Sunday, July 05, 2015

Danny G's Sunday Serenade with Dino: "We'll Sing In The Sunshine"

Welcome back mi amici!
Hope everyone had a fun & safe 4th! No injuries... or hang-overs, I hope! Haha!!
 Don't wants my fellow Dino-holics mendin' in bed when the Dino-vibe is in FULL swing!

SUMMER IS HERE & BE LIEVE YOUSE ME...I KNOW that these excitin', party weekends can REALLY wear youse down, pals!
  Lotta work celebratin' our independence, pallies! !! Hahaha!!!

Well, ol pals o mine...I thinks it's 'bout time we pull thins' in a notch.
Chill out with our Dino out! Ha!
Maybe take a little breather from all the firecrackin' & BBQuin'...& just give ourselves a wee bit of some well deserved RE LAX A TION!
Yes my friends...take some time to soak in these great great sunny days! Pour up a sangria...grab a few gentle sunbeams & let Dean melt the stress away.

Grabbed us the PERFECTO summery tune to jam on!
"We'll Sing In The Sunshine" is at just the right level of supreme "ease" to cool off with & still keep thins' Dino-simmerin'!
So, grab that drink, comes some sunshine...Dino style.

We'll sing in the sunshine
We'll laugh every day
We'll sing in the sunshine
And I'll be on my way.

I will never love you
The cost of love's too dear
But though I'll never love you
I'll stay with you one year.

We can sing in the sunshine
Oh, we'll laugh every day
We'll sing in the sunshine
And I'll be on my way.

I'll sing to you each morning
And kiss you every night
But darling don't cling to me
I'll soon be out of sight.

And we can sing in the sunshine
Yeah, we'll laugh every day
We'll sing in the sunshine
And I'll be on my way.

My daddy he once told me
Love can kill a man
Just take what woman give you
And give just what you can.

And you can sing in the sunshine
You'll laugh every day
You'll sing in the sunshine
And be on your way.

And when our year has ended
And I have gone away
You'll often speak about me
And this is what you'll say.

We sang in the sunshine
You know we laughed every day
We sang in the sunshine
Since he went away...

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Celebratin' Independence Day While Declarin' Dino-dependency

Hey pallies, likes Happy Independance Day to all pallies in the good ol' US of A on this Fourth Of July!  Likes wanna share one of our most fav Dino-clip songs likes we knows we have shared before, but likes oh, so appro for the celebratin' of liberty. From the classic drama flick "Ada," here is our Dino playin' Bo Gillis, politician extraordinare, runnin' for governor and wooin' and cooin' the masses with his charismatic cool croonin' "May The Lord Bless You Real Good."

Likes, the notion of any state or for that matter nation bein' dependant on our Dino for runnin' the action....likes how amazin'ly  wonderful likes woulda that be pallies?!?!?!?!?!....'cause while we live in a nation founded on independence, all true Dino-holics gladly likes proclaim our likes total total Dino-dependance!

Enjoys celebratin' with parades,sparkles, some liquid libations and, likes of course, mucho Dino o'pallies of mine! Dino-dependently, DMP

May The Lord Bless You Real Good Bo Gillis

I was recently asked what I would grab in an earthquake, and it took me mere seconds to reply: my vintage candle from Dino’s Lodge.

Hey pallies, likes recently while goin' through the google Dino-'lerts sent our way we came 'cross this gem of  Dino-historical importance that is the focus of today's Dino-devotion.  From the on-line "Los Angeles Magazine," comes Miss Alison Martino's personal  prose  tagged "Alison Martino’s Saving a Candle From Rat Pack Hangout Dino’s Lodge."

Miss Martino "is a writer, television producer and personality, and L.A. pop culture historian."  And, we thought her tag rang a bell with us, so we researched her name in the ol' ilovedinomartin archives and found her other Dino's Lodge post that we featured  HERE in November of 2013.  As you will discover in  Alison's scribin's shared here, she is a collector of Dino's Lodge Dino-memorabilia, and her most prized piece of said Dino-treasure is a candle featurin' the Dino's Lodge Logo.

In fact, as the tag of this Dino-gram shares, that if 'nother quake of the earth comes to L.A., this candle woulda be the first thin' that she would grab for.  It's totally totally thrillin' to know how much Dino-love musta be in her heart to be rememberin' Dino's Lodge in such a huge huge way!  We salute
Miss Alison Martino for sharin' her Dino-devotion with the readership of "Los Angeles Magazine" and sharin' her prized Dino-possessions with the larger Dino-world.  To checks this out in it's original source, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-gram.  Dino-delightedly, DMP

Dino’s Lodge

Alison Martino’s Saving a Candle From Rat Pack Hangout Dino’s Lodge

The storied souvenir traveled from Hollywood to Australia and back again

I was recently asked what I would grab in an earthquake, and it took me mere seconds to reply: my vintage candle from Dino’s Lodge. In the late ’50s and ’60s, candles just like it sat on every table in the long-gone restaurant. I’ve seen several menus and matchbooks that feature the same illustration of Dean Martin—the showbiz legend owned Dino’s Lodge—but never another candle. The restaurant’s Sunset Boulevard driveway was featured in the 1950s show 77 Sunset Strip, so I feel the need to snap twice when admiring the souvenir.
I paid less than $20 for it when the candle popped up on eBay a few years ago. Now that the restaurant’s old structure has been demolished, it would likely list for upwards of $500, but I’m not looking to make a profit. I bought the candle from a woman in Australia whose father had brought it home from Hollywood during Dino’s heyday. I’m glad it’s back in Los Angeles where it belongs. When the earth’s not shaking, I keep the candle next to other rare Dino’s Lodge treasures that I’ve collected over the years, including an original menu, two ashtrays, two sugar cubes, two plates, and a Zippo lighter. Ain’t that a kick in the head?

Alison Martino's Dino's Lodge memorabilia
Alison Martino’s Dino’s Lodge memorabilia

Alison Martino is a writer, television producer and personality, and L.A. pop culture historian. She founded the Facebook page Vintage Los Angeles in 2010. In addition to CityThink and VLA, Martino muses on L.A’s. past and present on Twitter and Instagram

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Dean stops, turns around and scans the crowd until he finds… me!

Hey pallies, likes have we gots a powerfully pure piece of prose to begin our sparkly July month of Dino-devotion here at ilovedinomartin.   Likes 'bout a week 'go we went to google image search lookin' for an appropriate image of our Dino to go 'long with a Hollywood centered post  (SEE HERE). Likes our search not only turned up a great Dino-pose for that bit of Dino-devotion, but also one of the most potently powerful personal Dino-remembrances that we have ever come 'cross.

Our Dino-image searchin' sent us to the pad "HOLLYWOOD JOURNAL - soul of the biz" where a little over a year ago Mr. Paul Greenstone scribed the hugely homagin' post "How Dean Martin hooked me up in Hollywood."  Don't wanna takes anythin' 'way from Greenstone's superb scribin' of his connections with our most beloved Dino and how he met our King of Cool in person. so we are simply gonna say that this is a MUST READ for any pallies who digs our Dino....'cause Paul's reverent reflections are some of the deepest, purest, and truest devotion to our Dino that we have ever been privileged to experience.

We don't know why we didn't come 'cross Mr. Greenstone's Dino-encounter before, but we are likes most thankful that our Dino-image searchin' brought it front and center for us to share it with the larger world of Dino-holics to imbibe and drink deeply of.  We salute Mr. Paul Greenstone for sharin' these wonderfully wise words of Dino-testimony, and for the pallies at "THE HOLLYWOOD JOURNAL" for sharin' it at their pad.  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

Dean Martin

How Dean Martin hooked me up in Hollywood

by Paul Greenstone
In 1991, at the age of 24, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in show business. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do but thought I’d get a great introduction and overview of the entertainment industry by working for a successful agent at a large agency. Four weeks after I arrived, I got a job interview at ICM to be Mort Viner’s 2nd assistant.
Mort, an “old school” agent (his first name gave that away), got his first job working in the mailroom of MCA until Lew Wasserman picked him to become his assistant. Mort learned how to be an agent from one of the greatest Hollywood agents/executives that ever lived.
Mort’s clients and agenting were his life and he never forgot that he worked for his clients and not the other way around. And Mort never used his job/clients to get favors. Mort represented Shirley MacLaine, Jimmy Stewart, Gene Kelly, Michael Crawford and Dean Martin. Look, I’m a NJ native and my parents introduced me to “Old Hollywood” and “The Rat Pack” at a young age, so this was a dream job for me.
ICM’s HR department told me I’d interview with Nina, who had been Mort’s 1st assistant for many years and I would not meet Mort during the process. After my interview, however, Nina had me meet with Mort for an interview that lasted for one question before being awkwardly dismissed.
The next day I found out that I got the job!
So I filed, read scripts and contracts, got Mort’s lunch, filled his Mercedes with gas, picked up dry cleaning and took him to/from the airport. Obviously, answering the phones was a major part of the job. We fielded offers for Mort’s clients, heads of studios would call.
If someone wanted to talk to Dean Martin (and they were not an ex wife, son/daughter or grandchild), they had to go through Nina and me. Tom Hanks was a big Dean fan and would call once in a while to check in on him.
Frank Sinatra called a lot. President Bush even called for Mort. I can still hear that familiar voice of Jimmy Stewart always saying: “Hello, this is James…” But, Shirley MacLaine, Michael Crawford and Dean Martin called every day. I remember Dean once saying: “You kept me on hold so long, I sobered up twice.”
While I could answer the phones, once Mort got on the call, I was not allowed to listen. I knew I was doing a good job and Nina and Mort liked me, but they did not know me. Trust had not been built, yet. I understood. So, Nina listened in on all the calls and I was in the dark. But after Valentine’s Day, everything changed.
My college buddy Susan Sussman (who was a junior agent at ICM) and I agreed that if we didn’t have any dates for Valentine’s Day, we’d go out for a nice dinner. So, I made a reservation at La Famiglia in Beverly Hills. I’d never been there but Dean had dinner there every night and almost always, he’d dine with Mort. La Famiglia’s owner, Joe Patti, and I had good phone banter and always told me to come by for dinner.
Susan and I show up. It’s packed. I greet Joe, who hugs me as if we’re old friends and points to a booth in the corner: “Dean’s over there eating alone. Go say ‘hi’.” I explain that while Dean and I speak several times a day, we hadn’t met yet.
Joe understands, grabs my hand and races me to Dean. Susan follows and suddenly we’re face to face with Dean Martin: Hollywood legend. We’re introduced, Joe leaves and Dean has us sit down with him. How cool is that? A few minutes later our table is ready. Dean kisses Susan on the hand, shakes mine and tells us to have a good night and we’re escorted to our table.
We’re seated next to Sugar Ray Leonard and his wife and the boxing champ excitedly asked me how I knew Mr. Martin. So, I told him.
About 30 minutes later, Dean gets up. It was as if the whole restaurant stopped and watched silently as he made his way to the front door. His style. His smile. The charisma. He still had “it”. But then…
Dean stops, turns around and scans the crowd until he finds… me!
He saunters towards us. After a brief stop for a handshake and a “hello” with Sugar Ray and his wife, he tells Susan again that it was nice to meet her and gives me a little slap on my face and mutters: “Thanks for everything you do for me, kid”. He turns around and leaves. I’ll never forget that moment for as long as I live.
Later, Joe comes by with a grin and proclaims: “The dessert is on me, the meal’s on Mr. Martin.” Dean Martin just bought us dinner!
The next morning, I relay the events from the previous night to Mort, who is grinning from ear to ear, genuinely happy for me.
That day, Mort told Nina to tell me that I could now listen in on all his phone calls. I was now a “made man” and had complete access to Mort Viner, his clients and all the secrets: Secrets that Nina and I will take to our graves, the way Mort Viner took them to his grave, which is right next to his best friend, Dean Martin.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Cuz It’s June Video: ‘June In January’ By Dean Martin

dave125 Dave Fogel

Hey pallies, yesterday's google blog Dino-searchin' has rendered the perfect post to end our all month of June celebratin' of "The Day That Coolness Came To Earth.  What came 'cross our path is a post tagged "Cuz It's June Video: 'June In January' By Dean Martin."  Scribed by Mr. Dave Fogel, and posted at the radio blog for  Chicago's K-HITS 104.3.

Fogel's post combines a powerful posted pix of your most beloved Dino with his partner in comedy Mr. Jerry Lewis, a bit of patter, and the a historic vid clip of our Dino croonin' said tune on an early television programme.  Likes any of  youse pallies have a clue what TV show this was?  The post is short 'n sweet, but as we sez, perfect for the conclusion of our special month of Dino-celebratin' of the day of his entrance onto our planet.

We thanks Mr. Dave Fogel and all the pallies at K-HITS for rememberin' and homagin' our Dino in this way.  To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-report.
Dino-delightedly, DMP

Cuz It’s June Video: ‘June In January’ By Dean Martin

(Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)

Remember when it was cold and snowy and this past winter and we couldn’t wait for summer to hit?
Well, that’s what this song is all about!
Well, it’s actually talking about the warmth of June and the rain and gloominess we’ve had lately, but you get the idea.
“June in January” is from the 1959 Dean Martin album “A Winters Romance.”
But one of the founding members of The Rat Pack wasn’t the first to record it.
Bing Crosby actually did the song first in 1934.
This was just one of the many hits that Dean Martin had, others included  “That’s Amore”, “You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You” and “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head?”

Monday, June 29, 2015

Cool Grooves: A Musical Appreciation of Dean Martin's Capitol Studio Albums, 1953-1962

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Hey pallies, likes we are always so pleased to be able to return to blogs that we have visited in the past....blogs that continue to lift up the name of our Dino in wonderfully wise ways.  Case in point would be today's post from the always well researched and well scribed musical blog "The Vintage Bandstand where Mr. Anton Garcia-Fernandez holds forth with his bride Erin.

We have made a couple of great stops at Anton's blog previously.....for a remarkably reverent review for Anton's fav Dino-al-b-um, "Dream With Dean" tagged "The Intimate Dean Martin: Dream with Dean (1964)" that you may locate  HERE....and for Garcia-Fernandez's powerfully potent post on our Dino's wintery al-b-um "A Winter Romance" tagged "Bandstand Christmas Essentials 1: Dean Martin's A Winter Romance" that you may locate  HERE.

We recently we were most deeply delighted to have our usual 20 pages of google Dino-blog searchin' send us once 'gain to Anton's super site for the post "Cool Grooves: A Musical Appreciation of Dean Martin's Capitol Studio Albums, 1953-1962."  Per usual Anton has done huge homework to gives us the low down on all of our most beloved Dino's LP recordin's for Capitol Records...well all but one that is 'cause Gracia-Fernandez previous post covered "A Winter Romance" in depth.

We have learns so so much beau-ti-ful background on these classic al-b-ums that we can't wait to start playin 'em over and over 'gain.  This is 'nother perfect addition to our celebration of "The Day That Coolness Came To Earth" 'cause these recordin' embody a decade of cool croons by our one and only Dino.  We specially salute our Dino-lovin' pallie Anton for this wonderful homage of our Dino and hopes he will see his way clear to work on posts accentin' the various al-b-ums that  our main man recorded for Reprise.  To checks this out in it's original source, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-report.  Dino-always, ever, and only, DMP


Cool Grooves: A Musical Appreciation of Dean Martin's Capitol Studio Albums, 1953-1962

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the passing of Dean Martin, and his musical legacy keeps going strong. Widely celebrated as the epitome of cool, Martin cut a series of consistently excellent studio albums for Capitol Records in a span of nine years, between 1953 and 1962. Though they did not make as much of an impact on the charts as his later, more commercial work for Reprise, these albums are among the many high points in his career. In this article, I will briefly discuss these eight LPs, which can all be found on CD and should be in the collection of any serious Dino fan.

By 1953, about three years before they dissolved their partnership,Dean Martinand Jerry Lewis were one of the top acts in the country, a constant presence in nightclubs, movies, and television. As far as records were concerned, Martin had signed with Capitol in 1948 and had concentrated mostly on cutting singles, some of which (particularly "Powder Your Face with Sunshine") were quite successful. It was now time to release a ten-inch LP, called simply Dean Martin Sings (1953), which contained eight songs, all of them from the then-current Martin and Lewis movie, The Stooge. The album was recorded in two sessions held on the same day, November 20, 1953, and it consists of a well-balanced mixture of brassy fast numbers and slow string charts. The latter were recorded first, with Ted Nash's saxophone providing beautiful fills that complement Dino's smooth crooning perfectly on songs such as "I'm Yours," "With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming," and "A Girl Named Mary and a Boy Named Bill." Martin also plays tribute to his boyhood idol, Bing Crosby, with a version of "Just One More Chance" that does not stray too far from the original. The uptempo numbers were cut at the second session, including "Who's Your Little Who-Zis," "I Feel a Song Comin' On," "I Feel Like a Feather in the Breeze," and "Louise," which Lewis actually sings in the film. Two years after the release of Dean Martin Sings, the record industry had adopted the twelve-inch LP as its primary long-playing medium, and so the album was reissued with the addition of four more songs: a lovely ballad treatment of"When You're Smiling," the number-two hit "That's Amore," and two Italian-flavored songs, "Oh Marie" and "Come Back to Sorrento," the latter sung entirely in Italian.

On paper, a collection of songs about the American South sung by an Italian American from Ohio may sound like an unlikely choice for Martin's second Capitol LP. But that is precisely what Swingin' Down Yonder (1955) is, and it works because the Dixieland idiom perfectly suits Dino's devil-may-care approach to swing. This time no marathon one-day session was needed; Martin's first true concept album took shape over the course of three sessions held between September 1954 and February 1955. Like on the previous record,Dick Stabile is at the helm, but the arrangements are now all bouncy and jazzy, though a little gimmicky at times. The studio band sounds tight and includes fine musicians like trombonist Milt Bernhardt and trumpetersCharlie TeagardenConrad Gozzo, and Mannie Klein. Dino is obviously at ease crooning Southern-themed standards such as "Carolina Moon," "When It's Sleepy Time Down South," and "Georgia on My Mind,"and he gets the chance to pay homage not only to Crosby ("Mississippi Mud," "Dinah," "Basin Street Blues") but also to Al Jolson ("Carolina in the Morning"). One of the lesser-known tracks on the album is the Gene Krupa-associated "Just a Little Bit South of North Carolina," and this musical journey into a fairly recent past, as revivalist as it clearly sounds, makes it evident that Martin's easy-swinging style would not be out of place on any Mississippi river steamboat.

Martin turned to ballads for his next project, entitled Pretty Baby (1957) and recorded over the course of two sessions held at the end of January 1957. Although the concept is not as evident here as on the previous album, Dino's nonchalant performances are always more enjoyable than the often annoying Pied Pipers-like vocal accompaniment with which the arrangements are saddled. Martin's happy-go-lucky persona is underscored by the cover, which has our man looking knowingly at the camera as he passes by a beautiful blonde who openly smiles at him. A similar motif would reappear two years later on the jacket of A Winter Romance. The charts, provided by Gus Levene on this occasion, make the ballads swing in a comfortable manner, and the studio orchestra, whose size is much more reduced than before, features notable names such as drummer Nick Fatool, pianist Buddy Cole, trombonistElmer Schneider, and guitarist Alvino Rey. Martin keeps tapping into the Crosby songbook ("Only Forever" and "It's Easy to Remember"), and besides the title track, he turns in some solid performances on songs like "I Can't Give You Anything but Love," "Sleepy Time Gal," "The Object of My Affection," and "Nevertheless (I'm in Love with You."

If Martin seems to be very relaxed onPretty Baby, he is even more so on Sleep Warm (1959), where relaxation actually becomes the concept. Recorded over three sessions in October 1958, the album boasts appropriately dreamy arrangements byPete King and has Dino's favorite pal,Frank Sinatra, conducting the orchestra. This was not the first time that Sinatra took up the baton: he had already conducted a series of Alec Wilder tone poems in 1956 and Peggy Lee's LP The Man I Love in 1957. It seems clear that Martin was attempting to create a concept album in the manner of Sinatra's classic Capitol concepts here, since even the title track was specifically written for this project. The rest of the tunes are mostly standards that make reference to the acts of sleeping or dreaming, such as "Hit the Road to Dreamland,""Dream," "All I Do Is Dream of You," and "Dream a Little Dream of Me." Once again, Martin finds room for songs associated with Crosby ("Goodnight Sweetheart," "Let's Put Out the Lights (and Go to Sleep)," and"Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams") as well as quoting the classics ("Brahms' Lullaby") and unearthing the rather obscure gem "Cuddle Up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine." Another woman appears on the cover, but this time she is comfortably sleeping in a bed of clouds and not looking at Dino (and perhaps not wearing any clothes under those nebulous sheets), who would further this concept five years later when he cut the album Dream with Dean for Reprise.

Rather than a full-fledged Christmas package (he would not release one such record until 1966), Martin's next project, A Winter Romance(1959), is a concept album built around the theme of winter, with a couple of Yuletide songs thrown in because in at least half the globe the Christmas holidays happen to take place during the winter. I have already published a more in-depth article about this lovely LP—one of my personal favorites in Martin's discography—in The Vintage Bandstand, so if the reader is interested, the piece may be accessed here. Then, for his first record of the new decade, Martin would have his first opportunity to collaborate with Nelson Riddle, who had been working closely with Sinatra for about seven years. For their first album together, This Time I'm Swingin'! (1960), Riddle and Martin selected a repertoire made up of older and newer songs, to which they gave an irresistible, laid-back swinging treatment, with arrangements that are not very different from the ones Riddle would write for the LP Sinatra's Swingin' Session about one year later. In fact, one of the songs, "I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me," would also be selected by Sinatra for that album, and "Imagination" had been recorded by Young Blue Eyes back during his tenure with Tommy Dorsey and was a song that he often featured in his live performances. Two songs, "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" and "On the Street Where You Live" are culled from Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's My Fair Lady, and Dino shines on "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You," "Mean to Me," and "Just in Time." It seems that by now it had become almost necessary for Martin to tip his hat to Bing Crosby at least once on every record, so here he includes one of Der Bingle's latest hits, "True Love," done as a mid-tempo swinging ballad. The studio orchestra is full of West Coast luminaries (Buddy ColletteDon FagerquistPete Candoli, andShorty Sherock are just a few examples) and in this kind of company Martin delivers on the title's promise—he is definitely swinging this time!

Just why it took Martin and Capitol so long to think of cutting a whole album of Italian and Italian-influenced songs is anyone's guess. To be fair, three out of the four tunes added to the twelve-inch version ofDean Martin Sings have an Italian origin, so in that respect they foreshadowDino: Italian Love Songs(1962), which was completed in three sessions held in September 1961. Unlike Sinatra, Martin had always openly celebrated his Italian-American heritage by performing Italian-flavored songs (sometimes even in Italian) and producing a collection of some of his favorite tracks of this kind was a stroke of genius. In fact, Dino: Italian Love Songs, was the only one of his Capitol albums that actually charted, and many of the songs it includes ("Return to Me,""On an Evening in Roma") have become closely associated with Martin, who featured them prominently in nightclub appearances. The arrangements are by Gus Levene, who also conducts the orchestra, and although some of the charts sound grandiloquent at times, they usually complement Dino's laid-back crooning beautifully. Though not all the tunes are genuinely Italian ("I Have But One Heart" is an example of this), they all have an Italian feel, and many of them do indeed hail from Italy. For instance, "Take Me in Your Arms" is "Torna a Surriento" (also included in Dean Martin Sings) with a different set of lyrics, and "There's No Tomorrow" is "O Sole Mio" with the same English lyrics sung by Tony Martin on his RCA recording of this classic Neapolitan song. Other standout tracks from the album are "Just Say I Love Her" and "Arrivederci Roma," and Dino sounds so much at ease warbling these Italian ditties that it is fairly surprising that he never recorded a follow-up to this marvelous LP.

By the time Martin's last project for Capitol, Cha Cha de Amor(1962), was released, the singer had switched labels and signed with the Frank Sinatra-owned Reprise Records, for which he had already cut an album, French Style. Recorded in three sessions in December 1961, Martin's last Capitol LP is one of his strangest: as the title suggests, here we have a set of twelve songs, most of which did not originate in Latin America, set to a cha cha beat. The concept is even more unlikely if we bear in mind that by 1961-62, the brief cha cha craze of a few years earlier had practically waned. But, oddly, the concept works because Nelson Riddle handles the arrangements, which are anything but pretentious and which suit Dino's relaxed delivery much better than one would expect. It is difficult to pick standout tracks on this album, both because all the performances are strong and because, as annotator James Ritz points out in his notes for a 2005 CD reissue, "although [it is] delightful and easy to listen to, there's an inherent sameness about the album that left room for very few surprises." Yet this sameness should be attributed neither to Martin, who always sings with gusto, nor to Riddle, whose arrangements are highly inventive, but perhaps to the repetitive nature of the cha cha rhythm itself. In any case, if pressed to choose favorites, I would name the title song"Somebody Loves You,""Love (Your Spell Is Everywhere)," "I Wish You Love," and "A Hundred Years from Today." Dino clearly enjoyed the format of this album, for one of his first LPs for Reprise, Dino Latino, would follow a similar Latin American theme. After completing the sessions for Cha Cha de Amor, Martin began to record in earnest for Reprise, entering a highly successful phase in his career that, at least as far as charted hits were concerned, would surpass his Capitol era. But that is, as they say, an entirely different story to be told at a different time.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Danny G's Sunday Serenade with Dino: "It's The Talk Of The Town"

Hey there pals! What's shakin'?
How's my brethren of Dino-holics?
Well, we made it to Summer, mi amici! Soak it in, pallies.
Hit those beaches!
Grab a little tan!
 Sip a yummy drink...or two!
Make SURE Dean is settin' the atmosphere just right! These HOT, STEAMY days & nights go by SO SO fast!
Let's wind down "The day that coolness came to Earth" month in style, pals! Sound good to youse? Good! I thinks I got JUST the right tune!

Nothin' I dig more than chillin' on a beach...or by a cool cool pool...with a drink in my hand & Dino in my ear, pals! THAT'S Summer to me & I'm gonna make it happen as much as I can this year! Haha!!

Now...youses know me...I LOVE to keep a good time rollin'!
 I dug  jammin' to Dean's "trucker jams" SO SO much last week... that I simply HAD to play 'nother!

Today's Serenade, "It's The Talk of The Town", is from that same easy flowin' moment in time.

Dean was a wee bit older...a wee bit blonder! Hahaha!!!
 A bit of a "rebirth" for our bestest guy.
The 70's were upon us! Haha!!
A VERY cool time, actually, for Dean.
 His TV show was still doin' great! His songs were still makin' the charts! His movies were still sellin' tickets & his live act was still packin' 'em in!
Man! Busy fella!
 Let's celebrate those GREAT GREAT times with a GREAT GREAT Dino-tune!
This one is PERFECTO for a hazy, lazy Summer day, like this.
 Melt into it, pals.

I can't show my face can't go anyplace
People stop and stare it's so hard to bear
Everybody knows you left me it's the talk of the town

Every time we meet my heart skips a beat
We don't stop to speak though it's just a week
Everybody knows you left me it's the talk of the town

We send our invitations to friends and relations announcing our wedding day
Friends and relations gave congratulations how can you face them what can you say

Let's make up sweetheart we can't stay apart
Don't let foolish pride keep you from my side
How can love like ours be ended it's the talk of the town

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Did you know Dean Martin was going to be in Star Wars?

Hey pallies, likes here's 'nother fun post dudes!  Likes we just loves it (or at least most of the time) when our Dino gets parodied  on the ol' 'net.  It simply shows that our Dino is as cool, hip and randy as  ever!  Today we takes you to the relatively new to blog sphere blog, "FAKING STAR WARS."
As the blog's tag suggests the mission of this site  "is dedicated to creating Star Wars rumors that are 100% fake."

We are pleased to note that our most beloved Dino is the focus of a recent FSW's post, "Lost Interview With Dean Martin Reveals He Turned Down Star Wars Role!!"  Beginnin' with a cropped pix of  Princess Leia holdin' the arm of our Dino, this most coolly  creative scribin's has a reporter patterin' with our Dino 'bout the possibility of his starrin' in the epic "Star Wars."  Likes pallies this is fun fun stuff and 'nother wonderful way of spreadin' Dino-magic with the sci fi crowd.

We sez our thanks to Star Wars "faker" "Montgomery Garrett Antilles" for this inspired 'n insightful way of connectin' the King of Cool with the king of sci fi flicks!  We digs it dudes and hopes many many more will come to dig our Dino through this perfect prose parody!  To checks it out in it's original source, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-report.  Dino-funnin', DMP

Lost Interview With Dean Martin Reveals He Turned Down Star Wars Role!!

Did you know Dean Martin was going to be in Star Wars? Yeah, we thought you wouldn’t. Thankfully though, Jacen's Dean Martin fanboy cousin found this little gem hidden in a private auction selling Dino’s stuff for charity. Hit the jump to read more!

Jacen's cousin promptly turned this reel-to-reel over to our writer/visual simulator Comrade J Red and he was able to restore it to a listenable quality. We were able to transcribe it to this written format before the reel went up in flames which kept us from ripping it to an mp3.

Anyway, here's Dean Martin's list interview...
Reporter: “So Dean, awhile ago you mentioned something about going back to film back in the 80’s, but you never did. What happened?”
Martin: “Ah, yes. Well as you know, I have my own gigs, and shows, but of course movies were too much work for me. Everyone knows me for the westerns, a few war movies, and anything classy, but I hadn’t done yet was science fiction." 
Reporter: “And that’s when you found Star Wars, correct?" 
Martin: “Not at all! I had never watched the movie when it came out. It wasn’t until a friend of mine mentioned that I should do something different for a change of pace, and he said he had contacts from Lucasfilm. So he made a few inquiries for me, then announced that George was interested in having me in his next film. I said ok, let’s see what we can do. 
A month or so later I was given the script. It didn’t make any sense! I was supposed to be playing the governor of Cloud City or something, but there wasn’t much class about him. So I asked if I could sing a song. George said ‘No.’ I said ‘Fine.’  The next thing I wanted was to understand what on earth I was saying. So George and I talked a lot about this world my character lived in, and quite honestly it was making less and less sense, but I was still game for it.
So now we’re a few weeks away from filming my scenes, and I ask George for a favor. He says “Of course Dean, what is it?”“Can I get the Rat Pack in here?” 
He thought I was kidding! I told him I was serious! None of my pals had been in anything like this, so I thought it would be great. Don’t you think Frank would have made an excellent singing robot? I do. Sammy Davis Jr. as a flirtatious body guard? It would be great.” 
Reporter: “So what happened?”
Martin: “Well… they ran things differently from what I’m used to, and creative differences, I decided it would be better if someone else had the role. So I left peacefully, and no one ever mentioned I was going to be in the film.”
Reporter: “Have you watched the film yet?”
Martin: “I have. It was excellent, though not my style. I’m glad I was able to enjoy it like so many others.”
Reporter: “That’s great. Do you wish they had done anything differently?”
Martin: “No, no, not really. Well, Billy Dee Williams is a great singer, and I think it would have been great if he had sung “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime” to the princess, but that’s just me! [laughs]”
And there you have it everyone, a rare bit of history very few have known until now! Somewhere in a parallel universe, Dean Martin played Lando Calrissian, singing the classics to Princess Leia…