Sunday, June 25, 2017

Danny G's Sunday Serenade with Dino: "Off Again, On Again"








Welcome to Summer 2017, my friends!

Hot, sunny days are here! Yay!!!

Now, friends o' mine...is it just me...or does Summer seem to be flyin' by already?!!! Hahaha!!!
I must be crazy!
It just stared & I'm already afraid of it slippin' through my Dino-diggin' fingers! Haha!!

 I thinks its 'cause Spring just FLEW by me this year...SO SO damn fast! 
Oh well, pals...we'll hold onto these long, muggy days...extra tight!

OK, pallies...let's gets to some tunes!

I'm thinkin' this is the PER FEC TO time to kick off the season with one of Dean's laid back...balmy type jams.

Real slow & sultry, mi amici.

Just the way we likes it.

Now who says "Summer chillin" better than Dino?

No one.
He's the chill-master! Ha!

Well...I guess the best place to start is ALWAYS with  my FAVE summery Dino-al b um..."The Lush Years".

Yes, pals...this little vinyl Frisbee is JAM-PACKED with HOT HOT & yet VERY VERY COOL Dino-tunes.

Let's grab a little "Off Again, On Again" to set the mood.

 Picture this, pallies...It's a hot...sweaty...Summer night.
A little breeze keeps it tolerable, though.
Youse grabs some yummy...icy...drinky of choice.
Put the needle on the vinyl...& melt away with Dean.

Ahhhhhh. That's good stuff, mi amici.

Cheers to 'nother Summer with Dino, pals!

Enjoy!


Off again on again off again on again)
Off again on again it's here and then it's gone again
Oh this is some romance
In again out again it's with and then without again
Let's give it half a chance
It's cold and then hot again you're mine and then you're not again
You're always playing peek-a-boo
I'm in a stew about blue about what am I going to do about
Off again on again you
(Off again on again it's here and then it's gone again)
(Oh this is some romance)
(In again out again it's with and then without again)
(Let's give it half a chance)
It's cold and then hot again you're mine and then you're not again
You're always playing peek-a-boo (peek-a-boo)
I'm in a stew about blue about what am I going to do about
Off again on again you
(Off again on again you)
Off again on again you

Saturday, June 24, 2017

"Dean Martin, the wheel of fate".

Hey pallies, likes welcome back for 'nother day of our Centennial Celebration of The Day That Coolness Came To Earth, the 100th anniversary of our Dino's descent to our planet on June 7, 1917.
Likes, while tons of the Dino-faithful gathered in our Dino's hometown of Steubenville, Ohio last weekend for the 20th anniversary of Dino-fest, which our own Eddie-o has been and will continue to coolly chronicle for all us Dino-holics, the pallies in the land of Dino-heritage, Montesilvano, Italy are hugely homagin' our Dino with energetic events as well!

From the internet pad, "ILPESCARA" comes the noteworthy news that this very Dino-day,  Saturday, the 24th of June in the year of our Dino 2017 will be a provocative presentation of the new Dino-homagin' tome, "Dean martin, the wheel of fate," by scribers  Gerardo Di Cola and Andrea Mosca.    From what we have read below, the book appears to be a work of fiction, but based mucho on the life, times, and teachin's of our Dino.   As shared in this powerful prose this reconstructin' of the Dino-tale is "
"through a hazy mix of historical and narrative dimension, the dawn of the myth Dean Martin, starting from the earliest origins."

Likes, oh how we wishes that we coulda  jet to the land of Dino-heritage for Saturday's coolest of cool celebration and grab ourselves a copy of this new Dino-tome.  We're supposin' that the book is scribed in Italian, but perhaps it has been, or will be translated into English for the larger Dino-world to relish.  We'll try and do a bit more Dino-searchin' to see if we can get any more facts and figures on "Dean Martin, the wheel of fate."

We were most grateful to the pallies at "ILPERSCARA" for sharin' the news of this incredibly intriguin' Dino-celebration and to checks it out in it's original source, likes simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-report.

We remain,

Yours in Dino,

Dino Martin Peters




A Montesilvano the presentation of the book "Dean Martin, the wheel of fate"

WHERE
Di Palazzo Baldoni James Hall

Montesilvano

WHEN
From 24/06/2017 to 24/06/2017 ONLY TOMORROW

PRICE
FREE


22 june 2017 15:57

Continuing appointments arranged by Dean Martin Foundation , in collaboration with the Municipality of Montesilvano, to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the world-famous artist montesilvanesi origins. Saturday, June 24 will be presented the book "Dean Martin, the wheel of fate".

In the work, the authors explain Gerardo Di Cola and Andrea Mosca, is reconstructed "through a hazy mix of historical and narrative dimension, the dawn of the myth Dean Martin, starting from the earliest origins. The encounter between the grandparents (projectiles Giovanni Maria Crocetti and Dashing), to the suggestion of a dreamy and romanticized arrival of Dean in Montesilvano. In between, including archival documents, ideals photocompositions and reportage on Italian emigration, the departure of his father (Gaetano) to Ellis Island, the adolescence of Dean in the back room of Steubenville and unpredictability of certain meetings called by " wheel of fate ", a true leitmotif of this novel non-fiction."

Di Cola and Moscow in their work accurately describe some places between Pescara and Montesilvano, where lived the Crocetti, the journey of Gaetano and before that of his brothers headed to Ellis Island, then the meeting with Carlo Di Pietro and again the meeting Jerry Lewis until today the best and luckiest of his career in Hollywood and Las Vegas and the melancholic sunset in alcohol and forgetfulness. The journey through the history of the Dean Martin Family is described through a meticulous search in the Abruzzo state archives and Emigration Museum in New Yok and sometimes oscillates between reality and imagination of the person in the story of some characters creators of cultural development and artistic Pescara.

A Montesilvano la presentazione del libro “Dean Martin, la ruota del destino”

DOVE
Sala Di Giacomo di Palazzo Baldoni

Montesilvano

QUANDO
Dal 24/06/2017 al 24/06/2017 SOLO DOMANI

PREZZO

GRATIS


Redazione
22 giugno 2017 15:57

Proseguono gli appuntamenti organizzati dalla Fondazione Dean Martin, in collaborazione con il Comune di Montesilvano, per celebrare il centenario della nascita del famosissimo artista di origini montesilvanesi. Sabato 24 giugno verrà presentato il libro “Dean Martin, la ruota del destino”.

Nell’opera, spiegano gli autori Gerardo Di Cola e Andrea Mosca, viene ricostruita «attraverso uno sfumato intreccio di dimensione storica e narrativa, l’alba del mito Dean Martin, partendo dalle primissime origini. Dall’incontro tra i nonni (i proietti Giovanni Crocetti e Maria Focoso), fino alla suggestione di un trasognante e romanzato arrivo di Dean a Montesilvano. Nel mezzo, tra documenti d’archivio, fotocomposizioni ideali e reportage sul fenomeno dell’emigrazione italiana, la partenza del padre (Gaetano) verso Ellis Island, l’adolescenza di Dean nei retrobottega di Steubenville e l’imprevedibilità di certi incontri voluti dalla “ruota del destino”, vero e proprio leitmotiv di questo romanzo-non romanzo».

Di Cola e Mosca nel loro lavoro descrivono accuratamente alcuni luoghi tra Pescara e Montesilvano dove vissero i Crocetti, il viaggio di Gaetano e prima ancora quello dei suoi fratelli diretti ad Ellis Island, poi l’incontro con Carlo Di Pietro e poi ancora l’incontro con Jerry Lewis fino ai giorni migliori e più fortunati della sua carriera tra Hollywood e Las Vegas e al tramonto malinconico nell’alcol e nella dimenticanza. Il viaggio nella storia della famiglia di Dean Martin è descritto attraverso una meticolosa ricerca tra gli archivi di Stato abruzzesi e il Museo dell’Emigrazione di New Yok e a volte oscilla tra la realtà e la fantasia degli autori nel racconto di alcuni personaggi artefici dello sviluppo culturale e artistico del pescarese.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Ed's Epistle - Dean Martin Festival 2017

Hey pallies! Happy Friday!
My vacation is coming near the end, which means more in depth Dean Fest 2017 posts are just around the corner.

Today is another Dino-pic to keep the Dino Month of June going.

This pic looks to be in a classroom in front of a chalk board with Jerry Lewis. Jerry is of course goofing around as Dino looks at what appears to be a character drawing..







Thursday, June 22, 2017

Ed's Epistle - Dean Martin Festival 2017 Report

Good day pallies.

I'm still "Out of the Office", however I do have time to add another rare pic to share.

This one from the Jefferson County Museum where they have a room dedicated to Dino.

Enjoy, and feel free to discuss!

This pic seems to be either a magazine or newspaper article. I don't believe I've ever seen this one.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Scotty's Sharin':.....it still does not compare with the timeless beauty and elegance of Dean's former home.

Dean Martin...great show of the man of cool who knew how to dress...classy! - web source -MReno





Hey pallies, likes today we are goin' to take 'nother  bit of a break from our centennial celebration of The Day That Coolness Came To Earth that keeps fabulously featurin' the hugest of huge homage of our most beloved Dino on the 100th anniversary of his descent to our planet for a immensely important reason.  Our deepest of deeply devoted to Dino pallie, Scotty has shared his first Dino-centric post in nine months over at his beautiful blog "BlueisKewl" and we wouldn't think of waitin' 'nother day to share it with all youse Dino-holics.

Our pallie of pallies Scotty-o is one of a select few cooler then cool commentators postin' potent patter on many many of our ilovedinomartin offerin's for which we are greatly greatly grateful, and we completely cherish his stellar support of our eager efforts in lovin'ly liftin' up the name of our one and only Dino.  So when we happened 'pon his recent Dino-offerin' we simply had to stop the presses to share it with youse Dino-philes.

Likes we gotta 'fess up that the ol' net has been sharin' post after post on the remake of our Dino's last estate tagged "Trousdale" and we have completely resisted postin' any of 'em 'cause of our on goin' celebration of our Dino's beloved birthday...and truth be told, we ain't appreciate of or impressed by the dismantlin' of our King of Cool's last residence.....to our way of Dino-thinkin' it's a desecration of our Dino's legacy...but, then, we ain't in the position of havin' the bread to have saved it from the wreckin' ball either.

So, likes in absolute appreciato of our Scotty-o's super support of ilovedinomartin, we share with you 16 images that Scotty has assembled of the new mansion followed by a powerful pix of the original Dino-mansion and of course we absolutely 'gree with these thoughts that Scotty's has valiantly voiced..."While the new home is very ritzy and is sure to have every single bell and whistle, it still does not compare with the timeless beauty and elegance of Dean's former home."

Hats off to our Dino-devoted pallie Scotty for this Dino-gram with the hugest of hope that this will be the return of many many marvelously delightful Dino-grams to come soon from his pen.  To checks this out in it's original source, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-gram.

We remain,

Yours in Dino,

Dino Martin Peters


Dean Martin's Former Trousdale Estate for Sale at $27.95 Million Dollars



















Dean's former home.

(While the new home is very ritzy and is sure to have every single bell and whistle, it still does not compare with the timeless beauty and elegance of Dean's former home.)

By Rebekah Bell.

Entertainer Dean Martin rose to fame in the 1950s and ‘60s with hits such as That’s Amore, Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime, and Ain’t That a Kick in the Head? as well as for his involvement with the hard-partying Rat Pack, the renowned group of entertainers that also included Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford. In his later years, Martin resided in a posh Beverly Hills estate that was frequented by his famous friends. Though Martin’s former home has since been dismantled, a newly constructed spec mansion now occupying the site pays homage to the Rat Pack with a slew of glamorous amenities and entertaining options.

Perched above the canyons in the coveted Trousdale Estates neighborhood in Beverly Hills, the home features hints of mid-century modern architecture that recall the original structure as well as state-of-the-art amenities worthy of a modern dwelling. A 200-foot-long driveway leads to the ultra-modern, glass-walled home. A floating entryway surrounded by water features and stunning marble walls leads into the open-concept home. Spread across more than 10,000 square feet, the five-bedroom home features 12-foot ceilings, skylights, and walls of glass that blur the lines between inside and out-of-doors.

Outfitted with modern appliances and a large island, the gourmet kitchen is adjacent to a dining room with a striking glass wine cellar. A floor-to-ceiling fireplace serves as the focal point of the living room, and sliding glass doors lead to an outdoor oasis. In the backyard, amenities such as a pool, fire pit, deck with built-in seats and a fire pit, and an outdoor kitchen with a barbecue, refrigerator, and beer tap make it easy for residents to host parties that would have made the original Rat Pack proud. The glamorous home is currently listed for $27.95 million. (Inquiries: Coldwell Banker. Jade Mills, 310.285.7508; coldwellbanker.com)


Dean Martin (born Dino Paul Crocetti; June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995) was an Italian-American singer, actor, comedian, and film producer. One of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of the mid-20th century, Martin was nicknamed the "King of Cool" for his seemingly effortless charisma and self-assurance.

He and Jerry Lewis were partners as the immensely popular comedy team Martin and Lewis, and afterwards he was a member of the "Rat Pack", and a star in concert stages, nightclubs, recordings, motion pictures, and television. He was the host of the television variety program The Dean Martin Show (1965–1974) and The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast (1974–1984).

Martin's relaxed, warbling crooning voice earned him dozens of hit singles including his signature songs "Memories Are Made of This", "That's Amore", "Everybody Loves Somebody", "You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You", "Sway", "Volare", and "Ain't That a Kick in the Head?".

Martin, a heavy smoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in September 1993, and was told that he would require surgery to prolong his life, but he rejected it. He retired from public life in early 1995 and died of acute respiratory failure resulting from emphysema at his Beverly Hills home on Christmas Day, 1995 at the age of 78. The lights of the Las Vegas Strip were dimmed in his honor.

Martin's body was interred at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles. The crypt features the epitaph "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime", the title of his signature song.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

On This Day In Dino-history: June 20, 1948


Hey pallies, likes as we were doin' some Twingly Advanced Dino-blog searchin' we  happened to note that today has yet 'nother great excitin' event  in all of Dino-history.  From the pen of Mr. Robert Benson at "Collecting Vinyl Records-for the latest vinyl record information" comes the musical historical note that it was on this day, June 20, in the year of our Dino 1948 that Ed Sullivan's "Toast Of The Town" premiered on CBS-TV.

The wise Sullivan  chose the up and comin' comedy duo of Martin and Lewis to headline that first episode.....at the salary of $200!   Television history was truly truly in the makin' that day and our Dino and his partner were a huge huge part of it.  Likes how thrilled the viewin' audiences musta been to see the greatest comedy duo in history performin' on the small screen.

ilovedinomartin salutes Mr. Robert Benson" and the folks at  "Collecting Vinyl Records-for the latest vinyl record information" for remindin' us all of this most important event in the life, times, and teachin's of our Dino.  To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-report.

We remain,

Yours in Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Music History - June 20


In 1948, Toast Of The Town, which would later be called the Ed Sullivan Show, premiered on CBS-TV. The first telecast was produced on a meager budget of $1,375. Only $375 was allocated for talent and $200 of that was shared by the young stars of that night's program, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

On This Day In Dino-history: June 20, 1965

Hey pallies, likes we interrupt our Centennial Celebration of The Day That Coolness Came To Earth to share with all youse Dino-holics that 'nother great Dino-event happened on this day, June 20, in the year of our Dino, 1965. That is the date of the great gatherin' of the Rat Pack clan at the "Keil Opera House" in St. Louis for a concert of a lifetime. The musicale was a benefit for the Teamsters Union in St. Louis and was beamed live to pallies gathered in movie theatres all 'round the country.

For incredibly insightful info on this most special event in the life of our most beloved Dino we turn once 'gain to our pallies at the "The Rat Pack Blog," who have awesomely assembled  a perfect pix and profoundly powerful prose to honorably highlight this coolest of cool concert with our Dino's pallies of pallies.

Below we are perfectly pleased to share the vid of the full concert through the marvelous magic of youtube. Simply stunnin' to be able to share such important dates in the life and times of our Dino with all you pallies. Likes we are awesomely appreciate of our pallies at "The Rat Pack Blog" and to Mr. Alexander Erich Kurt Franz Fellner who posted the vid on youtube.  To checks the info directly at "The Rat Pack Blog" simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-report.

We remain,

Yours in Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

 the rat pack in st. louis

 

On June 20th, 1965, the Rat Pack took the stage at the Kiel Opera House in St. Louis for a fundraiser to benefit Dismas House, the first halfway house for ex-convicts.  Frank,  Dean and Sammy were joined by Johnny Carson as emcee, filling in for Joey Bishop, who was out with a bad back.

The performance that night was captured on film but was lost for over 45 years until a TV producer and vintage TV expert, Paul Brownstein tracked down a print of the show that had been sitting in a closet in St. Louis.  Soon afterwards, it was released on DVD as part of the Ultimate Rat Pat Collection:  Live & Swingin”.

Johnny Carson surprised the audience and his co-stars alike with some pretty good vocals during the musical finale of Birth of the Blues.  Other highlights of the show include some hysterical physical moves by Dean, and some playful heckling of Frank from backstage as he tries to get through a solo.  Frank customized his hit My Kind of Town by changing the lyrics to salute St. Louis instead of Chicago.

And there’s a pretty good little practical joke played on Frank by Dean.  When Frank performed I’ve Got You Under My Skin, it was the second time the audience heard it that night because Dean inserted it into his set preceding Frank’s.

The lineup of solo sets by Dean, Sammy and then Frank, followed by group numbers involving all three is followed today by many Rat Pack Impersonators.

The Rat Pack’s St. Louis show is available for viewing on YouTube, including the great closing number, Birth of the Blues, at the Rat Pack Impersonators site.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Dean Martin is amazingly popular at 100 and that makes me happy.

Hey pallies, likes let the Dino-festivities continue dudes.  We are havin' such a terrific time sharin' each and every Dino-honorin' post in our Centennial Celebration of The Day That Coolness came to earth.  Each and every bit of Dino-devotion is likes ubberly unique as our Dino is, yet each is hugely heartwarmin' in amazin'ly awesome adulation of our Dino!

Today we make a return visit to the bold blog,"The Otto Files," where each and every year an obviously deeper then deep devotee of our Dino spread Dino-magic at his blog.  This time 'round the tag of the post is simply "100 YEARS OF DEAN MARTIN" and includes a marvelous mix of prose, pixs and vid clips.  Likes it is crystal clear that "Otto" "gets Martin" and shares wonderfully wise words 'specially 'bout our Dino's swank style, 'specially in cool connection with his peacock network small screen show, The Dean Martin Show."

Likes indeed "Otto" has chosen some completely classic moments of youtube clips from the Dino-show, includin' one of our most fav with Dino messin' 'round with Mr. George Gobel.  Truly this is a creatively crafted piece of Dino-devotion scribed with mucho affectionado for our one and only Dino bringin' the biggest of big Dino-buddha grins to our faces and makin' us know that anyone who reads this powerful prose will immediately drawn closer and closer to our King of Cool.

We shouts out our giant gratefulness to "Otto" for once 'gain usin' this potent prosin' talents to homage our most beloved Dino on this centennial celebration of our Dino.  To checks this out in it's original source, likes simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-message.

We remain,

Yours in Dino,

Dino Martin Peters




It’s hard to imagine Dean Martin as 100. In truth, it was hard to watch Dean get old. He was the living embodiment of the old joke, “If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.” Except it’s doubtful Dean Martin would have changed anything he did. He was a true maverick in the sense that he rarely did things “the right way,” and he never seemed to have a clear plan or goal for what he wanted to achieve in show business. A great deal of his success came from luck, from charm, and from being at the right place at the right time. The rest of his success came from a talent so great that he made it look like the easiest thing in the world to do. It was not.
In the late ’50s and early ’60s, critics and entertainers would make jokes about Dean Martin along the lines of, “Dean’s so relaxed, he makes Perry Como look like a world class sprinter.” In fact, the success of both Dean Martin and Perry Como on TV had a lot to do with their relaxed manner and style in front of the television cameras. Sinatra’s early forays into television were disastrous precisely because he looked so uncomfortable and unsure of himself on TV. Perry Como became a hit because he was relaxed and he had a nice guy image that people were happy to welcome into their homes every week. When Dean Martin started his variety show in 1965, critics were unsure whether America would let a swinging Vegas crooner into their homes with the same enthusiasm as they showed for Como, Pat Boone, Dinah Shore and other acts that communicated so well with “Middle America.”
In “Backstage at The Dean Martin Show,” Lee Hale, who worked on Special Material and vocal arrangements for years on THE DEAN MARTIN SHOW, reveals that Martin’s first couple of months with the show were not tremendously successful. Oddly enough, the reason appears to be not that audiences WOULDN’T accept him as a TV entertainer but that there WASN’T ENOUGH of Dino in those early shows. According to Hale, when the program began, Martin was essentially an M.C. in the tradition of Ed Sullivan, and rarely took a turn with the guests. As Greg Garrison, the show’s director and eventual producer, seized more control, he believed the show needed more Dean Martin, not less. History tells us that he was absolutely correct.
The stories are now legendary about the unusual nature of THE DEAN MARTIN SHOW. Most of the myths are true. The band and the writers and the guests worked and rehearsed all week long. Dean came in one day a week, on Sunday, when the show was taped. He’d arrive around 1:00 pm, quickly go over his songs with Lee Hale, Les Brown and the band and then he’d go back to his dressing room and watch a run through of the show with the guests and Lee Hale acting as his stand in so he knew where he was supposed to move and when. None of the guests ever worked with Dean before they were actually taping the song or sketch. Most of the time, it was one take and that was it. They often kept in mistakes and bloopers which, over the years, the audience came to expect and absolutely love. It made them feel included as if they were “in on the joke.”
As the show grew more successful and more stories and interviews were printed about the show, the entire country knew that Dean showed up on the last day and held on for dear life. His guests would move him around if he got out of place in a sketch or a song. In one famous exchange with comedian George Gobel, as the two prepared to sing a song together Dean says, “Well, we might as well sing it, we rehearsed it.” Gobel looked at Martin, smiled and said,  “I did.”
As disastrous a recipe as this sounds for a weekly network variety show, it somehow worked and it worked largely because of Dean Martin. Not because he was a perfectionist who secretly worked hours a day at home but because he wasn’t a perfectionist at all. The laissez-faire attitude that Dino displayed on a weekly basis was Dean Martin. By the time he began his show on NBC in 1965, he was a major success in motion pictures, recordings, and the nightclub circuit. He wasn’t interested in pushing his limits and testing himself. Why should he have been? The people loved the laid back style of Dean Martin. He oozed charm. He could be gentle, he could be razor sharp. He’d been working in clubs in front of tough audiences for over twenty years by that time.
Historically speaking, the greatest legacy of his TV show, besides the duets with legends like Lena Horne, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Frank Sinatra (to mention just a few), are the solo spots of Dean’s singing. I don’t know if Martin was insecure about his singing in clubs after his ten years of working with “the monkey” who was constantly heckling and interrupting him, but the reality is, even as a solo act, he rarely made it through an entire song with a straight interpretation. He was the Victor Borge of crooners, unable to get through a rendition of a Tin Pan Alley classic without delivering a few jokes and sarcastic asides. It may have made him a hit in Vegas nightclubs but thankfully, the powers that be at NBC and THE DEAN MARTIN SHOW, seemed to know that the American public who were buying lots of Dean Martin albums by 1965, would want to see and hear Dean Martin sing a song – all the way through!
The first three years of THE DEAN MARTIN SHOW are incredible time capsules of a bygone era in American entertainment. THE DEAN MARTIN ROASTS, which I looked forward to with unbridled delight as a kid, no longer hold up very well but Dean singing with the Mills Brothers, Bing Crosby, or Rosemary Clooney? Pure gold.
Dean Martin’s legacy as a singer is something that fascinates me even more than his unusual experiment in television. Did Dean Martin truly not take himself seriously as a vocalist? He certainly didn’t seem to work very hard at singing any more than he did with movies or TV but he had a wonderful baritone and more control over it than people seem to remember. I think part of what undermined his musical legacy is that just a little more than halfway through his recording career, he developed an affinity for Country & Western themed songs. He loved horses, he loved westerns, and so, I think he loved the idea of “Cowboy Dean.” I always loved Dean’s C&W albums and they sold quite well but it was probably not the best way for a WWII crooner to cement a musical legacy. Sinatra also strayed from the Great American Songbook in the late 1960s but Martin nearly abandoned it completely.
Years ago at an academic conference on the legacy of Bing Crosby, I delivered a paper on Crosby as the first Italian American singer because of his influence on Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, and Dean Martin. Author Will Friedwald was also at the conference and commented on the fact that Dean Martin recorded a lot of schlock and yet, no one was able to make schlock more entertaining and satisfying than Martin. It’s a left-handed compliment to be sure but as a fan, I agree totally. Dean recorded some less than stellar material and yet, just about everything he recorded was entertaining in some way. I believe he had far more talent than he gave himself credit for but he didn’t seem to have the same ambition as a Sinatra or a Tony Bennett.
In the end, I guess what says the most about the Dean Martin persona and the popularity of his style is that today, 100 years after his birth, we continue to buy his recordings, watch the DVDs, the YouTube videos, and the films. Dean Martin is amazingly popular at 100 and that makes me happy. He was an important part of my childhood. He and his friends taught me nearly everything I needed to know about great music and Friar’s Club humor. Happy Birthday Dino – we lift a glass in gratitude for all the happiness you left behind on record and on tape.
I’ll end with the song that is most closely associated with Dean Martin and yet, this original version of the song that Martin recorded for the 1964 album, DREAM WITH DEAN, is not the one that made it to the top of the charts that summer. Nevertheless, in my opinion, this may be the greatest recording Dean Martin ever made.