Monday, November 30, 2015

On This Day In Dino-history: November 30, 1956

Hey pallies, the ol' world wide web continues to be a genuine goldmine completely chocked full of great Dino-treasure just waitin' to be marvelously mined....and that's a huge huge reason we here at ilovedinomartin keeps doin' our best to uncover more and more Dino-devotion for all youse Dino-philes.    Last year at this time,while doin' some extra credit Dino-searchin' via google blog search we happened upon the rarest of rare Dino-find of some laviously  live croonin' of our most beloved Dino and his bestest of best pallie Mr. Frank Sinatra on November 30, 1956.

First posted on the blog "Crooks And Liars" on December 31, 2009, it took us almost five years to uncover this fantastic find of this  recordin' of our most beloved Dino singin' a trio of classic croons for the Hungarian Relief Concert with Sinatra also doin' some solo work.  All-in-all there is almost 22 minutes of sensational singin'.   Likes, 'cause this is a remarkably rare Dino-discovery  we are plannin' to share this on an annual basis, with this year bein' year duo.

We loves how this remarkable recordin' begins with the unnamed announcer givin' our great great man the greatest of praise, sayin' "This fella is going to be on the, I think, one of the finest leading men we've ever seen around this town, and he is going to come out here now, and lead you all to a lot of happiness.   And, likes indeed our Dino lovin'ly  lays likes just  a ton of huge huge happiness on the crowd as he sings "All Of Me," "Innamorata," and "Is It True What They Say About Dixie."

 Our Dino mentions that it was producer Mr. Joe Pasternak who coaxed his appearance, which let's us know that the concert was around the time that our Dino's first major big screen effort, "Ten Thousand Bedrooms" was bein' released as Pasternak was the producer for that effort.

We are likes totally totally thrilled to be able to share this with all youse Dino-holics, just wishes that it hadn't taken so so long to uncover.  Also, as you will read  below the sharer of this Dino-treasure, Mr. Gordon Skene discovered "the master tapes from the concert)  sitting on a shelf in a garage the better part of forty years before I got the call to "take the junk away".

We wanna express our deepest of deep Dino-appreciato to Skene for sharin' this huge huge Dino-discovery with his readership and eventually with all youse pallies.  Likes makes us be in wonderment of  what more Dino-gold is out there waitin' to be mined.  To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-report.  Always Awed by our Dino, DMP

Newstalgia New Years Eve Music Special - Dean Martin - Frank Sinatra - Hungarian Relief Concert 1956

I can't think of a better way to end up the year than with a special, rare, never-heard-before performance of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin (not together unfortunately, but Dino's in fine form) from the Hungarian Relief Fundraiser put on in Los Angeles on November 30, 1956.

For some reason, this recording has never been issued anywhere - the master tapes sitting on a shelf in a garage the better part of forty years before I got the call to "take the junk away".
Dean had just broken up his act with Jerry Lewis and Sinatra was going through a career change that took would take a dramatic upturn as well. If memory serves (but don't hold me to it), this predates the Ratpack by about a year.

In any event, this is a rare recording and you get to hear it first.

Thanks to everyone for a great 2009 - especially the crew at C&L. It's all been good fun, dusting off history.

Happy New Year - try and stay sane in the meantime. Wait til 2010!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Danny G's Sunday Serenade with Dino: "Welcome To My World"

Mama mia, pallies!
Is it true?!
 Is we 'bout to enter 'nother Dino Winter Month?! Can it be true?! Can it be so?!
YES! It is!
The BESTEST month outta the whole Dino-lovin' year is upon us once 'gain, mi amici!

These COOL COOL 31 days MUST be cherished, pals!

We MUST inhale this MAGICAL air...deep deep into our Dean Martin-lovin' lungs... & hold it in until it's absorbed into our very souls!!! Ha!

Now pals...I know I'm gettin' a tiny bit crazy & I may just be crossin' the threshold of insanity, but, pals...IT'S DINO WINTER MONTH!!! Hahaha!!!

The MOSTEST won der ful time of the year!
Isn't that how the song goes?

Anyway, pallies...let me help youse get prepared. It's only a few hours 'way!

I'm thinkin' there's only one tune that is PERFECTO to kick this GREAT month off... yup..."Welcome To My World"!
 Dean's invitin' each & every one of us to enter his Swingin' Cool kingdom & we don't wanna keep him waitin'! Haha!!
 Can't pass up an offer like that, pals!

 Check out this BEA U TI FUL recordin' of this BEA U TI FUL jam!

 So fun listenin' to Dean bein' fresh with Ken Lane, too! Haha!!!

Man...I'm diggin' this Dino-vibe SOOOO much, thats I simply CANT help but play the studio recordin' vid as well! So So nice...I had to play it twice! Ha!
What a way to jump into this GREAT & GROOVY month! Hahaha!!!

 OK, ol' friends o mine...time to get thins' gettin'!

Miracles I guess...still DO TRULY happen now & then, pals.
After all...we got Dino...need I say more?
Welcome & enjoy.

Welcome to my world
Won't you come on in?
Miracles I guess
Still happen now and then
Step into my heart
Leave your cares behind
Welcome to my world
Built with you and mine
Knock, and the door will open
Seek, and you will find
Ask, and you'll be given
The key to this world of mine
I'll be waiting here
With my arms unfurled
Waiting just for you
Welcome to my world

Saturday, November 28, 2015

"I remember when I first really started to love Dino..."

Hey pallies, likes for our partin' post durin' our 2015 festival of "Givin' Dino Thanks" we turn to one of our most potently profround  posts that has appeared on the pages of ilovedinomartin numerous times since it first hit the 'net on October 2, 2012.  Scribed by then true Deanager Mr. Richard L. Sykes at his self-tagged blog "richardlsykes," Richard was at the time a freshman in college when he posted "Dean “Dino” Martin: The King of Cool."

Sykes pontificated 'bout himself, "I'm Richard, I live in Village Suites and my major is undeclared. I'm from Roswell, Ga but i was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. I play guitar and I'm awesome."

As you will read, this youthful  hipster  is solidly sold out and stunnin'ly  smitten by our most beloved Dino.  His devotion to our most beloved Dino is deeply deep, purely pure, and truest of true as exhibited by his powerfully powerful prose shared below.   When written Mr. Sykes likes was early in his passion for our Dino as he scribed,  "it wasn’t even a year ago" when our Dino welcomed Richard  into his world and make him his pallie. While this Dino-prose is quite short in scribin' it is oh, so long in awe-struck-ness of our Dino!

A few of Richard's thoughts...

"I cannot even begin to describe how much i love this artist."

"He’s the best, the classiest, most talented man to have enver lived."

"The way he sang, the swave of his voice, the smooth classy feel to him brought chills to my spine."

"I remember at that moment, I wanted to be him, and ever since that, I have promised myself that I would transform myself to a man of his caliber."

"There are just aren’t enough words to describe it."

Likes dude is  Richard a true Dino-devotee or what?!?!?   We simply needed to share it one more time as we close out our season of "Givin' Dino Thanks" as a extraordinary example of how so so many of today's young modsters are swingin' the Dino-way!

Mucho kudos for the mucho love that Richard Sykes has for our most beloved Dino. How stellar to have this nouveau hipster so so bold in openin'ly announcin' his passion for our King of Cool in such a supremely Dino-devoted way. To view Richard's patter in it's original format, likes clicks on the tag of this here Dino-report. Dino-always, only, and ever, DMP

Dean “Dino” Martin: The King of Cool

Dean “Dino” Martin

I cannot even begin to describe how much i love this artist. He’s the best, the classiest, most talented man to have enver lived. Okay that might be opionated slightly but I think many would agree that Martin is a class act. I remember when I first really started to love Dino, it wasn’t even a year ago when I clicked on a video posted on my blog. The video was of the Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin) playing at a gig with Ed Sulliven. The way he sang, the swave of his voice, the smooth classy feel to him brought chills to my spine. I remember at that moment, I wanted to be him, and ever since that, I have promised myself that I would transform myself to a man of his caliber. There are just aren’t enough words to describe it.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Dino Thanksgiving

Hey pallies, likes 'nother day of givin' Dino-thanks has come our way. When we pondered what to share in deep deep homage of our most beloved Dino, we just knew that we couldn't sez it better then our amazin' Dino-prosin' pallie Ed whose  Dino-thankin' Dino-trib was scribed a few years 'go just for all the faithful gathered here at once 'gain, here are Ed's outstandin' Dino-thoughts durin' our season of "Givin' Dino Thanks."

So pallies, likes sits back and relish each and every one of our Dino-phile Ed's heartfelt, remarkably   revelatory  reflections on our Dino, 'cause they are ladened with the deepest of the deep, the purest of the pure, and the truest of the true Dino-truths.

This year on December 25 it will be  20 long years since our most beloved  Dino walked the earth, but his life and legacy continues to enthrall and call all us pallies to know, love, and honor our great man more and more each and every Dino-day.

Thanks Ed for sharin' your Dino-thanks with us in such a cool Dino-way.  We trust as you now have the joy of fatherin' your own little boypallie that you are bringin' him up to loves our Dino likes you do.   We so look forward to the day when you will be able to share more of your Dino-hearted prose with all your pallies here at ilovedinomartin.

 Thanks most of all to our Dino...truly we wanna know you, love you, and honor you more each and every Dino-day! Dino-gratefully, DMP

Location? On a stage somewhere, Anytown USA.

Time? When Dino roamed and owned the earth.

Dino: “You know why they call it Plymouth Rock? Those pilgrims backed up their Plymouth into that rock. That’s why they call it Plymouth Rock.”

True Story.
It was Dino that quickly pointed out that America was discovered by a fellow Italian, Amerigo Vespucci. In turn, it was America who discovered Martin, Sinatra, Como, Martino, Bennett, Vale, Laine, Darin, Damone, and Prima. All Italian-American singers who forever changed the American music landscape. Imagine a world without Dean Martin. Elvis has no direction. Sinatra hasn’t a Yin to Yang, and good luck with reviving the Humphrey Bogart-less Holmby Hills Rat Pack. Joey Levitch is still Joey Levitch. Who’s Joey Levitch you ask? Welcome to a Dino-less world. Joey Levitch became Jerry Lewis. The word “cool” would have been forever associated with the weather. The Beatles would still be remembered as being “untouchable”.

Let’s be selfish for a bit. Without Dino, we wouldn't  have seen our fathers settling down in his favorite chair smoking his favorite pipe, spinning his favorite Dino LP. The man who makes my dad happy is the man that makes us happy. Pleasure hasn’t a salesman. Time passes and finds me sitting down in my favorite chair with my favorite beverage, listening to my favorite Dino iPod playlist. Coincidence? Think not my fellow Dino-phile. Dino transcends generations, countries, languages, races, sexes. He touches all! Cool has no color. Cool is ageless. You’re only as far from cool as the nearest Dino LP, CD, book, what have you. If you can’t find cool, pick up a Dino LP, look at it. It’s your cool compass, it always points to cool. Without it you’re never lost pally!

The things in life to be thankful for? Dino said it best..
Tender kisses, nights of bliss. Small moonbeams, sips of wine. Wedding bells, little kids, and dreams to savor. Blessings, man, wife, love and life. Memories are made of this.

Be thankful for those who brought them to you. Return the favor, help make others lives more memorable.

Happy Thanksgiving Pallies!

I'm Thankful For Dean Martin

Hey pallies, likes today we continue with our accent on "Giving Dino Thanks" here at ilovedinomartin.   Once  'gain we share with youse a post that first appeared here on November 25, 2008....and  reappears here yearly durin' our festival of "Givin' Dino Thanks." Scribed by Mr. Ron Giesecke for his "Political Therapy" blog, this  perfectly profoundly  powerful prose tagged "I’m Thankful For Dean Martin," shares the extemely important role that our Dino played in Giesecke's last conversation with his father who was dyin' of cancer.

This hugely heartfelt Dino-testimony is a remarkably  refreshin' reminder to all us pallies 'bout the many and varied ways that our Dino has deeply touched so so many lives, and continues to do so, day by day, even long after his departure from the planet.

In this week of "Givin' Dino Thanks" 2015, we continue to be ever ever thankful for our most beloved  Dino and likes we are also very very thankful to Mr. Ron Giesecke for his candid retellin' of the incredible role our most beloved Dino played in sayin' goodbye to his father. To view this in it's original format, likes just clicks on the tag of this Dino-message. In this season of thanksgiving, be sure to pause and give our Dino thanks for the amazin' ways he has touched the lives of all of his pallies!
In Thanksgiving To Our Dino, DMP

The Therapist Thursday, November 24, 2005

I’m Thankful For Dean Martin

Tomorrow at 5:00 AM, It will be four months to the day that I lost my father to cancer. I had a feeling last Thanksgiving, that I was looking at my dad across the holiday table for the last time.

I was right.

Due to some employment constraints on my part, as well, as some plain old logistical difficulty, we decided to have Thanksgiving dinner on Monday evening. Everything was normal overall, with the addition of an emotional assent to how much we all wished dad were here one last time. My dad was a restless soul, and my wife’s observations about his absence on one of the holiday deficits that will now be the most obvious: that wherever my dad was on Thanksgiving, he always managed to be wandering around the kitchen, chatting with whomever was cooking, and just plain getting in the way in the fashion that loveable old lugs manage to do so well.

How I would have paid millions to have my dad holding up the wheels of culinary progress, forcing my wife to jokingly threaten to run him over one last time. How I would have also paid millions, if it would have at least enshrouded the incremental knots of pain in my mother’s face, as the holiday realizations washed over the clock—all without my father—her husband. And no amount of ambient room chatter was going to change it.

I started thinking about the last two days in my father’s life. Those memories—the one’s where family members became strangers, enemies, and opaque silhouettes—The one’s that recall the fear of falling, the contortions of pain—believe it or not, still have some high points.

I arrived out at the house, and to his deathbed. The medications, along with his metabolic breakdowns had cajoled an otherwise meek man into a sometimes-belligerent stranger. I remember distinctly two conversations I had with him. The first was a bit adversarial—to start.

“Dad, I’m here.”

Dad looks over at me, gives me a once over, and says “so what?”

“Dad, you’re little granddaughters are here.”

“I don’t care,” said my dad, looking away in disgust.

Right about then, my four year old—one of two apples in my father’s eye, ran into the room with that hapless, four-year-old lack of understanding at the impending gravity. I picked her up, and held her over him, so that he was forced to see her.

“Oh yeah, Captain Belligerent? Try being mean to THIS.”

I watched dad, as the realization that Clara was there at Grandpa’s side. I watched as he forced his demeanor, focus, and grandfatherly adoration through the unwieldy veil that had hidden the rest of him from the rest of us.

“Hi Clara,” he said, through the most painful smile ever forged upon that face. I will never forget that moment as long as I live. My daughter made cancer take a back seat, if only for a moment.

As dad inched ever-closer to the precipice, his coherence, ability to communicate, and humanity started to fade. I wanted to speak with my dad one last time about his soul, so that I could again pray with, for, and about him. The in-home hospice visitors said he no longer knew where he was.

I looked straight into my father’s face. His eyes fixed on mine. I thought I saw a momentary window of clarity come across those pupils, and so I silently prayed for a sign that he knew it was me.

“Dad,” I said. “I’m here.”

Dad had this way of nodding with only his eyes, and I was certain I had just seen him do it. The room was calm, and mom had kept the room calmly brimming with familiarity—to include my father’s favorite music lightly playing in the background.

“Dad, “ I said grabbing his hand. “I’m only going to ask you to extend yourself one last time. I just need to know that you know this is Ron talking. If you know it’s me, please squeeze my hand.”

He immediately squeezed with a force that astonished me.

“Okay dad. One more thing,” I said, as he locked his eyes on mine. “I’ve got one more question. After that, I just want you to pray with me in your mind.” I nodded over to the cassette player at the foot of the bed.

“Who’s playing on that radio right now?” I asked him.

With all the accompanying pain, dad struggled to put those parched lips together. I couldn’t believe he’d actually pull it off.

“Dean Martin,” he said.

I almost passed out.

I knew then, that dad and I could talk, even if it was only me doing the talking for our last conversation. Those were his last words to me. We had already exchanged our “I love you’s” earlier. And yet nothing in that transcended the sheer force I felt when I heard the man who brought me into this world fight one last time to converse with me as he left it.

You bet I am thankful. Thankful for Dean Martin.

posted by Ron Giesecke @ 8:39 AM

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Dean Martin's wonderful gift......

scox ... the VS Guy
Hey pallies, welcome back to more huge homagin'  in our week of "Givin" Dino Thanks" here at our humble little Dino- home.  In this week where folks in the good o' United States of America gather with family and friends to celebrate a day of Thanksgiving, it is truly truly most appropriate that ilovedinomartin share a special series of posts that speak deeply and truly of the purest of pure passion that pallies' have for our most beloved Dino.

Many many of the posts that ilovedinomartin shares in these days before our Day Of Givin' Dino Thanks, have  been shared here before, but each is so so special that we simply much post each of 'em 'gain in this season of Dino-thanks!

Here  is a post that ran  durin' Dino-amore-month 2012 and 'gain in our 2013 and 2014 Week Of Givin' Dino Thanks.  Likes it's from the outstandin' blog, "Vocal Standards" hosted by Mr. Steve Cox. In his prose, "Dean Martin's wonderful gift,"  Mr. Cox shares a deeply moving, profoundly insightful testimony to the transformin' power of our most beloved Dino. Cox tells his heart-felt story of how our Dino's recorded music and television show dvds comforted his mother Bernice in the last couple of years of her struggle with Parkinson’s Disease.

This is one of the most touchin', if not the most touchin' post that we have ever shared here at ilovedinomartin about the amazin' way that our great man had, has, and will forever have of touchin' his great devotees' lives....and thus totally worthy of sharin' 'gain as we celebrate our week of "Givin' Dino Thanks" here at ilovedinomartin.

We 'gain offer our deep appreciation to Mr. Steve Cox for being so touchin'ly  transparent in sensitively  sharin' his deeply personal testimony of the amazin' ways that Dean Martin consoled Cox's mother in her last days on this earth. To read this in it's original format, simply click on the title of this post.

Dino we do indeed shares our thanks for the amazin' ways you keep transformin' the lives of those you have welcomed into your amazin'ly wonderful world! Dino-thankfully, DMP

Dean Martin’s wonderful gift…

February 5, 2012 By scox

My mom’s birthday was yesterday…
I think she would have been 85 — she passed away in 2004. I don’t want to get all maudlin here or make this too personal, but I do want to share an anecdote about how Dean Martin helped my mother in her time of greatest need.

As I mentioned in last week’s post on Andy Williams, we religiously watched Dean Martin’s television show at our house. To my knowledge, neither of my parents ever caught a Dean Martin live performance but nevertheless they were huge fans … the distant way most people are with guys as big as Dean or Frank Sinatra.

For the most part Bernice Cox lived a great life; she was a beauty queen (Miss New Hampshire!), married a dashing fighter pilot after the war (WW II), traveled, played great golf, danced … raised two amazing and talented children .

A tough ending…

Bernie had a tough go at the end with Parkinson’s Disease. Many of the things she loved to do moved from difficult to impossible in the last few years and that’s when Dean became a big part of her life.

Man, she loved to watch football on TV … college and pro football became her passion as her mobility declined. Super bowl weekend was always greeted with mixed emotions as there would be no more football ’til the fall. We got her the Dean Martin TV show collection DVDs, hoping they would provide some off-season relief and she took to them immediately.

Dean became her companion …
For the last couple of years of Bernie’s life Dean was my mom’s best friend. Not in a weird psycho way or anything, she just loved seeing and hearing the happy-go-lucky, fun loving guy Dean was … he made her feel good, remember good times dancing and carousing in better days.

At the end…

Bernie’s body finally gave out in the summer of 2004. When it was clear she wasn’t coming home from the hospital this time, all she really wanted and responded to was Dean. My brother and I got her some comfortable headphones and we loaded up all the Dean Martin LPs in my collection on an iPod for her.

After about 24 hours, I was concerned that it was too much for her, but when I lifted the headphones off and asked if she wanted some quiet to sleep … she could hardly respond but with her eyes and the tinniest shake of the head she made it clear that she wanted Dean to hold her hand all the way out.

Greg and I stood vigil for the next two nights, keeping the music playing … making sure her favorites “Go! Go! Go! Go!”, “Ain’t That A Kick In The Head’ and “Mambo Italiano” were prominently in the mix.

Dean quite literally reached down, took my mom by the hand and escorted her to a place where she can dance again … and maybe catch Dean, Frank and Sam on stage. God, let it be so.

Someday soon…
OK, I’m getting misty here and need to quit. One last thing … I plan to catch a Deana Martin show this year. When I do, I hope I have a chance to tell her how great her dad was to my mom. Bernie never met Dean and yet he helped her so much — at her time of greatest need.

Thanks for letting me drop a personal emotion bomb on you … whew, done now.

Monday, November 23, 2015

the almighty, immortal, unforgotten and legendary Mister DEAN MARTIN

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Hey pallies, likes as we once 'gain move into the wonderful week here in the states where we will go over the river and through the woods to grannie's house, it's time at ilovedinomartin to puts our annual accent on "GIVING DINO THANKS."

Likes as all of us Dino-philes begins to reflects 'bout all the remarkable reasons that dudes likes us are so so totally totally thankful for our most beloved Dino, likes we are likes deeply deeply delighted to gets our week of "GIVING DINO THANKS" off to a stunnin' start with some amazin' Dino-devotion from a very youthful  German hipster modster who tags himself "Manslaughter-Andy."

Andy, a teacher at an "academic high school" in Germany teaches "German, Politics, and Economics." From his profile we learns that this edgey educator was into "Metal" and then moved into "Hardcore, Punkrock and Oi! music." And, likes today's Dino-message articulates Andy's absolute adulation of  our Dino!  First shared here four years 'go on November 21, 2011, with a little revision we are totally thrilled to finally bring it back to the light of Dino-day 'cause we know that those Dino-holics who remember it, will 'gain  greatly grooves on the deepness of Andy's devotion to our Dino and there are many in the Dino-fold who haven't have the potent privilege of enjoyin' it before will now have that opportunity.

At his blog "Manslaughter Thug Life," Andy's post, "DEAN MARTIN - "KING OF THE ROAD," is just laddened with so so much delightful Dino-praise! Andy, in his powerful pontification of his devotion to our Dino, sez 'bout our great man..."one of my heroes and my all time faves, the almighty, immortal, unforgotten and legendary Mister DEAN MARTIN, the one and only 'KING OF COOL.'"

Andy continues his devotion to our Dino's singin' sayin'..."Brilliant and out-standing, amazing and great music, I love it!!!" And, Andy energeticly encourages his readers to..."Get what-ever you can get with, by and of DEAN MARTIN, music and movies, to set this straight." Then Andy caps off his Dino-devotion sayin' 'bout our most beloved Dino..."just phenomenal and awesome, a true legend!!!" This, of course is topped off by an stunnin' clip of our Dino's perfect rendition of "King Of The Road."

ilovedinomartin expresses our deepest of deep Dino-appreciato to ""Manslaughter-Andy"
for givin' us such thrillin' thoughts of thanks for our Dino, gettin' our week of Dino-thanks off to a amazin' start. To view Andy's thoughts in it's original source, likes just clicks on the tag of this Dino-report. Dino-thankfully, DMP

Montag, 14. November 2011


Hey folks! Now something a little bit different is coming up here but one of my heroes and my all time faves, the almighty, immortal, unforgotten and legendary Mister DEAN MARTIN, the one and only "KING OF COOL", will be up next here, singing to us the legendary anthem "KING OF THE ROAD". Brilliant and out-standing, amazing and great music, I love it!!! Swing, Jazz, Soul, Big Band Music, ah, it's just totally great and amazing over the top music that holds so much in store for everyone to discover who just owns the heart, passion, soul, and also the ears to get it all, something different than the usual stuff up here, haha;-), for sure, but as usual it's awesome stuff :-) that you need to have to check out as soon as possible. Get what-ever you can get with, by and of DEAN MARTIN, music and movies, to set this straight. Brilliant!!! Won't say more now, it's late and I'm tired, just enjoy it and if I would be you I would bet that more of DEAN MARTIN will be coming some time in the future up here. It's just phenomenal and awesome, a true legend!!! Enjoy it!!! Cheers!!! ... And then good night!!!


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Danny G's "Pre-Thanksgivin" Sunday Serenade with Dino: "Things"

Welcome back, my Dino-diggin' paisani!

Hey...likes I know it's a few days
& 3 or 4 martinis  early still, but...HAPPY THANKSGIVIN' TO ALL!!!
 Yes siree, pallies...tis' the season once again.

The season for ponderin' our blessins', mi amici!

Ponderin' our lives!

Ponderin'...MR. DEAN MARTIN! Haha!!'s true, pallies o mine...I'm serious!

I thinks bout' Dean ALL the time!
ALL the different ways he helps me appreciate life & get the most happiness out of it...& I am just SO SO greatful!
 Makes EVERYDAY SO SO much brighter! SO SO much funner! SO SO much more meaningful to me!

Gets me through those TOUGH TOUGH days & helps me celebrate the GREAT GREAT ones!
REALLY helps me focus on the MANY MANY ways I'm blessed, pals.
So many people & things to think 'bout. 
So so many things to be thankful for.
Hey wait!
That's it, pallies!!!
  It's the PER FEC TO Serenade to swing us into the comin' week!

Let's grab a fun fun vid from Dean's show & kick thins' off with a laugh on good ol' Dino!
Never knew what he was gonna do or say next! Hahaha!!!
 Great stuff to start a great great holiday season, pallies!

We are blessed EVERYDAY, my friends!
Give thanks EVERYDAY!
As long as we have our & friends...and of course...the ONE & ONLY Dean Martin...who could ask for more?!

Every night I sit here by my window
Starin' at the lonely avenue
Watching lovers holding hands and laughin'
Thinkin' 'bout the things we used to do
(Thinkin' 'bout things)
Like a walk in the park
Like a kiss in the dark
Like a sailboat ride
(Yeah, yeah)
What about the night we cried?
Things like a lovers vow
Things that we don't do now
Thinkin' 'bout the things we used to do
(Used to do)
Memories are all I have to cling to
(Cling to)
And heartaches are the friends I'm talking to
(Talking to)
When I'm not thinking of just how much I love you
(Love you)
Well I'm thinking 'bout the things we used to do
(Thinkin' 'bout things)
Like a walk in the park
Like a kiss in the dark
Like a sailboat ride
(Yeah, yeah)
What about the night we cried?
Things like a lovers vow
Things that we don't do now
Thinkin' 'bout the things we used to do
I still can hear the juke-box softly playin'
And the face I see each day belongs to you
(Belongs to you)
No, there's not a single sound and there's nobody else around
Well, I just mean thinkin' 'bout things we used to do
(Thinkin' 'bout things)
Like a walk in the park
Like a kiss in the dark
Like a sailboat ride
(Yeah, yeah)
What about the night we cried?
Things like a lovers vow
Things that we don't do now
Thinkin' 'bout the things we used to do
And the heartaches are the friends I'm talking to
(Talking to)
You got me thinkin' 'bout the things we used to do
(Used to do)
Thinkin' 'bout the things we used to do
(Never do)

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Pastel Dino by McKean

Hey pallies, likes we deeply deeply delights in sharin' more and more Dino-creativity with Dino-holics every Dino-where.  More and more devotees of our Dino are usin' this tremendous talents in huge homage of our most beloved Dino.  Recently we have shared a couple of youtube vids of pallies who have created original songs puttin' the awesome accent on our Dino, but it has been quite a while since we have shared someone who has used their amazin' artistic abilities to create a one-of-a-kind image of our King of Cool.

Likes yesterday while doin' our usual Dino-homework by searchin' the ol' google Dino-blog search, we happened upon a Brit artist tagged McKean at the blog "THE NINE MUSES" who usin' the marvelous medium of  pastels created  the remarkable rendition of our Dino that you will find below.
The finished work is framed nicely and is rather huge in size....37X37....and woulda be the perfect edition for a Dino-phile who boldly wants to display their powerful passion for our Dino in their home pad or perhaps their office.

By doin' a wee bit of searchin' we found out that a Brittish  £ is equal to  1.52 dollars, so if we did our multiplication correctly, the price of this awesome artistic effort is $988.60.  Truly a small price to pay for an original piece of Dino-art.

We salute McKean for chosin' our Dino as the superb subject of this wonderous work of  Dino-artistry!  To checks this out in it's original source, simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-message.
In Dino-creativity, DMP

Dean Martin

Dean Martin

Artist: McKean
Medium: Pastel
Dimensions: 37x37

RRP: £650

Friday, November 20, 2015

Paul Ryan channels Dean Martin

Hey pallies, likes we couldn't believe what we were seein' when our daily google Dino-blog search took us to the blog pad "Retiring Guy's Digest" where "Retiring Guy," we believe he is tagged Paul from the state of  Wisconsin  posts likes simply a ton of politico stuff 'mong other topics.  Likes what was it that we saw that so stirred us up dudes?

It was the tag of a recent post shared by "Retiring Guy"....." Paul Ryan channels Dean Martin."  Likes we have often declared here at ilovedinomartin that we tries our very best to stay apolitico...very much likes our most beloved Dino...but we does love to see the name of our Dino mentioned in political ways.  Mr. Paul Ryan is the brand spankin' new Speaker of the House of Representatives and to see him mentioned in the same breath as our King of Cool stirred up magical Dino-memories from the past.

Perhaps many faithful ilovedinomartin readers will remember that the name of the last Speaker of the House of Representatives was often mentioned with the name of our Dino...Mr. John Boehner, from Ohio, the swank state of our Dino's birth and early life..  Likes our Dino, Boehner has a fabulous tan, is an avid golfer, and also known for his ever present cigarette in hand....all mirrorin' our one and only Dino.

We shared a number of powerful posts comparin' our Dino and Mr. Boehner includin' over fav of fav that was shared almost exactly 5 years ago on November 18, 2015 tagged "The Dean Martin John Boehner Connection"  scribed by Mr. Tory Fodder  at his swingin' pad "Pax Plenta  that you can read 'gain  HERE.

Likes that is what  made us go wondrously wildly  wild is when we saw our Dino bein' linked with Mr. Paul Ryan, the new Speaker of the House of Representatives!  How fabulously facinatin' to see Mr. Ryan considered to be channelin' our Dino in his very early days as least in the thoughts of Wisconsin political commentator "Retiring Guy."  What blogger Paul has done is share a vid clip of the Dino-croon "The Door Is Still Open To My Heart" with comments made by Mr. Ryan 'bout the mix of Republican candidates that continue to vie for the nomination for president.

Likes we will certainly be on the look out for others linkin' Mr. Ryan to our one and only Dino.  We thanks blogger "Retiring Guy" for these most interestin' and intriguin' insights linkin' our Dino to the new Speaker of the House of Representatives.  To checks this out in it's original source, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-gram.  Dino-delightedly, DMP

Paul Ryan channels Dean Martin

As quoted in Paul Ryan expects protracted, unpredictable GOP race.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/12/2015)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Dean Martin, Mom and Me

Dean Martin:

Pierre Schumann

Hey pallies, likes as we begin today's Dino-gram to youse we simply simply must send a huge shout out to the pallies at google Dino-'lerts 'cause we're pretty sure that today's Dino-devotion woulda never seen the light of day here at ilovedinomartin without havin' received an 'lert from google that Mr.  Pierre "Pete" Schumann had recently posted a musical vid over at youtube.

Likes pallies, words can't truly express our deepest of deep delight it bein' led to Mr. Schumann's lasted recorded effort, an original croon that he created in honor of his special relationship with his mother and how our most belove Dino played a potent part of that rich relationship between mother and son.

As you listen to Pete's heartful rendition of his song, "Dean Martin, Mom and Me" we learn that our Dino was one of his mom's favorite singers and how she would turn the volume up on the radio whenever she heard our Dino singin'.  As we listen to the Mr. Schumann sing,  we can see mother and son  dancin' 'round the kitchen to the Dino-beat!  As the lyric states...."Me and Mom would dance around while Dean Martin would sing."

We gotta 'fess up that we are marvelously moved in our inner bein' as we hear 'nother extraordinary example of how our Dino has touched life after life and been a fantastic force for good in  bringin' family members closer together.  And even when a loved one is gone, as is Mr. Schumann's beloved mother, the power of Dino is still very very much alive as Pete continues in his song, "When I hear Ol' Dino's songs it always makes me smile."  Ain't it wonderful pallies how hearin' our Dino singin' can bring back such magical memories from the past as it does for Pete?!?!?!?!

Likes, 'gain we sez our thanks to the folks at google Dino-'lerts for puttin' us on to this touchin' and tender song from the life of Mr. Pierre "Pete" Schumman.  And sends our thoughtful thanks to Mr. Schumman as well for sharin' this sweet sweet song with the world via youtube.  Dino-delightedly, DMP

Dean Martin, Mom and Me.

Published on Nov 14, 2015
An original song by Pierre "Pete" Schumann

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Scotty's Sharin': Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis at a Friar’s Club Testimonial Dinner, 1951

Hey pallies, likes as promised folks, today we return once 'gain to our ever-devoted-to-Dino pallie Scotty who hangs his hat at his pictorial blog "BlueisKewl."  This time 'round, Scotty-o has outdone himself with a symphony of spectacular shots of our most beloved Dino with his most beloved partner, Mr. Jerry Lewis.

The year is 1951 and Scotty has shared  9---count 'em---9 incredible images of Martin and Lewis havin' an absolute blast at this Friar's Club Testimonial Dinner.  We are stunnin'ly struck by the love that is evident between these men that shines through this candid pixs.  And, likes seein' our Dino and Mr. Lewis havin' such such fun together brings the biggest of big Dino-buddha-grins to our faces....makin' us wish that these great days of Martin and Lewis woulda gone on forever...but likes then, of course, our Dino woulda never gone on to even great fame and fortune in his solo career.

Likes, once 'gain our faithful pallie Scotty-o has done huge homework to bring us this absolutely awesome Dino-offerin'....tremendously touchin' poses of our Dino and Mr. Lewis that we ain't ever remember seein' before.  Words truly cannot express our awesome appreciato to our pallie Scotty for his extraordinary efforts in guidin' others into deeper and deeper knowin', lovin', and honorin' our one and only Dino, both at his own pad, as well as here at ilovedinomartin.  Scotty-o, know that in our book, your simply the best dude!

To checks this out in it's original format, as usual, goes up and clicks on the tag of this Dino-message.
Always, always growin' in deeper and deeper devotion to our Dino, DMP

Martin and Lewis were an American comedy duo, comprising singer Dean Martin and comedian Jerry Lewis. They met in 1945 and debuted at Atlantic City's 500 Club on July 25, 1946; the team lasted ten years to the day.

Dean Martin is the stage name of Dino Paul Crocetti, born June 7, 1917 in Steubenville, Ohio, while Jerry Lewis is the stage name of Joseph Levitch, born March 16, 1926 in Newark, New Jersey. Dean Martin died on December 25, 1995.

Before they teamed up, Martin was a nightclub singer, while Lewis did a comedy act lip-synching to records. They performed in nightclubs, and, starting in 1949, on radio. Later they branched out into television and films. In the their early radio days they performed as Martin and Lewis but later became hugely popular as Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. These full names helped them launch successful solo careers after parting.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tribute To ❤ "Dino" DEAN PAUL MARTIN ❤

Hey pallies, likes ilovedinomartin found this fabulously fantastic vid tribute to our most beloved Dino's most beloved boypallie at youtube a couple of years back  before Dino Jr. birthday and shared it then and last year as well,  Likes we thoughts it was so so special that we wanna share it 'gain on this 64nd anniversary of Dino Martin Jr.'s entry into the world on November 17, 1951

The vid was created by a chick tagged seltaeBGirl16 and contains Dino's swingin' trio, Dino, Desi, and Billy singin' "I'm A Fool" and "Not The Lovin' Kind" and our Dino singin' "I Will."  Likes gotta tells you dudes hearin' our Dino singin' "I Will" and thinkin' 'bout the tragic tragic death of his boypallie makes us realize even a bit more how totally totally heart-broken our Dino was on the death of his prodigy.

ilovedinomartin is powerfully proud to honor the birth and life of Dino Martin Jr. and thanks Miss seltaeBGirl16 for sharin' this wonderful vid trib full of tons and tons of beautiful pixs of Dino Jr., many of which ilovedinomartin has not have the pleasure of viewin' before.  Dino-honorin', DMP

Tribute To ❤ "Dino" DEAN PAUL MARTIN ❤ "I'm A Fool" ❤DINO, ❤DESI & ❤BILLY ~ "I Will" ❤ DEAN MARTIN


3 Songs Included Are: "I'm A Fool" & "Not The Lovin' Kind" Live On Ed Sullivan By Dino, Desi & Billy. Also "I Will" By Dean Martin & A Clip Of "Small Fry" With Dean & Dino Martin.

Ed's Epistle: "Remembering A Man and His Son"

Hey pallies, likes no one comes close to our deeply deeply Dino-devoted superb scribin' pallie Ed, the bestest of best ever creative writer of Dino-prose.  As we continue our special salute on this 64th anniversary of  the birth of our most beloved Dino's most beloved boypallie namesake, Dino Jr., we turn to to some most wonderfully wise words put to paper by our great great pallie  back on November 17, 2010.  It's startin' to become an ilovedinomartin tradition to yearly share  Ed's reflections with youse  'cause they are the purest of purely powerful poetry in honor of our Dino and his namesake boypallie.

Thanks Ed for your heartfelt homage of Dino and Dino Jr., givin' both our Dino and Dino Jr. their rightful due.  In deepest of deep Dino-gratitude, DMP

Ed's Epistle......Ramblin's and Ruminations of a Disciple of Dino

"Remembering A Man and His Son"

”For rarely are sons similar to their fathers: most are worse, and a few are better than their fathers.” Homer

In the animal kingdom, the offspring of an eagle, is an eagle. In the entertainment kingdom, offspring of star is often a victim of circumstance. Rarely do the sons and daughters live up to the lofty accomplishments of their famous parents. Unfair and unsolicited comparisons is the nature of the inherited business.

Dean Paul Martin Jr., born November 17th 1951 to Dean and Jeanne Martin. The proudest family jewel in Dean Martin’s “King of Cool” crown. Common Hollywood bloodlines, unlike Royal Bloodlines, typically bestow nothing more than a surname. Or, in the case of Dino Martin Jr., a cognomen, a surname, and a suffix. Rare is the child who can take the burden of his father’s name, his famous father’s name, and further enrich it.

“When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.” Proverb

Dino Jr., accomplished tennis player, Golden Globe nominated actor, singer, and military pilot. Handsome man once married to actress Olivia Hussey, and later to Olympic Gold Medalist Dorothy Hamill. To suggest Dino Jr. failed to enrich his bloodline would be an offense. Dino Jr. seized the spirit of Dean, added some drums, took to athletic competition, jumped on a motorcycle, and boarded a jet fighter! Dino Jr. wasn’t one to sit idle at the feet of his father, The Idol.

Dean Paul Martin Jr. accomplished what few celebrity children could. Almost in a rebellious fashion, Dino Jr. thrust upon the scene his own man. Outside of his first stint at singing and playing guitar in the teen group Dino, Desi, & Billy, Dino Jr. pretty much shied away from the music scene. Tennis was his new challenge. Motorcycles were his hobby.

When daddy-o Dino sauntered, Dino Jr. sprinted. When daddy-o Dino crooned, Dino Jr. careened. Whether the Dino gene drove him to be his own man, or follow in his father’s famous footsteps, we’ll never know.

“To a father, when a child dies, the future dies; to a child when a parent dies, the past dies.” Red Auerbach

San Gorgonio Mountain, aka Old Greyback. At 11,503 ft. it’s the highest point in Southern California. Old Greyback, hiding like a coward in a snowstorm, took the soul of Dino Jr. when his National Guard F-4 Phantom fighter jet plunged mountainside.

In celebration of the pride and joy of a great man.

On This Day In Dino-history: November 17, 1951

Hey pallies, likes today is one of the happiest of happy days...indeed, if not the happiest day in all of Dino-history 'cause 64 years ago this very day, on November 17, 1951, our most beloved Dino's most beloved boypallie, Dino Martin Jr. was born to proud daddy-o Dino and mother Jeanne.   Likes thinks of the powerfully pure pride our potently  powerful Dino had in namin' his first child by Jeanne after himself. Likes thinks of the  hopes, the dreams our great man had for his little boypallie by givin' his new son his gloriously great name!

And, indeed our Dino's boypallie namesake certainly did live up to the takin' of his amazin' Daddy-o's tag...becomin' a hugely successful entertainer himself while just in his teens as part of the swingin' pop trio Dino, Desi, and Billy.

Dino Jr. went on to acclaim as a tennis pro and football player, and found fame and fortune as an actor on both the small and big screens. And our Dino's golden boy also was gloriously  golden when it came to bein' a pilot of jet airplanes.

Likes Dino Jr. had only one real pressin' problemo...he was so marvelously multi-talented likes his famous father, that he just couldn't decide which of his many interests to put the major accent of his life on.

One thin' for sure pallies, Dino Jr. was definitely   heir apparent to the Dino-throne. And, of course all of that came to a crashin' end when Dino Jr. tragically crashed his National Guard F-4 Phantom fighter jet in California's San Bernardino Mountains during a snowstorm on March 21, 1987.

Today we celebrate this happiest of happy days in our Dino's life as we reverently remember and hugely honor Dino Jr. on the 64th anniversary of his entry into family Martin. But, in the midst of our celebratin' we can't help but be so so sad as well as we know that the end of the Dino Jr. story turned out to break our lovin' Dino's lovin' heart as he never ever got over the death of his beloved namesake. Dino-honorin', DMP

Monday, November 16, 2015

Scotty's Sharin': Dino and Company at The Premier of the Movie 'My Fair Lady' 1964

Hey pallies, likes when we ain't sure what our Dino woulda wants us to share next, likes 'longs comes some more of the coolest of cool Dino-devotion from our deeply-diggin'-Dino pallie Scotty over at his bountiful blog "BlueisKewl."   Recently our swank Scotty-o posted two new fab Dino-homages over at his potent pad and we are goin' to shares one this Dino-day and the other on Wednesday of this very Dino-week.  (Why not tomorrow youse ask....well tomorrow is a very very important day in the life and times of our Dino...stay tuned 'specially if you ain't sure why.)

Today we share a purely perfect pose of our most beloved Dino makin' the scene with wife Jeanne, Mr. Frank Sinatra, and Miss Natalie Wood at the 1964 premier of the big screen version of the Broadway smash musical "My Fair Lady."  Looks likes our Dino is havin' a great time with all the other of the rich and famous gathered for viewin' of this great flick.

We stand in awe of the stunnin' searchin' that our pallie Scotty does time and time 'gain for the sake of helpin' his remarkable readership grow deeper and deeper in their devotion to our main man.  And, likes today, most of the time Scotty-o posts Dino-treasure that is new  to ilovedinomartin.  We couldn't more more powerfully proud of our pallie Scotty and how he continues to grow leaps and bounds in his adulation of our King of Cool.  To checks this out in it's original source, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-gram.  Dino-always, ever, and only, DMP

Frank Sinatra, Natalie Wood, Jeanne Bigger and Dean Martin in the first photograph.

Frank Sinatra and Natalie Wood in the second photograph.

My Fair Lady is a 1964 American musical film adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe eponymous stage musical based on the 1938 film adaptation of the original 1913 stage play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. With a screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner and directed by George Cukor, the film depicts a poor Cockney flower seller Eliza Doolittle who overhears an arrogant phonetics professor, Henry Higgins, as he casually wagers that he could teach her to speak "proper" English, thereby making her presentable in the high society of Edwardian London.

The film won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Danny G's Sunday Serenade with Dino: " A Place In The Shade "

How's it goin' pallies?!
Good, I'm hopin'!
 Well...'nother week has come & gone, & man o man...I just can't seems to get ahold of even one single day! Haha!!
 Ever feel like that, pals?
 Likes no matter WHAT youse do...youse just CANTS keep up! Bills! Work! THE LEAVES!!! Hahaha!!!
Yea...I'm guessin' we ALL gets a wee bit overwhelmed from time to time.
Maybe some more than others...but I thinks we can all relate.
But...FEAR NOT, my faithful disciples of Dino!!! For Dean has sent us a PER FEC TO tune to help!

He's givin' us a plan!
Some guidance from above, my pals!

 Sometimes I'm just led to these "uncommon" Dino-jams that just seem to fit my mood!
Now...what's "uncommon" to me, might be a fave to 'nother pallie. I just haven't dug on it in the past.

This is a GREAT GREAT thin' for me, pals! It's like findin' a buried treasure! Yes!
 So, for this week's Serenade...Dean MUST have felt me feelin' just a little wound up.
He floated me over to his COOL COOL 1967 al b um, "Welcome To My World".
So So nice to be part of Dean's world...I might add!

"A Place In The Shade" was my "savin' grace" this week, mi amici!
Got me thinkin' positive thoughts & gave a little peace of mind to my CRAZY CRAZY mind, Hahaha!!!
ALWAYS have a friend in Dino, pallies!

OK. Let's dig on this one together!
Turn it up & soak it in!

Now some folks play the whole day long
They think they got it made
But they won't get a thrill the way that I will
When I find me a place in the shade
A poor man word is never learned still I wouldn't trade
All the world and its gold all the treasures untold
I want a little place in the shade
Too late to bed and early to rise
Makes a man weary and cuts him down the size
They come and they go and their worlds fall apart
But I'm gonna cling to the dream in my heart
Cause someday I know the days gonna come
When all my debts are paid
When my work is all done I'll smile at the sun
And find me a place in the shade
When the work is all done I'll smile at the sun
And find me a place in the shade

Saturday, November 14, 2015


Hey pallies, likes yet 'gain today, we have to apologetically say better late then never to all youse Dino-holics.  At least this time it is not a matter of bein' years late on the Dino-draw, but a matter of 'bout a couple of months.  From new-to-ilovedinomartin web pad, "A HISTORY OF DRINKING" comes Gregory Priebe's drinkin' salute to the 50th anniversary of the first episode of The Dean Martin Variety Show that premiered on September 16, 1965.

In honor of this deeply delightful day in Dino-history, Priebe's post, "DEAN MARTIN: THE FLAME OF LOVE COCKTAIL" shares a groovy pose of our Dino and Miss Florence Henderson taken from the Dino-show 'long with some historical Dino-details 'bout how our Dino was snagged to host the show.  In addition Gregory shares some patter on our Dino's drinkin' habits and the recipe for
the liquid libation, the Flame of Love, that was created in huge homage of our King of Cool.

Mr. Priebe has put together a most appropriate celebratory post in honor of this incredibly important date in the life, the times, and the teachin's of our Dino and we swankly salute Gregory for this wonderful way of coolly celebratin' this Dino-date.  We are simply sorry that only most recently has this Dino-devotion come our way through google Dino-blog searchin'.  To checks this out in it's original source, simply clicks on the tag of this  here Dino-report.   Dino-salutin', DMP

September 16, 2015 by Gregory Priebe

Flame of Love


September 16, 1965 – “The Dean Martin Show”, debuted on NBC-TV. This comedy/vareity show was also known as The Dean Martin Variety Show and featured Martin’s 1964 hit “Everybody Loves Somebody” as its theme. At first, Martin was leery of accepting the job, fearing it would interfere with potential movie and nightclub gigs, so much so that he turned in a potentially outrageous list of contractual demands to the network bosses. To his surprise, they agreed. When he broke the news to his family, Martin was reported to have said, “They went for it. So now I have to do it.” Ultimately the Dean Martin Show would run for 9 seasons from 1965 – 1974, totaling 264 episodes.

By design, the show did much to reinforce Martin’s (largely put-on)”drunken playboy” image, but the truth is that his ubiquitous old-fashioned cocktail, was usually merely apple juice in disguise.

Though his on-air cocktails may have been fake, one cannot escape the classic Rat Pack image of Dean Martin on Stage with a Martini in hand. Though this may once again have been more for the mystique of it. Martin’s son, Ricci stated “I never saw Dad drink a martini”, and that his father usually enjoyed a watered-down glass of scotch on stage.

Another classic drink linked to Dean Martin fame is the Flame of Love,  created by Pepe Ruiz, bartender at Chasen’s in Beverly Hills. Weary of ordering the same Martini again and again, Martin asked Ruiz to make him something special the next time he came in. Ruiz pondered a bit and then settled on some version of the recipe below. You can see that quite a bit of meticulous time and effort goes in the prepping of the glass. Imagine the chagrin of the bar staff on the night that Martin ordered a Flame of Love for buddy Frank Sinatra. Sinatra was so impressed that he ordered a round of them for the entire joint…

At Tales of the Cocktail 2014, I had the pleasure of drinking one created and served up by King Cocktail himself, Dale DeGroff and I’ve been a bit scared to attempt one myself, fearing that I’d ruin the memory, but if you’d also like to get in the proper mood to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Dean Martin Show, we have included the recipe below:


recipe adapted from Robert Hess

2 oz Vodka
Splash of fino sherry
Coat a chilled martini glass with the sherry and pour out the excess. Flame several orange peels into the glass (about 8 times). Stir the vodka with ice, then strain into the glass. Squeeze an orange peel over the drink and then rub it around the rim to coat it well.

Friday, November 13, 2015

this is the most thrilling rendering of Dean's voice I've ever heard.

Hey pallies, likes gets youse ready for a absolutely amazin' review of our most beloved Dino's "Dream with Dean"  on Analogue Productions 45rpm LP.  From the all-thin's-vinyl blog "The Vinyl Anachronist" comes a ravin' review of this remarkable reissue on vinyl of one of our Dino's coolest of cool classic recordin's.  Scribed by blogger Mr. Marc Phillips of Kyle, Texas,  he has nothin' but the purest of  pure powerful praise for our one and only Dino and for this one of a kind al-b-um.

Phillips' credentials for vinyl reviews are incredibly impressive as his bio tell us that "Since 1998  (he's) been writing about LPs and turntables under the Vinyl Anachronist moniker for such publications as Perfect Sound Forever, AudioEnz,TONEAudio and Positive Feedback Online."  Marc is truly in the know when it comes to vinyl, and it turns out he is also very very much in the Dino-know as well!

In speakin' of his Dino-desires he states, "I really wanted a recording that could resurrect Dean and place him in the room right between the speakers. As it turns out, Dream with Dean is that album."  We  desires all youse pallies to read this remarkable review for yourselves, so we won't go on and on 'bout Mr. Phillips wise words, but we will say that we are deeply delighted with Marc darin'ly delcarin' that "this is the most thrilling rendering of Dean's voice I've ever heard."

Suffice it to say that while acquirin' this recordin' has been on our Dino-list, we ain't gonna want to wait any longer to gets our hands on it!  We shares our deepest of deep appreciato with Mr. Marc Phillips for this ravin' review of this reissue of "Dream With Dean" that is certain to bring many many more deeper and deeper into the Dino-fold.  To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-review.  Always Always Dino-awed, DMP

Marc Phillips
Kyle, Texas

Dean Martin's Dream with Dean on Analogue Productions 45rpm LP

All my endless blathering about my Australian trip has obscured the fact that I went to the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest last month, and I did intend to write several blog entries about what I saw at the show. This was the first high-end audio show in years where I went as a show attendee instead of an exhibitor, and it was truly enjoyable and informative to check out many new products that I've only heard about to this point. While I felt that this year's RMAF was relatively quiet in comparison to previous years--a minority sentiment, by the way--I did see plenty of great things.

Despite my intrepid attitude about seeing absolutely everything, my best memory from this year's show took place in somewhat familiar surroundings--the exhibit room that featured Endeavor Audio E-5 loudspeakers, a Triangle Arts turntable and much more, all wired with Skogrand cable. We shared a room with Leif Swanson's wonderful, dynamic E-5 loudspeakers at the Newport show earlier this year--they were a perfect match with the PureAudio amplification. So I feel I know those speakers pretty well. In addition, Colleen and I have known Knut Skogrand for some time now, and I have to say that every room I've experienced that features his premium cables has wonderful, wonderful sound.

Colleen and I spent many hours in Knut and Leif's room, drinking Knut's whiskey and listening to lots of vinyl. A show attendee wandered in, and within a few minutes he asked Knut to play an LP that he brought to the show. It turned out to be the new 45rpm Analogue productions reissue of Dean Martin's Dream with Dean--the Intimate Dean Martin. Knut looked unsure of the album when the gentleman handed him the cover--the gentleman, in return, said "Don't worry, you'll be glad you played it!"

I really didn't know that particular Dean Martin album. I could only think of how I was ultimately disappointed with the MFSL CD reissue of Dean's This Time I'm Swinging, which I purchased in January at CES. I was hoping for a reference recording that I could play at the show, but instead I got one of those MFSL reissues that merely make an awful recording sound acceptable. I really wanted a recording that could resurrect Dean and place him in the room right between the speakers. As it turns out, Dream with Dean is that album.

The Endeavor/Skogrand room certainly played a part, but for my money this is the most thrilling rendering of Dean's voice I've ever heard. Remember how everyone was raving about the MFSL reissue of Frank Sinatra's Nice N' Easy a few years ago, and how it was the finest-sounding Sinatra LP ever? Well, Dream with Dean is better in my opinion. After a few seconds of the first song we heard, "If You Were the Only Girl," I swore I could tell what brand of cigarettes Dean was smoking in the studio. I heard a real, live human voice singing in that familiar tone, seemingly free of studio artifacts used to polish things up a bit. It's Dean as if he was hanging out at your house one night, and someone kept asking him to sing something for the hell of it and he finally acquiesced. I could hear the tenderness in his voice, the slight breaking around the edges of that mellow tone, an extraordinarily talented voice captured in a casual, relaxed setting.

Of course I left the room and immediately went downstairs to the ballroom to see if this LP was available at the Acoustic Sounds booth. I found it in the bins within seconds. Once we returned home, I played Dream with Dean over and over on my system, and I heard the same magic. My only initial criticism of the sound quality was that while Dean's voice sounded amazingly real and present, the band was rather low in the mix. Dean's voice was front and center, way out in front, and the small and intimate band (guitarist Barney Kessel, pianist Ken Lane, bassist Red Mitchell and drummer Irv Cottler) were relegated almost out of the room, way past the rear wall. I also noticed a serious center-fill issue among the musicians, especially when Dean's vocal tracks were taken out of the mix. It wasn't a big deal--that channel separation was fairly typical in 1964, when this recording was made.

Then an amazing thing happened. As I mentioned in my last blog, I received those CLD sheets from Les Davis and placed them under all my components. I even placed an additional footer underneath the motor of my Unison Research Giro turntable. That created a more coherent overall sound, with Dean integrated more into his backing band than ever before. That means a fairly resolving system is somewhat necessary to truly appreciate what Analogue Productions has accomplished with this LP.

I think about all the other Analogue Productions 45rpm 2-LP sets I own and how they are all absolute reference recordings, the kind I like to play at shows and wow the crowds. I'm talking about Belafonte Live at the Carnegie Hall, Sam Cooke's Night Beat, Billie Holiday's Songs for Distingue Lovers and more. Dream with Dean might be the best one yet. I just finished my year-end column for my Vinyl Anachronist column for Perfect Sound Forever and I chose this recording as the Best Reissue in the Analog Format. 

It won by a mile. Highly recommended.