The song was actually composed by Harry Warren and lyricist Jack Brooks, but is emblematic of Italo-American singer Martin, whose real name was Dino Paul Crocetti.
More than 60 years after its release, Jazz Amore have reignited an Italian music tradition in Sydney, performing an old school repertoire around town, which includes other hits such as Domenico Modugno’s Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare) and a rendition of Sofia Loren’s Mambo Italiano.
This month, Jazz Amore released an extensive schedule of gigs across locations such as Newtown, Paddington, Five Dock and Mona Vale, and one gig which is all the way up on the Gold Coast.
The duo has come a long way since its humble beginnings in Sydney in October 2018.
Featuring Eleonora on guitar and Rosella on vocals, the pair aspires to “bring the Italian music tradition [to] Sydney while keeping a modern, girly, bubbly and sparkling sound”.
In an online statement, the pair describes how they got started.
They were both sharing a pizza with some mutual friends.
Rossella was complaining about how hard it was to find a committed guitarist who was willing to learn an old school Italian repertoire.
Eleonora, with her mouth full of pizza, managed to say: “Well, I play, let’s do it.”
Rossella was surprised, and responded: “Are you kidding me?! Really? I’ll send you the song list right now.”
Patiently, Eleonora learned all the songs, finding the time within her busy schedule as an energy engineer.
Rossella kept organising the gigs.
Audiences love their sound, with Matt Relleum recommending the pair as “absolutely amazing”.
“It is a must watch for everybody who loves classic traditional Italian music sang by two incredible young voices,” Relleum said.
Jazz Amore’s unofficial motto might just be “to have fun, to laugh... and to eat at the end of the gig!”
Visit Jazz Amore’s website for their November gig schedule.