Al Martino

Spanish Eyes

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Al Martino never reached the pop culture stratosphere the way his contemporaries Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin did -- although the whispers have always been that the mobbed-up crooner character Johnny Fontane that he played so vividly in The Godfather was based on Sinatra as well as himself -- but at his peak, he was every bit their equal. 1965's "Spanish Eyes" has the melodramatic quality and gravitas of the best bel canto vocal pop, but its unusual, distinctively European-sounding melody, written by German legend Bert Kaempfert, is amplified by its arrangement, which seems to have been influenced by the more rock-oriented sound of the Drifters' classic Latin-based singles like "Up On the Roof" and "Spanish Harlem." The result is the kind of single that could cross generations in a way that Sinatra and Martin's records from the same period (or, for that matter, the Four Seasons in the opposite direction) never could.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Spanish Eyes 1966 Capitol 2:45
Al Martino 1978 Fast Forward Records / Signature
No Image 1985 EMI-Capitol Special Markets
Capitol Collectors Series 1992 Capitol 3:54
The Voice to Your Heart 1993 Hansa
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Warner Music 0:00
Jackpot! The Las Vegas Story 1996
Various Artists
Rhino 2:47
Touch of Class 1997 A Touch Of Class 2:48
Memories Are Made of This [Empire] 1998
Various Artists
Empire Super Doubles 2:45
Stars of Las Vegas [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Strangers in the Night 1998 2:28
No Image 1998
Various Artists
2:47
I Love You Because [Razor & Tie] 1999 Razor & Tie 2:47
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Heartland Productions, Inc. 2:45
Memories Are Made of This, Vol. 9 1999
Various Artists
Disky 2:47
Eternal Escapes: Escape Reality Through Music 2000
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 2:47
Spanish Eyes: Martino Magic 2000 Planet 2:31
The Hits of Al Martino 2000 EMI Music Distribution 2:47
Memories Are Made of This [Disky 10 CD #1] 2000
Various Artists
Disky 2:47
Crooners, Vol. 4 2000 Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 2:31
Italian American Classics [2 CD] 2000
Various Artists
Medalist Entertainment 2:47
Music to Watch Girls By 2000
Various Artists
Columbia Records 0:00
Italian American Classics 2001
Various Artists
Medalist Entertainment 2:46
Magic of Al Martino 2001 EMI 2:48
One Hit Wonders: Hard Two Get Hits [Box Set] 2001
Various Artists
One Hit 2:46
Best of Easy Listening [EMI] 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:47
Viva Las Vegas [Universal International] 2002
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 2:45
Sophisticated Gentlemen 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:47
Standing on the Corner, Vol. 3 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:46
Greatest Singers Greatest Songs 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:49
Mob Hits: The Ultimate Casino Sound Track 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:47
Memories Are Made of This [EMI Box Set] 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:47
Moon Over Naples - Spanish Eyes 2003
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 5:31
Crooners: The Love Songs 2006
Various Artists
Rejon 2:31