Farewell, Carl Coccomo…You Were One Of A Kind
It is with a heavy heart that we bid farewell to our dear friend and incredible talent, Carl Coccomo.
Known as ‘The Singin’ Sicilian’, a title given to him by the legendary Frank Sinatra, Carl was a prominent voice in the golden age of Hollywood, both on and off screen.
From his early career as an accordion playing street singer, to performing for Presidents in the heyday of Palm Springs, Coccomo was known for his larger-than-life vocal prowess and equally dynamic personality.
When he was in the service in Korea, he organized ensembles of locals and military personnel alike to perform on the front line for the troops. While under contract with 20th Century Fox as one of the Ken Darby Singers, he was the lead male vocalist throughout the Academy-Award winning film, Three Coins In The Fountain.
As a songwriter, he was mentored by the iconic multiple Oscar winning Harry Warren (Lullaby Of Broadway, That’s Amore) and worked with some of the most critically acclaimed arrangers on his own recordings, which were done in the famed Capitol Records Studios at Hollywood and Vine.
Survived by his beloved wife Suzie, Carl will not soon be forgotten. He recently partnered with Fervor Records to release The Carl Coccomo Songbook, 1952-1955, an album featuring two Capitol recording sessions from 1952 and 1955, each one featuring 100+ piece orchestras, choral groups and the era’s top arrangers/conductors (Gus Levine and Warren Barker).
Fervor Records was honored to get to know Mr. Coccomo and work closely with him. We take great pride in being able to help perpetuate his legacy and tell his story for generations to come.
Adios, Carl. We will miss you, but your bright spirit will live on through your music.
Below: “Parle d’Amore” – 1952, Carl Coccomo