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- Mario Lanza is inducted into Michael Ball's Singers Hall of Famehttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01mwj0r.jpg2013-12-08T21:01:00ZVeronica Jackson in Brighton nominates Mario Lanza for a place in Michael Ball's Singers Hall of Fame on Radio 2http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/09fa3805-2477-4944-9d30-e4e75fc92954?clipfocus=p01mwj1hSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 2 mins
Mario Lanza is inducted into Michael Ball's Singers Hall of Fame
- Mario Lanza on tricking the American Air Forcehttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02clr7r.jpg2013-01-07T00:00:24ZMario Lanza (born Alfredo Cocozza) describes his enrolment into the United States Air Force and how he tricked his way into the Armed Forces Musicals.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/09fa3805-2477-4944-9d30-e4e75fc92954?clipfocus=p013fdt2Selected ClipSelected ClipAudio 3 mins
Mario Lanza on tricking the American Air Force
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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.