Friday, August 17, 2012

The Dean Martin Show is cool!

Hey pallies, his name is Hans Jeff Borger, he hails from Ocala, Florida, and he tags himself the "Nostalgic Rambler." The subject of his latest post is, of course, none other then our most beloved Dino.

Mr. Borger has liked tagged his Dino-reflections very very appropriately, "The Dean Martin Show is cool!" Seems that Jeff, as he likes to be called,recently "uncovered a whole bunch of old VHS tapes" of the Dino-show at a steal of a deal and obviously has been nostaligicly groovin' on our Dino ever since speakin' of our great man and his great show as "the epitome of cool."

Likes how cool to find 'nother pallie who is likes gettin' so turned on by our King of Cool and sharin' his new Dino-devotion with his readership. It's dudes like Jeff Borger that keeps the Dino-light glowin' ever more Dino-bright! ilovedinomartin spends out our Dino-appreciato to him for boldly sharin' his fondness for our fine man. To view this content in it's original format, as usual, just clicks on the tag of this Dino-report. Keeps lovin' our Dino! Dino-cooled, DMP

The Dean Martin Show is cool!

Pardon me, but the Nostalgic Rambler has been a bit lazy in posting here lately. If I would ask you to guess what I've been doing, I don't think you would guess....I'm learning Norwegian! Why? I've always been fascinated with the country and thought it would be fun. Don't worry, I won't be posting in "norsk" any time soon...I can't even say "nostalgia" in Norwegian yet!

Time now for a new posting that is the epitome of cool. That was a legendary tv series called "The Dean Martin Show." I uncovered a whole bunch of old VHS tapes of this program recently. Flea markets can hardly sell VHS videos for more than 25 cents anymore so it's a great place to find old movies and such.

Dean's show was the brainchild of producer Greg Garrison. Dean was a major star at the time and didn't want to be bothered with rehearsal. He more or less just showed up on the taping night while Garrison and his staff rehearsed the rest of the crew and made up cue cards for Dean-o to read! The show became show biz legendary.

The broadcast featured Dean singing, of course, as well as showcasing the legendary talent of the time, with guests from John Wayne to Bob Hope. Comedian Jonathan Winters would often break Dean up. No one knew what he would do on stage including the director.

Dean with Jonathan Winters

Dean's relaxed image came off on the screen and that was perhaps what makes the show so charming today. TV today is so polished. It has to be perfect. Dean's show was perfect, simply because it wasn't perfect. It was just a guy singing and presenting a fun hour for his audience. He never took himself too seriously. After singing most of the songs, he usually starts applauding himself and then mocking it by saying something "Oh, can that boy sing..." or something along those lines.

Dean and "The First Lady Of Song" Miss Ella Fitzgerald

You can find these Dean Martin Variety Shows everywhere on line. They are obviously also on dvd now. Producer Greg Garrison re-edited the shows several years back and the cream of the crop is available in re-mastered form. Garrison was a broadcasting genius. Unfortunately, just like Dean, he is no longer with us either. He died in 2005. Too bad other big stars of that era don't have their material available for today's audiences. (Calling the kids of Perry Como, come in please!)


Jeff Borger said...

Thanks for highlighting my Dean blog. Dean had quite a career. I think his persona was really honed on The Dean Martin Show. Last night we watched him and Jerry on The Colgate Comedy Hour (which is broadcast weekly here believe it or not!). He was not so much the cool pal-y type guy on that show. Dean's image as we know it took a lot of time to develop into the man, myth and legend he has become. Sincerely, your Nostalgic Rambler! PS: hope you visit my blog again soon, pal-y! :)

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, likes Mr. Jeff, no problemo...likes we call it showin' true Dino-palliedom. How cool cans it be that you gets to see the Colgates broadcast in your neck of the Dino-woods. One sure way to gets this pallie to visit 'gain is to 'gain put the accent on our most beloved Dino! Keeps lovin' our Dino!

karumudi mahesh chowdary said...


I am Mahesh, from India. I would like to get a simple clarification from your side, which would help me in my research, which basically is to document the shows and years of 'The Dean Martin Variety Show ' in which they were broadcasted in US & also around the world. So as a part of this, i would like to know, when 'The Dean Martin Variety Show'(to be precise season 6 & 7) broadcasted for the first time in Europe(to be precise Switzerland) ?

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, likes Karumudi so so sorry that I don't have that info for you, and likes I don't have a clue where to find it either...keeps lovin' our Dino..and, thanks for patterin'!