Hey pallies, likes gotta 'fess up dudes that likes today's Dino-devotion ain't quite in the Dino-wintery mode, but likes we just couldn't wait to January to share this wonderfully Dino-hearted prose with all you Dino-addicted pallies. Likes we all knows that all true Dino-holics can never ever gets 'nough of our Dino's life, times, and teachin's, and we are all 'specially delighted when we gets to indulge in 'nother true life Dino-encounter.
Likes it is always always thrillin' to hear 'bout 'nother average Joe who's run-of-the mill life has been bountifully blessed by their path havin' been crossed by our most beloved Dino! Such is the case with Mr. Richard Ballerini from Sparks, Nevada, whose Dino-tale was shared recently by Miss Emily Umphrey as a special to the on-line presence of the local newspad, the "Daily Sparks Tribune."
Ballerini has been an entertainer most of his life, and the reflection below speaks of how when Richard, as a young man playin' in our Dino's playground, 'Vegas---baby---'Vegas, was "discovered on stage" by our most beloved Dino. As you will thrills to read below, Mr. Ballerini was so so blessed to have our Dino take him "under his wing," which eventually led to Richard workin' for great great man "for the entire nine-year run of the original Dean Martin Show."
Can't tells you simply how delighted ilovedinomartin is to have found this breath-takin' and life-changin' story of how our most beloved Dino transformed the life of fellow Italiano Mr. Richard Ballerini. We salute Miss Emily Umphrey and all the pallies at the "Daily Sparks Tribune" for sharin' this story with their readership.
To read the entire printed prose and to learn much more 'bout Mr. Ballerini, simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram to be transported to the original post.
As we move closer and closer to Dino-winter-day how wonderful to share the wonderous works of our Dino with all youse Dino-philes 'cause our Dino is not only the greatest entertainer to ever live, he was the primo model of generosity and grace as well. Dino-awed, DMP
Rail City resident has seen, made music history
by Emily Umphrey — Special to the Tribune
Ballerini was playing Las Vegas in his early 20’s when Dean Martin discovered him on stage.
“Dean took me under his wing so to speak much in the same way Frank (Sinatra) did with Sam (Davis Jr.),” he said. “Dean was very instrumental in helping me move from the small clubs on the Las Vegas strip into the casinos and later working with him and Frank, Sammy, Bing Crosby ... When Dean started the Dean Martin Show, he asked if I would come work for him.”
Dean Martin’s contract with NBC stipulated that he only work one day a week — on Fridays because that was the day they would tape. Rehearsals with the band and the guest stars, however, happened Monday-Thursday with Ballerini acting as a stand in for Martin during rehearsals, singing with some of the biggest names in music at the time, for the entire nine-year run of the original Dean Martin Show.