Nov 21, 2011 by Jenifer Mangione
If the Rat Pack were alive today, Lou Galterio would be standing beside them. He’s that good. With his golden, mellifluous voice, he reminds us of a time when life was less complicated and Italian American singers topped the charts. This is what makes him such an endeared performer throughout Italian communities in South Florida. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see Lou perform—and you’re Italian—it’s likely you will. His performance schedule is almost non-stop.
Italian organizations from Miami to Palm Beach rely on his heartwarming and robust rendition of the Italian national anthem, “Il Canto degli Italiani,” also sometimes referred to as “L’inno di Mameli” or “Fratelli d’Italia.” He performed last year at The Breakers for the annual gala for Il Circolo of the Palm Beaches — one of the largest Italian organizations in Florida. In May, he performed for Italian Consul General Marco Rocco and other VIPs in the Italian and Italian American business community at the 20th Anniversary dinner for the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce, Southeast. He’s also a regular headliner at Jupiter’s Feast of Little Italy and the Taste of Little Italy in Port-Saint-Lucie.
He sings the U.S. national anthem, too, and flawlessly. Because of this he now gets many requests from non-Italian, community and political organizations. Mostly, though, Lou sings the classic songs that were made popular by Italian American artists in the 50’s and 60’s. These include Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me To The Moon,” Bobby Darin’s “Beyond The Sea,” Dean Martin’s “Innamorata” and Jerry Vale’s “Al Di La.” When Lou covers these songs he does it so beautifully, and with such artistic precision, that he’s earned acclaim from people involved with this era — including Dean Martin’s daughter Deana, who he has performed with.
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