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American singer and actor Al Martino died yesterday, aged82.

Martino was born as Alfred Cini in Philadelphia, US state ofPennsylvania on October 7, 1927. One of the ways in which he wasbest known was for his first single, “Here in My Heart”, whichbecame the first ever number 1 single in the UK Singles Chart onNovember 14, 1952. It stayed at the top spot for nine weeks beforebeing succeeded by “You Belong To Me” by Jo Stafford.

More recently, Martino was known was for his character JohnnyFontane in the 1972 film The Godfather. He reprised the role in thesequel films The Godfather II and The Godfather III.

Martino died at his childhood hometown of Philadelphia,following an active 58 years in the music business.

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