Saturday, November 05, 2011
Hey pallies, likes when I read these openin' Dino-remarks, "Dean Martin is, hands down, my favorite entertainer," I knew I was 'bout to strike Dino-gold. From the self-tagged blog, "Hey Pally's 78 r.p.m. Page," Mr. Hey Pally (loves that tag!), speaks of comin to deep, pure, and true Dino-devotion only after our most beloved Dino's death...and after seein' his grandmother's tears on Christmas Day while listenin' to "Innamorata" from "Artists and Models." Likes always loves to hear each and every pallie's story of bein' found by our Dino.
Well, Mr. Hey Pallie is huge into collectin' 78's of all sorts includin', likes of course, our Dino's earliest efforts. He speaks in his blog post of pretty easily gettin' all our great man's great platters from Capitol, but the much harder effort of gettin' those earliest Dino-releases in the pre-Capitol days.
Very cool to learn that this Dino-holic has been able to acquire all but one of those 78's...one recorded in 1947 on the Embassy label. He sez that he has never ever seen one of dem for sale, and rightly wonders if any are still in existence.
Just wonderin' if any of our readers can shed any Dino-light on this dude's Dino-quiry? Likes ilovedinomartin thanks Mr. Hey Pally for sharin' his Dino-devotion so so openly with all his readership...always so so thrilled to met 'nother Dino-addict! Does hope that one of our faithful ilovedinomartin readers might be able to bring some Dino-light to his Dino-wonderin'. To view this in it's original format, just clicks on the tag of this Dino-message. Dino-awed, DMP
Dean Martin's 1947 Embassy 78
Dean Martin is, hands down, my favorite entertainer. My late Italian Grandmother would play his albums constantly on her wall length Sears console stereo. She had the scratchy vinyls stacked on the automatic changer spindle as high as it could possibly go. Every once in a while she would have to get up and nudge the needle that had became stuck in an endless skip. (I would later give her cd's of every Martin track, but as grateful as she was, she still spun the wax.)
Unfortunately, I did not come around to Dino's music until he passed away. Even though it was Christmas day, Grandma was not in a joyous mood. While one of his cd's was playing in the background, a song that I had heard countless times before, finally resonated with me...Innamorata. I saw how it brought tears to my Grandma's eyes.
Since I was just starting to collect 78's at this time, I thought it would be fun to also round up some of Dino's tracks. Purple Capitols were able to be found in abundance everywhere I looked. Even grabbed a few on eBay for next to nothing.
Then I discovered that he had recorded 10 sides...5 discs...before he embarked on his massive Capitol output. In the 16 years that I have been collecting Martin 78's, I have all but one of these five. It hasn't been the case of being outbid at the last second or finding it in an antique store, only to be cracked or unplayable...it's that I have never come across one...online or in person...for sale, on display, mentioned or otherwise.
In late November of 1947, Dean Martin recorded One Foot In Heaven and The Night Is Young And You're So Beautiful for Embassy Records just before a recording ban went into effect on January 1, 1948.
Of course this is probably the most coveted Dean Martin 78 out there...but I'm starting to wonder...are there any even out there...other than the pics found in a book included with the box set of cd's I have? (see below)
Posted by dino martin peters at 7:06 AM