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Liner Notes

So, mom…your last mother’s day was in 2015 just three weeks before you died.

In those nine years since, you have been dearly missed, thought of often and always toasted at family get-togethers.

I still use your recipes and even some of your kitchen tools to cook our meals. And your granddaughter still helps me make cavatelli and cassatelles. My kitchen always smells good. Almost like yours…sometimes.

Your memory is just as much a part of this record collection as dad’s. Because you were always telling me what you wanted to hear on the living room record player.

Mom…This episode is for you.

So get ready to hear a collection of Italian memories often played and definitely whistled around my house growing up with Volume 176: For Mama on Mothers Day.

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Credits and Copyrights:

The Botticelli Family Singers – For Mama and Other Italian Favorites
Label: Diplomat Records – D 2348
Format: Vinyl, LP
Released: 1965
Genre: Folk, World, & Country

We will hear 7 of the 11 songs from the album.

For Mama
written by Charles Aznavour, Robert Gall

Funiculi Funicula
written by Luigi Denza, Peppino Turco

O Marie
an adaptation of an operatic tune called Maria Mari written by Eduardo di Capua and Vincenzo Russo.

Santa Lucia
A traditional Italian song first recorded by Enrico Caruso in 1916

Stretti Stretti
Vincenzo Di Chiara wrote the popular Italian song “La Spagnola”, also known as “Stretti stretti, nell’estasi d’amor”, in 1906.

Torna a Surriento
written by C. Chacón, Giambattista de Curtis, Ernesto de Curtis

written by Alberto Pestalozza, Carlo Tiochet

I do not own the rights to this music. ASCAP, BMI licenses provided by third-party platforms for music that is not under Public Domain.

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