Singer Al Martino, known for the songs “Spanish Eyes,” and “Volare,” but best known to movie fans as “Godfather” singer Johnny Fontaine has died at age 82.
Fonatine was the singer who came to visit Don Corleone during the wedding that opens the first movie, asking for Corleone’s help in giving him a movie career. In one of the best lines of the series, Corleone grabs him and tells him, “you can act like a man.” Martino reprised the role in “Godfather III.”
Martino’s “Spanish Eyes,” was reportedly one of the 50 most played songs worldwide. Martino continued to perform in Europe, even as his popularity slipped in the US. He died in Pennsylvania. He was 82 years old.