Thursday, May 05, 2011

Dean Martin put the limelight ahead of personal problems

Hey pallies, likes how wonderful to continue to see Dino-day after Dino-day, those in the know liftin' up the name of our Dino and speakin' Dino-truth boldly and openly to pallies every Dino-where.

Case in point is the followin' post from the online pages of the Las Vegas Review Journal's "View" pad, where staff writer Amanda Donnelly has put the accent on the life and times of our beloved Dino with the bold headline, "Dean Martin put the limelight ahead of personal problems."

The purpose of this Dino-read seems to be explainin' to John Q. Public the reason that "Las Vegas has a street named after the legendary Dean Martin." You will find much of the usual Dino-details here of our great man's early years, his stuggles as a young man, and his rise to becomin' the greatest entertainer of all time.

Likes very special to this Dino-prose are some great Dino-reflections shared by University of Nevada, Las Vegas history professor Eugene Moehring. It is so so obvious that Professor Moehring is truly in the Dino-know and obviously full of Dino-admiration.

Speakin' of the Rat Pack, Moehring sez....
"It was all very good-natured and fun," he said. "I get the feeling they did it to entertain themselves and the audience. There was a brotherly love kind of thing going on there."

And of our Dino's love of some liquid refreshment, the good professor reflects...
"He didn't allow that to affect his performing."

And in summary of our Dino's stellar life, the in-the-Dino-know Moehring prclaims...
"He is a legend and a true Las Vegas icon." "No doubt about it."

Indeed, there is no doubt of all any Dino-hearted pallie at our great man is LEGEND AND ICON!

Loves these Dino-reflections pallies, and likes the outstandin' pix of our beloved Dino and frankie is one that this Dino-holic has never ever seen before.

ilovedinomartin sends our thanks to the pallies at the Las Vegas Review-Journal for gettin' these thoughts into Dino-print...and 'specially to staff writer Amanda Donnelly for pennin' 'em and to Professor Eugene Moehring for his special thoughts of Dino-devotion. Truly such Dino-writin' as these will continue to bring more and more folks to knowin', lovin', and honorin' our amazin' Dino! And, special thanks as well to our great pallie Danny G. for puttin' us on to this Dino-praise.

To view this in it's original format, just clicks on the tag of this Dino-prose. Dino-loved, DMP

Las Vegas Review-Journal
Dean Martin put the limelight ahead of personal problems


Posted: May 3, 2011 | 1:22 p.m.
Updated: May 4, 2011 | 5:31 p.m.

Dean Martin, left, and Frank Sinatra ham it up at the Jerry Lewis Labor Day telethon at the Sahara in 1976.

His name is synonymous with The Rat Pack and Sin City itself. It is no wonder Las Vegas has a street named after the legendary Dean Martin.

Dean Martin Drive snakes its way through the southwest portion of the valley to just north of Flamingo Road, where it turns into its former name, Industrial Road. That section continues on across the valley, stopping just short of Charleston Boulevard.

Martin was born Dino Crocetti in 1917 in Steubenville, Ohio, to Italian immigrants. Until Martin began attending public school he only spoke Italian, a detail that made him no friends but did make him the subject of ridicule.

The youngest of two sons, Martin struggled in grade school because of his strong Italian accent.

Martin dropped out of school in the 10th grade to focus on drumming and began taking odd jobs delivering bootlegged liquor, boxing and working as a blackjack dealer.

Martin began singing around the same time and spent a good portion of the 1940s perfecting his style as a lounge act. It was then that he began calling himself Dino Martini, after a famous opera singer he idolized. It was also during that time that Martin began working with musician and band leader Sammy Watkins, who suggested that the crooner change his name to Dean Martin.

Martin met Frank Sinatra in 1943 after flopping at a New York nightclub. The two wouldn't form a substantial friendship for a number of years.

In 1944, Martin was drafted into the Army at the height of World War II. He was eventually discharged for medical reasons.

Martin met comic Jerry Lewis while performing in New York, and the pair formed a fast friendship, eventually deciding to meld their respective acts into a comedy-music duo.

The pair made their television debut in 1948. A radio series was quick to follow, as were movie deals.

The creative pair split in 1956.

Martin launched a solo career, doing movies and making albums in the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s. It was during that time that he formed a friendship with Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr.

The three joined with Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford and eventually became known as the Rat Pack.

The group performed at the Sands Hotel, singing and doing slapstick comedy as much for themselves as for the audience, according to University of Nevada, Las Vegas
history professor Eugene Moehring.

"It was all very good-natured and fun," he said. "I get the feeling they did it to entertain themselves and the audience. There was a brotherly love kind of thing going on there."

In 1965, Martin launched the variety television series, "The Dean Martin Show."

According to Moehring, Martin developed a reputation as an alcoholic, but his work always came first.

"He didn't allow that to affect his performing," he said.

In the early 1970s, the show was still doing well, and Martin was playing to sold-out crowds at nightclubs and casinos.

"He seemed to be tired at that point," Moehring said. "All stars reach that point. I think he was ready to somewhat retire."

After the 1975 film "Mr. Ricco," Martin retreated from the limelight.

Martin's final Las Vegas shows were at Bally's Las Vegas in 1990.

Martin was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1993 and died of acute respiratory failure at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Dec. 25 1995. He was 78. Industrial Road was renamed Dean Martin Drive in October 2005. The lights of the Las Vegas Strip, which almost never go dark, were dimmed in the entertainer's honor.

"He is a legend and a true Las Vegas icon," Moehring said. "No doubt about it."


Always On Watch said...

Good find!

After Dino, Jr's death, Sinatra, Davis, and our Dino went on a "Together Again" tour. I bought tickets for the D.C. performance, of course.

Sadly, our Dino bowed out of the tour before they arrived to D.C. Our Dino's heart wasn't in completing that tour because of the untimely death of Dino, Jr.

I used my tickets and went to see Sinatra and Davis -- a good show, but hollow for me without our Dino. That show was my second time to see Sinatra perform live, but actually Davis stole that second show.

Anyway, one of the greatest disappointments of my life has been never seeing our Dino perform live.

PS: One of my friends -- an older gentleman -- actually played black jack with our Dino in Vegas. My friend said that our Dino never drank much when the big money was at stake.

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, Miss AOW, likes I can't image the depths of your disappointment to have our beloved Dino drop outta the tour...likes what anticipation you musta had and what a let down to have to to hear that Dino-tale by your friend...causin' me to 'gain invite you to do some Dino-reflections for ilovedinomartin...likes I knows how busy you are with schoolin' and carin' for Mr. AOW..but know the door is always open to you to share your Dino-devotion with all our readers....and by all means, keeps lovin' our Dino!

Always On Watch said...

As soon as I can (when my schedule eases up), I'll do up a post for you, DMP.

Writing about our Dino relaxes me!

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, well Miss AOW that will be outstandin'...always loves to hear more and more Dino-perspectives...indeed puttin' the accent on our Dino is so so relaxin' for Dino-sure....and, yes, keeps lovin' our Dino!