Today would have been my favorite aunts birthday. Anna
When we lived in my grandma’s flat in the mid 60s on the east side, I listened to this song over and over and over. I adored Dean Martin, so did my aunt. This one among many more were favorites of hers, it became my very favorite from Dino. I could sing it in Italian perfectly after the first few times.
Well she left the world in Dec. 1996 at the age of 84. There’s not a day that goes by I don’t think of her, that entire family that sadly has been gone and that house that only a couple of years ago was bulldozed. An Italian family occupied it from 1947-98. It only took the human rats that got that one and my other uncle & aunts right next door (sold in 2000) a matter of a few years to completely trash them.
My heart broke all over again.
Besides all that I still have this 45rpm that she gave me when we moved. I still wonder if she gave it to me because after hearing a million times was just plain sick of it or she knew how much I loved it. I rather think the latter and it brings a smile.
Anyway this day and song is in your memory Aunt Annie. You are beyond missed. Ti Amo.
Dino Paul Crocetti
Professor! Professor! was released in 1960 only as a single on Capital Records. I’m sure it’s on a re-released CD somewhere.