Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Dino Crocetti (aka Dean Martin) in Steubenville, put his right hand to the ground, long before he ever thought about warbling a song about the moon hitting your eye like a big pizza pie.


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Hey pallies, likes inquirin' Dino-minds wanna knows where our most beloved Dino will turn up next on the ol' web.  There truly is an ubber unendin' marvelous mixture of wonderful ways that our Dino gets lovin'ly lifted up over the internet.  Today we shares with all youse Dino-philes a brief excerpt from a post from the online presence of the  Orlando Sentinel.  The post scribed by Dr. Thomas V. DiBacco is creatively tagged "Commentary: A great summer game ... except when you lose all your marbles."

Dr. DiBacco grew up as a child "just up the road" from our Dino's home pad in Stubenville and his post relates the fantastic fun he had playin' marbles as a child.  Likes of all the Ohio-ians contemporaries that DiBacco coulda chosen to relate to his fun prose, we, of course, are totally totally thrilled to see he coolly chose on our and only Dino!

Likes can't youse just see our Dino playin' marbles as a kid in Stu-ville....and we're  bettin' that our Dino probably as a tender child was already takin' wagers and bettin' while playin' this childhood game!  Wouldn't it be greatly great to return to days when our laddie Dino walked the street of his hometown playin' marbles with his pallies?!?!?!

We thanks Dr. Thomas V. DiBacco for this truly charmin' piece of neat nostalgia, and for namin' the name of our King of Cool.  To checks this out in it's original source and to read the prose in total, simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-report.

We Remain,

Yours in Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

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(our Dino on the right with his bro Bill)

Commentary: A great summer game ... except when you lose all your marbles

by Thomas V. DiBacco

The game of marbles goes back to antiquity. Plato played marbles; so did Socrates. And every U.S. president beginning with Washington and ending at least with the Gipper (Ronald Reagan) cracked his knuckles every spring, got out the old marble bag and found a nice smooth spot on the land to put his rolling stones to the test. Just up the road from where I lived, Dino Crocetti (aka Dean Martin) in Steubenville, put his right hand to the ground, long before he ever thought about warbling a song about the moon hitting your eye like a big pizza pie. Marbles were cheap then, as they are now.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Style Icon: Dean Martin


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Hey pallies, likes we are constantly continually coolly in amazin' awe of the mighty multiplicity of remarkable reasons why our most beloved Dino continues to be lovin'ly lifted up on stunnin' sites all over the incredible internet world wide.  Likes today we are perfectly pumped to share a primo post on the tremendous topic of our Dino as STYLE ICON.  This is terrific topic of Dino-discussion and we have posted many and varied awesome articles on our Dino's swankest of swank style.

Likes from the new-to-ilovedinomartin primo pad, "Herringbone & Sui" comes the Dino-reflection simply 'n elegantly tagged "Style Icon: Dean Martin.  This superior style blog mission statement states, we "loves to travel, to dress well, the perfect martini and intelligent conversation. We want to share our world with you through our blog."  The Dino-post was scribed by  Miss Devika Pathak (pictured 'bove) who is a "freelance writer based in Bombay"  and whose "passions include beagles, chocolate chip cookies, vinyasa yoga, pandas & track pants."

With potent poses and a classic vid, Miss Pathak superiorly scribes why, to her, our most beloved Dino is style icon extraordinare....her wiser and wise  wordsmithing truly truly does our Dino proud.
We find this superior summary statement right on the Dino-mark..."What made Martin so memorable was his way of doing things."  Likes pallies, it not just the way he dressed or not just the way he sang, but everythin' and likes we means everythin' that our Dino did was stunnin'ly  special...right down to the way that he held his omnipresent cigarette!

We thanks Miss Devika Pathak and all the folks at  "Herringbone & Sui" for this ubber upliftin' powerful post on our one and only Dino's one and only style!  To checks this out in it's original source, likes simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

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Style Icon: Dean Martin
Posted by DEVIKA PATHAK on 2ND NOVEMBER 2017

For us, a style icon is someone who goes beyond what it means to dress well and represents sophistication, calm, class and cool. This doesn’t stop at what you wear but is about the energy and persona of the icon. Dean Martin is also known as the King of Cool and for good reason. He was a good looking, well-dressed, successful man who spent more time on the golf course than on the set of any of his projects!
He got his big break with Martin and Lewis when he teamed up with Jerry Lewis to create a musical comedy show. Martin was a great entertainer and went on to produce and act in movies, record songs and have his own hit TV show, The Dean Martin Show. He is probably most well-known for his friends, the other members of the infamous Rat Pack which included Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford.
They were the coolest kids on the block, known as much for their fashion and style as for their talent and humour. Dean Martin was a style icon for more than just his fashion and we take a walk down memory lane to recall some of his most stylish moments.
Dean Martin lived in a time where every night was an occasion. Men and women were always dressed to the nines yet he somehow managed to retain his own signature style. He was always clean shaven with neat hair and loved wearing a red handkerchief. His suits were always cut close to his body and complimented by a cigarette in one hand and drink in another. Interestingly, Dean Martin enjoyed being viewed as a heavy drinker and would make people laugh with his drunken antics though it seems he would only pretend to be very drunk. His friend and long-time producer Greg Garrison once said that he would always be holding a glass of apple juice, not alcohol!
As part of the Rat Pack, Dean Martin and his gang were strong proponents of equality for African Americans and would never perform anywhere their friend, Sammy Davis Jr. wasn’t allowed to perform. He was a loyal and generous friend who never forgot a hand that helped him.






FILE PHOTO: An undated promotional photo of the ”Rat Pack”, (from left)Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. (photo by Newsmakers)

What made Martin so memorable was his way of doing things. He came from nothing, spoke only Italian until the age of five, dropped out of high school and worked odd jobs including being a boxer, a bootlegger and blackjack dealer. Despite all his hardships, Dean Martin emerged as one of the 20th centuries most loved and remembered entertainers who gave people music, comedy and style.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Danny G's Sunday Serenade with Dino: " If Love Is Good To Me"











Welcome back, mi amici!

Welcome to 'nother BEA U TI FUL Spring day & welcome to 'nother life lesson with our one & ONLY, Dino!

Haha!! 

Man...do I love this time of year, pals!

I know youse already know this, but WOW!

It just seems to OOZE Life...Love...& Dean Martin tunes!

Haha!!

Seriously though, my friends.
These are the best days to me.

The world is in full bloom!

The birds are tweetin'...the sun is shinin'...& Dino is flowin' through my speakers.

He's sorta leadin' the way, actually. 

Guidin' us to through the season.

Singin' his words of praise for the simple thins' in life.

The BEST & MOST precious thins', pallies! 

We have to 'member, my friends...don't get caught up in all the negative stuff.

Enjoy these days.

Thins' always work themselves out!

One way or 'nother...we get through.

Allow me to play youse a tune...a VERY smooth & inspirational tune to me.

Keeps me focused, pals.

Anytime thins' just ain't goin' the way I wish they was goin'...this jam gets me back on track!

This week's Serenade, "If Love is Good to Me", will set the stage.
It will be a guidin' light & play by play plan.

Keep your mind open, my friends & follow Dean's simple, happy words of wisdom!

He knew how to live, pals.
Care-free & Stress-free!

NEVER waste your GOOD energy...on UGLY problems!

Throw on some Dino & let life happen!

Dean's got you!

Enjoy! 


Spring will come and grass will grow
The brooks will hum with melted snow
If love is good to me

Clouds will cry and rain will fall
The earth will sigh and drink it all
If love is good to me

There always will be skies of blue above me
Just as long as Mother Nature makes you love me
Leaves will fall from winter's chill
I'll recall a summer thrill
That once you gave to me
These wonderous things each year
Depend on you my dear
This all could be
If love is good to me

If love is good to me

If love is good to me

There always will be skies of blue above me
Just as long as Mother Nature makes you love me
Leaves will fall from winter's chill and
I'll recall a summer thrill
That once you gave to me
These wonderous things each year
Depend on you my dear
This all could be
If love is good to me
This all could be
If love is good to me



Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Mountain Carol...... Some lovin' words from I Love Dino Martin...


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Hey pallies, likes there's an ol' sayin' that "one good turn deserves 'nother."  Well, likes on May 10 of this Dino-month of May were were totally totally thrilled to lovin'ly lift up a new cd single and official music vid that was incredibly influenced by our most most beloved Dino.  Youse can find that Dino-gram  HERE.  It's 'bout a swingin' musical group tagged "The Mountain  Carol" who proudly professes that our Dino is one of their biggest influences.  The swank song is sweetly tagged "DINO" and we were over the moon (still are!) 'bout these marvelous musicians openly 'n affirmatively makin' their awesome adulation of our Dino known to the  whole wide world.

Likes after postin' our appreciato here at ilovedinomartin we shared some patter with this great group at youtube where they have shared the "DINO" vid.  Well, when we recently visited The Mountain Carol's facebook page we found a primo post there accentin' our Dino-efforts on their behalf.  Below is said post tagged "Some lovin' words from I Love Dino Martin..."

Indeed our good Dino-turn of makin' all youse Dino-holics 'ware of The Mountain Carol's huge huge homage of our Dino has sparked a good Dino-turn in return to us here at our humble little Dino-conclave.  Likes we are terrifically touched by this keen kindness by The Mountain Carol and we wishes them swank success as they soon will release the awesome al-b-um that includes the "DINO" song.  To checks this out in it's original source, likes simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-report.

We Remain,

Yours in Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Some lovin' words from I Love Dino Martin...


Hey pallies, likes our most beloved Dino's incredible influence on today's youth is definitely deeper and supremely stronger then ever ...
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Friday, May 18, 2018

DINO: Cooler than a scotch on the rocks


Charles Waring
Hey pallies, likes we so so much enjoyed Mr. Charles Waring's reverent review of  our Dino's classic al-b-um "Dino: Italian Love Songs" posted here yester-Dino-day that we just had to see if we coulda find more wise writin's from Waring, and indeed we were led to 'nother wonderful write up by him on the cooler then cool collection of Dino-croons tagged "DEAN MARTIN - COLLECTED COOL" that we located at the marvelous musical blog "Record Collector."

Likes many of youse Dino-holics will recall,   "DEAN MARTIN - COLLECTED COOL" is a swank set of 3 CDs and 1 DVD released by Universal Music in 2012.  As Waring relates, the first CD accents our Dino's time at Capitol, the second Dino's ravin' recordin's for Reprise, with the third bein' a live recordin' from our Dino's Lake Tahoe gig in 1962.  The fourth disc is a DVD of a live concert that our Dino did in London in 1983.  Dino-holics waited decades with bated breath to get their hands on an official copy of that Dino-concert.

With verve and vibe, Charles has stunnin'ly scribed this potent prose hugely homagin' our King of Cool to the marvelous max.  Likes once 'gain we share our awesome appreciato to Mr. Waring for supremely sharin' his awesome adulation in this truly remarkable review of a truly remarkable remembrance set of discs that is a must collection for all those who name the name of our Dino.
To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-message.

We Remain,

Yours in Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Collected Cool [3 CD/DVD Box Set]

DEAN MARTIN - COLLECTED COOL
Cooler than a scotch on the rocks

Perceived by some cynics as a mere booze-sozzled sidekick to Rat Pack leader Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin’s musical achievements are often criminally overlooked. Blessed with a resonant and creamy velvet croon, he could reduce the hardest-hearted Mafioso to tears with his renditions of sentimental Italian ballads; and he could swing too, with a jazzed-up, rhythmically-astute finesse that could give Sinatra a run for his money.

Martin racked up a plethora of hits in the 50s, most of which are featured on this excellent overview of his career. Disc One covers the singer’s Capitol oeuvre – where Martin scored the majority of his chart entries, including That’s Amore, Memories Are Made Of This and Volare – while Disc Two focuses on his tenure at Sinatra’s Reprise label. A third CD is devoted to a previously unissued live show from Lake Tahoe in 1962. It’s classic Martin fare, with plenty of hilarious onstage banter punctuating the music.

A chance to actually see Martin in concert is provided by a 60-minute DVD in this package, which was recorded in London in 1983. Though he was 66 at the time, Martin had lost none of his charisma and magic. Even as a pensioner he was still the king of cool.

4 stars  4 stars  4 stars  4 stars
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Reviewed by Charles Waring

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Though Martin could swing hard like Sinatra when he wanted to (as evidenced by ‘Ain’t That A Kick In The Head’), his rich, easy-on-the-ear tone and insouciant but warm delivery was conducive to romantic balladry.....


Charles Waring
Hey pallies, likes old prospectors for gold knows that once you've uncovered the glitterly stuff in one location more paydirt is likely not far 'way.  Likes yesterday Dino we were proudly pleased to share Mr. Max Bell's  deeply delightful Dino-reflections at the all thin's musical blog "udiscovermusic" and we just knew there had to be more Dino-devotion 'round that musical waterin' hole.  And, so with just a little effort we uncovered the post "reDiscover Dean Martin’s ‘Dino: Italian Love Songs’," a review of  the reissue of this classic Dino-al-b-um as part of Capitol Record's 75th Anniversary of recordin' music.

The ravin' review (likes, how coulda it not be!) was wonderfully written by Mr. Charles Waring 'nother master of musically awesome acumen.  Youse can read 'bout his impeccable credentials  HERE.  Likes Mr.  Bell, Mr. Waring also has a great gift for the written word and permit us to share just one excellent example from his reflective review below....."Though he was heartthrob of the silver screen, it’s easy to forget that Martin was also a hugely popular singing sensation during the same time frame, possessing a voice that caressed like melted butter drizzled with honey."  Likes we gotta 'fess up that we deeply deeply digs the virile visual imagery that Charles energetic employs in coolly celebratin' our Dino's tremendous talents as crooner extraordinare.

We swankly shouts out our deep deep delight for Mr. Charles Waring and his touchin', tender, and terrific thoughts on this totally totally timeless Dino-classic al-b-um.  To checks this out in it's original source, simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

reDiscover Dean Martin’s ‘Dino: Italian Love Songs’

Published on January 27, 2017 By Charles Waring

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Steubenville, Ohio, doesn’t have a glamorous, showbiz ring to it, but it was the hometown of Dean Martin, the good-looking, smooth-voiced, Italian-American crooner who was crowned the “King Of Cool” in the 50s and went on to become Hollywood royalty. Back in 1962, Martin – who was born Dino Crocetti and began his adult life as a boxer – was 45 years old and indisputably at the top of his game. A core member of Frank Sinatra’s infamous Rat Pack, he had risen to fame in the late 40s via a celebrated double act with comedian Jerry Lewis, before moving successfully into the world of movies.

Though he was heartthrob of the silver screen, it’s easy to forget that Martin was also a hugely popular singing sensation during the same timeframe, possessing a voice that caressed like melted butter drizzled with honey. He cut his first record in 1946 and scored his maiden US pop chart-topper with ‘Memories Are Made Of This’ 10 years later. Though a rock’n’roll tsunami engulfed popular music in the late 50s and threatened to obliterate the crooners and swingers, Martin’s career showed no sign of faltering as the 60s beckoned.

He had been at Capitol Records for 13 years when he recorded Dino: Italian Love Songs in September 1961, and though he was to leave the label shortly afterwards to join Sinatra’s Reprise imprint, the album proved popular with the US public when it was released in February 1962.

Martin had sung material that referenced his ethnic background before – most famously 1953’s ‘That’s Amore’ (a No.2 US smash), as well as two other later 50s hits, ‘Mambo Italiano’ and ‘Volare’ – but he had never recorded a full LP of Italian-themed songs. Some critics have conjectured that the singer and his producers at Capitol had seen how well another Italian-American singer, Connie Francis, had done with her Top 10 albums Connie Francis Sings Italian Favorites (1959) and More Italian Favorites (1960), and decided to follow her lead. Evidently, it was a smart decision. Copies of Dino: Italian Love Songs flew off record store racks and, remarkably, catapulted Martin into the American pop albums chart for the very first time in his career.

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Though Martin could swing hard like Sinatra when he wanted to (as evidenced by ‘Ain’t That A Kick In The Head’), his rich, easy-on-the-ear tone and insouciant but warm delivery was conducive to romantic balladry, and on Dino: Italian Love Songs – which, ironically, finds him singing mostly in English – he celebrates the joy and heartbreak of that many splendoured thing called “amore”.

Highlights are abundant. ‘Just Say I Love Her’ is achingly beautiful and finds Martin’s sonorous voice framed by a 25-piece string orchestra, though it’s the presence of a piping accordion and trembling mandolins that add authentic Italian colour. An ethereal female choir contributes an otherworldly ambience on ‘Arrivederci Roma’ and also lends a haunting quality to the forlorn ‘Return To Me’, which is a redux of a big 1958 Martin hit.

Italy’s capital city is also celebrated via ‘On An Evening In Roma’, a jaunty tune which is a revamped version of a song that Martin first recorded in 1959 (more recently, in 2016, it was covered by contemporary crooner Michael BublĂ©). To close the album, Martin opted for ‘There’s No Tomorrow’, whose melody – based on a 19th-century Neapolitan song called ‘O Solo Mio’ – is familiar to many (Elvis Presley fans will know the tune as ‘It’s Now Or Never’).

Though hardened cynics might dub Dino: Italian Love Songs a prime example of cheesy lounge fodder, the truth is that it avoids schmaltziness because it is sentimental without being maudlin. What makes the album credible is the emotional sincerity that pervades each performance. Martin is tapping into his Italian heritage with love and pride, and without a discernible hint of irony or pastiche. You implicitly believe that he’s totally committed to what he’s singing. And so did the American public, who lapped it up. Over half a century on from its release, Dino: Italian Love Songs remains a high-water mark in Dean Martin’s canon.

Dino: Italian Love Songs is one of 75 classic albums picked to celebrate the milestone that is Capitol Records’ 75th birthday. Join the celebrations with the Through The Decades playlist, and purchase Dino: Italian Love Songs here.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

That’s Dino – sheer class, total cool. What a dood…


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Hey pallies, likes today's Dino-missive from ilovedinomartin to Dino-holics 'round the Dino-universe is yet 'nother remarkable reverent reminder that there is truly ubber unendin' deeper then deep devotion to Dino all 'round the cyber world and like sweet cherries their ripe for the pickin'!
Likes Dino-gold is ready for the minin' pallies....but it take a bit of time and patience to be uncovered.

Case in point, likes a few 'go we put the beautfully beloved name of our Dino and 'nother word or two in the ol' Google search engine and within  magical moments we landed at the new-to-ilovedinomartin all thin's musical blog, "udiscovermusic" where we discovered their huge homage of our Dino superbly scribed by Mr. Max Bell.  Mr. Bell is wordsmith par excellent whose cool credentials coulda fill a tome by itself.  Clicks  HERE to read a ton of incredible information 'bout him and his work with all sorts of musicians.

Mr. Bell has a fabulous flair for writin' wonderfully wise words on the life, times, and teachin's of our Dino, turnin' what otherwise could be plain vanilla Dino-reflectin' into sweet 'n sassy 'n swank spumoni!  Max even shares our Dino's randy recipe for a martini....somethin' we ain't ever seen it print before....“plenty of ice, plenty of gin and just point yer glass towards Italy.”   A goodly primo portion of his stellar scribin's include grand glimpses on an awesome assortment of Dino-al-b-ums.  Likes we coulda rambles on and on of our awesome adulation of Mr. Max Bell's awesome adulation of our most most beloved Dino, but that woulda takes more time 'way from youse imbibin' if for yourselves.

Keen kudos after keen kudos to Mr. Max Bell and all the pallies at "udiscovermusic."  We are potently powerfully pleased that we at last have uncovered the Dino-gold shared below.  We beautifully believe that if any pallie wasn't a Dino-follower before they drank deeply of Max's Dino-prose, they couldn't help but wanna be welcomed into our Dino's world after doin' that Dino-deed.  To checks this out in it's original source, likes simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-report.

We Remain,

Yours in Dino,

Dino Martin Peters


Dean Martin

One of the undisputed kings of cool, Dean Martin is sometimes portrayed as a musical dilettante whereas nothing could be further from the truth. Despite his legendary laid back vocal style Martin took his recording career very seriously and as with his Rat Pack pal Frank Sinatra lengthy stints with Capitol and Reprise are evidence of a ferocious schedule as well as a life well lived.

For aficionados of masculine charm Dean represents an era when a sharp dressed man with an eye for the fairer sex was the very thing: his timeless hits include classics like “Sway”, “Volare ” (Nel Blue Di Pinto Di Blu), “That’s Amore”, “Memories Are Made of This”, “You’re Nobody ‘Till Somebody Loves You” and “King Of The Road” but his facility with a European, often Italian ballad, a finger snapping delivery and a warm bravado shouldn’t camouflage his ability to pick and choose the right material, the best producers and players in town, and the entire entertainment package fingers him as an American icon. Also famous for his movies, his love of golf and the bon mot – “If you drink, don’t drive – don’t even putt” and his Dry Martini recipe – “plenty of ice, plenty of gin and just point yer glass towards Italy” – Dino has had plenty of Hollywood acolytes. For example: Playboy called him “the coolest man who ever lived.” Elvis Presley worshipped him. “He was the coolest dude I’d ever seen, period,” recalled Stevie Van Zandt, adding, “He wasn’t just great at everything he did. To me, he was perfect.”

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Born Dino Paul Crocetti in Steubenville, Ohio to an Italian-American family the young man had a real blue-collar upbringing. He worked in steel mills, had a spell as a boxer, flipped the aces in speakeasy establishments and learnt the art of blackjack and poker. Once he embarked on a singing career he styled himself after arch crooner Bing Crosby, using the less is more technique, majoring on force of personality and charisma to drive a song home. He met Sinatra in New York in the late 1940s and then built a nightclub act in Atlantic City with comedian Jerry Lewis, perfecting his timing and introducing audiences to a hyper version of 1950s street style.

Martin’s earliest work was for the small Diamond Records label in 1946 when he was already heading for his 30th birthday but Capitol Records, for whom he recorded 1948 – 1961, soon snapped him up. Dean’s easy listening with attitude came to the fore on Swingin’ Down Yonder (1955), a set of chestnuts warmed by a Southern sun. He made a bigger splash with the 1959 album Sleep Warm with arrangements by Pete King and orchestra conducted by Sinatra! This “beguiling set of lullabies for moderns” features “Dream a Little Dream, of Me”, a hit for Mama Cass and company in the next decade.

This Time I’m Swingin’!, orchestra conducted by Nelson Riddle is his first great album and greets the new decade under the banner ‘Full Dimensional Stereo’, for those who like their cultural signposts. Including “You’re Nobody till Somebody Loves You” and a cracking take on the Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen vehicle “Imagination” this remains a suave period piece that is ripe for discovery and always looks impressive when strategically placed at the front of a discerning collection.

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Dino: Italian Love Songs was a heartfelt throwback to his roots with the whiff of Roman streets and nods to operatic counter tenors declaiming “There’s No Tomorrow (O Sole Mio)” referencing and updating a tradition with aplomb. Lovely work. His last release on Capitol before joining Frank Sinatra’s Reprise Records label is Cha Cha de Amor, notable for the Afro-Cuban rhythms and percussive skills of Carlos Mejia, Tony Reyes, Eddie Cano and Ramon Rivera. Listen to this with a crisp white open neck shirt, a tilted black Stetson Zephyr fedora and a decent cigar.

The globe trotting Martin gallivants to Paris for French Style (“Gigi, “La Vie En Rose”) then he’s in Espana and possibly Mexico for Dino Latino, a real cult curio arranged by Don Costa. Back in the USA we find Dean “Tex” Martin: Country Style and considering it’s still only 1963 and Beatlemania is about to poleaxe the States his choices are immaculate: Bobby Darin’s “Things”, Johnny Cash’s “I Walk the Line”, Hank Williams’ “Hey, Good Lookin’” for starters.

Enter producer Jimmy Bowen for Dean “Tex” Martin Rides Again with arrangements by Marty Paich and a liner eulogy from Merle Travis. Interpretations of Hank again, also of Eddy Arnold and Harlan Howard, maintain the easy paced countrypolitan approach.

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Straddling the adult, teen and country market had built Martin’s reputation to the point where Dream with Dean made a dent. Here’s where “Everybody Loves Somebody” emerges and the lounge singing is taken to new heights. Once “You’re Nobody till Somebody Loves You” had been re-recorded by Bowen, Martin found himself firmly as a triple-threat national star of stage, screen and television. Dean Martin Hits Again and the excellent (Remember Me) I’m the One Who Loves You were fine pop crossovers. The latter includes a timely version of Roger Miller’s hobo classic “King of the Road”, which Martin also makes his own, plus the pleasantly romantic “Red Roses for a Blue Lady”.

Dean’s ’65 Houston album is one for the connoisseur since it kicks off with Lee Hazlewood’s title cut and then pitches Dino in a swinging hipster persona. That break with the formula resulted in the artist releasing five albums in 1966, starring in three movies and hosting his own TV show. The Hit Sound of… is another essential discovery with more Hazlewood and nifty Billy Strange arrangements.

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Happiness is… features a splendid version of Hank Cochran’s song for Patsy Cline, retitled “He’s Got You”, then Welcome to My World has the signature piece, “Little Ole Wine Drinker, Me.” So even at the height of psychedelia our man stuck to his tippling.

However, Gentle on My Mind is easy listening bliss with John Hartford’s track, Jimmy Webb’s “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, Hardin’s “April Again” and Bobby Russell’s “Honey” showing Dean in a more progressive light. Having discovered that his voice was naturally suited to interpreting Kris Kristofferson he added his inimitable styling to “For the Good Times” (on the album of that name) and bossed the songwriter’s “Kiss the World Goodbye” on Dino (1972).

The Bowen years throw up many interesting moments thereafter: try Dean’s version of “You Better Move On” or the bluesy country pop of “Since I Met You Baby” on the excellent The Nashville Sessions (1983). That was to be his last complete recording session, bar the rare on vinyl  MCA single “L.A. Is My Home”.

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With an artist of this caliber the live and collected works are failsafe. Live from Las Vegas and Live from Lake Tahoe are showstoppers and there are many classy compilations to delve into. Both The Best of… and Dino: The Essential… went Platinum. But for real investigation try any of The Bear Family’s career-encompassing projects or our box set via Hip-O Records, Collected Cool. This 4-CD marvel marks the compact disc debut of the Lake Tahoe concert and features several dozen tracks from his years recording for Capitol and Reprise. The set spans Martin’s nearly half-century career, ranging from late-’40s hits including “Powder Your Face With Sunshine (Smile! Smile! Smile!)” to the 1985 single “L.A. Is My Home.” Collected Cool also features a DVD of Dean Martin Live in London, filmed in 1983 at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. The concert aired on Showtime but has never been available on home video.

Curl up in front of a fire with any of these, mix yourself a Dry one and grab some Dean Martin movie action: we’d suggest The Young Lions (also starring Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift), the classic Rio Bravo – Howard Hawks directs John Wayne, Martin and company in a film rated the second greatest Western of all time in Sight and Sound’s 2012 critic poll! Ocean’s 11 is the archetypal Rat Pack flick but don’t forget The Sons of Katie Elder, Bandolero! (Dean seduces Raquel Welch) and 5 Card Stud, also starring Robert Mitchum.

That’s Dino – sheer class, total cool. What a dood…

Words: Max Bell
Amore

Happy In Love

Lush Years

Relaxin'

At The Movies

Italian Love Songs

Like Never Before

Pretty Baby

The Capitol Years

That's Amore