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Dean Martin – That’s Amore

An evening pause: Performed live on television 1965. A great song to start the week.

Hat tip Judd Clark.

Genesis cover

On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.

The ebook is available everywhere for $5.99 (before discount) at amazon, or direct from my ebook publisher, ebookit. If you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and the author gets a bigger cut much sooner.

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"Not simply about one mission, [Genesis] is also the history of America's quest for the moon... Zimmerman has done a masterful job of tying disparate events together into a solid account of one of America's greatest human triumphs."--San Antonio Express-News


  • Bob Wilson

    This song was played during the opening, and throughout the 1987 movie Moonstruck. I liked the movie. A good cast and a silly plot. And not one homosexual or transsexual character.

  • Col Beausabre

    When you’re down by the sea
    And a fish bites your knee.
    That’s a Moray

    See the thing in the reef
    With big shiny teeth
    That’s a Moray

    Put your hand in the crack,
    You won’t get it back
    That’s a Moray

  • john hare

    When your King Kong goes flat, rent the flic Vampire Bat, that’s some more Wray

  • Edward

    Dean Martin lived in a time when there were several excellent singers and plenty of fabulous songs to sing. Why don’t we have such singers and songs these days?

  • A New Zealand man, with a permanent tan, that’s a Maori.

  • john hare

    A pain in your eye
    with a stooge standing by
    that’s a Moe ray

  • Edward

    So, it seems we have the lyricists and Dean Martin’s tune and sense of humor.

    Now we need the contemporary singer.

    When the Moon hits your eye
    like a big piece of pie
    that’sa more, Ray

    The ice cream, it’sa cold
    but the pie’s à la mode
    that’s some more, Ray

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