Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Dean Martin Deluxe

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Hey pallies, likes the last couple of Dino-days  here at ilovedinomartin we have been sharin' deeply delightful Dino-devotion from Deanager Gio Orlando.  Likes we were totally totally thrilled to find yet 'nother of today's youth findin' their way to our Dino and mightily moved by the awesome amount of keen knowledge that Gio exhibited in the research that he had done on the two Pickwick al-b-ums he reviewed on his youtube  vid.

One of dem Dino-discs, "Dean Martin Deluxe" is a particular fav of ours 'cause we deeply digs  the Dino-art.  Likes back in the year of our Dino 2015 we created a Dino-gram featurin' 5---count 'em---5 Dinio-croons from this amazin' album and youse can checks out that original post HERE.

In that Dino-gram we sez, "What has always make the al-b-um "Dean Martin Deluxe" likes so so special to us is the fabulous Dino-art that graces the cover.  It's a couple of swank sketches of our most beloved Dino with some rainbow hues thrown in for good measure.  We likes 'specially finds the image of our Dino holdin' his ever present cigarette likes totally totally incredibly irresistible!"

"Well, likes when we saw that Mr. "johnnybegood 3" had shared a quintet of cool cool croons from our King of Cool from this awesome al-b-um, we knew that we simply had to create a Dino-honorin' post with those neatest of neat numbers from the voice of our King of Cool.  The five-pack includes "Just In Time" (from our Dino's only big screen musicale "Bells Are Ringing," "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone," "Someday," "True Love," and "I Can't Believe You Are In Love With Me."  It's a true Dino-feast of Dino-musicality!"

Today we, bein' so immensely inspired by Deanager Gio Orlando's eager efforts on behalf of our Dino, share the quintet of Dino-cuts with all youse Dino-holics once 'gain.  These Dino-gems include "Just In Time," "I Can't Believe That You Are In Love With Me," "True Love," "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone," and "Someday."

Once 'gain we sez our thanks to youtuber "johnnybegood 3" for makin' these youtube vids for Dino-philes every-Dino-where's Dino-listenin'-pleasure!

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Dean Martin - Deluxe - Just in Time /Pickwick 1974

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Dean Martin ‎– Deluxe
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Dean Martin - Deluxe I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me -/Pickwick 1974 k

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Published on Sep 7, 2015
Dean Martin ‎– Deluxe
Pickwick ‎– SPC-3283

Dean Martin - Deluxe - True Love /Pickwick 1974

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Published on Sep 7, 2015
Dean Martin ‎– Deluxe
Pickwick ‎– SPC-3283

Dean Martin - Deluxe - Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone /Pickwick 1974

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Published on Sep 7, 2015
Dean Martin ‎– Deluxe
Pickwick ‎– SPC-3283

Dean Martin - Deluxe - Someday /Pickwick 1974

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Published on Sep 7, 2015
Dean Martin ‎– Deluxe
Pickwick ‎– SPC-3283

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Also Dean Martin is still awesome I love that man.

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Hey pallies, likes yester-Dino-day we introduced you 'nother of today's Dino-diggin' youth, Mr. Gio Orlando via his  youtube vid presentation on two  Dino-al-b-ums.   Gio's viral vid is tagged  " Dean Martin Oddities - The Pickwick Albums."  Likes watchin' Orlando powerfully pontificate on these
ubber unique Dino-discs we were totally totally taken by his obvious deep deep Dino-delight and we wanted to see if we coulda find more of Gio's Dino-devotion a la the ol' world wide web.

Likes pallies we spent a bit of time reviewin' Gio's  multiple Instagram postin's and we happened 'pon his Valentine's Day 2019 postin' (the day known here as Dino-Amore Day).  As all youse Dino-philes will neatly note below, Gio's awesome accent was on the unfinished Dino-flick that he starred with Miss Marilyn Monroe, "Something's Got To Give."

We gotta 'fess up that we are marvelously moved once 'gain by Deanager Gio's proud public proclamation  of why he chose our Dino as the object of his heart day post sayin', "Also Dean Martin is still awesome I love that man."  We remember that our Dino spoke of his deep desire to "put the accent on youth, and we are totally totally thrilled to find Deanager Gio Orlando deep desire to put the accent on our most most most beloved Dino!

Once 'gain, we sez our thank you very much to Mr. Gio Orlando for openly 'n affirmatively speakin' of his love of our main man.  To checks this out in it's original format, simply, per usual, clicks on the tag of this Dino-report.  And, as Gio  sez to his Instagram readership..."I would suggest watching the existing 40 minutes, however," we have shared the youtube vid of the existin' footage of "Something's Got To Give" for all our Dino-viewin' pleasure.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

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Film No. 52 of 2019 - I would have liked to see the full version of this, but sadly, due to the death of Marilyn Monroe, it was never fininshed. I would suggest watching the existing 40 minutes, however. Now, logically, I would watch something like My Bloody Valentine today. But why, why would I do that? Better question is why wouldn’t I. Well, I was feeling romantic (for one reason or another)
Also Dean Martin is still awesome I love that man.


Monday, May 20, 2019

Dean Martin Oddities - The Pickwick Albums by Gio Orlando

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Hey pallies, likes we gotta 'fess up that this very Dino-day we are likes head over heels fully full of Dino-happiness 'cause of two different Dino-discoveries!  Likes first, we have found a new swank source for Dino-happenin's and from the source we can't wait to share with all youse Dino-philes yet 'nother of today's youth who appears absolutely awesomely supremely sold out to our most most most beloved Dino!

First the new-to-ilovedinomartin Dino-resource is the reddit Dino-pad found HERE.  Likes it's fantastically full of all sorts of Dino-devotion...incredible images, vibrant vids, pallies sharin' their Dino-desires...we simply  can't wait to hang out here and find tons of deeper then deep Dino-adulation to pass on to all youse Dino-holics.

Second, we wanna introduce you to a youthful nouveau hipster who has obviously been wonderfully warmly welcomed into our Dino's world.  Pictured 'bove  on the left is Mr. Gio Orlando whose Instagram pad is located  HERE, where Gio, who clearly is a remarkable renaissance man likes our Dino,  describes himself with these words..."Actor, writer, director, actor, filmmaker, movie buff, musician, probably a mobster, geek, collector, class clown, and a sometimes critic."  We also found Orlando makin' the scene on Facebook at his home pad HERE where he has proudly publicly proclaimed that our most beloved Dino is his main music man!

Likes it was our first visit to the Dino-page on reddit where we came 'cross a youtube vid that Gio created tagged "Dean Martin Oddities - The Pickwick Albums," where young Orlando gives us the super superb scoop on the Dino-albums, "Dean Martin You Were Made For Love" and "Dean Martin Deluxe."  While playin' croons from both amazin' al-b-ums, Gio speaks viral volumes of incredible insights on how ubber unique these two Dino-LPs are.  This delightful Deanager is clearly in the Dino-know as he shares the research that he has done on the tunes contained on each.

We are powerfully, perfectly pleased to have made the awesome acquaintance of both the Dino reddit pad as well as Deanager Gio Orlando.  We sez our thanks to both the pallies at Dino-reddit and Mr. Gio Orlando for their cool contributions to helpin' the Dino-light glow ever ever Dino-brighter and brighter!  To checks out Gio's youtube vid shared here, simply clicks on the tag of this particular Dino-gram.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Dean Martin Oddities - The Pickwick Albums

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Published on Nov 22, 2018

I thought I ought to do a video on these strange Dean Martin records I own on the Pickwick label.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Danny G's Sunday Serenade with Dino: "Mam'selle"

Man o man, THIS is Spring!

What a simply BEA U TI FUL mornin', mi amici.

Sunny sky & a soft, cool cool breeze flowin' through my window.
 I actually have my window open!

Cants' get me 'nough quiet & peaceful moments like this, pals.

 Life is usually pretty hectic for Danny G.
 All of us, I'm sure.

These couple hours I gets to grab...every now & then...are EXACTLY what the doctor ordered!

Early mornin'.
 Everyone's asleep.
All but Dean & me, that is.

We all need some "chill out" time, my friends.
 Keeps us sane!
 Haha!! one knew this better than our numero uno paisano, Dino!

Whether he was smackin' 'round a few golf balls...enjoyin' some “pasta fazool” with a special friend...or just relaxin' at home watchin' a western...Dean knew how to chill! 

Well, ol' pallies o' mine...we is SO SO fortunato...that Dino has laid the blueprints for us, to do the same exact chillin'!
Yes mam!

 Let me gives youse just one little example, pals.

 I'm jumpin' back to Dean's "French Style" vinyl grab us a wee bit o' "Mam'selle" , for today's O So Soothin' Serenade.

 Now, mi warned...this tune is SO SO mellow...& SO SO smooth...youse may find yourself dazin' off into a dreamy state of TOTAL calmness, that won't be easy to shake!

Just tell your family & & & parakeet..."Don't worry, pallies...I'm just chillin' with Dino & I'll catch youse later".

 Yea, my friends...this is serious tranquility here.

OK...let's do this.

Go grab a drink or a smoke...if that's your thin'.

 Find a quiet space & settle in.

We is goin' on a little journey with Dean.

 Youse may wanna put this one on repeat, pallies.

 Ahhhhhhhh...soak it in, my friends.


Saturday, May 18, 2019

Dino-devotion from the Republic of Slovenia

Hey pallies, likes we continue to completely supremely stand in absolute awe of the incredibly international nature of Dino-adulation as we share Dino-gram after Dino-gram from the four cool corners of the Dino-globe.  Likes today we share a super short by so so sweet bit of Dino-devotion from the Republic of Slovenia in south Central Europe.   It is bordered by Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Hungary to the northeast, Croatia to the southeast, and the Adriatic Sea to the southwest.
And, likes we don't think we have ever before had the proud privilege of accentin' Dino-devotion from this particular country.

From the self-tagged blog "Franc Konobelj, zbiratelj avtogramov / autograph collector comes Mr. Konobelj's  (pictured on the right) beautifully brief salute to our most beloved Dino.  In searchin' for a photo of Konobelj to share with youse Dino-holics we came 'cross an awesome article from the Slovenian web pad "Gorenjski Glas" tagged "In the hunt for autographs that speaks of Franc havin' "more than 1600 autographs of famous domestic and foreign personalities in his collection."  You can read that prose HERE.

Likes as youse will see below, Mr. Lonobelj's prose is tagged simply "Dean Martin" and includes a youtube vid of our Dino  croonin' "My Rifle, Pony, And Me" taken from his classic role of the Dude in "Rio Bravo.   The Dino-graph (which we have enlarged) is a Dino-pix that we ain't ever set eyes on before....with our Dino holdin' a ring of keys in each hand and givin' us a swank smile.  We can't make out who our Dino signed the autograph to.  Likes any of youse pallies have any info on this Dino-pose?.....we'd really 'preciate anythin' youse coulda share.

We totally totally thrill to have yet  'nother cool country represented on the pages of ilovedinomartin with delightful devotion to our King of Cool.  We sez our thanks to Mr. Franc Konobelj for postin' this Dino-feature on his beautiful blog.  To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

American film actor and singer.

Dean Martin

Ameriški filmski igralec in pevec.

Objavila oseba Franc Konobelj 3rd September 2016

Friday, May 17, 2019

Martin found sympathy especially for broken characters.....

Hey pallies, welcome back to 'nother incredibly informative Dino-day here at our humble little ilovedinomartin waterin' hole.  We deeply deeply digs knowin' just how ubber universal our Dino is beautifully beloved by pallies all over the known world and today's Dino-gram to all youse Dino-phile is more proof positive of how the name of our most beloved Dino is still  bein' lovin'ly lifted up all over the world wide web.

Likes today we visit with the Bavarian blog "ANTENNE BAYERN - We Live In Bavaria - We Love The Hits," a German web radio pad," where the life and legacy, and indeed some of the teachin's of our Dino are shared in these swank scribin's.  We have time after time shared these brief beloved biographies of our one, our only Dino, but each and everyone is unique in their relatin' of the Dino-story.

The tag of this Dino-gram, " Martin found sympathy especially for broken characters....." was tenderly taken from the wise words below and speaks of our Dino's keen kindness to Miss Marilyn Monroe and Mr. Montgomery extraordinary example of our Dino's faithfulness to pallies of his who were strugglin'.  We coulda obviously share many more learnin' from this particular prose, but we invite all youse Dino-holics to drink deeply of this Dino-prose.   Permit us to also note that the first Dino-image shared below is one that we ain't ever remember viewin' before and we largely loves sharin' more 'n more potent pixs of our most most most beloved Dino.

We sez thanks to the pallies at "ANTENNE BAYERN" for helpin' their remarkable readership grow in Dino-knowledge, Dino-amore, Dino-devotion!  To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-message.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

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Dean Martin

Dean Martin (born June 7, 1917 as Dino Crocetti in Steubenville, Ohio, † December 25, 1995 in Beverly Hills, California) was an American singer, actor and entertainer of Italian descent. Martin became internationally known after the Second World War through his ten-year collaboration with comedian Jerry Lewis. After the dissolution of Martin & Lewis , Martin established himself as a solo artist on stage, on the screen and on television. He appeared regularly in Las Vegas until 1991, sang world hits like Memories Are Made of This and Everybody Loves Somebody (Sometime), and made more than 50 feature films, including Rio Bravo and Kiss Me, Fool, For a decade he presented on television the Dean Martin Show , which made him at the time the highest paid entertainer in the world. Together with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis jr. and some other artists he was in the 1960s, the so-called Rat Pack attributed. Because of his relaxed performances, he was considered King of Cool .


Childhood and early years
Martin's father was the farm worker Gaetano Crocetti (1894-1967), born in Montesilvano, Italy, who emigrated to the United States in 1913, just as his brother had a few years before. Gaetano Crocetti, who became known as Guy from 1914, settled in the industrial town of Steubenville in the US Rust Belt and opened a hairdressing salon. Martin's mother was the Ohio-born Italian-born Angela "Angelina" Barr, b. Barra (1897-1966). They married in October 1914. One and a half years later, Guglielmo (later called William or Bill, 1916-1968) gave birth to her first child, and a year later on June 7, 1917 Dino was prematurely born as a second son.

Dino said he spoke only Italian until his fifth birthday; In retrospect, he called this a "Abruzzian dialect". At first he was having a hard time at school with English as a second language, leaving Wells High School , which he had previously visited only occasionally, after the tenth grade. The difficulties with the English language continued until he received language instruction from his first wife "Betty" in the early 1940s.

As a teenager, Martin went to different jobs. Among other things, he was a worker in one of Steubenville's steel mills, a milkman and a supermarket salesman. Temporarily he entered under the name "Kid Crochet" as a welterweight price welder. Martin repeatedly came into contact with Cosa Nostra , the local manifestation of organized crime. During Prohibition he helped with alcohol smuggling, and from 1936 he worked as a dealer (croupier) in an illegal casino in his hometown. He often sang aloud at the croupier table and was suggested by friends to earn money singing.

After some amateur appearances in the 1930s, Martin's career began in the fall of 1939 as a professional entertainer. It ended after 52 years with his last stage appearance in Las Vegas.

Dino - Dean - Crocetti - Martini - Martin : Change of name
Martin's baptismal name was Dino Crocetti; he did not have a middle name at first. Only on the occasion of his first communion in 1928, he received the second name Paul, with which his later stage partner Jerry Lewis preferred to address him.

In the early years of his artistic career Martin performed under his birth name Dino Crocetti. Prior to a commitment in Cleveland gave him the band leader Ernie McKay in November 1939 the stage name Dino Martini, which should not - as occasionally indicated - the cocktail of the same name, but the then popular Italian opera tenor Nino Martini should remember. In November of the following year, it was at the behest of the bandleader Samuel "Sammy" Watkins the Americanized version Dean Martin, which he already officially made his name before the birth of his first child in 1942.


Dean Martin was married three times and had seven biological children, five of whom were at least temporarily also in show business footing. His family also included actor and entertainer Leonard "Bananas" Barr. He was the younger brother of Martin's mother.

Marriages and partnerships

Dean Martin's first wife was Elizabeth Anne "Betty" Martin, b. McDonald (* 1923, † 1989). The 1941 closed marriage was divorced in 1949. Two days after the divorce, Martin married the Florida-born Dorothy Jane "Jeanne" (also: "Jeannie") Biegger (born March 27, 1927, † August 24, 2016). In the 1950s they lived several times for short periods in separation, in 1973 they divorced. During the marriage with Jeanne Martin had numerous affairs, including with Pier Angeli, later with the beauty queen Gail Renshaw, the actress Phyllis Davis and Bing Crosby's daughter in law Peggy Crosby. In 1973, Martin married Catherine "Kathy" Hawn, who divorced three years later. Martin has been living with his second wife Jeanne since the 1980s, but without formally closing the marriage again. Jeanne Martin died at the age of 89 in August 2016, two weeks after her son Ricci.


The marriage to Betty produced four children:

Stephen Craig (b. 1942),
Claudia (born March 16, 1944, † 2001); she has been playing in numerous television series and occasionally in feature films since childhood.
Barbara Gail (* 1945) and
Deana (* 1948 as Dina Martin); she has been working as a singer and entertainer since the late 1960s.
Martin had three children with his second wife Jeanne:

Dean Paul (born November 17, 1951, † March 21, 1987); he founded the beat band Dino, Desi & Billy in the mid-1960s and later appeared as an actor. He was considered Martin's favorite son and died in 1987 in a plane crash.
Ricci James (born September 20, 1953, † August 6, 2016); He was a music producer and entertainer, co-producer of his father's last three studio albums, and wrote a biography of him in 2002.
Gina (* 1956).

In 1957 Martin was given sole custody of the four children from his first marriage, which until then had had their mother Betty. From 1957, they lived in a shared household with his second family in Beverly Hills. Martin tried to stop the children's contact with Betty, who had developed heavy alcohol dependence in the 1950s.

Finally, Kathy Hawn brought a daughter from a previous relationship into the marriage, who was adopted by Martin.


Notwithstanding his jovial public appearance, Martin was personally considered extremely closed. Even as a child, he often retired. Later companions and members of his family agreed that he was "self-sufficient" and not interested in communication; he did not express his personal thoughts even in a private environment. A biographer called him Incommunicado, Jerry Lewis spoke of a wall Martin had built around his interior. Martin declined the invitation of a film producer to get to know each other better during a meal together. "Nobody meets me." Martin's wife Jeanne complained that she too had failed to penetrate the facade: "I do not know him." He is "either the most complicated person in the world or the simplest." Martin's biographer Nick Tosches attributes this lunacy (Italian lontananza ) to age-old Italian patterns of behavior experienced and adopted by Martin as a teenager in Steubenville during his contacts with members of organized crime ,

Martin was "not a man who liked to be with others" (Daniel Mann); he always wanted to be alone (Jerry Lewis). Martin had no close friends. The most intense relationship of trust was with Mack "Killer" Gray, a former boxing manager and occasional actor who was his assistant and factotum for nearly 30 years from 1952. In addition, the copywriter Sammy Cahn, the actor Stewart Granger and Frank Sinatra were to be expected to Martins closer environment, the latter relationship was kept mainly by Sinatra alive.

Martin found sympathy especially for broken characters; His daughter Deana speaks in this respect of "Underdogs." To Marilyn Monroe, with whom he 1962 on the - not finished - film Something's Got to Giveworked, he felt personally attracted regardless of professional differences. He described her after her death as a "wonderful girl" and refused to comment on her lifestyle or to participate in speculation about the causes of her death. The mentally unstable and drug-dependent actor Montgomery Clift, who in turn admired Martin, he supported in his difficult life stages. When Clift became the subject of critical reporting for his homosexuality and unstable health, Martin repeatedly showed himself in his company to publicly demonstrate his solidarity with him.

Martin has been a passionate golfer since the 1930s. Whenever he could, he retired to a golf course. During the filming of his films, he often set up a makeshift driving range on the set, where he practiced punches in the shooting breaks. In later years, Martin developed into a car enthusiast, who mainly collected American and Italian sports cars. Among the exclusive exhibits of his collection was a dual-ghia, produced in only a few copies, which he also used as a prop in the movie Küss mich, Dummkopf .

Illness and death

Mack Gray had introduced Martin to the narcotic and narcotic Percodan in the 1950s. At least since the 1970s, Martin - as well as Jerry Lewis and Gray himself - was dependent on the drug; In addition, from the end of the decade alcohol problems. In 1990 he undertook a withdrawal attempt.

At the beginning of the 1980s, Martin's health deteriorated noticeably. He increasingly had difficulty memorizing texts. The accidental death of his son Dean Paul in 1987 triggered a lasting depression in Martin, which expressed itself among other things in an increased indifference to himself and the environment. Jerry Lewis was of the opinion that the death of his son had Martin his will to live ("That was the day he died"). Sinatra's Together Again TourThe year 1988 was an unsuccessful attempt to free Martin from his lethargy. Although he still had some performances in Las Vegas in the following years; but they were short and last showed "a Dean Martin who could barely stand on his feet." His apathy intensified even after the death of Sammy Davis Jr. in the spring of 1990. At the beginning of the 1990s, Martin was Alzheimer's Disease diagnosed, and in September 1993 also lung cancer.

Dean Martin died on 25 December 1995 at the age of 78 years as a result of his cancer. On the day of his death, the streets and buildings in Las Vegas were darkened for ten minutes. Martin was buried on December 28, 1995 at the Pierce Bros. Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Dean Martin
Dean Martin (* 7. Juni 1917 als Dino Crocetti in Steubenville, Ohio; † 25. Dezember 1995 in Beverly Hills, Kalifornien) war ein US-amerikanischer Sänger, Schauspieler und Entertainer italienischer Abstammung. International bekannt wurde Martin nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg durch seine zehnjährige Zusammenarbeit mit dem Komiker Jerry Lewis. Nach der Auflösung von Martin & Lewis etablierte sich Martin als Solokünstler auf der Bühne, auf der Leinwand und im Fernsehen. Er trat bis 1991 regelmäßig in Las Vegas auf, sang Welthits wie Memories Are Made of This und Everybody Loves Somebody (Sometime) und drehte über 50 Spielfilme, darunter Rio Bravo und Küss mich, Dummkopf. Ein Jahrzehnt lang präsentierte er im Fernsehen die Dean Martin Show, die ihn seinerzeit zum bestbezahlten Entertainer der Welt machte. Zusammen mit Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis jr. und einigen anderen Künstlern wurde er in den 1960er Jahren dem sogenannten Rat Pack zugerechnet. Wegen seiner entspannten Auftritte galt er als King of Cool.

Kindheit und frühe Jahre
Martins Vater war der im italienischen Montesilvano geborene Landarbeiter Gaetano Crocetti (1894–1967), der 1913, wie schon einige Jahre zuvor sein Bruder, in die USA ausgewandert war. Gaetano Crocetti, der sich ab 1914 Guy nannte, ließ sich in der Industriestadt Steubenville im amerikanischen Rust Belt (Rostgürtel) nieder und eröffnete einen Friseursalon. Martins Mutter war die in Ohio geborene italienischstämmige Angela „Angelina“ Barr, geb. Barra (1897–1966). Sie heirateten im Oktober 1914. Eineinhalb Jahre später wurde mit Guglielmo (später William oder Bill genannt; 1916–1968) ihr erstes Kind geboren, ein weiteres Jahr später kam am 7. Juni 1917 Dino als zweiter Sohn verfrüht zur Welt.

Dino sprach nach eigenen Angaben bis zu seinem fünften Lebensjahr nur Italienisch; er selbst bezeichnete das rückblickend als einen „Abruzzendialekt“. Er tat sich in der Schule mit dem als zweite Sprache gelernten Englisch zunächst schwer und verließ die Wells High School, die er zuvor nur noch unregelmäßig besucht hatte, schon nach der zehnten Klasse. Die Schwierigkeiten mit der englischen Sprache hielten an, bis er in den frühen 1940er-Jahren von seiner ersten Ehefrau „Betty“ Sprachunterricht erhielt.

Als Teenager ging Martin unterschiedlichen Jobs nach. Unter anderem war er Arbeiter in einem der Stahlwerke Steubenvilles, Milchmann und Verkäufer in einem Supermarkt. Vorübergehend trat er unter dem Namen „Kid Crochet“ als Preisboxer im Weltergewicht an. Wiederholt kam Martin auch mit der Cosa Nostra, der örtlichen Erscheinungsform der organisierten Kriminalität, in Kontakt. Während der Prohibition half er beim Alkoholschmuggel, und ab 1936 arbeitete er als Dealer (Croupier) in einem illegalen Spielcasino seiner Heimatstadt. Er sang am Croupiertisch öfter laut vor sich hin und wurde von Freunden auf die Idee gebracht, mit dem Singen Geld zu verdienen.

Nach einigen Amateurauftritten in den 1930er-Jahren begann im Herbst 1939 Martins Karriere als professioneller Entertainer. Sie endete nach 52 Jahren mit seinem letzten Bühnenauftritt in Las Vegas.

Dino – Dean – Crocetti – Martini – Martin: Namenswechsel
Martins Taufname lautete Dino Crocetti; einen zweiten Vornamen hatte er zunächst nicht. Erst anlässlich seiner Erstkommunion im Jahr 1928 erhielt er den zweiten Vornamen Paul, mit dem ihn sein späterer Bühnenpartner Jerry Lewis bevorzugt ansprach.

In den ersten Jahren seiner Künstlerkarriere trat Martin unter seinem Geburtsnamen Dino Crocetti auf. Vor einem Engagement in Cleveland gab ihm der Bandleader Ernie McKay im November 1939 den Künstlernamen Dino Martini, der nicht – wie gelegentlich angedeutet – an den gleichnamigen Cocktail, sondern an den seinerzeit populären italienischen Operntenor Nino Martini erinnern sollte. Im November des folgenden Jahres wurde daraus auf Betreiben des Bandleaders Samuel „Sammy“ Watkins die amerikanisierte Version Dean Martin, die er bereits vor der Geburt seines ersten Kindes 1942 auch amtlich zu seinem Namen machte.

Dean Martin war dreimal verheiratet und hatte sieben leibliche Kinder, von denen fünf zumindest zeitweise ebenfalls im Showgeschäft Fuß fassten. Zu seiner Familie gehörte außerdem der Schauspieler und Entertainer Leonard „Bananas“ Barr. Er war der jüngere Bruder von Martins Mutter.

Ehen und Partnerschaften
Dean Martins erste Ehefrau war Elizabeth Anne „Betty“ Martin, geb. McDonald (* 1923; † 1989). Die 1941 geschlossene Ehe wurde 1949 geschieden. Zwei Tage nach der Scheidung heiratete Martin die in Florida geborene Dorothy Jane „Jeanne“ (auch: „Jeannie“) Biegger (* 27. März 1927; † 24. August 2016). Sie lebten in den 1950er Jahren mehrfach für kurze Phasen in Trennung, 1973 ließen sie sich scheiden. Während der Ehe mit Jeanne hatte Martin zahlreiche Affären, unter anderem mit Pier Angeli, später auch mit der Schönheitskönigin Gail Renshaw, der Schauspielerin Phyllis Davis sowie Bing Crosbys Schwiegertochter Peggy Crosby. 1973 ging Martin die Ehe mit Catherine „Kathy“ Hawn ein, die drei Jahre später geschieden wurde. Seit den 1980er Jahren lebte Martin wieder mit seiner zweiten Frau Jeanne zusammen, ohne allerdings nochmals formell die Ehe zu schließen. Jeanne Martin starb 89-jährig im August 2016, zwei Wochen nach ihrem Sohn Ricci.

Aus der Ehe mit Betty gingen vier Kinder hervor:

Stephen Craig (* 1942),
Claudia (* 16. März 1944; † 2001); sie spielte seit ihrer Kindheit in zahlreichen Fernsehserien und gelegentlich auch in Spielfilmen mit.
Barbara Gail (* 1945) und
Deana (* 1948 als Dina Martin); sie ist seit den späten 1960er Jahren als Sängerin und Entertainerin tätig.
Mit seiner zweiten Ehefrau Jeanne hatte Martin drei Kinder:

Dean Paul (* 17. November 1951; † 21. März 1987); er gründete Mitte der 1960er Jahre die Beatband Dino, Desi & Billy und trat später als Schauspieler auf. Er galt als Martins Lieblingssohn und starb 1987 bei einem Flugzeugabsturz.
Ricci James (* 20. September 1953; † 6. August 2016); er war Musikproduzent und Entertainer, auch Koproduzent der letzten drei Studioalben seines Vaters und verfasste 2002 eine Biografie über ihn.
Gina (* 1956).
1957 erhielt Martin das alleinige Sorgerecht für die vier Kinder aus seiner ersten Ehe, das bis dahin deren Mutter Betty gehabt hatte. Ab 1957 lebten sie in einem gemeinsamen Haushalt mit seiner zweiten Familie in Beverly Hills. Martin versuchte den Kontakt der Kinder zu Betty zu unterbinden, die in den 1950er Jahren eine schwere Alkoholabhängigkeit entwickelt hatte.

Schließlich brachte Kathy Hawn aus einer früheren Beziehung eine Tochter mit in die Ehe, die von Martin adoptiert wurde.

Ungeachtet seines jovialen Auftretens in der Öffentlichkeit galt Martin persönlich als extrem verschlossen. Schon als Kind zog er sich oft zurück. Spätere Weggefährten und die Mitglieder seiner Familie berichteten übereinstimmend, dass er „sich selbst genug“ und an Kommunikation nicht interessiert gewesen sei; seine persönlichen Gedanken habe er auch in privatem Umfeld nicht geäußert. Ein Biograf bezeichnete ihn als Incommunicado. Jerry Lewis sprach von einer Mauer, die Martin um sein Inneres errichtet habe. Die Einladung eines Filmproduzenten, sich bei einem gemeinsamen Essen näher kennenzulernen, lehnte Martin ab: „Mich lernt niemand kennen.“ Martins Ehefrau Jeanne beklagte, dass es auch ihr nicht gelungen sei, hinter seine Fassade zu dringen: „Ich kenne ihn nicht.“ Er sei „entweder der komplizierteste Mensch der Welt oder der einfachste.“ Martins Biograf Nick Tosches führt diese Entrücktheit (ital. lontananza) auf uralte italienische Verhaltensmuster zurück, die Martin als Teenager in Steubenville bei seinen Kontakten mit Mitgliedern der organisierten Kriminalität erlebt und übernommen habe.

Martin war „kein Mensch, der gerne mit anderen zusammen war“ (Daniel Mann); er habe immer alleine sein wollen (Jerry Lewis). Enge Freunde hatte Martin nicht. Das intensivste Vertrauensverhältnis bestand zu Mack „Killer“ Gray, einem ehemaligen Boxmanager und Gelegenheitsschauspieler, der ab 1952 fast 30 Jahre lang sein Assistent und Faktotum war. Daneben waren auch der Texter Sammy Cahn, der Schauspieler Stewart Granger sowie Frank Sinatra zu Martins engerem Umfeld zu rechnen, wobei die letztgenannte Beziehung vornehmlich durch Sinatra am Leben gehalten wurde.

Sympathie empfand Martin besonders für gebrochene Charaktere; seine Tochter Deana spricht insoweit von „Underdogs.“ Zu Marilyn Monroe, mit der er 1962 an dem – nicht vollendeten – Film Something’s Got to Give arbeitete, fühlte er sich ungeachtet professioneller Differenzen persönlich hingezogen. Er bezeichnete sie nach ihrem Tod als „wunderbares Mädchen“ und weigerte sich, Kommentare zu ihrem Lebensstil abzugeben oder sich an Spekulationen über die Ursachen ihres Todes zu beteiligen. Den psychisch labilen und medikamentenabhängigen Schauspieler Montgomery Clift, der Martin seinerseits bewunderte, unterstützte er in seinen schwierigen Lebensphasen. Als Clift wegen seiner Homosexualität und seiner labilen Gesundheit Gegenstand kritischer Berichterstattung geworden war, zeigte sich Martin wiederholt in dessen Gesellschaft, um öffentlich seine Solidarität mit ihm zu demonstrieren.

Martin war bereits seit den 1930er-Jahren passionierter Golfspieler. Wann immer er konnte, zog er sich auf einen Golfplatz zurück. Bei den Dreharbeiten zu seinen Filmen ließ er sich am Set vielfach eine provisorische Driving Range aufbauen, auf der er in den Drehpausen Schläge übte. In späteren Jahren entwickelte sich Martin zu einem Automobilliebhaber, der vor allem amerikanische und italienische Sportwagen sammelte. Zu den exklusiven Exponaten seiner Sammlung gehörte ein in nur wenigen Exemplaren hergestellter Dual-Ghia, den er auch als Requisit in dem Spielfilm Küss mich, Dummkopf nutzte.

Krankheit und Tod
Mack Gray hatte Martin in den 1950er Jahren an das Schmerz- und Betäubungsmittel Percodan herangeführt. Spätestens seit den 1970er Jahren war Martin – ebenso wie Jerry Lewis und Gray selbst – von dem Präparat abhängig; hinzu kamen ab dem Ende des Jahrzehnts Alkoholprobleme. 1990 unternahm er einen Entzugsversuch.

Mit Beginn der 1980er Jahre ließ der Gesundheitszustand Martins wahrnehmbar nach. Er hatte zunehmend Schwierigkeiten, sich Texte zu merken. Der Unfalltod seines Sohnes Dean Paul im Jahr 1987 löste bei Martin eine anhaltende Depression aus, die sich unter anderem in einer verstärkten Gleichgültigkeit sich und der Umwelt gegenüber ausdrückte. Jerry Lewis war der Ansicht, der Tod seines Sohnes habe Martin seinen Lebenswillen genommen („That was the day he died“). Die von Sinatra angestoßene Together Again Tour des Jahres 1988 war ein erfolgloser Versuch, Martin aus seiner Lethargie zu lösen. Zwar hatte er in den folgenden Jahren noch einige Auftritte in Las Vegas; sie waren aber kurz und zeigten zuletzt „einen Dean Martin, der sich kaum noch auf den Beinen halten konnte.“ Seine Apathie verstärkte sich noch nach dem Tod von Sammy Davis Jr. im Frühjahr 1990. Zu Beginn der 1990er Jahre wurde bei Martin die Alzheimer-Krankheit diagnostiziert, im September 1993 zudem Lungenkrebs.

Dean Martin starb am 25. Dezember 1995 im Alter von 78 Jahren an den Folgen seiner Krebserkrankung. Am Tag seines Todes wurden die Straßen und Gebäude in Las Vegas für zehn Minuten verdunkelt. Martin wurde am 28. Dezember 1995 auf dem Pierce Bros. Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles beigesetzt.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Marvelous Moments With Our Dino and Mr. Tim Conway

Hey pallies, likes some of the coolest of cool classic moments of comedic chaos that our most beloved Dino had on the Dino-show were in superb sketches that our Dino did with the great great comedian Mr. Tim Conway.  We have learned through the 'net that Mr. Conway passed away on Tuesday, May 14 in Los Angeles at the age of 85.

Likes when we heard this news we couldn't help but remember some of the marvelous moments that Tim shared with our Dino and today we have chosen to share a trio of vid clips sweetly showin' the fantastic fun these two forever funny guys had in playin' off of each other and lovin'ly layin' huge happiness on television audiences.

We express our sincere sympathies to Mr. Tim Conway's family, friends, and fans and hope these memorable moments of our Dino and Tim will brings special smiles to all our faces.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Dean Martin & Tim Conway - The Oldest Man (Diner)

Dean Martin, Ted Knight & Tim Conway - The Bar

Dean Martin & Tim Conway - King of Parma