Wednesday, February 17, 2010

On This Day In Dino-history....February 17, 1955

Hey pallies, thrilled to just have read this stellar piece of Dino-history and be passin' it all to all my Dino-holic ilovedinomartin pallies. From the Brittish blog "Routenote" comes this great Dino-post of how our Dino hit numero uno in the UK with "Memories Are Made Of This" on February 17, 1955. We says our Dino-thanks to a dude tagged Simoninja for creatin' this note of historical Dino-significance.

As you will read below, this was the only time that our great man made the #1 spot of the Brit music scene...but it lasted for a whole month! To checks this out in it's original format, just click on the tagg of this Dino-gram.

On this 17th day of Dino-amore-month it is just so cool to learn that Brits loved our Dino and this classic tune so much to put him in the top spot of the charts. Be sure to read this whole post 'cause I learned the truth 'bout how our Dino really felt 'bout this song and I loves to learn every Dino-connection that I cans.... Dinogrowin', DMP

55 Years Ago Today In Music
February 17, 2010

February the 17th saw the hugely sucsessful Dean Martin with surprisingly, his only ever UK number one. With “Memories Are Made Of This”, Written by Terry Gilkyson, Richard Dehr and Frank Miller, Dean enjoyed one month in the UK top spot.

Terry Gilkyson’s daughter Eliza spoke of her dad, “He always hated people finding hidden meanings an metaphors in his songs, because he just did it as a job. He went to the office everyday and just wrote songs. But “Memories Are Made Of This” was an exception, its about us: its about him meeting my mother and having three kids. He’s left us a wonderful legacy. At the time everything dad was writing was turning to gold”.

On the other hand Dean Martin was going through hell in 1956. His marriage was on the rocks and his hugely successful comedy duo with Jerry Lewis was just about over. He told Gilkyson that “Memories Are Made Of This” was awful as far as he was concerned so they recorded it anyway. He recorded it with “The Easy Riders”, a group containing Gilkyson co-writers, Richard Dehr and Fran Miller.

The single topped the US chart for 6 weeks, with a cover version of the song, Gale Storm, reaching number 5 simultaneously. The only whiff of a snip of any real competition in the UK came from television comedian Dave King, whose own version of the song also only reached number 5. The song again made the top 20 in the UK when it was revived by Val Doonican in 1967.

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