Pop Singer Al Martino’s Last Cut Was Garth Brook’s “If Tomorrow Never Comes”

The last song pop singer and actor Al Martino recorded before he died Tuesday (Oct. 13) was Garth Brooks‘ 1989 hit, “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” The New York Times reported in Martino’s obituary. His producer, Joe Vulpis, said Martino was completing an album. According to the obituary, Martino “developed a love for country music” while he was stationed in New Orleans as a Navy trainee during World War II. Born Alfred Cini, the Philadelphia native broke into the pop charts in 1952 with the No. 1 ballad, “Here in My Heart.” Over the next 25 years, he charted 25 more singles, highest among them “I Love You Because,” “I Love You More and More Every Day” and “Spanish Eyes.” His recording of Merle Haggard‘s “Today I Started Loving You Again” appeared briefly on the country singles chart in 1969. In 1972, he appeared in the role of wedding singer Johnny Fontane in The Godfather (a part he reprised in 1990 in The Godfather: Part III). Martino was 82 at the time of his death.