The title of this latest installment of Anatomy of a Song is a little misleading, because the song we’re featuring is much better known by it’s English title — “Return to Me”– but when Dean Martin introduced it in 1958 the Italian name was included in parentheses, so I figure that makes it pretty official. Or at least it does for me.
Ol’ Dino was at the height of his croonerdom in the late Fifties, and this song was a natural for him. It was written by Carmen Lombardo and Danny Di Minno, and the record was issued during the transitional era so was offered in both a 78 RPM version and a 45 RPM one too. On the reverse side was a forgettable song, ironically titled “Forgetting You”.
“Return To Me” was a big hit for Martin, not only in the US but internationally too. And of course, like many popular songs, it was covered by a wide variety of other artists, among them Connie Francis, Jerry Vale, Tony Bennett, and country crooner Marty Robbins.
And finally, the song was prominently featured in a 2000 movie with the same name. Return To Me was an underappreciated film that had a far-fetched plot but the writing and acting performances were first class. And of course the music was good too. If you get a chance, try it!