Mario Lanza

Mario Lanza

Real Name:
Alfred Arnold Cocozza
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Born: 31 January 1921, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 07 October 1959, Naples, Italy (aged 38)

Lanza was a classically-trained vocalist, who recorded everything- from operas, to musical comedy and to popular music.

Lanza grew up a handsome and athletic youth, helping out in his family's grocery store in Philadelphia. He gained his appreciation of music as a young boy, listening to his father's recordings of the great operatic singer Enrico Caruso, which he would accompany for the entertainment of customers and neighbors. When he was nineteen he began to receive voice-coaching for two years from the former operatic singer Irene Williams. Lanza was then awarded a scholarship to the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, after auditioning for Serge Koussevitzky.

On completion of his scholarship he was drafted and eventually transferred to Special Services, appearing in two shows for the army as part of the 'Winged Victory' concerts created by Moss Hart, billed as 'The Caruso of the Air Force'.

Aged 26, Lanza performed at the Hollywood Bowl where he impressed three members of the audience from MGM, Ida Koverman, Louis B. Mayer and Kathryn Grayson. Mayer signed him to the film company and he made his debut in 'That Midnight Kiss' with Grayson and Ethel Barrymore, followed by a number of successful films. Lanza's most notable film was 'The Great Caruso', in 1951, in which he played the part of the heralded singer who had provided the inspiration for his career in operatic entertainment.
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Mario Lanza Discography

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Mario Lanza That Midnight Kiss (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal US 1949 Sell This Version
WDM 1417 Mario Lanza The Toast Of New Orleans(2x7", Album, Red) RCA Victor Red Seal WDM 1417 US 1950 Sell This Version
Mario Lanza Melodies From The Film "The Great Caruso" (Album) His Master's Voice UK 1951 Sell This Version
Mario Lanza Mario Lanza Sings Christmas Songs (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal US 1951 Sell This Version
Mario Lanza Mario Lanza Sings From M-G-M's Because You're Mine (Album, EP) RCA Victor Red Seal US 1952 Sell This Version
Mario Lanza A Kiss And Other Love Songs (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal Germany 1954 Sell This Version
Mario Lanza The Student Prince (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal Canada 1954 Sell This Version
Mario Lanza The Student Prince RCA Victor Red Seal UK 1954 Sell This Version
LSC-1927(e) Mario Lanza The Touch Of Your Hand(LP, Album) RCA Red Seal LSC-1927(e) US 1955 Sell This Version
LSP-1927(e) Mario Lanza The Touch Of Your Hand(LP, Album) RCA Red Seal LSP-1927(e) US 1955 Sell This Version
Mario Lanza Mario Lanza In "Serenade" (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal Germany 1956 Sell This Version
Mario Lanza The Magic Mario RCA Red Seal US 1956 Sell This Version
Mario Lanza Lanza Sings Christmas Carols (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal US 1956 Sell This Version
Mario Lanza Lanza On B'way (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal UK 1956 Sell This Version
Mario Lanza Cavalcade Of Show Tunes (Album) RCA Red Seal US 1957 Sell This Version
Mario Lanza Seven Hills Of Rome (Album, MiniAlbum) RCA Victor Red Seal UK 1958 Sell This Version
Mario Lanza The Great Caruso (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal US 1950 Sell This Version
Mario Lanza You Do Something To Me (Comp, Album) RCA Camden, RCA Camden USA & Canada 1957 Sell This Version
Mario Lanza Mario! (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal US 1959 Sell This Version
Mario Lanza For The First Time (Original Soundtrack) RCA Victor Red Seal UK 1959 Sell This Version
Mario Lanza The Student Prince (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal Canada 1959 Sell This Version
Mario Lanza A Mario Lanza Programme (Album) RCA Red Seal US 1960 Sell This Version
Mario Lanza The Desert Song (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal Germany 1960 Sell This Version
Mario Lanza The Touch Of Your Hand (Album) RCA Red Seal, RCA Red Seal US 1955 Sell This Version
Mario Lanza Mario Lanza Sings Caruso Favorites (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal Italy 1960 Sell This Version

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