Male Italian-American Singers of the 20th Century
By: Liz Flynn
The United States has produced some of the most talented singers and performers in the world and many of these have Italian heritage. Here are some of the best-known Italian-American male singers of the 20th century.
1. Frank Sinatra
Francis Albert Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915. He was one of the best-known and influential singers of the 20th century. He also worked as an actor and a producer. He died on May 14, 1998.
2. Dean Martin
Dean Martin is a stage name as this actor’s real name at birth was Dino Paul Crocetti. He was born in Ohio on June 7, 1917. His father was Italian and his mother Italian-American. Dean Martin was a singer, an actor, a comedian and a film producer. He died on Christmas Day in 1995 at the age of 78.
3. Tony Bennet
Born Anthony Dominick Benedetto, Tony Bennett is famous for jazz songs and big band tunes. In addition to his singing career, he is also a talented painter and paints under the name Anthony Benedetto. He was born on August 3, 1926.
4. Perry Como
Perry Como’s real name is Pierino Ronald Como and he was born in Pennsylvania on May 18, 1912. Alongside his singing career, he hosted a musical talent show called ‘Kraft Music Hall’. He died on May 12, 2001, aged 88 years.
5. Jerry Vale
Jerry Vale was an Italian-American singer and actor whose career was at its peak in the 1950s and 1960s. He sang many of his ballads in Italian. He was born on July 8, 1930, and died on May 18, 2014.
6. Mario Lanza
Alfred Arnold Cocozza was born in Pennsylvania on January 31, 1921. He used Mario Lanza as his stage name. Lanza is a famous tenor and actor whose career peaked in the 1940s and 1950s. He suffered from addictions to alcohol and overeating throughout is adult life. He died of a heart attack at the age of just 38 in 1959. He died in a clinic while taking part in a controversial weight loss program.