Guarin “Willie” Moretti was the notorious Underboss of The Genovese Crime Family in New Jersey. He was born in Bari Italy in 1894. Moretti was shot dead Gangland Style (Whacked) at Joe’s Elbow Room in Cliffside Park, New Jersey on October 4, 1951 …
In the mid – 1930’s Willie Moretti’s name came to light when he became friends with an unknown singer named Frank Sinatra. Sinatra’s then wife Nancy Barbatp was related to John Barbato who was a soldier in Moretti’s crew. At the time SInatra had a tough time booking singing ingagements so Moretti helped him book New Jersey Clubs in return for a percentage of his earnings. By 1941 Sinatra was known throughout the United States and was on the verge of signing a lucrative contract with a national promoter. However years earlier he had signed a contract with band leader Tommy Dorsey who was reluctant to let Sinatra out of the contract. With the help of Moretti, Frank was able to get out of this contract. Moretti shoved aPistol down Dorsey’s throat and threatenedto Kill Dorsey if he didn’t release Sinatra. Sinatra was then free to sign a lucrative Record Deal as well as the contract with the national club promoter.
Around the same time Moretti also became acquainted with up-and-coming comedians Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis who performed several nightclubs he frequented. Jerry Lewis and Dean Martina s well as Milton Berle and Frank Sinatra all performed at the Wedding of Moretti’s daughter in Hasbrouk Heights New Jersey. That wedding was the inspiration for the wedding scene of Don Vito Corleone’s daughter Connie in Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo’s The Godfather.
Willie Moretti lies dead on the floor of Joe’s Elbow Room
Cliffside Park, New Jersey
October 4, 1951
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