Diane, can't remember about the other.

Jim: I've searched repeatedly for an obit under both names, but been unable to find anything at all. Even checked the social sec. death index.
Edited 07-02-2021 11:07 AM
59063
Jim Thompson
07-02-2021
10:52 AM ET (US)
IP: 24.38.229.151
Kristine C,
What have you found out about Fred Day? Is there an obituary somewhere? Please let us know. Thank you.
59062
DMC
07-02-2021
05:50 AM ET (US)
IP: 71.204.165.229
Betty 67, that is truly a historic autograph that you bought there. I saw that on EBay, ran out of money and then the price doubled! It's nice to see that ML's signature can still bring a handsome chunk of dough.
59061
Kristine C
07-01-2021
07:32 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Bill, thanks. My sympathy and condolences to Fred Day's family. Was Mario Lanza ever contacted by Ralph Edwards and "This Is Your Life" to be a subject ? I wonder if "What's My Line ?" ever contacted him ? Celebrities like Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Ann Sothern, I think, Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher appeared on "What's My Line ?" Happy 4th of July week end !
59060
Bill Ronayne
07-01-2021
09:36 AM ET (US)
IP: 69.122.146.242
Kristine and Suzanne: Just to let you both know that the MLI received your orders for the new CD from Sepia. As soon as the US distributor gets them in and over to us, they will go out to you. Best, Bill
59059
Bill Ronayne
07-01-2021
09:29 AM ET (US)
IP: 69.122.146.242
TEST
59058
Gary from Halifax
06-30-2021
03:50 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.175.132.12
Vince... the sound of Mario's voice on the digitally extracted video is as if he is singing in person.. simply amazing..cheers..Gary from Halifax.
Edited 06-30-2021 03:51 PM
59057
Kristine C
06-29-2021
08:16 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Does anyone know if Cole Porter liked Mario Lanza's rendition of "Begin The Beguine" ? Carlos Ramirez sang it in "Night and Day" starring Cary Grant, a film bio about Porter. "Begin The Beguine" was written by Cole Porter for a Broadway Musical called "Jubilee" in 1935. I think it was about a coronation. The musical didn't have a long run, but "Begin The Beguine" was a hit ! There is a disco version, sung by Johnny Mathis, a few years ago, and it sounds great in a disco beat ! Terry Robinson knew Cole Porter.
59056
Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
06-29-2021
06:15 PM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228

A revelation!
https://youtu.be/OVhLx7xyntM
59055
Gary from Halifax
06-27-2021
01:06 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.175.132.12
I have not been a regular poster on this site for a number of years. However on seeing that Fred Day has passed is very sad indeed. He always gave his all,and passed on to everyone here such nuggets of of his astute knowledge. Cheers to all..Gary from Halifax.
Edited 06-27-2021 01:08 PM
59054
Martino1Person was signed in when posted
06-27-2021
08:31 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Betty, too bad "Janet" wanted to stay anonymous. Very few people are left who would have had this kind of connection to the Lanzas, and are able to tell the story today. It would have been interesting to hear I'm sure. If she is in her 80s, she was a kid or young girl at the time, depending when the autographs were actually given. The photo is from "Toast of New Orleans" so I would assume the autographs were given late '40s or early '50s. It is highly unusual for a star and also his wife to autograph a photo for a fan with such personal notes. I suspect there is something more to this than just an autograph to a fan, especially since "Janet" was so young and probably did not really understand the extent of the talent she was listening to. Maybe she just liked the way Mario looked LOL!! Too bad we will never know the real "Janet" story. Nonetheless, you have a true souvenir and keepsake, and I know you are proud to now own it.
59053
Betty67Person was signed in when posted
06-27-2021
07:54 AM ET (US)
IP: 93.42.98.163
Janet was a little girl when she got the autographs. I bought this picture from a guy who was selling it on behalf of Janet who now is in her 80s. I asked if I could write to her directly, but the seller answered she preferred to stay anonymous. I wish I could have ask her more details... I paid a very high price for this picture, but, as Mario would say, 'it's only money'. :-)
59052
Martino1Person was signed in when posted
06-27-2021
06:09 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Betty, that is one of my favorite Lanza photos. You're lucky to have it. I wonder who Janet was? Obviously a fan and Lanza certainly paid her a huge compliment when he called her the prettiest girl he has ever seen. Even Betty Lanza wrote that she was a "sweet little doll". I wonder if this "Janet" was a young girl or an adult? From the writings, my guess is she was a kid or teenager but, although it is difficult to make out, I think Betty also wrote that her boy was sweet too, if I'm reading it correctly. I just don't know who this "Janet" might be.

Betty, did you purchase this from someone named "Janet"? If so, it would be wonderful if you could contact her again and ask her for the history of this autograph and her connection with the Lanza's.
59051
Kristine C
06-26-2021
06:48 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Bill, I just received the latest Legacy of Mario Lanza newsletter, as always, well written and interesting. I didn't know movie stars like James Stewart, Barbara Stanwyck, Tyrone Power, Jane Powell, Esther Williams attended the premiere of "The Great Caruso" at The Egyptian Theater, Hollywood. I assume, Ann Blyth attended it and I wonder if Burt Lancaster attended it ? He was an avid opera fan. He and his friend, fellow circus acrobat, Nick Cravat , would listen to Enrico Caruso's recordings and Burt Lancaster once said he saw Rosa Ponselle perform at the Met. Is there any film footage of "The Great Caruso" premiere ? Speaking of Rosa Ponselle, I wonder if she ever met Mario Lanza ? She was married to the son of a former Mayor of Baltimore, Maryland, I think. I heard there's a town, Lily Pons, Maryland, named after Lily Pons.
59050
Betty67Person was signed in when posted
06-26-2021
01:45 PM ET (US)
IP: 93.42.98.163

I just wanted to share with you what I have just bought on Ebay. On this picture there are the autographs of both Mario and Betty.
59049
Kristine C
06-25-2021
08:28 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
I just read, Elvis Presley will be Star Of The Month on TCM, in July.
59048
Kristine C
06-25-2021
08:22 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Another way for a new generation to learn about Mario Lanza, is film studies teachers, in high schools and colleges, can show his movies to their students. This month, on Wednesdays, TCM has focused on film studies teachers, who choose the movies, they have shown to their students. On Wednesday, about 2 weeks ago, a film studies teacher showed "Singin' In The Rain" and for some students, it was the first time, they saw it and liked it. This past Wednesday night, a teacher named Schwab, from Astoria, Long Island, chose "Showboat"(Keel, Grayson, Gardner)and "Rhapsody In Blue"(about George Gershwin with Robert Alda). The movie musicals, of today, like "La La Land" and "In The Heights" owe their movie roots to past movie musicals. The July 2021 issue of Classic Images(a publication for vintage movie-tv shows fans)had a story about author James Cain. It mentioned the books, he wrote, that were made into movies("Mildred Pierce", "Double Indemnity", "The Postman Always Rings Twice"). "Serenade" was mentioned that Warner Bros. bought the rights to it, back in the 1930's, but knew it would be difficult to film, due to film censorship. In 1956, it was watered down, starring Mario Lanza.
59047
Diane Cox
06-24-2021
02:53 PM ET (US)
IP: 23.127.59.195
Well, Julie, at least that's a factual piece of evidence. Fred Day is not living at that address. It's sad if he died and no one thought to let his media people know. Or maybe there was no one to do that. I've made arrangements to have this board notified, along with several others that I frequent. You all should do the same.
59046
JULIE PAGE(SUZANNE)
06-24-2021
02:23 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
THE CARD I SENT TO FRED'S ADDRESS WEEKS AGO WAS RETURNED TO ME TODAY, SADLY.
59045
Bill Ronayne
06-23-2021
03:01 PM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.188.27

The July 2021 issue of "The Legacy of Mario Lanza" newsletter has just been published. It features coverage of the recent events at the Lanza Museum, articles on the 70th anniversary of the premieres of "The Mario Lanza Show" and "The Great Caruso," a look at Lanza's multiple recordings of "Addio alla madre," a promo for the new Sepia CD release and assorted photos and an article commemorating the 65th anniversary of the premiere of "Serenade."
59044
Bill Ronayne
06-23-2021
07:55 AM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.188.27
Thanks Suzanne and Martino.

Sepia has been releasing excerpts from that album on their various Lanza compilations. Right now I don't think they have any plans to release the entire album on one CD.

Best, Bill
Edited 06-23-2021 07:57 AM
59043
Kristine C
06-22-2021
11:01 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
One of my favorite Tyrone Power movies is "Son Of Fury:Benjamin Blake" with a beautiful music score by Alfred Newman. Gene Tierney played the island native girl in it(originally, Maureen O'Hara was cast, but had to withdraw, due to surgery in the hospital).
59042
Kristine C
06-22-2021
10:59 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Correction: Tyrone Power is a first for Summer Under The Stars.
59041
Kristine C
06-22-2021
10:57 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Are there any plans for Sepia Records to release "The Vagabond King" record album, Mario Lanza did with Judith Raskin ? Ennio Morricone lead the orchestra on that recording. He passed away, a few months ago. Someone, on facebook, posted who the Stars will be on TCM's Summer Under The Stars" in August. That's when a movie star is honored 24 hours a day, each day, in August. Kathryn Grayson will be one of those Stars. A few years ago, she was one of the Stars, too. Probably, the movies, she made with Mario Lanza , will be on. Other Stars will be Robert Young, Kay Francis, Ramon Novarro(in one of his early 1930's movies, he sang "A Vucchella"), Tyrone Power(a first for Star Of The Month), Bette Davis, and others. This week's Closer Magazine had a look back at Gavin MacCleod and the friendship between Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda.
59040
Martino1Person was signed in when posted
06-20-2021
04:27 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Congratulations, Bill, a fine honor indeed. Kudos to you and the museum.
59039
Julie(Suzanne)
06-20-2021
03:54 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
Bill, wonderful things are happening . Thanks to you and all you do. Kristine, thanks for the wishes. Appreciate it.
59038
Bill Ronayne
06-20-2021
12:19 AM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.188.27

On Saturday June 19th, the Save Our Sites organization held their 15th annual event at the Mario Lanza Museum in Philadelphia. They were our second outside organization to book the museum for a special event. Following a lecture which included clips of Mario in his films and on TV and a tour of the museum, I accepted the 2021 Save Our Sites Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation for the new Mario Lanza Museum on behalf of the Mario Lanza Institute. A reception featuring wine, cheese and fruit concluded the afternoon. The Mario Lanza Institute would like to thank the Save Our Sites organization for this prestigious honor. Best, Bill
59037
Julie Page (Suzanne
06-19-2021
12:30 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
Thanks Bill. Diane, I watched Anna on Great Performances last eve. She's just spectacular. To hear , as well as see. The female counterpart of Mario.
59036
Diane Cox
06-19-2021
12:08 PM ET (US)
IP: 23.127.59.195

For you Anna Netrebko fans - St. Petersburg
59035
Bill Ronayne
06-17-2021
03:25 PM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.179.77
The contents of the new CD from Sepia:

1. Cavalleria Rusticana Brindisi (The Great Caruso 1950)
2. Ergo Bibamus (The Student Prince 1952)
3. Just We Two with Giusti (The Student Prince RCA 1959)
4. If I Loved You (Coke Show 1952)
5. Long Ago and Far Away (Coke Show 1951)
6. Some Day (Rehearsal CBS TV 1954)
7. Trees (Coke Show 1951)
8. The Virgin Slumber Song (RCA 1950)
9. Neapolitan Love Song (Coke Show 1951)
10. La Spagnola (Coke Show 1952)
11. Core ngrato (RCA 1949)
12. Marechiare (The Great Caruso 1950)
13. Torna a Surriento (Serenade 1955)
14. Santa Lucia Luntana (RCA 1958)
15. Lalba Separa dalla Luce Lombra (RCA 1959)
16. Vesti la giubba (For The First Time 1958)
17. Improviso (RCA 1950)
18. E lucevan le stelle (The Great Caruso 1950)
19. Otello duet with Tennyson (Radio 1945)

Bonus tracks

20. Golden Days with Weede (Radio 1946)
21. Summertime in Heidelberg (The Student Prince RCA 1959)
22. The Vagabond King Drinking Song (RCA 1959)
23. Without a Song (Coke Show 1951)

Best, Bill
59034
Julie Page(Suzanne)
06-17-2021
02:18 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
wonderful cover photo, Bill. What are the contents?
59033
Kristine C
06-16-2021
10:44 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Sam, you are welcome. Sepia Records, which has released the current Mario Lanza CD's, now is releasing CD's of the songs from the 20th Century Fox Movie Musicals, from the 1930's and 1940's. They include Alice Faye, Betty Grable, Tony Martin(who was married to Alice Faye, back then), Joan Davis, Shirley Temple, Jane Withers, Don Ameche, etc. If Fred Day is no longer with us, that is sad. There is a biography about Ann Blyth, written by Jacqueline Lynch. Bear Manor Media publishes books about movie stars, screenplay writers, character actors, actresses. I just bought Maggie McCormack's book, Vol. 1 about Jeanette MacDonald's and Gene Raymond's letters to each other, during World War II. Paul Frees, who has been a character actor and voices of cartoons characters, wrote some books, and there is a book about Don Ameche, all published by Bear Manor Media. Tisha Sterling has a book out , a tribute to her mother, Ann Sothern, also, from Bear Manor Media.
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Bill Ronayne
06-16-2021
10:48 AM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.179.77

We are now accepting pre-orders for this new CD from Sepia Records. Send your check for $15 ($12 + $3 S & H) made out to Mario Lanza Institute to Mario Lanza Institute 1214 Reed St Philadelphia, PA 19147. For more information email info@mariolanzainstitute.org or call 215-238-9691. USA orders only. Best Bill
Edited 06-16-2021 10:53 AM
59031
SAM MILLION
06-15-2021
10:34 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
DEAR KRIS, THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE SURPRISE YOU SENT!
59030
Julie Page(Suzanne)
06-12-2021
05:35 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
I have The Best of Everything story of Mario but apparently not a separate version containing "Lonely Heart". I do have "The Magic Mario" 2 45rpm set as well, but if there is a new one out, don't have it. Have to locate it as I choose not to play the 45's.
59029
Diane Cox
06-12-2021
02:23 PM ET (US)
IP: 23.127.59.195
Andrea Bocelli's performance at the opening ceremony of UEFA EURO 2020 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.was quite good. You tube.
59028
Julie Page(Suzanne)
06-12-2021
12:48 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
Thank you everyone.
59027
Bill Ronayne
06-11-2021
10:11 AM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.190.73
Our next luncheon will be on Saturday July 31st from 1pm-4pm at the Mario Lanza Museum (1214 Reed St) in Philadelphia. We will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passing of Enrico Caruso and there will be a complete showing of "The Great Caruso" with Mario Lanza and Ann Blyth. Admission is $30 per person which includes lunch and a tour of the museum. Street Parking is available. Seating is limited to 30 people and on a first come first paid basis. For more information call 215-238-9691 or email info@mariolanzainstitute.org. For those that cannot attend but would like to make a donation you can contribute online on our site www.mariolanzainstitute.org or by mailing a check to Mario Lanza Institute 1214 Reed Street Philadelphia, PA 19147.

Thanks Kristine and Suzanne.

Best, Bill
Edited 06-11-2021 01:01 PM
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Derek MainwaringPerson was signed in when posted
06-10-2021
09:07 PM ET (US)
IP: 24.13.64.27
Hello Julie/Suzanne, You can find "None But The Lonely Heart" on the recent 2-disc "Mario Lanza: The Best of Everything":
https://www.amazon.com/Mario-Lanza-Best-Ev...%2Caps%2C214&sr=1-7

It was a last minute addition to the track list. I had planned to include an unreleased take of "Hills of Home" but we couldn't locate a copy in time and I felt that "Lonely Heart" was a fine substitute. The collection also has Mario's spoken introduction to his version of "Danny Boy" which I think is just beautiful.

I hope you're feeling better soon.
59025
Mike M.
06-10-2021
03:37 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.232.90.227
Julie. That would be "The Magic Mario" LP>
59024
Kristine C
06-09-2021
09:17 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Bill, I like the photos of Mario Lanza Museum. Great looking museum !
59023
Kristine C
06-09-2021
08:25 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Julie, I hope you feel better.
59022
Julie Page(Suzanne)
06-09-2021
02:15 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
Nice photos and article, Bill . Bravo. listening to None but the Lonely Heart on Youtube. Someone know what CD includes that beautiful Tchaikowsky melody sung by Mario? Too ill to search my collection, but hope I have it. If not, perhaps I can purchase it. Anyone? Thank you.
59021
Kristine C
06-06-2021
07:07 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Last week's Closer Magazine had a story about Mary Tyler Moore(she resembled Betty Lanza, a little bit), Glenn Ford being in love with Rita Hayworth. There is another nostalgia type magazine out called Remind. On their cover, last week, Rick Nelson was on it and it showed '50's teen idols, Paul Anka, Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello. It also has the monthly schedule of TCM(Cyd Charisse is Star Of The Month, for June). These are the magazines who should have stories about Mario Lanza. Does anyone know if Mario Lanza was approached to perform at Carnegie Hall ?
59020
Bill Ronayne
06-02-2021
09:50 AM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.190.73
A front page article about the MLI and Museum in this week's South Philly Review. Best, Bill

https://southphillyreview.com/.../keeping-mario-lanzas.../
Edited 06-02-2021 10:19 AM
59019
Julie Page (Suzanne)
05-31-2021
03:24 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
It seems we're assuming that we've lost Fred. I'd like to believe it isn't so. The card and note I sent were not returned.So maybe-.Didn't really know Fred, but reading his posts made me fond of him. I'd asked him about his life and career and he graciously told me about himself. He is missed by many of us, as my friend Ed McManus still is. So many good people here.
59018
Jim Thompson
05-30-2021
11:30 AM ET (US)
IP: 24.38.229.151
As always, Martino you come through beautifully with your writings. At 88 I think my mind is still good but now and then I find myself trying to remember a special thing or person or incident. I am fortunate that my wife, Dima, is very adept at the computer on which she works every day. I told her that a note about my passing would be nice on this site!
You are right about Fred. I remember all the times he came to my home as we went through music and then I would turn the recorder on and we would begin. He and I drove in my red Fiat sports car from Massachussets to Philadelphia for our first Lanza ball. He took the snap I have of Maria Lanza and me. When she and TerryRobinson drove from Boston in a snow storm to Springfield, MA Fred was with me as I interviewed them about Mario's latest album. With a grand piano in the room we sang for Maria! Memories...so needed. Thank you again, Martino for your words. All the best to you as we remember Fred.
59017
Martino1Person was signed in when posted
05-29-2021
05:47 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Jim, I recall Matt Minzer from the "old days" and I am sure he is well informed about Fred's situation. I checked local obits, as have others, and found nothing. Nor did he respond to my emails. His name is Desjarlais (if I have it spelled correctly), although here he went by the name, Day.

If his passing is true it is a blow not only to this forum but as you said, the entire Lanza world. He was not only a devoted fan but was very knowledgeable about all things Lanza. Fred had an encyclopedic mind, and could rattle off the most subtle details, not only on Mario Lanza, but many singers, opera and even popular music and films.

I'm not sure how old the Rense forum is, probably between 20-25 years. Fred and I have been here almost from the start and we respected each other a great deal. We would often trade music and I filled many requests he had of making duplicates of recordings I had in my collection. Our disagreements over the years were rare but when they happened they were always debated respectfully.

This sort of makes me think of others over the years that have passed away unbeknown to us until long after their death. If I were to die tomorrow, no one here would know. My Judi is aware I visit this forum but she does not use a computer and would
never get into it. Like Fred, who would know? Sort of makes you think. Anyway, I will never forget Fred and the wonderful years we had in private correspondence but especially the pleasurable and informative interaction we had at this forum. I will miss him greatly.
59016
Jim Thompson
05-29-2021
02:39 PM ET (US)
IP: 24.38.229.151
Folks, after chatting back and forth with Steff Waltzinger of the Mario Lanza, Tenor site, we have come to the conclusion that Fred Day has pased away. One of the names she gave me was Matt Minzer, a Florida resident
who evidently had a lot of contact with Fred. Matt told me in our phone conversation that Fred had been hosptalized many times over the past years and was evidently in financial straits.
The Lanza family has lost a devoted fan. I have to pull out those old cassettes and have some fun listening to our sessions.
Happy Memorial Day to all of you.
59015
Kristine C
05-29-2021
12:52 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
I, too, hope, we hear from Fred Day. Bill, will The Mario Lanza Museum be selling "The Great Caruso" Blu-ray DVD's, too ? Any news if Mario Lanza's other movies will be in blu-ray DVD's ?
59014
Diane Cox
05-29-2021
11:48 AM ET (US)
IP: 23.127.59.195
Did another search under the real name of Fred Day. No obit or any info other than that same address and phone. He was born in 1943, so is 78. Perhaps he is in care - very hard to find people that way.
59013
Bill Ronayne
05-29-2021
09:16 AM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.187.21
I too hope that Fred is OK. He is greatly missed here. Best, Bill
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Bill Ronayne
05-29-2021
09:15 AM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.187.21
Just so there's no confusion, the recent PBS shoot at the Lanza Museum was for a 3-4 minute segment on the "You Oughta Know" show. It will not be the whole show and be more like a story you would see on your local news. Not sure if this show is carried nationally. It's basically about the Philadelphia region and may just be local.

By the way, the new CD from Sepia, "The Immortal Voice of Mario Lanza," will be available from the Mario Lanza Museum when it comes out shortly. You can preorder it by sending a check for $15 ($12 + $3 S & H) to Mario Lanza Institute 1214 Reed St Philadelphia, PA 19147. We now have the other 8 Mario Lanza CD releases from Sepia and they will be available for purchase in the museum starting June 5th or immediately by mail order. Each is $12 plus $3 S & H. Email info@mariolanzainstitute.org or call 215-238-9691 if you're ordering more than 1 CD to get the correct shipping charges. Best, Bill
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Kristine C
05-28-2021
11:25 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
I just listened to Polly Bergen's version of Come Prima from 1958, on You Tube. She sang it, partially, in Italian and it had a doo wop beat.
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Kristine C
05-28-2021
11:14 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Bill, I hope other PBS TV Stations will show Mario Lanza Museum, across the country. This week's Closer Magazine had stories about Doris Day and her troubled marriages. Her second husband was brother of child actress, Virginia Weidler("The Philadelphia Story"). The other stories were about Greta Garbo, Hope &Crosby. I sent them a letter asking if they will have a story on Mario Lanza. By the way, Billy Eckstine sang a version of Song of India, called Enchanted Land. It's on You Tube. Have a good Memorial Day Holiday week end !
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Jim Thompson
05-28-2021
03:34 PM ET (US)
IP: 24.38.229.151
For over a month I have called Fred's number from his card but nothing has happened. I'm afraid he may have passed away. Fred and I connected in Massachussets and he accompanied me for years. I have many of our tapes and they were always fun to hear in later years. I pray that we can find out what happened to him and that somehow he is still with us. Best to you all.
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SAM MILLION
05-28-2021
09:06 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
THIS IS INFORMATION ABOUT FRED FROM DEREK MCGOVERN:



Yes, it does seem that Fred Day is either seriously ill or has passed away. If I remember correctly, he lives with his younger brother, Peter, in a trailer park in Orlando, Florida, so perhaps one of the Rense forum regulars could simply call his phone number? His phone number is listed here, and it also states that a Racine Desjarlais lives at the same address as well:

https://homemetry.com/house/6611+HORSE+SHOE+BND,+Orlando+FL
Edited 05-28-2021 09:07 AM
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Betty67
05-23-2021
04:18 AM ET (US)
IP: 93.42.98.163
Hello! I have been reading the autobiography of Mike Tomkies. It is called 'My wicked first life before the wilderness'. On pages 124-126, he talks about interviewing Mario in 1957. Pretty funny, I should say!Mario was as 'wicked' as ever. :-D
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Dennis1Person was signed in when posted
05-23-2021
01:15 AM ET (US)
IP: 76.126.57.19
Still no word on Fred Day?
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Julie Page (Suzanne)
05-22-2021
05:00 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
Everything sounds great, Bill.Love to see it.Thanks for all you do!
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Bill Ronayne
05-20-2021
08:05 AM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.181.74

Yesterday the WHYY PBS Show "You Oughta Know" came to the Mario Lanza Museum to do a story on the Mario Lanza Institute. Mario Lanza's cousin Carole Shea, singer/screenwriter Greg Farnese and I made comments and shots of the museum were taken. No date has been announced as yet for the airing of the piece but we will keep you posted. Best Bill
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Jeffrey Campbell
05-19-2021
09:57 PM ET (US)
IP: 71.228.150.13
Hi everyone, Kristine, great detective work in discovering the new Sepia CD on Amazon! It will undoubtedly soon be announced on the Sepia site, and by Derek McGovern, who along with his dedicated colleagues, has brought each of these outstanding Sepia CD's to fruition over the past years. Here is the Amazon link for those who wish to pre-order: https://www.amazon.com/Immortal-Voice-Mari...2Caps%2C231&sr=8-20. Let's all help make this centennial tribute CD a best-seller!
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Kristine C
05-19-2021
12:12 AM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
  Sam, I have seen "The Gay Desperado" with Nino Martini. A young Ida Lupino and Leo Carrillo were in the movie, too. When my late parents and I lived in California, we met realtor Ottie Carrillo, brother of Leo Carrillo. Nino made a movie with Joan Fontaine, too. I read when Dean Martin's name was changed from Dino Crocetti, he was first called Dino Martini, after Nino Martini, then, it became Dean Martin. This week's Closer Magazine had stories "I Love Lucy" 70th Anniversary and an article about Marlene Dietrich. I sent a letter , to them, asking if they will do a story about Mario Lanza, who would have been 100, this year. If you would like to write, to them, too, here is their address: Closer Weekly Magazine, Editor, a 360 Media, LLC, 4 New York Plaza, 2nd Floor, New York, N.Y. 10004. Their subscription rate for 52 issues is $119.00 +. It is on magazine stands, in some supermarkets. I just read, Sepia Records is releasing another Mario Lanza CD -The Immortal Voice of Mario Lanza- A Centennial Celebration, in July and it will be available on Amazon.com. That's great !
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SAM MILLION
05-18-2021
08:58 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
WE SAW A MOVIE DIRECTED BY ROUBEN MAMOULIAN CALLED "THE GAY DESPERADO" FROM 1936. IT FEATURED TENOR NINO MARTINI AND THE SONG MARIO SANG "THE WORLD IS MINE TONIGHT".
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Kristine C
05-17-2021
07:33 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Bill, excellent photos of the Mario Lanza Museum, great looking museum ! Sam, I received your package of the Metropolitan Opera Tribute to Mario Lanza CD's. Thanks, again. This morning I watched a rerun of "Bonanza" on TV Land. It was the episode about Thomas Bowers, an African-American opera singer, played by baritone, William Marshall. He is, at first, thought to be a run away slave. When he first arrives in Virginia City, he is met with bigotry, hostility. Then, the slave is headed to Canada, not anywhere, in Virginia City. He does sing, at the end, for a charity to help Native Americans . Marshall had a great voice and was in "Demetrius And The Gladiators" (sequel to "The Robe") and later would appear on "Pee Wee's Playhouse(Pee Wee Herman). I think, Marshall was in an African-American version of Dracula called "Blacula". Can you imagine that ? Closer Weekly Magazine, last week, had stories about Grace Kelly , Gable and Lombard. Hoping there will be a story about Mario Lanza, someday. Happy Belated Mother's Day !
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Bill Ronayne
05-15-2021
09:49 PM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.176.74

Today we had our first outside group private party. Members of the Sons of Italy Mario Lanza Lodge #2308 booked the Mario Lanza Museum for the afternoon which included a delicious lunch of hoagies, antipasto, pastries and cookies. After lunch, the group received a lecture on Mario Lanza from me, as well as a tour, and enjoyed Mario Lanza's recordings on the sound system and film and TV appearances on the large screen TV. It was a very fine afternoon with a great and fun group of people. Remember if you would like to book the Lanza Museum for a party or event please contact us at 215-238-9691 or info@mariolanzainstitute.org. Best, Bill
Edited 05-15-2021 09:50 PM
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Derek MainwaringPerson was signed in when posted
05-13-2021
06:19 PM ET (US)
IP: 24.13.64.27
Outstanding, Bill!

And here's a special salute to another Bill, one of my most cherished friends and an inspiration to us all:

https://www.worthingherald.co.uk/news/peop...with-family-3236000
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Bill Ronayne
05-13-2021
01:21 PM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.185.160
Thanks Derek.

In addition to being available for fans and the curious to visit, the Mario Lanza Institute will also be offering the museum space for rental as you will see from the promo below. We already have a few groups doing that this and next month.

Hold Your Next Event or Meeting at the Mario Lanza Museum!

The Mario Lanza Museum is the perfect place to hold your next organizational or club meeting or to host an anniversary, birthday or cocktail party. The spacious room, with amenities including large screen TV, state of the art audio system, couches, caf tables and chairs, is decorated with assorted memorabilia from the life and career of the celebrated tenor from South Philadelphia. Its extraordinary ambience and atmosphere will make your special event one that will long be remembered by your attendees.


The Mario Lanza Museum is located at 1214 Reed Street in the heart of South Philadelphia. Please call the Mario Lanza Institute at 215-238-9691 or email info@mariolanzainstitute.org for more information and to make a booking.

Best, Bill
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Derek MainwaringPerson was signed in when posted
05-11-2021
08:53 AM ET (US)
IP: 24.13.64.27
Congratulations, Bill. The new museum looks marvelous, a wealth of information especially for people discovering Lanza for the first time.

I look forward very much to seeing it first hand on my next visit to the East Coast.

And bravo to Vince for those outstanding videos. The opening clip from "Serpico" as a lead-in to the Pippo tribute was absolutely brilliant. Di Stefano was "some tenor" indeed.
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Bill Ronayne
05-10-2021
02:17 PM ET (US)
IP: 69.116.81.143
The Mario Lanza Institute's website has been updated with a slide show of photos of the new Mario Lanza Museum. Just click on the black arrows on either side of the middle of the photos. The link below will take you to our home page. Just scroll down a little to get to the slide show. In addition, below the slide show, is an updated photo of one of the Mario Lanza Way signs which was corrected so that the word way is spelled out.

https://www.mariolanzainstitute.org/

Best Bill
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
05-07-2021
03:10 AM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228
Aw! Thanks Martino, very nice of you to say that. Its a wee gem of a song isnt it!?
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
05-06-2021
05:04 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
I forgot to mention Vince, I found your new recording of a favorite song of yours (and mine), "I'Te Vurria Vasa!" I'm glad you came back to it after all these years and my compliments on a beautiful song beautifully sung.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
05-06-2021
03:31 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Vince, I am happy that the problems have been worked out and everyone in America can see and hear your DI Stefano Centenary tribute. And it gave me another chance to watch it again!
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
05-06-2021
10:22 AM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228

All copyright issues now resolved, available worldwide.
https://youtu.be/aPyVPLRO83g
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Julie Page (Suzanne)
05-05-2021
03:23 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
Stephen, I have located his nice home in Orlando. Others listed there as well. Sent a card with a note. It hasn't been returned yet. Don't want to overstep. Hope to hear some good news. Fred's a favorite.
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Stephen of Las Vegas
05-05-2021
12:53 PM ET (US)
IP: 72.193.49.37
With regard to Fred Day, has anyone contacted the Orlando missing persons police section? Someone with information on the last time he posted here, and what is known about his address, and phone number? Searching his address might get some information on his home ownership. There may be online data in the county government property records on whether he owned his residence and if it's been sold or otherwise changed ownership recently, or if there is another owner listed. Just doing a Google search on the address will probably bring up information from the various real estate sites if there is an active listing.
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Mike from L.I.Person was signed in when posted
05-05-2021
09:04 AM ET (US)
IP: 73.1.181.206
If memory serves, the club was called "La Concha"
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Mike from L.I.Person was signed in when posted
05-05-2021
09:02 AM ET (US)
IP: 73.1.181.206
Kristine: Back in the late 1960's we stayed at a resort hotel in Puerto Rico and Johnny Johnston was the lead performer in their nite club. Much like the style of Vaughn Monroe, he had a small orchestra and was the lead singer. Very pleasant light baritone voice and gave a very satisfying performance.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
05-05-2021
08:00 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Thank you, Kristine. I appreciate you getting back to me.
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Kristine C
05-04-2021
10:32 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Martino, thank you for kind words. I know the information, you found about Johnnie Johnston. He was in "Star Spangled Rhythm", sang "That Old Black Magic" in the movie. He is the father of Patty Kate Johnston, whose daughter is Kristin Towers Rowles. I am facebook friends with Kristin and she mentions her grandmother, Kathryn Graysson, now and then. Kristin also sings, performs in stage plays. I remember reading that, also, in Esther Williams's book. He had a good singing voice and later appeared in one of those 1950's rock'n'roll movies. He and Kathryn Grayson did sing together in the movie "Till The Clouds Roll By", but the scene was cut. I think it's on You Tube. By the way, today, when I was at the supermarket, I saw a magazine called Remind. It has stories about past stars and the monthly TCM Schedule. This issue had Where Are They Now ? It showed Ann-Margret, Frankie Avalon, Chubby Checker, Jon Provost("Lassie'), Jerry Mathers, Tony Dow, Angela Cartwright, Melissa Gilbert, Butch Patrick(Eddie Munster), Nancy Sinatra, Jr. This week's issue of Closer Magazine had a look back at Elizabeth Taylor-Montgomery Clift, the short life of Jean Harlow. These are the kinds of magazines that should stories about Mario Lanza.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
05-04-2021
07:47 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Kristine, you know all about these old movie stars so is there anything you can tell me about Johnnie Johnston? The reason I ask is that I watched an old movie today called "This Time For Keeps", starring Jimmy Johnston, Esther Williams, Jimmy Durante, Xavier Cugat and Lauritz Melchoir. A star cast for sure but I watched it primarily for Melchoir. It certainly was not a great movie but I got interested in Johnston, who I knew virtually nothing about.

I did a little research and found out he was married about half a dozen times and one of his wives was Kathryn Grayson, who he courted and married around the same time she was making movies with Mario Lanza. Williams, in a book she wrote, said that during the filming of "This Time For Keeps", Johnston showed female groupies love letters written by Grayson that were quite explicit in detail. Clearly, Johnston was a rascal. Grayson was granted a divorce based on lack of privacy in their married life and I can see why it was readily granted. This is the first time I really came across this actor and I still don't know much about him. Do you have any other details on his life/career?
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Kristine C
05-03-2021
07:10 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Sam, it's allright. We all forget something, sometime. I understand.
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Bill Ronayne
05-03-2021
09:16 AM ET (US)
IP: 69.116.81.98
Had a nice time at Sam's house yesterday enjoying lunch with him and his wife Anna and Carole Shea and then watching the excellent Blu-ray of The Great Caruso on his state of the art system. Sam also proudly showed us some of his wonderful collectibles. Thanks again Sam. Best, Bill
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Bill Ronayne
05-03-2021
07:35 AM ET (US)
IP: 69.116.81.98
Seating is filling up for this event. Please contact the MLI at 215-238-9691 or info@mariolanzainstitute.org to reserve your place.

Mario Lanza, The Man & His Music Audiovisual Lecture Presentation.
Saturday June 12, 2021 2pm-3pm
Mario Lanza Museum
1214 Reed Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

$20 per person includes a complimentary tour of the museum.

A one-hour audiovisual presentation and lecture on the life and career of the legendary tenor from Philadelphia by noted Lanza authority and MLI President Bill Ronayne. The presentation features rare early private recordings and radio appearances, a photo slide show, clips from his films plus a rare live appearance on British television.
Seating is limited to 20 people and on a first come first paid basis. All attendees must wear a mask. Please RSVP by June 5, 2021. Checks or money orders payable to Mario Lanza Institute should be mailed to Mario Lanza Institute 1214 Reed Street Philadelphia, PA 19147. For more information, call 215-238-9691 or email info@mariolanzainstitute.org.
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Bill Ronayne
05-02-2021
09:37 PM ET (US)
IP: 69.116.81.98

The Mario Lanza Institute would like to thank everyone that attended our luncheon at the museum yesterday. It was our first event there and a very successful and enjoyable one. Thanks also to those that made donations. Pictured are Carole Shea and Giovanna Cavaliere getting the food ready for everyone to enjoy.
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SAM MILLION
05-02-2021
10:11 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
DEAR VINCE AND KRISTINE. YOUR MET LANZA CDS UNFORTUNATELY DID NOT GO OUT YET BECAUSE ANNA DOES ALL THE SHIPPING AND EVEN THOUGH I HAD YOUR ADDRESSES AND CDS READY, SHE MISTAKENLY PUT THEM ON A SHELF AND THEN DIDN'T REMEMBER TO SHIP THEM. I AM SO SORRY. WE WILL RECTIFY THIS ASAP.

MIKE: YOU WERE THE THIRD ORDER AND WE DID NOT GET PAYMENT YET.
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SAM MILLION
05-02-2021
09:32 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
INTERESTING TIDBIT: WE SAW AN OLD THIRTIES "PASSING PARADE" ON TCM LAST NIGHT AND THE ORCHESTRAL MUSIC WAS THE SAME AS THE "FAKE" OPERATIC DUET THE END OF TMK.

WE ARE HOSTING BILL RONAYNE AND CAROL SHEA TODAY TO SHOW THEM THE NEWLY RELEASED "GREAT CARUSO".
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Kristine C
04-29-2021
05:41 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Sam, you are welcome and I look forward to the CD's.
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SAM MILLION
04-29-2021
11:12 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
KRISTINE: I RECEIVED YOUR CHECK FOR THE MET LANZA TRIBUTE. THANK YOU. ALSO, YOUR WONDERFUL LETTER LOADED WITH FACTS ABOUT SINGERS AND YOU RELATIONSHIP TO SOME WAS GREAT AS YOUR POSTS HERE ALWAYS ARE. WILL GET YOUR TWO CDS OUT THE NEXT TIME WE GO TO THE POST OFFICE. ALSO, THANKS FOR THE MAGAZINE YOU INCLUDED.
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
04-29-2021
07:16 AM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228
Martino, what a great post and I am so glad you enjoyed the Pippo tribute.
You make a very good point about my influences. We are a mix of everything we hear arent we? Hopefully you bring enough of yourself and your own sensibilities to hopefully come out a wee bit fresh.
No one could come near to Mario or Pippos voices, musicality and phrasing. I did love what they did and as you say Pippos lyric sound and mezzavoce influence definitely suited me and my music making.
Giglis technique was solid, like Marios, Rosati knew what he was doing obviously, Giglis longevity vocally is impressive and Di Stefano could have benefited from this solid technique but his natural production is what was so refreshing about him. I do think that he left part of his vocal resources behind him early on in performances like that I Puritani with Callas. Its blistering!
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walter marquart
04-28-2021
04:11 PM ET (US)
IP: 73.27.253.43
More about the life of Mario Lanza
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
04-28-2021
03:27 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Vince, thanks to you I have just spent one of the most enjoyable half hours any fan of Giuseppi Di Stefano could possibly have. Thank you so much for taking the time to make your wonderful anthology available to me. I hope the glitches work out so that everyone in America can also enjoy this excellent tribute to one of the great tenors of the last century.

As usual, your commentary was spot on and your examples could not have been better. Has there ever been better singing of "I Puritani" than we heard from "Pippo" and Callas? Nope. And there never will be. Yes, there is Pavarotti and Kraus and Sutherland and Gedda, etc. but no two voices blended like Di Stefano and Callas. As usual, I had to go back two or three times and play that ravishing diminuendo from the Faust romance simply because as many times as I have heard it, I still don't believe it.

Every once in a while I play a selection or two from your personal disk and there is no mistaking that you were greatly influenced by Di Stefano, perhaps more than you were by Lanza, who I know is still your favorite tenor. This is to be expected since your voice is more in line with Di Stefano's voice than it is with Mario Lanza's voice. And you could not have picked a better muse.

I was particularly taken by the photos. Many of those included in your clip were unknown to me and I enjoyed seeing them, particularly those of the very young "Pippo". Di Stefano's career was beginning as another iconic, Italian tenor's career was coming to a close - Beniamino Gigli. The two are often compared because they had essentially the same kind of voice with many of the same attributes. It might be a good time to talk about these two extraordinary tenors and compare them.

Gigli and Di Stefano had almost the same vocal weight, both essentially lyric tenors but Gigli's superior technique allowed him to delve a bit more successfully than did Di Stefano in the heavier, spinto roles. Because of this command of technique, Gigli was able to have a very long career, even while singing many of the more demanding and heroic operas. Di Stefano, bright though his candle was while it lasted, burnt out quickly (about 10-12 years) trying to sing those same roles. He continued singing for many years of course but it was heartbreakingly clear he was past his prime while still relatively young.

Both these singers were the definition of the true Italian tenor, a model which we lack today. Both sang with incredible feeling and heart and both used mezza voce effectively, perhaps better than any tenors before or since. They were both experts at interpreting Italian songs. I do not mean to place Di Stefano below Gigli and actually give Di Stefano higher marks on several important counts: better actor (they both made Italian movies) and much better looking with a more commanding stage presence making his roles more convincing to the audience. With Gigli, the audience only needed to close their eyes and listen. Both had perfect diction but the more perfect (if that is possible) belonged to Di Stefano, who also possessed the more naturally beautiful tone and more splendid high notes. I also had the pleasure of seeing Di Stefano perform live on stage, I was too young and never saw Gigli perform.

I am glad I don't have to choose between these two! I am more than content to have them both!! Again, thank you Vince, for going to the trouble to let me see your wonderful video.
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Julie Page (Suzanne)
04-28-2021
02:34 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
Jim, I'm sorry to hear about your medical problems as well. I had hoped you'd know something about Fred. I sent him a card at the address I found for him, no response as yet. Hope you're doing well and the Doctors are helping you to feel better. I wish you the best.
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Diane Cox
04-28-2021
12:32 PM ET (US)
IP: 23.127.59.195
Jim - thanks for the info on Fred. Sorry to hear about your medical problems - I'm sure many healing thoughts and prayers will come from your friends here. Mario has gotten me through some bad times - and celebrated some good times.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
04-28-2021
08:13 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Email is on the way to you Vince. Thanks.
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
04-28-2021
02:36 AM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228
Sorry Martino, it seems that at the moment its all blocked on your side, here is my email, contact me and Ill give you the link that way...
vincent.diplacido@gmail.com
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
04-27-2021
05:29 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
I just went to check the comments section but it won't let you post your link because comments have been turned off. A glitch I'd say.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
04-27-2021
05:27 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Thanks Vince and Jim. I too hope for good news from Fred.
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Jim Thompson
04-27-2021
05:22 PM ET (US)
IP: 24.38.229.151
My best wishes to all those who have been around this particular block for many years. I have stayed away from postings over the last year or so. I have tried to get in touch with my dear friend and accompanist, Fred Day but to no avail.When I check things out now and then; it is good to see your name, Martino and Diane and some others. For the past year I have been under the influence of doctors and nurses ayYale New Haven Hospital as they are helping me with with leukemia.Not very much vocalizing going on but Mario and so many others keep me going. My wife is, God bless her, Unbelievable. I'd appreciate your prayers and let us hope we will get good news about Fred. Una Voce dal Cielo remains!!
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
04-27-2021
04:52 PM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228
Its done, Martino! Just click on the original YouTube link in comment 58958 and look in comments for the Google drive link. 👍🏻
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
04-27-2021
04:21 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Diane, I don't have Thompson's email address or any other way to contact him. Does anyone here have it?

Let us know when you post the link, Vince. I'm sure it will be a treat as are all your other youtube projects.
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Diane Cox
04-27-2021
02:06 PM ET (US)
IP: 23.127.59.195
Martino - perhaps contacting Jim Thompson might bring results on the Fred Day mystery. (My T is stuck)
Edited 04-27-2021 02:07 PM
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
04-27-2021
09:35 AM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228
There are a couple of copyright sticking points that I am still trying to sort out, these are blocking viewing in the States.
In the meantime, Ill post a Google drive link in the comments on the YouTube link and you can watch it that way.
I cant seem to post the link here as its seen as spam.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
04-27-2021
09:11 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Vince, your Di Stefano video is unavailable on Youtube in America. You must have used for European viewers only by mistake.
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SAM MILLION
04-27-2021
08:03 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HERE IS A LITTLE TIDBIT. RUDOLPH MATE DIRECTED MARIO'S LAST FILM AND ALSO DIRECTED THE 1935 LAWRENCE TIBBETT FILM "METROPOLITAN".
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
04-27-2021
05:38 AM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228

Giuseppe Di Stefano is one of my favourite singers.
This is a wee film I made to celebrate his centenary year, which he shares with Mario of course.
https://youtu.be/aPyVPLRO83g
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
04-26-2021
04:48 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Has anyone solved the Fred Day disappearance? Messages here and personal emails have done me no good. Jim Thompson was Fred's personal friend but he has not posted here either in quite some time. I hope Fred is okay.
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Kristine C
04-25-2021
04:18 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Before he passed away, Sergio Franchi was in the Broadway Musical "9" a musical version of the movie "8 1/2", which was about an Italian film director.
58955
Kristine C
04-25-2021
04:17 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Sam, also, "The Secret of Santa Vittoria" would be the only movie, tenor Sergio Franchi would make. He was in a Broadway Musical "Do I Hear A Waltz ?" , a musical version of "Summertime"(the movie, Katharine Hepburn and Rossano Brazzi made.). A side note about "Summertime", Katharine Hepburn did her own stunt and fell backwards in the polluted water of Venice, Italy. For years, she would have effects of that in her eye. By the way, Rossano Brazzi attended Mario Lanza's funeral in Hollywood. I remember, Renato Rascel was in "The Secret of Santa Vittoria". I read, Marissa Allasio later married into royalty and is 85 now.
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SAM MILLION
04-25-2021
09:46 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I SAW A VERY ENTERTAINING MOVIE LAST NIGHT CALLED "THE SECRET OF SANTA VITTORIO" STARRING ANTHONY QUINN. IT WAS MADE IN 1969. QUINN'S SIDEKICK IN THE MOVIE CAUGHT MY EYE AND IT WASN'T UNTIL I SAW THE CREDITS THAT I REALIZED THE MAN WAS NONE OTHER THAN RENATO RASCEL, WHO PLAYED MARIO'S COUSIN PEPE IN 1957'S "THE SEVEN HILLS OF ROME". OF COURSE HE LOOKED OLDER BUT THERE WAS NO MISTAKING HIS VOICE. JUST A LITTLE TIDBIT OF INFORMATION FOR YOU ALL.
58953
SAM MILLION
04-23-2021
11:56 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT "THAT MIDNIGHT KISS". THE FILM WHOSE OPENING TITLES SAY "INTRODUCING MARIO LANZA" STARTED MARIO'S FILM CAREER IN 1949. I RAN THE FILM TONIGHT AND THOROUGHLY ENJOYED IT. IT IS LIGHT HEARTED AND FUN WITH EXCELLENT LANZA SINGING THROUGHOUT. I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN IMPRESSED HOW NATURAL MARIO IS AS AN ACTOR, ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING THIS WAS HIS FIRST TIME AT BAT. HIS HAIR WAS TRULY TAME COMPARED TO ALL HIS OTHER FEATURES. WHY THEY GAVE IT A RED TINT IS ANYONE'S GUESS! PHYSICALLY HE LOOKS GREAT AND HIS WEIGHT NEVER VARIES MUCH LIKE IT DID IN MOST OF THE OTHER FILMS HE MADE. KATHRYN GRAYSON, WHILE NOT UP TO MARIO'S VOICE QUALITY IN TIMBRE, USES HER COLORATURA VOICE WELL. AND SHE IS AN EXCELLENT ACTRESS. SHE ALSO HAS AN AMAZING FIGURE WITH EITHER A 40 OR 44 DOUBLE D CHEST (I READ THIS FACT SOMEWHERE LONG AGO!) AND A VERY THIN WAISTLINE. EYE CANDY AS THEY SAY!
THE FILM IS WELL PACED AND FEATURES VERY GOOD SONGS AND ARIAS THROUGHOUT. ONE SEQUENCE THAT CAUGHT MY ATTENTION TONIGHT WAS THE REHEARSAL BY THE TWO LEADS WHERE MUSICAL NOTES ARE SUPERIMPOSED ON THEM AS THEY PERFORM. A FOOTNOTE: THE BEST DVD RELEASE WHICH SHOWS OFF TMK AND TONO TO BEST ADVANTAGE IS THE DOUBLE FEATURE SET WHICH WAS RELEASED YEARS BACK. IT ALMOST APPROACHES BLU RAY QUALITY WITH CLEAR, SHARP PICTURE AND SOUND WITH NO VIDEO "NOISE" OR FLECKS TO MAR THE FILM. THIS CONCLUDES THE MINI LANZA FILM FESTIVAL I STARTED AFTER MY TRIP TO THE NEW MUSEUM.
58952
Bill Ronayne
04-23-2021
11:43 PM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.185.33
Mario Lanza, The Man & His Music Audiovisual Lecture Presentation.

Saturday June 12, 2021 2pm-3pm

Mario Lanza Museum
1214 Reed Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

$20 per person includes a complimentary tour of the museum.

A one-hour audiovisual presentation and lecture on the life and career of the legendary tenor from Philadelphia by noted Lanza authority and MLI President Bill Ronayne. The presentation features rare early private recordings and radio appearances, a photo slide show, clips from his films plus a rare live appearance on British television.

Seating is limited to 20 people and on a first come first paid basis. All attendees must wear a mask. Please RSVP by June 5, 2021. Checks or money orders payable to Mario Lanza Institute should be mailed to Mario Lanza Institute 1214 Reed Street Philadelphia, PA 19147.
Edited 04-23-2021 11:43 PM
58951
SAM MILLION
04-22-2021
10:42 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
TO VINCE: I JUST LISTENED FOR THE FIRST TIME YOUR PRODUCTION OF "LANZA AND ROSATI". IN A WORD, TERRIFIC. YOUR MATERIAL IS OF SUCH HIGH CALIBER AND VERY, VERY ENTICING AND THOUGHT PROVOKING. CONGRATS!
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SAM MILLION
04-22-2021
04:58 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
THAT WAS A GREAT NIGHT, WE BOTH AGREE ON THAT MARK! SEND 20.00 POSTPAID FOR THE TWO CDS IN JEWEL CASES TO: SAM SAMUELIAN, 2305 WEST DEERFIELD DRIVE, MEDIA, PA. 19063 AND THANKS!

DO YOU AGREE THAT ANN BLYTH LOOKED EXACTLY LIKE SHE DID IN "GREAT CARUSO"?! I WONDER IF YOU PAID FOR THE "EXTRA" PARTY THAT FOLLOWED THE MAIN EVENT. UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH ALL THE STARS PLUS DAMON AND ELISSA.
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Mark Lane
04-22-2021
04:52 PM ET (US)
IP: 24.185.100.217
Hi Sam;
I was at the met gala. Where can I send a check for a cd of the event. Thank you for keeping Mario's name alive.
58948
SAM MILLION
04-20-2021
11:57 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I WANTED TO ADD ONE MORE INTERESTING NOTE REGARDING "BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE". I LOVE, AND ALWAYS LOOK FOR, INSTANCES WHERE MARIO SINGS LIVE IN A MOVIE SCENE (AS OPPOSED TO PRE-RECORDING). IN BYM, HE SINGS QUESTA O QUELLA UNACCOMPANIED AFTER THE SURLY ARMY SERGEANT ORDERS HIM TO SING. HE STARTS OUT PERFORMING IT LIVE (RIGHT AFTER HE SIGNS AN AUTOGRAPH FOR HIS REAL LIFE MOTHER AND FATHER) AND IF YOU LISTEN CLOSELY YOU CAN HEAR THE TRACK SWITCH OVER TO PRE-RECORDING OF THE SAME ARIA. IT STARTS JUST AS HE IS STEPPING UP TO GET INTO THE TRUCK. AS THE TRUCK DRIVES AWAY, MARIO'S LIP SYNCING IS HORRIBLE! FOR ANOTHER EXAMPLE, GO TO THE GREAT CARUSO AND WATCH THE "WHISKEY, SNUFF, ETC" SCENE. HE HITS A FANTASTIC HIGH NOTE DONE LIVE. IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING HE MOVES HIS HANDS AND FACIAL EXPRESSION AS IF TO CONVEY "NOT BAD". NOT BAD INDEED!!
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SAM MILLION
04-20-2021
11:18 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
GLAD TO BE OF SERVICE KRISTINE! I LIKE WRITING AND I HAVE LEARNED OVER THE YEARS TO WRITE SO THAT THE READER FEELS JUST AS IF HE OR SHE HAD BEEN AT THE EVENT PERSONALLY.

I HAPPILY SCREENED "BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE" TONIGHT, AS IT IS THE LAST FILM OF MY RECENT WEEK OF WATCHING ONE LANZA MOVIE PER NIGHT. I SAW SOMETHING THAT SUBCONSCIOUSLY I KNEW, WHICH IS THAT OUR BOY HAS VERY LARGE HANDS. THIS SHOULD BE NO REVELATION SINCE HE PUTS THOSE HANDS AND ARMS RIGHT IN FRONT OF OUR FACES IN ALL HIS FILMS. (I WILL MAKE THE OBVIOUS JOKE HERE ABOUT LARGE HANDS ALSO DENOTING OTHER LARGE PARTS IN A MAN!)

BUT GETTING BACK TO BYM. THE DVD HAS MUCH RICHER COLOR THAN MOST OF THE STANDARD LANZA DVDS. THE COLOR IS VERY INTENSE AND NOTICEABLE PARTICULARLY IN SCENES APART FROM THE DRAB ARMY WEAR SECTIONS.THE PICTURE QUALITY IS ALSO NICE AND SHARP. HIS VOICE IS GREAT THROUGHOUT THE MOVIE. I HAVE NOTHING TO CRITICIZE IN THIS REGARD. ALL HIGH NOTES ARE FLAWLESS AND NEVER FORCED OR STRAINED. YET THERE ARE VERY TENDER MOMENTS LIKE THE SWEETNESS IN "THE SONG ANGELS SING". I WANT TO SINGLE OUT "ADDIO ALLA MADRE". LANZA'S VOCAL PRODUCTION OF THIS PIECE IS THE RICHEST SINGING HE DOES IN THE MOVIE. HIS TONES ARE WELL SUPPORTED AND SOMEWHAT DARKER THAN HIS SINGING WAS DURING THIS TIME. KEEP IN MIND MARIO WAS "ON THE TOP" IN 1952, SINCE HE HAD ANOTHER HIT SINGLE WITH THE SONG BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE, HE HAD HIS RADIO SHOW FILLING THE AIRWAVES, AND HE MADE THIS MOVIE WHICH WAS VERY POPULAR. I AM ALSO SENTIMENTAL ABOUT THIS TITLE SINCE MY FATHER WAS IN THE ARMY AND WE WATCHED BYM TOGETHER MORE OFTEN THAN ANY OTHER LANZA FILM. WE WOULD SIT TOGETHER WATCHING THE MOVIE AND HE'D BE MAKING COMMENTS ABOUT HOW GREAT THE LANZA VOICE WAS. ANNA HAD TO PUT UP WITH THE "CONCERT" VOLUME LEVELS I USED. MY ANSWER WAS ALWAYS "WELL, DAD DOESN'T HEAR THAT WELL THESE DAYS". THAT WAS ACTUALLY TRUE. WE BOUGHT HIM TINY HEARING AIDS THAT HE HATED WEARING. ONE DOCTOR ADVISED US TO HAVE HIS EARS CLEANED. WE DID, AND SO MUCH WAX BUILD UP CAME OUT THAT HE WAS ABLE TO HEAR JUST ABOUT AS GOOD AS ME! ANOTHER COMMENT I WANT TO MAKE ABOUT BYM FOR TONIGHT IS THAT I HAVE ALWAYS FOUND THIS FILM TO BE A DELIGHT TO WATCH AS IT IS SHEER FUN--AND DESPITE MARIO'S AVERSION TO "PUTTING CARUSO IN THE ARMY", THE FILM STANDS TALL AS FINE ENTERTAINMENT. IT REMAINS MY "GO TO" MOVIE WHENEVER I NEED A PICK ME UP.
58946
Kristine C
04-20-2021
08:08 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Sam, you are an interesting tour guide ! I enjoyed reading about the museum and hope it will be publicized on t.v. or in Classic Images(a publication for vintage movie and tv shows fans).
58945
Kristine C
04-20-2021
07:56 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Pamela, thank you for information. Henry Winkler was friends with John Ritter and Terry Robinson knew John Ritter. Imagine if Zoe had married Nick. It would have been Fonzie's daughter marrying Mario Lanza's grandson and a new generation would have learned about Mario. I wish "Happy Days", "Laverne &Shirley", and "MASH" would have mentioned Mario Lanza in their stories, since all 3 t.v. shows took place in the '50's. Sam, I'll be sending my check to you.
58944
SAM MILLION
04-20-2021
05:26 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
JULIE: I ONLY MET HIM IN PASSING AND DIDN'T GET HIS NAME. I AM SURE BILL RONAYNE WILL ANSWER YOUR QUESTION AS SOON AS HE SEES THIS POST.

PAM: THE WINKLERS SOUND LIKE LOVELY PEOPLE. AND I AM SURE ELISSA'S KIDS ARE TERRIFIC AS WELL. SHE DOES SO MUCH TO PROMOTE HER DAD, OUR BOY, MARIO. I WISH I COULD HAVE SPENT MORE TIME WITH HER AT THE METROPOLITAN TRIBUTE TO MARIO, BUT SO MANY PEOPLE WERE THERE SEEKING HER ATTENTION. I DID MEET HER HUSBAND BOBBY BREGMAN AND MARIO'S TWO GRANDCHILDREN AT THE OLD MUSEUM YEARS BACK.

I HAVE TWO ORDERS SO FAR FOR THE TWO CD SET OF THE FULL METROPOLITAN PROGRAM WE ALL ENJOYED SO MUCH WAY BACK WHEN. I HOPE MORE FOLKS WILL GET THEM AS THEY ARE SO WORTHWHILE.
58943
Julie Page
04-20-2021
02:48 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
The museum sounds wonderful. How sorry I am to have to miss seeing it. Illness etc. Thanks to Bill and all who made it possible.Who is the vice-president,Sam?
58942
Pamela 7 Latham
04-20-2021
02:13 PM ET (US)
IP: 94.0.174.69
Kristine, Henry Winklers daughter Zoe dated Ellisas son Nick for some while . They both attended a function in 2004 in LA when we launched Derek Mannerings book A Life in Pictures. She was very nice as I remember, as is her dad Henry Winkler who I met after he appeared in panto as Capt Hook in Peter Pan in London.
58941
SAM MILLION
04-19-2021
11:29 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I PROMISED TO TELL YOU ALL MORE ABOUT OUR TRIP TO THE NEW MARIO LANZA MUSEUM, SO HERE GOES:

IT IS LOCATED IN A VERY NICE NEIGHBORHOOD IN SOUTH PHILADELPHIA. IT IS SURELY A MOSTLY ITALIAN NEIGHBORHOOD AS THE HOUSES ARE ALL WELL KEPT, SO INDICATIVE OF ITALIAN FAMILIES. VERY BOLD LETTERS ABOVE THE DOOR MARK THE "MARIO LANZA MUSEUM". YOU WALK INTO A LOVELY AND LARGE ROOM WITH MARBLE FLOORS. THERE ARE MANY TABLES FOR TWO IN THE CENTER OF THE ROOM WHICH ARE COMFY. THE WALLS, PRACTICALLY FROM FLOOR TO CEILING ARE DECORATED WITH AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF MARIO LANZA MEMORABILIA. MANY PAINTINGS OF MARIO DONE BY VARIOUS ARTISTS. MANY, MANY PHOTOS BOTH POSED AND NOT. ARTICLES AND NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS, AND MUCH MORE. EVERY PIECE IS FRAMED NICELY. THERE ARE TWO LARGE FIXTURES OF WOOD AND GLASS WHICH HOLD MARIO'S CLOTHING/COSTUMES). YOUR EYES GO RIGHT TO THEM AS THEY ARE SO PROMINENT. A LARGE SCREEN TV (ABOUT 75 INCH IN SIZE) IS CENTRAL TO THE ROOM AND CAN PLAY MANY VIDEOS OF MARIO FROM YOUTUBE OR VIDEOS PLAYED ON THE IN HOUSE DVD PLAYER. WE SAW QUITE A NUMBER OF THEM LAST SATURDAY FROM THE SECOND SHOWER OF STARS SHOW TO THE PALLADIUM TV SHOW TO MOVIE CLIPS. THE SOUND SYSTEM IS EXCELLENT THANKS TO A GROUP OF SPEAKERS MOUNTED IN THE CEILING. I SUGGESTED TO BILL THAT A SUB WOOFER ADDITION WOULD GIVE MORE DEPTH TO THE SOUND. THERE ARE PLANS TO INSTALL A VIDEO PROJECTOR AND HAVE THE SCREEN PLACED IN AN AREA WHICH HAS NO MEMORABILIA AND SITS TO THE LEFT OF THE DOORWAY. THERE ARE LOVELY LIGHTING FIXTURES WHICH ARE SOMEWHAT ART DECO IN APPEARANCE. A MODERN POWDER ROOM IS IN THE REAR. THERE IS A SECTION WHICH HOLDS CDS FOR SALE AND ALSO BOOKS OF SINGERS FOR SALE. I BOUGHT TWO: 1-JEROME HINES ON GREAT SINGERS AND SINGING (THE FIRST OF FORTY OPERA SINGERS DISCUSSED IS NONE OTHER THAN OUR DEAR LICIA ALBANESE. 2-A THICK BIOGRAPHY OF RUFFO, MY FAVORITE OF THE "GOLDEN AGE" BARITONES. BILL PULLED OUT A GORGEOUS NINETY INCH (!) POSTER FROM BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE THAT WILL EVENTUALLY BE FRAMED. IT WILL BE VERY COSTLY. AND THE CASH REGISTER SITS ON A HANDSOME TABLE WITH A DONATION BOX NEARBY. ADMISSION IS TEN DOLLARS. WHILE WE WERE THERE WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE ML INSTITUTE. HE ATE SOME OF OUR POTATO CHIPS, PART OF THE LUNCH I BROUGHT FOR ALL OF US THAT CONSISTED OF PRIMO ITALIAN HOAGIES (SECOND TO NONE AS THEY ARE PACKED WITH FRESH LUNCH MEATS IN A SEEDED ROLL WHICH HAS A CRUST ON THE OUTSIDE AND IS SOFT ON THE INSIDE). ADD TO THAT THE BEST OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES I KNOW OF, AND ALSO A BOX OF CHEWY BROWNIES, AND SODA TO WASH IT ALL DOWN.

I ASKED BILL IF THERE ARE ANY RESTAURANTS IN THE AREA AND HE SAID THERE ARE, AND ONLY A COUPLE BLOCKS AWAY (THEY MIGHT BE GOOD FOR PRE-BALL AFFAIRS). PARKING IS ALL STREET PARKING. WHEN WE ARRIVED IT WAS TIGHT BUT BY THE TIME WE LEFT THERE WERE MANY OPEN SPACES. (INCIDENTALLY WE ARRIVED AT 12:45 AND LEFT BY 3:30. ALL AGREED WE HAD A WONDERFUL AND MEMORABLE TIME.

NOW MY TRIBUTE TO BILL RONAYNE, PRESIDENT OF THE ML INSTITUTE. HE TRAVELS ALL THE WAY FROM NEW YORK TO OPEN THE MUSEUM TO FANS AND TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. MAKE NO MISTAKE--THIS VENTURE IS STRICTLY HIS "BABY". HE HAS LOVINGLY TAKEN A LARGE EMPTY SPACE AND TURNED IT INTO A SHRINE TO LANZA. HE HAS PUT IN COUNTLESS HOURS OF WORK TO ACHIEVE THIS. WITHOUT HIM, I KNOW WE WOULD NOT HAVE SUCH A PLACE TO VISIT. (YOU KNOW THAT MAY 1ST WILL BE THE FIRST LUNCHEON/MOVIE AFFAIR HELD THERE). YOU DON'T KNOW THAT ON MAY 2ND, BOTH BILL AND CAROLE SHEA WILL BE COMING TO OUR HOME TO SEE THE NEW BLU RAY "GREAT CARUSO" ON OUR GIANT HOME THEATER SCREEN AND SURROUND SOUND. I SO LOOK FORWARD TO THIS AS NEITHER HAS SEEN THE NEW DVD YET AND THEY WILL BE IN FOR A TREAT. OKAY, I THINK I HAVE COVERED A LOT. ANY QUESTIONS, FEEL FREE TO ASK.
58940
SAM MILLION
04-19-2021
11:00 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HI KRISTINE,

    I WILL HAVE TO GO SEE THAT WEDDING VIDEO FOR SURE. I AM NOT ABOUT WINKLER'S DAUGHTER DATING ONE OF MARIO'S GRANDSONS. PERHAPS DEREK MANNERING CAN ANSWER THAT.

    I WILL HAVE A SET OF THE CDS MADE FOR YOU ASAP. JUST SEND $20.00 TO ME AT: SAM SAMUELIAN, 2305 WEST DEERFIELD DRIVE, MEDIA, PA. 19063. THANKS!
58939
John in Indiana
04-19-2021
07:56 PM ET (US)
IP: 50.90.97.118
The voice lessons continue...I mentioned Mario to my voice teacher. He was only vaguely familiar with him. I will continue teaching him about Mario just as he is teaching me music!!

Take care,
John
58938
Kristine C
04-19-2021
07:55 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Sam, I am interested in the CD's of Met's Tribute to Mario Lanza. Ann Blyth's brother-in-law was tenor, Dennis Day. His brother, Dr. McNulty married Ann Blyth. There is a film of her wedding on You Tube and Jack Benny attended it. Jane Powell's husband, former child actor, Dickie Moore was with her, too. Sam, did Henry Winkler's daughter date one of Mario Lanza's grandsons ?
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SAM MILLLION
04-19-2021
09:47 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA GUILD TRIBUTE TO MARIO LANZA WAS SPONSORED BY OPERA NEWS MAGAZINE. TWO HUGE POSTERS OF MARIO ADORNED THE OUTSIDE FOR PEOPLE WHO HAD TICKETS AND FOR WALK INS. IT TOOK PLACE IN THE ALICE TULLY HALL OF LINCOLN CENTER WHICH SEATS 1,100 PEOPLE AND WAS FAIRLY FULL.THE DATE WAS JANUARY 13, 2005 (NEAR MARIO'S BIRTH DATE OF JANUARYN 31ST. THE SHOW WAS FITTINGLY CALLED "BE MY LOVE". THE MODERATOR WAS F. PAUL DRISCOLL, WHILE THE INTERVIEWER WAS BRIAN KELLOW.

IN THE AUDIENCE WERE LICIA ALBANESE, RAFAELA FASANO'S MOTHER, ROBERT OSBORN OF TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES, AND MORE.

IT STARTED WITH A GLORIOUS "LOVELIEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR", WHICH COMING THROUGH THEIR LARGE AND LOUD SPEAKERS WAS THRILLING. THE MODERATOR COVERED MARIO'S HISTORY FROM BIRTH, HIS SCHOOLING, AND BEING A "PIANO MOVER". HE SPOKE ABOUT MARIO'S MEETING SERGE KOUSEVITSKY, WHO INVITED MARIO TO THE BERKSHIRES TO STUDY. MARIO SANG HIS FIRST FULL LENGTH OPERA THERE AND WAS IN GOOD COMPANY, LIKE LEONARD BERNSTEIN.LATER AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL HE SANG HIS SECOND COMPLETE OPERA. IN THE AUDIENCE SAT LOUIS B. MAYER, WHOSE APPETITE WAS WHET BY THE POSSIBILITY OF SIGNING LANZA TO MGM.

MANY MUSICAL CLIPS WERE PLAYED FEATURING HIS BEST SONGS AND ARIAS. THEN VIDEOS WERE SHOWN IN ORDER, STARTING WITH HIS FIRST SONG SUNG IN THE BUDELL HOME WITH HIS BACK TURNED TO THE AUDIENCE FOR DRAMATIC EFFECT. TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS WAS NEXT, AND THEN BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE. THE STUDENT PRINCE FOLLOWED. WHENEVER POSSIBLE OPERATIC ARIAS WERE USED.

MARIO'S TWO GRANDCHILDREN WERE ACKNOWLEDGED, FOLLOWED BY DAMON LANZA AND ELLISA LANZA BREGMAN. THEY BOTH SPOKE OF THEIR FATHER'S ADORATION OF THEM AND THEIR MOTHER.AND HOW HE PUT THEM BEFORE ANY PROFESSIONAL WORK. LATER I SAW DAMON AND ELLISA HUGGING. THEY HAD NOT BEEN TOGETHER FOR YEARS (SOMETHING BOB DOLFI HAD A HAND IN). ELLISA SAID THEY WERE THE FIRST KIDS WHO LOOKED FORWARD TO GOING TO BED AS MARIO TOLD STORIES HE MADE UP RATHER THAN READ. ALSO, HE SANG THEM THE BEAUTIFUL "GUARDIAN ANGELS". I SAW THEM HUGGING EARLIER WHEN THEY FIRST ARRIVED.

NOTEWORTHY PEOPLE WERE ON STAGE, HAVING WALKED UP WHILE LOVELIEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR WAS PLAYING. PEOPLE WHO WERE ASKED TO TAKE A BOW INCLUDED LICIA ALBANESE (WHO ALWAYS PRAISED MARIO. A NICE COMPLIMENT SINCE HER CAREER STARTED BACK WHEN CARUSO WAS SINGINGAND SHE HEARD ENRICO LIVE!

PEOPLE HAD A CHOICE OF HEARING THE MAIN PROGRAM AND ALSO ATTENDING FOR A FEE THE "PRIVATE" PART OF THE EVENING WITH SNACKS AND CHAMPAGNE SERVED. YOU COULD MEET IN PERSON AND UP CLOSE THE LIKES OF LUCINE AMARA, ANN BLYTH (WHO AMAZINGLY LOOKED GOOD AS SHE DID FOR "THE GREAT CARUSO" AND WAS ACCOMPANIED BY HER HUSBAND, ELAINE MALBIN, JANE POWELL, AND MORE.I TOLD ANN HOW MANY YEARS I HAD WAITED TO MEET HER IN PARTICULAR AND MY WIFE ANNA TOOK PHOTOS OF US TOGETHER.

BUT I AM GETTING AHEAD OF MYSELF. THE MAIN PROGRAM CONTINUED WITH MANY AUDIO CLIPS OF MARIO SINGING SONGS AND ESPECIALLY ARIAS FROM THAT MIDNIGHT KISS, WHICH INCLUDED MARIO'S HIGH NOTES SUNG INTO ARTHUR TREACHER'S EARS, SONGS FROM BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE, THE STUDENT PRINCE, AND THE GREAT CARUSO. WHAT FOLLOWED WAS HIS ONLY WARNER BROTHERS APPEARANCE IN "SERENADE". ELISSA SPOKE OF MARIO'S BEING DISCOURAGED BY PEOPLE LIKE DORY SCHARY AND HOW HE EVENTUALLY LEFT THE UNITED STATES TO LIVE IN ROME FOR TWO YEARS. ARIAS FROM SEVEN HILLS OF ROME, AND ESPECIALLY FOR THE FIRST TIME WERE SHOWN. HIS LAST MOVIE FEATURED AMOR TI VIETA, DI QUELLA PIRA, O SOLE MIO, AND VESTI LA GIUBBA. THERE WAS SOME MENTION OF HOW HIS WEIGHT FLUCTUATED.

THE SHOW CLOSED WITH TENOR RICHARD LEECH SINGING FOUR SONGS/ARIAS PREVIOUSLY PERFORMED BY MARIO. IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING, THE PEOPLE WHO PAID EXTRA TO BE PART OF THE CLOSE UP VISITING OF THE STARS BEGAN AND CONTINUED FOR HOURS. IT WAS A THRILLING AND MEMORABLE EVENT. HOW GLAD I AM THAT I THOUGHT TO BRING A TAPE RECORDER TO CAPTURE THE EVENING.

UNFORTUNATELY THERE WILL LIKELY NEVER BE AN EVENT LIKE THIS AGAIN AS MANY OF THE ACTORS AND ACTRESSES WHO APPEARED ARE NO LONGER LIVING.

I HAVE ARRANGED A DEAL WITH A CD COPY SPECIALIST TO PRODUCE THE TWO CDS FOR SALE. HE WILL TAKE BOTH (THE FIRST IS 72 MINUTES AND THE SECOND IS 60 MINUTES) AND THEN OFFER THEM IN JEWEL CASES FOR $20.00 INCLUDING SHIPPING.

PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED OR IF YOU KNOW OTHER WHO WOULD BE. THERE IS NO MINIMUM REQUIRED BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE AT LEAST A DOZEN ORDERED.
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Kristine C
04-18-2021
12:26 AM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Sam, thank you. It was reported that Damon died from a heart attack.
58934
SAM MILLION
04-17-2021
10:18 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
DOLFI DID A LOT OF HARM IN HIS "REIGN OF TERROR". HE ALSO KEPT IMPORTANT SECRETS, THE WORST OF WHICH WAS NOT TELLING WE FANS THAT DAMON HAD DIED UNTIL AFTER THE FACT AND TO THIS DAY I AM UNCERTAIN AS TO THE CAUSE OF HIS DEATH. DOLFI HIMSELF DIED OF CAUSES I DO NOT KNOW ABOUT. MARLENE KEPT THE LANZA LEGEND SITE GOING IN HONOR OF HER "TWO BOYS" AS SHE CALLED THEM BUT IT SLOWLY PETERED OUT. FORTUNATELY WE HAVE THIS SITE AND DEREK MCGOVERN'S SITE TO PARTICIPATE IN. BOTH DAMON AND ELISSA CALLED TERRY ROBINSON "UNCLE TERRY", FITTING SINCE HE TOOK CARE OF THEM FOR SOME YEARS. ELISSA STILL REFERS TO HIM THAT WAY! KRIS, YOU WILL GET TO SEE THE MET TRIBUTE THROUGH MY TWO CDS--EVEN IF YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE WHO WANTS THE SET. I PROMISE!
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Kristine C
04-17-2021
10:00 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
I heard that Damon Lanza and Terry Robinson no longer spoke to each other and Bob Dolfi was blamed for that. That is sad. I wish that Met Tribute had been televised on PBS TV.
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SAM MILLION
04-17-2021
04:19 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
MIKE: DAMON MOST CERTAINLY WAS THERE. IT WAS ESPECIALLY POIGNANT SINCE HE AND ELISSA HAD NOT SEEN EACH OTHER IN YEARS (DUE IN PART TO BOB DOLFI KEEPING THEM APART). THEY WERE CORDIAL TO EACH OTHER AND HUGGED.

ANNA AND I JUST RETURNED FROM OUR PRIVATE TOUR OF THE NEW LANZA MUSEUM. IT IS MUCH NICER THAN THE OLD ONE. AFTER I RECOVER FROM ALL THE FOOD WE ATE, I WILL WRITE MORE ABOUT IT. I TOOK PLENTY OF PHOTOS THAT UNFORTUNATELY I CANNOT SHARE HERE.
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Mike from L.I.Person was signed in when posted
04-17-2021
03:01 PM ET (US)
IP: 73.1.181.206
Kristine, I was there. It was wonderful. Damon was not there. Tenor Richard Leech was there and closed the ceremony with a concert of four Mario songs. Alice Tully hall was filled to capacity {I believe about 1100 people}
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SAM MILLION
04-17-2021
07:18 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HI KRISTINE. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT SHOW! LET'S HOPE WE CAN GET MORE PEOPLE INTERESTED. OTHERWISE IT WOULD NOT PRACTICAL. I WILL REPORT FURTHER ABOUT THE CONTENTS OF THE SHOW.

CORRECTION: ELISSA LANZA BREGMAN. THE FIFTH TIME IS THE CHARM. LOL.
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Kristine C
04-17-2021
06:03 AM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Correction: Ellisa Lanza Bregman.
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Kristine C
04-17-2021
06:02 AM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Correction: Ellisa Lanza Bergman.
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Kristine C
04-17-2021
06:01 AM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Correction: Ellora Lanza Bergman.
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Kristine C
04-17-2021
06:00 AM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Sam, I'd be interested in a CD of the Met's Tribute to Mario Lanza. Is that the one with Jane Powell, her late husband, Dickie Moore, Ann Blyth, Ellisa Lanza Bergman, Damon Lanza. ? Closer Weekly Magazine had stories on Bette Davis and Charlton Heston,last week. It would be great if they would have a story about Mario Lanza on what would have been his 100th Birthday. I just read that The Library of Congress National Film Registry has added "The Battle Of The Century"-Laurel and Hardy to its list. Long overdue for one of Mario Lanza's movies to be added to it, also, one of Mario Lanza's recordings should be added to its recordings registry. The videos of the tenors was interesting.
58925
SAM MILLION
04-16-2021
11:51 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
TO GET MYSELF MORE "IN THE MOOD" FOR TOMORROW'S MUSEUM TRIP, I TREATED MYSELF TO A SCREENING OF "TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS" TONIGHT. I USED THE ONE WHICH IS IN THE TWO CD SET. I WAS SURPRISED HOW GOOD THE QUALITY IS FOR THE FILM. IT ISN'T QUITE AS GOOD AS A BLU RAY BUT FOR A STANDARD DVD IT IS REMARKABLE. THE RICH COLORS, THE SHARPNESS, THE SOUND QUALITY ALL ARE EXCELLENT BY ANY STANDARDS. AND I LOVE HOW MUCH "FUN" THIS MOVIE IT. MARIO LOOKS TO BE HAVING A BALL AS HE DELIVERS HIS OFTEN VERY COMEDIC LINES. I LOVE WHEN HE PICKS UP UNCLE NICKY AS SAYS "UNCLE NICKY, I LOVE YOU" RIGHT BEFORE HE GOES ONSTAGE TO DO THE ENDING DUET. ALSO, I NOTICED AFTER VERY CAREFUL WATCHING, THAT THE SCALES MARIO SINGS WITH THE MAESTRO WHEN FIRST MEETING HIM ARE DONE LIVE. THE NOTE HE HITS THAT HAS THE CHANDELIER SHAKING IS SUCH THAT HE IS A BIT RED IN THE FACE AFTER HOLDING IT SO LONG. WHEN J. CARROLL NAISH TRIES TO HIT A HIGH NOTE AND LOOKS UP AT THE SAME CHANDELIER, I ALWAYS LAUGH OUT LOUD.

I AM GOING TO TELL YOU SOMETHING THAT IS ONLY IN THE "IDEA" STAGE. I HAVE BEEN LISTENING MORE TO THE METROPOLITAN OPERA TRIBUTE TO MARIO CIRCA 2005. IT HAS SO MANY FINE MOMENTS AND SO MANY INTERESTING STARS WHO KNEW MARIO BACK WHEN. I FEEL IT IS VERY WORTHY OF COPYING AND I THINK MANY LANZA LOVERS WOULD ENJOY HAVING IT. I KNOW A GUY WHOSE BUSINESS IS TO COPY CDS AND DVDS AND HE SAID A TWO CD SET, WHICH IS WHAT I HAVE, COULD BE COPIED FOR ABOUT 15.00. ADD 5.00 FOR SHIPPING AND IT JUST MIGHT BE A GOOD IDEA TO PUT IN GEAR. WE WILL SEE....
58924
SAM MILLION
04-16-2021
07:44 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
OUR LANZA BONANZA. SINCE ANNA AND I COULDN'T MAKE THE MAY 1ST LUNCHEON AND MOVIE AT THE NEW MUSEUM, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A "PRIVATE" TOUR. BILL RONAYNE IS COMING DOWN FROM NEW YORK TO GREET US AROUND 1 PM WHILE WE ARE BRINGING GREAT PRIMO HOAGIES AND SODAS. THE TIME WILL PASS BY FAST AS WE TAKE IN ALL THE SIGHTS AND SEE THE HARD WORK BILL HAS PRACTICALLY SINGLE HANDEDLY DONE.

OUR FRIEND BILL CASCADEN IS DRIVING US THERE SINCE WE AREN'T TOO COMFORTABLE DRIVING INTO PHILLY THESE DAYS. I AM GOING DRESSED IN THE WONDERFUL BLACK T-SHIRT WITH MARIO IN HIS FAMOUS POSE WITH ARMS AND HANDS OUTSTRETCHED THAT DEREK MANNERING SO GENEROUSLY GAVE ME. ON ONE WRIST I WILL BE WEARING MY MARIO LANZA WATCH WHILE THE OTHER WRIST WILL HAVE MY NEWLY ACQUIRED ZENITH LIGHTED RADIO DIAL WATCH. CAN'T WAIT!!

JULIE: I AM SO HAPPY YOU LIKED THE VIDEOS. THE TENORS REPRESENTED ARE WONDERFUL TO SAY THE LEAST. I FOUND ANOTHER INTERESTING VIDEO ON YOUTUBE. THIS ONE FEATURES 20 GREAT TENORS SINGING ONLY "NESSUN DORMA". MARIO IS ON THE LIST. ENJOY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kg3aiEiK_PU . NOTE THAT I ONCE HAD A RECORD FEATURING 80 HIGH C'S WITH THE FORTY FAMOUS TENORS SINGING THE ARIA DI QUELLA PIRA, THE ARIA WHICH HAS TWO HIGH C'S. I SURE WISH I COULD FIND IT AGAIN.
58923
Julie Page
04-16-2021
02:30 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
Sam, The great tenors video was a delight to watch. I do wonder ,though, why Mario was not shown singing an Aria. Albert Hall was a thrill to see, but would have loved more, of course. Wonder why more of it isn't available..thanks.
58922
SAM MILLION
04-15-2021
06:45 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
MANY OF US HERE GREW UP WITH ROCK SONGS FROM THE MID FIFTIES TO LATE FIFTIES. HERE IS A YOUTUBE VIDEO OF BILLBOARD NUMBER ONE HITS FROM THAT TIME. ALL ARE ONLY PARTIALS:
      

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of7fehNsIkQ

ENJOY
58921
SAM MILLION
04-14-2021
10:12 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HERE ARE TWO MORE GREAT TREATS FOR THE EYE AND EAR. FIRST IS A YOUTUBE PIECE CALLED "GREAT TENORS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY". BELIEVE IT OR NOT, I HAD NOT HEARD RECORDED OR LIVE ABOUT 40 PERCENT OF THEM. MARIO IS SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE. THERE ARE MANY TENORS REPRESENTED LIVING OR DEAD.

NEXT I HEARD MARIO AT ROYAL ALBERT HALL DOING "LAMENTO DI FEDERICO", WHICH OF COURSE I HAVE HEARD MANY TIMES. BUT THE SOUND ON THIS IS THE BEST YET AND THERE ARE SOME GREAT LONG SHOTS OF THE HALL WITH MARIO CENTER STAGE WHILE PART OF HIS AUDIENCE IS BEHIND HIM.

LINKS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZhMYBk3WUw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJ1aIqEoPFU
58920
SAM MILLION
04-14-2021
07:28 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HERE IS A VERY ENTERTAINING YOUTUBE VIDEO CALLED "THE TWENTY GREATEST MUSICALS". WHAT AMAZED ME IS THE COLOR AND QUALITY. THE CLIPS LOOK LIKE THE RESTORED DVDS WHICH CAME STRAIGHT FROM THE ORIGINAL TECHNICOLOR NEGATIVES. FROM SHOWS LIKE "MARY POPPINS" TO "THE WIZARD OF OZ". ENJOY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97iWhv3Iw_Q
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
04-14-2021
09:09 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Thanks for that Corelli clip, Sam. I had seen it before but not in some time. This is Franco at his most beguiling. The "Brindisi" from Cavalleria Rusticana, showed a Turiddu that was more brazen than usual and not at all shy about displaying his affection for Lola. That she was married made no difference to him at all (or to her), until it cost him his life at the hands of her jealous husband.

I' Te Vurria Vasa, a beautiful Neapolitan song, was sung with just the right amount of longing and melancholy and of course the high note at the end was to die for. The other selections were wonderful as well. Both the Voice of Firestone and The Bell Telephone Hour preserved for us some of the best singing to be had during the '50s and '60s. I wish we had more programs like that today.

Speaking of that, the arts in general have taken a back seat to all the insanity going on in the world today and it reminds me of a time when we had real men for leaders in this country. Men who understood culture and its important place in building a nation. I remember well the wonderful speech by President Kennedy, about the importance of the arts to a nation's signature, and its importance in a civilized society. I doubt we will hear anything like this anytime soon. It is worth hearing again at this link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RYiL-7V7IY
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Wendy StilwellPerson was signed in when posted
04-14-2021
08:30 AM ET (US)
IP: 90.210.3.180
Sam - Ellisa is 70.
58917
SAM MILLION
04-13-2021
11:29 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
MARTINO, SINCE YOU EXPRESSED LOVE FOR FRANCO CORELLI, THIS IS JUST FOR YOU! FRANCO CORELLI IN COLOR ON THE "VOICE OF FIRESTONE" TV SHOW. HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNKyGDiqQcw I DON'T KNOW IF THIS WAS COLORIZED OR ORIGINALLY BROADCAST THIS WAY.
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SAM MILLION
04-13-2021
10:58 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HERE IS A TREAT I JUST FOUND. MARIO "LIVE AT LONDON PALLADIUM" TV SHOW IN FULL COLOR. IT IS ON YOUTUBE HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2syhCxPPZo ENJOY!
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SAM MILLION
04-13-2021
08:24 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I KNOW THERE ARE SOME SINATRA FANS HERE AS WELL AS PAVAROTTI FANS, SO LET'S HEAR THE TWO OLD MASTERS SING FRANK'S BIG HIT "MY WAY" TOGETHER! HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4s2bUtWYVdI
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SAM MILLION
04-13-2021
07:06 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HERE IS ANOTHER LANZA SONG WORTH HEARING. THIS IS NOT THE SEVEN HILLS OF ROME VERSION OF "COME DANCE WITH ME", BUT RATHER THE COMMERCIAL RELEASE IN STEREO. VERY NICE:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnpAPM2CJB...GVDrl8OFAvE&index=2
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Julie Page
04-13-2021
01:31 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
Located photo of Fred Day's home and names of others who appear to be living there but nothing new about Fred.Will send a note and try to find out something. Bill, glad to hear the luncheon is sold out. How I wish it were possible for me to attend.
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Julie Page
04-12-2021
02:49 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
I've seen them Martino, but watched again. They're so much fun to see, but sad, as well. Feeling even more concerned about Fred than before. Jim Thompson, anyone know? Thanks, Martino.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
04-12-2021
12:41 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Has anyone seen these German clips of Mario with his co-stars on the set of "For The First Time"? I don't recall ever seeing them before.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVDrl8OFAvE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOiF0oemDn...GVDrl8OFAvE&index=2
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Diane Cox
04-11-2021
11:40 AM ET (US)
IP: 23.127.59.195
Also did that obit search, Martino. I could not find 6611 on google maps - not to say it's not there, just not available.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
04-11-2021
09:07 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Still no word from Fred. I did a search of the obituaries for Orlando for the last six months just in case and he was not shown so I assume he is alive but he may not be well. Fred, please check in as soon as you can.
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SAM MILLION
04-11-2021
05:44 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
THANKS TO BILL RONANYNE, I HAVE AN ADDITION TO MY LAST POST WHERE I SPOKE OF MARIO'S RELATIVES WHO ARE STILL LIVING. BILL SAID: Carole and Al have a sister and there are a few other children of Mario's aunts and uncles on his mother's side.
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Bill Ronayne
04-10-2021
10:20 PM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.185.162
The May 1st Mario Lanza Museum Luncheon is now sold out. We look forward to seeing our good friends and supporters again and enjoying a fun filled afternoon watching a great Lanza film. Best, Bill
Edited 04-10-2021 10:30 PM
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SAM MILLION
04-10-2021
07:16 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I HAVE A NICE UPDATE FOR YOU FOLKS ABOUT MARIO'S COUSIN CAROLE SHEA. SHE IS DOING WELL PHYSICALLY AND IS IN THE PROCESS OF MOVING TO OCEAN CITY, NEW JERSEY. SHE WILL BE MAKING THE LONG TREK BACK FOR THE LUNCHEON AND TONO SCREENING THAT BILL RONAYNE HAS PLANNED FOR THE NEW MUSEUM. THE ONLY FOLKS LEFT FROM MARIO'S ORIGINAL FAMILY ARE CAROLE, HER BROTHER AL GAGLIARDI, AND OF COURSE ELISSA LANZA BREGMAN. ELISSA MUST BE IN HER MID TO LATE SIXTIES AND CAROLE AND AL ARE LIKELY IN THEIR MID SEVENTIES. DON'T ASK FOR NEW BLOOD....IT CAN NEVER BE, EXCEPT OF COURSE FOR FANS WHO HEAR MARIO FOR THE FIRST TIME AND GET "HOOKED" LIKE ALL OF US HERE DID. LONG LIVE MARIO LANZA!!
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SAM MILLION
04-10-2021
07:09 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
FRED'S EMAILS BEING RETURNED IS ONE MORE NOTCH IN THE WORRY CATEGORY. SOMEONE PLEASE SNAIL MAIL HIM ASAP. I FOUND A TRACE OF FRED HIDDEN AMONG MY OLD CASSETTES. THAT IS THE ITEM I WROTE TO HIM ABOUT ON THE FORUM AND OFFERED TO PAY FOR ANOTHER COPY. THIS TAPE IS WILD, AS IT NOT ONLY HAS THE COMPLETE "BLUE SHOW" BUT MANY OTHER LANZA FLUBS AND CORRESPONDING CURSING. BING CROSBY SINGS AND THEN MAKES UP DIRTY WORDS TO HIS SONGS. AND OLD EZIO PINZA CROONS "THE SHIT SONG". (I WILL SPARE YOU THE CLEVER WORDS!).
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Diane Cox
04-10-2021
02:03 PM ET (US)
IP: 23.127.59.195
My email to Fred Day was returned as undeliverable. Worrisome.
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Diane Cox
04-10-2021
01:50 PM ET (US)
IP: 23.127.59.195
I emailed Fred Day just now.
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Julie Page
04-10-2021
11:48 AM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
Thanks, Sam. We also have not heard from Jim Thompson in some time. He and Fred were friends I believe. I know he was annoyed by all the troll posts. He might know.
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SAM MILLION
04-10-2021
07:56 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
JULIE--I WILL BE WRITING TO FRED TODAY BUT IT WOULD BE NICE IF YOU AND ALSO OTHERS WOULD REACH OUT TO HIM. ADDRESS: 6611 HORSE SHOE BEND, ORLANDO, FLORIDA, 32822.

IF ANY OF YOU HAVE IPHONES AND ARE ELIGIBLE FOR NEW CELL PHONES, I URGE YOU TO GET EITHER THE IPHONE 11 OR BETTER YET THE IPHONE 11 PRO.(THERE IS ALSO A PRO MAX WHICH HAS A LARGER SCREEN). THE SCREENS ARE MUCH IMPROVED REGARDING SHARPNESS, COLOR, AND RICHNESS. THE SOUND IS STEREO AND RECORDINGS PLAY BETTER.THEY USE THREE MICROPHONES, SOMETHING THAT ALLOWS FOR CLEARER SPEAKING/LISTENING. ALSO, BOTH PHONES HAVE THREE CAMERAS. THIS ALLOWS FOR THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHY EVER. YOU CAN TAKE INTIMATE AND VERY CLOSE PORTRAITS, YOU CAN ZOOM OUT FOR A VERY WIDE EXPANSE, AND YOU CAN TAKE PHOTOS IN DARK CONDITIONS THAT FORMERLY WOULD NOT SHOW UP. THE SIGNALS COMING IN ARE VERY STRONG, THE RECORDINGS YOU MAY HAVE MADE SOUND GREAT, AND NOW THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF NEW APPS YOU CAN DOWNLOAD. I GOT THE "MIDNIGHT GREEN", ONE OF THE ONLY COLORS BESIDES SILVER LEFT TO BUY. AND THE IPHONE 11 CAN BE GOTTEN ONLY IN BLACK. WELL, NOW YOU PROBABLY KNOW MORE THAN YOU WANTED TO! BY THE WAY, THE IPHONES WERE RATED ABOVE ANY ANDROID PHONES IN CONSUMER REPORTS. YOU COULD ALSO GET AN IPHONE 12 IN THREE VARIETIES, BUT FOR ME THEY WERE TOO MUCH MONEY. A BIG ADVANTAGE THE 12 PHONES HAVE IS THAT THEY ARE CAPABLE OF 5D RECEPTION. NO OTHER PHONES HAVE THAT. THEY ALSO HAVE A CHIP THAT IS FASTER THAN ANYTHING BROUGHT OUT TO DATE. WE SWITCHED FROM AT&T TO T-MOBILE. ANNA AND I TOGETHER PAID 101.00 MONTHLY. WITH THE SWITCH WE GOT THE PRICE DOWN TO 87.00, A SIGNIFICANT SAVINGS. NO, I DO NOT WORK FOR APPLE!!
58900
SAM MILLION
04-09-2021
10:40 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I AM ON MY FOURTH SCREENING OF THE WONDERFUL NEW BLU RAY OF "THE GREAT CARUSO". BESIDES FRED DAY, I ALSO CANNOT REACH MARIO'S COUSIN CAROLE SHEA. I HEARD SHE MAY HAVE MOVED TO FLORIDA. I WANTED TO UPDATE HER ON THE BLU RAY AND OTHER THINGS SHE MAY NOT BE AWARE OF.
ANNA AND I GET OUR SECOND VACCINATION SUNDAY AND THEN WILL TREAT OURSELVES TO THE WONDERFUL PHILLY CHEESESTEAKS MADE BY THE TOP NOTCH RESTAURANT CALLED "NIFTY FIFTIES". I HADN'T EATEN ONE IN TWO YEARS! I AM ALSO GOING THROUGH THE OVERFLOW OF MY 4,000 DVDS AND PRICING THEM FOR SALE. I AM SURPRISED AT HOW MUCH MANY ARE BRINGING ON EBAY. FOR EXAMPLE, THE "SPICE GIRLS" MOVIE IS WORTH FIFTY BUCKS!
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Julie Page
04-09-2021
02:54 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
I, too, am concerned about Fred Day. If you have his address Sam, maybe you will share.......
58898
SAM MILLION
04-08-2021
05:56 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
THERE IS A VERY INTERESTING NEW VIDEO ON YOUTUBE I HAPPENED TO SEE BY CHANCE. REMEMBER THE INTERVIEW ED SULLIVAN DID OF MARIO WHEN HE WAS IN ROME? NOW THEY HAVE RESTORED IT TO COLOR AND MARIO SINGS "ARRIVEDERCI ROMA" WITH LUISA DIMEO AND LATER ED INTERVIEWS MARISSA ALLASIO, MARIO'S CO-STAR IN SEVEN HILLS OF ROME. AT THE END MARIO AND ED ARE STANDING SIDE BY SIDE AND MARIO TELLS OF BEING HOMESICK AND THEN SAYS HE WOULD LOVE TO SEE ROCKY MARCIANO. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7p4EvZpYzI

AND THERE IS ANOTHER VIDEO WHICH SHOWS THE PRINCIPALS OF SHOR WALKING AROUND THE SET AT A BREAK. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnpAPM2CJBQ

IT SURE IS NEAT TO SEARCH AROUND AND FIND THESE LITTLE TIDBITS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN SEEN IN MANY YEARS!
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SAM MILLION
04-08-2021
04:39 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
BILL RONAYNE JUST FILLED ME IN ON SOMETHING I FOUND VERY, VERY SAD. THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE VISITED THE OLD MARIO LANZA MUSEUM IN SOUTH PHILLY KNOW THAT JOHN LUCIANI WORKED TOGETHER WITH JEANETTE FRESE (SHE HAS PASSED AWAY) DONATING HIS TIME TO BE A "TOURIST GUIDE" FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT. HE HAD VERY GOOD IDEAS THAT HE INSTITUTED. FOR THE LANZA BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS HE ALWAYS BROUGHT AN INCREDIBLY TASTY BAKERY CAKE TO SHARE.THE CRIME IS THAT HE PASSED AWAY DUE TO THE HORRIBLE COVID VIRUS, WHEN IN FACT HE HAD ALREADY REACHED APPROXIMATELY 95 YEARS OF AGE IN HIS EVERYDAY LIFE. HE WAS SPRY AND ATTENDED MOST OF THE LANZA BALLS. MY WIFE ANNA DANCED WITH HIM A FEW YEARS BACK! I SHARED MANY A NICE CALL WITH HIM AND WE TALKED ABOUT HIS VAST COLLECTION OF LANZA MEMORABILIA. HE GAVE ME THE IDEA OF CUTTING OUT MARIO'S FACE FROM OLD LPS AND FRAMING THEM TO HANG UP. I HAVE ABOUT EIGHT OF THESE IN MY DVD ROOM. JOHN, GOD BLESS YOU. THEY DON'T MAKE THEM LIKE YOU ANYMORE. YOU WILL BE MISSED.
58896
SAM MILLION
04-08-2021
04:31 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HI GUYS. WELL, NOW I AM WORRIED FRED DAY (DESJARLIS) TOO. HE ALWAYS RESPONDED DAILY. I ONLY HAVE HIS ADDRESS, SO WILL SNAIL MAIL HIM. MY GOODNESS I HOPE HE IS OKAY. I AM ALSO TRYING TO REACH MARIO'S COUSIN CAROLE SHEA WITHOUT ANY LUCK. FORTUNATELY I HAVE HER BROTHER AND SISTER IN LAW'S PHONE NUMBER AND LEFT A MESSAGE. I LIKE SEEING VINCE AND ANYONE OR ANYTHING BLOWN UP ON A BIG SCREEN TV. OURS IS 75 INCHES AND VINCE "WINCED" WHEN I TOLD HIM THAT. THE PICTURE QUALITY ON PRODUCTIONS LIKE HIS LAST ONE ON HIGH NOTES I EXCELLENT AS WELL AS THE SOUND IS YOU HAVE A GOOD SOUND BAR AND SUB WOOFER.
58895
Martino1Person was signed in when posted
04-08-2021
09:16 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Vince, I had your face on a 110" screen!! Imagine that if you will! Oh, the horror!!
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
04-08-2021
09:08 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
I am worried about Fred Day. We have not heard from him for over a month. Fred has been a constant contributor to this forum for over 20 years and he has never been away for this long before. Sam even asked a question of him specifically and received no response. I sent him a private email and also received no response. Fred, please chime in and let us know all is well.
58893
Martino1Person was signed in when posted
04-08-2021
09:06 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
As I mentioned a couple days ago, today marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Franco Corelli, one of the greatest tenors of the last century. We have spoken of him many, many times here so there is no reason to repeat the accolades. But if you have a chance, go to youtube and listen to a couple clips. You will know immediately why we will not hear a voice like that again.
58892
Martino1Person was signed in when posted
04-08-2021
08:58 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
You are so right about that excellent "Dio Mi Potevi". I have always considered it some of the best singing Mario (or anyone else) has ever done. I am always in awe when I hear it, especially the final O' Gioia exclamation. The note is hit squarely but then takes on a bloom as it extends to the finish. Even DelMonaco could not manage to give it that extra thrust.

I also agree Lanza could have played Karl Franz in TSP, and I wish he had. It was not that difficult an acting role. I think he would have done a pretty good job of it but I do not believe he would have been dramatically or physically as convincing as was Edmund Purdom playing a Prussian Prince. I look at it this way: Lanza was a boxer, in your face type, rather than an aristocratic romantic, both in demeanor and looks. Purdom was more of a European swashbuckler type. The role calls for more of the swashbuckler than the boxer. Of course, we'll never know how Lanza would have made out if he could have acted the role. If Mario could not do it then my first choice as Karl Franz would have been Stewart Granger, another European swashbuckler type who was himself a popular star at the time. However, Edmund Purdom was more than adequate and I enjoyed his performance.
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
04-08-2021
05:00 AM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228
Sam, it makes me shudder to think of my face blown up on a 75 screen! 😳😜
But Im sure some of the photos of Mario looked impressive Oh! and that Blu-ray footage from Carousel, Thats a great remastering.
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SAM MILLION
04-08-2021
12:36 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
MARTINO: THEY "SCREWED" MARIO THIS YEAR SINCE THEY DID NOTHING FOR HIS BIRTHDAY, WHICH THEY HAVE DONE FOR YEARS IN THE PAST. THIS METHOD OF SELECTING MOVIES BY ALPHABETICAL ORDER IS A LITTLE SILLY!

ON ANOTHER NOTE, WE HAVE DISCUSSED BEFORE WHETHER MARIO COULD HAVE PLAYED THE EARLY PART OF THE STUDENT PRINCE WHERE HE WAS TO BE "A PRUSSIAN PICKLE", MEANING STIFF AND HAUGHTY. WELL, I TREATED MYSELF TO A SCREENING OF "SERENADE" TONIGHT AND NOW THERE IS NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT HE EASILY COULD HAVE ESSAYED THE ROLE OF THE PRINCE. IN SERENADE, YOU SEE HIM SUFFERING SO MUCH WHEN HE BLOWS THE "IL MIO TESORO" AND COVERS HIS FACE SOBBING. THEN THERE IS THE SEQUENCE WHERE HE IS SICK AND NEEDS A DOCTOR. THIS IS VERY DRAMATIC AS WELL AS HE SHOWS HOW SICK HE IS AND HIS ACTING IS EXCELLENT. HE ALSO HAS SOME MINOR MOMENTS WHERE HIS DESPAIR IS EVIDENT. FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN HE PICKS UP THE GUITAR TO PLAY IT, HE STARTS PLAYING FINE BUT THEN THE TORMENT INSIDE HIM RETURNS AND HIS FACE IS CONTORTED. SO FAR AS THE SINGING GOES, SERENADE SPORTS AN EXCELLENT SCORE AND TOP NOTCH SINGING WHETHER ARIAS OR SONGS. THERE MAY BE ONE OR TWO NOTES WITH A LITTLE STRAIN BUT THAT'S IT. DEREK MCGOVERN WILL ARGUE THIS (AND WHY NOT?!) BUT THE HIGH C THAT ENDS THE FILM IS AN EXCELLENT NOTE, RINGING, AND CLEAR. HOWEVER, IT DOES WAVER A BIT AND COULD HAVE BEEN RE-DONE. FINALLY, THE FILM CONTAINS THE BEST SINGING LANZA EVER DID ANYWHERE, ANYTIME. THAT IS THE FABULOUS "DIO MI POTEVI". IT IS FLAWLESS, BRILLIANT, AND MOVING. PLUS THE DIRECTOR HAD THE GREAT IDEA OF FILMING HIM IN PART WITH THE CAMERA UNDER HIS FACE WHICH MAKES HIM LOOK ALL THE MORE MENACING.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
04-07-2021
05:53 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Anyone notice that the movies presented on TCM are being shown this month in alphabetical order? I have never seen that before, or at least I never noticed it. They go in this order until May but no Lanza movies that I could find.
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Bill Ronayne
04-07-2021
05:14 PM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.181.10

The April 2021 issue of "The Legacy of Mario Lanza" has just been published. It features coverage of the "Mario Lanza Way" sign installation, part 2 of Armando Cesari's article "The Path Not Taken," a look at Lanza's multiple recordings of Celeste Aida and commemorations in articles and photos of the 70th anniversary of the release of The Great Caruso" and the 65th anniversary of the release of "Serenade." For subscription information, contact wjronayne@optonline.net.
58887
SAM MILLION
04-07-2021
07:19 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HI VINCE! I SAW YOUR WONDERFUL PRODUCTION AGAIN LAST NIGHT. THIS TIME I USED OUR 75 INCH SAMSUNG AND IT WAS EVEN BETTER. YOU WERE "LARGER THAN LIFE" AND IT WAS JUST LIKE YOU WERE IN THE ROOM. I AM SO GRATEFUL TO THE FRIEND WE HAVE IN CALIFORNIA WHO SET UP OUR TV TO ENABLE US TO SEE ANYTHING ON YOUTUBE THIS WAY. THERE IS NO CHARGE, SO I RECOMMEND DOING THIS TO EVERYONE HERE. THE ONLY REQUIREMENT IS THAT YOU MUST HAVE A SMART TV. I ALSO WATCHED GROUCHO MARX'S OLD TV SHOW "YOU BET YOUR LIFE". HE WAS SO GOOD AT MAKING AD-LIB CRACKS. ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS STATEMENTS FROM HIM REGARDED A LADY WHO WAS GOING ON AND ON ABOUT HOW MUCH SHE LOVED HER HUSBAND. AFTER NEARLY BEING BORED TO TEARS, GROUCHO'S KEEN REMARK WAS "LADY, I LOVE MY CIGAR TOO BUT I TAKE IT OUT OF MY MOUTH ONCE IN AWHILE"!!
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SAM MILLION
04-06-2021
10:17 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
MY JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC TEACHER AND I USED TO DEBATE CORELLI VS. LANZA. HE LIKED CORELLI. I THINK HE WAS GREAT BUT HAVE ALWAYS FOUND HIS VOICE TO HAVE NO SWEETNESS. THAT IS WHAT MARIO HAD IN SPADES. I WAS TOLD HE HAD BAD STAGE FRIGHT. I WONDER IF HE EVER DID ANY POPULAR SONGS. SERGIO FRANCHI COULD DO BOTH OPERA AND POP. BUT HE WAS A CHEAPSKATE WITH HIS HIGH NOTES. I REMEMBER BUYING AN LP IN WHICH HE HIT MAYBE FOUR HIGH NOTES IN THE WHOLE RECORD. HIS SISTER DANA VALERY WAS ALSO A SINGER.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
04-06-2021
04:32 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Thanks Vince. I thought it was from Serenade but was not sure where in the film the clip came from. You're right, no one has the Lanza charisma. Someone once said that charisma is the fragrance of the soul. Mario must have smelled pretty darn good!!
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
04-06-2021
04:17 PM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228
Aw! Thanks Martino. I haven't listened to Corelli in quite a while, but I always found he lacked Mario's versatility and charisma (most singers do). But I might give him a listen again.
The high C footage at the end is the last shot in "Serenade", Mario is actually singing "of love" on screen but it matches up quite well with "alone".
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
04-06-2021
02:15 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Vince, your Lanza "fireworks" clip is one of the best things I've seen on youtube in some time. It is well produced and instructive, while at the same time telling an interesting story about Lanza's method of singing that stood him apart from so many other singers. Through both your narrative, as well as the excellent examples you selected, you clearly made the case as to why Mario sang as he did - thrillingly in vocal terms, and convincingly through his masterful use of the text.

I had been listening to another of my favorite tenors, Franco Corelli, because he would have celebrated his 100th birthday in a couple days. Youtube has several videos showcasing Corelli's formidable high notes. Much of what you said about Mario could also be applied to Corelli, another of the most thrilling tenors ever to have sung. The difference I notice is that although both had tremendous and powerful voices, Lanza thrilled you with a natural, totally aplomb approach while Corelli's fireworks were more technique driven. Both were incredible but in their own way and their own individual style. Corelli would never succumb to some of the famous "Marioisms" that made Lanza so unique and incomparable, his particular technique would not permit it. He simply was not that kind of singer. In other words, Franco was more controlled with his fireworks, brilliant though they were, shooting them off in sequence according to a well thought out and pre-ordained pattern. He could be passionate but never as passionate as was Mario Lanza. Mario on the other hand was shooting off the grand finale of his fireworks display every step of the way. There is also the question of versatility. Corelli was pretty much exclusively an opera singer and therein lies his fame and legacy. Lanza could thrill you no matter what he sang, as you so aptly showed. When they defined "versatility" in the dictionary, they placed a photo of Mario Lanza next to it as the example.

I also loved your ending with one of my favorite Lanza "fireworks" notes, the high C final in Giannina Mia, one of his best recorded high notes ever. In fact, I place this high "C" second only to the one in his Che Gelida Manina. In your video, you superimposed a film clip of Mario singing at that very moment that matched this high note perfectly. Where was that clip from? Which movie? I can't seem to place it.

Another superb job, Vince. Keep it up!!!
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Julie Page (Suzanne)
04-06-2021
02:06 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
Wonderful as usual Vincent. Don't ever stop. Thank you so much.
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
04-06-2021
11:45 AM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228
Thank you Sam and Jytte M. Ye are too kind.
Edited 04-06-2021 11:45 AM
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Jytte MPerson was signed in when posted
04-06-2021
10:25 AM ET (US)
IP: 92.232.144.13
Well done Vincent, another fantastic video honouring the majestic Mario. Obviously a labour of love, keep them coming. Best wishes to you all on this Forum. Thank you for your many interesting contibutions, I visit nearly every day. Keep fit and well. AKA Brian Harrison in England
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SAM MILLION
04-06-2021
12:02 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
"VDP PRODUCTIONS" HAS DONE IT AGAIN. HERE OUR OWN VINCE PRESENTS US WITH A COMPENDIUM OF SOME OF MARIO'S MOST THRILLING MOMENTS IN HIS OUTSTANDING HIGH RANGE. HIS NARRATION IS PERSONAL, INSIGHTFUL, AND COMPELLING. EXCELLENT VISUALS ACCOMPANY THE PIECE. A GREAT OFFERING FROM A GREAT FAN!
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
04-05-2021
07:18 PM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228

https://youtu.be/5SsMSrNCwOY
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Bill Ronayne
04-05-2021
08:52 AM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.178.42
Mario Lanza Museum Luncheon
Saturday May 1, 2021 1pm-4pm
$30 per person. 50/50 raffle.

Enjoy a delicious lunch and a complete showing of "The Toast of New Orleans" starring Kathryn Grayson, Mario Lanza and David Niven in the memorabilia filled Mario Lanza Museum.

Seating is limited to 20 people and on a first come first paid basis. All attendees must wear a mask.
Lunch will be served from 1:00pm 1:45pm. Movie starts promptly at 2:00pm.

The museum is located at 1214 Reed Street in Philadelphia.
Mail checks or money orders payable to Mario Lanza Institute to Mario Lanza Institute 1214 Reed Street Philadelphia, PA 19147.
No refunds or credits. No exceptions. Street parking. Please RSVP by April 24, 2021. For information call 215-238-9691 or e-mail info@mariolanzainstitute.org. For those that cannot attend that would like to make a contribution, online donations can be made at www.mariolanzainstitute.org or by sending a check to the address above.
Edited 04-05-2021 08:56 AM
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SAM MILLION
04-04-2021
07:10 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
SORRY, BUT THE LINK FOR THE LEADING PANELIST DOES NOT WORK. THE ADDRESS APPEARS AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SCREEN AT THE VERY END OF THE SHOW. I MAY HAVE COPIED IT WRONG. ANYWAY, THIS IS A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO WISH ALL OF YOU HERE A HAPPY EASTER!
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SAM MILLION
04-04-2021
07:03 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HELLO ALL,

        I HAPPENED UPON THIS GREAT NINETY MINUTE SHOW THAT HAS AN EXPERT AND TWO PANELISTS HEARING AND JUDGING THE SURPRISING NUMBER OF STARS WHO 1-HAVE BEEN DUBBED 2-HAVE DONE THEIR OWN SINGING 3-WHO HAVE DONE PART OF THE SINGING AND A DUBBER DOES THE REST AND MORE. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TO ANY LOVER OF MUSIC IN THE MOVIES. ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING REVEALS AT THE END OF THE SHOW IS THAT JUDY GARLAND IN "A STAR IS BORN" EVEN HAD SOUNDS OF THE CANE SHE SLAPS BACK AND FORTH DUBBED. AND YOU HEAR EARLY TAKES OF THE "BORN IN A TRUNK" NUMBER WHERE SHE IS CURSING AT NOT GETTING THE SONG RIGHT AFTER MANY TAKES!

       SO, ON THIS EASTER, TURN ON YOUTUBE AND USE THE TITLE OF THE EMAIL TO SEARCH IT. OR USE THIS LINK:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtw60GJB0Oc
ALSO, THE LEADING PANELIST HAS HIS OWN YOUTUBE CHANNEL WITH MANY MORE REVELATIONS AT: YOUTUBE.COM/LOSTVOCALS8
 
       HAPPY LISTENING!

SAM

PS. THANKS TO FRIENDS OF OURS, WE CAN NOW WATCH YOUTUBE ON OUR 70 INCH TV SET FOR BIGGER THRILLS.
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SAM MILLION
04-03-2021
10:55 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
A FRIEND OF MINE IS RE-READING THE CALLINICOS BOOK AND SAID HE WROTE ABOUT SOME OF THE LIVE CONCERTS MARIO GAVE WHEN HE WAS TOURING (AROUND THE SAME TIME AS THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL CONCERT). COSTA SAID HE SANG INCREDIBLY WELL IN THESE CONCERTS BUT ALAS WE HAVE NO RECORDINGS TO SHOW IT. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE AND WHEN THESE SUPERIOR CONCERTS WERE HELD?
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SAM MILLION
03-30-2021
12:35 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
FRED:

MY ADDRESS IS:

SAM SAMUELIAN
2305 WEST DEERFIELD DRIVE
MEDIA, PA 19082
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SAM MILLION
03-29-2021
10:39 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HI FRED. I DON'T WANT TO BUG YOU BUT DID YOU SEE MY POST REQUESTING A COPY OF THE TAPE YOU HAVE? I WOULD BE GLAD TO COVER YOUR EXPENSES.
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SAM MILLION
03-28-2021
11:37 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
MIKE, KRISTINE IS RIGHT. I HAD THE WRONG TITLE. IT WAS ONE OF THE OTHER BIG, WELL KNOWN NUMBERS THAT WASN'T INCLUDED. I MUST BE BRAIN DEAD TONIGHT BECAUSE I CANNOT THINK OF THE TITLE BUT IT IS ONE YOU WOULD KNOW.

I ONLY HAVE ONE MORE OF THE WONDERFULLY RESTORED MUSICALS LEFT TO REPORT ON AND THAT IS THE MAURICE CHEVALIER CLASSIC MUSICAL "LOVE ME TONIGHT".

ALSO, I TRIED SENDING THE FILE FOR A SECOND COKE SHOW IN THE BEST SOUND I HAVE HEARD BUT IT WOULD NOT "TAKE".
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Kristine C
03-28-2021
04:56 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
There is a facebook group , The Russ Columbo Society, run by Damon Leigh(who met Damon Lanza, years ago). Singer , Herb Jeffreys was active in it , until he passed away and Gina Eckstine(daughter of Billy Eckstine)is in it. Some of Russ Columbo's family members are in it. It's been said, they never told Russ Columbo's mother of his death, for years and years, she didn't know. Jeffreys was known as the Bronze Buckaroo, was in African-American western movies and had quite a singing voice, especially, when he sang "Flamingo".
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Kristine C
03-28-2021
04:49 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Mike, yes, Allan Jones and Irene Dunne sang "You Are Love" in the movie. I read, that 1930's crooner, Russ Columbo was considered for the part of Gaylord, but sadly, tragically, Russ died from an accidental gunshot wound from his friend, photographer, Lansing Brown's derringer gun. Brown was playing around with it and it went off, unbeknownst, to Brown, there was a bullet in the gun. They rushed Columbo to the hospital, but couldn't save him. It happened in 1934 and he was only 26 years old. He was in the midst of a budding recording, movie career, was handsome, had a good voice, was dating Carole Lombard. He was known as the Radio Romeo and sang in the style of Bing Crosby. Russ Columbo started as a violinist with Gus Arnheim's Orchestra or Band. He had made about 4 movies. Getting back to "Showboat"(1936) it was closer to Edna Ferber's novel. There was a "Showboat" filmed in 1929 with Laura LaPlante. In the M-G-M version, there was no Queenie, but there was a reference to her. The Cotton Blossom Showboat was again used in "Raintree County", I think.
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Mike from L.I.Person was signed in when posted
03-28-2021
04:18 PM ET (US)
IP: 73.1.181.206
Sam, I must be getting old! I could swear I remember Jones and Dunne singing "You are Love". in showboat. But maybe not!!~
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SAM MILLION
03-28-2021
01:32 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0?ui=2&ik=c...alattid=f_kmtcnjh00

THE ABOVE LINK IS FOR MARIO'S VERY FIRST COKE SHOW. THE SOUND QUALITY IS BETTER THAN ANYTHING I HAVE HEARD. THE PROGRAM IS 1-GRANADA, THE BEST VERSION HE HAS EVER SUNG. VERY LONG HELD HIGH NOTES, RICH SUPPORTED VOICE. MUCH BETTER THAN THE BYM VERSION. 2-RAY SINATRA ORCHESTRA PLAYS "LADY BE GOOD" 3-MARIO IN "TOSELLI SERENADE, EXCELLENT 4-GISELL MCKENZIE ENDS THE SHOW WITH A FINE HELLO YOUNG LOVERS.

HOPE YOU ALL ENJOY THIS.
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SAM MILLION
03-27-2021
11:06 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I BELIEVE THIS IS THE OTHER LINK FOR MARIO'S DESERT SONG NUMBER: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0?ui=2&ik=c...alattid=f_kmrtdkd30

IT SHOULD WORK, JUST AS "MY MARGO" DID.
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SAM MILLION
03-27-2021
10:36 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HERE I AM WITH THE BAD NEWS (TO ME) ABOUT THE TOP QUALITY RESTORATION BLU RAY OF THE 1936 "SHOW BOAT".

WOW, WOW, WOW. I WAS DUMBFOUNDED AT HOW BAD THE 1936 VERSION WAS AND ANNA HATED IT EVEN MORE. SHE HAS HAD SOME EXPERIENCE WITH IT AS A PLAY SINCE IN HER EARLIER YEARS SHE WAS IN A  STAGE PLAY OF IT. BUT THAT ONLY CONFUSES THE ISSUES MORE SINCE THE PLAY HAD SOME DIFFERENCES. HERE IS WHAT MY FRIEND RON, WHO LOVED THE MOVIE, WROTE TO ME: "SHOWBOAT GREAT   HELEN MORGAN   ROBESON   ALAN JONES    IRENE DUNN BETTER THAN GRAYSON  NOTICE  HAIRDUES   36   NOT   IN 1800S     SOUND   GOOD   NOT LIKE CARUSO  BUT  SHOW BOAT"

MY FEELING IS THAT ALAN JONES HAD A GOOD VOICE, IRENE DUNNE HAD A GOOD VOICE, PAUL ROBESON HAD A GOOD VOICE (THOUGH TO MY EARS ROUGH AROUND THE EDGES), EVEN HATTIE MCDANIEL HAD A GOOD VOICE. BUT ALL OF THEIR VOICES WERE FAIRLY STILTED IN STYLE. THEIR ACTING AND DANCING WAS THE SAME. FOR EXAMPLE, DUNNE DOES THIS CRAZY DANCE IN ONE SPOT WHERE SHE IS SASHAYING AROUND LIKE A NEGRO! THEY ADDED MANY SONGS I NEVER HEARD OF. AND THEY TOOK AWAY GREAT ONES LIKE "YOU ARE LOVE" AND ANOTHER I DON'T REMEMBER. YES, THE HAIRDOS WERE WAY OUT OF THE TIME PERIOD. THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO TAKE PLACE ABOUT 15 YEARS AFTER THE CIVIL WAR (AND THE SLAVES WERE FREE), BUT THERE WAS A 1915 ERA GAS CAR IN A SCENE OF GAYLORD AND MAGNOLIA DRIVING AROUND BEFORE HE LOST SO MUCH OF HIS MONEY! THIS FILM  HAS HIS DAUGHTER FULLY GROWN AT THE END, WHILE IN 1951 HOWARD KEEL SEES HIS THREE YEAR OLD DAUGHTER RIGHT BEFORE GRAYSON AND HE REUNITE. I THINK THE BEST PART WENT TO THE "WICKED WITCH" WHO WAS CAPTAIN ANDY'S WIFE PARTHY. SHE WAS NASTINESS PERSONIFIED. I HAVE SEEN HER PLAY NASTY WOMEN BEFORE, AS IN ONE SHIRLEY TEMPLE MOVIE WHERE SHE WAS SHIRLEY'S LEGAL GUARDIAN WHO TAKES SHIRLEY AWAY FROM HER FATHER. ANYWAY, I COULD GO ON AND ON BUT I THINK I HAVE SAID ENOUGH WITH ONE EXCEPTION: THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE ANOTHER OF THE TOP RESTORATION BLU RAYS BUT SOME SCENES LOOKED VERY GRAINY AND POORLY LIT WHILE OTHERS WERE RAZOR SHARP WITH EXCELLENT CONTRAST. I HAVE  NO IDEA WHY THE DVD VARIED SO MUCH.I KNOW ONE THING, THIS IS ONE DVD WHICH WILL NOT GET PLAYED ANY TIME SOON AT OUR HOUSE.
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SAM MILLION
03-27-2021
07:20 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
EUREKA! THE LINK IN MY LAST POST DOES WORK! IT IS MARIO DOING "MY MARGO". TURN UP YOUR VOLUME AND ENJOY THIS PIECE, WHICH TO MY EARS, HAS THE BEST SOUND I HAVE HEARD ON IT.
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SAM MILLION
03-27-2021
06:09 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0?ui=2&ik=c...alattid=f_kmrtg6ie1



THIS MIGHT BE ONE LINK. NOT SURE IT WILL WORK BUT LET'S SEE......
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SAM MILLION
03-27-2021
02:54 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I WAS JUST LOOKING THROUGH MY OLD PHONE BOOK AND CAME ACROSS THE NAMES OF GARY AND CINDY OWENS. DOES ANYONE HERE REMEMBER HIM AND DOES ANYONE KNOW IF HE IS STILL AROUND?

A GREAT GUY WHO LIVES IN THE UK AND I JUST MET AND WE HAVE A LOT IN COMMON MARIO LANZA-WISE. HE SENT ME SOME RECORDINGS FROM VAGABOND KING AND DESERT SONG WHICH SOUNDED SO MUCH BETTER THAN WHAT I AM USED TO HEARING. IF I CAN FIND A WAY TO PUT THEM ON HERE I WILL. BUT SO FAR I DON'T KNOW HOW TO TRANSFER THEM.
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SAM MILLION
03-27-2021
07:45 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HI FRED. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THE LANZA BLUE SHOW IS ON YOUTUBE! I GUESS THEIR STANDARDS ARE LOWER THAN BEFORE SINCE THIS IS A PRETTY DIRTY PIECE.

I WOULD STILL LIKE THE CASSETTE LIKE THE ONE YOU SENT ME YEARS AGO. PLEASE LET ME KNOW.
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SAM MILLION
03-27-2021
07:39 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
THANKS FOR THAT INFORMATION. I FOUND HIM SINGING AN ARIA FROM "LA JUIVE". HE IS AN EXCELLENT WELL TRAINED LYRIC TENOR. THERE IS NOTHING SPECIAL ABOUT HIS VOICE IN MY OPINION. BUT IT WAS NICE TO HEAR HIM.
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Kristine C
03-27-2021
06:16 AM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Vahan is from Syracuse, N.Y.
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Kristine C
03-27-2021
02:13 AM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Sam, there is a You Tube Video of Vahan singing, from a few years ago. He now has white hair and beard.
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SAM MILLION
03-26-2021
11:32 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HEY KRISTINE, WITH A NAME LIKE VAHAN KANZADIAN HE IS AN ARMENIAN LIKE ME! I WONDER WHAT HIS VOICE SOUNDED LIKE? IF HE BELONG TO THE LANZA SOCIETY OF NEW YORK, PERHAPS BILL RONAYNE CAN TELL US.

ON ANOTHER NOTE, HERE IS ANOTHER MOVIE REVIEW. I JUST CAME UP FROM OUR THEATER AND SAW ANOTHER GREATLY RESTORED MOVIE IN BLU RAY. IT WAS "SWEET CHARITY." IT LOOKED AND SOUNDED FABULOUS (POSSIBLY STEREO). BUT I MUST ADMIT I AM NOT A BIG FAN OF IT AS A FILM. FIRST, IT RAN TOO LONG AT AROUND 2 1/2 HOURS SO NEEDED SOME SERIOUS EDITING. AND THERE WERE TOO MANY TALKY PARTS. HOWEVER IT HAS PLENTY OF SONGS AND DANCE NUMBERS. IT ALSO HAS AN EXCELLENT CAST WITH SHIRLEY MACLAINE, STUBBY KAYE, CHITA RIVERA, SAMMY DAVIS, JR. DOES A SPECIALTY NUMBER. BOB FOSSE DIRECTED AND IT HAD HIS "USUAL UNUSUAL" CHOREOGRAPHY. I HAVE LEFT TO SCREEN ONLY TWO MORE OF THESE RESTORED MOVIES. ONE IS THE 1936 "SHOW BOAT" AND THE OTHER IS "LOVE ME TONIGHT" WITH MAURICE CHEVALIER.
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Kristine C
03-26-2021
04:53 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
When my late parents and I met the Cocozzas and Lanzas, back in the '60's,in California, we had heard about Art Perri. He was a singer, who stayed with the Lanzas and Cocozzas. Maria Cocozza thought he resembled Mario. Then,we heard,he left them, got married. I think he later sang hymns. Then, tenor , Marco Vahn, whom we met, stayed with them. He was good looking, had a good voice. Then,he was drafted into the Army. After discharge,he sang in opera,went back to his real name,Vahan Khanzadian. He is about 82 now and is a vocal teacher. I think he belongs to Mario Lanza Society of New York. His sister was married to Nicholas Georgiades, who was on "The Untouchables" with Robert Stack, Paul Picerni, and Abel Fernandez.
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SAM MILLION
03-26-2021
10:54 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
TO DEREK MANNERING: I SAW THE LATEST EPISODE OF "THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS" AND TRACEY BREGMAN WALKED INTO A SCENE WEARING A GORGEOUS RED DRESS. I STILL CANNOT BELIEVE MY EYES WHEN I SEE HER. SHE JUST DOESN'T AGE. SHE IS A VERY GOOD ACTRESS AND I PERK UP IN EACH SCENE SHE IS IN. JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT. ALSO, I THINK ANN BLYTH WAS VERY YOUTHFUL FOR A VERY LONG TIME. SHE SAID IN HER BIOGRAPHY THAT IF SHE HADN'T CHOSEN ACTING SHE WOULD HAVE PURSUED A SINGING CAREER. WHILE NO OPERATIC SINGER, SHE ABSOLUTELY HAD A LOVELY VOICE. WHEN SHE SINGS "LOVELIEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR" IN GC, IT IS A WINSOME PERFORMANCE.
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Pat Hood
03-26-2021
09:58 AM ET (US)
IP: 173.17.200.236
I just learned that my neighbor (who just turned 90) has a connection with Elissa Lanza Bregman through her grandmother who raised her and Art Perri who was present in Elissa's life (and the other children). IF you have contact with Elissa, and if she remembers the names Robert and Lillian Watters, I would really like a contact. Mr. Watters weeps when he tells of Mrs. Lanza and his wife having a conversation about the children.
Thank you.
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SAM MILLION
03-25-2021
10:51 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
DID I MISS SOMETHING MIKE? I AM NOT SURE WHAT YOU ARE REFERRING TO.

IN ANY EVENT, I HAVE ANOTHER VERY POSITIVE REVIEW FOR YOUR FOLKS HERE. I JUST FINISHED SCREENING THE GREAT NEW TOP RESTORATION BLU RAY OF "THE HARVEY GIRLS". IT WAS SIMPLY THRILLING FIRST, WITH ALL THE INCREDIBLE AND COLORFUL COSTUMES TO DAZZLE THE EYES. THE ART DIRECTION IN THIS MOVIE WAS FIRST CLASS. JUDY GARLAND WAS IN HER PRIME, CIRCA 1945, AND HER ALWAYS SUPER FINE ACTING WAS EVIDENT AS WELL AS HER SINGING. RAY BOLGER STOLE SEVERAL SCENES WITH HIS UNIQUE STYLE OF "HOOFING". ANGELA LANSBURY PLAYED A REAL BITCH, ALBEIT ONE WHOSE SKIN LOOKED LIKE A CHINA DOLL'S. THERE IS ONLY ONE BIG SONG--"ON THE ATCHISON, TOPEKA, AND THE SANTA FE". YET ALL THE TUNES WERE NICELY WRITTEN AND THE TYPE YOU CAN HUM TO. MY LAST REVIEW WILL BE THE 1936 SHOW BOAT AS I HAVE NO MORE DVDS COMING IN AND I BELIEVE I HAVE EXHAUSTED ALL THE MUSICALS WB ARCHIVE HAS RELEASED.
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Mike from L.I.Person was signed in when posted
03-25-2021
04:59 PM ET (US)
IP: 73.1.181.206
Sam guess you are not going to reply. The pirate was not Gene Kelly. it was Walter Slezak.
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SAM MILLION
03-25-2021
04:16 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
TO FRED: HELLO MY GOOD OLE FRIEND! I HAVE BEEN GETTING MORE RESPONSE TO THE HAVE THE MARIO BLUE TAPE THAN EXPECTED.(ONE FROM ENGLAND!) DO YOU THINK YOU COULD SEND ME THE CASSETTE(OR DVD IF YOU HAVE ONE) OF THE OTHER FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO DID BLUE MATERIAL? I WOULD BE HAPPY TO PAY FOR THE SHIPPING AND YOUR TIME. THANKS IN ADVANCE, SAM

JULIE: HATE TO DISAGREE WITH YOU BUT IT IS MATURE TO ACCEPT THAT MARIO WAS A MAN AND NOT A GOD.
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JULIE PAGE
03-25-2021
04:09 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
I had hoped we'd escape the 'BLUE" tape this time around, Sam but guess not. You're on a roll..
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SAM MILLION
03-24-2021
10:59 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HERE I AM AS PROMISED WITH A QUICKIE REVIEW OF "DAMN YANKEES", YET ANOTHER TOP RESTORATION BLU RAY. DAMN YANKEES WAS MUCH BETTER THAN I THOUGHT. I AM NO BASEBALL FAN BUT THIS HAD EXCELLENT SONGS AND DANCE WITH CHOREOGRAPHY BY BOB FOSSE. RAY WALSTON MAKES A GREAT DEVIL AND GWEN VERDUN HAS DANCING CHOPS. THE COLOR WAS STUNNING LIKE ALL THE TOP RESTORATION DVDS. ONLY ONE OR TWO SHOTS IN IT WENT FUZZY FOR A FEW SECONDS AND I KNOW THEY WERE STOCK FOOTAGE SHOTS OF TWO STADIUMS. BEST SONGS ARE "YOU GOTTA HAVE HEART" AND "WHATEVER LOLA WANTS". HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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SAM MILLION
03-24-2021
07:34 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I AM POSTING THIS TWICE AS I AM NOT SURE IT WENT THROUGH THE FIRST TIME. I WANTED TO INFORM ALL HERE THAT JOHN DURSO, SON OF EDDIE DURSO WHO YOU MIGHT KNOW WAS MARIO'S CHILDHOOD BEST FRIEND, HAS BEEN HOSPITALIZED DUE TO A BAD FALL SINCE FEBRUARY 22ND! WE ALL NEED TO PRAY FOR HIS RECOVERY AND TRIP BACK HOME. HE NOT ONLY HAS BEEN A FAITHFUL LANZA FAN BUT MANAGER OF DEAR DEPARTED FRANK TENAGLIA WHO LIKE HIS IDOL MARIO DIED MUCH TOO YOUNG.

ON ANOTHER NOTE, I AM GOING TO RUN ANOTHER TOP RESTORATION BLU RAY DVD TONIGHT, NAMELY "DAMN YANKEES" AND WILL DO A QUICKIE REVIEW LATER ON.

I ALSO WANTED TO SHARE A RECORDING I'M RATHER PLEASED WITH. IT IS THE SOLILOQUY FROM CAROUSEL SUNG BY YOURS TRULY. I KNOW I WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO SING IT AS I DID AGAIN. (I ALREADY TRIED AND IT WAS ONLY SO-SO). I HOPE YOU CAN ACCESS THIS LINK IF INTERESTED: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0?ui=2&ik=c...78646d8b67b253ec4e1 IF THE LINK DOESN'T WORK, THEN I AM SORRY...
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SAM MILLION
03-24-2021
11:33 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
IN MY SPARE TIME I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR AUDIO FILES I HAVE RECORDED GONG BACK AS FAR AS 1992. ONE I HAPPENED UPON WAS WHAT IS COMMONLY KNOWN AS "THE MARIO LANZA BLUE TAPE". I KNOW SOME OF YOU HAVE HEARD THIS. I WARN YOU THAT IT IS PRETTY RAW AND DON'T WANT TO DENIGRATE OUR MARIO. HOWEVER HE IS WAS A REGULAR GUY AND MANY OF US HAVE USED THE FOUL LANGUAGE HE DID AS HE RELAXED IN BETWEEN TAKES OF TAPING FOR HIS FIFTEEN MINUTE COCA COLA SHOW. THE PRODUCTION WAS MEANT TO BE A PRIVATE GIFT FOR HIM FROM THE STAFF OF THE RADIO PROGRAM. I AM SURE HE LOVED IT. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HEAR IT, I CAN SEND IT TO YOU VIA EMAIL AT MY ADDRESS OF SMS5565@GMAIL.COM. EVERYONE HAVE A GOOD DAY.
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SAM MILLION
03-24-2021
10:43 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I WILL BET YOU FOLKS DON'T REALIZE THAT THERE WAS ACTUALLY A BLU RAY OF FOR THE FIRST TIME A COUPLE YEARS AGO! I WILL SAY UP FRONT IT IS NOT EVEN CLOSE TO THE TOP RESTORATIONS THAT ARE SPOILING US. BUT IT HAS SOME MERITS. THE CONTRAST IS DEEP. IT HAS A VERY GOOD SOUND TRACK. IT IS A FOREIGN ALL REGION DVD. DEREK MCGOVERN RECOMMENDED IT AT THE TIME AND I WAS HAPPY TO TRY IT OUT. WE ALSO BOUGHT A SPECIAL ALL REGION LG D VD PLAYER THAT CAN PLAY ANY DVD DISC OR ANY KIND EVER RELEASED. IT IS VERY PRECISE, DOES COMMANDS QUICKLY, AND UPSCALES ANY DADS VERY WELL. MY OLD ONE WAS HAVING PROBLEMS SO ORDERING THIS WAS A NO BRAINER.

LAUGHINGLY, I WAS UNABLE TO TURN OFF THE GERMAN DIALOGUE LAST NIGHT, SO SKIPPED FORWARD TO ALL MARIO'S SONGS/ARIAS. SOME OF THE CAST DID THEIR OWN DUBBING. NOTABLY JOHANNA.
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Mike from L.I.Person was signed in when posted
03-24-2021
10:42 AM ET (US)
IP: 73.1.181.206
Welcome, John in Indiana! Hope you enjoy this site and keep posting. Hey Sam, trivia question. Who was the Pirate. Careful ,trick question.
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SAM MILLION
03-23-2021
09:15 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
LSOHEY KRISTINE,

      I ONLY SAW AN ADVERTISEMENT FOR THOSE PAPER DOLLS. NO ONE IS SELLING THEM. IN THE MEANTIME, THE NEXT TOP RESTORATION BLU RAY DVD IS DUE IN SOON. IT IS "THE HARVEY GIRLS". I ALSO EXPECT "DAMN YANKEES" TO ARRIVE SHORTLY.ALSO, "SWEET CHARITY" IS DUE.AND WITH THOSE THREE BLU RAYS, I THINK WE ARE DONE SO FAR AS MUSICAL RELEASES GO.ONE EXCEPTION, WHICH MAKES FOUR TITLES IS THE BLACK AND WHITE 1936 "SHOW BOAT" THAT I EXPECT WILL ALSO BE STUNNING.

 BILL RONAYNE, I BELIEVE, SCANS EBAY REGULARLY TO SEE IF THERE IS ANYTHING MARIO LANZA RELATED THAT HE CAN BUY FOR HIS OWN COLLECTION OR FOR THE MUSEUM.

      THAT LEADS ME TO THIS QUESTION FOR BILL: ARE THERE GOING TO BE ITEMS FOR SALE AT THE MUSEUM? ALSO, DOES PARKING COST YOU?, AND IS THE ADMISSION THE SAME FOR ALL OR DISCOUNTED FOR SENIORS AND KIDS?. WE NEVER HAD AN ADMISSION POLICY BEFORE. DOES THIS CHARGE GO TOWARD PAYING THE PERSON OR PEOPLE WHO WILL RUN THE PLACE WHEN IT OPENS? ALSO, CAN YOU SEND A LINK SHOWING PHOTOS OF THE NEW PLACE? LAST, IS THERE INTEREST IN HAVING PEOPLE DONATE THEIR COLLECTION OF LANZA ITEMS FROM LPS TO CDS TO SHIRTS AND JACKETS, ETC. THE ITEMS CAN THEN BE SOLD IN THE MUSEUM STORE. I ASSUME IF THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN, IT WILL BE TAX DEDUCTIBLE.
Edited 03-23-2021 09:58 AM
58840
Kristine C
03-22-2021
11:30 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Thank you for kind words, Sam. I wonder if the Mario Lanza Museum would like the paper dolls of Mario Lanza and Kathryn Grayson ? "Showboat" with Irene Dunne and Allan Jones is out on DVD. Paul Robeson sang "Ol Man River" in the movie. Irene Dunne did a blackface act, but remember, that was then.
58839
SAM MILLION
03-22-2021
11:22 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
A QUICKIE: MY FRIEND BRIAN BEACOCK FROM ENGLAND (HE HAS ATTENDED PAST MARIO LANZA BALLS WITH ME) HAS POSTED ON FACEBOOK AN ADVERTISEMENT FOR PAPER DOLLS OF MARIO AND KATHRYN FROM THAT MIDNIGHT KISS. HERE IS THE LINK: https://www.facebook.com/brianjohn.beacock/posts/1753144508200323 THAT IS A COLLECTIBLE THE LIKES OF WHICH I HAVE NEVER SEEN AVAILABLE.
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SAM MILLION
03-22-2021
11:09 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HI KRISTINE, AS ALWAYS YOU HAVE COME UP WITH SOME VERY INFORMATIVE DATA. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE 1936 VERSION IN COMPARISON. ONE OF MY BUDDIES IS ORDERING IT (IT WON'T BE SHIPPED FOR ABOUT A WEEK). THE RESTAURANT DOESN'T HAVE ANY POSTERS, BUT INSTEAD HAS LOTS OF NEON SIGNS, RED SHINY CHAIRS AT THE COUNTER AND RED BOOTHS. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE SECOND VACCINATION SINCE THEN ANNA AND I CAN RETURN AND ORDER SOME MORE GREAT FOOD!

I HAVE ANOTHER MOVIE REVIEW TONIGHT. I JUST WATCHED "GOOD NEWS". IT IS A WINNER. EXC CAST. GORGEOUS RESTORATION AND A PEPPY FILM WITH LOTS OF ACTION AND DANCING AND SINGING. JUNE ALLYSON, PETER LAWFORD, AND MEL TORME. IT HAS EXTRAS TOO INCLUDING CLIPS FROM THE MGM 1930 FILM OF THE SAME STORY. TWO BIGGEST NUMBERS ARE "VARSITY DRAG" AND THE SONG MARIO TAUGHT US "THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE".

ON THAT NOTE, I WANT TO SAY SOMETHING I HAVE MEANT TO SAY FOR YEARS. THAT IS HOW GRATEFUL AND LUCKY I HAVE BEEN HAVING MARIO IN MY LIFE SINCE 1964. NOT JUST BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN INSPIRED AND THRILLED BY HIS VOICE SINCE THEN, BUT BECAUSE I HAVE LEARNED SO MUCH FROM HIM MUSICALLY. LOOK AT THE WEALTH OF AMERICAN POPULAR SONGS AND CLASSIC ARIAS HE TAUGHT ME AND YOU. THANKS, MARIO!!
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Kristine C
03-22-2021
07:50 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Lena Horne wanted to play Julie in M-G-M's "Showboat", but at that time, it was still a no-no. Dore Schary was thinking of casting Dinah Shore. Ava Gardner was cast, instead. The Irene Dunne-Allan Jones version of "Showboat"(1936)had a different ending, closer to Edna Ferber's novel. It showed Gaylord's and Magnolia's daughter, Kim, grow up and become a singer, entertainer and her parents re-unite at the end of Kim's performance. They are in their older years, by then.
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Kristine C
03-22-2021
07:45 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Sam, glad you are getting covid vaccinations. I just got my second covid vaccination. You mentioned that restaurant has a '50's theme. Do they play songs from the '50's ? Maybe they would like to play Mario Lanza's recordings or CD's. Do they have movie posters from 1950's movies ? Maybe they would like to display movie posters from Mario Lanza's movies. Hello to Anna. Stay well.
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SAM MILLION
03-22-2021
12:03 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I "DISCOVERED"RECORDINGS I THOUGHT WERE LOST. THEY WERE ON MY IPHONE. IT GOES BACK TO 2015 BUT THE ACTUAL MUSIC IS AS FAR BACK AS THE SIXTIES! FIRST, I NEVER PUT ANNA ON THIS SITE. I HAVE HER DOING THE SENTIMENTAL AND MOVING "THE END OF THE WORLD.

THEN A FAVORITE SONG FROM "HIGH SOCIETY" WITH FRANK AND BING IN A GREAT DUET. FRANK IS DRUNK IN THIS. YOU CAN HEAR IT ON YOUTUBE.

THEN A RECORDING OF A SUMMER SCHOOL CHORUS I JOINED.

THEN A RECORDING ROSEMARY CLOONEY DID JUST FOR ME. EVERY CHRISTMAS SHE WOULD RECORD A NEW SONG AND THEN AT THE BRIDGE SPEAK A PERSONAL MESSAGE TO YOU. SHE BECAME A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE.

THEN THE HILARIOUS SONG FROM FLOWER DRUM SONG CALLED "I ENJOY BEING A GIRL" SUNG BY THE PRETTIEST AND SMARTEST GIRL IN MY HIGH SCHOOL WITH GREAT COMEDY EFFECT.

THEN OUR GREAT UPPER DARBY HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR, WHOSE SINGING I WOULD PUT UP WITH ANY CHOIR PAST OR PRESENT. I WAS HONORED TO BE PRESIDENT OF THE GROUP.

THEN A VERY FUNNY AD-LIB PIECE OF MY FRIEND RON AND I SANG ABOUT OUR FAVORITE GOODWILL LIKE PLACE WHRE I WOULD BUY 78 CARUSO RECORDS FOR A DIME AND I HAVE A RECEIPT FOR AN UPRIGHT VICTOR VICTROLA FOR 3.95!

THEN MY TEMPLE UNIVERSITY CLASS PROJECT WHERE OUR INSTRUCTOR GAVE US ONE WORD TO USE WHICH WAS "WORDS". I SURROUNDED MYSELF WITH TAPE RECORDERS, RECORDS, ETC. AND DID AN APPROX TEN MINUTE VERY FUNNY PIECE. IT INCLUDED A COMMERCIAL AND THE THEME IS A MYSTERY OF "FAIRY MASON", BASED ON TV DRAMA "PERRY MASON".

THEN YOURS TRULY PLAYING THE ONLY PIANO PIECE I EVER LEARNED. THE FIRST TWO MOVEMENTS OF BEETHOVEN'S "MOONLIGHT SONATA". MY TEACHER CRIED WHEN HE HEARD THE FINAL RESULTS BUT THEN MOVED AWAY AND I NEVER TOOK ANOTHER LESSON.

THEN AN OUTSTANDING RECORDING OF A BOYS' CHOIR I WAS IN FOR MANY YEARS AS A BOY SOPRANO AND THEN A BASS. IT WAS CALLED "THE SONG OF MAN" AND IS A WONDERFUL PIECE WITH SOLOS AND CHORUS..

THEN A RECORDING OF MY DEAR DEPARTED UNCLE BILL PLAYING HIS JAZZ PIANO IN HIS UNIQUE STYLE. ONE OF MY FAVORITES HE DID WAS "CLAIR DE LUNE" WHICH I HOPE IS ON THE RECORDING.

THEN A FAMILY FILM RECORDED AT CHRISTMAS FEATURING DEAR DEPARTED ONES SPEAKING OF XMAS AND THEIR GIFTS.

THEN A RARITY WHICH IS MY UNCLE GEORGE COMING TO OUR HOUSE FOR A VISIT. AS FAR AS I KNOW NOTHING ELSE OF HIM EXISTS AND I AM ANXIOUS TO SEND THE TAPE TO MY COUSINS, WHOSE FATHER UNCLE GEORGE WAS. HE DIED FAIRLY YOUNG.

THERE IS MORE BUT I DON'T WANT TO BORE YOU, ESPECIALLY BECAUSE I CANNOT GIVE LINKS TO THESE. I TRIED BUT THEY WON'T COPY FOR SOME REASON.

EVERYONE HAVE A NICE DEAR AND LET US LOOK FORWARD TO A GRAND EASTER!
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SAM MILLION
03-21-2021
10:54 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
TONIGHT'S ENTERTAINMENT WAS THE NEW TOP RESTORATION BLU RAY DVD OF "THE PIRATE" WITH JUDY GARLAND AND GENE KELLY. THE PICTURE IS STUNNING, AS GOOD AS THE NEW RUN OF DVDS THAT ARE ULTIMATELY SPOILING US. THE FILM ITSELF WAS DISAPPOINTING. I FOUND IT RATHER ODD. IT HAS A COLE PORTER SCORE BUT NOT ONE RECOGNIZABLE MELODY EXCEPT FOR A REHASH OF "BE A CLOWN". WE HAD ENOUGH TIME TO WATCH SOME MORE FILM AND I CHOSE TO SHOW ANNA THE NEW "GREAT CARUSO" FOR THE FIRST TIME. SHE ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. WHAT I DID WAS CONDENSE IT TO 45 MINUTES BY SKIPPING FORWARD. IT MADE FOR A VERY ENTERTAINING EXPERIENCE.

MORE RESTORED BLU RAYS ARE STILL EXPECTED VIA MAIL INCLUDING "HARVEY GIRLS" AND "DAMN YANKEES".

BY THE WAY, WE GOT OUR FIRST PFIZER VACCINES TODAY AND GET OUR SECOND IN TWENTY ONE DAYS. GLAD TO HAVE FINALLY GOTTEN THEM AT A LARGE CVS PHARMACY. THE REWARD AT NOON WAS TO GO TO A GREAT RESTAURANT RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET CALLED "NIFTY FIFTIES". IT HAS A DINER LOOK BUT HAS FOOD TO EQUAL TOP RESTAURANTS. I STARTED WITH A STRAWBERRY SODA MADE FROM ACTUAL STRAWBERRIES. FOLLOWED THAT WITH THEIR FRIES MADE FROM FRESH POTATOES WITH SPICY "PETAL" SAUCE FOR DIPPING. THEN THE HIGHLIGHT--A GREAT CHEESESTEAK WITH LOADS OF WELL FRIED ONIONS. TOPPED IT OFF WITH A TEN INCH TAKE HOME CUP OF CHOCOLATE MALTED MILKSHAKE. YUMMY!
58833
John in Indiana
03-21-2021
08:13 PM ET (US)
IP: 50.90.97.118
Good evening, everyone. After years of listening to Mario, Tucker, Del Monanco, Kraus, etc., I decided to take voice lessons. Singing is much tougher than I thought. Right now, my teacher has me working on "Stars" from Les Miserables. I'm making progress with that. I'm also working on "Caro Mio Ben," but that's giving me much more grief. Overall, it's a lot of fun!!! Take care!!
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SAM MILLION
03-20-2021
07:33 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HI MARTINO. I LIKED HOW YOU SUGGESTED A NUMBER OF POSSIBLE WAYS TO UPCONVERT MOVIES TO HIGHER QUALITY. I DO BELIEVE SOME WILL GIVE RESULTS BUT NOWHERE NEAR WHAT WE ARE SEEING WITH THESE "4K TAKEN FROM CAMERA ORIGINAL NEGATIVE" TOP QUALITY DVDS. SO, IT SEEMS LIKE A LOT OF FUSS FOR VERY LITTLE. I JUST SIT BACK AND SEE WHAT NEW ONES ARE COMING OUT--AND I AM SURE THERE ARE MANY I DON'T KNOW ABOUT SINCE MY INTEREST IS ONLY IN MUSICALS. THE LATEST I JUST ORDERED IS "DAMN YANKESS". I HAVE YET TO SCREEN "GOOD NEWS" WITH JUNE ALLYSON AND PETER LAWFORD AND ALSO "THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS" WITH AN EXCELLENT CAST AND MARILYN MONROE ON THE TOP OF THE LIST.

I WILL KEEP REPORTING ON WHAT DVDS ARE THE BEST,WHICH IS EASY NOW THAT I HAVE A CONTACT IN THE KNOW.

I MAY HAVE BEEN NAIEVE THINKING WE COULD FUND SOME OF MARIO'S MOVIES TO SEE THEM GET THE "CLASS TREATMENT". BUT MY HEART WAS IN THE RIGHT PLACE. I REALLY, REALLY WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE COST WB FACES WITH EACH TITLE. SOMEONE IS GOING TO GIVE ME THE ANSWER. COPYRIGHTS AND ALL THE OTHER ENTANGLEMENTS ARE NOT WHAT I AM MOST CONCERNED WITH. HAPPY TRAILS!
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
03-20-2021
09:15 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Sam, there are many, many software programs available that allow you to convert regular dvd disks to blu-ray. I don't know how much up-quality these programs actually produce, if any, and they certainly won't bring you the quality like Warner studios is capable of, but do a search and you will find many of these programs that you can try. I suppose it is not much different than taking a music file you have on your computer and converting it to mp3 via mp3 converter software. Keep in mind this is nothing more than upconverting a dvd disk, not the actual, original film reels which you are not going to ever get your hands on.

I think there is upconversion software to make dvds to even UHD but I can't believe that kind of consumer software is anything more than a cheap gimmick for individual use, although the extreme high dollar processes used by professional movie studios who have the original films (like Warner) can indeed do miracles. For people like you and me it would be like trying to pour a five gallon bucket of water (in this case, digital information) into a ten gallon bucket in hopes you will get ten gallons. It is still going to be five gallons of water and no more, no matter how big a bucket you pour it into.

As far as your idea of using the actual movie reels to upconvert the originals yourself, as I said before, that won't happen. I think there would be legal problems involved with ownership rights, copyrights, royalties, etc. Anyway, I really don't know a thing about this process but do a search and it should point you in the right direction.
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SAM MILLION
03-20-2021
09:05 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
OH, I BROKE DOWN AND ORDERED SWEET CHARITY AT A COMPANY FOR ONLY 9.99 BLU RAY. ALSO MY FAIR LADY. BOTH ARE AMONG THE TOP RESTORATIONS ONCE MORE. THAT IS IT FOR AWHILE...
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SAM MILLION
03-20-2021
07:59 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
MY MOVIE LOVING FRIEND JUST GAVE ME A FEW MORE BLU RAY MUSICALS THAT GOT THE FIRST CLASS RESTORATION TREATMENT. ONE IS SWEET CHARITY, A FILM THAT IS NOT A FAVORITE. IF I WANT TO SEE A MACLAINE MUSICAL I PULL OUT "CAN-CAN" AND ALSO BENEFIT FROM HAVING FRANK SINATRA IN IT. THE REST HE SENT ME INFORMATION ABOUT ARE NON-MUSICALS. I ONLY BUY MUSICALS THESE DAYS. HAVE MANY, MANY HUNDREDS OF DVDS BOTH REGULAR AND BLU RAY THAT ARE NON-MUSICALS.

I KNOW ALL OF US HERE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE EVERY SINGLE LANZA FILM GET THE GREAT CARUSO RESTORATION TREATMENT BUT AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE HERE, IT IS ALL ABOUT MONEY/PROFITS. I WISH SOMEONE COULD TELL ME WHAT IT COSTS TO TAKE A MOVIE AND MAKE IT INTO DVD BLU RAY FORMAT....
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SAM MILLION
03-19-2021
10:40 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
PLEASE GIVE THE ADDRESS OF YOUR WEBSITE. ONE OF THE SPECIALS ON THE SHOW BOAT BLU RAY IS FROM 1946, A MOVIE EXCERPT FROM JEROME KERN AND OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN CALLED "TIL THE CLOUDS ROLL BY". K. GRAYSON VERY YOUNG, TONY MARTIN PLAYED THE KEEL ROLE, AND LENA HORNE DID AN ABSOLUTELY GREAT RENDITION OF "CAN'T HELP LOVING THAT MAN".THERE IS ALSO TWO TRACKS OF AVA GARDNER DOING HER OWN VOCALS FOR "BILL" AND CAN'T HELP LOVING. SHE HAS A VERY PLEASANT VOICE. QUITE LISTENABLE. OF COURSE THE LADY WHO DUBBED HER FOR SHOW BOAT WAS MUCH RICHER AND HAD BETTER CONTROL.

AFTER SEEING THESE CLIPS, MY WIFE ANNA MADE US A MOUTH WATERING CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE DINNER ALONG WITH AN ARMENIAN DELICACY CALLED SOUBEREG, WHICH IS LAYERS OF PAPER THIN DOUGH, BUTTER, AND MEUNSTER CHEESE IN BETWEEN. FOR DESSERT WE HAD RICH CHEESECAKE WITH WHIPPED CREAM.

WE RETIRED TO MY BASEMENT HOME THEATER AND SHOWED A BLU RAY OUR FRIEND BILL BROUGHT. IT WAS A VERY UNUSUAL AND SOMEWHAT SAD FILM BURT LANCASTER MADE IN THE SEVENTIES. IT IS CALLED "THE SWIMMER". EXCELLENT DIRECTION, ACTING, AND A VERY RECOGNIZABLE CAST OF PEOPLE WHOSE NAMES YOU DON'T KNOW!

TIME FOR BED NOW. SUNDAY WE GET OUR PFIZER VACCINE AT A LARGE CVS AND AFTER THAT WE WILL HAVE LUNCH AT AN EXCELLENT RESTAURANT WITH GREAT DISHES AND THE ONLY PLACE I KNOW THAT HAS 100 DIFFERENT FLAVORS OF SODA!
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SAM MILLION
03-19-2021
09:05 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I HAVE A TOP RESTORATION BLU RAY UPDATE. THIS IS FROM A FILM ENTHUSIAST AND COLLECTOR FRIEND I HAVE KNOWN A VERY LONG TIME. "MUST HAVES" INCLUDE 1-THE PIRATE 2-ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE) 3-MY FAIR LADY FROM 70 MM AND 4-DR. DOOLITTLE (NOT VERY GOOD AS A MOVIE IN MY OPINION)AND EASTER PARADE. SO FAR THAT IS ALL. I ASKED HIM IF HE KNEW THE COST OF RESTORING FROM TECHNICOLOR NEGATIVES AND HE DIDN'T KNOW. HE DID SAY THAT WB ARCHIVE GETS LOADS OF MAIL DAILY FROM PEOPLE WHO WANT THEM TO RELEASE THIS FILM OR THAT.
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SAM MILLION
03-18-2021
10:25 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
OKAY BLU RAY MUSICAL LOVERS, HERE IS NUMBER THREE ON MY LIST OF SCREENING THESE GEMS. THIS TIME IT IS "THE PAJAMA GAME" WITH THE EFFERVESCENT DORIS DAY AND THE SWEET VOICE OF JOHN RAITT. THIS IS EVERY BIT AS GOOD AS SHOW BOAT IN COLOR AND LUSHNESS. THE SOUND OF SHOW BOAT IS BETTER DUE TO THE STEREO, BUT PAJAMA GAME IS NO AUDIO SLOUCH. THE ONE THING THAT SETS THIS APART FROM GREAT CARUSO AND SHOWBOAT IS ITS RATIO. PAJAMA GAME IS 1:85, WHICH MEANS IT IS TRUE WIDESCREEN AND FILLS THE SCREEN FROM LEFT TO RIGHT AND FROM TOP TO BOTTOM. I LOVE THIS FORMAT SINCE YOU HAVE NO BLACK "BARS" ANYWHERE.

AS A MOVIE PAJAMA GAME IS A WINNER. YET ANOTHER GREAT CAST (EDDIE FOY, BARBARA NICHOLS, CAROL HANEY, (AND OTHER WELL KNOWN FACES I HAVE NO NAMES FOR), AN EXCELLENT MUSICAL SCORE, AND BRILLIANT BOB FOSSE CHOREOGRAPHY. I ALWAYS PREFER MUSICALS THAT HAVE MELODIES THAT ARE CATCHY OR HAVE BECOME STANDARDS. THIS FILM HAS PLENTY OF SONGS WHICH HAVE BECOME STANDARDS. THE MOST MEMORABLE ARE "HEY THERE", "STEAM HEAT", AND "HERNANDO'S HIDEAWAY".

IT MOVES VERY WELL WITH NO LULLS AND IS A TIGHT ONE HOUR AND 46 MINUTES LONG. ANNA AND I WATCHED IT TOGETHER AND SHE RECOGNIZED AT LEAST THREE OTHER SONGS I DIDN'T KNOW BUT IMMEDIATELY LIKED. IN ANOTHER LIFE, I MAY HAVE KNOWN THESE SONGS, LOL.

SO, I RECOMMEND THIS TO ANYONE INTERESTED. SIMPLY FORK OVER 17.99 TO AMAZON AND OWN ANOTHER CLASSIC. IT IS VERY NEAT TO KNOW THAT YOU WILL BE SEEING BETTER PICTURE AND SOUND QUALITY THAN THE FOLKS WHO SAW THIS IN THE THEATERS IN 1957.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
03-18-2021
08:39 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
This clip has a little better video quality than the one I previously posted:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwdKTz6vdmQ
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
03-18-2021
08:19 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Showboat was always one of my favorites. As you said Sam, it does indeed have a perfect cast. And in my opinion, this movie contains the greatest performance of "Ol' Man River" ever filmed or recorded. William Warfield, the excellent American bass-baritone, in his interpretation sang the essence of what some people believe to be the greatest of all American songs. Personally, this performance is in my top ten greatest male singing performances of all time. Warfield had quite a distinguished life even beyond his musical career. He was married to the soprano Leontyne Price and won many awards. His performance of "Ol' Man River" (although in what amounted to be nothing but a small cameo role), is alone reason enough for seeing this movie. You can find it at this link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSzYRo9j7YM
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
03-18-2021
06:38 PM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228
Sam, "The Great Caruso" would have been recorded the same way by MGM as Show Boat was, that is from many different angles that were then used to make a well balanced mono mix. But if you use these many angles now you can simulate a stereo mix, that is what was done by Rhino on their "Mario Lanza Greatest Performances at MGM" cd and other "At MGM" releases. They used these many angles to make stereo mixes.
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SAM MILLION
03-18-2021
05:23 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HI VINCE! THE ONLY THING THAT MAKES SENSE IS THAT GREAT CARUSO WAS NOT RECORDED IN STEREO. THIS IS A GUESS ON MY PART. INTERESTING IS THE FACT THAT ONE OF THE NEW HIGH LEVEL BLU RAY FEATURES WAS THE FIRST TO BE RECORDED MAGNETICALLY. MY BRAIN IS NOT IN GEAR OR OTHERWISE I COULD TELL YOU WHICH ONE. I HAVE ALL THE NEW RELEASES SO WILL LET EVERYONE HERE KNOW WHEN I DO.

ISN'T SHOW BOAT EXCITING?!! IT IS LOADED WITH GREAT MUSIC, HAS A PERFECT CAST, AND "BIG" SEQUENCES WHERE THERE ARE CROWDS OF PEOPLE COSTUMED IN MANY BEAUTIFUL COLORS. THE COLOR IS SOMEWHAT RICHER THAN GREAT CARUSO, YET IS STILL HAS THAT GLEAMING BRIGHTNESS THAT MAKES IT SO ALIVE. I THINK WE ARE SO FORTUNATE FOR RELEASES LIKE THIS, AS THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY BETTER THAN WHAT PEOPLE SAW IN 35MM IN THE THEATERS WHEN FIRST RELEASED. TECHNOLOGY, TECHNOLOGY, TECHNOLOGY!!
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
03-18-2021
01:49 PM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228
Sam, I have just watched the fantastic "Show Boat" Blu-ray remastering and it baffles me why we couldn't have had a stereo soundtrack for "The Great Caruso", the same movie studio in the same production year. Why not the effort to create a stereo soundtrack? If it's because the elements weren't still available that is heartbreaking, Oh! What could have been...
Edited 03-18-2021 03:12 PM
58819
SAM MILLION
03-17-2021
10:01 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
WELL, KRIS I WILL ALWAYS HOPE FOR THE BEST. SO NICE YOU KNOW MEMBERS OF THE HOLLYWOOD ROYALTY! NOW I HAVE A BIG SURPRISE FOR ALL WHO LOVE MUSIC.

I JUST SCREENED THE NEW BLU RAY OF "SHOW BOAT" AND MUST TOTALLY RAVE ABOUT IT. TO GIVE YOU SOME IDEA, IT IS EVEN GREATER IN QUALITY AND COLOR THAN "THE GREAT CARUSO". AND IT IS IN EXCITING STEREO SOUND. THE COSTUMES IN CROWD SCENES ARE SO COLORFUL IT BLOWS THE MIND. IT HAS GOOD EXTRAS TOO, INCLUDING AVA GARDNER (I NEVER SAW HER LOOK MORE BEAUTIFUL, HER HAIR UP MOST OF THE TIME), WHOSE REAL VOICE IS FEATURED IN THE "BILL" NEVER USED IN THE FILM.

THE ARE A COUPLE MORE FEATURES THAT WERE GIVEN THIS TREATMENT AND THEY INCLUDE "GOOD NEWS" AND I BELIEVE "PAJAMA GAME".
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Kristine C
03-17-2021
06:21 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Sam, it sounds like a good idea if that is how Warner Bros. Collection does Blu-Ray DVD's. Hoping Lanza's other movies will be released in Blu-Ray DVD's. By the way, TCM is planning their annual Classic Movie Festival in May. Due to the pandemic, they canceled it, last year, and showed past Classic Movie Festivals on TCM. This year, they will honor the 60th Anniversary of the release of movie version of "West Side Story" with guests, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, and Russ Tamblyn. Both Rita and George mentioned Mario Lanza in their autobiographies. Chakiris's autobiography is "My West Side Story" which will be available on Amazon.com. I don't know if Russ Tamblyn is planning an autobiography, but he must remember Mario at M-G-M. I am facebook friends with George Chakiris and Larry Tamblyn, brother of Russ Tamblyn. Larry was with the rock band , The Standells, in the '60's and they had a hit song, "Dirty Water". As a reminder, starting on Sunday, March 21st, MeTV will rerun "The Ed Sullivan Show" at 9:30 P.M. (Eastern Time Zone).
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SAM MILLION
03-17-2021
10:26 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
UPON WATCHING "THE GREAT CARUSO" LAST NIGHT I HAD AN OVERWHELMING DESIRE TO HAVE MORE OF MARIO'S FILMS GIVEN THE SAME TOP NOTCH BLU RAY TREATMENT FROM THE ORIGINAL TECHNICOLOR NEGATIVES.


I HAVE AN IDEA. WE NEED TO FIND OUT WHAT IT COSTS TO DO A BLU RAY LIKE GC. THEN FIND LANZA FANS WITH DEEP POCKETS WHO HOPEFULLY CAN BANKROLL THE PROJECTS. IN ADDITION WE COULD CONTACT ALL THE COLLECTORS WE KNOW AND ALL THEIR FRIENDS WHO LOVE MARIO TO KICK IN AS MUCH MONEY AS THEY CAN AFFORD. ADVERTISING IN TRADE NEWSPAPERS LIKE VARIETY SHOULD ALSO HELP. PIE IN THE SKY, PERHAPS BUT WHO KNOWS?!! I AM TALKING THESE FEATURES IN ORDER OF THEIR RELEASE: THAT MIDNIGHT KISS, TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS, BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE, THE STUDENT PRINCE, SERENADE, SEVEN HILLS OF ROME, AND FOR THE FIRST TIME.

IF ANY OF YOU HAVE A "FEEL FOR THIS", AS PERHAPS DEREK MANNERNG MIGHT, PLEASE LEE'S START A DISCUSSION HERE.
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SAM MILLLION
03-17-2021
12:22 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
WELL MY FRIENDS, I JUST TREATED MYSELF TO YET ANOTHER SCREENING OF THE FABULOUS BLU RAY OF "THE GREAT CARUSO". THIS TIME I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE FILM AS A PICTURE RATHER THAN A FORMAT. I HAVE ANALYZED SEVERAL POINTS OF INTEREST, SOME NEW REVELATIONS AND SOME LONG KNOWN ONES.

1-MARIO'S ITALIAN ACCENT COMES AND GOES THROUGHOUT THE FILM. NOT A BIG DEAL AND CERTAINLY NOTHING THAT BOTHERS ME.

2-THE DIRECTOR (OR MARIO) HAD A GREAT INSPIRATION DURING THE "VESTI LA GIUBBA" WHEN LANZA GRABS HIS LAPELS AND THUS ADDS TO THE IMPACT OF THE ARIA.

3-THE ARIAS AND SONGS ARE VERY WELL PACED FROM BEGINNING TO END. I ACTUALLY HAD A REEL TO REEL TAPE OF GREAT CARUSO LONG BEFORE I FIRST SAW THE FILM AND STILL FEEL IT CAN BE ENJOYED THAT WAY AS IT IS SO SEAMLESS.

4-THE VOCAL CHOICES FIT THE PLOT. CONSIDER THESE EXAMPLES: WHEN SINGING "A VUCHELLA", MARIO FOCUSES ON THOSE "RUBY RED LIPS" MUSETTA SPORTS. WHEN SINGING "VESTI LA GIUBBA" MARIO IS SAD LIKE CANIO THE CLOWN AS HE DOES NOT KNOW WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO DOROTHY.WHEN HE PERFORMS "BECAUSE" IT IS FOR HIS NEWLY BORN DAUGHTER AND THE WORDS FIT A NEW FATHER'S FEELINGS. WHEN HE IS DYING AT THE FILM'S END THE ARIA IS THE LAST ROSE OF SUMMER, WHICH IS SELF EXPLANATORY. PERHAPS YOU FOLKS CAN THINK OF A COUPLE MORE......

5-FINALLY, FOR THIS POST, THE VICTOR PHONOGRAPH WHICH PLAYS "BECAUSE" HAS ITS TURNTABLE REVOLVING, BUT THE RECORD ON IT IS NOT A 78 CONCURRENT WITH THE TIME PERIOD. INSTEAD IT IS AN LP WITH THE RCA VICTOR RED SEAL!
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SAM MILLION
03-16-2021
08:59 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HERE IS A NEAT TRUE STORY:

SENT DEREK MCGOVERN SOME MUSIC TRACKS OF SONGS DONE IN MY SENIOR YEAR. WITHOUT EXAGGERATING, OUR CHOIR WAS GREAT AND I WOULD TO THIS DAY PUT THEM UP AGAINST OTHER CHOIRS. I WAS HAPPY TRACKS THAT HE ENJOYED THE MUSIC THAT WENT FROM THE VERY FUNNY "I ENJOY BEING A GIRL" TO A BACH CLASSIC. WE WERE LUCKY TO HAVE A BRILLIANT DIRECTOR WHO WAS AS MUCH A FRIEND AS AN INSTRUCTOR. LONG AFTER OUR GRADUATING, HE CAME TO EVERY SINGLE CLASS REUNION UNTIL HIS DEATH.

CUTE STORY: IN MY SENIOR YEAR YOURS TRULY, ALWAYS AN "A" STUDENT, FLUNKED PHYSICS. THE ONLY WAY TO KEEP MY GRADE AVERAGE HIGH AND IN THE SUMMA CUM LAUDE CATEGORY WAS TO DROP THE CLASS AND ALSO SAY GOOD BYE TO THE VERY GRUMPY INSTRUCTOR. THAT OPEN HOUR IN MY SCHEDULE TURNED INTO A BORING STUDY HALL. I TOOK A CHANCE AND FOUND MY DEAR MUSIC TEACHER AND ASKED HIM IF THE TWO OF US COULD SPEND TIME TOGETHER. FORTUNATELY FOR ME, HE LIKED THE IDEA AND WE DROVE HIS FOREIGN CAR WHICH WOULD NOT MOVE ON ANY STANDARD GAS. HE LOVED POINTING OUT THAT AROUND THE KEY WAS WRITTEN "FAHRT". FART IN GERMAN MEANS START! BUT THE BEST WAS YET TO COME. THE SCHOOL HAD JUST PURCHASED A WONDERFUL RCA TWO PIECE STEREO THAT HAD GREAT SOUND. I TOOK MY COPY OF "CAVALCADE OF SHOW TUNES" TO HIM, WE SHUT THE DOOR AND PLAYED THE ENTIRE LP AT CONCERT LEVEL VOLUME. YOU COULD FEEL HIS ENJOYMENT AS HE SHOOK HIS HEAD FAVORABLY AT THE GREAT LANZA VOICE. MR. DENGLER HAPPENED TO BE A TENOR HIMSELF, SO THIS INCREASED HIS ENJOYMENT. I WILL NEVER, NEVER FORGET WHAT HE SAID AS THE RECORD ENDED: "SAM, I'M EMOTIONALLY DRAINED OUT". YOU GOT THAT RIGHT, MR. D.!!
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SAM MILLION
03-16-2021
08:33 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
WHAT AN INCREDIBLE SURPRISE! THE FAMOUS MINI FIAT 500 IMPORTED CAR THAT YOU SEE ON THE ROAD A LOT PRODUCED A GREAT AD A COUPLE YEARS AGO THAT FEATURES ACTOR ADRIEN BRODY. IT ALSO FEATURES A MINI LOVE STORY WHILE YOU SEE SHOTS OF THE CAR TRAVELING AND AT REST. NOW THE GOOD PART: NEAR THE START YOU SEE A LITTLE PHONOGRAPH AND ADRIEN PUTS THE TONE ARM ON THE RECORD AND MARIO BEGINS SINGING COME PRIMA".THEN THROUGHOUT THE COMMERCIAL MARIO IS HEARD AS MORE EXCERPTS OF HIS SINGING ARE PLAYED. IN FACT ADRIEN AND A GIRL HE MEETS AT A FLEA MARKET AND WHO PUTS HIM IN HER GREEN (!)FIAT START TRAVELING TOGETHER.DOES THIS MAKE YOU WANT TO BUY THE CAR? WELL, ONLY IF YOU DON'T ALREADY HAVE A MERCEDES (AND PERHAPS A GORGEOUS GIRLFRIEND!) OH, BY THE WAY, YOU SEE ADRIEN WAKING UP ON HIS COUCH AS THE LOVELY GIRL APPEARS AT HIS DOOR BRINGING HIM COFFEE. HE THINKS HE HAD BEEN DREAMING BUT WAKES AND UPON GETTING A KISS ON THE CHEEK HE SAYS "SO IT WASN'T A DREAM"! LONG LIVE MARIO--AND THAT'S NO DREAM!!


SEE HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56FN6OKzukM
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SAM MILLION
03-15-2021
06:29 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HEY KRISTINE: I LOVE KALEY CUOCO. SHE AND THE CHARACTER SHELDON ARE MY FAVORITES. I HAVE SEEN EVERY EPISODE AND MANY SEVERAL TIMES AS OUR LOCAL STATION KEEPS RECYCLING THEM.I WOULD DEFINITELY LIKE TO SEE HER IN THAT BIOGRAPHY OF DORIS DAY, AS THAT WOULD BE A DOUBLE DELIGHT AS I LOVE DORIS VERY MUCH. AN ANGELIC VOICE IF EVER THERE WAS ONE. I AM GLAD TO HEAR DORIS' OWN VOICE WILL BE USED.DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHEN IT WILL AIR AND ON WHAT CHANNEL? BY THE WAY, I WOULD ALSO LOVE A BIO OF ARETHA AND BILLIE!
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Kristine C
03-14-2021
10:03 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Correction: Kaley Cuoco.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
03-14-2021
07:56 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Kristine, I think they could make up Aaron Caruso to look very similar to Mario Lanza, so I agree with you there. The problem is he would want to sing, just like Lanza sang when he portrayed Caruso. Any bio-pic of Mario Lanza would be lacking a great deal if Lanza's own voice was not used in the movie.

The difference between a bio pic of Lanza and The Great Caruso movie was that the sound reproduction of the Caruso voice was not of a high enough standard to use in a motion picture. The technology of the time was not sufficient to do the Caruso voice justice and it would sound very strange in a modern motion picture. The Lanza voice however, was captured very well and could be inserted in a modern day picture. No tenor, such as Aaron Caruso, would want to just act the part and not sing. That is not how tenors are built.
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Kristine C
03-14-2021
07:37 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
There is a film biography mini-series being planned about Doris Day, with actress, Kelly Cuoco portraying her. I don't know if Doris Day's voice will be dubbed in. There is a movie about Aretha Franklin(who, by the way, was a fan of Mario Lanza)out called "Respect", and another movie about Billie Holiday , "The U.S. vs Billie Holiday" is out. Maybe one day, there will be that film biography about Mario Lanza. Aaron Caruso would be perfect to portray Lanza, especially, having the similar physical stature.
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SAM MILLION
03-14-2021
06:52 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
GREAT COMPARISON VINCE. IF THE SAYING "A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS"IS VALID, THEN YOUR A-B WORK HERE SHINES!

I HAVE SOMETHING UNUSUAL TO TELL YOU FOLKS. I CAN TAKE THE NEW GREAT CARUSO ONE STEP FURTHR AND SHOW IT IN SIMULATED 3D WITH MY VERSATILE PROJECTOR. WITH THE QUALITY ALREADY SO HIGH, THE ADDED DEPTH IS SOMETHING ELSE!!!
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
03-14-2021
05:22 PM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228
Aw! Thanks so much Martino, tricky wee video to do but I am really proud of this one.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
03-14-2021
05:16 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
This is terrific, Vince. No review, where we just write an opinion, can match what you have done in this true A/B comparison. Watching your youtube clip is all anyone needs to see to understand the improvement of the new disk over all others.
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
03-14-2021
04:12 PM ET (US)
IP: 51.171.44.180

https://youtu.be/Bq28fTnEGn0
Be sure to select 1080p in youtube settings to get the full resolution.
Edited 03-14-2021 04:13 PM
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
03-14-2021
12:37 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
TO DEREK MANNERING: WOULD YOU PLEASE PASS THE FOLLOWING ON TO ELISSA. "DEAR ELISSA, I WANT TO PERSONALLY CONGRATULATE YOU ON FINALLY GETTING WHAT HAD LONG BEEN PROMISED TO YOU, WHICH IS A FIRST CLASS BLU RAY OF YOUR FATHER IN "THE GREAT CARUSO". I HOPE IT SELLS WELL SO OTHERS MIGHT GET THE SAME CLASS TREATMENT. I WROTE A LONG REVIEW HERE ON RENSE AND HAVE BEEN PROMOTING THE DVD TO EVERYONE I KNOW. SINCE THE BOTTOM LINE TO PRODUCERS OF THESE DVDS IS FINANCIAL PROFIT, SALES HERE AND ABROAD ARE MUCH NEEDED. YOU ARE A SHINING BEACON THAT KEEPS OUR MARIO'S LIGHT BURNING AND I KNOW AS LONG AS YOU ARE WITH US, WE WILL ALWAYS HAVE LOVE AND SUPPORT. THANK YOU AGAIN, SAM"

PS. I LOST YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. WOULD YOU PLEASE SEND IT TO ME AT MY NEW ADDRESS OF SMS5565@GMAIL.COM. THANKS.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
03-13-2021
08:43 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Excellent review, Sam. As usual you detect all the subtleties and leave nothing out. As you say, I hope everyone buys this disk as it is the best representation of the high water mark in the career of Mario Lanza.
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Kristine C
03-13-2021
08:30 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Sam, very interesting and informative review. I just bought it, by mail order. Douglas Shearer(brother of Norma Shearer)won Oscar for his sound recording of "The Great Caruso".
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
03-13-2021
05:22 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
THE SAM SAMUELIAN REVIEW OF THE NEW BLU RAY DISC OF MARIO'S "THE GREAT CARUSO". I RECEIVED THE PACKAGE THREE HOURS AGO AND IMMEDIATELY WENT DOWN AND FIRED UP MY PROJECTOR, TURNED UP THE SURROUND SOUND AS FAR AS MY EARS WOULD LET ME, AND OPENED THE DVD PLAYER TRAY AND INSIDE WENT "MARIO".

LET ME SAY RIGHT UP FRONT THAT HAVING ONE OF MARIO'S MOVIES GIVEN FIRST CLASS TREATMENT IS A GIFT WE SHOULD ALL CHERISH. THERE MAY NEVER BE ANOTHER OF HIS FEATURES GIVEN THIS TREATMENT. HE IS NOT AS POPULAR AS HE WAS YEARS AGO AND THE BOTTOM LINE WITH RELEASING COMPANIES IS PROFIT. THAT IS ONE REASON I URGE EVERYONE HERE TO BUY THIS (UNLESS OF COURSE YOU DON'T HAVE A BLU RAY PLAYER. ON THAT SCORE, YOU WILL STILL COME OUT AHEAD GETTING THIS TYPE PLAYER BECAUSE BLU RAY PLAYERS "UPSCALE" EVEN STANDARD DVDS AND MAKE THEM LOOK NOTICEABLY BETTER.

GOING BACK TO THE ORIGINAL TECHNICOLOR NEGATIVES IS A MUCH COSTLIER PROCESS THAN TAKING A 35MM PRINT OF A TITLE AND GIVING IT NEW PIZAAZ BY GIVING IT THE BLU RAY TREATMENT. TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE AND JUDGING WHAT A 16MM FILM DEALER TOLD ME, THERE ARE ONLY THREE OTHER TITLES THAT GOT THE GREAT CARUSO TREATMENT. THEY ARE HELLO DOLLY, GOOD NEWS, AND SHOWBOAT. MOST OF THESE TITLE ARE ON AMAZON RIGHT NOW AND ARE READY TO BE SHIPPED. THE AVERAGE PRICE IS 17.99 PLUS SHIPPING.

AFTER LEO ROARED,THE OPENING TITLES CAME UP AND FOR WHATEVER REASON I EXPECTED THE TITLES TO BE DEEP RED, SINCE THAT TYPE OF COLOR IS A TRADEMARK OF TECHNICOLOR. INSTEAD THE TITLE CARD AND CREDITS WERE AN ORANGISH RED. INTERESTINGLY, THOUGH, THEY HAD A NOTICEABLE SPARKLE TO THEM. TECHNICOLOR AND MANY OTHER PROCESS FILMS HAVE DEEP JET BLACKS. CARUSO HAS THESE.

A BIG SHOCK WAS THE OPENING SCENE OF NAPLES THAT IN THE STANDARD DVD LOOKS SO AWFUL, GRAINY, AND FULL OF SCRATCHES AND DIRT. PRESTO CHANGE-O, THIS SCENE IS FLAWLESS! THE EARLY SCENE WITH ENRICO'S MOTHER HOLDING HER BABY FOR THE FIRST TIME IS RATHER BRIGHT. THIS IS SOMETHING THE FILM BOASTS ALL THE WAY THROUGH. EVEN NIGHT SCENES SEEM TO HAVE A BULB BEHIND GIVING THEM SPARKLE. MOST OF TODAY'S FLAT SCEEN TVS HAVE WHAT IS CALLED "BACKLIGHTING" AND PRODUCE THIS EFFECT.

WHAT IS NOTICEABLE IMMEDIATELY IS THAT THERE ARE LITTLE COLOR SWATCHES ALL OVER THE MOVIE FRAMES THAT STAND OUT AS NEVER BEFORE. FOR EXAMPLE, A RED ROSE, BRICKS, FOLIAGE. WATCHING THE FILM IS INCREDIBLY PLEASANT SINCE THERE IS NOT ONE SCRATCH, DIRT, OR SPECS IN THE PICTURE. IT IS AS PURE AS CAN BE. PLUS THERE IS NO GRAININESS AT ALL. A GUY I KNOW USED TO SAY "IT LOOKS LIKE GLASS ON THE SCREEN".

ONE SHORTCOMING OF QUITE A FEW DVDS (AND MY COLLECTION OF MOSTLY STANDARD DVDS AND POSSIBLY 20 PERCENT BLU RAYS) IS THAT THERE IS VERY OFTEN "NOISE" IN THE PICTURE. NOISE IS WHEN YOU SEE A MAN'S JACKET, FOR EXAMPLE, AND THERE IS FRINGING OR MOVEMENT WHICH YOU SEE THAT AT TIMES IS QUITE ANNOYING. THIS IS NOT THE CASE IN THE BLU RAY GREAT CARUSO. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NONE OF THAT.

LET'S SHIFT OVER TO THE SOUND QUALITY. MARIO IS A TENOR, AND THAT RANGE BEING HIGHER THAN A BARITONE NEEDS A SHARP, RICH QUALITY. AND THAT IS WHAT YOU GET! HIS VOICE RINGS OUT BETTER THAN EVER. HIS SPEAKING VOICE HAS BETTER CLARITY TOO. IN ADDITION TO THIS ANY MUSIC, ORCHESTRAL OR OTHERWISE HAS A DEEP END THAT IS A FIRST FOR THE GREAT CARUSO. AND YOU CAN CRANK UP YOUR SOUND WITH AS MUCH VOLUME THAT YOUR EARS CAN TAKE AND THERE IS NOT A SPECK OF DISTORTION. THINK "TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS" WHEN MARIO AND KATHRYN DO THE FIRST "BE MY LOVE" DUET. THE TOP NOTES HAVE DISTORTION WHICH CANNOT BE REMOVED.

I AM GOING TO MAKE A STATEMENT THAT MIGHT SURPRISE YOU. THIS GREAT CARUSO HAS A NEAR 3D (THREE DIMENSIONAL) QUALITY THAT SETS THE ACTORS APART TO SOME DEGREE FROM THEIR BACKGROUNDS. IT IS ALMOST LIKE WHAT A GRAPHIC ARTIST DOES WHEN HE CUTS OUT FIGURES USING A PRECISE XACTO KNIFE. FOR SOME REASON, THE NEWSPAPER ARTICLES ARE HARD TO READ AND ON THE WASHED OUT SIDE. ALSO, AS MARTINO POINTED OUT, COLOR WOULD BE MORE SATURATED WHEN VIEWED ON A 50 INCH PLUS SCREEN. BEST OF ALL FLAT SCREENS ARE THE LG MODELS THAT HAVE THEIR UNIQUE COLOR THAT PEOPLE IN THE BUSINESS RATE AS NEVER BEING SURPASSED.

ANOTHR VERY APPEALING AND NOTICEABLE FEATURE IS THAT CROWD SCENES WOW US WITH THE MYRIAD OF COLOR IN COSTUMES WORN. AND MUCH MORE SUBTLE AND INGRATIATING IS THE COLOR IN THE COSTUMES WORN BY THE PRINCIPAL ACTORS. MEN'S JACKETS LIKE MARIO'S IN THIS SCENE OR THAT ARE TRULY DIFFERNT COLORS THAN WE ALWAYS EXPECTED. A JET BLACK DRESS JACKET COULD EASILY BE DEEP BLUE. WHEN ANN BLYTH IS SITTING IN THE RED PLUSH BALCONY OF THE MET SHE IS WEARING A LIGHT PURPLE DRESS. NOT THE WHITE DRESS WE ARE USED TO. WHEN MARIO HAS A VEST UNDER HIS JACKET IT IS PINK. NOT HOT PINK, BUT PASTEL.

ANOTHER WONDERFUL FEATURE IS THE SHEEN ON MANY OF THE PROPS. FURNITURE LOOKS NEW, A PIANO LOOKS LIKE IT HAS JUST HAD A COAT OF LACQUER ON IT FOR A SHINE. MARTINO MENTIONED THE GLEAM IN MARIO'S EYES. SO TRUE. AND THE BEST SCENE TO SHOW THIS, AND AN EMOTIONAL ONE, IS AFTER THE LUCIA SEXTETTS IS FINISHED AND MARIO FIRST SEES HE HAS A NEW LITTLE GIRL. HE LIFTS HIS HEAD UP FROM THE BOW HE IS TAKING AND YOU SEE THE SPARKLE AND ENTHUSIASM IN HIS EYES, ONLY ONE STEP AWAY FROM WATERY EYES. I ADMIT WITHOUT EMBARASSMENT THAT MY EYES WERE SELDOM DRY DURING THE MOVIE. I WAS UNABASHEDLY BAWLING FROM THE EMOTION BEING RELEASED. THANKFULLY, THIS CALMED DOWN AFTER AWHILE OR ELSE I WOULD HAVE NEEDED A HANDKERCHIEF.

I WONDERED WHY THEY RELEASED THE BLU RAY WITH THE SAME PHOTO OF MARIO THAT THE STANDARD DVD HAS. AH-HA, THOUGH, THERE IS A DIFFERENCE. LIKE THE RICH REDS IN THE MOVIE, THE COVER IS NOTICEABLY MUCH DEEPER RED. UNFORTUNATELY THE DESCRIPTION OF THE DVD IS THE SAME ON THE BACK COVER. THEY DIDN'T CHANGE A WORD. THE PRINT IS SO SMALL I DIDN'T NOTICE IF THEY MENTIONED EXTRAS.

HERE IS A GOOD TIME TO MENTION THAT THE THEATRICAL TRAILER, WHICH ARE ONLY FAIR TO GOOD ON MOST STANDARD OR BLU RAY DVDS, IS WONDERFUL IN THIS GREAT CARUSO. NOT QUITE AS CLEAR AS THE MOVIE BUT VERY, VERY GOOD. AND THE OTHER EXTRA IS MARK KIDEL'S WONDERFUL DOCUMENTARY ON THE ALL TOO SHORT CAREER OF LANZA. IT HAS VERY SUITABLE MUSIC THROUGHOUT. IN THE 1949 THAT MIDNIGHT KISS MARIO IS SEEN SINGING WHILE ACCOMPANYING HIMSELF ON THE PIANO. I ONLY GOT INTO IT BY TWENTY MINUTES AS WE HAD FRIENDS COMING OVER. THE DOCUMENTARY IS CALLED "SINGING TO THE GODS". IT STARTS WITH OUR OWN JEFF RENSE DESCRIBING MARIO'S VOICE. HE IS AS PERCEPTIVE AS CAN BE AS HE SAYS IT IS HARD TO DESCRIBE THIS VOICE. IT IS LIKE A BLIND MAN SEEING FOR THE FIRST TIME. THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE INTERVIEWED FOR THIS EXCELLENT DOCUMENTARY. OUR OWN DEREK MANNERING IS ONE WHO IS PREVALENT. ELLISSA LANZA BREGMAN IS ANOTHER, AND MARIO'S BEST FRIEND TERRY ROBINSON (LOOKING OLDER THAN YOU MIGHT REMEMBER) ARE FEATURED. PROBABLY MORE.

ONE PERSON SAID HE OR SHE WAS DISAPPOINTED THAT THEY COULD NOT SHOW GREAT CARUSO IN WIDESCREEN. WELL, IT WOULD LOOK RIDICULOUS THAT WAY WITH THE ACTORS LOOKING VERY WIDE. THAT BEING SAID, THE DOCUMENARY IS FULL WIDESCREEN. IT HAS NICE COLOR AND CLEAN PICUTURE AND BEST OF ALL PURE, EXCELLENT SOUND. SO MUCH GREAT LANZA SINGING.

SO, IN SUMMATION LET ME SAY THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST GLORIOUS, FAITHFUL TO THE LOOK AS SHOWN IN THE THEATERS (ACTUALLY BETTER THAN 35 MM DUE TO HOW CLEAN ITS PICTURE IS), EXCITING, AND ENDEARING. IT TUGS AT THE SENSES AND IS AS MUCH AS YOU COULD WISH FOR IN A WISTFUL DREAM. PARAPHRASING JIMINY CRICKET IN THE DISNEY "PINOCCHO", I SING TO YOU "WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR, THE BLU RAY CARUSO IS UP TO PAR". PRETTY CORNY, I KNOW, BUT Y'ALL KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE TO SING!

I LIFT MY GLASS AND DRINK TO HAVING DREAMS FOR MORE MOVIE ADVENTURES IN THE FUTURE. ONE IN PARTICULAR WHICH SHOULD GET THE TOP BLU RAY TREATMENT IS "THE STUDENT PRINCE" AS IT FEATURES WONDERFUL LANZA SINGING, BIG PRODUCTION VALUES, AND A STRIKINGLY PRETTY AND BLOND ANN BLYTH. I READ HER BIOGRAPHY (SHE IS STILL WITH US AND WROTE IT A COUPLE YEARS AGO). IN IT SHE REVEALS THAT SHE LOVES SINGING AND WOULD LIKELY HAVE SOUGHT OUT A CAREER USING HER VOICE TO BEST ADVANTAGE. WHY, SOME OF HER HIGH NOTES SOUND NEAR OPERATIC. AND THE STUDENT PRINCE HAS A VERY IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTE IN THAT IT IS ARGUABLY THE MOST COMMERCIAL OF FILMS BEARING THE LANZA NAME.

AS ALWAYS, I WELCOME ANY COMMENTS OR ADDITIONS TO MY REVIEW. IF YOU DON'T GET AN ANSWER RIGHT AWAY, KNOW THAT I WILL BE WATCHING THE GREAT CARUSO YET AGAIN!!!

PS. KUDOS TO ELISSA LANZA BREGMAN ON FINALLY SEEING HER DREAM OF A BLU RAY GREAT CARUSO COME TRUE. YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN IS SMILING DOWN ON YOU HONEY.
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SAM MILLION
03-13-2021
12:52 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I JUST HEARD FROM AMAZON THAT MY BLU RAY GREAT CARUSO WILL BE HERE TOMORROW (SATURDAY). YOU BETTER BELIEVE I WILL WASTE NO TIME BETWEEN RECEIVING IT AND PLAYING IT ON MY PROJECTOR.

A NICE LITTLE PLUS IS THAT AMAZON REFUNDED ME 4.00 OFF THE 21.99 PRICE SINCE THE SELLING PRICE WENT DOWN SINCE I ORDERED IT. YOU TOO MAY NOW ORDER IT AT THE 17.99 PRICE!
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
03-12-2021
11:26 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Well, I cheated on a couple things I had to do and decided to watch the new TGC Blu-Ray disk yesterday, twice in fact! It was a long night!! The first viewing was with a home theater system which upconverted the 1080P disk resolution to 2160, or what is commonly referred to as "4K". The sound was routed through my audio/video receiver to my speakers in two channel sound without surround sound or other enhancements. The audio track on this dvd is in HD-Master Audio. This kind of processing is far more suited to action and si-fy films, in my opinion. I prefer two speaker systems (as long as they are high quality) for music and that is how I listened to this video. This is especially true when the original soundtrack was recorded in mono, not even stereo, as were some later Lanza soundtracks. But we can forget all that stuff and just speak of the sound of Lanza's voice and the dialouge. In this regard you really can't ask for better overall sound. Lanza's voice burst through with clarity to nearly match modern recordings. Speech was crisp and easily understandable. I did not do an A/B comparison with other TGC disks because clearly this is the best sound to be heard on a Lanza issue since the SACD "Mario!" cd.

The picture quality was terrific and again, clearly better than anything else we have on disk. The movie was shot with Technicolor which even today was a wonderful process that emphasized vivid color saturation, sometimes to a fault but not in this case. The technicians had a wonderful film to work with right from the start. The blacks were especially rewarding. Look behind Lanza singing the Quartet from Rigoletto. You will see dark background only with a regular 480i disk, at least that is how I remember it. But now you can see the outline of the stones themselves, stacked one atop the other. Also, look at Lanza's eyes. They have a sparkle to them that I do not remember seeing before, at least not to this extent. At times they look like jewels. The transfer inputs at a normal Blu-Ray resolution of 1080p. No doubt the upconversion to "4K" performed by the projector helped the vibrancy of the picture. Of course, there is occasional drawbacks. Whites particularly are somewhat too vibrant, resulting in a "pixel" effect. See Mario's collar in the Martha aria and his shirt during Ave Maria for examples of this grainy "white push". It should be noted my projector has been calibrated to ISF standards by a professional calibrator, one of the best in the business.

Because of the precision calibration of this display, as well as the 110" size, I decided to view the film once again, this time on a regular tv, a 2020 Sony Bravia 49", from a distance of about five or six feet. This tv also upconverts to "4K". I listened through the regular tv speakers. This set up is much closer to what most people who do not have dedicated home theater systems will use to watch the film. The calibration of this tv was not done professionally but I think I came fairly close myself with Netflix standards. The first thing I noticed was how saturated some colors in some scenes looked. For example, the beginning of the La Boheme scene. The red in the stage curtains and the box seat trims made the whole scene set look cartoonish. I know you can adjust your set's color, tint, temperature, etc. but then you would have to adjust back and forth and that would be out of the question. These problems are not often noticed on this disk and it all depends on your display and your color/tint settings. Individual tv adjustments not withstanding, you will find the disk itself to be very forgiving. I think you will enjoy both audio and video no matter what display you watch. Of course, if you add a soundbar or stand alone speakers the sound will be infinitely better than what you get through the tv speakers. I strongly recommend you try to get a Blu-Ray player or tv that upconverts to "4K", to take full advantage of the processing Warner Bros. used.

Bottom line is that this disk finally does justice to Lanza's greatest motion picture and serves him faithfully. Yes, I wish it were in 16:9 rather than 4:3 aspect ratio but you can't have everything. Nonetheless, if I had to introduce someone new to Mario Lanza, it is this disk I would reach for first. And finally, it goes without saying that, as with anything, the better your equipment the more you will enjoy this new dvd.
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Julie Page
03-11-2021
07:41 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
Wonderful as always, Vincent. Thank you so much.Every extra scene is so exciting to see.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
03-11-2021
02:16 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
I just received the new Great Caruso Blu-Ray disk. With a little luck I will find some time to watch it this weekend and then post my impressions. I will not critique the movie itself or Mario Lanza, which has been done a million times before, but the audio/video quality of the new transfer and what impact those improvements, if any, have on viewing the film. I hope everyone who buys this disk will post their impressions here.
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Diane Cox
03-11-2021
12:10 PM ET (US)
IP: 23.127.59.195
Watched this video yesterday and it is great!
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
03-10-2021
04:47 PM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228

https://youtu.be/pO0g5oWHyY8
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Jeffrey
03-10-2021
09:03 AM ET (US)
IP: 71.228.150.13
Hi Sam and everyone! I was thrilled to receive the Blu-Ray on the day of release! Haven't had a chance to watch as yet, but hopefully on the weekend. Not only that, but I found this morning that Amazon has refunded me the difference between the original posted coat, and their lowest price, so another kudo to Amazon Prime.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
03-10-2021
07:59 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Sam, I indicated in an earlier post that my copy should be here the 11th or 12th.
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SAM MILLION
03-10-2021
07:16 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I HAVE NOW HEARD FROM THREE FRIENDS WHO GOT THEIR NEW GREAT CARUSO DVD. WITHOUT EXCEPTION ALL HAD NOTHING BUT RAVES. THE RAVES VARY REGARDING TO WHAT EACH PERSON FOUND THE MOST IMPORTANT. PS. I ASKED WHO HERE ON THE FORUM HAVE ORDERED THE DVD BUT NO ONE RESPONDED. CURIOUS....
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SAM MILLION
03-10-2021
07:12 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HI KRISTINE! THE SHOW YOU SPEAK OF MAY NOT EXIST. I SAY THAT BECAUSE THE ONLY SULLIVAN SHOW EXCERPT ON MARIO I HAVE SEEN IS ED'S VERY BRIEF CONVERSATION WITH MARIO ABOUT HIM BEING HOMESICK. AFTER THAT I BELIEVE SULLIVAN AIRED THAT INTERVIEW AGAIN RIGHT AFTER MARIO HAD DIED.
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Kristine C
03-09-2021
11:25 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
On March 21, 2021, MeTV will show "The Ed Sullivan Show", at 9:30 P.M.(Eastern Time Zone). You'll see his shows which had The Beatles, Elvis, Topo Gigio, etc. I wonder if "The Ed Sullivan Show" which had Mario Lanza, as guest, will be seen ? I think it will be weekly, Sunday nights. That was the show, where Mario Lanza promoted "The Seven Hills Of Rome" and Marissa Allasio was seen. MeTV is a cable t.v. channel which shows old t.v. shows.
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Alex Valiansky
03-09-2021
07:47 PM ET (US)
IP: 166.216.158.63
I received my copy of the blue ray The Great Caruso today, and immediately watched it. It is a vast, vast improvement over the DVD version that was released ten years ago. The picture is so sharp that it looks like the actors are going to walk right off the screen and into ones living room. However, inexplicably the word palatable is still missing from the sound track.
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Derek MainwaringPerson was signed in when posted
03-09-2021
06:27 PM ET (US)
IP: 24.13.64.27
No need to go anywhere, Sam. I was referring to the excellent review link you posted earlier.
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Am million
03-09-2021
05:45 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HI DEREK, YOU MENTIONED STEFF REGARDING A REVIEW OF BLU RAY GREAT CARUSO. I DID NOT SEE THIS HERE. WOULD YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHERE TO GO? (BOY THAT SOUNDS AWFUL--"TELL ME WHERE TO GO"
LOL.
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SAM MILLION
03-09-2021
05:42 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
WELL THIS IS A FINE HOW DO YOU DO! MY FRIEND RON IN ST. LOUIS SAID AN AMAZON TRUCK JUST DELIVERED HIS GREAT CFDRUSO BLU RAY AROUND 4 PM. SO, I ASSUMED MINE WOULD BE HERE BEFORE 6 PM SINCE THEY SAID "TUESDAY DELIVERY" WHICH I SAW THIS MORNING. DARN IT, I JUST LOOKED AGAIN AND NOW THEY ARE SAYING MARCH 16TH, A WHOLE WEEK MORE. I AM SO BUMMED OUT NOW. WELL, AT LEAST RON CAN GIVE ME HIS OPINION WHEN IT GETS DARK ENOUGH FOR HIM TO RUN IT.

I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF ANYONE HERE HAS GOTTEN IT. ALSO, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHOM AMONG YOU ORDERED IT....
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Derek MainwaringPerson was signed in when posted
03-09-2021
09:54 AM ET (US)
IP: 24.13.64.27
An excellent review indeed, and kudos to Steff Walzinger for sourcing the original online. You can understand now why I was thrilled by the quality of the upgrade.

And the complete DVD cover looks splendid, Sam. No need to consult the fine print at all. The blue case alone tells you it's a Blu-ray disc.
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SAM MILLION
03-09-2021
09:53 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
MARTINO:

AS THE COWARDLY LION SAID IN THE WIZARD OF OZ:"AINT'T IT THE TRUTH, AIN'T IT THE TRUTH. TODAY IS RELEASE DAY AND DEPENDING WHERE AMAZON IS SHIPPING FROM WILL BE THE FACTOR AS TO WHO GETS IT FIRST. I AM RAISING MY HAND SAYING "TAKE ME, TAKE ME", LOL.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
03-09-2021
08:17 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
That is indeed good news Sam. Exactly the kind of information I was looking for. My copy should arrive on the 11th or 12th and since we both have 4k projectors, dvd players and big screens, it will be interesting to compare notes.

If this disk turns out to be a good seller, we may see future releases of Lanza movies re-mastered using this same process. We have seen and heard just about everything Mario Lanza did in his career, but it is the technological advances that are applied to his works that keeps the Lanza legacy alive, interesting and relative in the modern era. Younger audiences who have grown up expecting nothing but the best in sound and video entertainment need not accept "ancient" technology used in films and recordings, which often turns them off. They can now see and hear Lanza in all his glory and that in turn will keep them interested.
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SAM MILLION
03-09-2021
07:49 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
DEAR FELLOW LANZA FANS, DEREK MCGOVERN FOUND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT THE NEW BLU RAY "GREAT CARUSO" WHICH IS SO DARN EXCITING THAT I HAD TO SHARE IT HERE:

This was posted on the Google forum today and should get you excited. It's a review of the new Blu-ray from the following link:

https://geekvibesnation.com/the-great-caru...crowd-pleasing-hit/

Video Quality:

Warner Archive presents The Great Caruso with an eye-popping new 1080p master transfer in 1.37:1 sourced from a 4K scan of the original Technicolor negatives. Having Warner Archive work with Technicolor films is like a dream come true for Blu-Ray enthusiasts. The level of minute detail and clarity is stunning with a lovely amount of natural film grain intact. The film features some splendid colors within the costumes and settings that pop off the screen with a great vibrancy. The film is practically pristine with no noticeable instances of damage or dirt detected here. The black levels are incredibly deep with a pleasing stability throughout. Compression artifacts, banding and other such issues do not pop up as an issue in this transfer. This presentation is another instance of Warner Archive showing why they are one of the best labels around.


Audio Quality:

Warner Archive has served up a DTS-HD 2.0 Master Audio presentation that is a show stopper. Music is the lifeblood of this picture, and this track handles it beautifully with nothing ever sounding blown out or unstable. Lanzas voice has never sounded better than on this disc. Dialogue comes through clearly from beginning to end without ever being overshadowed by competing elements. Every element seems to present with a nice fidelity, as all sounds are clearly defined and in balance. This is a track that thankfully does not exhibit any glaring signs of age-related wear-and-tear. Warner Archive has knocked it out of the park. The disc comes with optional English (SDH) subtitles.


Cheers,

Derek


NOW HOW IS THAT FOR EXCITEMENT?!!!!!


SAM

 
PS. NOTE THE LINK INCLUDED. IT WILL FILL IN INFORMATION ABOUT THE GREAT CARUSO AS A WORK OF ART.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
03-07-2021
12:13 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT BEFORE AMAZON SHIPS THE GREAT CARUSO. ESTIMATING SHIPPING TIME, IT COULD BE IN BY SATURDAY OF THIS WEEK OR FIRST THING NEXT WEEK. HURRAH!

I FIND THE COVER OF THE NEW BLU RAY TO BE REDUNDANT. IT IS THE SAME COVER USED FOR THE STANDARD DISC. IMAGINE A BUYER SEEING THIS AND NOT READING THE FINE PRINT ASSUMING IT IS THE SAME STANDARD DVD.

WELL, I DECIDED TO TAKE A GREAT PHOTO FROM ONE OF THE LANZA CDS AND HAVE IT BLOWN UP A BIT IN COLOR AND PASTE IT ON WITH LOVING CARE.....
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Kristine C
03-06-2021
09:18 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
I watched the video of Musical Comedy 1979 with Sylvia Fine Kaye. When did she mention Mario ? I didn't hear it.
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Julie Page
03-06-2021
03:14 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
Good news, Sam, Stay well. Sylvia Kaye was Danny Kaye's wife, Hope to see the Blue Ray TGC. Let us know about the sound.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
03-06-2021
09:55 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
ON YOUTUBE I FOUND THIS 42 MINUTE PRESENTATION ON MARIO NARRATE BY SOME LADY. IN CASE YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IT, GO HERE:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7Z30RWK5l4

I HAVE NOT WATCHED IT YET.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
03-05-2021
07:29 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HI MARTINO AND THANKS FOR THE GOOD WISHES. DOWN THE FORUM LIST SOME PAGES AGO DEKEK MANNERING GAVE HIS REVIEW OF THE BLU RAY GREAT CARUSO SINCE HE GOT AN ADVANCE COPY. HE SAID IT WAS LIKE SEEING A NEW MOVIE WITH INCREDIBLY RICH COLORS. I ASKED ABOUT THE SOUND AND HE SAID HE'D LEAVE THAT TO MY JUDGEMENT. I CAN WRITE A MORE SPECIFIC REVIEW AROUND MARCH 15, WHEN I EXPECT IT IN FROM AMAZON. DEREK MCGOVERN SAID I WILL GET IT BEFORE HIM.

I DID A MARIO LANZA SCENE TONIGHT. ANNA MADE ME HER SPECIAL SPAGHETTI WITH CLAM SAUCE BASED ON LOUIS PRIMA'S RECIPE. I TOLD HER I LOVE THE SCENE IN FOR THE FIRST TIME WHERE MARIO AND CHRISTA ARE EATING SPAGHETTI AND A WAITER COMES OVER TO GIVE THEM GRATED CHEESE. WHEN THE WAITER WALKS AWAY MARIO POURS THE ENTIRE BOWL OF CHEESE ON HIS PASTA. SO TONIGHT I DID THE SAME THING AS I LOVE LOTS OF CHEESE WITH MY CLAM SAUCE.

I THINK I WILL FIND THAT SCENE AND SHOW IT IN OUR THEATER TONIGHT ALONG WITH QUITE A FEW HOME VIDEOS I PUT ON DVD, WHICH LOOK AND SOUND GREAT IN 8 BY 14 SIZE.
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Kristine C
03-05-2021
06:23 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Sam,
It's great news you feel better ! Thank you for kind words and you are welcome. I just finished reading a book about Elvis called Elvis Presley:American Idol by Susan Doll. In the book , it's written that Elvis liked Dean Martin and Mario Lanza, along with gospel music, rhythm and blues.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
03-05-2021
02:18 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Sam, I am glad to hear things are looking on the bright side for you. Keep it up! You will probably be one of the first of us (besides Derek) to get the new TGC dvd. Please give your usual, thorough review when received. I will be looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
03-05-2021
01:06 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
MY DEAR FRIENDS OF THIS MARIO LANZA FORUM. I DON'T WANT TO JINX ANYTHING BY SAYING THIS TOO SOON, BUT I BELIEVE I HAVE LEFT THE DARK SIDE AND HAVE COME BACK INTO THE LIGHT!! ALL THAT I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO DO OR RELISH HAVE BEEN STAGNANT SINCE LATE DECEMBER.

TO ALL OF YOU WHO WISHED ME BETTER HEALTH AND WHO WROTE TO ME NOT EXPECTING AN ANSWER, I AM VERY GRATEFUL.

I DON'T WANT TO LEAVE ANYONE OUT BUT SPECIAL REGARDS AND THANKS TO: DEREK MCGOVERN (WHO KEPT ME UP TO DATE FROM TIME TO TIME), DEREK MANNERING (WHO GIFTED ME WITH A GORGEOUS MARIO LANZA T-SHIRT WITH A GREAT LANZA GRAPHIC OF HIM SINGING IN THE "FIGHTER'S POSE", FRED DAY WHO ALWAYS KEPT ME ON THE BALL WITH FACTS, TO DENNIS WHO WROTE ME PRIVATELY DURING MY BAD HEALTH PERIOD, TO KRISTINE WHO COMES UP WITH MORE GREAT CELEBRITY FACTS THAN ANYONE ELSE, VINCE DI PLACIDO WHO WORKS SO HARD TO BRING THE WORLD THE BEST OF ALL THINGS MARIO, BILL RONAYNE MY FRIEND FOR LONGER THAN ANYONE AND WHO KEEPS THE MUSEUM AND INSTITUTE ALIVE FOR US, MARTINO WHO IS AMONG THE MOST LITERATE LONGTIME POSTERS, AND VALERIA WHO HOOKED ME UP TO HER ITALIAN LANZA SITE. THERE ARE MORE AND PLEASE FORGIVE ME FOR THE LANZA FANS I HAVE LEFT OUT. WRITE TO ME MORE OFTEN AND I'LL BE SURE TO DO THE SAME. LIFE IS GOOD AGAIN. DEAR GOD PLEASE LET ME ENJOY THIS STATE FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE.

NOTE: FOUR MORE DAYS TO THE SHIPPING OF THE BLU RAY DVD OF "THE GREAT CARUSO" . NOW I CAN WATCH IT WITH MUCH MORE PLEASURE AND DOWN IN OUR HOME THEATER WITH THE GIANT SCREEN AND SURROUND SOUND I HAVE TALKED ABOUT BEORE.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
03-05-2021
12:46 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
FYI:

 The Metropolitan Opera
ARIA CODE
Aria Code Returns March 10

The Mets acclaimed podcast collaboration with WQXR is back for Season Three, once again hosted by Grammy Awardwinning musician Rhiannon Giddens. The new Aria Code season will feature 18 episodes, starting on Wednesday, March 10, with Met Music Director Yannick Nzet-Sguin discussing Nessun dorma from Puccinis Turandot, featuring a classic performance of the aria by legendary tenor Franco Corelli.

The podcast, which The New Yorker hails as elegantly constructed and effortlessly listenable, explores the human experience at the heart of operas greatest arias and their powerful relevance to contemporary issues. The extraordinary lineup of artists for Season Three includes Rene Fleming, Joyce DiDonato, Deborah Voigt, Gerald Finley, Nina Stemme, Pretty Yende, Ren Pape, and other remarkable artists.
LEARN MORE
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
03-04-2021
07:34 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
MIKE: YOU MIGHT BENEFIT FROM BUYING ONE OF THREE CARUSO CDS THAT HAVE MODERN ORCHESTRAS WHICH PLAY WITH ENHANCED CARUSO SINGING. I HAVE ALL THREE AND THE EXPERIENCE IS THE BEST YOU CAN HEAR CONSIDERING THE RATHER CRUDE QUALITY OF ORIGINAL CARUSO 78S.

I STILL ENJOY PLAYING CARUSO 78S ON MY HORN VICTOR PLAYER. THE SOUND EMANATING FROM A GOOD SIZED HORN IS RATHER EXCITING AND "RINGING"

SIMPLY LOOK UP "CARUSO 2000" AND YOU CAN BY ONE ON AMAZON FOR AS LITTLE AS 2.58 (USED, EXC.)
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Mike from L.I.Person was signed in when posted
03-04-2021
01:40 PM ET (US)
IP: 73.1.181.206
Due to poor recording capabilities, I have never appreciated Caruso's greatness, and believe me, I have tried. I wonder if others can hear what I don't or are they just taking other peoples word for it. Care to comment?
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
03-03-2021
09:53 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
THANKS KRISTINE FOR THE GOOD WISHES.

 THERE IS ALREADY A BLU RAY OF FOR THE FIRST TIME BUT IT IS VERY HARSH LOOKING. AND YOU NEED AN ALL ZONE PLAYER FOR IT (WHICH I SPENT THE MONEY FORJUST TO SEE IT. YES, I AM A CRAZY FAN. AS TO THE REST OF MARIO'S MOVIES COMING OUT ON BLU RAY, KEEP WISHING FOR IT. BUT BASED ON THE PAST, WE PROBABLY WON'T SEE ANY.


BY THE WAY I KEEP READING BIOGRAPHIES WITH PEOPLE THAT IN SOME WAY TOUCHED MARIO'S LIFE. SO FAR THE MOST WAS WRITTEN BY HOWARD KEEL. MARIO HAD A GREAT TALENT FOR IMITATING VOICES AND ONCE EZIO PINZA HEARD HIMSELF BEING IMITATED HE YELLED "LANZA YOU SON OF A BITCH, WHERE ARE YOU"!!
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Kristine C
03-02-2021
07:54 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Sam, I hope you feel better.
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Kristine C
03-02-2021
07:45 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Sam, I also read John Considine's autobiography. He mentioned a vocal coach, he was studying with, and mentioned Mario Lanza, in reference to this coach. John is brother of Tim Considine("My Three Sons"). Their father, John Considine was a producer at M-G-M, back in the 1930's. Their mother was a Pantages, related to Pantages Theater owner. John did some acting and co-wrote screenplay for movie "A Wedding" back in 1977. I am facebook friends with John. By the way, Ned Wynn passed away a month ago. He was son of Keenan Wynn and grandson of Ed Wynn. RIP. I am happy "The Great Caruso" will be in Blu-Ray and hope the other Lanza movies, eventually, will be in Blu-Ray.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
03-02-2021
07:02 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
IN EXACTLY ONE WEEK THE NEW BLU RAY DVDS OF "THE GREAT CARUSO" WILL START BEING SHIPPED (MARCH 9TH). IN THE USA, THEY SHOULD BE RECEIVED WITHIN A WEEK AFTER THAT. I HOPE THOSE WHO HAVE THE PROPER PLAYERS WILL BE HAPPY. I KNOW I WILL AND I KNOW ELISSA WILL BE SINCE THE HAS WAITED YEARS FOR THIS TO HAPPEN. DEREK MANNGERING HAS ALREADY COMMENTED ON HOW GOOD IT IS. I WILL TRY TO GIVE MY OPINIONS AS WELL.

ON AN UNRELATED SUBJECT. A FRIEND OF MINE RECENTLY COMMENTED ON LANZA VS. CARUSO. WHAT MARIO HAD OVER ENRICO WAS 1-HE WAS MUCH MORE HANDSOME 2-HE COULD ACT 3-HIS VOICE HAD MUCH MORE SWEETNESS TO IT 4-HE WAS A CROSSOVER ARTIST (TO BE FAIR CARUSO DID SING A FEW NON-OPERATIC PIECES AND 5-MARIO BENEFITTED FROM RECORDINGS WHICH HAD A GREAT DEAL MORE FIDELITY. IF I LEFT ANYTHING OUT, DO COMMENT.

MOST OF YOU KNOW I AM STILL BATTLING YET ANOTHER DEPRESSION, BUT AS THERAPY I RECENTLY STARTED RECORDING EIGHT TO TEN SONGS EACH DAY. IT IS GRATIFYING. I ESPECIALLY ENJOY SPLIT SCREEN VIDEO DUETS. A YOUNG LADY WHO IS VERY ATTRACTIVE AND HAS A LOVELY VOICE WAS MY PARTNER SINGING A DUET OF "OVER THE RAINBOS" WITH I AD-LIB HARMONY AS IT COMES TO ME WITH NO REHEARSAL IT DOESN'T ALWAYS TURN OUT PERFECT, BUT HERE IT IS:
https://www.singsnap.com/#/d/listen/9567016
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Kristine C
03-01-2021
09:19 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Sam, in Harry Belafonte 's autobiography, he wrote one night, after a stage performance , his mother went backstage and told him if he had studied music , seriously, he could sing like Mario Lanza. George Chakiris's autobiography is coming out, on Amazon.com. He wrote that when he was first at M-G-M , he and 15 year old Elizabeth Taylor were invited to listen to Mario Lanza sing.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
03-01-2021
02:58 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I LOVE READING CELEBRITY BIOGRAPHIES AND AUTOBIOGRAPHIES. RECENTLY I READ RITA MORENO'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND SHE STATED THAT SHE ACTUALLY SAW MARIO EAT TWO AND A HALF CHICKENS IN ONE SETTING. SHE WONDERED WHY HE DIDN'T JUST EAT THREE! THE SAID SHE LOVED HIS VOICE AND THAT IT WAS GREAT IN PERSON.

THEN I READ DAVID NIVEN'S BIOGRAPHY. THE WRITER SAID NIVEN NEVER MADE IT AS BIG AS HE COULD HAVE. HE MENTIONED THAT MARIO HAD "GREAT TONSILS". AND JUST MENTIONED TONO IN PASSING. THEN LATER HE WROTE THAT LANZA WAS UNIQUE IN THAT HE SANG POP AND CLASSICAL EQUALLY WELL. I ALWAYS FELT NIVEN DID A GREAT JOB IN TONO. JUST JUDGING FROM THAT EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE I THINK HE COULD HAVE BEEN A MORE PROMINENT HOLLYWOOD PERSONA GIVEN THE RIGHT BREAKS..
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
03-01-2021
02:52 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
THANKS FOR THAT INFORMATION VINCE. I HAVE BOTH CDS, SO IT GOES TO SHOW YOU I HAVEN'T PLAYED THEM IN YEARS. THE VIDEO YOU ADDED IS SUPERB.
58752
Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
03-01-2021
11:02 AM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228
Hi! Sam, Im glad you enjoyed it, Ive had those selections for quite a while, they are on Damon Lanzas If You Were Mine cd which I think I ordered about 14 years ago.
The Cavalleria Rusticana and Il Trovatore selections can be found remastered on Sepia Records CD Greatest Operatic Performances volume 2.
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Mike from L.I.Person was signed in when posted
02-28-2021
10:44 PM ET (US)
IP: 73.1.181.206
VCR alert: "Toast of New Orleans" tomorrow morning 8:00 am on Turner Classics.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
02-28-2021
12:44 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
VINCE: I JUST HEARD THE DELETED AND EXTENDED SEQUENCES OF MARIO FROM GREAT CARUSO. GREAT! AMAZING! WHERE DID YOU FIND THIS MATERIAL? JUST WHEN WE THINK THERE ARE NO MORE RECORDINGS NEW WE WILL EVER HEAR FROM "THE VAULTS", SOMETHING LIKE THIS COMES ALONG. BRAVO! ALSO, THE PIC AND SOUND QUALITY IS EXCELLENT. BEST WISHES, SAM
58749
Diane Cox
02-28-2021
11:42 AM ET (US)
IP: 23.127.59.195
Julie, I believe the explanation has to do with not having the deluxe web page. Moderators are deleting posts regularly.
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Julie Page
02-27-2021
03:43 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
What is happening here? No supervision. Who are these people and where are our faithful posters? Bill, glad to hear about the opening, though I wouldn't be able to attend. Hope it's a success.
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Bill Ronayne
02-26-2021
05:07 PM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.186.93
MARIO LANZA MUSEUM REOPENING IN MARCH!

The Mario Lanza Museum will be open on Saturdays starting March 6, 2021 from 1pm - 4pm. Admission is $10 per person and reservations are required. Current Covid-19 restrictions allow 9 visitors and 1 staff person at a time. All attendees must wear a mask and observe social distancing regulations at all times. Please call 215-238-9691 or email info@mariolanzainstitute.org to make a reservation. Please note that the museum will only be open on Saturdays for now. Sorry for any inconvenience. The museum is located at 1214 Reed Street in Philadelphia.

Best, Bill
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Derek MainwaringPerson was signed in when posted
02-26-2021
11:52 AM ET (US)
IP: 24.13.64.27
Hi Sam, I made reference to the audio quality on my post 58701 but with less than two weeks to go before you receive your DVD, I think it best that you wait till then and form your own opinion. You are one of those passionate fans who will scrutinize every aspect of the upgrade and I don't want to color your opinion too much beforehand.
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SAM
02-25-2021
05:42 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
GREAT NEWS ABOUT GREAT CARUSO DEREK. MY ADVANCE ORDER IS IN! DID YOU BY ANY CHANCE NOTICE IF THE SOUND WAS IMPROVED TOO?
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Kristine C
02-22-2021
09:39 AM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Vince, very interesting scenes. I always like to watch deleted scenes. Terry Robinson once said he was in a scene in "The Great Caruso", where he played a news reporter interviewing Caruso. It ended up on the cutting room floor. The aria from "Il Trovatore" "Misere"was sung by Allan Jones and Kitty Carlisle in "A Night At The Opera"(1935).
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
02-22-2021
12:08 AM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228

https://youtu.be/PMBxeqW90Aw
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Stephen of Las Vegas
02-19-2021
11:03 AM ET (US)
IP: 70.180.168.11
Vince: Wow! Thanks for this additional detailed information and links. I must have missed your original posts back in October. I'll have to check for them. You must have quite a collection of electronics to be able to create these masterpieces. And a very nice voice yourself. Thanks again.
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
02-19-2021
08:13 AM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228
Stephen as an example, here is Mario's vocal track which I was able to isolate from the SACD release (there is slight bleed over to Mario's mic of course from the orchestra & chorus being recorded live along with Mario)
Firstly Voce 'e Notte - https://youtu.be/oADvo6CpUuI
And Funicul Funicul - https://youtu.be/Ji_DMpBZm5w
By the same token I can also listen to the orchestrations without Mario, it allows you to hear orchestral details but of course you miss Mario! :-)
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
02-19-2021
08:06 AM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228
Honestly Stephen, you are not really losing anything playing just the cd layer of the 2006 SACD. As regards Mario's vocals there is no difference other than he has that dedicated center speaker on SACD playback, which thankfully in my case is a beautiful Mission speaker so he sounds magnificent.
Those Living Stereo master recordings were 3 track, that is why they are perfect for multichannel SACD but they were mixed down to 2 channel master tapes, that is what was used for the 1995 cd release. Now when Sony worked on the 2006 SACD release they went back to the original 3 track masters and created a new and for me superior stereo mix, they even corrected mixing/mastering errors from 1959.
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Stephen of Las Vegas
02-18-2021
08:48 PM ET (US)
IP: 70.180.168.11
Vince: Is there any difference in the qualities of Mario's voice on the SACD playback compared to the CD? How did they get 3 channels from the original 2 channel source? Was Mario recorded on one channel and both the orchestra and chorus together on the second channel? Then, are what you're getting on your left and right speakers identical? The specs for SACD are much greater than for CD, so I had hoped that if the original tapes had been digitized on equipment with a much higher bit rate than an ordinary CD, then a SACD made from it would carry more information from the original tapes...hence, better sound. Or is this much higher bit rate just to provide the extra channels?
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Kristine C
02-18-2021
07:27 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
"The Girl Of The Golden West" was made into a movie with Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Buddy Ebsen, Walter Pidegon. Was it the same story as the opera ? Good compilation, Vince. Do you think there will be a DVD's collection of Mario Lanza's movies in one package ? I look forward to the Blu-Ray of "The Great Caruso". Prayers for the people of Texas. Were those photos , from the video, from the time, Mario and Betty stayed at Ginger Rogers's ranch , near Rogue River, Oregon ? I remember Terry Robinson said Mario Lanza loved horses and would have had a horse ranch, had he lived. You know, Vaughn Monroe was in a western movie "Singing Guns" and appeared on an episode of "Bonanza", where Pernell Roberts sang, too. Can you imagine if Mario had appeared on "Bonanza" ? Opera singer, William Marshall appeared on it as a famous opera singer, who was mistaken for a runaway slave.
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
02-18-2021
07:03 PM ET (US)
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Hi! Stephen, Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
The 2006 SACD is far superior to the 1995 CD release. There seemed to be no effort in restoration & remastering on the 1995 release. The 2006 SACD release is definitely the best I have ever heard this album.
The difference with SACD listening is that it is multi-track, 3 tracks in this case, so Mario is on his own channel, center speaker on my set-up. The orchestra & chorus are on my left & right speakers. Of course thee is a certain amount of bleed over to other tracks but the separation is fascinating.
It does sound impressive but ultimately those classic Living Stereo releases were mixed for a 2 speaker set-up so the CD playback is just as impressive.
Edited 02-18-2021 07:37 PM
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
02-18-2021
06:50 PM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228

Mario Lanza aged 19 "Ch'ella mi creda" private recording with orchestra, lyrics & translation.
https://youtu.be/s6xBbj4A3kc
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Stephen of Las Vegas
02-18-2021
05:53 PM ET (US)
IP: 70.180.168.11
To Vincent: Your Mario! tribute on Youtube is fantastic. Thank you. Have you been able to play the 2006 SACD on a suitable player to hear the higher quality SACD tracks? If so, can you describe how much better they sound than the normal CD tracks? Also, how do the normal CD tracks on this disc compare to the original 1995 Mario! CD? It's incredible that they were able to fit the SACD tracks and the ordinary CD tracks on the same disc.
Thank you.
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Bill Ronayne
02-17-2021
08:40 AM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.186.93
Thanks Suzanne and Derek. I agree Martino regarding The Student Prince. It's a first rate film and I always enjoy watching it. Naturally I would prefer that Mario was physically in it but at least we have his glorious singing to enjoy. He owned that music! Looking forward to the Blu-ray Great Caruso release.

Diane: It depends on what you have. The Lanza Museum has all of the LP's etc. Email me at info@mariolanzainstitute.org and we can discuss the other items.

Best, Bill
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
02-17-2021
07:37 AM ET (US)
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Oh! Derek, Im actually finding it impossible to pre-order the Blu-ray.
I was hoping to feature it on a YouTube review/ profile & try raise its profile, my videos seem to be reaching quite a large amount of people, but I have no contact with Warner Archive.
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
02-17-2021
07:21 AM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228
Thanks for checking Derek. Im sorry if I seem to being picky, thats not the case, I was just wondering if the remastering was to such a standard that this wee glitch was caught & tidied, Id say it has been if they used original elements. 👍🏻
Just to clear it up it happens on this exchange as I got the word wrong in the earlier comment:

Enrico - for the diamond horseshoe, used to the delicate polish of Jean de Reszke, Caruso was too bourgeois to be...
Alfredo - palatable.
He then lists the positive reactions from other countries.

When Alfredo cuts in helping Enrico read the word Palatable this is when the cut/dropout happens on the soundtrack, on the Warner Archive dvd palatable is missing completely, the soundtrack usually fixes itself on versions Ive seen over the years by the line in Covent Garden even the King cheered.
Again Im not being silly or picky, Ive just always found this soundtrack glitch odd, it actually seems to have got worse since I first saw the film on the BBC in the late 70s.
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Derek MainwaringPerson was signed in when posted
02-16-2021
10:28 PM ET (US)
IP: 24.13.64.27
I compared that newspaper review scene on both DVDs, Vince, and found nothing unusual about it. You'll be the best judge on this when you get your copy of the new Blu-ray.
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Julie Page
02-16-2021
03:06 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
I presume "no Outtakes" means there are no extras at all. I still want to see it. Wondering where our friends Fred and Jim are these days. They're missed, and needed. Sam, glad you're back.
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Derek MainwaringPerson was signed in when posted
02-16-2021
10:08 AM ET (US)
IP: 24.13.64.27
Hi Vince,
Yes, it is a true remastering. Warners worked on this for months and I think you'll be very pleased when you see how it turned out. I took a quick look at the scene you mentioned and didn't notice any awkward edit, though Donath says something that I couldn't quite catch. I'll compare it with the previous DVD and report back later. You have an editor's eye for these things that most of us wouldn't particularly notice.

It's part of the Warner Archive series which means it's a bare bones release, with none of the bells and whistle that were included on the beautifully produced German "Blu-ray" edition of "For the First Time" (Der Sanger Von Capri). The critical difference, of course, is TGC is a true remastering, whereas FTFT blazingly bright though it is is not.

I know for a fact that Warners put time, money and a real commitment into the restoration, but like that brief scene you mentioned, committed folks like you will still catch things that might have been done better. You can still hear the slight audio edit at the end of "Celeste Aida," for example, but that's the way it was shown in the cinema and I suspect the restorers might argue against tinkering too much with the original.

The same thinking applies to the audio overall. The soundtrack recordings for Mario's first three movies were captured on optical film and there are limits to what can be done with that. No surround sound, for one thing, unless some doctoring is carried out, and purists inevitably object to that
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
02-16-2021
07:16 AM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228
Great to hear Derek!
So it's a true remastering? Can I ask you a quick question, a silly wee thing actually, on I think every broadcast, VHS and DVD release I have seen so far there is a cut on the dialogue (and sometimes picture) when Ludwig Donath reads the newspaper review over Mario's shoulder after the Met debut, the cut is usually on or around the word "comparable". If anything this awkward cut got even worse (audibly) by the time of the Warner Archive DVD release.
As I said its a silly wee thing, but has that cut/dropout been restored? I suppose this would kind of demonstrate to me there was some effort put in with this remastering.
Your descriptions definitely make it sound like a job well done.
Edited 02-16-2021 07:27 AM
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02-16-2021
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IP: 168.90.199.52
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Derek MainwaringPerson was signed in when posted
02-15-2021
11:19 PM ET (US)
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Congratulations again, Bill, another great accomplishment! Ellisa was thrilled when she heard the news.

And I agree with you wholeheartedly, Martino: "The Student Prince" is a delightful movie. Great cast, top notch production values, a good script, fine direction by Richard Thorpe (I love the way he staged the "Beloved" scene), and to top it all (IMHO), Mario Lanza's most beautiful singing ever.

In other happy news, I received an advance copy of the "The Great Caruso" on Blu-ray from Warner Bros. last week and I am delighted to report that the visual quality of the remastered edition is stunning. The colors are so vivid that there were times I felt I was seeing the movie for the very first time. It's that good.

A menu bar on the disc allows you to jump directly to every musical track in the film and it was thrilling to hear Mario's voice ring out from such a pristine print. No outtakes are included and I'm not even sure they still exist in the vaults.

The important extra is Mark Kidel's excellent documentary, "Mario Lanza: Singing to the Gods" (my title, but all Mark's work). I hadn't watched it in years and it holds up really well, a first-class introduction to Mario for viewers wanting to know more about the man and his incredible voice. It serves as a reminder, too, of one very dear friend, Terry Robinson, who is no longer with us.

All in all, an absolute must-have for everyone with a Blu-ray player.
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Diane Cox
02-15-2021
04:57 PM ET (US)
IP: 23.127.59.195
Bill, anything you need at the institute? I'm going to divest myself of my Lanza collection. Some magazines, vinyl, etc.
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Julie Page(Suzanne)
02-15-2021
03:58 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
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11:22 AM ET (US)
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Bill, I've always thought that the people who did not want to watch TSP because Mario was not in it as an actor were missing out on a pretty good movie overall. Lanza's singing was tops of course and worth the price of admission alone, but Edmund Purdom did a very good job in an almost impossible situation. In fact, I believe that in acting, physical characteristics and demeanor, he was at least as good as Mario could have been in the role, probably even better. Ann Blyth, as I have often said, is always a delight in everything she does and the scene sets and costumes were first rate. The picture and sound was also very good with Mario's voice unrestrained by "special effects" the way "Serenade" for example was cursed.

I like this movie a lot not just because it is Romberg at his finest, but for many reasons. Yes, it could have been better with the real singer appearing in the movie but under the circumstances they did the best they could. I think everyone should give this film a chance - they may be pleasantly surprised.
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Bill Ronayne
02-15-2021
10:05 AM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.186.93
Thanks Kristine and Martino. It's already in the past Kristine so they wouldn't cover it now. Even with advance notice I don't feel that they would have done a story on it. TCM didn't even show his films on January 31st and the MLI sent a request in early October. By the way, Mario's films are starting to be shown on TCM. The Student Prince is on this Wednesday the 17th at 4pm ET. I know that some won't watch this film but at least his voice is on the airwaves. The Toast of New Orleans is on TCM on March 1st at 8am as part of a salute to David Niven. Also of interest would be the first sound version of New Moon from 1930 with Grace Moore and Lawrence Tibbett on Thursday the 18th at 7:45am. Some great singing in all 3 films! Best, Bill
Edited 02-15-2021 10:06 AM
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
02-14-2021
05:54 PM ET (US)
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Very nice, Bill. Mario receives too few of these accolades and recognitions. Every honor he receives is well earned and I hope more and more are issued to salute the greatest voice of all time.
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Kristine C
02-14-2021
05:11 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Bill, congratulations and thanks to Governor Tom Wolf(Pennsylvania). Is there any chance of having this on "Sunday Morning" t.v. show, CBS TV(before "Face The Nation") or on PBS TV ? How about on TCM ? There is another cable movie channel called MovieTV Network which shows a mixture of old and current movies. Sometimes, they show old M-G-M movies, Astaire-Rogers, "Rebel Without A Cause", etc. I don't know if they have Mario's movies. They did some trivia about Astaire-Rogers, when they aired their movies, a few months back. There is the publication, Closer Weekly Magazine, which has stories about past movie stars. Happy Valentine's Day , Everybody ! Stay well.
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Bill Ronayne
02-14-2021
05:00 PM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.186.93

Just arrived yesterday! The request went in a little too late to get this sooner but better late than never. Viva Mario! Best, Bill.
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Kristine C
02-10-2021
06:20 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Barbara, thank you for information and it's the first time I heard, "The Great Caruso" was nominated in three categories for Oscars. I think, Helen Rose handled the costumes and wardrobe for M-G-M and Giles Steele handled the wardrobe for the actors. Hopefully, there should be an exhibit about "The Great Caruso" at The Academy of Motion Pictures -Arts and Sciences' new Museum, which just opened, in Beverly Hills.
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Kristine C
02-10-2021
06:14 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Sam, yes, that was when Hollywood Soprano, Irene Manning brought Mario to Warner Bros. At the time, Jack Warner wasn't impressed with Mario's heavy stature, thought he wouldn't be an appealing leading man. Then, of course, when he saw the changed appearance of Mario in "That Midnight Kiss", is when he had regrets not signing him. You know, sometimes that happens. At first, Hollywood didn't think Fred Astaire would have appeal on the screen. By the way, TCM honored Lana Turner on what would have been her 100th Birthday, yesterday, yet, no honoring Mario Lanza on his 100th Birthday.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
02-10-2021
03:12 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
INTERESTING TIDBIT: JACK WARNER TURNED MARIO DOWN IN THE LATE FORTIES WHEN LANZA WANTEDTO JOIN WB. OF COURSE AFTER MARIO SUCCESSFULLY JOINED MGM, WARNER FULLY REGRETTED THAT DECISION. IN 1956, MARIO DID ONE FILM FOR WB, WHCH WAS "SERENADE".
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Julie Page
02-09-2021
02:07 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
Hi Valeria. Interesting. I've been wondering where you've been. Best wishes.
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Valeria PugiottoPerson was signed in when posted
02-09-2021
11:15 AM ET (US)
IP: 93.42.98.163
Hello, everybody! So, today, I received the February 1951 copy of Screen Stars. In it, there is an article written by Mario entitled When a man loves. It is a very sweet article in which Mario talks about Betty, how they met, how much he loved her. Well, in the article, he says he proposed to her in her sister-in-laws apartment, while the two of them were having dinner alone. So, contrary to what it is written on some of the biographies published so far, Mario did not propose in a restaurant. Mario was a family man, so it makes much more sense, and, since he is writing it, it must be the truth. That just proves the fact that the Media should not be trusted 100%, and a story it is true only if it is related by those who experienced it in the first place. Something I learned when I was in academia, long time ago. 🙂
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Suzanne (Julie Page)
02-08-2021
03:33 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
Why should anyone want to search for a new Mario. There was only one Mario and never will there be another. As it should be.
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Dennis1Person was signed in when posted
02-05-2021
10:02 PM ET (US)
IP: 76.126.57.19
I wrote here recently praising the administrator for his diligence and work in removing trolls. However, I must admit, that I read everything on this site, including troll-talk. I never click on their links, but I find some of them humorous. For example, "Junko" wants to "donate" to our site. Sssurrrre. The link has the intriguing address of "medical debt" Hello? Any clue on what he/she wants? And "Lorenzo" thinks that Jeff Rense visited his site and he wants us to also visit. Of course.

Anyhow, still glad that Mario's 100th birthday has sparked some media interest and celebrations. Wasn't sure that anything like that would happen. Viva Mario!
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Barbara CliftonPerson was signed in when posted
02-05-2021
01:10 PM ET (US)
IP: 23.127.59.195
(aka) Diane Cox
The film was nominated for three Academy Awards; at the 24th Academy Awards ceremony, Douglas Shearer and the MGM Studio Sound Department won for Best Sound.[5] The film was also Oscar-nominated for its costume design and its score.
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Kristine C
02-03-2021
09:40 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
It said "The Great Caruso" was nominated for Oscars. I know, Douglas Shearer(brother of Norma Shearer)won it for the sound recording of "The Great Caruso". What were the other Oscar categories , it was nominated for ? I am glad it will be in Blu-Ray. Hoping his other movies will be, too. Cicely Tyson, Cloris Leachman, Larry King(RIP). Terry Robinson was supposed to be on Larry King's Radio Show, to promote his Lanza Book, then, it was cancelled.
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Kristine C
02-03-2021
09:34 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Mike, L.I., yes, I know who Oreste Kirkop was. He was in "The Vagabond King" with Kathryn Grayson(her last movie)and Rita Moreno. Some thought he would be the new Lanza, even Bing Crosby promoted him. That would be his only movie. He was Maltese and I think he passed away a few years ago. Kathryn Grayson said she and he had mutual friends in London. Whatever happened to tenors, Saverio Saradis, Tony Dalli , Ken Corday(Ed Ames thought Corday would be another Mario Lanza). Back in the 1980's, when I lived in my home state, New York, the radio show host, in Utica, N.Y., played a recording of a tenor, named Gianni Costa. It was said Sammy Cahn discovered him. I thought he sounded like a mixture of Lanza and Dennis Day. I don't know what happened to him. Enzo Stuarti just went so far. Does anyone remember tenor , Jimmy Carroll ? He appeared on Arthur Godfrey. There's a recording of him, on You Tube, singing "Let One Flower Grow Alone In Your Garden".
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Mike from L.I.Person was signed in when posted
02-03-2021
08:23 PM ET (US)
IP: 73.1.181.206
Anyone ever heard Oreste Kirkop, the tenor from Malta? Closest to Mario's tone I ever heard.But his English was quite poor.
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Mike from L.I.Person was signed in when posted
02-03-2021
08:20 PM ET (US)
IP: 73.1.181.206
Kind of enjoyed the Costello tribute, but the search for the next Mario continues. Pulled the plug when he didn't go for the high-C in "Be my love". Maybe someday! We can only hope!!
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
02-03-2021
01:54 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
I find this rather new technology fascinating and did a little research on it. It is a complicated process. There are several Western pictures that were released around the time of TGC, which have had this same kind of transfer made. Some of these Westerns include Trigger, Jr., released in 1950 (Roy Rogers) and Singing Guns, also released in 1950, staring Vaughn Monroe.

The reviews for this "re-mastering" of the Western films are quite good. The enhancement of TGC should be gorgeous given the excellent quality of the original negatives, which were reproduced beautifully in MGMs wonderful Technicolor processing. I still marvel at how vibrant Technicolor films look, even to this day. Hopefully, more Lanza films will follow using this technology.

Apparently, the higher resolution technique is used in the scan to get the best image possible but it has nothing to do with playback since it is an enhancement of the film negatives. Then, the enhanced negatives are transferred to HD capability (Blu-Ray), which can be played without the equipment requirements of UHD (4K). I don't completely grasp this but it is starting to make sense to me. I'm sure this disk will be by far the best of all of Mario Lanza's dvds.
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
02-03-2021
09:55 AM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228
1080p HD Master Sourced from 4K scan of original nitrate Technicolor negatives!
https://www.hometheaterforum.com/community...u-ray.370911/?amp=1
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
02-03-2021
09:48 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Good guess, that is probably what happened. Still, they make it confusing by not fully explaining it although it won't make much difference to most people. Thanks.
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
02-03-2021
09:38 AM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228
Martino, Ill make a guess (just a guess) that the restoration & remastering is done to 4K standards but that the ultimate viewing will be perfectly compatible with normal Blu-ray players & TVs (2K).
If these companies are going to the trouble of working on original Technicolor negatives it makes sense to do it to the best resolution at that stage, possibly the only time they will put the work in on this release.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
02-03-2021
09:00 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
That is wonderful news Vince. But where does it say this has been restored to 4K? The website shows resolution of 1080p, which is HD Blu-Ray. 4K resolution is double that at 2160p and requires special cables, dvd player and display in order to play the video in true 4k. If it is only HD, then any modern dvd player and tv will reproduce the movie. However, if it is 4k, the special equipment I listed above has to be used. Even if the reproduction is indeed 4K, unless you have a very large display such as a projector screen over 100", the chances are you won't be able to tell much difference.

I went to another site: https://bluray.highdefdigest.com/92305/thegreatcaruso.html
and it shows the film restored in 4K but still identifies the resolution as only 1080p, which is not 4K. So I really don't know what the story is. It becomes a very important question because of the necessity of having the right equipment to play the disk. I'm just not familiar enough to understand why they would restore the film to 4K and then issue the disk in only HD.
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
02-03-2021
04:07 AM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228

So very excited about this, The Great Caruso finally released on Blu-ray, 4K restoration of original Technicolor negative. Released March 9th, 2021.
https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/The-Great-Caruso-Blu-ray/285421/
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Len (UK)Person was signed in when posted
02-02-2021
03:37 AM ET (US)
IP: 109.157.81.125
Thanks Wendy; I have now ordered a physical copy of that edition. Re Harmony Nights - I got Bill Rennolls to play 'Song of India' to mark the 60th anniversary of Mario's death in 2018. The problem I have with Classic FM is that they rarely stray from their play list although I do listen quite often. Sky Arts ran 'The Best of Everything' about two weeks ago early one morning. I had hoped that TCM would have run a Lanza season but perhaps they lack the broadcasting rights.
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Wendy StilwellPerson was signed in when posted
02-01-2021
02:35 PM ET (US)
IP: 90.208.94.180
Message to Len. There is a wonderful four page spread in the Jan/Feb edition of Opera Now magazine. He was mentioned on Classic FM, and in my area, Radio Kent, Harmony Night requests.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
02-01-2021
09:21 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I POSTED THE WRONG LINK FOR THE LANZA 100TH ANNIVERSAY SPECIAL. 26 MIN LONG ON THE WEBSITE THAT SHOULD REMAIN A GOOD WHILE.
https://www.pbssocal.org/shows/articulate/...io-lanza-100-rhmsld

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAREST MARIO! OTHERS CAN TRY BUT THEY WILL NEVER EQUAL YOUR GREATNESS!
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Kristine C
01-31-2021
07:23 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Happy Heavenly Birthday, Mario Lanza.
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Jeff
01-31-2021
04:39 PM ET (US)
IP: 209.180.237.137
Yes, indeed. Happy Birthday to the greatest ever. My most sincere thanks to all of you loyal friends who have supported this site and Mario for so many years. There are some nice things in the works that I will be posting soon...I just need the physical time. It will happen. Wishing each of you happiness and joy in these troubled times. Listening to the voice makes this writer feel free of it all...as is flying high above the madness. The 'awe' is 100% still there and always will be. I knew a doctor years ago who told me that his favorite patient, a woman in her late 80s, was actually staying alive just so she could continue to hear the Lanza voice every day. He was serious and I had no problem believing him. All good wishes to everyone.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
01-31-2021
12:32 PM ET (US)
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Tenor Brian Cheney will be singing a concert today and broadcast on youtube, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Mario Lanza's birth. The show is titled, "Because You're Mine". Perhaps not the most beautiful voice in the world but he sure has the high notes! His high Cs in the Faust romance and in Che Gelida Manina are quite impressive. Search youtube with his name and you will find a number of arias and songs sung by Cheney. The link for the tribute is below for anyone interested:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfNFwDQLQg...channel=BrianCheney
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Julie Page
01-31-2021
11:32 AM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
100 years ago today Jan.31,1921 the greatest tenor voice was born, Alfredo Cocozza, in Philadelphia in a room over his grandfather's grocery store. Little mention of it in newspapers, no films shown, except for those of us who never forget the magnificent Mario Lanza, can we keep it alive? The new museum should help. Thanks to all here who try so hard .Martino you're so right. Why is Caruso not forgotten, I wonder. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARIO.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
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10:30 AM ET (US)
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I agree Len. It is really up to Mario's fan base to keep his legacy alive, we can't rely on much help. A few people should be singled out for special mention, especially today: Derek Mannering and Derek McGovern, with their work in books, forums, information sources and media issues; Bill Ronyane with his newsletter and museum dedication, along with putting together and sponsoring various Lanza events throughout the year - year after year; and Vince DiPlacido with the great exposure he gives Lanza on social media. Last I looked, his latest "100" tribute on youtube, posted just a couple days ago, has already attracted over 13,000 viewers. A wonderful and important accomplishment. We owe these people, along with our own Jeff Rense who keeps this forum alive, a great deal of credit for keeping Mario Lanza in touch and relevant with modern audiences.

The media has long forgotten Mario except for an occasional article in a music magazine or the airing of one of his movies now and then. That TCM completely ignored Lanza day is surprising but not totally unexpected. The truth of the matter is that Lanza's audience is dying out, slowly but surely. It won't be long and that audience will consist of only singers (like Costello) who understand what a great voice is all about, and fan groups like ours. Such a shame but such is life, even for the most blessed and talented of us.
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Len (UK)Person was signed in when posted
01-31-2021
09:10 AM ET (US)
IP: 109.157.81.125
Here in the UK the centenary has gone completely unremarked by the broadcast and print media.

I think that we have to accept that Mario Lanza is a very niche interest that has no value to those who run the media. It's up to us to keep the name alive.
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Bill Ronayne
01-31-2021
09:07 AM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.179.137

Happy 100th birthday in Heaven dear Mario! May you always walk with God. The Mario Lanza Way signs were installed on the 1200 block of Reed St in Philadelphia where the Mario Lanza Museum is now located this past Friday just in time for Mario's 100th! Viva Mario!
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Julie Page (Suzanne)
01-30-2021
01:07 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
Wonderful tributes to our beloved tenor. Enjoyed every bit of it. Thank you all.100 yrs. Can it be possible! Glimpse of the new museum was so welcome.
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
01-30-2021
11:35 AM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228
Thank you Derek, Martino & Dennis.
Nice tribute from Stephen Costello, I especially appreciate the effort under these pandemic conditions.
It is sad news Derek that the Dublin centenary concert is being pushed back but it is something to look forward to...
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Dennis1Person was signed in when posted
01-30-2021
03:09 AM ET (US)
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Derek, thanks for the link to Articulate. A very nice tribute by tenor Stephen Costello, with some insights of his own. Good to see Elissa again. Costello has a pleasant tenor voice and I enjoyed the singing and the backing of piano and string section. But for a centenary overview, there was too little Lanza in my opinion, especially with all the source material to draw from. Costello sang the songs correctly I thought, but had no squillo compared to Lanza and despite Stephen's fervent renditions of the music, Mario somehow had more heart in them. I hope we will see more tributes in this year similar to this.
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Derek MainwaringPerson was signed in when posted
01-29-2021
01:31 PM ET (US)
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Amen to those sentiments, Jim.

And bravo, Vince, on another beautifully compiled tribute to Lanza on YouTube. Your editing throughout was first rate, especially on all those clips of "Be My Love." I also learned recently that the Dublin concert tribute to Mario has now been rescheduled to 2022, which is probably just as well given the current Covid situation. Performance date has yet to be determined, but I suspect it will be sometime in the fall.

And finally, I'm pleased to inform you that the latest salute to Mario, this time as part of the ARTICULATE series, is now available to view on their website. I know that Bill Ronayne played a part in this project as well, so kudos to everyone involved here.
https://articulateshow.org/videos/mario-lanza-at-100/
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Jim Thompson
01-29-2021
09:15 AM ET (US)
IP: 24.38.229.151
When all is heard, said and done, the voice of Mario Lanza stands out as a beacon of solid beauty. The greatest stars of opera have spoken glowingly of him. The voice, timbre, breath control, his diction and feelings for every word were beyond compare, all together magnificent!

Some names who greatly admired Mario: Sutherland, Di Stefano, Bjorling, Pavarotti, Domingo, Carreras, Leech, Tucker, Merrill, Callas, Moffo, Farrell, Hvorostovsky and the Queen, his friend, Licia Albanese. There are many more names of course. Countless superb recordings are released for the world's enjoyment. There are the movies but it all comes down to Mario Lanza, soul singer, presenter of absolute joy with his God-given talent. Rest in Peace, my friend. Grazie per tutti, Mario!
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Billie
01-29-2021
02:48 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.177.248.244
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
01-28-2021
10:06 AM ET (US)
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Another wonderful tribute. Good job, Vince.
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
01-28-2021
05:53 AM ET (US)
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Mario's 8 title cards. 1949-1959
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Dennis1Person was signed in when posted
01-27-2021
09:40 PM ET (US)
IP: 76.126.57.19
Vince, what a wonderful tribute to Mario! Listened to it straight through and enjoyed every second.
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Alex Valiansky
01-27-2021
09:17 PM ET (US)
IP: 107.77.214.127
For quite some time now, Ive been under the distinct impression that the powers that be at TCM are by no stretch of the imagination Mario Lanza enthusiasts.
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
01-27-2021
07:31 PM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228

To celebrate Mario's centenary, here is a collection of recordings, movie & TV appearances & montages.
I've a few nice editing touches in here, I hope you enjoy.
This is not a "best of" but more of an editing free-flow, a kind of stream of consciousness.
I also wanted to feature moments I maybe haven't focused on as much in my other videos so far.
Viva Mario!
https://youtu.be/hSr_GdQzROY
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JULIE PAGE
01-23-2021
02:33 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
Thank you Sam. thinking of you. Be well.(Suzanne)
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
01-23-2021
09:35 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
FYI:
On Friday night January 29 at 7:30 they will be doing a half hour program or Mario Lanza in honor of his one hundredth birthday. It'll be on PBS with a program called Articulate.

I AM STILL DEPRESSED SO WILL NOT BE READING OR POSTING. HOPE ALL ARE WELL....
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Dennis1Person was signed in when posted
01-22-2021
11:44 PM ET (US)
IP: 76.126.57.19
Bill, thanks for your commitment and dedication to this annual event. If I were on the East Coast I would be severely tempted to attend. I admire your faithful support of all things Lanza over the years.
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Bill Ronayne
01-22-2021
09:18 AM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.186.150
New Date for Mario Lanza Ball!

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions in place and our concern for the well-being and safety of those planning on attending our annual event, we have moved the Mario Lanza Ball once again to a new date: November 20, 2021 from 6:00 pm 10:00 pm. More information will be posted as we get closer.

In addition, the Mario Lanza Scholarship auditions will now take place in October of 2021 date and place to be announced.

Best, Bill
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Julie Page
01-20-2021
01:34 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
Thanks, Derek.
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Julie Page
01-19-2021
03:22 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
Typical. Donna and Elvis, but no Mario. What a surprise.
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Barbara CliftonPerson was signed in when posted
01-18-2021
03:35 PM ET (US)
IP: 23.127.59.195
(aka Diane Cox) Contacted TCM about Lanza's 100 birthday, and received two automated responses.
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Kristine
01-17-2021
12:47 AM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
TCM will show Donna Reed's movies for her 100th Birthday. So far, there are no Mario Lanza movies , on TCM, for his 100th Birthday. On January 8th, they showed Elvis Presley's movies on what would have been his 86th Birthday. Maybe Derek Mannering could contact Closer Weekly Magazine, for a Lanza Story. They have stories about past movie stars.
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RenseWebmasterPerson was signed in when posted
01-16-2021
07:42 PM ET (US)
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Kristine, I inadvertently deleted your last message while trying to delete a string of spam. Please repost.
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
01-10-2021
05:33 AM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228

Hi! Everybody, here is a bit of fun & joy.
https://youtu.be/lb3AYVvw-0I
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Kristine C
01-06-2021
08:29 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
There is another cable tv network called MovieTV Network. They show a mixture of old movies and current movies, similar, to TCM, only MovieTV Network has t.v. commercials. TCM's commercials are only for their merchandise. I wonder if MovieTV Network has Mario Lanza's movies, too ? They have shown a number of M-G-M movies, Astaire-Rogers movies, too.
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Derek MainwaringPerson was signed in when posted
01-06-2021
08:17 PM ET (US)
IP: 24.13.64.27
The article is now online, Suzanne. You can find it here:
https://www.operanews.com/Opera_News_Magaz...s/Lanza_at_100.html
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Julie Page(Suzanne)
01-06-2021
02:11 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
We Looked for Opera News at the only source here that I thought carried it, Barnes and Noble, but they didn't have it. any suggestions?Thanks.
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Derek MainwaringPerson was signed in when posted
01-05-2021
10:43 AM ET (US)
IP: 24.13.64.27
Thank you for those kind words, Martino, and I'm glad you enjoyed the Opera News article. (You too, Kristine.) Given the sort of audience the magazine reaches, I was especially pleased at the opportunity to remind music lovers of Mario's exceptional talent. His legacy is imperishable.

As Bill mentioned in his excellent newsletter, Mario will also be celebrated with a half-hour tribute on the arts show ARTICULATE. It's scheduled to air on Friday, Jan 29, 2021 on WLVT PBS39 and will also be available of the show's website (articulateshow.org) and on PBS's website on that date. It's hosted by tenor Stephen Costello who sings Lanza favorites throughout, Ellisa is featured talking about her dad, and there is brief glimpse of Bill and the new Lanza Museum included as well. More was planned for the tribute but Covid-19 pandemic restrictions put paid to that.

I have also been invited by the Mather organization to present a one-hour tribute to Mario on Zoom, a first for me, and this will go out live on Thursday, January 21 at 2:30 pm Central Time. If you have Zoom on your computer and would like to watch the program, you can register for free on Mather's website, mather.com. The link to sign up can be found under Programs then Telephone Topics Choose Your Topics and Register. Try a dry run by signing up for one of the other Zoom presentations if it helps.
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Dennis1Person was signed in when posted
01-04-2021
04:26 PM ET (US)
IP: 76.126.57.19
Before the administrator deletes the two recent trolls, take a look and see that their blog post sites are almost identical (except for two characters) and in a strange format. Sadly, it is likely that these two were suckered into believing that people would respond if praised and the author's blog post traffic would increase...or, more horribly, something maleficent would happen to anyone who responded.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
01-04-2021
11:43 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
To Derek Mannering: I just got an opportunity to read your Mario Lanza article in the current issue of Opera News. As to be expected from you, it was an exceptional tribute to one of the greatest voices of all time. In this current period of insanity, your article brought a nostalgic reminder of how things were in a more orderly and peaceful time. A time when giants such as Lanza walked the earth and could inspire people around the world with the mere singing of a simple tune. Such was the power of his voice and singing. We won't see another like him.

In the same issue, I also enjoyed the Opera News remembrance of the 60th anniversary of the dual MET debuts of Leontyne Price and Franco Corelli in "Il Trovatore". Again, a period when giants walked the earth. I doubt we will ever hear singers like them again either.

In so many ways society seems to be regressing, not only in matters of character, integrity and humanity but talent as well. It is fortunate for us that we have recordings and videos to hear and see what greatness really looks and sounds like. And Mario Lanza is a perfect example.
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Kristine C
12-31-2020
09:43 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Thanks to Phildaelphia City Council for voting approval of Mario Lanza Way, too !
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Kristine C
12-31-2020
09:42 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
Happy New Year, Everybody ! Stay well and hope 2021 will be joy, good health, peace ! I read the Opera News issue, Jan. 2021 which had the Mario Lanza at 100 story. I liked it. The issue also has the anniversary of Leontyne Price's and Franco Corelli's debuts in "Il Trovatore" at the Met, in 1961. Time for a stamp honoring Lanza and hope, TCM will show his movies, in January. Congrats, Bill, for Mario Lanza Way namesake and it would be great to have that story on the news, nationally, maybe on "Sunday Morning"(before "Face The Nation", on CBS TV) or PBS TV. Someone suggested, TCM should contact Ellisa Lanza Bregman to talk about her father on TCM, and say, "This is Ellisa Lanza Bregman for TCM". Take care, everybody.
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Dennis1Person was signed in when posted
12-31-2020
02:46 AM ET (US)
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Len, I envy your world of live music. I can't carry a tune so the thought of actually being in a choir, and singing at the Tower of London! is pretty exciting. I must be an older gentleman than you. I am still playing my vinyl record. In fact, I bought a new turntable in 2019, partly so I could play my Lanza vinyls with some integrity. Stay safelooks like the UK is having a time of it with this pandemic.
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Bill Ronayne
12-29-2020
03:47 PM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.185.73

The January 2021 issue of "The Legacy of Mario Lanza" newsletter has just been published. It's a special 20 page edition commemorating the 100th anniversary of Lanza's birth as well as the beginning of a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the release of "The Great Caruso." There are guest articles by Derek Mannering, Armando Cesari and Vince Di Placido as well as some of the regular features and an assortment of photos of Mario Lanza. For subscription information contact wjronayne@optonline.net.
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Len (UK)Person was signed in when posted
12-26-2020
05:50 AM ET (US)
IP: 109.157.81.90
Dennis, Im feeling the same loss as you. Christmas to me has also been about singing.

For most of the last 15 years I have had the privilege of singing in a Civil Service choir each year at the Tower of London in the Royal Chapel. Our village choir often ask me to sing a concert solo, so in the past I have regaled them with a couple of Mario favourites; Guardian Angels and Song of India. Last year I joined a newly formed classical choir which performed a charity Christmas concert. Only virtual singing this year thanks to Covid.

We didnt play the Mario Christmas CD this year. We broke with tradition by getting our Amazon Alexa to stream Lanza.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
12-25-2020
09:23 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216

A great message, Dennis. Judi and I spent Christmas Eve alone as well but we had a great time of it and truly enjoyed being alone with each other. Thanks for reminding us that sacrifices are not really all that bad when they are shared with the person you love. Merry Christmas and a Happy and safe New Year to all.
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John
12-25-2020
05:40 PM ET (US)
IP: 47.227.11.80
Thank you for the inspiring message, Dennis. I needed to hear that!!
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Dennis1Person was signed in when posted
12-25-2020
12:43 PM ET (US)
IP: 76.126.57.19
Traditions and rituals are important in human living. Especially during the winter holidays, when a tradition cannot be kept, we feel its loss keenly. But when a tradition can be attempted or kept, we rejoice in rescuing it.

For the first time in 62 years, my wife and I were alone at Christmas Eve, the time my Austrian spouse serves traditional dishes and other accompanying traditions are carried out. We felt the loss deeply in this Covid-shut-down state.

Our church has had a tradition for 43 years of a Christmas Eve service at 11:00 pm which closes with the congregation gathering in the parking lot, singing a cappella carols, and forming a circle of light with each holding a small candle. Impossible under current Covid restrictions.

This year, my wife still prepared a great meal, we still listened to timeless music, we still contacted distant family, we still rejoiced in the meaning of Christmas. My church recorded a candlelit mini-service and played it on Zoom at 11:45 which ended with Silent Night, a collage of willing families with each holding a candle and singing the carol, from 3-year-olds to great-grandparents. It all worked to lift our spirits.

And as I have every Christmas morning for more than 50 years, I welcomed the day by playing Marios Christmas album, beginning with the first carol, Joy To The World!

Merry Christmas, friends, though none personally met by me. Keep strong!
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RenseWebmasterPerson was signed in when posted
12-17-2020
08:47 PM ET (US)
IP: 99.147.157.102
Congratulations to Bill and the board of the Mario Lanza Institute on the naming of Mario Lanza Way.

More recognition for Mario and his centennial: the January issue of OPERA NEWS features a two-page article with photos entitled LANZA AT 100. The article is by Lanza biographer Derek Mannering, who speaks of Mario's enduring influence on opera and opera singers.
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Dennis1Person was signed in when posted
12-17-2020
12:17 AM ET (US)
IP: 76.126.57.19
Bill, Great work. I am a little familiar with how city councils work and I know it takes a lot of effort to be known to one or more council members. What an exciting address for the museum in the future!
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Barbara CliftonPerson was signed in when posted
12-16-2020
11:55 PM ET (US)
IP: 23.127.59.195
I was feeling kinda sad tonight, so I watched TONO and now I'm happy again. So many good moments, and a wonderful passionate ending. Never fails to make me feel good.
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Julie PageL
12-16-2020
08:22 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
Loved the Video. Thanks, Vince, Again and again.
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Julie Page
12-16-2020
08:15 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
Wonderful news, Bill. Hope it all works out. Anyone see Jeopardy this evening? Mario was actually mentioned. The question was the Opera from which he sang "Nessun Dorma" {Turandot) . So rare to hear him mentioned it nearly blew me away! Keep us posted, Bill. Thanks for your great work. May you all stay well this year and next.
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Bill Ronayne
12-16-2020
10:10 AM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.188.106
I am very happy and proud to announce that the City Council of Philadelphia adopted a resolution on December 10, 2020 also naming the 1200 block of Reed St, on which the Mario Lanza Museum is now located, Mario Lanza Way in honor of the 100th anniversary of Mario Lanza's birth!

The Mario Lanza Institute worked along with the local councilman and civic association president and of course with the cooperation of residents of the block to bring this to fruition.

No date has been set for the unveiling ceremony but we're hoping to do this as close as possible to January 31, 2021 weather and covid restrictions permitting. Once the date is confirmed, I will make an announcement. If the restrictions are lifted in time for the unveiling of the sign, then there will be a public reception at the museum. We'll see what happens.

Stay safe everyone and be well and all the best for a happy holiday season and New Year.

Bill
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
12-15-2020
04:01 PM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228

A new video.
https://youtu.be/pr_Z2qffkcE
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Dennis1Person was signed in when posted
12-14-2020
04:50 PM ET (US)
IP: 76.126.57.19
Hello John, that was a new clip for me as well. Notice that it is funny and seems so in touch for fans on this site, but likely it would be completely opaque for viewers today who have no experience with Mario. If you find more like that, post again. It's nice to discover something new about our man.
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Julie Page
12-14-2020
03:58 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
Hi John! That was pretty amusing. Hadn't seen it. Thanks. Stay well.
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John in Indiana
12-13-2020
09:22 PM ET (US)
IP: 47.227.11.80
Good evening. Here's some Mario Lanza humor... :-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NawVQxh6sBo

Peace,
John
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Kristine C
12-11-2020
07:45 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.37.64
George Chakiris's autobiography will be out in March. It's called "My West Side Story-A Memoir" and it will be available, pre-order on Amazon. com. I read some of the pages on the website. He mentions Mario Lanza, in the book. When he was at M-G-M, dancing in the chorus, he mentioned meeting Elizabeth Taylor, who was 15, at the time, and they were invited to watch, hear Mario Lanza sing a song for one of his movies. George also mentions Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Debbie Reynolds, Rosemary Clooney, Marilyn Monroe(he was in the male chorus, surrounding Marilyn, when she sang "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes". It should be an interesting book. I am facebook friends with him.
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Julie Page
12-07-2020
04:39 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
We were talking about the fact that the U.S.Post office has never issued a Mario Lanza stamp, and searching, found that a stamp was issued in Haifa, Israel in 2014 in a series called Opera Greats. Some are listed on Ebay now. Perfect time for it on the 100th anniversary of his birth,in January. With the post office in such disarray. more doubtful than ever. How sad.
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
12-07-2020
04:54 AM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228
Thanks Mike! Yes! I was going to throw in that wee fact about Ravenscroft, even as a onscreen text but I just let the Nativity footage run as it worked so well over We 3 Kings. What a great voice Ravenscroft had.
I didnt have a 45rpm album version to show on screen but I must track one down for the collection, I am an awful obsessive completist as regards my record collection.
Buon Natale!
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Mike from L.I.Person was signed in when posted
12-05-2020
03:31 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.74.19.115
Vincent, thanks for the compilation. Christmas 1951, the album was under the tree but mine was 45 EP instead of 78 SP. I was eleven.Same album. Note may be of interest to you. We three kings basso was named Thurl Ravenscroft (sp.)? He also did "Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!" with Mario. What is interesting is he was best known as the voice of Tony the Tiger for Frosted Flakes!
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Kristine C
12-02-2020
07:40 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.1.174
"Because You're Mine" will be on TCM, Friday, Dec. 4th, at 6:00 AM , Eastern Time Zone. I wonder if Funko Pop ! Figurines will ever have a Mario Lanza Figurine ? They have Burt Reynolds, Marilyn Monroe, Babe Ruth, Tom Selleck, Elvis, cartoon characters, John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John(from "Grease"), Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey("Dirty Dancing), Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet("Titanic"), Leonardo daVinci, and Vincent Van Gogh, Tom Hanks("Forrest Gump"). Stay well, everybody.
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Dennis1Person was signed in when posted
11-29-2020
11:55 PM ET (US)
IP: 76.126.57.19
Whoever is the topic administrator at this point, you are doing a great job erasing these bothersome trolls. I applaud you for your commitment.
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Bill Ronayne
11-29-2020
11:16 AM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.188.106
December 1, 2020 has been designated as Giving Tuesday this year throughout the world. This is a special day for all people to donate to organizations that have meaning to them and hold a warm place in their hearts.

The Covid-19 pandemic is continuing to take its toll in many ways and arts organizations, like the Mario Lanza Institute, are really struggling. Social distancing restrictions in Philadelphia are preventing us from holding in person fundraisers in restaurants etc. and, as of November 20th, the Mario Lanza Museum, which recently reopened on October 7th, must now remained closed through January 1, 2021 as it is considered nonessential.

So, we are appealing for a donation to offset our expenses. Your contribution will make an impact no matter what amount you can afford to give as every little bit helps. Contributions can be made online on our web site at www.mariolanzainstitute.org by clicking on the donate button. If you prefer to donate by check, please make it out to Mario Lanza Institute and mail it to Mario Lanza Institute 1214 Reed Street Philadelphia, PA 19147.

Thanks in advance your support. We look forward to welcoming everyone at the museum again in 2021 as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mario Lanza. Please follow the guidelines, stay safe and all the best for the coming holidays.

Bill
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
11-28-2020
10:43 AM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228
Yes! Suzanne, thats my wee darling Sofia decorating our Christmas tree with her Mammy in Christmas 2018 & 2019
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Suzanne(Julie Page)
11-27-2020
05:16 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
Masterful as always , Vince. Never hear enough. Thanks so much. Can That be your little girl,so grown up? Blessings to you and yours.
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
11-27-2020
03:34 PM ET (US)
IP: 51.171.44.180
Thanks a million, Derek!
I love doing them and the reactions make it so worthwhile, there have been some lovely messages from all parts of the world.
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Derek MainwaringPerson was signed in when posted
11-27-2020
11:31 AM ET (US)
IP: 24.13.64.27
Beautifully done, Vince, and one to share with Ellisa. You have a real talent for compiling these YouTube Lanza tributes.
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
11-26-2020
07:12 PM ET (US)
IP: 86.44.28.228

A new film.
A Mario Lanza Christmas Celebration!
https://youtu.be/AE3OlL5Kh9I
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Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
11-25-2020
09:19 AM ET (US)
IP: 162.193.151.180
I used to sing these songs in my heyday, years ago. In lower keys, as I was a bass baritone. The good old days - wonderful memories. Ciao.
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Len (UK)Person was signed in when posted
11-25-2020
08:38 AM ET (US)
IP: 86.172.111.94
I have today been able to add a copy of 'Lygia' to my small collection of Lanza sheet music. It occurs to me that perhaps the Lanza museum ought to house a repository of music that Mario performed. Lygia is never(?) performed these days and I have copies of Guardian Angels and also Song of India. These are forgotten gems from the middle of the last century. Being out of print there should not be significant copyright issues.

Perhaps this is already in hand. I cannot imagine that I am the first to think of this.
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Kristine C
11-24-2020
05:44 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.1.174
Happy Thanksgiving to all and stay well ! Since Mario would have been 100 in January, I hope he would be honored on stamps. Long overdue.
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John
11-23-2020
10:23 PM ET (US)
IP: 47.227.11.80

Good evening, everyone. Good to see the old format back. I thought I'd post a picture as well (my favorite).

Peace,
John
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Bill Ronayne
11-21-2020
05:51 PM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.188.106
Good to have the old format back, thanks. Best, Bill
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Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
11-21-2020
05:36 PM ET (US)
IP: 162.193.151.180
I am glad to see the format is now back to normal. I hope everything remains in good order. LLL - Long live Lanza!! Ciao.
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Dennis1Person was signed in when posted
11-21-2020
02:48 PM ET (US)
IP: 76.126.57.19
Changed website! Hooray! What a wonderful Thanksgiving present! I hope we can continue to be thankful that spammers stay away.
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Julie Page
11-21-2020
02:25 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
Good. Hope it lasts. Thanks.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
11-21-2020
11:15 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216

Excellent news. This is a test with a photo to see if all has returned to normal.

Yep, all is well. Thanks Jeff.
Edited 11-21-2020 11:16 AM
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RenseWebmasterPerson was signed in when posted
11-21-2020
10:43 AM ET (US)
IP: 99.147.157.102
The PRO format has been renewed, and in recognition of the problems the site experienced for over a month, QuickTopic has added a complimentary year on to the subscription for Jeff. Now messages will again be easier to read, and photos and links can be uploaded.

Also, we have switched off the sign-in requirement, which made it necessary for people to create profiles, often having to create names other than their own. As you may recall, we went to that option a few years ago only after the site had been basically been taken over by spammers, and the flood of junk mail and "visit my site" posts far outweighed legit posts about Mario Lanza. We know many have not been happy with having to sign in with fictitious names - but were equally unhappy with spam. So we'll try once again with not signing up or signing in. If the site gets taken over again by junk mail - and you saw how much junk came in the past month when it was the old format - we'll have to return to signing in.

Thanks to everyone for hanging in there.
Edited 11-21-2020 10:44 AM
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Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
11-21-2020
10:11 AM ET (US)
IP: 162.193.151.180
Dear Jeff Rense: Hopefully, the problems will be resolved soon. Please keep us informed. Thanks. Ciao.
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RenseWebmasterPerson was signed in when posted
11-20-2020
11:44 AM ET (US)
IP: 99.147.157.102
Hello all, the problems with the forum were reported a month ago to QuickTopic. The issue is that the subscription to QuickTopic Pro - a $49 annual fee which Jeff has paid - expired. The person who formally handled all this for Jeff no longer is able to, and Jeff's efforts to take care of it himself have been stymied, with Jeff getting messages that his name is not recognized, even though he has been a QuickTopic customer for over 20 years. Without the Pro subscription, spammers are able to get back online and we are unable to delete them. And posters cannot upload pictures. Jeff continues working on it, and his goal is to have it resolved as soon as possible.
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Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
11-18-2020
05:29 PM ET (US)
IP: 162.193.151.180
Jim Thompson: I also ask you not to leave. Dear Jeff Rense: Please reply to the issues that have been raised below. Thank you. Ciao.
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Julie Page
11-18-2020
03:59 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
Len, Please don't go away. You're missed. Glad you're well, Jim.
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Len (Jim) Thompson
11-18-2020
02:47 PM ET (US)
IP: 24.38.229.151
I have stayed away from this post and from posting as the entire take over of this site is disgusting. If you do not care, Mr. Rense, close it down, It has been over a year since posters have not been able to use our real names. Mario lovers have other places to go to read, to learn and to enjoy. May all of you stay safe and healthy.
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Dennis1Person was signed in when posted
11-17-2020
03:46 PM ET (US)
IP: 76.126.57.19
It has been about a month since the format change and the arrival of the trolls and the inability to post pictures. Any chance of a return to the former format? Anyone working on that?
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Julie Page
11-16-2020
04:24 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
Sorry to hear it, Bill. This is affecting us all so much.But as long as we stay well, it's ok. Best to everyone. I suppose a "virtual" opening wouldn't be feasible.Just a thought.
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Barbara CliftonPerson was signed in when posted
11-16-2020
04:16 PM ET (US)
IP: 23.127.59.195
(aka Diane Cox) sorry about the mandatory closing, Bill. Staying in is best for all us folks in the high risk category. i've been basically home sine March - tiresome at times, but do not want to take chances as Fla is a hot zone. As long as I have my computer to communicate with the world I'm ok.
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Bill Ronayne
11-16-2020
01:45 PM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.188.106
Due to the new covid-19 restrictions set to go into place in Philadelphia starting Friday November 20th, the December 5th scheduled opening has been canceled. In addition as the museum is considered non essential, it will be closed from November 20, 2020 through January 1, 2021. Please follow all social distancing guidelines and stay safe everyone. We hope to welcome you in the New Year.
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Bill RonaynePerson was signed in when posted
11-12-2020
11:17 AM ET (US)
IP: 68.192.188.106
The Mario Lanza Museum will have its next scheduled opening on Saturday December 5, 2020 from noon-3:00pm. Admission is $10 for this day only and all visitors must wear a face mask and follow social distancing rules and regulations. The museum is located at 1214 Reed Street in Philadelphia. Street parking is available. For more information please call 215-238-9691 or email info@mariolanzainstitute.org. Best, Bill
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Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
11-12-2020
06:07 AM ET (US)
IP: 162.193.151.180
Julie: The Colliers article is dated 1949, when That Midnight Kiss was released. Lanza became a superstar over night. I got a zerox copy from my local public library around 1970. Ciao.
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Kristine C
11-10-2020
08:29 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.1.174
Ethel Waters sang the song in "Cabin In The Sky" which was directed by Vincente Minnelli. I think that was his first movie at M-G-M. The latest issue of Closer Magazine has a story about Irene Dunne. She wanted to be an opera singer, but, instead, ended up in some movie musicals. I hope, Closer Magazine will have a story about Mario Lanza. There are other CD's out , which have Mario Lanza on them, such as CD's of singers from 1950's, Leading Men Singing From The Movies, Glorious Voices singing, including Lanza, Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson, etc.
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Julie Page
11-10-2020
01:37 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
That would have been a complicated film to make. Hollywood romanticized it as usual but did bring Opera and Mario's exquisite voice to those who probably thought they wouldn't like it........Couldn't ask for much more. I've been looking for the Collier's issue for a long time , but do have some amusing photos of Mario and Kathryn from Life magazine I believe.
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Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
11-10-2020
03:35 AM ET (US)
IP: 162.193.151.180
Yes, it is a pity that Life Magazine and Look Magazine did not have a major article on Lanza. However, Colliers Magazine did have a major Lanza article, entitled Celluloid Caruso. Good article, nice photos. Ciao.
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Kristine C
11-09-2020
08:10 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.1.174
Alex Trebek and Sean Connery , RIP. When Mario and Betty visited Lana Turner , in England, I think she was making a movie with Sean Connery. Maybe, at the time, when "The Great Caruso" was filmed, they didn't want the movie to be sordid, why the children , Caruso had, with other women, was not included. Just like when "Night and Day", the film bio of Cole Porter, was made, with Cary Grant, the personal life of Cole Porter, was deleted, due to film censorship. It was said he was gay. Also, the same thing with movie "Words and Music" about lyricist, Lorenz Hart, it was deleted about his personal life. I wonder why Life Magazine never had a story-photo layout about Mario Lanza or have him on their magazine cover ? Ricardo Montalban was on their magazine cover, in the late '40's.
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Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
11-09-2020
01:12 PM ET (US)
IP: 162.193.151.180
I am sad to read of the death of Alex Trebek at the age of 80. Rest in Peace. Ciao.
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Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
11-09-2020
12:54 PM ET (US)
IP: 162.193.151.180
Julie: The reason is that in the film "The Great Caruso", no mention is made of Caruso's 2 sons from his union with soprano Ada Giachetti. And later, Caruso also had an affair with Ada's sister, soprano Rina Giachetti. So be it. C'est la vie. Ciao.
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Julie Page
11-07-2020
03:53 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
Thank you Ray and Fred. Right you both are. I hope to pick up Cher's version. She's not too shabby either.Best. Fred., finally finishing the Caruso bio. an interesting read. Delighted to read what was said about Mario, though the family wasn't happy with the film itself.
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Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
11-05-2020
11:00 PM ET (US)
IP: 162.193.151.180
I think they both recorded it. Ethel Waters was first. Lena Horne soon after. Did Barbra Streisand also record it?? Perhaps. Ciao.
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Ray Reeves
11-05-2020
03:33 PM ET (US)
IP: 146.198.9.67
Hi Julie. Ethel Waters.
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Julie Page
11-05-2020
01:33 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
Hi Fred. The song is from the 1943 film "Cabin in the Sky"where I first saw wonderful Lena Horne. Can't recall if she sang it or maybe Ethel Waters.
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Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
11-04-2020
07:21 PM ET (US)
IP: 162.193.151.180
Julie: Yes, Happiness Is Just A Thing Called Joe is a wonderful song. Tony Bennett also made a nice record of it, in the mid 1950's, with just piano accompaniment. Ciao.
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JULIE PAGE(SUZANNE)
11-03-2020
03:15 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
REGARDLESS of your politics... I hope you'll catch CHER's campaign version of "Happiness is a thing called Joe". What a beautiful song. Also hear Judy Garland with original lyrics. Know you'll love it.Written by Harold Arlen.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
10-29-2020
10:22 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
GOOD CATCH RAY! I MADE A MISTAKE. THE "FLOWER SONG" DOES NOT APPEAR IN THE GREAT CAARUO. IT IS IN "TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS" AND IS A PARTIAL OF THE ARIA. IT IS IN THE REHEARSAL SEQUENCE THAT SHOWS BOTH MARIO AND KATHRYN SINGING WHILE MUSICAL NOTES ARE SUPERIMPOSED ON THEM.
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Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
10-29-2020
01:15 PM ET (US)
IP: 162.193.151.180
Lygia is also the title of one of the tales of Edgar Allen Poe. Ciao.
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Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
10-29-2020
01:10 PM ET (US)
IP: 162.193.151.180
Lanza sings the Flower Aria from Carmen in Toast Of New Orleans, not in The Great Caruso. Ciao.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
10-29-2020
10:11 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HI GUYS,

I AM OFFER THIS GREAT MARIO LANZA SMALL POSTER ART. IT IS A CARICATURE OF MARIO IN A SINGING POSE DRESSED IN HIS COSTUME FROM THE MOVIE "THAT MIDNIGHT KISS". I HAD THESE MADE BY A PROFESSIONAL COPIER. IT IS A PERFECT PRINT COPIED FROM MY ORIGINAL. IT WAS HAND DRAWN FROM MY FRIEND ARTIST AL KILGORE (WHO IS LONG DECEASED AND USED TO DRAW THE FAMOUS "BULLWINKLE" CHARACTER. THE PRINT IS THE VERY LAST ONE FROM A LIMITED EDITION OF ONE HUNDRED MADE QUITE A FEW YEARS AGO. THE SIZE IS APPROXIMATELY 12 INCHES BT 14 INCHES. THE PRICE IS $49.99 SHIPPED. NOTE: IF I GET NO RESPONSE HERE I WILL THEN BE PUTTING IT ON EBAY.
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Ray Reeves
10-29-2020
09:51 AM ET (US)
IP: 146.198.9.67
Sam: In respect of your review of Lanza's "You Do Somthimg To Me" LP. Where in The Great Caruso movie does The Flower Song from Carmen appear?
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
10-28-2020
10:08 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HI KRIS,

     AS USUAL YOU ARE EDUCATING ALL OF US! IT IS A SHAME MARIO DIDN'T SING THE TITLE SONG TO "QUO VADIS"--ESPECIALLY BECAUSE HE WORKED FOR THE SAME STUDIO WHERE THE FILM WAS MADE.

     SO, WE HAVE OUR "LYGIA", NOW WHERE DO WE FIND A "SYLVIA"? THAT IS A MUCH MORE COMMON NAME SO WE PROBABLY WON'T HAVE TO LOOK TOO FAR. HMMMM. LET'S SEE....I GOT IT....MOVIE STAR SYLVIA SIDNEY, WHO DIED IN 1999.
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Kristine C
10-28-2020
07:21 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.1.174
Lygia was Deborah Kerr's character's name in "Quo Vadis".
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Kristine C
10-28-2020
07:19 PM ET (US)
IP: 96.59.1.174
Sam, "Lygia" was from movie "Quo Vadis" starring Robert Taylor and Deborah Kerr, also, Buddy Baer(Max Baer's brother). I wonder why M-G-M didn't have Mario sing this song as title song for the movie ? The movie was about a Roman Centurion, who falls in love with a Christian girl, in Ancient Rome, after the crucifixion. I read the novel . I read, originally, M-G-M was thinking of casting Stewart Granger(who knew Mario)and Elizabeth Taylor(I saw a photo of Mario with Elizabeth Taylor, Ann Blyth, and Vic Damone). Robert Taylor and Barbara Stanwyck divorced, after this movie was made, because she thought or heard, he was having an affair with some woman, in the movie. It's a well acted movie. Peter Ustinov was Nero, in the movie.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
10-28-2020
04:07 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
DOES ANYONE HERE WANT TWO FABULOUS SEPIA RECORDS MARIO LANZA CDS? BY MISTAKE I COULDN'T FIND MY ORIGINAL COPIES AND ORDERED TWO MORE. THEY REGULARLY SELL FOR 13.00. I WOULD LIKE ONLY $9.00 EACH PLUS $4.00 FOR MEDIA MAIL SHIPPING. BELOW IS ALL THE INFO ABOUT THEM:

MARIO LANZA - CLASSICS

1 GRANADA
2 BE MY LOVE
3 BECAUSE
4 THE LOVELIEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR
5 SOME DAY
6 THE LORD'S PRAYER
7 BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE
8 SERENADE
9 DRINK! DRINK! DRINK!
10 BELOVED
11 MAMMA MIA, CHE VO SAPE?
12 VOCE 'E NOTTE
13 CANTA PE' MME!
14 'NA SERA 'E MAGGIO
15 SADKO (ADAPTED): SONG OF INDIA
16 TOSCA: RECONDITA ARMONIA
17 LA BOHEME: CHE GELIDA MANINA
18 MARTHA: M'APPARI
19 TOSCA: E LUCEVAN LE STELLE
20 AVE MARIA
21 SERENADE
22 TELL ME, OH BLUE BLUE SKY Live from the Royal Albert Hall
23 PASSIONE

Title: Classics
Artist: Mario Lanza
Catalogue No.: SEPIA 1348
Barcode: 5055122113485
Release Date: February 2020
This CD brings together Lanza's most popular recordings, including his 3 million-selling singles, his Top 20 chart successes in both the USA and the UK, and highlights from his 2 best-selling albums, The Great Caruso and The Student Prince. It also includes a representative sampling of the tenor at his vocal and stylistic zenith in multiple genres, with definitive renditions from an Edwardian parlour song ("Because") to five Neapolitan classics. As such, this CD serves as the perfect introduction to the art and voice of Mario Lanza.


MARIO LANZA: GREATEST OPERATIC RECORDINGS (SEPIA 1274)

1. Von Flotow: Martha. M'appar�
2. Mozart: Cos� fan tutte. E voi ridete
3. R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier. Di rigori armato
4. Puccini: La boh�me. Che gelida manina
5. Puccini: Tosca. Recondita armonia
6. Puccini: Tosca. E lucevan le stelle
7. Puccini: Madama Butterfly. Vogliatemi bene (Live)
8. Puccini: Turandot. Nessun dorma (Live)
9. Cilea: L'Arlesiana. � la solita storia (Lamento di Federico) (Live)
10. Verdi: Rigoletto. � il sol dell'anima�Addio! Addio! (Live)
11. Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana. Mamma, quel vino � generoso (Addio alla Madre)
12. Leoncavallo: Pagliacci. Vesti la giubba
13. Giordano: Andrea Chnier. Un d� all'azzurro spazio (Improvviso)
14. Giordano: Andrea Chnier. Come un bel d� di maggio
15. Giordano: Fedora. Amor ti vieta
16. Meyerbeer: L'Africana. O paradiso
17. Verdi: Otello. Dio ti giocondi
18. Verdi: Otello. Dio! Mi potevi scagliar (Monologue)
19. Verdi: Otello. Niun mi tema (Death of Otello)

Title: Greatest Operatic Recordings
Artists: Mario Lanza
Catalogue No.: SEPIA 1274
Barcode: 5055122112747
Release Date: February 2015
This CD brings together for the first time arguably the best of Lanza's live and studio operatic recordings, beginning with the tenor's forays into lighter, lyric parts, then moving gradually into heavier spinto territory and, finally, dramatic roles. As such, it should be a revelation to many. For the tenor presented here is not the sometimes-erratic artist one hears on numerous lightweight compilations, but an opera singer�and a potentially great one at that. Previously unissued tracks include "Dio ti giocondi" from Verdi's Otello and "E voi ridete" from Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte, plus "live" recordings such as "Nessun Dorma" and "Vogliatemi bene" from Madama Butterfly.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
10-28-2020
03:41 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE ROLAND BESSETTE, AUTHOR OF"LANZA: TENOR IN EXILE", CAN BE FOUND? IF YOU DO PLEASE LET ME KNOW. THANKS, SAM
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Barbara CliftonPerson was signed in when posted
10-28-2020
01:17 PM ET (US)
IP: 23.127.59.195
(aka Diane Cox) Re: Coke chow. Living in Nashville Tn I was able to get The Mario Lanza Show on two radio stations, one in Nashville and one in Chicago. One was on at 10 pm. I can remember laying on the couch in the dark, everyone else gone to bed listening to that voice that brought strong emotions to a 14 yr old. Sometimes the tears came, it was so beautiful.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
10-28-2020
12:21 PM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
I agree with you Sam. The Camden label was a budget RCA offering back then. This album is one of the best RCA put together, regardless of price. The aria from "La Forza Del Destino" (although a little quick) and "Song of India" are among his very best recordings of all time.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
10-28-2020
12:11 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
THIS WILL BE MY LAST LP RECORD REVIEW FOR AWHILE. THE RECORD FROM 1958 IS QUITE A NICE COMPILATION. IT WAS RELEASED BY THE "CAMDEN" RCA BLUE SEAL DIVISION. (THE CITY OF CAMDEN IS WHERE CARUSO MADE SOME OF HIS RECORDINGS). IT IS IN ELECTRONICALLY REPROCESSED STEREO BUT IT DOESN'T HAVE THE ECHO THAT MANY RECORDS RELEASED THIS WAY HAVE. THE COVER FEATURES A NICELY DRAWN PICTURE OF MARIO. SINCE THIS WAS CONSIDERED RCA'S CHEAPEST OF RELEASES, IS EVIDENT BY THE FACT THAT IT HAS NO EDGE TITLES AND NO INSIDE PROTECTIVE SLEEVE! YET THIS RECORD HAS SEVERAL TRACKS THAT APPEAR ON NO OTHER RCA RECORD. FOR INSTANCE THE GREAT "SONG OF INDIA"

SIDE ONE:

1-"YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME". THE TITLE SONG GETS THE PROGRAM STARTED WITH A WELL SUNG SONG WHICH VARIES FROM SOFT AND SWEET TO LOUDER AND EXCITING. A LONG HELD FINAL HIGH NOTE..

2-"SYLVIA": AN UNUSUAL SONG WHICH MARIO MAKEES HIS OWN. IT IS A LOVE SONG SUNG TO A SPECIFIC WOMAN. IT IS A TENDER READING.

3-"SOME DAY": AGAIN, HIS RANGE IS WIDE AS HE GOES FROM SOFT TO LOUD. REVERENTLY SUNG. HE SANG THIS ON THE SECON CHRYSLER "SHOWER OF STARS" TV SHOW, WHICH BETTERS THIS ONE.

4-"BELOVED": THIS IS FROM THE SOUNDTRACK OF "THE STUDENT PRINCE" AND IS THE SECOND TIME HE DID IT. THE FIRST FOR THE MOVIE WAS OVER THE TOP AND STARTED THE TANGLED MESS WHICH ENDED IN THE FIRING OF MARIO FROM THE FILM

5-"SONG OF INDIA". THIS IS ARGUABLY THE FINEST POPULAR SONG LANZA EVER SANG. FOR A CHANGE, IT IS NOT A LOVE SONG TO A GIRL BUT RATHER AN HOMAGE TO A COUNTRY! THE PERFORMANCE IS PERFECTION.

6-"LOLITA": ANOTHER SONG SUNG TO A SPECIFIC WOMAN'S NAME. THIS WAS USED FOR THE SOUNDTRACK OF "SEVEN HILLS OR ROME" THE MOVIE. THE MOVIE WAS RELEASED IN 1957 WHILE THIS VERSION IS A GOOD BIT EARLIER. IT ENDS WITH A SATISFYING HIGH NOTE.

SIDE TWO:

1-"YOU ARE MY LOVE": THIS SONG WAS WRITTEN BY CALLINICOS AND WEBSTER. RECORDED IN 1953, COSTA HAD A LONG WAIT BEFORE MARIO CONSENTED TO SING IT. COSTA ALSO CONDUCTS THE ORCHESTRA. A BIT "MARIO LITE", IT IS SUNG WITH GUSTO.

2-"LYGIA": THE SECOND SONG ON THIS RECORD THAT IS SUNG TO A SPECIFIC WOMAN'S NAME (THE FIRST BEING SYLVIA). I WONDER IF ANYONE HAS HAD A LYGIA IN THEIR LIVES. I WOULD CALL HIS STYLE HER FERVENT.

3-"THE FLOWER SONG": FROM THE OPERA CARMEN BY BIZET AND SUNG IN FRENCH. AN EXCELLENT READING BY MARIO IN GREAT FORM. THIS SAME ARIA ALSO APPEARS IN "THE GREAT CARUSO".

4-"CHE GELIDA MANINA": THE TRANSLATION IS "YOUR TINY HAND IS FROZEN. FROM THE OPERA LA BOHEME BY PUCCINI. IT IS ALSO SUNG IN "THE GREAT CARUSO". BOTH RECORDINGS ARE BEAUTIFUL.

5-"O TU CHE IN SENGLIO AGLI ANGELI": I HOPE I SPELLED THIS ARIA RIGHT! FROM THE OPERA "LA FORZA DEL DESTINO" BY VERDI. HAS A RATHER LONG RECITATIVE. VERY WELL SUNG BY OUR MARIO WITH PANACHE. IT US A FINE ENDING TO THIS ALBUM.

I WILL END BY SAYING THIS IS QUITE A CONSISTENTLY WELL SUNG ALBUM. BRAVO MARIO!
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YES, FRED, THE FOUR HAND ROLLS ARE VERY IMPRESSIVE WITH THE FULLER SOUND THEY PROVIDE. THE CLASSICAL ROLLS, OF COURSE, DON'T HAVE FOUR HAND ARRANGEMENTS BUT MANY OF THE "POPULALR" ROLLS DO. WHEN I SIT IN FRONT OF THE PLAYING PIANO, I WATCH AS THE ROLLS PASS BY THE "TRACKER BAR" AND SEE THE MANY HOLE PUNCHINGS. THEN, TOO, THERE WERE THOUSANDS OF "WORD ROLLS" WHICH ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROLL HAVE THE LYRICS PRINTED. JUST WHEN THE NEXT WORD APPROACHES THE TRACKER BAR IS WHEN YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO SING THAT WORD AND ON AND ON.

I ALSO WISH THAT HENRI RENE HAD DONE A BROADWAY SONG ALBUM. BUT WE HAVE TO MAKE DO WITH WHAT IS AVAILABLE. THANKS TO THE COKE SHOWS WE HAVE SO MANY GREAT SONGS TO ENJOY. MY OPINION IS THAT HIS OUTPUT FROM THOSE SHOWS ARE UNEQUALED. PLUS THE RECORDED SOUND IS TOPS.
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Note: Many piano rolls were made by 2 pianists (4 hands) for a fuller sound. Ciao.
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I have often wished that, after completing the Cavalcade album with Henri Rene, that Lanza and Rene had gone back and re-recorded the On Broadway album. It would have been a huge improvement. Sadly, that did not happen. Ciao.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
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I KNOW IT SEEMS LIKE I AM HOGGING THE POSTS HERE BUT I HAVE JUST ONE MORE AND THAT WILL BE IT FOR AWHILE. MY WIFE ANNA SAID I NEED TO DO SOME "REAL WORK" WHICH MAKES ME MONEY. AND SHE WOULD BE RIGHT!

THIS IS MY REVIEW OF THE RECORD "LANZA ON BROADWAY", THE ALBUM MOST CONSIDER HIS WORST. THIS LP IS FROM 1956. THE COPY I USED TO PLAY IS MONAURAL AND IN MINT CONDITION. PURE SOUND AND NO NOISE WHICH HELPED ME TO ENJOY IT BETTER.

THIS ALBUM SOLD WELL IN IT'S DAY AND MANY PEOPLE BOUGHT IT THANKS TO THE VERY POPULAR MELODIES IT CONTAINS AND ALSO BECAUSE MARIO LANZA WAS SINGING THEM. WE FANS WHO DIG DEEPER IN OUR PURSUIT OF ALL THINGS LANZA FEEL WE KNOW BETTER. YES, THIS ALBUM COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH, MUCH BETTER. BUT IT ISN'T CRAP. I USED TO THINK MARIO WAS DRUNK WHEN HE RECORDED IT. BUT NO. HE WAS JUST VERY, VERY INTENSE AND OVER THE TOP. "MANIC" MIGHT ALSO DESCRIBE IT.

MARIO WAS LUCKY TO HAVE A TOP NOTCH ORCHESTRA, DECENT ARRRANGEMENTS, SOME UNUSUAL, AND A WONDERFUL CHORUS.

BASICALLY, HIS VOCAL QUALITY IS SOMEWHERE BETWEEN HOW HE SOUNDED ON "THE SEVEN HILLS OR ROME" SOUNDTRACK AND THE "SERENADE" SOUNDTRACK. I'M TALKING JUST VOCAL QUALITY, NOT PERFORMANCE.

SIDE ONE:

1-"ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE":. A GOOD WAY TO OPEN THIS ALBUM SINCE IT IS NICEY SUNG. IT IS ADMITTEDLY ON THE "HEAVY" SIDE. BUT OVERALL IT IS EASY LISTENING UNTIL MARIO PUNCHES KEY WORDS JUST LIKE A BOXER GOING AGAINST AN OPPONENT.

2-"YOUNGER THAN SPRINGTIME": A DEGREE OF ECHO IS UNDESIRABLE BUT SOMETHING THAT THE LISTENER CAN LIVE WITH. HE SINGS THIS SONG LIKE IT IS AN ARIA, IN OTHER WORDS WITH AN OPERATIC BENT. ONE OF MARIO'S STRENGTHS IS THAT HE WAS A GREAT CROSSOVER ARTIST. NOT HERE. YOU CAN IMAGINE A TENOR LIKE PAVOROTTI ATTEMPTING TO SING A BROADWAY HIT AND SOUNDING THIS WAY. OF COURSE WITH PAVAROTTI YOU WOULD ALSO GET A HEAVY ACCENT YOU DON'T GET WITH M. LANZA.

3-"SPEAK LOW": AGAIN TOO MUCH ECHO. BUT THE ECHO IS ONLY IN MARIO'S VOICE, THE CHORUS SOUNDS NORMAL. HE NEVER SOUNDS TIRED IN THIS ALBUM, LIKE SOME OF THE 1959 TRACKS DO. HE LEAVES US WITH AN EXCELLENT, RINGING FINAL HIGH NOTE WHICH IS HELD A LONG TIME.

4-"MORE THAN YOU KNOW": AGAIN, TOO MUCH ECHO. THIS TRACK IS BADLY MARRED WITH PITCH PROBLEMS. WHAT THEY TODAY CALL "PITCHY". IT IS WELL BELOW PAR. HE SINGS LIKE HE IS IN A SALOON TRYING TO RISE ABOVE THE ROAR OF THE BEER DRINKERS. THANKFULLY HE INTRODUCES SOME "SOFT PEDAL" TO RELIEVE OUR EARS.

5-"FALLING IN LOVE WITH LOVE": THE SINGING IS, TO BORROW A PHRASE A FRIEND OF MINE USES, JUST "OKAYISH". HE IS DEFINITELY PUSHING HERE AND IT MARS THE PERFORMANCE.

6-"WHY WAS I BORN": NOT THAT BAD. I LIKE HOW RICH HIS LOWEST REGISTER SOUNDS. IT IS DARK AND FULL. NOT MY FAVORITE COMPOSITION.

SIDE TWO:

1-"AND THIS IS MY BELOVED". THE BEST TRACK ON THE ALBUM. HE STARTS OUT SOFTLY WITH SWEETNESS AND MOSTLY KEEPS HIS SINGING IN THIS MODE. HE USES HIS SOFT PEDAL AGAIN.

2-"SO IN LOVE": AN ACCEPTABLE PERFORMANCE. NOT AS OVER THE TOP AS SOME TRACKS IN THIS COLLECTION. HE SOUNDS A BIT "WEAPY". ON THE LAST NOTE HE THUNDERS WHEN HE SHOULD HAVE PURRED.

3-"SEPTEMBER SONG": IF YOU WANT TO HEAR THIS DONE RIGHT, LISTEN TO FRANK SINATRA SING IT! MARIO SLIDES AROUND IN THIS ONE AND IT IS NOT TASTEFUL. NOTE: IF ALL THE SONGS HERE HAD BEEN RECORDED IN 1951 FOR THE COKE SHOW, IMAGINE HOW MANY WONDERFUL SONGS WE WOULD BE ENJOYING......

4-"MY ROMANCE": HIS EARLIER RECORDING OF THIS IS MILES BETTER. THANKFULLY, HOWEVER, HE USES SOME RESTRAINT. THE SONG HAS A BEAUTIFUL MELODY WHICH MARIO SINGS WITH A DELIBERATE STYLE. IT BECOMES VERY "HEAVY" AT THE END.

5-"THIS NEARLY WAS MINE". A FINE SONG FROM "SOUTH PACIFIC" WHICH WAS SUNG HAUNTINGLY BY BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL IN A CONCERT VERSION OF THE HIT SHOW AND MOVIE. MARIO'S IS A SO-SO PERFORMANCE. THE ENDING IS POOR AND THE TONE IS VARIABLE.

6-"YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE": I HAVE ALWAYS FELT HIS EARLY FIFTIES RECORDING OF THIS SONG ISN'T AS GOOD AS IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN. PEOPLE WHO WISH HE HAD SUNG SONGS LIKE "THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM" HAVE HERE A SONG WITH AS MUCH APPEAL. BUT MARIO DOESN'T DELIVER THE GOODS. HE RUSHES THE PACE. THIS COULD HAVE BEEN A GOOD SONG WITH WHICH TO END THE ALBUM.

FINALLY, AFTER HEARING THE ENTIRE ALBUM IN ONE SITTING, I FEEL EMOTIONALLY WRUNG OUT! THE INTENSITY IS SO PONDEROUS. BUT I LIKED IT BETTER THAN I THOUGHT I WOULD AFTER NOT HAVING HEARD IT IN YEARS. TRY IT ON FOR SIZE SOMETIME SOON.
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HI KRIS, THE ARRANEMENT IS FINE. THE NEGATIVE IS THAT THE TRACK HAS AN UNWELCOME AMOUNT OF ECHO THAT IS NOT AT ALL NECESSARY. MARIO NEVER NEEDED ECHO. ECHO IS USUALLY RESERVED FOR THOSE WITH WEAK VOICES. FOR INSTANCE, LOVELY ANNETTE FUNICELLO USED IT REGULARLY AS DID MANY YOUNG ROCK N' ROLL SINGERS. CLASSICALLY TRAINED VOCALISTS WOULD WINCE AT THE USE OF IT FOR THEIR RECORDINGS. ENNIO MORICONE WAS AN EXCELLENT COMPOSER. HIS TUNES WERE THE TYPE YOU COULD WHISTLE ALONG WITH. I DIDN'T KNOW HE HAD DIED.
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Kristine C
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Sam, I like the arrangement of "Someday" with the chorus, on "The Vagabond King" recording. By the way, Ennio Morricone , who directed the orchestra, on "The Vagabond King" recording, would later compose, conduct the music for Clint Eastwood's Spaghetti Westerns and I think he wrote the song "More". Morricone passed away about 2 months ago. RIP.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
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EVERY TIME I VISIT DEREK MCGOVERN'S SITE DEDICATED COMPLETELY TO MARIO LANZA, I FEEL AS I AM WALKING INTO A CLASSY RESTAURANT THAT HAS GREAT MENU CHOICES. IT IS EASY TO NAVIGATE AND CHOCK FULL OF WELL WRITTEN AND DOCUMENTED INFORMATION. ALSO, THE POSTERS ARE SINCERE AND WRITE WELL. KUDOS DEREK! GO HERE:
https://www.mariolanzatenor.com
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I THOUGHT ALL YOU CLASSICAL MUSIC LOVERS WOULD ENJOY A CHANGE OF PACE. I PRESENT MY 1918 STEINWAY DUO-ART PIANO, A ROLL OPERATED INSTRUMENT WHICH REPRODUCES FAITHFULLY THE PLAYING ARTIST'S ORIGINAL PERFORMANCE WITH ALL THE NUANCES. THE PIANO WAS FULLY REBUILT IN 1972 AND STILL PLAYS GREAT. AT TIMES I THOUGHT PERHAPS THAT ONE PERSON COULD NOT HAVE PLAYED ALL THE NOTES HEARD!

THIS SITE WON'T LET ME LOAD IT. SO, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HEAR AN EXCITING "WALTZ OF THE FLOWERS" BY TSCHAIKOVSKY, JUST EMAIL ME AT SMS@BEE.NET AND I WILL SEND IT TO YOU.
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Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
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All in all, Bessette made only a few errors, not many. Ciao.
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THIS IS MY REVIEW OF THE RCA STEREO RECORD BY MARIO LANZA CALLED "THE VAGABOND KING". I HAD NOT HEARD THIS RECORD IN YEARS AND IT PROVED TO BE A REAL TREAT! FIRST, THERE IS NO PROGRAM, UNUSUAL IN AN LP. THE FRONT COVER HAS A SKETCH OF MARIO WHILE THE BACK GIVES CREDIT TO COMPOSER RUDOLPH FRIML AND FOCUSES ON TWO SONGS MARIO SINGS. NOTE THAT MY COPY OF THIS IS PRISTINE. NO POPS, CLICKS, OR NOISE OF ANY KIND. THE RECORD WAS ALSO RELEASED IN MONAURAL, SEEMINGLY A WASTE SINCE IN 1959 ALL HIS ALBUMS WERE IN STEREO TO SHOW OFF THE FAIRLY NEW TECHNOLOGY. I BELIEVE THIS WAS MARIO'S FIRST VENTURE TO SING THIS CLASSIC OPERETTA.

SIDE ONE:
1-OVERTURE: VERY NICELY DONE WITH A FULL ORCHESTRA AND WE EXPERIENCE A COMPLETE AUDIO RANGE. THE CHORUS COMES IN AT THE 2/3RDS POINT AND GOES TO THE END.

2-"THE DRINKING SONG": MARIO'S VOICE IS VERY CLEAR AND PARTICULARLY DARK IN TIMBRE. VERY ENJOYABLE ARE THE TWO VERSES OF "A FLAGON OF WINE, A BARREL OF WINE, AN OCEAN OF WINE WILL DO"

3-"SOMEDAY": USING JUDITH RASKIN FOR AN EXCELLENT VERSE, SHE IS THEN JOINED BY MARIO TO THE END. THIS IS THE ONLY TRACK WHERE THERE IS AN AGGRAVATING ECHO. IT MAKES NO SENSE OTHER THAN BLAIMING THE RECORDING ENGINEERS. THE SOUND IS SIMILAR TO WHAT YOU MIGHT HEAR ON A "REPROCESSED STEREO" RECORD. OTHERWISE NO ECHO FOR CHORUS OR JUDITH, STRANGE! THE LANZA VOICE IS CLEAR AND HIS SINGING IS FINE.

4-A HIGHLIGHT OF THE SHOW: "LOVE ME TONIGHT". A BEAUTIFUL SONG BEAUTIFULLY PERFORMED BY MARIO. HIS VOICE HAS PLENTY OF FERVOR AND RING.

5-"ONLY A ROSE": PROBABLY THE BEST AND MOST FAMOUS SONG IN THIS WORK. RASKIN STARTS OFF WITH THE VERSE AND THEN IS JOINED BY MARIO WHO STARTS WITH THE LINE "ONLY A ROSE". HE SOUNDS A BIT TIRED HERE. THEY SING BOTH IN UNISON AND A PLEASANT HARMONY. THE ENDING IS NOT "BIGS AS IT IS FOR THE REPRISE.

SIDE TWO:
1-"TOMORROW". MARIO IS IN EXCELLENT FORM AND SINGS WITH FERVOR. HIS PITCH THROUGHOUT THIS SHOWPIECE IS EVEN AND HE NEVER GOES SHARP OR FLAT. JUDITH ENTERS WITH THE SAME STARTING PASSAGE. I WANT TO MENTION HERE THAT RASKIN SINGS MANY WORD ENDINGS WITH AN "UH" AS IN "ONLY A ROSE-UH". MARIO USED THIS IN SONGS LIKE THE 1951 "LORD'S PRAYER".

2-"LOVE FOR SALE" BY RASKIN. WELL DONE AND IT INCLUDES THE CHORUS.

3-THE CHORUS PERFORMS ALONE THE SONG "HUNTING". THEY ARE A FINE SOUNDING CHORUS THROUGHOUT.

4-MARIO DOES "NOCTURN" VERY WELL , A PLEASURE TO HEAR.

5-RASKIN PERFORMS THE "HUGUETTE WALTZ WITH EXCELLENCE OF VOICE AND A PURE SOPRANO TONE.

6-MARIO GRABS US WITH HIS HEROIC "SONG OF THE VAGABONDS". HE HAS PLENTY OF ENERGY HERE AND DOES WHAT HE DID FOR THE "DRINKING SONG" IN "THE STUDENT PRINCE", WHICH IS TO USE THE NON VERBAL "AH-AH-AH" TWICE. EXCITING. OVERALL, THIS COMPOSITION IS AN EVEN AND FINE SING. MORE EVEN THAN THE LATER "DESERT SONG". THE FINAL LANZA NOTE IS SOMEWHAT PUSHED AND EVER SO SLIGHTLY FLAT.

8-FINALE: "ONLY A ROSE" IN REPRISE IS A DUET THAT MOVES ALONG SWIFTLY AND WITH EASE. THE FINAL LANZA HIGH NOTE WILL LIFT YOU OUT OF YOUR SEAT!!
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DEAR FRED: THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR ACCURATE UPDATES. BESSETTE BIO HAS SOME GLARING ERRORS AND HE NEEDED YOU TO CORRECT THEM! I MUST LISTEN TO QUESTA O QUELLA AGAIN AS I THOUGHT IT HAD THE SAME FAMILIAR SOUND THAT SHOR HAS THROUGHOUT.
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Sam: One more addition: Shortly before high school graduation, Lanza was expelled, because a teacher called Lanza a dago, and Lanza socked the teacher in the jaw, breaking his jaw. Ciao.
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Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
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Sam: A few corrections: Lanza sang only six Celanese broadcasts, not seven. Caruso seldom sang a high C. Lanza sang many high C's. It is true that Lanza never saw his film of Because You're Mine nor the film The Student Prince. He refused to see them. In 1920, Gigli was called the second Caruso. Gigli disliked this, saying "I want to be the first Gigli". Many years later, Lanza said the same thing - "I want to be the first Lanza". As far as is known, Toscanini never heard Lanza sing in person, but Toscanini heard Lanza records and radio broadcasts. On the RCA Victor LP of Seven Hills of Rome, RCA felt the soundtrack Questa O Quella was not good, so they used Lanza's 1950 recording instead. Ciao.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
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I GIVE YOU MY LENGTHY REVIEW OF ROLAND BESSETTE'S LANZA BIOGRAPHY CALLED "LANZA: TENOR IN EXILE". COPYRIGHT 1999, THIS BIO IS LOADED WITH SPECIFIC FACTS LIKE "WINGED VICTORY" (THE SHOW MARIO WAS IN DURING HIS ARMY TIME) MADE 600,000 DOLLARS FOR THE ARMY RELIEF FUND. ALSO, THIS BOOK HAS PAGES OF FOOTNOTES WHICH HELP TO SUBSTANTIATE WHAT THE AUTHOR IS WRITING.

HERE GOES: AND PLEASE NOTE THAT I AM GOING TO HIGHLIGHT TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY WHAT MAKES THIS BOOK STAND OUT FROM THE OTHERS. AN EXAMPLE IS ROLAND'S THEORY THAT MARIO WAS BIPOLAR, WHICH WILL BE DISCUSSED AT THE END.

1-ROLAND GREW UP WITH MUSIC SURROUNDING HIM AS HIS DAD PLAYED LANZA RECORDS AND THE RECORDS OF OTHER TENORS LIKE GIGLI AND GEDDA. BUT EVEN WHEN YOUNGER ROLAND PREFERRED LANZA.

2-YOUNG "FREDDIE" WAS FOND OF BOXING AND BASEBALL AND HAD A LIFELONG LOVE OF DOGS AND HORSES.HE ALSO LIFTED WEIGHTS AT HOME.

3-IN HIS SUMMER PLACE (OWNED BY HIS GRANDFATHER SALVATORE LANZA) AT WILDWOOD HE TOOK A JOB AS A STREETCAR CONDUCTOR, BUT LET CUTE YOUNG GIRLS RIDE FOR FREE!

4-HE ACTED BOISTEROUS IN HIGH SCHOOL AND EVEN THREATENED TEACHERS, ONE OF WHOM CALLED HIM A BUM.

5-HIS FIRST RECORDING WAS DONE IN 1940 TO HONOR HIS PARENTS' 20TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY. IT WAS HIS "LUCKY" ARIA "VESTI LA GIUBBA".

6-IN THE ARMY HIS WEIGHT BALLOONED UP TO 240 POUNDS. HE WAS RATHER MISERABLE DURING THAT TIME AND ATE FOR COMFORT. (NOTE: MY COMFORT FOOD IS PASTA OF ANY KIND!)

7-BETTY'S WEDDING RING COST ONLY 6.95. (QUESTION: WHERE DOES ROLAND GET "FACTS" LIKE THIS?)

8-MARIO'S FIRST PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENT WAS TO REPLACE TENOR JAN PEERCE ON THE "CELANESE HOUR" RADIO SHOW, EARNING 300 TO 400 DOLLARS PER EPISODE. NOT BAD. HE APPEARED IN SEVEN EDITIONS. ALL SHOWS WERE LIVE AND LEFT MARIO VERY NERVOUS.

9-AFTER SAM WEILER HEARD MARIO SING, HE STOPPED HIS OWN VOICE LESSONS SINCE HE KNEW HE WOULD NEVER EVEN COME CLOSE TO SINGING LIKE MARIO DID. HE ALSO CLAIMED THAT HE PAID OFF THE LANZAS' DEBT OF OVER 90,000.OO, WHICH WAS A RIDICULOUS CLAIM SINCE MARIO HAD EARNED 130,000.00 FROM EARLY CONCERT APPEARANCES.

10-WEILER CLAIMED TO BE A MILLIONAIRE WHEN, IN FACT, HE WAS A REALTOR WORKING FOR HIS BROTHER.

11-MARIO WAS PAYING HIS OWN WAY AS IN 1951 ALONE AND WEILER MADE 250,000.00 IN COMMISSIONS OFF OF HIM. AND HE STILL COLLECTED HANDSOME FEES AFTER MARIO DIED.

12-FEAR WAS ONE OF MARIO'S WEAKNESSES DESPITE HIS OUTWARD APPEARANCE TO FANS. HE MISSED AN AUDITION WITH CONDUCTOR ARTURO TOSCANINI GIVING POOR EXCUSES. MARIO NEVER SANG FOR HIM. (I HAVE READ IN OTHER BIOGRPHIES THAT TOSCANINI DID HEAR HIM AND PRAISED HIS SINGING HIGHLY)

13-MARIO WAS 26 YEARS OLD WHEN HE MET CONSTANTINE CALLINICOS, WHO WAS DUMBSTRUCK BY MARIO'S TALENT. THE TWO GAVE FINE CONCERTS WITH LITTLE REHEARSING AS MARIO TOLD HIM "I HAVE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO" AND ASSURED HIM "YOU HAVEN'T HEARD ANYTHING YET".

14-TENOR TAGLIAVINI WAS SUPPOSED TO APPEAR AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL BUT WAS NOT AVAILABLE. MARIO WAS. THE "LANZA LUCK" PREVAILED.

15-JOE PASTERNAK WAS A PRODUCER AT MGM AND WAS DELIGHTED BY MARIO'S TALENT. L.B. MAYER TOLD HIM: "HE'S ALL YOURS", AND SAID MARIO WAS TO BE THE SINGING CLARK GABLE.

(ALLOW ME TO PAUSE HERE AND MAKE AN OBSERVATION ABOUT BESSETTE'S WRITING STYLE. HE OFTEN WRITES AS IF HE WERE DOING A NOVEL RATHER THAN A BIOGRPHY. FOR EXAMPLE, THIS SENTENCE ENDING A CHAPTER. HE WROTE: "THE FRONT GATES AT MGM WERE WIDE OPEN AND AS LANZA ENTERED, THE DOORS OF THE METROPOLITAN AND EVERY OTHER LEGITMATE OPERA HOUSE SLAMMED SHUT BEHIND HIM".

16-MARIO OFTEN SAID HE FELT RUSHED AND THAT HE NEEDED MORE TIME. HE SENSED HE WASN'T READY YET FOR ALL THAT WAS HAPPENING TO HIM SO QUICKLY. YET HE STILL WOULD BRAG THAT "AM I THE SECOND CARUSO? NO. I AM THE FIRST LANZA".

17-BY 1947 THE TENOR'S HEAVY DRINKING HABIT HAD ALREADY STARTED.

18-MARIO RESUMED HIS BOYHOOD PRACTICE OF SHOPLIFTING GOURMET ITEMS, CANDY, LIQUOR, ETC. THIS WAS BEHAVIOR HE REGARDED AS BOYISHLY REBELLIOUS. HE ALSO BROKE OFF CHIPS OF 78 RPM RECORDS OF SINGERS HE DISLIKED.

19-WHEN FRANCES YEEND WAS PERFORMING ALONE ON STAGE DURING A "BEL CANTO TRIO" GIG, MARIO THOUGHT NOTHING OF URINATING INTO A BUCKET IN THE WINGS OF THE STAGE WHERE HE MADE SURE SHE COULD SEE HIM. (NOTE: I TRULY BELIEVE THAT AS HE MATURED THESE CHILDISH PRANKS LIKE THIS DIMINISHED GREATLY).

20-HIS ONE AND ONLY FULL LENGHT OPERA APPEARANCE WAS "MADAME BUTTERFLY", WHICH DREW RAVE REVIEWS FOR HIM. WITH MORE WORK AND DEDICATION HE COULD HAVE BECOME A GREAT OPERA STAR. HOWEVER, LOOKING AT HIS DECISION TO GO INTO MOVIE MAKING. THESE MOVIES ARE ALWAYS HERE TO ENTERAIN US, AND OF COURSE THEY PAID MUCH BETTER.

21-THE DIRECTOR OF THE NEW ORLEANS OPERA COMPANY OFFERED LANZA THE CHANCE TO BE IN TWO PERFORMANCES OF "LA TRAVIATA" FOR THE 1948/49 SEASON. WEILER HAD THE CONTRACTS DRAWN UP AND SIGNED BUT PRESSURE FROM MGM AND THE LURE OF MOVIES AND CONCERTS AND RECORDING PREVENTED IT. THIS PATTERN WAS THE SAME RIGHT UP UNTIL HIS DEATH. (REMEMBER THAT HIS MGM CONTRACT OFFERED HIM SIX MONTHS OFF EACH YEAR TO PURSUE HIS OPERATIC CAREER. WHAT CAREER?)

22-AFTER A LIVE PERFORMANCE BY THE BEL CANTO TRIO, MARIO SAID TO ALBERT ROBINSON OF COLUMBIA ARTISTS "DO YOU KNOW WHAT I DID TONIGHT? I SANG FIVE HIGH C'S. CARUSO NEVER SANG MORE THAN TWO IN ONE EVENING" (DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THIS IS TRUE?)

23-DURING THE MAKING OF "THAT MIDNIGHT KISS" HE WAS WELL BEHAVED AND GAVE A HIGH DEGREE OF EFFORT. OF JUST ABOUT ANY OTHER OF HIS FOLLOWING FILMS THIS COULD NOT BE SAID.

24-AUGUSTIN LARA. THE COMPOSER OF "GRANADA", HEARD MARIO SING HIS SONG AND CRIED THAT THIS WAS A GREATER RENDITION THAN HE COULD HAVE IMAGINED. THE BYM PERFORMANCE AND ANOTHER BEAR THIS OUT.

25-COMPOSER SAMMY KAHN DECLARED THAT IF YOU HEARD MARIO VIA RECORDS, YOU HAVEN'T REALLY HEARD HIM AT ALL. HE FELT NO MECHANICAL REPRODUCTION COULD CAPTURE HIS VOICE. HE SAID: "WHEN LIVE, IT COULD SCARE THE HELL OUT OF YOU!"

26-AS THE YEARS WENT BY AFTER "THE GREAT CARUSO", HIS GOLD RECORD HIT "BE MY LOVE" WAS SELDOM SUNG BY LANZA. AND HE STARTED IMPROVISING WORDS FOR IT LIKE "BE MY LUNCH". LOL.

27-MARIO FREQUENTLY LISTENED TO HIS OWN RECORDS. THIS IS A PRACTICE I CONDONE AS IT GIVES ONE THE CHANCE TO HEAR AND THEN IMPROVE ON IT.

28-MARIO BRAGGED TO HIS MANY SPONGERS THAT THEY SHOULD "SEE HIM HAVE SEX LIVE AND LEARN SOMETHING".

29-MARIO WAS A STRONG CONTENDER FOR THE MOST TRUCULENT, MOROSE, DEMANDING STAR IN THE HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD. IF TRUE, THIS WAS A SHAME.

30-DEREK MCGOVERN TOLD ME SOMETHING I FOUND HARD TO BELIEVE--THAT NO PHOTOS OF MARIO FROM 1959 EXIST. I LOOKED THROUGH DEREK MANNERING'S "LANZA: HIS LIFE IN PICTURES" AND OTHER BOOKS WITH PHOTOGRAPHS AND THIS IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE. THE ONLY 1959 PHOTO OF MARIO IS THE AWFUL ONE OF HIM SQUEEZED INTO HIS CASKET LOOKING BLOATED.

31-QUOTE FROM MARIO: "WHO THE HELL DO THEY THINK CAN PORTRAY CARUSO--NELSON EDDY?". "NOBODY BUT ME CAN PLAY THAT ROLE". "I AM CARUSO!"

32-AS WE KNOW, WEIGHT WAS A REAL PROBLEM FOR THE SINGER. BESSETTE OFFERS:"E LOOKED HIS BEST AT 170 POUNDS, COULD SOAR TO A CHUBBY YET HANDSOME 210, A FRANKLY ENORMOUS 240, AND A NEARLY UNRECOGNIZABLE 270.

33-IN 1951 HIS RECORD ROYALTIES WERE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF ONE MILLION DOLLARS, AN AWESOME AMOUNT FOR HIS DAY OR FOR THE PRESENT.

34-WAS MARIO LAZY AND AVERSE TO TRYING DIFFERENT SONGS FOR HIS CONCERTS? I ASK THIS BECAUSE HIS 1951 PROGRAMS DIFFERED LITTLE FROM HIS 1958 PROGRAMS.

35-HE MADE 5,300.00 A WEEK FOR HIS 1951/52 COKE RADIO SHOWS. THE SONGS HE SANG WERE TO BECOME A GREAT SOURSE OF INCOME FOR YEARS TO COME AND EVEN AFTER HIS DEATH.

37-HIS FAVORITE OFF MIC PHRASE WAS "VIVA LA FICA" OR "LONG LIVE THE VAGINA", A PHRASE HE REPEATED OFTEN!

38-THE PRODUCERS OF THE COKE SHOW PUSHED HIM TO END AS MANY SONGS WITH HIGH NOTES AS HE COULD. EVEN IF ARTISTICSLLY THIS WASN'T PROPER.

39-HE MADE 163 SONGS FOR THE COKE SHOW (WHICH WERE NEVER INTENDED FOR GENERAL RELEASE) WHILE HIS WHOLE CAREER OF SONGS (NOT COUNTING COKE SONGS) ONLY AMOUNTED TO 203 SONGS/ARIAS. MGM CLOSED DOWN THE COKE SHOW WHEN MARIO DIDN'T APPEAR FOR THE MAKING OF "THE STUDENT PRINCE

40-CRITICS HAD THREE TIRED THINGS TO SAY ABOUT MARIO'S SINGING: 1-HE HAD A SMALL VOICE 2-THE VOICE WAS DOCTORED AND AMPLIFIED ELECTRONICALY AND 3-HE MADE HIS RECORDS IN BITS AND PIECES AND PATCHED THEM TOGETHER. BULLSHIT FOR ALL THREE THINGS I SAY!

41-HE SHOWED CRUDE BEHVIOR ON THE SET OF "BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE". HIS HATRED OF DORETTA MORROW (WHO NEVER MADE ANOTHER MOVIE) WAS SUCH THAT HE WANTED HIS CO-STAR TO BE MORE SENSUAL. HE WANTED HER TO PRESS HER VAGINA AGAINST INTO HIS GROIN. POOR MORROR WAS IN TEARS OVER THIS.

42-WHEN DEPRESSED MARIO COULD STARE DOWN AT THE FLOOR IMOBILE FOR HOURS. IT WAS DURING THIS BLEAKEST OF TIMES THAT AL TEITELBAUM APPEARED IN HIS LIFE AND PAID OFF SOME OF HIS DEBTS AND AND BECAME HIS MANAGER FOR 10 PERCENT OF HIS TAKE AND SAM WEILER WAS BOUGHT OFF WITH 5 PERCENT OF HIS CAREER LONG EARNINGS.

43-LANZA REFUSED A MILLION DOLLAR RCA RECORDS OFFER TO RECORD 100 SONGS/ARIAS BECAUSE DINAH SHORE ACCEPTED THE SAME DEAL AND LANZA FELT HE WAS WORTH TWICE AS MUCH. AT THAT TIME, WITH NOTHING IN THEIR VAULTS TO RELEASE, THEY WERE GIVEN ACCESS TO ALL HIS COKE SHOW MATERIAL. AND LATER MARIO GAVE IT ALL AWAY TO TEITELBAUM AND HIS HEIRS FOLLOWING.

44-MARIO NEVER SAW THE FINISHED "STUDENT PRINCE" OR "BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE". I FIND THIS VERY HARD TO BELIEVE SINCE HE DIDN'T LIVE IN A VACUUM.

45-MARIO, WHEN A DEPRESSION LIFTED, WANTED TO MAKE "THE VAGABOND KING" WITH KATHRYN GRAYSON BUT THE PART WENT TO MALTESE TENOR NAMED SIMPLY ORESTE. HIS THICK ACCENT RESULTED IN THE STUDIO HAVING TO DUB HIS SPEAKING PARTS. AND THIS WAS KATHRYN'S FINAL MOVIE.

46-AFTER THE FIRST TV "SHOWER OF STARS" SHOW DEBACLE (USING OLD RECORDINGS OF HIS AND SAYING THEY WERE NEWLY MADE), HE DID A SECOND SHOW LIVE SINGING ONE ARIA, "E LUCEVAN LE STELLE", AND ONE SONG "SOMEDAY".

47-WHEN THE FILMING OF "SERENADE" WAS STALLED, HE AGREED TO SING IN LAS VEGAS FOR TWO WEEKS AND 100,000.00. THIS WAS YET ANOTHER DEBACLE AS HE STARTED DRINKING HEAVILY AND WAS ALL BUT THROWN OUT OF THE HOTEL HE WAS IN AND THE TOWN.

48-MARIO WAS TO REALIZE 50 PERCENT OF THE GROSS FOR "SERENADE" BUT THE FILM AND MARIO DID NOT FARE VERY WELL. LOOKING AT THE MOVIE TODAY, IT AND "THE GREAT CARUSO" ARE ARGUABLY HIS BEST PICTURES.

49-THE RCA ALBUM "LANZA ON BROADWAY" WAS HIS WORST ONE. YET, SURPRISINGLY, IT SOLD WELL. HE SOUNDS DRUNK FOR A NUMBER OF CUTS. ONE OF THE FEW GOOD SONGS IS "AND THIS IS MY BELOVED".

50-NOT LONG AFTER THE ABOVE WAS RELEASED HE RECORDED "CAVALCADE OF SHOW TUNES" WHICH WAS EXCELLENT. IT ALL DEPENDED ON HIS MOOD AND DEGREE OF INTOXICATION.

51-A FILM EXECUTIVE FROM TITANUS FILMS OF ITALY CAME TO THE UNITED STATES IN 1957 TO LURE MARIO TO EUROPE. THE TENOR THOUGHT THIS WAS GREAT TIMING SINCE HE COULD ESCAPE FROM ALL HIS ILLS AT HOME. BEFORE LEAVING FOR ROME MARIO THREW A BIG PARTY FOR ALL HIS RELATIVES--AUNTS, UNCLES, COUSINS. OUR OWN CAROLE SHEA, MARIO'S COUSIN. WAS AT THE EVENT.(NOTE: I PROUDLY HAVE AN ORIGINAL LANZA JACKET WHICH WAS MADE AROUND THIS TIME AND COULD VERY WELL HAVE BEEN WORN BY HIM BEFORE OR AFTER HIS VOYAGE.)

52-ONCE IN ROME, HE WAS GREETED BY THOUSANDS OF CHEERING FANS WHICH LED HIM TO BELIEVE HE HAD MADE THE RIGHT DECISION BY LEAVING THE U.S.A.

53-DURING THE MAKING OF "THE SEVEN HILLS OF ROME" HE WORKED WELL AND CURBED HIS EATING AND DRINKING. BY HOLLYWOOD STANDARDS, THIS MOVIE WAS A "B" PRODUCTION. HE WASN'T PLEASED WITH THE SCRIPT OR OTHER ASPECTS BUT THE FILM DID WELL UPON ITS RELEASE. LANZA FANS MOSTLY FEEL THIS WAS HIS WEAKEST FILM. IT NEEDED MORE GOOD SONGS AND ARIAS. (NOTE: BESSETTE CLAIMS THAT HIS "QUESTA O QUELLA" USED FOR SHOR WAS A 1951 RECORDING. I HIGHLY DOUBT THIS SINCE THE ARIA HAD THE SAME "SOUND" OF THE 1957 LANZA VOICE.

54-DESPITE HEAVY DRINKING, COSTA TRIED TO HELP HIM PREPARE FOR THE ROYAL COMMAND PERFORMANCE AND CALLINICOS LEFT BEHIND A GOOD PAYING JOB IN AMERICA. THE DRINKING SUDDENLY STOPPED AND BY THE NIGHT OF THE SHOW HE SANG WELL AND DELIVERED THREE NOTEWORTHY ARIAS/SONGS. THE ONLY REAL PROBLEM THATA COULD BE SEEN WAS MARIO'S SHIFTING HIS WEIGHT FROM ONE LEG TO ANOTHER. THIS WAS HIS PHLEBITIS ACTING UP. DESPITE THIS PROBLEM, THE QUEEN STATED THAT SHE NEVER KNEW A HUMAN VOICE COULD PRODUCE SUCH EXTRAORDINGARY SOUNDS. MARIO REPEATED THE EXACT PROGRAM FOR THE TV SHOW "LIVE AT LONDON PALLADIUM. HIS SINGING WAS GREAT, HE LOOKED TRIM, AND THE APPLAUSE WAS HEAVY.

55-PLANS TO PRODUCE A "GRAND" CONCERT TOUR HAD BEGUN BEFORE LANZA HAD EVER PUT FOOT ON EUROPEAN SOIL. AFTER ALL, MARIO WAS LOVED IN MOST OF THE COUNTRIES THERE.

56-IN THE MEANTIME, BETTY WAS ACTING WORSE THAN EVER. MARIO HAD CARPETS PLACED ALL OVER THE FLOORS OF HIS 1,000.00 A MONTH "VILLA BADOGLIO". SHE WAS FALLING ALL THE TIME FROM DRUG ABUSE AND HE FEARED SHE WOULD BE INJURED.

57-MARIO HAD CONCERTS SCHEDULED IN ENGLAND, GERMANY, SCOTLAND, PARIS AND PERHAPS OTHER COUNTRIES. THIS WAS A HARD TOUR CONSIDERING THE RATHER POOR HEALTH WAS EXPERIENCING. HIS FEES AVERAGED 4,000.00 PER SHOW--AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT BY EUROPEAN STANDARDS,

58-IN HIS HOTEL SUITE, MR. COAST AND MR. TENNANT (HIS AGENTS) FOUND MARIO WITH A PRETTY AND YOUNG GIRL. MARIO WAS IN AN ALCOHOLIC RAGE AND STARTED SHOUTING FOUL EXPLETIVES. TENNANT RESIGNED ON THE SPOTAND HANDED BACK TO LANZA THE 1,000.00 GOLD WATCH THE TENOR HAD GIVEN HIM. LANZA SMASHED IT AGAINST THE WALL. HE CALLED THE GIRL A WHORE AND THREW A 100 DOLLAR BILL AT HER. IN TEARS, SHE SAID "SO YOU ARE MARIO LANZA. TO THINK THAT THIS IS THE GREAT MARIO LANZA. I AM SORRY FOR YOU".

59-IN MAY OF 1958, HE AGREED WITH CORONA FILMS (CORONA---A BAD CONNOTATION FOR THE FUTURE) TO STAR IN A MOVIE TO BE CALLED "FOR THE FIRST TIME". WE ALL KNOW IT WAS MORE LIKE "FOR THE LAST TIME" UNFORTUNATELY. TO GET INTO SHAPE QUICKLY HE TOOK HIMSELF TO WALCHENSEE, A PLACE THAT OFFFERED THE QUESTIONABLE "TWILIGHT SLEEP" PROCEDURE WHICH ALLOWS ONE TO LOSE WEIGHT RAPIDLY.

60-WHEN HE WAS RELEASED, HE DID THE PRE-RECORDING AT THE ROME OPERA HOUSE FOR "FOR THE FIRST TIME" AND ALL THE FINE SINGERS THERE WERE ENTHRALLED BY HIS VOICE. BESSETTE CALLED MARIO'S CLASSIC "O SOLE MIO" DREADFUL. HE MUST NOT HAVE HEARD IT, SINCE MOST OF US FEEL THIS IS THE FINEST "O SOLE MIO" EVER SUNG BY ANY TENOR AT ANY TIME! NOW, HE RIGHTLY ASSESSED "PINEAPPLE PICKERS" AS HIS WORST SONG EVER. BUT LET'S SAY IT IS WORTH LISTENING TO JUST TO HEAR THE GOLDEN FINAL HIGH NOTE.

61-THE FILMING WENT WELL AND LANZA'S FLAIR FOR LIGHT COMEDY WAS BACK. UNLIKE SHOR, FTFT WAS NOT A HIT. TODAY WE RATE THIS PICTURE FAR BETTER THAN SHOR.

62-THE LAST CHAPTER FOR MARIO WAS HIS RETURN TO THE RECORDING STUDIO, WHICH SPANNED FROM NOVEMBER OF 1958 TO SEPTEMBER OF 1959. HE WAS VERY PRODUCTIVE DURING THIS PERIOD WITH MORE THAN FIVE DOZEN SONGS RECORDED. ONE OF THE BEST IS THE "MARIO!" ALBUM WITH ITS MANY WONDERFUL NEAPOLITAN SONGS. THIS MARKED HIS FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN TWO YEARS!

63-THE EXCITING NEW STEREOPHONIC SOUND PROVIDED A REASON TO RE-RECORD ALBUMS MARIO HAD DONE YEARS BEFORE IN MONAURAL SOUND. PLUS HIS VOICE HAD DARKENED--TO SOME A GOOD THING AND TO SOME A BAD THING.

64-THE FIRST TO APPEAR WAS "THE STUDENT PRINCE". THE COMPARISON BETWEEN THIS AND HIS EARLY "CLASSIC" RECORDING OF SAME IS LIKE COMPARING A LOVELY BIRD TO AN UGLY DUCKLING.

65-NEXT HE DID A NEW ALBUM OF CHRISTMAS CAROLS. I EXPECT A REEL TO REEL TAPE AT HIGH SPEED TO ARRIVE IN A COUPLE OF DAYS. PERFORMANCE WISE I KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT. HIS SINGING JUST ISN'T AS GOOD AS THE EARLIER CHRISTMAS ALBUM. (THE FABULOUS "LORD'S PRAYER" ALONE MAKES IT DESIRABLE.

66-HE RETURNED TO RECORDING WITH THE "CARUSO FAVORITES" ALBUM. IT IS COMPOSED OF NEAPOLITAN SONGS TOO. I ENJOY HIS SINGING IN MOST OF THE SONGS. THE SLIGHT DOWNFALL IS THE POOR ENGINEERING DONE IN ROME. HOWEVER, SEPIA RECORDS HAS VASTLY IMPROVED THE SOUND OF MARIO'S VOICE. ALSO, THE REEL TO REEL DOES THE SAME OR BETTER. WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT OUTSOLD CONCURRENT ELVIS RELEASES?!

67-"THE VAGABOND KING" FOLLOWED. IT WAS RECORDED BY HIS FAMILY CHEERING HIM ON. (MARIA, GRANDAD, HIS AUNT, AND BETTY'S MOM HAD COME TO VISIT HIM IN JULY OF 1959). HIS SINGING IS RICH AND DARK. HE PERFORMED WELL, ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING HIS HEALTH ISSUES. HIS TRACKS WERE "LAID DOWN" IN ROME WHILE LATER THE MASTER TAPES WERE SENT TO NEW YORK WHERE COMPETENT JUDITH RASKIN ADDED HER VOICE. THE RESULTS WERE VERY GOOD. THE HAUNTING "LOVE ME TONIGHT" IS A FAVORITE OF MINE.

68-HIS VERY LAST ALBUM WAS "THE DESERT SONG". HIS SESSIONS WERE BAD AND HAD TO BE POSTPONED NEARLY ONE WEEK, BUT AFTER THAT HE KNOCKED OUT SOME VERY FINE SONGS. ALL THE "MARIOISMS" ARE INTACT. LIKE EMPHASIS ON KEY WORDS, GREAT PHRASING, GOOD BREATH CONTROL, ETC. AND OF COURSE IT INCLUDES THE IRONIC SOUNDING TRACK "ONE GOOD BOY GONE WRONG".

69-THE QUESTIONABLE SEPTEMBER 10, 1959 "THE LORD'S PRAYER" RECORDING WAS EITHER LOST OR NEVER MADE. CALLINICOS SAID "IT GAVE HIM CHILLS". MAYBE SOMEDAY....

70- THE LAST GREAT PARTY AT THE VILLA WAS HELD SEPTEMBER 29TH, ONLY A WEEK BEFORE MARIO PASSED AWAY.

71-LANZA ADMITTED HIMSELF TO THE VALLE GIULLIA CLINIC ONE DAY LATER--SEPTEMBER 30TH. FROM THIS PLACE, ON OCTOBER 6TH, HE AND BETTY HAD SOME FIERCE ARGUMENTS. THAT EVENING HE SANG TO THE NURSES AND WAS PLANNING TO LEAVE FOR HOME THE NEXT MORNING. HE NEVER MADE IT SINCE THE BLOOD CLOT IN HIS LEG BROKE OFF AND TRAVELLED TO HIS PULMONARY ARTERY WHERE IT COULD NOT PASS THROUGH. DEAR MARIO LOST CONSCIOUSNESS AND WAS DISCOVERED BARELY BREATHING AROUND NOON. THE STAFF WORKED HARD TRYING TO SAVE HIM BUT HE WAS GONE. HE DIED IN ROOM 404 FROM A HEART ATTACK. (NOTE: BOB DOLFI AND DAMON LANZA DID RESEARCH INTO HIS MEDICAL HISTORY AND DISCOVERED THAT HE HAD HAD TWO PREVIOUS HEART ATTACKS. THIS SLOWLY BUT SURELY PUT TO REST THE MAFIA HIT THEORY, THE NURSE WHO WAS NEVER FOUND, WHO MIGHT HAVE INTRODUCED AN AIR BUBBLE INTRAVENIOUSLY THEORY, AND ALL THE OTHER IRRATIONAL THEORIES.

72-BETTY DIED WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF MARIO'S DEATH. SHE LOST HER WILL TO LIVE ONCE HE WAS GONE. HER DEATH WAS ATTRIBUTED TO AN OVERDOSE OF PILLS. SHE WAS ONLY 36 YEARS OLD.

73-TERRY ROBINSON DID MORE THAN JUST ABOUT ANY OTHER PERSON FOR THE FOUR LANZA OFFSPRING. MARIA DID AS MUCH AS WELL. (PREMATURE DEATH RUNS STRONG IN THE LANZA FAMILY). MARIA DIED AT AGE 65 (COMPARATIVELY YOUNG) OF A STROKE ON MAY 27TH, 1970. TONY DIED ON MAY 22ND, 1975 AT THE AGE OF 81. EXCEPT FOR ELLISA, THE MOST "NORMAL" OF THE LANZA CHILDDREN, HER SISTER AND TWO BROTHERS ALL DIED YOUNG. THE SAME FATE BEFELL BOB DOLFI, WHO WAS PROMINENT IN THE "LANZA WORLD".

POSTSCRIPT: A RETROSPECTIVE DIAGNOSIS BY ROLAND BESSETTE MAINTAINS THAT MARIO'S MANY UPS AND DOWNS THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE ARE A RESULT OF BIPOLAR DISORDER, WHICH WAS FORMERLY CALLED MANIC DEPRESSIVE DISORDER. THE MOOD SWINGS GO BETWEEN MANIA AND DEPRESSION. ( I AM NO STRANGER TO THIS DISEASE AS I HAVE HAD TO LVE WITH IT SINCE BEING DIAGNOSED IN 2007. THIS DISORDER WAS RARELY RECOGNIZED INTHE FIFTIES. BY THE SIXTIES MORE WAS KNOWN AND THE DRUG TREATMENT BY LITHIUM APPEARED IN THE SIXTIES. IT CONTINUES TO BE ONE OF THE MOST UNFORTUNATE MENTAL PROBLEMS DESPITE THE MANY DRUGS WHICH HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED. SOME FEEL THAT THEY HAVE RELIED HEAVILY BY USING DRUGS THAT TREAT OTHER PROBLEMS LIKE EPILEPSY. SOME OF THE MOST BRILLIANT PEOPLE WERE BIPOLAR, INCLUDING THE GREAT DOCTOR ALBERT SCHWEITZER.

FINALLY. I LEAVE YOUWITH THIS QUOTE: "HE HAD THE BEST CAREER HE COULD HAVE HAD. HE DERSERVES TO BE REMEMBERED WITH LOVE AND AFFECTION". AND ISN'T THAT WHY WE ARE HERE POSTING EVERY DAY......
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Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
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Sam: I think one of the British Lanza societies translated the German book. I hope they will reply. Ciao.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
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I HAVE A QUESTION: HAS THE LANZA "GERMAN" BIOGRAPHY EVER BEEN TRANSLATED? IT CONTAINS TWO OF THE SADDEST PHOTOS OF LANZA. ONE, THE SHOT OF HIM LOOKING MOROSE AND HEAVY PLAYING CHECKERS WITH HIS HEAD RESTING ON HIS HANDS. AND TWO, THE GROSS PHOTO OF LANZA IN HIS COFFIN LOOKING VERY BLOATED.

IF NO TRANSLATION EXISTS, I BET STEFF WALTINGER COULD DO IT JUSTICE.
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John WPerson was signed in when posted
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Good evening. I recently received my copy of the Lanza newsletter in the mail. I was humbled to see my name mentioned on page 2. I'm glad to be part of MLS of New York (and Jeff Rense's forum). Mario (and Richard Tucker) have inspired me to start voice lessons. Singing is much harder than I thought it would be but also a lot of fun! Please keep in touch: johnwiley2009@yahoo.com

John
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
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MY REVIEW OF THE TERRY ROBINSONE MARIO LANZA BIOGRAPHY.

TERRY WROTE THIS IN COLABORATION WITH WRITER RAYMOND STRAIT. THE TITLE IS LANZA: HIS TRAGIC LIFE. THIS IS A SALACIOUS WORK. JEFF RENSE HAS SAID THAT A GOOD THIRD OF THE BOOK WAS REJECTED BY THE PUBLISHER AS BEING TOO HARSH.

1-WHEN "FREDDIE" WAS JUST A BOY HE WITNESSED HIS UNCLE VINCENT LANZA BEING MURDERED IN A GANG SLAYING.

2-TERRY ASKED MARIO HOW HE SANG AS HE DID. THE REPLY WAS "IT'S ALL SEX. WHEN I'M SINGING I AM SCORING. THAT'S ME. IT COMES RIGHT OUT OF MY BALLS"

3-HE WAS BADLY SPOILED BY HIS MOTHER MARIA. SHE WANTED HIM TO BECOME A LAWYER, BUT HE HAD DECIDED HE WANTED TO BE A SINGER. SHE PROMPTLY HIRED ANTONIO SCARUZZO TO START THE PROCESS.

4-THIS BOOK SAYS HE MASTERED SIGHT SEEING BUT THE CALLINICOS BOOK SAYS HE NEVER CAUGHT ON TO SOLFEGGIO.

5-LATER THEY HIRED IRENE WILLIAMS WHO WOULD EVENTUALLY CHEAT HIM BY CLAIMING A PORTION OF ALL HIS EARNINGS.

6-HE BEFRIENDED MARIA MARGELLI, AN OLDER WOMAN WHO OFFERED TO PAY FOR HIS SINGING LESSONS. HIS RECORDING OF HIS "PRIVATE" SINGING FOR HER EXISTS.

7-WHEN MARIO SANG FOR FRANK SINATRA, FRANK WHILE MAKING A MOVIE SAID "GIRLS ALWAYS SWOONED OVER ME BUT MARIO MADE ME SWOON"

8-ORIGINALLY SAM WEILER TOOK OVER AS HIS MANAGER AND PAID ALL THE DEBTS HE AND BETTY HAD RACKED UP. MUCH LATER IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT HE STOLE FROM MARIO.

9-MARIO SANG ALONE FOR COLUMBIA CONCERTS. LATER FRANCES YEEND AND GEORGE LONDON WERE ADDED AND FORMED THE "BEL CANTO TRIO".

10-WHEN HE SANG AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL, HE GOT THE LONGEST OVATION EVER, A FULL 15 MINUTES. (FOOTNOTE: THIS SOUNDS VERY EXAGGERATED)

11-HE MET TERRY AT MGM. TERRY HAD HELPED L.B. MAYER WHEN THE STUDIO BOSS HAD A BACK PROBLEM.

12-REPORTERS ASKED HIM WHY HE DIDN'T GO INTO OPERA. HE SAID HE NEEDED MORE TIME TO DEVELOP. CARUSO DIDN'T COME INTO HIS OWN UNTIL HE WAS 33, WHILE LANZAA WAS ONLY 27.

13-HE LOST HIS PRIVACY AFTER "THAT MIDNIGHT KISS" WAS RELEASED.

14-SOON MAYER WANTED HIM TO STAR IN "RING OF FIRE" WHICH EVENTUALLY CAME TO BE TITLED "THE TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS".

15-MARIA SAID HIS FAN MAIL WAS HOT. MARIO RECEIVED MANY LETTERS THAT FEATURED NUDE GIRLS.

16-DURING THE FILMING OF TONO HE WOULD PURPOSELY RUIN TAKES SO THAT THE CREW WOULD GO INTO OVERTIME AND THEY WOULD BE PAID MORE MONEY. LANZA CARED FOR THEM AND DID THIS.

17-WEILER SAID MARIO HAD BEEN CHEATED OUT OF THE PROPER COMMISSIONS FOR CONCERTS A MANAGER HAD ARRAINGED. MARAIO SAID "HE SCREWED ME AND I SCREWED HIS WIFE (SEX).

18-LANZA AND ERROL FLYNN EXCHANGED STORIES ABOUT ALL THE WOMEN THEY HAD BEDDED.

19-BETTY ACTUALLY STARTED DRINKING BEFORE MARIO DID.

20-MARIO WENT TO CIRO'S RESTAURANT TO SEE DEAN MARTIN AND JERRY LEWIS. LEWIS ASKED LANZA TO COME ONSTAGE AND SING A SONG. HE DID AND GOT A STANDING OVATION. AFTER THAT LEWIS SAID "LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, OUR SHOW IS OVER. NO ONE COULD FOLLOW MARIO".

21-ONE MORNING AT THE STUDIO MARIO STARTED IMITATING EZIO PINZA BY SINGING "SOME ENCHANTED EVENING". PINZA YELLED "LANZA YOU SON OF A BITCH WHERE ARE YOU?


22-MARIO, AFTER "THE GREAT CARUSO' CAME OUT, SAID HE WANTED TO DO A SERIOUS MOVIE. THE STUDIO GAVE HIM "BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE. HE SCREAMED "YOU CAN'T PUT CARUSO IN THE ARMY!"

23-HIS CONCERT TOUR AFTER GC WAS DUBBED THE "LANZA BONANZA"

24-TERRY AND HE WERE ALONE AT THE ST. MORITZ HOTEL AND TERRY TOLD MARIO THAT AS A YOUNGSTER HE STAYED AT THE HOTEL AND THE MANAGEMENT DECLARED HE WAS NOT DRESSED "CLASSY' ENOUGH. WHEREUPON MARIO UNZIPPED HIS FLY AND PEED ON THEM WHILE LATER TERRY FOLLOWED SUIT.

25-WIFE BETTY BECAME JEALOUS OF HER HUSBAND'S POPULARITY AND SAID TO MARIO "I'M JUST YOUR FLUNKY AND HAVE TO LISTEN TO OLD HENS FAWNING OVER YOU".

26-MARIO'S OLD FRIEND JOHNNY SILVER SAID THAT IN THE EARLY DAYS LANZA HAD NOT BATHED FOR SIX MONTHS.

27-HE AND BETTY HAD A DOG NAMED TENOR (!) WHO DIED ON THE WAY TO THE VETERINARIAN ONE NIGHT. .

28-MARIO THREW A PARTY FOR THE CAST OF BYM AND GAVE OUT GOLD WRIST WATCHES. (I WONDER WHERE THEY ALL ENDED UP?).

29-THE SONG "WHEN YOU'RE IN LOVE" WAS WRITTEN BY FRANKIE LAINE, WHO HEARD LANZA RECORD IT FOR THE COKE SHOW.

30-ONE NIGHT, ALONG WITH TERRY, MARIO CLIMBED A TREE AT KATHRYN GRAYSON'S HOUSE TO LOOK INTO HER BEDROOM WINDOW. HE SAID "I WANT TO SEE WHAT SHE REALLY LOOKS LIKEA". KATHRYN SPOTTED THEM AND SAID SHE WOULD TELL BETTY ABOUT THIS.

31-AFTER 19 MONTHS, THE GREAT CARUSO HAS GROSSED 19 MILLION DOLLARS---A VERY HEALTHY SUM FOR THOSE DAYS.

32-AFTER RECORDING "BELOVED", FOR "THE STUDENT PRINCE", MARIO TOOK TERRY INTO THE MEN'S ROOM AND SQUEEZED HIS PENIS SAYING TO HIM "LOOK I HAD AN ORGASM WHEN I SANG. THAT IS WHAT MUSIC CAN DO TO ME".

33-AFTER HIS SUSPENSION FOR SP, HE AND TERRY DROVE TO LAS VEGAS AND MARIO HANDED OUT WRAPPED IN PAPER 50 DOLLARS IN SMALL BILLS TO PEOPLE THEY MET.

34-ONCE AFTER STROLLING THROUGH THE MGM LOT, HE SAW JUDY GARLAND. SHE WENT WITH HIM TO THE HOLLYWOOD HILLS AND HAD SEX WHILE IN HIS CAR.

35-LANZA WAS KNOWN FOR WRECKING MOST OF THE HOUSES HE AND HIS FAMILY RENTED. ONCE HIS LANDLORD SUED HIM FOR 17,000 DOLLARS.

36-IN A DISTRESSED STATE, HE GOT TERRY INTO HIS CAR FOR A RIDE AND SPED UP TO 90 MPH AND SAID TO HIM ""IF WE DIE THE HEADLINES WOULD READ "MARIO AND BEST FRIEND DIE IN A FLAMING WRECK". "WHAT AN END FOR A TIGER AND A TERROR".

37-ON THE SET OF "SERENADE" MARIO DID IMPRESSIONS OF BILLY ECKSTEIN AND LIBERACE.

38-MARIO WAS VISITED BY TWO MEMBERS OF THE MAFIA AND AFTER HEARING THEIR "PLANS" FOR HIM, HE KICKED THEM OUT OF HIS HOUSE WHILE BETTY SCREAMED FROM UPSTAIRS THAT SHE WANTED PEACE AND QUIET.

39-HE WAS A BAD DRUNK BUT SOBER HE WAS KIND AND SOFT SPOKEN.

40-LANZA WAS ELATED OVER THE DECISON TO MOVE TO ROME WHERE HE WOULD BUILD A BETTER LIFE FOR HIMSELF AND HIS FAMILY.

41-IN LONDON, HE DID THREE CONSECUTIVE CONCERTS AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL FOR 8,000 FANS. THE HALL IS 273 FEET LONG AND 135 FEET HIGH TO THE GLASS DOME.

42-HE CANCELLED AN ARRANGED TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA TO START FILMING "FOR THE FIRST TIME".

43-TERRY, LIKE COSTA, SAID THAT MARIO HAD RECORDED "THE LORD'S PRAYER" IN 1959 AND THAT MARIO HEARD THE PLAYBACK.

44-THE PRACTICE IN ITALY AT THE TIME WAS NOT TO EMBALM THE DECEASED BUT RATHER INJECTED THE CORPSE WITH A FLUID THAT WOULD KEEP THE SKIN COLOR RIGHT. THEY DID THIS TO MARIO.

45-THE FOLLOWING IS AWFUL. TO SQUEEZE MARIO'S BODY INTO THE WOODEN CASKET, THEY BROKE HIS ANKLES AND TURNED HIS FEET SIDEWAYS. THEN THEY BROKE HIS SHOULDER BONES TO FIT HIM INSIDE.

POSTSCIPT: IF ANYONE READING THIS REVIEW DOESN'T BELIEVE THE CRUDE BEHAVIOR ON LANZA'S PART, I REFER THEM TO HEAR "THE BLUE TAPE". HIS LANGUAGE IS AS FOUL AS CAN BE. I WON'T QUOTE ANY PASSAGES FROM THE TAPE SO AS NOT TO OFFFEND ANYONE.

I MAY REVIEW ROLAND BESSETTE'S LANZA BIOGRAPHY NEXT.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
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I HAVE INCREDIBLE NEWS. I JUST OPENED THE REEL TO REEL TAPE OF"THE DESERT SONG". IT IS BRAND NEW, NEVER PLAYED FROM 1959. BUT THATS JUST THE BEGINNING. THE ORCHESTRA IS CRISP AS A NEW DOLLAR BILL AND THE SONIC RANGE IS FULL. THE CHORUS EXCELLENT, AND JUDITH RASKINS VOICE IS CLEAR AS A BELL. BUT THE MOST EXCITING PART IS THAT MARIOS VOICE COMES THROUGH LOUD AND CLEAR. NO MORE DISTORTION LIKE THE LP AND CD. EXCITING THE TAPE FEATURES THE EXCITING HIGHS AND THE RICH LOWS HE HAD AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME IN HIS LIFE. THE DUETS ARE EXCELLENT AND WELL BALANCED FOR BOTH SINGERS .THERE IS JUST A TINY BIT OF DISTORTION WHEN BOTH RASKIN AND LANZA ARE BELTING IT OUT TOGETHER.THE FRENCH MILITARY MARCHING SONG FEATURES RASKIN IN EXCELLENT FORM WITH PERFECT PITCH. MARIO IN THE RIFF SONG STIRS US UP QUITE WELL. I WANT A KISS IS NO SLOUCH EITHER. THEN WE HAVE LET LOVE GO TO ENTERTAIN US VERY WELL. THE SONG "ONE FLOWER IN YOUR GARDEN" IS ALSO GREAT WITH THE EXCEPTION OF TWO OF MARIOS HIGH NOTES BEING A TAD PUSHED. I WANT TO NOTE HERE THAT THE TYPICAL "MARIOISMS" ARE INTACT. HIS EMPASIS ON IMPORTANT WORDS, HIS EXHUBERANCE AND JOY COME THROUGH, AND EVEN THOUGH AT TIMES HE SOUNDS SOMEWHAT TIRED (REMEMBER THAT THIS WAS RECORDED ONLY ONE MONTH BEFORE THE TENOR'S DEATH!) HE HAD NOT LOST HIS TOUCH.

SIDE TWO OF THIS 7 1/2 INCHES PER SECOND HIGH SPEED TAPE STARTS WITH AZURI'S DANCE". NOT ONE BIT OF CRITICISM HERE. "THEN YOU WILL KNOW" IS AS GOOD AS ANYTHING ON THE PROGRAM. THERE IS A BRIEF AND PLEASANT ORCHESTRAL INTERLUDE THAT IS FOLLOWED BY "ROMANCE" WHICH HIGHLIGHTS RASKIN. WHEREAS FORMERLY RASKIN AND LANZA SOUNDED SEPARATELY RECORDED (WHICH THEY WERE,AS RASKIN ADDED HER VOICE TO MARIOS VOCAL AND ORCHESTRA TRACK (CONDUCTED BY CALLINICOS).I BELIEVE SHE DID HER VOCALS IN NEW YORK WHILE MARIO WAS IN ROME. CALLINICOS CRITICIZED THIS SORT OF RECORDING STYLE AS SECOND RATE AND WAS SURPRISED THAT MARIO TENDED TO LIKE IT. NEXT TO LAST IS ONE GOOD BOY GONE WRONG WHICH IS DONE WITH PINACHE.THE MEANING OF THIS SONG IS NOT LOST ON WE FANS AND IS RATHER FITTING FOR WHAT WAS NEARLY THE END OF MARIOS HARD LIFE. THE TAPE FINISHES WITH THE GREAT "ONE ALONE", SUNG BEAUTIFULLY AS CAN BE, UNLESS YOU PREFER HIS EARIER SOUND (TAKE AS AN EXAMPLE THE MARIO! ALBUM) TO THIS LATE SOUND.

OVERALL, I COULD NOT BE MORE PLEASED AND EXCITED BY THIS TAPE. I WISH YOU ALL COULD HEAR IT IN THE SPLENDOR THAT I JUST DID.
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Barbara CliftonPerson was signed in when posted
10-23-2020
01:05 PM ET (US)
IP: 23.127.59.195
Sam: Antoine has been around for years - you an find him on utube.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
10-22-2020
04:36 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HEY THERE SUZANNE. I DID WRITE A DISCLAIMER BEFORE REVIEWING THE TEITELBAUM PAPERBACK BOOK. ALSO, NONE OF US KNOW WHO HAS THE BOOK, SO SOME MIGHT JUST WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT. I STARTED TO REVIEW DEREK MANNERING'S VERY FINE SECOND LANZA BIOGRAPHY CALLED SINGING TO THE GODS. IT HAS SO MUCH WE ALREADY KNOW THAT I ONLY SCANNED A FEW CHAPTERS BEFORE WRITING ANYTHING. I MAY SHELVE THAT IDEA. ON THE OTHER HAND, TERRY ROBINSON'S BOOK DOES HAVE MATERIAL THAT I CAN SINK MY TEETH INTO. AND ROLAND BESSETTE'S BIOGRAPHY HAS THE "MARIO WAS BIPOLAR" THEME SO THAT TOO WOULD BE "MEATY".

THANKS FOR WISHING ME GOOD HEALTH. I AM VERY, VERY GRATEFUL THAT GOD HAS GIVEN ME THESE THREE GREAT WEEKS AND PRAY EVERY NIGHT THAT THIS WILL CONTINUE FOR MONTHS OR MORE.

MY FONDEST THRILL IS MUSIC AND I WAS DELIGHTED TO HEAR THAT THE KARAOKE WE ENJOYED ALL LAST YEAR IS BEING STARTED UP OUTDOORS (SO LITTLE COVID WORRY) AND OUR HOST IS NOT ONLY AN EXCELLENT GUITARIST BUT ALSO HAS A GREAT POP TENOR VOICE.

ONE MORE THING: IN READING ABOUT TENORS, I DISCOVED A LAD OF ONLY 17 DOING NESSUN DORMA. SIMON COWELL DUBBED HIM ANOTHER PAVAROTTI. PERHAPS BUT CERTAINLY NO LANZA AS A FEW PEOPLE WROTE. HIS VOICE HAS A SWEETNESS TO IT AS WELL AS A RICHNESS IN THE LOWER REGISTER. HOWEVER, HIS HIGH NOTES HAVE NO "RING" OR SQUILLO, SO THAT WAS A DISAPPOINMENT. HIS NAME IS JONATHAN ANTOINE. HEAR HERE (LIKE THAT HEAR HERE?!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Usg_jzZXpU
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Julie PagePerson was signed in when posted
10-22-2020
01:51 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
Julie(Suzanne). Sam, I have no quibble with you except for objecting to the salacious content of any book written about Mario being repeated here. If we wanted to read it,it was available to all of us, I guess.If the story about the Park is true, then I really object to that. We've had some vandalism of the Columbus statue in our park and having a large Italian population has caused a a lot of controversy. Probably most of us on this site would rather not read those things which are not necessarily true.,but do sell.I am sincerely glad that you're feeling better, btw.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
10-22-2020
01:09 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
LINZ, I JUST SAW YOUR POST OR I WOULD HAVE ANSWERED SOONER. YES, I DID CLICK ON YOUR ARTICLE. FIRST, I AM CONFUSED--ARE YOU A SUPPORTER OF BIDEN OR NOT? THE OTHER THING IS THE PARK. HOW WAS IT DEFACED? I DON'T REMEMBER THE IMAGE OF MARIO GRACING THE PARK. I WAS THERE ALL THOSE YEARS AGO WITH SOME OTHER LANZA FANS WHEN THE PARK WAS DEDICATED AND I EVEN MADE THE EVENING NEWS. ALSO, I THOUGHT YOU OR SOMEONE SAID THAT THE LOVELY SOUTH PHILLY MURAL OF MARIO WAS PAINTED OVER. THAT IS NOT TRUE. IT IS AS IT WAS.

HOW ABOUT WE BE HAPPY OF GOOD THINGS RATHER THAN ALL THE NEGATIVES. WE ALL HAVE ENOUGH GRIEF WITH THE PANEMIC. LET'S BE OF GOOD CHEER.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
10-22-2020
08:07 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
EVER HAVE A SONG/ARIA IN YOUR HEAD THAT WON'T LEAVE YOUR BRAIN? SENZA NISCUNO WAS MINE. HEAR HERE:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cywAi0DhRhM
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
10-22-2020
07:07 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
A FRIEND OF MINE WAS ASKING IF I KNEW THAT THE LADY IN THE "ORGASM SCENE" IN "WHEN HARRY MET SALLY" WAS DIRECTOR ROB REINER'S MOTHER. SHE IS THE ONE WHO SAYS "I'LL HAVE WHAT SHE'S HAVING" TO HER WAITRESS. GREAT AND FUNNY AS CAN BE SEQUENCE. THEN I HAD TO TELL MY FRIEND HOW MARIO PUT HIS PARENTS INTO THE AUTOGRAPH SEQUENCE OF BYM AND ALSO HAD TERRY ROBINSON IN THE SAME SEQUENCE STANDING IN BETWEEN OTHER RECRUITS. AND DON'T FORGET IN FTFT WHEN THE JUDGE ANNOUNCES "ANTONIO COCOZZA", MARIO'S FATHER'S NAME.

INCIDENTALLY, IN WHEN HARRY MET SALLY THERE IS A SHOT OF A SMALL PLASTIC BIRD KNOWNS AS "BIRD DRINKING WATER". THE BIRD IS NOSTALGIC TO ME SINCE I HAD ONE AS A KID AND ALSO SCIENTIFICALLY AMAZING. WELL, AFTER THE MOVIE WAS OVER, I WENT TO EBAY AND FOUND ONE NEW IN BOX ON EBAYFOR 6.95 AND ORDERED IT. I THINK I AM GOING TO HAVE TO TELL MY WIFE THAT ONE, I AM ADDICTED TO EATING AND TWO, I AM ADDICTED TO BUYING COLLECTIBLES. SEE HERE:

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/vvsAAOSw0IBciGpC/s-l1600.jpg
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Linz1Person was signed in when posted
10-22-2020
03:51 AM ET (US)
IP: 125.239.123.168
Sam: did you actually click on the link to the article about Philadelphia's targeting of Mario Lanza? I make no apologies for my "angry tone," since this is beyond-disgusting and any actual human non-Woke person, let alone any Lanza lover, should be incandescent. The ilk of Woke-Fascist Mannering, Martino, Bessette, and sub-moronic witterers who balk at the idea of the Biden Crime Family being in jail will always deflect, of course. But here's the actual deal:

BY: Robert Petrone

Flags In South Philadelphia's Mario Lanza Park Bearing Image of The Tenor Were Replaced with an Image of a Bird. Attorney Robert Petrone reports this week, the flags in South Philadelphia's Mario Lanza Park bearing the esteemed Philadelphia tenor's face were replaced with flags with a cartoon bird on it.

Petrone wants to do something about it. "I propose the below letter be sent to Friends of Mario Lanza Park signed by whoever tells me to affix their name," he says. His email address is robertpetrone@yahoo.com. Here is the text of his letter.

Dear Ms. Mell,

It has come to the attention of the Italian-American residents of Philadelphia that Mario Lanza's image has been removed from the flags adorning the park that is named in his honor. We the undersigned are appalled that this was done without consideration for the community, during a time when we are in great pain at the recent and repeated removal of the likenesses of Italian-American icons all over the city, including (1) the removal of the statue of the first and only Italian-American mayor of Philadelphia, Frank Rizzo, whose administration as Chief of Police integrated the police force by putting both African-American and Caucasian officers together in the same squad cars and promoting the first officers of color to administrative positions, (2) the boxing up of the statue of the first civil rights activist of the Americas, Christopher Columbus, at Marconi Plaza, and (3) the obliteration of the names of Columbus and many prominent Italian-Americans at the base of the Columbus monument at Penn's Landing.

Despite that misguided historical revisionists have slandered Mayor Rizzo and Christopher Columbus of late -- slander that has been debunked categorically of late -- no such slander has ever been levied against Mario Lanza. There can be no other reason for the continuation of this course of conduct than blatant Italophobia.

That Friends of Mario Lanza Park, entrusted as stewards of the park and its contents, would be so insensitive to the community in this regard, is unforgivable. Our community demands that Mario Lanza's likeness be restored immediately.

Sincerely

SOURCE: Primo Magazine
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
10-21-2020
10:47 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I JUST GOT A GREAT NEW "TOY". IT IS A WRIST WATCH THAT RECEIVES FM STATIONS OR CAN PLAY/STORE MANY THOUSANDS OF SONGS. SOON I WILL HAVE MARIO ON IT. PLUS IT WILL PLAY VIDEOS (LIKE SATURDAY AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM). IT IS SOLD BY AMAZON. I WILL INCLUDE THE LINK. NOW ALL I NEED IS SOMEONE AROUND TWENTY YEARS OLD WHO CAN FIGURE OUT HOW TO DOWNLOAD MUSIC TO IT, LOL. OH, YEAH, IT CAN ALSO BE WORN WITHOUT THE STRAPS WHEN USING A CLIP THAT ATTACHES TO YOUR CLOTHING. AND ALL THIS FOR ONLY 19.99!
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QF77W6P/ref=ask_ql_qh_dp_hza
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
10-21-2020
08:45 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I FOUND ON THE INTERNET THE FOLLOWING REGARDING THE "WOKE" MOVEMENT WHICH I POST HERE WITHOUT COMMENT:

As America grows more and more divided, The Woke Supremacy takes an honest look at the Democratic Socialist movement, its founding, its history, what it is its followers want, and what it is they're willing to do to get it.

IF THIS IS BOTHERSOME, HERE IS SOMETHING THAT ISN'T AND IS FUN: http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/watchandlisten/play/aa5f791f5
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
10-21-2020
08:24 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HI LINZ. I AM HAPPY TO HEAR FROM YOU DESPITE THE ANGRY TONE OF YOUR POST. I HOPE YOU WILL BELIEVE ME WHEN I TELL YOU I ABSOLUTELY WOULD HAVE INCLUDED YOUR BOOK IN MY REVIEW LIST BUT IT WASN'T SITTING ON THE SAME SHELF IN MY CLOSET WHERE THE REST WERE. YOUR BOOK IS QUITE GOOD AND I AM HAPPY TO HAVE IT. AND THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN FOR SENDING ME A COPY GRATIS! I DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS "WOKE" CONNECTION YOU SPEAK OF. FROM WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID IT IS A POLITICAL AND I HATE POLITICS. I DIDN'T KNOW THAT THE SAME SICK PEOPLE WHO HAD MAYOR FRANK RIZZO'S STATUE TORN DOWN ARE THE SAME ONES WHO PAINTED OVER THE VERY NICE MARIO LANZA MURAL IN SOUTH PHILLY. QUESTION: WHAT IS KEEPING YOU FROM POSTING HERE? OBVIOUSLY YOU ARE STILL READING RENSE POSTS. INCIDENTALLY, WHAT KEEPS ME POSTING DESPITE PUT DOWNS OF SOME OF MY WORK, IS THAT I NOW REALIZE THAT THERE ARE MANY READERS (WHO CAN AND DO ENJOY POSTS BY ME AND OTHER REGULARS) THAT NEVER POST BUT STILL READ WHAT IS HERE.
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Kristine
10-21-2020
07:38 AM ET (US)
IP: 174.228.138.27
Correction:removing Lanza from the park.
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Kristine C
10-21-2020
07:33 AM ET (US)
IP: 174.228.138.27
This isn't the place for a forum of political views !But I must rebuttal that there is no Trump Derangement Syndrome! It's concern about danger to our Democratic Republic ! Especially,when a President demands political opponents be jailed. which sounds like a dictatorship !! As for removing Land a from the park, find out the reason why.
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Linz1Person was signed in when posted
10-21-2020
03:58 AM ET (US)
IP: 125.239.123.168
Sam: I have not disappeared from the Lanza world. I have certainly disappeared from this site because of its Trump Derangement Syndrome, of the kind most recently manifest in this Woke-Fascist cancellation of Mario:

https://wetheitalians.com/default/philadel...targets-mario-lanza

Yes, the Woke, adored by Mannering, Bessette, Weaving and Martino, have removed Mario's image from Mario Lanza Park!

You have my book. It's a salute to Mario, unabashedly, but you choose not to mention it, presumably because it's not salacious and creepy like the 1000% uncorroborated Matt Bernard atrocity that gets your juices flowing. This is the sort of lying garbage that Brett Kavanaugh had to face from the Woke-Fascist Prissy Brazen Fraud. Lies, lies, lies.
Edited 10-21-2020 04:42 AM
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
10-20-2020
09:46 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
MY DEAR SUSAN (JULIE IN CODE), YOU AND I HAVE HAD A PRETTY NICE RELATIONSHIP. YOU HAVE EMAILED ME PRIVATELY WHEN YOU HAD QUESTIONS OR WERE ASKING ABOUT MY HEALTH. NOT ONE PERSON HAS OBJECTED TO MY REVIEWS OF BOOKS. I HAD MORE FUN WATCHING MARIO'S FILMS AND REVIEWING THEM. BUT, AS I THINK I SAID, I DECIDED TO DO BOOK REVIEWS AFTER I WAS UNABLE TO JOIN THE MCGOVERN GOOGLE SITE. AS TO THE TITLES I LISTED THAT YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO, I DON'T THINK YOU GOT MY DRIFT. I WAS TOYING WITH YOU WITH TITLES THAT APPLY TO HOW YOU WERE TREATING ME. FOR EXAMPE "TIME ON MY HANDS" REFERRED TO WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT ME HAVINGI "TOO MUCH TIME ON MY HANDS". HOW ABOUT WE LET THIS REST?
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Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
10-20-2020
03:08 PM ET (US)
IP: 162.193.151.180
Over the years I have read all the books on Lanza, and on Caruso also. Ciao.
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Julie PagePerson was signed in when posted
10-20-2020
01:00 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
And I am miffed at the posts you are sending,Sam. All of these books" are available to us if we choose to read them.. Some of them, I don't and I know some others feel the same.. We don't need them printed here, that's for sure. A little discretion would go a long way. Much of it may not even be true.. Thank you.As for listening to Mario, I listen much of the time and enjoy his exquisite voice. No one needs to tell me what to listen to..
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
10-20-2020
08:54 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I JUST HAPPENED TO GO TO THE FIRST RENSE PAGE BEFORE YOU CLICK ON "FORUM". THERE IS A WEALTH OF GREAT ARTICLES WRITTEN BY KNOWLEDGIBLE PEOPLE LIKE DERECK MCCOVERN, DEREK MANNERING, YOURS TRULY,,AND OTHERS. MOST ARE VIEWABLE BUT A FEW SHOW AN "ERROR" MESSAGE. MOST OF THESE ARTICLES ARE STLL RELEVANT TODAY. ENJOY.....
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
10-20-2020
08:07 AM ET (US)
IP: 67.216.108.216
Dennis, about two years ago or maybe a little longer we had lots of problems with these "poachers" and trolls. Jeff went to a higher tier Quick Topic level which I think cost $40 a year. That solved the problem. The higher tier provided for enhanced features and I think posting photos may have been one of those features. That higher level has now probably expired and Jeff has not gotten around to renewing it. That has caused us going back to Quick Topic basic. That is probably the problem and because we have only the basic format now it does not allow for posting photos, nor does it filter the posts of non-members, which was a welcome feature of the higher Quick Topic level.

If you recall, when we went to the higher level most of us had to sign in all over again with different names or passwords. Hence, you could no longer sign in as Dennis and created your current sign in of Dennis1. Likewise, I went from Martino to Martino1. Other members chose to use different names entirely. This was an inconvenient but a necessary step to keep the trolls at bay. We now may have to do it all over again for the same reason.
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Dennis1Person was signed in when posted
10-20-2020
02:41 AM ET (US)
IP: 76.126.57.19
Looks like after only a few days in the new format we have attracted a couple of poachers (Ryan and Derrick). I would like to be proven wrongthat they are just Lanza fans, but I don't think so. Did we ever find out if we are allowed to post pictures in this format?
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Ryan
10-19-2020
10:21 PM ET (US)
IP: 209.99.132.248
Quite helpful....look frontward to coming back.

Feel free to surf to my website 우리카지노계열
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
10-19-2020
06:19 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
HELLO THERE VINCE. SO NICE OF YOU TO REPOND TO MY POST WANTING TO BE RE-CONNECTED WITH FINE OLD FRIENDS. I DON'T HAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS ANYMORE. PLEASE SEND TO SMS@BEE.NET. THANKS!

BTW, THE CAPS ARE FOR ME SO I CAN SEE WHAT I TYPE. I AM IN BAD NEED OF A CATARACT PROCEDURE AND HAVE AN APPOINTMENET WITH THE EYE DOCTOR TOMORROW THE 20TH.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
10-19-2020
06:15 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I AM SOMEWHAT MIFT AT YOUR "TONE". ACCTUALLY JULIE, I AM BUSY EVERY DAY AND NIGHT. NOT SURE WHAT YOU ARE REFERRING TO WHEN YOU SAY "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH". AS LONG AS I AM WELL, I AM A REGULAR AND DEDICATED POSTER HERE. WAS IT A CRIME TO WANT TO BE IN TOUCH WITH SOME OF MY FRIENDS ON DEREK MCGOVERN'S GOOGLE SITE? MAYBE YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO MARIO SINGING: "TIME ON MY HANDS" OR "LAMENTO DI FEDERICO" OR "YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE". GEE, THIS IS FUN. I COULD GO ALL NIGHT FINDING LANZA SONGS THAT APPLY!
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Julie PagePerson was signed in when posted
10-19-2020
03:25 PM ET (US)
IP: 74.79.51.67
Think you have "too much time on your hands"Sam. Enough is enough.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
10-19-2020
01:21 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO MY POST BELOW THAT I WOULD LIKE THE PEOPLE LISTED REACH ME THROUGH MY EMAIL ADDRESS OF SMS@BEE.NET. THANKS MUCH, SAM
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
10-19-2020
01:19 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
I AM POSTING THIS AGAIN IN THE HOPE THAT MY OLD FRIENDS WHO ARE POSTING ONLY ON THE LANZA GOOGLE FORUM WILL SEE THIS AND RESPOND TO ME:
SINCE I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT MOST OF THE GOOGLE F ORUM MEMBERS ALSO READ THE RENSE SITE.

I WOULD VERY MUCH APPRECIATE YOUR "FINDING" ME AGAIN. JUST USE MY EMAIL OF SMS@BEE.NET. IN PARTICULAR STEFF, WHO SPENT SOME WONDERFUL TIMES WITH ME AND GAVE ME A GREAT GIFT THAT SITS RIGHT HERE ON MY COMPUTER DESK, WHICH IS A CAST METAL VOLKSWAGEN BUS OPEN AT THE TOP WITH YOUR HAND MADE FIGURE OF MARIO WAVING. NO ONE WILL EVER GIVE ME SOMETHING NICER (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ELLISA DEPARTING WITH ONE OF HER DAD'S PERSONAL ITEMS LIKE A GOLD WATC--DREAM ON SAM!

WELL, THANKS TO MR RENSE, I DO HAVE ONE OF MARIO'S ORIGINAL JACKETS WITH HIS TAILOR'S NAME INSIDE. IT STILL HAS SWEAT STAINS UNDER THE ARMS! ALSO, I WOULD LIKE TO CONNECT WITH VINCE DIPLACIDO AS HE AND I HAD SOME VERY NICE TIMES TOGERTHER VIA COMPUTER, TOO LATE FOR DEAR MURIEL AGNIELLO (SP?) WHO PASSED AWAY LAST YEAR. THEN THERE IS LINDSAY PERIGO WHO HAS DROPPED OFF THE FACE OF THE LANZA EARTH, AND WHERE IS ROLAND BESSETTE? ANNA AND I, DEREK MANNERING, AND ROLAND HAS A SWELL TIME TOGETHER IN THE OLD LANZA MUSEUM.

I WOULD LIKE TO BE IN TOUCH WITH JOE FAGAN, WHO MIGHT NOT BE AROUND ANYMORE, AND ARMANDO, WHO ALONG WITH HIS BEAUTIFUL WIFE CARMEL ENJOYED MEETING MY FRIEND RON AND ME AT HIS BOOK SIGNING/SELLING AT ONE OF THE PRE-BALL FUNCTIONS. LATER WE SANG TOGETHER IN ONE OF THE LOCAL RESTAURANTS IF MEMORY SERVES,.

AND CONSTANTINE CALLLINICOS--IF YOU CAN DIG HIM UP, LOL. GUESS THAT IS ENOUGH FOR NOW.
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Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
10-18-2020
11:59 AM ET (US)
IP: 162.193.151.180
Sam: Your friend Ron sang Old Man River superbly - a fine rendition, same key that I used to use for that song. Bravo!! Ciao.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
10-18-2020
11:53 AM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
THE PAPERBACK BOOK THAT WAS WRITTEN BY AL TEITELBAUM UNDER THE PEN NAME OF MATT BERNARD IS CONSIDERED THE TRASHIEST BIOGRAPHY EVER WRITTEN ON THE SINGER. SOME SAY TEITELBAUM'S WIFE SYLVIA ALSO HAD A HAND IN IT. IT WAS WRITTEN IN 1971. I MUST SAY UP FRONT THAT TEITELBAUM PAINTED A PICTURE OF HIMSELF AS MARIO'S SAVIOUR, WHO ALWAYS GOT HIM OUT OF TROUBLE. HE NEVER MENTIONED ALL THE OTHER PEOPLE WHO HAD A SAY IN ALL MATTERS INVOLVING MARIO LANZA.SO, WHAT FOLLOWS BELOW IS THE FIRST BIOGRAPHY I HAVE READ (BY SCANNING) AND HAVE REVIEWED. NOTE THAT NOT EVERYTHING TEIETELBAUM WROTE IS A LIE OR EXAGGERATION. AN EXAMPLE IS HIS DESCRIPTION OF THE STORY OF DYING LITTLE RAFPHAELA FASANO AND WHAT MARIO DID FOR HER.

1-MARIO ALWAYS FELT HIS VOICE WAS A GIFT FROM GOD THAT PASSED THROUGH HIM. HE SAID ANYONE COULD HAVE GOTTEN THIS GIFT BUT HE WAS LUCKY GOD CHOSE HIM.

2-MARIO HAD MILLIONS OF FANS BUT HE WAS THE LONELIEST OF PEOPLE.

3-HE LISTENED TO HIS OWN RECORDINGS DAY AFTER DAY AND LIKED WHAT HE HEARD, BUT AT OTHER TIMES HE WOULD CALL HIS VOICE A CURSE.

4-HE TOOK SLEEPING PILLS THINKING THEY WOULD CALM HIS NERVES, NEVER GIVING A THOUGHT THAT THEY WOULD BE ADDICTIVE.

5-MOST PEOPLE COULD NOT HAVE ENDURRED THE PUNISHMENT MARIO SUBJECTED HIS BODY TO.

6-HE WENT INTO SECLUSION MONTHS AT A TIME TO FIND PEACE.

7-HE WOULD ALWAYS GAIN WEIGHT TO GET OUT OF SOMETHING HE DID NOT WANT TO DO. OR DRANK FOR THE SAME PURPOSE.

8-HE AND BETTY LIVED AS THOUGH THEY HAD NO REGARD FOR MONEY EVEN WHEN THEY WERE TOLD OF HUGE BACK TAXES OWED THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE.

9-HE'D GIVE MONEY TO PEOPLE HE HARDLY KNEW TO HELP THEM OUT, JUST AS FRANK SINATRA HAD DONE IN HIS LIFE AND INSISTED NO ONE KNOW ABOUT IT.

10-HE LOVED CARUSO, BUT HE ALSO LOVED AL JOLSON AND PLAYED THEIR RECORDS A LOT.

11-HE BOASTED THAT HE MADE LOVE TO GIRLS AND THIER MOTHERS!

12-MARIA LANZA FELT HER BOY COULD DO NOTHING BAD AND LOOKED AWAY WHEN SHE SAW OR HEARD STORIES ABOUT HIM.

13-MARIA FELT BETTY WAS NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR HER BOY AND NEVER CHANGED HER ATTITUDE.

14-MARIO HAD BEEN DRINKING SINCE HE WAS YOUNG BUT MARIA BLAMED BETTY FOR HIS DRUNKENESS (WHICH MANY TIMES SHE WOULD DENY).

14-MARIO AND BETTY'S BROTHER BERT HICKS WOULD PURSUE WOMEN WHO WERE WILLING TO HAVE FOURSOMES IN SEX.

15-MARIO MADE A BET THAT HE COULD HAVE SEX WITH A DOZEN GIRLS IN A NIGHT AND WON THE BET.

16-HE AND BETTY HAD A COMPLETE LACK OF SENSE WHEN IT CAME TO THEIR FINANCES.

17-YOUNG GIRLS WHO HAD LITTLE INTEREST IN OPERA STILL THREW THEMSELVES AT MARIO.

18-IF A GIRL NEEDED PSYCHIATRIC HELP, MARIO BOASTED THAT ALL THEY NEEDED WAS TO HAVE MARIO AS A SEX PARTNER.

19-TEITELBAUM MAINTAINED THAT HE AND MARIO WERE BEST FRIENDS THROUGHT THEIR LIFETIMES.

20-MARIO'S COMPOSER AND FRIEND NICHOLS BRODSKY WOULD FIND WOMEN FOR MARIO TO HAVE AT A MOMENT'S NOTICE.

21-MARIO CALLED THE MOVIE BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE THE BIGGEST PIECE OF SHIT HE HAD EVER SEEN.

22-HE BLAMED SAM WEILER FOR THE MAJORTIY OF HIS FINANCIAL PROBLEMS. WEILER SUPPOSEDLY KEPT TWO SETS OF BOOKS, ONE REAL AND THE OTHER DOCTORED.

23-LANZA GAVE TEITELBAUM A DOCUMENT GIVING AL FIFTY PERCENT OF HIS INCOME, WHILE WEILER GOT TWENTY PERCENT AND WHILE A COUPLE OTHERS GOT THEIR SLICES. WHEN ALL WAS SAID AND DONE MARIO WAS SQUANDERING AWAY A FULL NINETY PERCENT OF HIS EARNINGS.
OF HIM. WHEN THE SHOWER OF STARS SHOW WAS FINSHED, THE IRS TOOK ALL THE MONEY DIRECTLY AND EVEN SOLD THE TWO CHRYSLER CARS GIVEN THE SINGER FOR CASH.

25-FULL OF PILLS, BETTY ONCE ATTACKED A DRUNKEN MARIO ON THE FLOOR AND TRIED TO PLUNGE A PAIR OF SCISSORS INTO HIM, BUT TEITELBAUM STOPPED HER BEFORE IT COULD HAPPEN. SEE? HE ALWAYS SEEMED TO BE AT THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME.

26-MARIO BEDDED INGER STEVENS AND BRAGGED "THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THE LANZA VOICE WILL COME OUT OF A VAGINA!"

27-A FRIEND OF MARIO'S NAMED TINA HAD HER EYES OPENED WIDE WHEN SHE SAW THE HUGE SIZE OF WHAT SHE CALLED "MARIO'S GADGET". AMAZING HOW SO MANY STARS LIKE MILTON BERLE AND FRANK SINATRA WERE PROCLAIMED AS HAVING BIG PENISES.

28-DURING THE SHOOTING OF SEVEN HILLS OF ROME MARIO WAS ON BREAK AND WAS SEEN TAKING A GIRL FROM BEHIND.

29-LOUISA DI MEO'S BROTHER INSISTED THE STUDIO PAY HIS SISTER MUCH MORE MONEY OR ELSE THERE WOULD BE NO DEAL.
THE FILMING OF FOR THE FIRST TIME AND HEARD LITTLE OF WHAT WAS TRANSPIRING. AND THE NEXT CALL HE GOT WAS NEWS OF MARIO'S DEATH BY A BLOOD CLOT THAT TRAVELLED TO HIS HEART.

SO, BELIEVE WHATEVER YOU WANT OUT OF THIS BOOK, BUT MANY STATEMENTS EITHER DID NOT HAPPEN OR WERE EXAGGERATED. THE NEXT BOOK TO BE EXAMINED IS AFINE ONE WRITTEN BY DEREK MANNERING, HIS SECOND LANZA BIOGRAPHY, CALLED "SINGING TO THE GODS".
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
10-18-2020
11:32 AM ET (US)
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Sam, I have the same email Ive always had but promise me youll turn off the caps lock, otherwise Ill get a headache. 😜👍🏻
I hope all is well with you & Anna.
I just dont have the time I once had to post as I am kept quite busy with my wee daughter, Sofia.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
10-17-2020
11:53 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
BUT FRED, WHAT DID YOU THINK OF MY FRIEND RON'S INTERPRETATION?

YOU ALL HERE KNOW THAT I LOVE SINGING ON SINGSNAP, THE INTERNET SITE FOR SINGERS. WELL, NOW THE ELEVEN (!) PAGES FILLED WITH SINATRA SONGS ARE ALSO MANY OF THE SAME SONGS MARIO SANG. LIKE THE MOON IS YELLOW, WITHOUT A SONG, YOU AND THE NIGHT AND THE MUSIC, YOUNGER THAN SPRINGTIME, AND SOFTLY AS IN A MORNING SUNRISE. I'M JUST SITTING HERE AROUND MIDNIGHT SINGING MY BIG YOU KNOW WHAT OFF, LOL.
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Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
10-17-2020
07:05 PM ET (US)
IP: 162.193.151.180
Old Man River is the exclusive property of baritones and basses. Sergio Franchi sang it on TV, but never made a record of it. To my knowledge, Andrea Bocelli is the only tenor who recorded it on CD. Wonderful song!! Ciao.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
10-17-2020
03:52 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9pyZfdPoMc

MY FRIEND RON GOFF IN HIS PRIME SINGING OLD MAN RIVER. THIS GUY COULD HAVE BEEN IN THE OPERA WERE IT NOT FOR HIS INNNATE LAZINESS, LACK OF DRIVE, AND FEAR. NOT HE LETS OUT HIGH NOTES TO TWENTYSOMETHING GIRLS TO IMPRESS THEM. NOT1
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
10-17-2020
03:46 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN TO RECORD. I SING BOTH THE WILLIE NELSON AND JULIO IGLESIAS PARTS AND END UP WITH MY OWN REAL VOICE! YOU SEE WHAT YOU CAN DO WHEN YOU HAVE A LOT OF TIME ON YOUR HANDS. CUE SONG: TIME ON MY HANDS!

HERE:
http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/watchandlisten/play/aa5f791f5


HOPE YOU LIKE THIS!

       SAMD
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
10-17-2020
01:31 PM ET (US)
IP: 108.52.204.187
SINCE I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT MOST OF THE GOOGLE F ORUM MEMBERS ALSO READ THE RENSE SITE. I WOULD VERY MUCH APPRECIATE YOUR "FINDING" ME AGAIN. JUST USE MY EMAIL OF SMS@BEE.NET. IN PARTICULAR STEFF, WHO SPENT SOME WONDERFUL TIMES WITH ME AND GAVE ME A GREAT GIFT THAT SITS RIGHT HERE ON MY COMPUTER DESK, WHICH IS A CAST METAL VOLKSWAGEN BUS OPEN AT THE TOP WITH YOUR HAND MADE FIGURE OF MARIO WAVING. NO ONE WILL EVER GIVE ME SOMETHING NICER WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ELISSSA DEPARTING WITH ONE OF HER DAD'S PERSONAL ITEMS LIKE A GOLD WATCH (DREAM ON) WELL, THANKS TO MR RENSE, I DO HAVE ONE OF MARIO'S ORIGINAL JACKETS WITH HIS TAILOR'S NAME INSIDE. IT STILL HAS SWEAT STAINS UNDER THE ARMS! ALSO, I WOULD LIKE TO CONNECT WITH VINCE DIPLACIDO AS HE AND I HAD SOME VERY NICE TIMES TOGERTHER VIA COMPUTER, TOO LATE FOR DEAR MURIEL AGNIELLO (SP?) WHO PASSED AWAY LAST YEAR. THEN THERE IS LINDSAY PERIGO WHO HAS DROPPED OFF THE FACE OF THE LANZA EARTH, AND WHERE IS ROLAND BESSETTE? ANNA AND I, DEREK MANNERING, AND ROLAND HAS A SWELL TIME TOGETHER IN THE OLD LANZA MUSEUM. JOE FAGAN, WHO MIGHT NOT BE AROUND ANYMORE, ARMANDO, WHO WITH HIS BEAUTIFUL WIFE ENJOYED RON AND ME AT HIS BOOK SIGNING/SELLING AT ONE OF THE PRE-BALL FUNCTIONS. LATER WE SANG TOGETHER IN ONE OF THE LOCAL RESTAURANTS IF MEMORY SERVES, AND CONSTANTINE CALLLINICOS--IF YOU CAN DIG HIM UP, LOL. GUESS THAT IS ENOUGH FOR NOW AND ALWAYS.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
10-17-2020
09:56 AM ET (US)
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I HAVE HAD A HURTFUL MORNING THAT I WON'T GO INTO HERE. BUT I HAVE SOMEWHAT OF AN ANTIDOTE. I PLAN TO RE-READ 1-DERECK MANNERING'S SECOND LANZA BIO CALLED SINGING TO THE GODS, 2-RE-READ ARMANDO'S HIGHLY PRAISED BIO, 3-RE-READ ROLAND BESSETTE'S BIO (DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO HIM? 4-RE-READ TERRY ROBINSON'S BIO (WHICH JEFF RENSE SAID HAD BEEN CUT BADLY OF SOME OF THE "MEATIER" SUBJECTS, AND FINALLY 5-MATT BERNARD'S BIO (WHO WE KNOW IS NOT HIS REAL NAME.

I WILL PROBABLY POST HERE SOME INTERESTING PARTS I HAVE READ.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
10-17-2020
08:38 AM ET (US)
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I HAVE SOME VERY INTERESTING NEWS FOR YOU. I HAVE JUST RE-DISCOVERED A GREAT CD YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTLY HAVE. FIRST LET'S GO BACK. I WAS TRYING TO URGE DEREK TO COMMUNICATE WITH HIS CONTACTS AT THE GREAT SEPIA RECORDS TO SEE IF THEY WOULD RELEASE THE ENTIRE GREAT CARUSO SOUNDTRACK. HE CAME BACK TO TELL ME THAT MANY OF THE GC TRACKS WERE ALREADY ON THE SEPIA CDS, BUT SCATTERED ABOUT THEIR VARIOUS RELEASES. HE THEN SAID I COULD GET THE BOOTLEG CD OF THE ENTIRE SOUNDTRACK. CURIOUSLY, I LOOKED IN MY COLLECTION AND FOUND I HAVE THE BOOTLEG. I RAN IT ONLY ONCE AND WAS NOT IMPRESSED. THINKING BACK I ONLY HAD A SO-SO RECORD PLAYER BACK THEN. SINCE THAT TIME I HAVE UPGRADED TO THE TOP NOTCH TUBE BASED STEREO. I PULLED OUT MY BOOTLEG AND WAS COMPLETLY DELIGHTED.THE SOND IS AS GOOD OR BETTER THAN THE GC DVD.

HERE IS WHAT YOU GET: 1-THE OPENING AND CLOSING MOVIE CREDITS THAT I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED 2-THE ENTIRE GC SOUNDTRACK, WHICH INCLUDES THE TWO VERY FINE MONTAGE SEQUENCES. 3-AS A BONUS IT INCLUDES 6 OR 7 GREAT SONGS FROM MARIO'S TOP SINGING TIME.

I SEARCHED FOR THE BOOTLEG AND EBAY DOES NOT HAVE IT. HOWEVER, AMAZON DOES. WHAT I AM UNSURE ABOUT IS HOW MANY THEY HAVE. MAYBE ONLY ONE, SO I HOPE ONE OF YOU GO RIGHT TO THE LINK I AM SENDING AND TREAT YOURSELF. THE COST IS 9.99 PLUD 3.95 SHIPPING.GO HERE https://www.amazon.com/Great-Caruso-Origin...6946&s=music&sr=1-4
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
10-16-2020
11:57 PM ET (US)
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KRIS: MARIO WAS A MAN OF MANY VOICES. IN THE CALLINICOS BOOK (I THINK) HE WAS IMITATING EZIO PINZA, A KIND OF FEAT SINCE PINZA HAD SUCH A DEEP BASS VOICE. PINZA WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE SAID "MARIO YOU SON OF A BITCH, WHERE ARE YOU?" THE SEVEN HILLS OF ROME IMITATION SEGMENET HAS ALWAYS BEEN GOOD. AND IN THE SAME FILM MARIO SINGS BE MY LOVE ACTING LIKE A TERRIBLE TENOR AND HE WINCES AS THE MAN SINGS. NOW YOU HAVE ADDED BILLY DANIELS AND NAT KING COLE TO THE MIX. WISH WE HAD RECORDINGS OF THESE BUT THEY PROBABLY DO NOT EXIST. I THINK CELEBRITIES ARE ALWAYS HONORED WHEN SOMEONE IMITATES THEM. LOOK HOW MANY PEOPLE USED TO "DO" ED SULLIVAN AND HE ALWAYS TOOK IT IN STRIDE.

AS FOR ME, FOR SOME REASON TONIGHT I DECIDED TO SING A XMAS SONG ON SINGSNAP CALLED "WHEN MY HEART FINDS CHRISTMAS", A 1994 HARRY CONNICK, JR. COMPOSITION. THIS IS A WONDERFUL SONG THAT SHOULD BE A CLASSIC AND NEVER HAS REACHED THAT STATUS. I REMEMBERED ANNA TOOK A VIDEO OF ME DOING THE SONG ON CHRISTMAS MORNING WITH MY FATHER, SISTER ARLENE AND HER HUSBAND HRANT, MY NIECE ANNIE AND HER FORMER HUSBAND AND FAMILY, SISTER IN LAW VARTENI AND HER DEAR HAROUT WHO PASSED AWAY. WINSTON THE DOG GOT INTO THE ACT TOO. HERE IT IS:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IyQr8vWn6g

HOPE YOU ENJOY THE TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE.

         BEST ALWAYS,

            SAM
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Kristine C.Person was signed in when posted
10-16-2020
07:46 PM ET (US)
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I heard that Mario could impersonate Billy Daniels and Nat King Cole, so he didn't care about the race or color of an entertainer. When Sammy Davis,Jr.(who was quite a fan of Mario Lanza)started to impersonate white movie stars(James Cagney, James Stewart, Tony Bennett, Edward G. Robinson, Martin &Lewis), he was told he would offend people. But those celebrities felt honored, he impersonated them. I remember reading when Billy Eckstine sang , in a night club scene, in a movie, he was told to not look at the white women, in the scene, especially, if it had been a love song.
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Barbara CliftonPerson was signed in when posted
10-16-2020
07:24 PM ET (US)
IP: 23.127.59.195
Anyone know if Mario Lanza had any birthmarks?
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
10-16-2020
05:13 PM ET (US)
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MY FRIEND RON IN ST LOUIS AND I ARE HAVING A DISAGREEMENT.

    I JUST ENJOYED SEPIA'S "MY ITALIAN SOULD". PLAYED THE ENTIRE CD AND I WANT TO FOCUS ON THE "CARUSO FAVORITES" SONGS. FOR YEARS SOME OF MY LANZA LOVING FRIENDS HAVE PUT THIS DOWN AS JUST PLAIN OLD BAD SINGING. I SAID NO, THAT IT WAS THE FAULT OF THE ENGINEERS. AFTER LISTENING TO TRACKS 17 THROUGH 23, I SEE THAT I WAS RIGHT. THE WIZARDS AT SEPIA HAVE MADE THESE SOUND VERY, VERY GOOD. HIS LOWER RANGE IS DEEPER, HIS VIBRATO A BIT BROADER, BUT THE SINGING IS ABSOLUTELY FINE. WHAT DO YOU THINK EVERYONE?

       MY BEST,
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
10-16-2020
04:50 PM ET (US)
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HI MARTINO. YOU ARE SO ON THE MONEY WHEN YOU SAY HOW GOOD MARIO DOES WHEN IT COMES TO HAVING THE HEART TO TALK TO OR SING TO PEOPLE IN LOWER CLASSES THAN HIS OWN. AND THERE WERE PLENTY OF STARS WHO DID THE SAME. LOOK HOW FRANK SINATRA BATTLED TO GET SAMMY DAVIS THE SAME CALIBER ROOMS IN HOTELS THEY WERE PERFORMING IN. GLAD PEOPLE ARE READING MY REVIEWS.

FRED, THANKS FOR THE CORRECTION. YOU ARE MY LOVE IS A NICE SONG BUT HE SINGS IT AS "LANZA LITE" WITH A THIN VOICE THAT DID NOT DO THE SONG JUSTICE.

PS. I DON'T HATE THE "CALL ME FOOL", I JUST DON'T LIKE IT THAT MUCH.
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Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
10-16-2020
03:28 PM ET (US)
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Sam: The song Callinicos wrote is You Are My Love (not If You Were Mine). And re: Call Me Fool, I disagree, I like the song. Ciao.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
10-16-2020
03:20 PM ET (US)
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Sam, although I can't say I am a huge fan of "Boom Biddy Boom Boom", it certainly was sung with gusto and a crystal clear sound. I agree with you that at the least it is indeed a rousing number. It also shows a human character side of Lanza apart from the singing itself that the viewer either senses or misses completely (either that or I am reading much more into it than is really there). I went to youtube to view the clip of this number posted by our own Valeria Pugiotto: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dxsfuM4Gj...nel=ValeriaPugiotto.

At about the 1:15 mark, Mario stands above a flower cart tended by African American women. He sings directly to them when he says, "people of my way". As though he has placed himself in the same class as they, even though the time period of the movie was at the turn of the last century. At that time blacks were still considered a lower class and were barely spoken to by whites, let alone sung to. That was probably the way the director wanted the scene but then notice when he leaves the cart. As he walks away he gives a quick, but deliberate, big smile to one of the women selling the flowers. That I am sure he did on his own. Major stars back then did not pay much attention to their African American fellow actors, especially those considered extras with no actual role to play. When I noticed that smile to her (which I noticed many, many years ago, I sensed Lanza's purity of heart towards people, all people, no matter who they are or their station in life. Perhaps it was his own humble beginnings, but whatever the reason, I could not help but feel a sense of humanity in that simple glance back to the girl; a certain higher level of sensitivity than you found from actors at that time. In any event, to sing the way Lanza sang directly to the heart of the listener one absolutely must love your fellow man. I hear that connection in Elvis's voice and a few others as well, but none more so than Mario Lanza.

Well I made a hearing error. After hearing the song again I see the passage I mentioned is "people look my way". Anyway, that glance slight though it is adds a certain something extra beyond the music.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
10-16-2020
12:36 PM ET (US)
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HELLO FRIENDS. HERE I AM WITH ANOTHER RECORD REVIEW. I USED AN EXCELLENT LP PLAYED ON MY GREAT STERE. THE TITLE IS "YOUNGER THAN SPRINGTIME". THIS ALBUM FEATURES AN EXCELLENT ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS. IT VARIES PERFORMANCE WISE BUT HAS SOME NICE SURPRISES. NOTE THAT THERE IS SOME ECHO THROUGHOUT, PR