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March 17, 2004

Newsday

Actor Danny Aiello is recording his first music CD at age 70, even though he admits his name is not synonymous with singing. Titled "I Just Wanted To Hear The Words," the disc should be out in April, he said. "I've always loved to sing," Aiello told The Record of Bergen County. "I've been singing since I was a kid." The CD includes his rendition of such standards as "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To," "All of Me," and "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter."

Singing a cappella was a childhood passion, especially outside one of his favorite candy stores in New York City, said Aiello, whose recent screen credits include "Do the Right Thing," "Moonstruck" and "Mail Order Bride." "My problem is I have been blatantly shy all my life. I was sitting in Arthur Godfrey's office in Manhattan one day when I was about 13, and by the time my name was called I was gone. I got nervous. I couldn't handle it."

Aiello has sung in a few of his films and on a video that he made in answer to the controversial 1980s music video "Papa Don't Preach" by Madonna, about an unwed mother who defies her father by keeping her baby. Aiello appeared with Madonna in her video, and then made his own, "Papa Wants the Best for You," which portrayed the point of view of the father. He's sung in other films, but in voices that fit the character.

Posted by acapnews at March 17, 2004 8:22 AM

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