Hey pallies, likes I am simply thrilled to be able to keeps bringin' your Dino-birthday tribs to lets us all know the depth and breath of delightful devotion to our Dino rememberin' the 95th anniversary of his bringin' coolness to earth. Today we turn to the newsy blog St. Louis Core where a Miss Mary Miller Cullins has scribed informative and insightful reflections on the life and times of our most beloved Dino.
With pixs and prose Miss Mary highlights 5 aspects of our Dino's life...his birth and early years in Stu-ville, his amazin' partnership with Jerry Lewis, his amazin' career in singin' and actin', his brotherhood with the Rat Pack, his amazin' years on the Dean Martin Variety Show, and his marriages and family ties.
While the informatio is of quite standard fare, I am thrilled that a correspondant likes Miss Cullins took such lovin' care to share the Dino-legacy with her readers..and I loves, yes, simply loves the cool Dino-partyin' graphic that was created for this Dino-devotion!
So, thank you very much Miss Mary Miller Cullins and the pallies at the St. Louis Core, for homagin' our great man on his great day and aidin' your readers in their continued lovin' our our most lovin' Dino. To view this in it's original format, likes just clicks on the tag of this here Dino-gram. Keeps lovin' our Dino! Dino-devotedly, DMP
Happy Birthday To Dino
By Mary Miller Cullins
On June 7th, 1917, in Steubenville, Ohio, a boy named Dino Paul Crocetti was born to Italian immigrants, he’s also known as Dean Martin. Dean Martin was a high school drop-out who dabbled in amateur boxing, selling lottery tickets, acting as a bookie, and working as a card dealer in local gambling joints. He began his show business career at age seventeen, singing in Ohio nightclubs not far from his hometown. He began touring with bandleader Sammy Watkins in 1938 as the band’s featured vocalist; he changed his name to Dean Martin in 1940.
During a club engagement in 1946, Dean met Jerry Lewis and they teamed up in 1947. Martin played the straight man to Lewis’ clown. They were one of the most popular comedic acts at that time and in 1950 they made their television debut in the Colgate Comedy Hour. The famous pair made sixteen films together between 1949 and 1956.
After the Martin-Lewis team split, Dean resumed his singing career. He recorded such hits as “That’s Amore,” “Memories are Made of This,” “When You’re Smiling,” and “Oh Marie.” He also went back to acting and in 1958, Martin received critical acclaim for his work in The Young Lions with Montgomery Clift and Marlon Brando.
Around this time, Martin began performing with a group of very close friends, we all know as the Rat Pack! Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford were the top act to see in Las Vegas during that time.
In 1964, Dean Martin recorded his blockbuster hit, “Everybody Loves Somebody,” which beat the Beatles to become the No. 1 hit in America for one week. It became the theme song for his television variety series The Dean Martin Comedy Hour. The series ran from 1973 to 1974.
Dean was married three times and had eight children. He suffered a tragic loss in 1987 when his son, Dino Jr., was killed in a plane crash during a military exercise. He retired from show business after a 1988-89 concert tour with Sammy Davis, Jr. and Frank Sinatra.
Dean Martin died on Christmas Day in 1995 of acute respiratory failure. His songs, movies, and memories, continue to live on.
June 7, 1917-December 25, 1995