Mario Lanza
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1921-01-31
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Biography

Mario Lanza (born Alfredo Arnold Cocozza; January 31, 1921 – October 7, 1959) was an American tenor, actor and Hollywood film star of the late 1940s and the 1950s. Lanza began studying to be a professional singer at the age of 16. ...

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Mario Lanza
They Didn't Believe Me
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They Didn't Believe Me They Didn't Believe Me They Didn't Believe Me They Didn't Believe Me
Mario Lanza
I'll Walk With God
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I'll Walk With God I'll Walk With God I'll Walk With God I'll Walk With God
Francesco Paolo Tosti & Mario Lanza
Marechiare
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Marechiare Marechiare Marechiare Marechiare
Mario Lanza
Then You Will Know
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Then You Will Know Then You Will Know Then You Will Know Then You Will Know
Gaetano Donizetti & Mario Lanza
Una Furtiva Langrima (L'Elisir d'amore)
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Una Furtiva Langrima (L'Elisir d'amore) Una Furtiva Langrima (L'Elisir d'amore) Una Furtiva Langrima (L'Elisir d'amore) Una Furtiva Langrima (L'Elisir d'amore)
Mario Lanza
Drink Drink Drink
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Drink Drink Drink Drink Drink Drink Drink Drink Drink Drink Drink Drink
Mario Lanza & Adolphe Adam
O Holy Night
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O Holy Night O Holy Night O Holy Night O Holy Night
Mario Lanza & Ennio Morricone
Maria Mari
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Maria Mari Maria Mari Maria Mari Maria Mari
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Biography

Mario Lanza (born Alfredo Arnold Cocozza; January 31, 1921 – October 7, 1959) was an American tenor, actor and Hollywood film star of the late 1940s and the 1950s.

Lanza began studying to be a professional singer at the age of 16. After appearing at the Hollywood Bowl in 1947, Lanza signed a seven-year film contract with Louis B. Mayer, the head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer who saw his performance and was impressed by his singing. Prior to this, the adult Lanza had sung only two performances of an opera. The following year (1948), however, he would sing the role of Pinkerton in Puccini's Madama Butterfly in New Orleans.

His film debut was in That Midnight Kiss (1949) with Kathryn Grayson and Ethel Barrymore. The following year, in The Toast of New Orleans, his featured popular song "Be My Love" became his first million-selling hit. In 1951, he played the role of Enrico Caruso (1873–1921), his tenor idol, in the biopic, The Great Caruso, which produced another million-seller with "The Loveliest Night of the Year" (a song which used the melody of Sobre las Olas). The Great Caruso was the top-grossing film that year.

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