Friday, July 21, 2017

Dino Paul Crocetti would play an important role here as Dean Martin.

Hey pallies, likes it seems that EVERYBODY is celebratin' the centennial of our most beloved Dino's descent to earth and we couldn't be more powerfully psyched to bring youse Dino-holics  more 'n more most Dino-honorin' posts.  Likes today we share with you a Dino-remembrance from our Dino's playground, 'Vegas baby 'Vegas!  From the blog of NEVADA PUBLIC RADIO come a post "Silver Party" in the series "Neveda Yesterdays."

Likes scribed by Mr. Michael Green it was read on air by Senator Richard Bryan and begins with a note that our Dino was born just a week after John F. Kennedy, notin' that both famous men were born to immigrant families.  It would be incredibly intriguin' to sometime take the time to compare and contrast these two giants of their time...but we digress.

The post includes a cool candid pose of our Dino dancin' with two girls from the stage of the Copa in 1959 and much of the usual patter on our Dino's life and times.  We were most engaged with the swank scribin's 'bout our Dino's huge success in 'Vegas and the different casino's that he headlined at over the decades.

We are particularly delighted to see the variety of posts comin' outta our Dino's playground on the 100th anniversary of his humble birth in Stubenville on June 7, 1917.  We are certain that we will be sharin' more of 'em in the days, weeks, and months ahead.  Thanks to the pallies at NEVADA PUBLIC RADIO, Mr. Michael Green, and Senator Richard Bryan.  To checks this out in it's original source, and to listen to Senator Bryan readin' it, simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram.

We remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Silver Party


Dean Martin

Courtesy University of Nevada, Las Vegas University Libraries
Photograph of Dean Martin dancing with two Texas Copa Girls, Las Vegas, December 1959

Jun 23, 2017 by Michael Green and read by Senator Richard Bryan

We recently talked about the centennial of John Kennedy’s birth and his importance to Nevada. Just over a week after the descendant of Irish immigrants was born in Massachusetts, a little boy was born to an Italian barber and an Italian-American mother in Steubenville, Ohio. Dino Paul Crocetti would play an important role here as Dean Martin.

As a young man, Dean did everything from prizefighting to dealing cards in illegal casinos. He began singing professionally. His style showed the influences of two popular singers of the time: Bing Crosby, and Harry Mills of the Mills Brothers. And then Dean met Jerry, as in Lewis. They officially debuted at Atlantic City’s 500 Club in 1946 and soon became the hottest act in show biz. Dean sang and Jerry tried to. Lewis would cause pandemonium and Martin would throw things at him. They quickly rocketed to the top, and stayed there for a decade: the Copacabana nightclub, radio and television shows, and movies. They also appeared in Las Vegas, starting in 1948 at the Flamingo, where they earned $15,000 a week—in those days, a LOT of money.

But in 1956, this great show business marriage broke up. Martin and Lewis would be superstars together and separately. At first, though, it looked bad for Dean—his first movie didn’t do well. Many saw him as no more than Jerry’s straight man, though Lewis called Martin a comedy genius. But there was still Las Vegas, and Martin performed at the Sands, where entertainment boss Jack Entratter had known them since his days at the Copa. Martin also got better and more successful movie roles. In 1965, he began a TV variety series that lasted nine seasons, followed by another decade of Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts, many of them filmed in Las Vegas. He developed a persona as the laid-back, drunken crooner, and played it to perfection.
Dean Martin also was part of the Rat Pack. He and Frank Sinatra were close friends, and Sinatra used to joke that he spilled more than Martin drank—especially since the glass Martin carried on stage with him usually contained apple juice. Sinatra and Martin also wound up with small percentages of the Sands.

After Howard Hughes bought the Sands, Sinatra left amid a swirl of controversy, including a fight in the coffee shop. Martin quietly shifted to the Riviera, where he became a part-owner. Then, in 1973, he moved over to a new hotel. He was the opening night showroom performer for the MGM Grand. That became his main venue in Las Vegas, even after Kirk Kerkorian sold it to Bally’s in 1986.

By that time, Martin was no longer that active in movies or TV, mainly doing nightclubs and showrooms. Sadly, in 1987, his son Dean-Paul died in a plane crash, and it devastated him. His last performance was at Bally’s in 1990, when he had trouble singing and suffered physically with health issues and was still in anguish over his son’s death. He and Jerry Lewis did reunite, first on Lewis’s Labor Day telethon in 1976, and later after Dean-Paul’s funeral. But Dean went quietly into retirement and died Christmas Day, 1995, remembered, deservedly, as one of the true greats of Las Vegas entertainment.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Known for his smooth and effortless style, Martin has become a timeless Las Vegas icon.


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Hey pallies, likes we're back once 'gain with 'nother of the coolest of cool celebratory posts honorin' our most beloved Dino on the centennial of his birth in Steubenville, Ohio.  Likes this time 'round we have incredibly intriguin' international Dino-devotion from Delphi, Greece from a pallie who tags himself "Nikos Galanis," and whose blog is titled "akeratos of Delphi."

Likes Mr. Galanis's post is a marvelous mix of perfect pixs of our Dino and company that Nikos fabulous fetched from the pallies at the Las Vegas Sun.  There are 14---count- 'em---14 swank shots of our Dino culled from the archives of The Las Vegas News Bureau.  Likes at least half or perhaps a bit more of 'em are once that we have never ever seen before in our Dino-memory.  Likes how completely cool to relive so many many magic moments in our Dino's life through these potent poses!

Of course we loves that this post continues to show the incredible international nature of awesome adulation of our Dino and we thank our Greek pallie, Mr. Nikos Galanis, for spreadin' such deep devotion to our Dino at his blog and, of course, to the pallies at the Las Vegas Sun, whose link is listed at the bottom of this Dino-message.  Likes to checks this out in it's original source, simply click on the tag of today's Dino-report.

We remain,

Yours in Dino,

Dino Martin Peters



 

Remembering the King of Cool on his 100th Birthday






Tue, Jun 6, 2017 (6:01 p.m.)
Elvis Presley once told Deana Martin, “They call me the King of Rock and Roll, but your dad is the King of Cool.” From his solo career to his appearances with the Rat Pack and his infamous Celebrity Roasts, Dean Martin made the Las Vegas stage his home. Known for his smooth and effortless style, Martin has become a timeless Las Vegas icon. Dean Martin would have turned 100 on June 7. The Las Vegas News Bureau celebrate the “King of Cool” with this tribute featuring photos from their archives.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Dean Martin.... Then I realized that he may have been the coolest guy in the world.

Hey pallies, likes we continue to be profoundly proud and perfectly  pleased to share with all youse Dino-holics each and every lovin' homage of our Dino on the centennial celebration of his descent to earth on June 7, 1917 and each and every post is ultimately unique in swank style and pleasin' presentation of deepest  devotion to our Dino.

Likes today we stop to visit with blogger Mr. Joe Thompson of Pacifica, Cali who presides over the blog tagged "Big V Riot Squad."  Joe's reflections are in what we tend to call the "short and sweet" variety.  But, likes Joe perfectly proves that it is not the length of words scribed that matter so much as the depth of devotion inherent in the writin' of 'em.

As you read Joe's personal thoughts youse will see that true transformation that Joe has had in his awesome adulation of our most most beloved  Dino...from rememberin' our Dino as "as an aging guy with a television variety show I didn't like to watch" to the point of realizin' "that he may have been the coolest guy in the world."

We are totally totally thrilled to be able to share with all youse Dino-philes Mr. Thompson's coolest of cool change of heart in terms of his appreciation of our main man and awesomely applaud him for so openly sharin' this Dino-transformation with his remarkable readership.   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


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Dean Martin 100 -- June 7, 2017




Singer, comic and actor Dean Martin was born 100 years ago today, on 07-June-1917, in Steubenville, Ohio.  I first remember him as an aging guy with a television variety show I didn't like to watch.  Later I saw his movies, first with partner Jerry Lewis, then on his own.  Then I started to pay attention to his music and realized he could sing.  Then I realized that he may have been the coolest guy in the world.



Posted by Joe Thompson at 12:30 AM

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

There’s nothing saying that a little Dean Martin couldn’t go a long way towards giving the film a different sound that might enhance the experience.

Hey pallies, likes we continue to be awesomely amazed by the many and varied ways that our most beloved Dino continues to be lifted up on the ol' world wide web day in and day out.  Today we are perfectly pleased to stop with all youse Dino-holics at the blog pad "TVOM," which stands for TV OVER MIND."  From a blogger tagged "WAKE" comes the post tagged " The Best Uses of Dean Martin Songs in Movies."

Likes we are absolutely awed by the fantastic fact that more and more of our Dino's coolest of cool croons continue to be included in the swank soundtracks of many of today's fabulous flicks and in this pleasant post scriber "WAKE" lifts up 5 different Dino-croons bein' featured in 5 different "films that are still in circulation or have just recently come out."  Likes pallies we have just celebrated the 100th anniversary of our Dino's descent to earth and it's been over 20 years since our Dino departed our planet, but the transformin' power of our Dino continues to be shared in so so many big screen efforts and certainly bringin' more and more of today's youth into the Dino-fold.

We thanks the pallies at "TVOM" and in particular "WAKE" for this intriguin' incredibly insightful Dino-feature makin' clear that the Dino-light is glowin' more and more Dino-bright on the big screen, which, of course, likes makes our Dino-hearts more and more full of Dino-happiness!  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


 The Best Uses of Dean Martin Songs in Movies Wake  July 16, 2017





It’s amazing to think that Dean Martin, born Dino Crocetti, came up in such a hard manner. He was a boxer, a steel mill worker, and even worked in a casino. He teamed up with Jerry Lewis at one point and the pair made about 16 movies together in 11 years. After their split it was assumed the Dean wouldn’t really go anywhere with his career but he proved everyone wrong when he went even further into his acting and into his music. His golden pipes could be heard virtually everywhere, be it TV or film, and eventually he became something of a household name.

Dean Martin’s music can be heard even today in several films that are still in circulation or have just recently come out.

5. You I Love – Sandy Wexler




It’s pretty common to hear classic rock from the 1960’s and 70’s in Sandler’s films but maybe it’s a sign that he’s maturing when you can begin to hear older classics from such performers as Dean Martin. It might simply allude to the fact that the character of Sandy Wexler is a little more old-fashioned and isn’t as into the rock scene, but once again, maybe that’s just Sandler finally growing up a little more.

4. Ain’t That A Kick In The Head – Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol



This seems like kind of an odd selection to put into a Mission Impossible soundtrack, but it kind of makes sense. Mission Impossible is a classic show, and has featured a wide variety of music in the film and on its soundtracks since it became a hit movie series. There’s nothing saying that a little Dean Martin couldn’t go a long way towards giving the film a different sound that might enhance the experience.

3. That’s Amore – Bridget Jones’ Baby



Maybe it’s a little too much amore. We’ve all seen Bridget Jones before in film, and quite honestly we know the woman’s not so lonely that she can’t find a date. The trouble she gets herself into in this film has more to do with the fact that she found a way to stave of loneliness, but it also managed to insure that she wouldn’t ever be alone again. How in the world would you handle a situation in which you had no idea who was the father of your child?

2. Grazie, Prego, Scusi – Old Dogs



One day you meet up with the woman of your dreams again and you think that life couldn’t have taken a luckier turn. And then it drops that she has kids. And then she informs you that the kids are yours. Need we go on? Yes we do because the funny doesn’t stop there. Add into this equation that your life is in no way equipped to handle children at this moment and you’ve got at least an inkling of what direction things might be headed.

1. Baby It’s Cold Outside – Four Christmases



What’s more hectic, Christmas with the family, or four Christmases with four different families? Oy, if this was what the holidays was truly like with split families it would be no wonder that a couple would seek to avoid them all and head out of town without telling them.

There are numerous films out there with Dean Martin’s sweet voice still crooning to heighten whatever scene the song is attached to.  Thankfully he had the kind of voice that most people don’t want to forget.

Monday, July 17, 2017

On This Day In Dino-history: July 17, 1950




Hey pallies, likes we gotta 'fess up that we never ever before remember there bein' so so many hugely historical dates in the month of July in Dino-history.  Likes today we are perfectly pleased to be able to share 'nother of dem dates.  From the pallies at the blog "Be a Seed for Change," comes news that it was on this day, July 17 in the year of our Dino 1950 that the classic comedy duo of our Dino and Mr. Jerry Lewis headlined the debut of the Colgate Comedy Hour on the small screen.

COLGATE COMEDY HOUR - 28 SHOWS - 14 DVDS -  MARTIN & LEWIS

Watchin' the Colgates that our Dino and Mr. Lewis headlined gives all us Dino-holics the awesome op to  see our beloved Dino and his beloved partner at their funniest and likes we personally wishes that we had more hours in the day to be able to watch 'em over and over and they never ever grow old.  Below we share of of the earliest of the series of powerfully potent performances from 1950...likes we don't believe that it is the first, as we tried to locate that on youtube with no success.

We thanks the pallies at the blog "Be a Seed for Change" for makin' aware of this very very special day in the life and times of our one and only 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



DEAN MARTIN AND JERRY LEWIS TV SHOW - 1950 - The Colgate Comedy Hour



1950 – The television show “The Colgate Comedy Hour” debuted featuring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

AKA DEAN MARTIN, UNFORGETTABLE ACTOR AND SINGER.

Hey pallies, likes it has been fabulously fascinatin' to find so so many blogs beyond the USA proudly proclaimin' their deepest of deep devotion to our Dino on the centennial celebration of what we have tagged here at ilovedinomartin as "The Day That Coolness Came To Earth."  We have already shared a greatly good number of lovin' homages of our most beloved Dino that have come from all four corners of the Dino-world, and today we are proudly pleased to share yet 'nother international Dino-post from the land of Dino-heritage, Italy....Milano to be precise.

From the blog tagged  "FASHIONTIMES" comes "DINO PAUL CROCETTI, AKA DEAN MARTIN," which appreciatively accents both our Dino's decade long teamin' with Mr. Jerry Lewis as well as his solo career."  Likes one of the thin's that is so so intriguin'ly interestin' is how when foreign countries speak of our Dino's big screen efforts, the tags of the flicks are so so different then the English tags.  Likes for example in this post, our Dino's greatest of great western, "Rio Bravo" becomes  "An Honor Dollar" in the Italiano version.

The two incredible images included has our Dino with his signature Dino-buddha grin in the first and a potent pose of our Dino and Mr. Lewis clownin' 'round as they so often did.  We thanks the pallies of Milano's "FASHIONTIMES" for reverently rememberin' our one and only Dino on his most special of special 100th anniversary of birth and spreadin' some delightful Dino-devotion 'mong their readership.  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


DINO PAUL CROCETTI, AKA DEAN MARTIN

By Room Look - June 7, 2017


Coupled with Jerry Lewis or alone: ​​Dean Martin made his mark in music and cinema.



A CENTURY AGO TODAY, HE WAS BORN IN STEUBENVILLE, DINO PAUL CROCETTI, AKA DEAN MARTIN, UNFORGETTABLE ACTOR AND SINGER.

Son of parents of Italian origin, he chose to make it more american friendly its name to succeed. The family name, Martin, is in fact the anglofonizzata version of the name of the Italian Nino Martini content. It was with that name who managed to establish itself as a singer in clubs in New York, after the boxer and the gas station. His career can be divided into two periods, now let's see.

COUPLED WITH JERRY LEWIS

The meeting with Jerry Lewis was decisive for Dean Martin . The two met the first time at the Glass Hat Club in New York, where both were performing separated. Their first solo exhibition took place July 25, 1946 at Club 500 in Atlantic City was the start of a successful comedy duo that lasted a decade. On stage realizzavano of songs rich performances and sketches, some improvised on the spot. Given the appreciation of the public, along turned America, coming to perform at New York's Copacabana. After debuting even on TV (in the program The Ed Sullivan Show on CBS-TV) and radio (in The Martin and Lewis Show ), in 1948 their agent negotiated for them a big contract with Paramount . Together, they broke through in the cinema: realized sixteen films, from My Friend Irma (1949) up to Hollywood or Death! (1956). The partnership, because of growing personal conflicts, stopped exactly (or almost) ten years after their debut, on July 24, 1956.


Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis

THE DEAN MARTIN SOLO

Despite initial skepticism - many believed that alone is not worth anything - Dean Martin achieved great successes even without Lewis . In addition to music (in 1954, was published the famous That's Amore , a tribute to the city of Naples), the cinema was able in fact to assert itself both in comedy and in drama. We remember it The Young Lions (1958, starring Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift) and Western An Honor Dollar (1959, opposite John Wayne). In the sixties he became part of the Rat Pack , a group of actors and singers led by his friend Frank Sinatra . With the Rat Pack, he played several films, including Ocean's Eleven, Three Against All, I 4 in Chicago . After shooting a series of four films in the secret agent Matt Helm , Dean Martin began the artistic decline, also related to his health. His last film of Conspiracies Parallel , 1987, a year before retiring from the scene.

DINO PAUL CROCETTI, IN ARTE DEAN MARTIN

Di Camera Look - 7 giugno 2017

In coppia con Jerry Lewis o da solo: Dean Martin ha lasciato il segno nella musica e nel cinema.

UN SECOLO FA OGGI NASCEVA A STEUBENVILLE, DINO PAUL CROCETTI, IN ARTE DEAN MARTIN, INDIMENTICABILE ATTORE E CANTANTE.

Figlio di genitori di origine italiana, scelse di rendere più american friendly il proprio nome per affermarsi. Il cognome, Martin, è infatti la versione anglofonizzata del cognome del tenore italiano Nino Martini. Fu con quel nome che riuscì ad imporsi come cantante nei locali di New York, dopo aver fatto il pugile e il benzinaio. La sua carriera si può suddividere in due periodi, che ora andiamo a vedere.

IN COPPIA CON JERRY LEWIS

L’incontro con Jerry Lewis fu decisivo per Dean Martin. I due si conobbero la prima volta al Glass Hat Club di New York, dove entrambi si esibivano, separati. La loro prima esibizione in coppia avvenne il 25 luglio 1946 al Club 500 di Atlantic City: fu l’inizio di un duo comico di successo, che durò una decina d’anni. Sul palco realizzavano spettacoli ricchi di canzoni e di sketch, alcuni anche improvvisati sul momento. Visto l’apprezzamento del pubblico, insieme girarono l’America, arrivando ad esibirsi al Copacabana di New York. Dopo aver debuttato anche in tv (nel programma Toast of the Town della CBS-TV) e in radio (nel The Martin and Lewis Show), nel 1948 la loro agente negoziò per loro un grande contratto con la Paramount. Insieme, sfondarono anche al cinema: realizzarono sedici film, da La Mia Amica Irma (1949) fino a Hollywood o Morte! (1956). Il sodalizio, per via di crescenti contrasti personali, si interruppe esattamente (o quasi) dieci anni dopo il loro debutto, il 24 luglio del 1956.


Dean Martin e Jerry Lewis
IL DEAN MARTIN SOLISTA

Nonostante lo scetticismo iniziale – molti credevano che da solo non valesse nulla – Dean Martin ottenne grandi successi anche senza Lewis. Oltre alla musica (nel 1954, fu pubblicata la celeberrima That’s Amore, un omaggio alla città di Napoli), al cinema riuscì infatti ad affermarsi sia nella commedia che nel genere drammatico. Lo ricordiamo ne I Giovani Leoni (1958, con Marlon Brando e Montgomery Clift) e nel western Un Dollaro d’Onore (1959, al fianco di John Wayne). Negli anni Sessanta entrò a far parte del Rat Pack, un gruppo di attori e cantanti capitanato dall’amico Frank Sinatra. Con il Rat Pack, interpretò diversi film, tra cui Colpo grosso, Tre Contro Tutti, I 4 di Chicago. Dopo aver girato una serie di quattro film nella parte dell’agente segreto Matt Helm, per Dean Martin iniziò il declino artistico, legato anche alle sue condizioni di salute. Il suo ultimo film su Congiure Parallele, del 1987, un anno prima di ritirarsi definitivamente dalle scene.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Danny G's Sunday Serenade with Dino: "Try Again"







What's up, pals?!

How's thins'?

Good I hope!

Great would be even BETTER! Haha!!

Well, mi amici...we all have good days & not so good days. As Franky boy says..."That's life!"

Don't sweat it, though. I thinks thins'...eventually...will ALWAYS work themselves out, anyways.

Hey, pallies...WE is Dino-holics!
WE have a POWERFUL force within us!

The power of Dino! Ha!

I'm serious here, mi amici! Dean's music NEVER fails to lift my spirits & ALWAYS is the last thin' I listen to before startin' my day!

He gives me that little mental boost to take on WHATEVER is comin' my way!
It works, pals!

Now...that's Danny G's "Dino-pep talk" for the week! Hahaha!!!
Let's get to some Serenadin'!

2 thins' REALLY grabbed my attention with today's jam.
First was the Dino-message. Perseverance!

Never give up, pals!
Hang in there & stay the Dino-course, people!

Dean's got youse!

And second...that mesmerizin' clarinet! At least I thinks it's the clarinet. Haha!!
It's got that smooth hypnotic effect to it, pals!
Get's me floatin'...everytime!

Found this easy listenin' & inspirational tune on a Capital compilation al b um from 1964. "Hey Brother Pour the Wine". 

At this point Dino had already jumped over to Reprise.

Great singles on this vinyl, pallies.

This one is perfect for today.

Enjoy..."Try Again"! 


If at first she says no try again
If you meet with defeat try again
Don't forget at the start she won't part with her heart
Til you prove that it won't be in vain

So don't cry and don't sigh try again
Though the odds are one hundred to ten
Think how great the success when her answer is yes
And that's why you must try again

Don't forget at the start she won't part with her heart
Til you prove that it won't be in vain
So don't cry and don't sigh try again
Though the odds are one hundred to ten
Think how great the success when her answer is yes
And that's why you must try again

Saturday, July 15, 2017

In fact, last night I even dreamed I met Mr. Martin, dressed in a tuxedo as he would be in a night club act.


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Hey pallies, likes for us it is always always remarkably refreshin' to make return visits to blogs where we have previously shared deep deep devotion to our Dino.  Likes, we were hugely hopin' that we woulda find Dino-devotees that have been featured here  before makin' excellent efforts to coolly celebrate the centennial of our most beloved Dino's descent to earth on June 7, 1917.

Likes today we are thrilled to share awesome adulation from the pen of Mr. Terence Towles Canote from his beautiful blog tagged "A SHROUD OF THOUGHTS - DEDICATED TO POP CULTURE IN ALL ITS FORMS."  A quartet of times, once in 2009 and thrice in 2016 we are been totally totally thrilled to share Dino-scribin's from Mr. Canote, and his post "The 100th Anniversary of Dean Martin's Birth" is, to our way of Dino-thinkin' his best effort yet!  Youse can read Terence other Dino-offerin'   HERE, and HERE, and  HERE, and  HERE.

We coulda writes tons 'n tons of terrific thin's 'bout this absolutely-sold-out-to-Dino pallie's wonderfully wise words of his awesome admiration for our most most beloved Dino, but that woulda simply delay all youse Dino-philes from jumpin' in and immersin' yourselves in these solemnly swank scribin's.  Likes, let just say that Terence does an absolutely awesome job of retellin' the Dino-story with lots of lovin' and sharin' delightful details that are often left out.  But, what has melted our Dino-hearts is when Mr. Canote speaks of his fam and his personal powerfully potent devotion to our one and only Dino.  Just knowin' that Terence even dreamed of our Dino the night before he proudly posted these touchin' 'n tender thoughts, is so so special and has marvelously moved us in our deepest of deepest delight in our King of  Cool.

Likes pallies, words of appreciato could never reasonably reflect our thanksgiving for Mr. Terence Towles Canote and his love of our most beloved Dino, so we will simply say thank you very much Mr. Canote!  To checks this out in it's original source, likes simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-gram.

We remain,

Yours in Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

The 100th Anniversary of Dean Martin's Birth

I think it is safe to say that my family were Dean Martin fans. When I was little every Thursday night my father would pop popcorn, we would open sodas, and we would gather around the television set to watch The Dean Martin Show. We watched his movies as well, everything from the films he made with former partner Jerry Lewis to the ones he made with such stars as Frank Sinatra and John Wayne. My family may not have agreed on everything, but we were united in our love for Dean Martin. Indeed, Dean Martin has remained one of my favourite performers to this day. It was 100 years ago today that Dino was born.

Dean Martin was born Dino Paul Crocetti in Steubenville, Ohio on June 7 1917. His parents were Italian immigrants, and young Dino did not speak English until he began attending school when he was 5 years old. As a teenager he began playing drums. When he was in 10th grade he dropped out of Stebenville High School and worked a variety of jobs, from being a croupier in a speakeasy to working in a steel mill. He also sang with local bands, billing himself as "Dino Martini". He got his big break when he began singing with  the Ernie McKay Orchestra. In the early 1940s he started singing with Sammy Watikins's band. It was Mr. Watkins who suggested he change his stage name to "Dean Martin".

Dean Martin's singing career would be interrupted in 1944 when he was drafted into the United States Army. He served for a year in Akron, Ohio, but was eventually given a medical discharge because of a double hernia. After leaving the Army Dean Martin returned to singing. He was doing well enough performing in clubs on the East Coast that he attracted the attention of both MGM and Columbia Pictures, although neither signed him to a contract at the time. It was in 1945 that Dean Martin met comedian Jerry Lewis at the Glass Hat Club in New York City, where they were both performing. The two made their debut as a comedy team at the 500 Club in Atlantic City on July 25 1946.

Martin and Lewis's first performance was not particularly well received. The two then threw out their scripted gags in favour of improvisation. They soon proved to be very popular at the 500 Club, so much so that they were in demand all along the East Coast. It was not long before  the team began appearing on television and radio. Martin and Lewis appeared on the very first edition of Toast of the Town, later retitled The Ed Sullivan Show. They got their own radio show on NBC, The Martin and Lewis Show, which ran from April 1949 to July 1953. They appeared on such television shows as Texaco Star TheatreThe Saturday Night Revue, and The Colgate Comedy Hour. Naturally, Hollywood took notice of the team. In 1949, the same year that their radio show debuted, Paramount signed Martin and Lewis to a contract. Making their film debut in My Friend Irma in 1949, Martin and Lewis appeared in several movies until 1956, including At War With the Army (1950), Scared Stiff (1953), and Artists and Models (1955).

Even while he was working with Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin had a successful recording career. His 1949 single  "Powder Your Face with Sunshine (Smile, Smile, Smile)" went to no. 10 on the Billboard chart. His 1950 single "I'll Always Love You" went to no. 11. His 1953 recording of "That's Amore" went all the way to no. 2. In 1955 he hit no. 1 with his single "Memories Are Made of This".

While Martin and Lewis had proven successful as a team on television, on radio, and in films, their relationship gradually began to fall apart as the Fifties progressed. Dean Martin left the team ten years exactly after they had first performed together, on July 25 1956. Sadly, the two would not speak to each other privately for another twenty years.

If anything, Dean Martin would prove even more successful on his own than he had with Jerry Lewis. While his first film without Mr. Lewis, Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957), failed at the box office, he would appear in a number of successful movies from the late Fifties into the Sixties. He had a box office success as one of the co-stars of The Young Lions (1958). He appeared in his first movie with fellow crooner Frank Sinatra, Some Came Running, in 1958. Mr. Martin even appeared in Westerns. One of his most successful films was opposite John Wayne, Rio Bravo, in 1958. He would co-star with John Wayne again in The Sons of Katie Elder (1965). From the late Fifties into the Sixties he would appear in such films as Ocean's 11 (1960), Sergeants 3 (1962), Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964), Kiss Me, Stupid (1964), Bandolero! (1968), and Airport (1970). Starting with The Silencers in 1966 Dean Martin appeared as superspy Matt Helm in four movies (in addition to The Silencers, they were Murderers' Row in 1966, The Ambushers in 1967, and The Wrecking Crew in 1969).

Dean Martin's recording career also continue to be strong throughout the late Fifties and Sixties. The year 1958 gave him two of his biggest hits, "Return to Me" and "Volare". In 1964 what may be his best remembered song (at least for Baby Boomers and Gen Xers who can remember his TV show) "Everybody Loves Somebody" was released.  He finished out the Sixties with such hits as "You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You" and "I Will".

Of course, Dean Martin had great success on television in the Sixties. He made a rare guest appearance on the Western Rawhide, in the episode "Canliss" in 1964. He also guest starred on several Bob Hope specials, and appeared on The Tonight Show several times. By far his biggest success on television would be The Dean Martin Show. Debuting in 1965, The Dean Martin Show ran until 1974. During the show's final season it featured celebrity roasts as a regular segment. The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts would continue as a series of specials after The Dean Martin Show left the air.  In the Seventies he also guest starred on Charlie's AngelsThe Misadventures of Sheriff LoboThe Big Show, and Vega$. He appeared in the films Something Big (1971), Showdown (1973),  and Mr. Ricco (1975). He did a Christmas special on NBC in 1980.

After the Seventies Dean Martin's career slowed a bit. He continued to record, and even had a minor hit, "Since I Met You Baby", in the Eighties. He appeared in the movies The Cannonball Run (1981) and Cannonball Run II (1984).  He was a regular, playing himself, on the short-live comedy TV series Half-Nelson. He did a stadium tour with Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra in 1988. He performed in Las Vegas for one last time  Bally's Hotel in 1990.

It was in 1993 that Dean Martin was diagnosed with lung cancer. He died on Christmas in 1995 at the age of 78.

Dean Martin has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. In fact, last night I even dreamed I met Mr. Martin, dressed in a tuxedo as he would be in a night club act. I told him I was writing a tribute for him on my blog for his 100th birthday and that pleased him. I almost never dream of celebrities, so the fact that I dreamed of Dean Martin on the eve of his 100th birthday demonstrates just how significant he has been in my life. Dean Martin was the first crooner of which I was a fan, even before Bing Crosby. I always thought he was the coolest member of the Rat Pack (although I will confess Sammy Davis Jr. gives him a run for his money on that score). Quite simply, Dean Martin was always one of my favourite singers, comedians, and actors.

Of course, I am not along in my admiration for Dino. Ever since Martin and Lewis emerged on the scene in the late Forties, Dean Martin has had a huge number of fans. To me, at least, the appeal of Dean Martin is not hard to figure out. He had an easy-going, amiable style that made him instantly likeable. He also had a wry sense of humour, and could deliver absolutely hilarious lines with a fairly straight face. He was also one of the greatest crooners around. He had a rich baritone that could be very smooth or bouncy depending upon the song. Dean Martin's style was also very unique. When Dino sang a song, you knew it was Dino.

While Dean Martin began his career as a singer, he would also become an actor. Often his characters were much like his stage persona, that of a slightly drunken, relaxed playboy. That having been said, Dean Martin played a wider variety of roles in film than simply Dean Martin. In Rio Bravo he played Dude, the deputy sheriff who goes from being a drunk to being a competent lawman. In Toys in the Attic he played Julian Berniersa young man who runs afoul of his spinster sister when he returns to New Orleans. In Airport he played Vernon Demarest, the checkride captain for TGA Flight Two. Surprisingly enough for someone who grew up far from the West, he appeared in several Westerns over the years, including 4 for TexasThe Sons of Katie ElderRough Night in Jericho, and others. In fact, aside from Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin may have been the only member of the Rat Pack who was entirely convincing as a Western hero.

Dean Martin has often been called "the King of Cool", a title he shares with Steve McQueen. As big a fan of Steve McQueen as I am, I have to confess that the title might rightfully belong to Dino. Steve McQueen was primarily an action star. On the other hand, Dean Martin could do it all. He could sing. He could do comedy. He could do drama. He could be an action star. And he could do all of these things while he was impeccably dressed. If Dean Martin is still immensely popular on what would have been his 100th birthday, it is perhaps because he was an extremely versatile performer with an easygoing style that pleased audiences. There simply wasn't anyone else quite like him.