Sinatra Guitarist Al Viola Dies At 87 - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Sinatra Guitarist Al Viola Dies At 87

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The man who Frank Sinatra called "one of the world's great guitarists" has died. Al Viola, who also played the mandolin on "The Godfather" soundtrack, died of cancer at his home in Studio City, California. He was 87.

The Brooklyn-born Viola performed with Sinatra at concerts, on
recordings and in T-V specials. He's heard on such hits as "My
Way" and "New York, New York." In addition to "The Godfather," Viola played on numerous T-V
and movie soundtracks, including "West Side Story" and "Blazing
Saddles."

He also appeared on more than 500 albums for artists ranging
from Neil Diamond to Marvin Gaye. His final performance was last
month at a jazz supper club. His widow says "he played great that
night too."

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