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Lou Monte

Italian-American guitarist, songwriter, singer, and crooner Lou Monte, best known for his Italian-themed novelty songs for RCA and Reprise Records in the late '50s and early '60s (he also tracked for the Roulette, Jubilee, Regalia, Musicor, Laurie, and AFE record imprints during his lifetime), was born Louis Scaglione on April 2, 1917. He started his singing career in New Jersey clubs, broke things off to serve in World War II, and then returned to the circuit after his discharge, earning his own radio show on Newark, New Jersey's AM station WAAT, where he polished his act, eventually moving to television. He signed with RCA Victor Records, coming up with his first hit in 1954 with a version of "Darktown Strutters' Ball," but it was the million-selling "Pepino the Italian Mouse" in 1962 that set the tone for Monte's career thereafter. Sung in a Jersey pastiche of Calabrese and English, it was the first of many such singles and albums from Monte that mined similar territory, including "Dominick the Donkey," which became a Christmas staple, particularly in Italian-American households, and ensured Monte his place in pop history. Monte died in 1989 in Pompano Beach, Florida. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi
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cookhunter59
1 kiss your left hand
2 say your crush's name
3 close your hand
4 pick a school day
5 say your name
6 post this on 15 more songs and on the day you picked your crush will ask you out
Lou Monte
He could sing it straight(che c k out Roman Guitar!)or funny ('Pepino the Italian Mouse,' ' What did Washington say' etc. He was a very versatile and entertaining performer!
Bella Notte. Oh my goodness. What a beautiful song. Lou Monte was a very handsome man
That's real. Tradition. Song it make u. Cry
Wish I could go back to those days ,oh the memories ....the music helps and is eternal ....Leonardo
safiyah_
I <3 Lou
If I knew you were coming I would have baked A'Piz!
ashleynicole 4 8 9
So glad I can say I lived in the town next to where he was raised =>
Just beautiful... The mandolin makes me want to tell Italy how grateful we are for Lou & all the "Boys"
Love this song :) relaxing and can't find types like this anywhere anymore with all this nonsence todays mainstream music
nanuo25
My mom grew up with Lou Monte's music since she is a full-blooded Italian-Amer i c a n . Now I appreciate him even though I am a half-breed ;)
jerryrispo
like all,am 85, & still love listjng to them, my name is Jerry.

Brings back memories watching my grandmother cook and singing all his song In italian
Good stuff
billcastillo 1
Words can't express....
Fantastic makes me smile and he was a from the heart singer. Makes me wish l could understand Italian and l'm Greek. God bless him. He makes you realize how bad the music is today.
obamass ad s*ck
I wish he was still alive :/ He seems super cool and has inspired me to do things.
I meet Lue back in the early 50 in passaic, nj. Great guy
great ethnic songs
He is a good crooner
robert.guerr e r a
Lou Monte Bellisimo
jncaracciolo
Lou and Italian culture are synonymous. He brings back warm and wonderful memories for me of growing up in the all Italian neighborhood . Such closeness and sense of family. "Mary get up, we need the sheets for the table." Love it!
No other people have directed culture more than the Italian people.
I grew up with Lou Monte! It brings me to my happy place and helps me remember my dad who I lost when I was 17 years old. I love this guy and his music!
nothing like the Italians very warm hearted and I am proud to be Italian
Lazy Mary you better get up
jncaracciolo
Reminds me of Sunday dinners with all the relatives enjoying the best Italian food in Pittsburgh. Italian music played all day and the neighbors joined in for anisete and Italian coffee. What memories. Family ment everything in those days!
Come on this Pisano is great....... . . . . . . .
I grew up with Papino and Pasquale. Luigi was like a member of my family, just like Jimmy Roselli. My only regret is that I never saw Luigi in person.
Thank God for compact disc.
I grew up listening to his music. We played his records when all the relatives came for Sunday dinner.
a07002
Sorry, Cassandra, but he was that good. He's been gone for a few years now and was a staple in Italian neighborhood s like mine. I miss Uncle Luigi.
you need to add his song Dominick the Italian Christmas donkey
Lou, you aren't that bad...but you aren't quite my cup of tea, either. Sorry. Wish you all success.

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