Wednesday, February 29, 2012

You may already know this, but I have a crush on Dean Martin.

Hey pallies, likes her tag is Pamela, she hails from Wapello, Idaho, and she sez 'bout herself, "Not your ordinary 24 year old, I have a passion for The Rat Pack...." As you can see, on this last day of Dino-amore-month we are in for some simply simply delightful devotion to our Dino from this nouveau hipster!

Miss Pamela's blog is tagged, "Adventures Of A Wild Woman," and at her post, "Dean Martin SINGS!," likes she has assembled a little Dino-prose with some of her fav Dino-vid-clips. In addition likes if you clicks on the link at her original post (just clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram to goes to her original blog post) you will find that she has assembled a simply awesome group of Dino-tunes on her playlist.

Likes seems so so appro as we draw our Dino-amore-month postin's to a close to feature youthful Dino-lover Mr. Pamela here at ilovedinomartin. As Pamela openly reveals, "You may already know this, but I have a crush on Dean Martin," Hay makes it clear that Dino-love is truly FOREVER, 'cause each and every new generation is findin' their way to our Dino...and with Dino-crushes likes Miss Pamela, indeed we have no no worries that the Dino-legacy of cool, hip, and randy will ever leave the planet.

ilovedinomartin is thrilled to be able to feature Miss Pamela sharin' her devotion to our Dino with all her blog friends and certainly helpin' more of her gen to come to know, love, and honor our Dino. Dino-psyched, DMP

Dean Martin SINGS!

You may already know this, but I have a crush on Dean Martin.

via arts-wallpapers

I love how nonchalant he is. He seems so easy going and happy. Off the top of my head I can't really think any songs that he sings that are heartbreaking or sad. When I listen to him sing I can't help but smile and dance, he just seems so darn happy!

You should probably just listen for yourself:

This one might be my favorite:

And here is a playlist of some of my favorites, just click on the link. Dean Martin Favorites

via starpulse

Are you a Dean Martin fan? If so, what is your favorite song(s)?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Remembering Dean Martin's country phase

Hey pallies, likes I simply never ever tire of the awesome diversity of Dino-devotion that is poppin' up likes all over the 'net. Today we finds ourselves at 'nother new-to-ilovedinomartin blog pad tagged "EARLY '70S RADIO" where blogmaster Mr. Kim Simpson holds forth.

Simpson's bio tell us that he is "PhD, is a musician, writer and radio host based in Austin, Texas. He is the author of Early '70s Radio: The American Format Revolution, and hosts Sunday Folkways on Austin's KUT and The International Folk Bazaar on KOOP."

How great it is to find someone of Dr. Simpson's credentials writin' 'bout our most beloved Dino. Today's Dino-love by Simpson is well written bit of Dino-prose puttin' the accent on "Remembering Dean Martin's country phase." Dr. Simspon shares some great details 'bout our Dino singin' Country that I never knew before simply addin' to my Dino-knowledge, and likes youse knows how much I loves learnin' more and more 'bout our great man.

As we near the end of our Dino-amore-month celebratin' it's way cool to find 'nother pallie usin' their expertise to expertly lift up the name of our amazin' Dino. ilovedinomartin expresses our thanks to Dr. Kim Simpson for addin' to our Dino-knowledge. To view this in it's original format, likes just clicks on the tag of this Dino-message. Dino-learnin' and Dino-growin', DMP

Remembering Dean Martin's country phase

Although the only Dean Martin song to reach the Billboard country Top 40 chart was his "My First Country Song" (1983), which also appeared on his Nashville Sessions album, his big country phase actually happened between the years 1969 and 1973. His 1969 version of Merle Haggard's "I Take a Lot of Pride in What I Am" was his final Hot 100 charting single, while his versions of Glen Campbell's "Gentle on My Mind," Marty Robbins' "My Woman, My Woman, My Wife," Bobby Bare's "Detroit City," and Jerry Reed's "Georgia Sunshine" all bubbled under the Hot 100 between 1969 and 1971 (1971 being the year he bowed out of the pop charts for good). This chart activity, though, explains the otherwise surprising references to Martin that occasionally popped up in country-identity op eds in the music biz trade papers of the day about potential interlopers sneaking tastes of the country pie.

What was this all about? For Martin, it was good business sense, if not an actual fascination for the country genre. By the '70s, the abyss between classic middle-of-the-road vocalists and the pop charts was wider than ever, and country was an acknowledged stepping stone in the era of "cross-country" stations. Although the notion of cross-country seems to be remembered most in terms of country/rock hybridity, it was the MOR/country fusion that had the biggest influence. Country artists like Charlie Rich, Tammy Wynette, and Ray Price crossed over easily to MOR stations, while MOR artists like Martin, Bobby Vinton,and Patti Page transitioned almost as easily to country playlists. Martin's own television variety show, as a matter of fact, outlasted competing shows hosted by Johnny Cash and Glen Campbell, and aired into the mid-'70s, when he would also host specials on NBC called Dean Martin Presents Music Country and Music Country USA. This aspect of Martin's legacy all makes sense in light of early '70s radio and record industry market calibration, but it certainly runs counter to the Brat Pack Dino persona that prevails in the collective memory.

Dean Martin - "For the Good Times" (1970)

Monday, February 27, 2012

"He’s my all-time idol.”

Hey pallies, likes our month of celebratin' Dino-amore may well be windin' down, but today's post is sweet Dino-testimony that Dino-love is heatin' up dudes! Likes this weekend ilovedinomartin was thrilled to be drawn to some Dino-devotion published at the ISU Voice blog pad...btw ISU stands for Idaho State University.

The post as you will find it printed below was written by Mr. Devin Bodkin and is tagged "Pool legend dazzles fans at ‍ISU." The prose puts the accent on "Fivetime World Trick Shot Champion Stefano Pelinga," who was at ISU last Thursday night to perform pool tricks for the gathered ISU student population.

Likes where our Dino comes in pallies is that Mr. Peligna boldly and brashly proclaimed that his encouragement to become a billiard's player came from none other then our most beloved Dino! Peligna "as a 12-year-old growing up in Italy, said he regularly watched Martin play pool on television as a child."

In his own words of deep, pure and true Dino-devotion, Mr. Peligna speaks so lovin'ly of our great man....“I like to credit people who have been instrumental in my career, like Dean,” Pelinga said Thursday. “I even boxed for a few years because Dean Martin did. He’s my all-time idol.”

Likes can't tell you pallies how moved I am by hearin' 'nother world class successful pallie who gives all the credit to our amazin' Dino! Simply simply thrillin' to know that our Dino has hugely hugely inspired Mr. Peligna career path!

Nows, I've read tons and tons of reports of pallies who have been inspired to sing and act and make funny wantin' to be likes our Dino, but likes this is the first time that I can recall hearin' how our Dino inspired a pallie to box and to play pool! 'Nother great story of 'nother pallie's life transformed by our most beloved Dino.

ilovedinomartin sends our our deepest of the deep Dino-appreciato to the pallies at Idaho State University and 'specially Mr. Devin Bodkin for scibin' this fabulous fabulous Dino-report bringin' the deepest of Dino-delight to all us Dino-devotees! Likes have only included the portion of the prose that puts the accent on our Dino.
To view this in it's original published form and read it in it's entirety, just clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram. Dino-awed, DMP

Pool legend dazzles fans at ‍ISU

Posted on February 26, 2012 by rushfari


For the Journal

POCATELLO—Fivetime World Trick Shot Champion Stefano Pelinga credits singer Dean Martin for sparking his billiards career years ago.

As a 12-year-old growing up in Italy, Pelinga, who dazzled fans at ‍ISU‍’‍s pool hall Thursday, Feb. 23, said he regularly watched Martin play pool on television as a child.

“I like to credit people who have been instrumental in my career, like Dean,” Pelinga said Thursday. “I even boxed for a few years because Dean Martin did. He’s my all-time idol.”

After slipping into his signature purple vest Thursday, Pelinga performed pool tricks ranging from shooting balls stacked atop water bottles to sinking up to four balls with one shot.....

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Danny G.'s Sunday Serenade with Dino: "I'm Gonna Change Everything That Reminds Me Of You"

Man o Man pals!!! Dean is so so done with this certain somebody in this week's Serenade! He isn't even wantin' the candlelabra set that he got for his birthday!! He even wants to rip the carpet off the floor & throw it right out the door!!!

Now I've been a faithful fan of Dino's for many many moons gone by and I never...absolutely NEVER, seen him this finished with anyone...other than the Jer' of course.

"I'm Gonna Change Everything That Reminds Me Of You" is one straight to the point kinda tune! Well, all we Dino-holics can do is hope that Dean calms down, lights up a smoke; has himself a drinky. This will make anything rest just a little bit easier on the mind! As a matter of fact...I'm gonna go pour myself one right now! Enjoy pallies.

I'm gonna change everything

That holds a memory of you, Oh! Yeah

I'm gonna start with the walls, take the pictures off the walls and burn 'em
Move the chairs around, take the window curtains down and burn 'em
Everything I see, reminds me you were here
Yeah, I'm gonna change everything that holds a memory of you
Oh! Yeah

The candlelabra set, you gave me on the night of my birthday
The records that you bought, the hi-fi we love'd to play
The decorating man will come and rearrange them
Yeah, I'm gonna change everything that holds a memory of you
Oh! Yeah

Take the carpet off the floor, throw it out the door, it's filled with tears
Everything I find that brings you to my mind must disappear
Every night I dream I'll dream of someone new
Yeah, I'm gonna change everything that holds a memory of you
Yeah, I'm gonna change everything that holds a memory of you
Oh! Yeah, Mmm
Oh! Yeah, Mmm

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Rare Photos Of Our Dino And The Rat Pack

Hey pallies, likes 'nother day of Dino-amore-month, 'nother op to share some deep, pure, and true Dino-devotion. In doin' some blog searchin' for cool Dino-stuff to share with youse pallies, likes I can 'cross 'nother new-to-ilovedinomartin blog presence tagged "Vintage Everyday" where the pallies there have share a cache of "Rare Photos Of The Rat Pack."

Likes I knows that many many of these poses have been previously featured here at ilovedinomartin, likes just couldn't resist this Dino-op to share 'em 'gain, and likes there may be one or two not shared before. Anywho there are likes two dozen plus Rat Pack photos shown at the blog (just clicks on tag of this post to goes directly there), and ilovedinomartin has chosen to only accent those that are Dino-focused...some solo Dino...some with some of the pack.

Likes loves 'em all 10-count 'em-10....likes gotta 'fess up that I have never seen a Dino-image that I don't truly digs ('cept perhaps for those snapped very late in our Dino-s life)...but do gotta sez that there are some that are likes totally my favs. Loves the shot of our Dino on the walk way, talkin' to Frank and Sammy durin' the filmin' of "Sergeants 3," on what musta be a TV set in black outline, and our great man gettin' himself massaged. Wonderin' which of 'em are your Dino-favs?

There are just so so many ways of showin' amore to our Dino and certainly the great photographers of our great man had one of the greatest op of showin' their love to our most beloved Dino! Thanks to the pallies at "Vintage Everyday" for sharin' this rare rare Dino-poses with their readers givin' ilovedinomartin the op to mass 'em on to all the Dino-addicts gathered here. Keeps lovin' our Dino pallies, and likes shares some Dino-devotion with someone you love. Dino-philed, DMP

Rare Photos of The Rat Pack

The Rat Pack was a group of actors originally centered on Humphrey Bogart. In the mid-1960s it was the name used by the press and the general public to refer to a later variation of the group, after Bogart's death, that called itself "the summit" or "the clan," featuring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, and finally, Joey Bishop, who appeared together on stage and in films in the early-1960s, including the movie Ocean's 11. Sinatra, Martin and Davis were regarded as the group's lead members.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Dean Martin: The Personification of Romance

Hey pallies, likes as we began our special month of Dino-amore, I sent out a call for pallies to share their personal Dino-love with ilovedinomartin readers. Only one pallie took us up on the offer, our most devoted Dino-honorin' pallie Miss AOW.

When asked which day that she woulda likes to have here Dino-reflections shared, she said February 24th 'cause that is her birthday. So on her 60th birthday (she granted us permission to say so), here is Miss AOW's lovin' trib to our most beloved Dino.

Faithful readers know that Miss AOW has been a fan of our Dino for almost her entire life, and she recently 'fessed up that her love for our great man continues to increase greatly with each passin' day. I sure that all us Dino-holics canna resonate with dem Dino-thoughts for sure.

So Happy Birthday Miss AOW, and thanks ever so much for gracin' ilovedinomartin with your special Dino-efforts on this a very special day in your Dino-life. Keeps lovin' our Dino and have many more B-days for sure! Dino-delightedly, DMP

Dean Martin: The Personification of Romance

by Always On Watch

We have many old standards for lovers. February, the month of Valentine's Day, is the perfect time to explore some of those mood-setting tunes.

Our Dino, the master of love songs and the personification of romance itself, sings this song like no other:

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A son remembers Dean Martin

Hey pallies, likes today's Dino-devotion is in the form of an interview that a dude tagged Mr. Scott Iwasaki did with our Dino's youngest boypallie Ricci for the Park City, Utah on-line newspaper presence "The Park Record." Seems that Ricci is doin' his Dino-trib at the Egyptian Theatre in Park City this Friday and Saturday nights, and Mr. Iwasaki has interviewed him as a way of promotin' said shows.

Well, likes I just had to share this interview with you pallies 'cause I think it is the bestest of the best interview that I have read that Ricci has ever given. There are just so so many heart-warmin' thin's that Ricci shared 'bout life with our most beloved Dino that show the deep, pure, and true devotion that Ricci has for his daddy-o. In this month of Dino-amore, the love that Ricci shows for his beloved father is wonderful to experience.

Don't wanna tells all the Dino-details that Ricci shares, otherwise why woulda you takes the time to read it. But watch for thin's likes Ricci speakin' of playin' the game of jacks with his father. Read on to learn the details behind how Ricci decided to put this trib show together and so much more.

For me the most thrillin' words of Ricci to read are these....

"The one thing I've seen throughout the years we've been doing this, is how dad affected people during their times of trouble when they lost their parents or someone else they loved," Martin said. "I've learned how important his music became to them during those times, and how his variety show touched them."

Likes reminded me 'bout the post we recently did on how our Dino comforted our pallie Steve Cox's mother Bernice in the last couple of years of her struggle with Parkinson’s Disease (See February 8th edition, "Dean Martin's Wonderful Gift."

To read Ricci's Dino-hearted words of appreciato for his father, simply makes me love our Dino even more...and makes me even more desirin' of attendin' one of Ricci's shows.

Hats off to the pallies at "The Park Record" and Mr. Scott Iwasaki in particular for sharin' this interview with their readers. Certainly hope that both shows this weekend are packed to the max in honor of our great man. To read this in it's original format, likes just clicks on the tag of this Dino-message. Dino-awed, DMP

A son remembers Dean Martin

Ricci Martin will pay tribute to his father at the Egyptian Theatre

Scott Iwasaki, The Park

Posted: 02/21/2012 04:42:34 PM MST

Click photo to enlarge(Photo courtesy of Ricci Martin)

Ricci Martin, son of the late crooner Dean Martin, remembers his father being larger than life.

"He was tall, tan and I remember him swinging his driver in our house and the head of the club just brushed the shag carpet and would come within half-an-inch of the ceiling," Martin said during an interview with The Park Record. "He also had these big hands and when we would play jacks together on the floor and he could do twelve-sies without any problem."

Yes, jacks, said Martin, who lives in Woodland, because he also remembers his dad as a good father.

"He was always home, when he wasn't out on location doing a motion picture," he said. "He would be up before we would be down before school, and after he played 18 to 36 holes of golf to keep in shape, he would be back home about five o'clock and go freshen up, and then the entire family would have dinner at six o'clock. Then we'd all go into the living room for some TV. We would sit with him and snuggle with him on the couch after dinner."

Those memories are one of the reasons why Martin authored the book "That's Amore: A Son Remembers Dean Martin" in 2000. They are also the motivation for the show that honors his father.

The Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., will present Ricci Martin's "His Son Remembers" on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24 and 25, at 8 p.m.

The idea for the performance came in a round-about way, Martin said.

"Back in the 1960s, my older brother, Dean Paul, had a band called Dino, Desi and Billy, with Desi Arnaz Jr. and Billy Hinsche and they had a couple of hits," Martin said. "Billy's wife was the sister of Carl Wilson from the Beach Boys. After they got divorced, Carl married my sister Gina. After Carl passed away of cancer in 1998, we produced a tribute show at the Roxy in Los Angeles. Desi, Billy and I performed together and decided to do some more shows with Beach Boys stuff."

After a few shows, Desi, who now lives in Nevada, didn't want to go on tour, so Martin decided to build a show around his dad's music.

"We decided to put some photos together to project during some of the songs. So, piece-by-piece, we story-boarded the show and after rehearsing in Woodland for a couple of weeks, we premiered it at this little dive in Las Vegas called the Bistro Theatre in the Rivera Hotel," he said. "We played for two months, between the fake Neil Diamond and fake Elvis.

Gathering photos and news clippings for the backdrop projections wasn't a problem for Martin.

"I was the photographer for Dad's TV variety show and I had a lot of stills we could use," he said. "Also, I had all the stuff I scanned from mom's coffee table books and albums that I used for my book."

After landing a spot with Resorts International, which owns the Las Vegas Hilton, the Atlantic City Hilton, and other major hotels, the show took off on its own, because of the way its presented, Martin said.

"A lot of people like it because it's a fun way for them to relive their memories and hear Dad's songs in an unique environment," he said.

Martin tells stories about his father's career and family.

"I talk about he and Jerry Lewis' split up, and I talk about my brother Dean Paul, and I also go out into the audience for a question-and-answer segment," Martin said. "I wanted to make that part fun and not scary, so I have the house lights come up a bit. Once the questions start, it becomes a hoot, because a lot of the questions that people ask are fun and outrageous, and that keeps us on our toes."

Martin wanted to make the show light-hearted because that's how his dad was.

"He rarely got through an entire song without doing something funny, because he never wanted people to take him too seriously," Martin explained. "I kind of do the same thing. Right away people know they are going to have a fun evening."

Furthermore, Martin takes time to do a meet-and-greet with the audience after the show.

"Those sometimes run longer than the performance itself, because people like to tell me their own stories about Dad," he said. "I've cried with people. I've laughed with people and through it all, I learn new things about him.

"The one thing I've seen throughout the years we've been doing this, is how dad affected people during their times of trouble when they lost their parents or someone else they loved," Martin said. "I've learned how important his music became to them during those times, and how his variety show touched them. I mean, ('The Dean Martin Show') was aired every Thursday for an hour, so it was a big deal when he came into millions of people's living rooms."

The hardest part of pulling the show together was choosing which songs to sing.

"We chose the obvious songs 'Volaré,' 'That's Amore,' 'Everybody Loves Somebody' but there were more than 600 recordings he made and I didn't want it to be too typical of Dad's hit songs, so we do some country tunes, 'Little Ole Wine Drinker Me,' which people love, and 'Houston,'" Martin said. "We also do 'On an Evening in Roma' and a version of 'My Rifle, My Pony and Me,' from the movie 'Rio Bravo.' We, of course, also do 'Memories Are Made of This.'"

"Memories Are Made of This" is one of Martin's favorite songs, because it reminds him of his family.

"Dad was married three times," Martin said. "He was married to his first wife Betty (McDonald) and they had three kids Craig, Claudia, Gail and Dina. It was a short marriage and then he married my mom Jeanne (Biegger) and had Dean Paul, myself and Gina, and then he married a gal named Cathy (Hawn), who already had a daughter, Sasha, whom he adopted.

"All the kids, except for Sasha, because she joined the family after we had pretty much grown up, all lived together and I considered them all my brothers and sisters, because my mom adopted them all," he said. "So, the song is important for me, but I love all his songs."

As for his father's films, Martin is keen about "Bandolero."

"Everybody loved 'Rio Bravo,' but I prefer 'Bandolero,' the movie he did afterwards with Raquel Welch no wonder I loved it," he said with a laugh. "He did such an incredible job as Dee Bishop, and made it look so easy and so natural.

"Making motion pictures and singing were technical jobs, but he never really got credit for being as great as he was, because he was good at making people think that there was nothing to what he did," he said.

That air struck a note with Martin when he was growing up.

"He was a great role model, and being Italian, we were always hugging and, although he was a star, he always had his feet on the ground," Martin said. "He never acted like he was a big deal, like how sometimes Uncle Frank (Sinatra) was. With Dad it didn't matter if you were the shoe-shine guy or a top studio executive, he treated you with respect, and that always stuck with me."

Ricci Martin, son of the legendary Dean Martin will perform with his band, The Pack, in a special concert featuring Dean Martin's greatest hits and Ricci's personal memories at the Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., on Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $45 and are available by visiting

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Somehow, this is exactly how I pictured Dino on a plane would look .

Hey pallies, likes all I can say is likes woo-hoo pallies! The Dino-love just keeps pourin' in from all over the 'net 'specially in this month of Dino-amore. Today ilovedinomartin takes you to the swingin' blog pad "Retrospace," where a dude tagged
Gilligan has posted likes a totally totally rad photo essay tagged "The Groovy Age of Travel #8: Stewardesses."

Gilligan has assembled likes a totally totally awesome parcel of retro pixs of stewardesses from the past. And, likes tucked somewhere in the midst of 'em is this amazin' pix of our most beloved Dino billowin' and cooin' with a couple of swingin' stews so so eager to grant our great man his every Dino-desire.

Loves how the one stew-chick is actually sittin' in our Dino's lap, likes what a thrill it musta been for her to be so so close to the King of Cool. Kinda wonderin' what the three of 'em are gazin' at. Likes what a coup it musta been for the pallie who shot this candid polaroid Dino-moment!

ilovedinomartin expresses our deepest of the deep Dino-appreciato to Gilligan and the pallies at Retrospace for sharin' this swingin' Dino-pix with their readership....'nother great moment of deep, pure, and true Dino-amore! To view this in it's original format, likes clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram. Dino-viewin', DMP

The Groovy Age of Travel #8: Stewardesses

Yep. That's a candid polaroid of Dean Martin. Somehow, this is exactly how I pictured Dino on a plane would look .

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis — The Breakup. And Our Man Was There!

Hey pallies, likes always always loves to find familiar faces sharin' Dino-amore at their web pads. Today ilovedinomartin returns to the delightfully classy moviee blog, "" where classicmovieguys Joe Morella and Frank Segers hold forth. You will remember that Morella and Segers are the dudes who both have done time with "Variety" and who were featured here with their provocative Dino-quiry, "Was Dean Martin a Movie Star or a TV Star?"

Well today pallies Joe and Frank are back with 'nother long-time pallie of their's, Mr. Hy Hollinger, pontificatin' on the break-up of Martin and Lewis. Seems that Hy was there on June 12, 1955 when a ton of reporters (Hy was giggin' for "Variety" at the time) convened at Brown’s Hotel in the Catskills resort area for the premiere of "You're Never Too Young."

Hollinger shares his first hand account of what happened when our Dino was a no-show and Jerry had to fly solo. As I read Hy's ruminations they sounded pretty close to how Jerry retells the story in his amore to Dino..."Dean And Me: A Love Story."

So so cool of our pallies Joe and Frank to share their pallie Hy's remembrances with their readers and keep the Dino-light glowin' Dino-bright at this blog pad. Hats off to Mr. Morella and Mr. Segers for 'gain so lovin'ly puttin' the accent on our Dino and Jerry and addin' the cause of helpin' more and more pallies grow in knowin', lovin', and honorin' our Dino...and gettin' a first class Dino-education. To view this in it's original format, likes just clicks on the tag of this Dino-message. Dino-growin', DMP

Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis — The Breakup. And Our Man Was There!

Feb 10 2012

Written by classicmovieguys

Given the vastly different star identities carved out by Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis over the course of their lengthy individual careers, it’s hard to fully appreciate today what enormous show biz figures they proved to be — as a team.

Hello, everybody. Joe Morella and Frank Segers, your classic movie guys, here to welcome back Hy Hollinger, our longtime pal and veteran Hollywood correspondent, to chronicle the painful — make that downright nasty — split-up that shook the mid-20th Century’s entertainment world.

The Martin and Lewis comedy duo was informally formed in 1946, during an engagement at a smoky night club in Atlantic City. Martin had been a struggling crooner, born Dino Paul Crocetti in 1917 in Steubenville, Ohio. Lewis (nee Joe Levitch) was nine years younger, a zany comic wannabee from Newark, New Jersey.

The teaming was serendipitous and instantly successful. Lewis later said that other comedy combinations never generated anything like the hysteria that (we) did, and that was because we had that X factor — the powerful feeling between us. And it really was an X factor, a kind of mystery.

By the end of the Forties, Martin and Lewis had become America’s most popular show biz team, generating reported earnings of $5,000 per week (that’s nearly $50,000 in today’s dollars). They also proved to be all-media stars — popular in person and on records, enormous on TV (their Colgate comedy program even outdrew The Ed Sullivan Show) and, of course, huge box office draws in the movies.

In all, Martin and Lewis made 16 pictures together over their 10-year professional partnership with Martin invariably playing the sleek sybarite to Lewis’ shrill, overgrown adolescent. (In 1955′s You’re Never Too Young, Lewis portrayed an aspiring barber involved in a robbery who has to disguise himself as a 12-year-old to get out of harm’s way.)

By the time that movie opened, both members of the team had more than tired of each other. After five years at Paramount, Martin was getting pissed off at the parts he was getting while Lewis dominated with his comedy schtick, Hy believes. Lewis, incidentally, did not want the separation (although years later he told reporters that he instigated the 1956 breakup.) We stand with Hy on this one.

Reporting for Variety at the time, Hy and some 100 show biz journalists convened in 1955 at an upper New York State caravansary, part of the famous “Borscht Belt” where so many comedians and actors cut their professional teeth. What follows are excerpts from Hollinger’s report, datelined Loch Sheldrake, N.Y., June 12:

Jerry Lewis returned to his early training ground — Brown’s Hotel in the Catskills resort area — where he started his career over a decade ago as a busboy. Occasion was the premiere of his and Dean Martin’s latest Paramount pic, ‘You’re Never Too Young.’

It was a difficult assignment for the zany comedian, facing over 100 junketing newsmen from New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, who were all primed with the $64 question, ‘What’s with the split with Dean Martin?’ (Martin did NOT attend the event.)

When Lewis made his first onstage appearance he noticed there were two microphones. He turned to the orchestra leader and said, ‘We won’t need that one tonight.’

Although he had his ‘cross to bear and a heavy heart,’ words he employed in describing the situation, Lewis was his ubiquitous self, greeting press arrivals in a bellboy uniform, waiting on tables, and entertaining guests in the hotel lobby and bistro.

Hollinger pointedly noted that Lewis ducked any inquiries about Martin, dismissing them with a no comment or you’re asking a leading question. After a two-hour comedy performance Lewis bowed off in a serious vein, mentioning his problem. A sympathetic audience provided a standup ovation that left Lewis limp and sobbing.

Despite his absence, Martin’s shadow hung over the proceedings. All along Route 17, gateway to the Borscht Belt, billboards proclaimed the joint appearance of the team.

Martin and Lewis split for good the year after Hy filed his report from the Catskills. The breakup was professional but also deeply personal. The two did not speak for the next 20 years. After a brief reuniting on Lewis’ Muscular Dystrophy tv telethon in 1976, relations between the two continued in the deep freeze.

Lewis and Martin reconciled for good after the latter’s son, Dino, an Air National Guard pilot, died in a plane crash in 1987. That was just eight years before Martin, a virtual recluse at the time, died of lung cancer.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Get Kicked By Our Dino

Hey pallies, likes I simply loves to goes to my email to see what new sorta of Dino-love likes I am goin' to be introduced to by my Dino-'lert from the pallies at google. Case in point, a recent Dino-'lert sent me off to youtube where a totally totally nouveau hipster tagged TACOVJ created a totally totally rad mix vid tagged "NICKI MINAJ, RIHANNA ft INNA, EVA, DEAN MARTIN & ACE OF BA$E CLUB ROCKER 2012DJ T@COVJ."

Image our most beloved Dino bein' mixed up in such a lovin' way with all those rockin' stars!?!?!? Likes how radically rad is that dudes! Likes I searched the vid to find the Dino-segment and likes it you goes to 4:25 and watch to the end you will get kick by our great man singin' that fab "Ocean 11"'s tune, "Ain't That A Kick In The Head."

Likes, I am likes totally totally awe struck by the immensely huge Dino-possibility that so so many of today's young mod will be drawn to knowin', lovin', and honorin' our great man by his inclusion in this cool vid. ilovedinomartin expresses our deepest of the deep Dino-appreciato to TACOVJ for showin' their devotion to our Dino by makin' him a part of their latest creative effort.

Likes how absolutely fab in this month of Dino-amore to find our Dino turnin' up in such a mod mod way! To view this in it's orginal pad at youtube, likes just clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram. Dino-delightedly, DMP

Uploaded by TACOVJ on Feb 13, 2012

Nicki Minaj's Booty Grabbed by Rihanna on Stage!
Ace Of Base - Beautiful Morning
Katherine Pierce - Lose Control
Krystl - Leaving Home
Shana Tesh - Porque Te Vas
Zucchero - Baila Morena (DJ Nejtrino, DJ Stranger)
Eva ft Gucci Mane- Not My Daddy
MBeyeline - It's all my way
Johnny Hallyday - Pour moi la vie va commencer
Inna - 10 Minutes
Dean Martin - Kick In The Head



Sunday, February 19, 2012

Danny G.'s Sunday Serenade with Dino: "Go, Go, Go, Go"

Go Go Go!!! Don't Stop! Don't Stop! GO GO GO GO GO GO!!! Man O Man Pals...this fun little tune gets me whirlin'!

It is THE mostest perfectist song to lift your spirits in the middle of a cold winter day. But let's not forget, ol' pals o mine...IT'S DINO AMORE MONTH and ANYTHIN' is possible!

Spring is roundin' the corner & love is fillin' the air! The power of Dean squashes all those wintery, hum drum blues! I want all my pals to play this one X-TRA X-TRA loud & let the Dino vibe get you whirlin' too! Believe me won't regeret it & you'll never come back down!

(Go go go go)
Come on and dance with me
(Go go go go)
In to a trance with me
(Go go go go)
And try romance with me
Don't stop, don't stop, go go go go

(Go go go go)
The music's bright tonight
(Go go go go)
And hold me tight tonight
(Go go go go)
I fell so right tonight
Don't stop, don't stop, go go go go

This heart of mine is beating overtime
It's four leaf clover time
(It's love) It's love, it's love, it's love
(Go go go go)
And swing me round the floor
(Go go go go)
And kiss me more and more
(Go go go go)
What are we waiting for
Don't stop, don't stop, go go go go go go
Go go go go

Saturday, February 18, 2012

I was looking through a box of mementos looking for an old cassette tape of Dean Martin's greatest hits.

Hey pallies, likes her name is Bobbi, and what a wonderful Dino-tale she has to tell. Today we visit 'nother new-to-ilovedinomartin blog tagged "Revolution of Blog," where Miss Bobbi tells 'bout her recent search through "a box of mementos looking for an old cassette tape of Dean Martin's greatest hits."

Likes you mighta wonder why this Dino-devotee was searchin' for an old cassette tape when there are so many many outstandin' Dino-discs available for purchase. Well, as you will find out as you read Bobbi's Dino-reflections you will see the very very sentimental attachment that Miss Bobbi and her husband Brian have for said cassettee.

This is 'nother one of dem heart-warmin' stories of the power of Dino in relationship buildin', and Miss Bobbi has scribed it well. Don't want to give away the very very special nature of this Dino-remembrance, so likes am simply gonna stops here with the Dino-patter and lets youse read Bobbi's Dino-thoughts below.

ilovedinomartin wants to express our appreciato to Miss Bobbi for sharin' this very tender and very sweet story of Dino-inspired amore! To read this in it's original format, likes just clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram. Keeps lovin' our most beloved Dino and keeps spreadin' the Dino-message of amore! Dino-awed, DMP

That's Amore - Speaking of Valentines, I was looking through a box of mementos looking for an old cassette tape of Dean Martin's greatest hits. (Yes, I am so old I can remember when we used to have ghetto blasters and Walkmans!) I wanted to find it because when Brian and I were married for our honeymoon we went on a road trip to Northern California and we played that tape over and over again. (There are a number of greatest hits CD's but none of them had the exact songs from that cassette.) Whenever I hear Return to Me or You Belong to Me or Memories Are Made of These I can't help but think of our courtship, our long distance relationship, our honeymoon etc. (Music can be powerful like that - transporting you to the places that your memories hold!) I know he loved that tape and I wanted to find the list of songs from it so I could download them for him. I burned a CD that he could listen to in his car or download into his iPod. He was so touched and excited. :-)

Friday, February 17, 2012

"Oh, I love Dean Martin!" His popularity spans all generations, orientations, and tastes.

Hey pallies,, 'gain doin' some Dino-amore-day blog searchin' when I came 'cross this live journal post that is just brimmin' with such such Dino-warmth. From the journal,"Dispatches from Tanganyika," by a person tagged Billy Martin comes word that Martin has been partakin' in the readin' of Nick Tosches huge Dino-volume, "DINO: Living High In The Dirty Business Of Dreams.

You can read their thoughts on Tosches' Dino-version below, taggin' it a "rather purple-prosed biography of Dean Martin." But, likes what captured by Dino-attentionado was this very very revealin' Dino-remark...."and everyone I mention it to (readin' the Dino-bio) says, "Oh, I love Dean Martin!" His popularity spans all generations, orientations, and tastes."

Indeed fellow Dino-holics, Billy Martin has spoken the deepest and purest and truest Dino-reality! TO KNOW DINO IS TO LOVE DINO. INDEED DINO-DEVOTION SPANS ALL GENERATIONS, ALL ORIENTATIONS, ALL TASTES!

How amazin' wonderful to find this stunnin'ly stellar tribute to our Dino 'specially on the heels of our most recent celebratin' of Dino-amore-day! Hats off to Billy Martin at "Dispatches from Tanganyika" for sharin' such a bold proclaimation of utter pure passion for our most beloved Dino. To view this in it's original format, likes clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram. Dino-delightedly, DMP

I'll Take The Monkey

Feb. 15th, 2012 at 12:45 AM

So I'm reading this rather purple-prosed biography of Dean Martin, Dino: Living High in the Business of Dirty Dreams by Nick Tosches, and everyone I mention it to says, "Oh, I love Dean Martin!" His popularity spans all generations, orientations, and tastes. I love his music, but I'm finding that this book only gets really interesting when Jerry Lewis shows up. It's making me want to revisit the biography of him I read years ago, whose title I don't remember. I guess I like maniacs better than cool guys.

(The King of Comedy is a pretty good movie, too.)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

How could any woman not want to be kissed by him?

Hey pallies, likes I was doin' a little Dino-amore-day blog searchin' to see what sort of love was bein' spread our Dino's way, and likes I was lead to 'nother new-to-ilovedinomartin blog most interestin'ly tagged, "The Shades Of Black And White," where a chick from Cornelia, Georgian created what she tagged a Valentine's Day Meme, her first, that contains some amazin' passion for our most beloved Dino.

The VD meme contained 14 quires, and cool to say that two of 'em are focused on our Dino....#7 Best Kiss In A Movie? and #8 Favorite Romantic Scene. With kiss question she shares a very very cool vid complilation of passionate Dino kisses from his various flicks usin' the Dino-tune "Kiss" in the background. And, likes in the fav romantico department, this lady posted an absolutely fab vid clip of our Dino and Miss Judy Holliday singin' and dancin' to the showstopper "Just In Time" from "Bells Are Ringing."

Likes how simply simply divine to have happened 'pon these wonderful bits of Dino-passion shared by the Dino-lovin' lady blogger of "The Shades Of Black And White.
Thanks ma'am for sharin' your passion for our Dino with your simply outstandin' to find 'nother devotee of our Dino unabashedly unashamed of proudly showin' how much they loves our lovin' man. To view this in it's original format, likes just clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram. Dino-amorin', DMP

Valentine's Day Meme

Seeing as that I'm still very much a newbie on this whole blog bit, I've decided that another milestone for me, and for this blog, is to partake in my very first meme. And what better one to do then the one that foreverclassics is doing? Incidently, hers is the first blogathon that I also did for Bogie.

Well, shall we have a go at this then?

7. Best kiss in a movie?

As much as I love Cary, and believe me, I do, and as much as I wish that I could trade spots with Katharine Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, or any other woman that he made a film with, and I boy do I wish, I'm going to have to go with my other love on this one: Dean Martin. Here's a compilation of his kisses (I couldn't just pick one).

Dean Martin Kisses

How could any woman not want to be kissed by him?

8. Favorite romantic scene?

Dean and Judy Holliday in Bells Are Ringing (1960)

I just love this scene. I'd dance with Dean in a park
if I was even given half the chance. And is it just
me, or does the way Dean say, "Don't you like
dancing?" make you want to curl your toes and faint?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis hold a very special place in my heart.

Hey pallies, likes I was immediately drawn to today's Dino-devotion when I saw the tag "Artists And Models." This later Dino and Jer flick is simply my most fav of fav Dino-comedy, likes I have said before, that to me, this is simply the almost perfect Dino-flick of all time. Well, I have a hunch that Mr. Nathanael Hood of self-tagged "Nate's Mini Reviews" simply musta be on the same Dino-page as me.

Hood begins by sharin' with his readers how much he and his fam dug "The Stooge" when he was younger...rentin' it likes on a monthly basis...and at that time he himself was aspirin' to be a actor. Recently he has had his eye on writin' comic books and low and behold what Dino and the Jer flick comes into focus...none other then "Artists and Models."

Nate goes a commendable job of sharin' a synopsis of this big screen musical comedy...certainly makin' me yearn ever so much to find the time to view it post Dino-haste! Hood shares this wise and wonderful words with his readers..."Watching the film slip into madcap madness is a pure joy. The screen explodes with bright colors, catchy songs, and beautiful women.

Likes coulda not sez it better my self...."Artists and Models" is indeed PURE JOY! Thanks ever so much Mr. Nathanael Hood for puttin' the accent on this amazin' Dino-classic and for sayin' what so so many Dino-holics also feel..."Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis hold a very special place in my heart."

Very very cool on this day after Dino-amore-day to find such devout Dino-devotion from 'nother of today's youthful Dino-philes! To view this in it's original format, likes clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram. btw pallies, likes simply couldn't resist addin' the movie trailer for "Artists and Models" to this Dino-report! Dino-heartedly, DMP

Artists and Models: Frank Tashlin

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis hold a very special place in my heart. When I was just a youngin', one of my favorite movies to watch with my family was Norman Taurog's The Stooge (1952), an earlier Martin and Lewis comedy. We could barely go a month before we would run to the video store and check it out again. And so now, over a decade later (at the very least), I have been reunited with the infamous comedic duo in Frank Tashlin's Artists and Models. I gotta say, I think I might be a little scared to watch any more of their movies, as they seem to directly relate to whatever I want to be in life. For instance, when I watched The Stooge, a movie about two aspiring actors, I wanted to be...wait for actor. Now that I'm older, I have recently entertained thoughts about starting to write comic books. And lo and behold, Artists and Models is about comic book writers! Considering that many of Martin and Lewis' films involve them getting into the army, I think that I need to stop watching them in favor of maintaining world peace. Anyhow, I suppose that I should tell you a little something about this film. It's about two bachelors trying to break into the art industry. Rick Todd (Martin) is an aspiring painter and his friend Eugene Fullstack (Lewis) wants to write children's books. However, he combats a comedically crippling obsession with comic books, particularly the sexy Bat-Lady. And, wouldn't you know it, the artist for the Bat-Lady comic and her model move into the same apartment building. Let's just say that hijinks ensue...hijinks which eventually involve the Cold War, the Space Race, psychologists crusading against comic books, and a bizarre superhero named "The Vulture." Artists and Models is a charming film that I plan on watching many more times in the future. Watching the film slip into madcap madness is a pure joy. The screen explodes with bright colors, catchy songs, and beautiful women. You know what? World peace can wait. I need to watch more of these movies.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Dino-amore Nick Tosches Style

Hey pallies, likes on this Dino-amore-day 2012, I have likes felt so so Dino-directed to share a piece of Dino-literature that has been shared here before, but likes seems very very Dino-appro to share on this most most special day of honorin' our amorin' Dino.

This bit of prose is just stacked with lovin' thoughts of our Dino scribed by one of the greatest writers of our time, Mr. Nick Tosches. All you dudes will remember that it is Tosches that crafted the epic Dino-bio, "DINO: Living High In The Dirty Business Of Dreams. Ever since this book entered print, Mr. Tosches has often received dissin' comments from pallies 'cause many didn't like the tell-it-like-it-is tone of Tosches' tome...claimin' that Nick did not loves our most beloved Dino.

Well, long before Nick Tosches' created his amazin' Dino-bio, he scribed a much much shorter piece of Dino-reflections, "God Created Dean Martin In His Own Image Then Stood Back." It's from Tosches' tome, "Nick Tosches' Reader" and is a stellar piece of Dino-patter written on the release of one of our great man's later al-b-ums, "Once In A While." This was our Dino's last disc for the pallies at Reprise. Recorded in November 1974, it likes took almost 4 long years before it was released on October 20, 1978.

Scribed by Tosches twelve years before his award winnin' Dino-bio, "DINO: Living High In The Dirty Business Of Living" reached print, "God Created Dean Martin In His Own Image Then Stood Back," is an oh so brief, but oh so powerful homagin' of the man who came to be known far and wide as "The King Of Cool." Tosches likes knows how to speak the total total Dino-truth, and likes his devotion to our great man is likes oh so deep, oh so pure, and oh so true! And, thus it is with these refreshin' words, might I say pallies, of Dino-poetry, that we honor our beloved Dino on this day of Dino-amore. For any pallie who likes doubts Nick Tosches' deepest of deep, purest of pure, truest of true devotion to our Dino, simply read these deep, pure, and true words of Dino-amore.

Thanks to Mr. Nick Tosches for puttin' the accent on our Dino in this outstandin' way and makin' for the most fittin' of fittin' tributes to the man known as Dino! To view this in it's original format, as usual, just clicks on the tag of this Dino-message. Dino-awed, DMP

God Created Dean Martin
In His Own Image,
Then Stood Back

from the "Nick Tosches' Reader" chapter 27

Since 1972 life has been amiss, and there has been emptiness. Bare, unbudding; the saplings of stark need knew no spring. Candles were lit, letters were writ; prayers said, tears shed. But grayness begat naught but bleak grayness, and the new Dean Martin album never came.

Some of us, such as Elvis, who had declared Dino his idol, could not bear the agony of forbearance. Others, such as myself, endured by listening to the original mono version of "That's Amore" and reminding ourselves that it had taken Michelangelo eight years to fresco the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel --- and Michelangelo didn't even drink!

Now we faithful can rejoice. Let there be the pouring of liquors and the raising of skirts. The man has returned, and life as we knew it may resume.

It is no secret that Dean Martin has influenced more singers than any man alive. He taught Elvis the dramaturgy of sincerity, Jerry Lee the powers of diplopic decrescendo. Jim Morrison the nuances of erotic detachment, and Randy Newman how to comb his hair. Once In A While, Dino's first album in more than six years, proves that il padrone (as Jim Morrison called him) is still the master.

The love song has been the center of Dino's art from the beginning (He first hit the charts in 1950, vowing "I Will Always Love You.") Here the gurglings and gropings of love are celebrated in all their glory. "Without a Word of Warning" and "The Day You Came Along" tell of answered dreams of the moist kind. "It's Magic" and "Only Forever," two beauties from the '40's, bow the knee of fealty to She-Whose-Face-Launches-Ships-and-Smiles-Salaciously-After-the-Fourth-Drink, "If I Had You" and
"Once in a While" wallow sweetly in the lappings of unrequited love. "I Cried for You" is a savoring of vengeance. In "Love Thy Neighbor" Dino advices us to bless the skin of errant wives in no certain terms.

Two of the album's most impressive performances are found in "Twilight on the Trail" and a version of the World War I killer "That Old Gang Of Mine." The first, remindful of Dino's "Houston," is a homage to irresponsibility and the joys of immediate gratification. "That Old Gang of Mine" shows that while Dino is always singing about broads, his old buddies are still where his heart is.

What a guy.

Felice ritorno, Dino! Let's make it a regular thing again, okay?

Happy Dino-amore Day to all our Dino-hearted Pallies!

Hey pallies, likes Happy Dino-amore-day to all youse Dino-philes. Truly truly no one is more amore then our most beloved fact likes if you looks under amore in the dictionary what will you find as the first definition? DINO of course.

So, likes what the million dollar question is what to share on this Dino-amore-day 2012? But then what 'bout our Dino woulda NOT be appro on this day when we put the accent on love? Well, likes can't share everythin', so I likes have decided to share simply one of my most fav vid clips from the Dino-show.

This is one of our great man's great couch songs, "I'm In The Mood For Love," and likes I gotta 'fess up that the plain and simple Dino-truth is that I am likes ALWAYS ALWAYS in the mood for our Dino....'cause they is simply no one that brings me more happiness then our amazin' Dino.

Watch our Dino as he nuances each and every syl-la-ble of each and every words not only with his amazin'ly awesome voice, but with his stunnin'ly stellar facial expressions as well!

So, likes sit back and soak in the special amorin' that only our Dino can impart to his most devoted pallies! Happy Dino-amore-day and keeps lovin' our lovin' Dino!
Dino-amored, DMP

On This Day In Dino-history: February 14, 1972

Hey pallies, likes today is a very very special day in Dino-history 'cause 40 years ago this very Dino-day our most beloved Dino legally filed his case for the dissolution of is marriage to Jeanne Martin. Long before this date our Dino had made it clear that he wanted out of his second marriage, but it was actually on Valentine's Day 1972 that Dino began the legal process that woulda gives him his freedom.

Justa gotta wonder why our Dino chose the day of amore to begin the offical divorce proceedin's....perhaps it simply will always be a Dino-mystery of what motivated our great man to begin on this particular day. Anywho, 'nother great Dino-detail for all us Dino-holics to memorize. Dino-sharin', DMP

Monday, February 13, 2012

DEAN MARTIN On Reprise: Reprised

Hey pallies, likes after just postin' the Dino-historical note 'bout our Dino changin' his allegiance from Capitol Records to Mr. Sinatra's new Reprise Records label, likes I decided to do just a little Dino-research to see if I coulda find an overview of our Dino's recordin' history at Reprise.

Well, likes didn't take more that a couple of seconds to happen on a very very cool bit of Dino-prose tagged "DEAN MARTIN On Reprise: Reprised." Scribed by a dude tagged Mr. Shaun Dale for the cool cool mag "Cosmik Debris," the stunnin' photo and prose Dino-essay is so so full of amore to our Dino. Mr. Dale "is a freelancer in several walks of life: political consulting, public relations, and writing taking up the bulk of his time and energy." And might I add a true devotee of our most beloved Dino!

Likes pallies, you simply musta drop whatever you are doin' and study this provides tons of great Dino-info and great great insight into our Dino's musical career for his pallie Frank's wonderful musical label. To view this in it's original format, likes just clicks on the tag of this Dino-message.

ilovedinomartin is thrilled to have found this stunnin' Dino-article and thanks Mr. Shuan Dale and the pallies at "Cosmik Debris" for showin' such pure, deep, and true Dino-devotion to our great man. Dino-awed, DMP

Overview by Shaun Dale

Though his career didn't suffer the collapse that many predicted with the 1956 dissolution of his partnership with Jerry Lewis (noteworthy film appearances in "The Young Lions" and hit records like "Memories Are Made Of This" and "Return To Me" provided ample solo credibility), Dean Martin's last years with Capitol Records were beginning to show diminishing returns. '58's "Volare" was his last top 40 track for the label, which was a significant decline for an artist who had scored a top 20 song nearly every year for the preceding decade, and who had landed a #1 hit just two years previously.

When his "pally" Frank Sinatra left Capitol to form the new Reprise Records in 1962, Martin was one of the first to follow, bringing both his talent and his bankbook along. His first Reprise release, French Style, appeared in April, followed closely by Dino Latino in October. Neither produced that elusive hit single, though, and Martin was soon back in the studio.

His next releases, Country Style and Dean "Tex" Martin Rides Again, appeared in January and April of 1963, revealing Martin's affection for country music and his skill at negotiating the "countrypolitan" sound that was then in vogue. With his success in western films and his laid back style, country & western material seemed to fit Martin as well or better than the Italian songs he had so often scored with, but again, while Country Style found a spot on the album charts, the hit singles didn't appear. It was while recording Dream With Dean for a June, 1964, release that he covered an old number from the Sinatra book, "Everybody Loves Somebody," with a low key arrangement featuring Barney Kessel's guitar. When Martin took son Dino, Jr.'s fascination with the ascendent Beatles as a challenge, he and producer Jimmy Bowen plucked that song from the album for a beefed up arrangement and released a second album in the same month named for the song the two shared in common. Amazingly, despite nearly simultaneous release, both albums charted. More significantly, Dean Martin was back in the pop singles charts with his first #1 record since 1956, dislodging his son's heroes from the spot they'd held with "A Hard Day's Night."

He returned to the charts promptly, with "The Door Is Still Open To My Heart" climbing to #6 by September, the album of the same name appearing in November. That was three album releases in 1964 alone, and seven in the two years since Martin had joined Reprise. For a man who seemed to live in a permanent slouch and never seemed serious about anything, that was an incredible output. If Dean Martin was successful, he worked harder for that success than his persona implied. Perhaps it was the experience of the young Dino Crocetti from Steubenville, Ohio that made any show business endeavor seem like something less than work to the adult Dean Martin. Certainly his experiences as a millworker, gas jockey, bootlegger and prizefighter carried more effort and/or risk for less reward than rolling into the studio to croon out a best selling LP. That wasn't all he was up to, of course. During that same two year period, he appeared in starring roles in 6 of his 51 films and was in the process of joining his Rat Pack pallies in taking virtual title to the Las Vegas strip.

Martin was back with another hit single before the end of the year with "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You," which helped the January '65 release of Dean Martin Hits Again reach #13 on the album charts. The album produced another top 40 entry with "Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On." He followed in September with (Remember Me) I'm The One Who Loves You, a #12 album that produced another top 40 hit with the title track. There was one more album for 1965, though, and it would climb higher yet, to #11, on the back of another pair of hit singles, the title track, "Houston," and the top ten hit, "I Will."

While Houston was climbing the charts, Dean Martin was busy conquering yet another entertainment avenue. The Dean Martin Show premiered on NBC in the fall of 1965 and promptly established itself as the TV season's biggest new hit and Dean Martin as the '60s version of the King of All Media. He had also started a new film series, featuring Dino as Matt Helm, secret agent extraordinaire. His soundtrack album for the first Matt Helm movie, Dean Martin Sings Songs From "The Silencers," was released in March and, predictably, found a spot on the charts. In November, The Dean Martin TV Show appeared in LP form, and settled into the #34 spot on the album charts with 10 tracks featuring Martin with his TV bandleader, Les Brown and his Band Of Reknown. In a mere 4 years at Reprise, Martin had produced 12 LPs, with 9 making the charts, and 9 top 40 singles to match. Those partial to his Capitol years might consider that it took him 8 years to reach similar landmarks there, and there were no Beatles, Beach Boys or Rolling Stones to contend with.

The occasion for this trip down memory lane is the appearance of each of the albums I've mentioned in a new series of two-fers from Collector's Choice Music. This is truly a landmark reissue venture. Because of a combination of Martin's stature and savvy, he retained ownership of all of his Reprise recordings, and this is the first US release of this material on CD (some of it has appeared in Europe on an earlier greatest hits package and in a typically astronomically priced Bear Family set). With each disc holding two full albums, along with original cover art and liner notes, and brief historical notes with release and chart data, they are both superb values and invaluable documents of one of the great catalogs of American popular music. Finally licensed for release by Martin's heirs, who have held the rights since his death in 1995, these are the first six releases of a planned 12, which will put 24 of his Reprise releases in long overdue general circulation. The remastering is superb, the music ranges from interesting to exceptional, and your prompt acquisition is highly encouraged.

Track Lists:

French Style/Dino Latino:

(French Style) C'est Si Bon * April In Paris * Mimi * Darling Je Vous Aime * Beaucoup * La Vie En Rose * The Poor People Of Paris * The River Seine * The Last Time I Saw Paris * Mam'selle * C'est Magnifique * Gigi * I Love Paris (Dino Latino) (Alla En) El Rancho Grande * Manana * Tangerine * South Of The Border * In A Little Spanish Town * What A Diff'rence A Day Made * Magic Is The Moonlight * Always In My Heart * Besame Mucho * La Paloma

Country Style/Dean "Tex" Martin Rides Again:

(Country Style) I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry * Face In A Crowd * Things * Room Full Of Roses * I Walk The Line * All My Heart Cries For You * Any Time * Shutters And Boards * Blue, Blue Day * Singing The Blues * Hey, Good Lookin' * Ain't Gonna Try No More (Dean "Tex" Martin Rides Again) I'm Gonna Change Everything * Candy Kisses * Rockin' Alone (In An Old Rocking Chair) * Just A Little Lovin' * I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You) * My Sugar's Gone * Corrine Corrina * Take Good Care Of Her * The Middle Of The Night Is My Cryin' Time * From Lover To Loser * Bouquet Of Roses * Second Hand Rose (Second Hand Heart)

Dream With Dean/Everybody Loves Somebody:

(Dream With Dean) I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) * Fools Rush In * I'll Buy That Dream * If You Were The Only Girl * Blue Moon * Everybody Loves Somebody * I Don't Know Why (I Just Do) * "Gimme" A Little Kiss Will "Ya" Huh? * Hands Across The Table * Smile * My Melancholy Baby * Baby Won't You Please Come Home (Everybody Loves Somebody) Everybody Loves Somebody * Your Other Love * Shutters And Boards * Baby-O * A Little Voice * Things * My Heart Cries For You * Siesta Fiesta * From Lover To Loser * Just Close Your Eyes * Corrine Corrina * Face In A Crowd

The Door Is Still Open To My Heart/(Remember Me) I'm The One Who Loves You:

(The Door Is Still Open To My Heart) The Door Is Still Open To My Heart * We'll Sing In The Sunshine * I'm Gonna Change Everything * The Middle Of The Night Is My Cryin' Time * Every Minute, Every Hour * Clinging Vine * In The Misty Moonlight * Always Together * My Sugar's Gone * You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You * Take Me * So Long Baby ((Remember Me) I'm The One Who Loves You) (Remember Me) I'm The One Who Loves You * King Of The Road * Welcome To My World * My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You * Born To Lose * The Birds And The Bees * Walk On By * Red Roses For A Blue Lady * Take These Chains From My Heart * Here Comes My Baby * I Don't Think You Love Me Anymore * Bumming Around

Dean Martin Hits Again/Houston:

(Dean Martin Hits Again) You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You * I'll Hold You In My Heart * Have A Heart * My Heart Is An Open Book * You'll Always Be The One I Love * Send Me The Pillow You Dream On * In The Chapel In The Moonlight * Send Me Some Lovin' * Wedding Bells * I'll Be Seeing You (Houston) Houston * The First Thing Ev'ry Morning * Hammer And Nails * Little Lovely One * Love, Love, Love * I Will * Snap Your Fingers * Everybody But Me * Old Yellow Line * Detour * You're The Reason I'm In Love

The Dean Martin TV Show/Dean Martin Sings Songs From "The Silencers":

(The Dean Martin TV Show) If I Had You * What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry * The One I Love (Belongs To Somebody Else) * S'posin' * It's The Talk Of The Town * Baby Won't You Please Come Home * I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face * Just Friends * The Things We Did Last Summer * Home (Dean Martin Sings Songs From "The Silencers") The Glory Of Love * Empty Saddles In The Old Corral * Lovey Kravezit * The Last Round-Up * Anniversary Song * Side By Side * South Of The Border * Red Sails In The Sunset * Lord, You Made The Night Too Long * If You Knew Susie * On The Sunny Side Of The Street * The Silencers

(C) 2002 - Shaun Dale

On This Day In Dino-history: February 13, 1962

Hey pallies, likes on this day-before-Dino-amore-day we celebrate a very very important date in all of Dino-history! From our Dino-devoted pallie Mark at his swingin' blog "popculturefanboy," we learn that it was exactly 50---count 'em---50 years ago this very Dino-day that our Dino said no to renewin' his recordin' contract with the pallies at Capitol Records, in order to say yes to his best pallie, Mr. Frank Sinatra, who was in the throws of beginnin' his own recordin' company Reprise Records...the first recordin' pad to be totally totally owned by a musical artist.

In sayin' no to Capitol and yes to Mr. Sinatra, our Dino told hold of his own musical recordin' destiny, as he also began Claude Productions in order to keep total total ownership and rights to any and all of his recorded al-b-ums. Certainly this was a extremely wise move on the part of our most beloved Dino...showin' love to his pallie Frank...bein' a huge name to be signed by Reprise Records, and showin' love to himself and doin' thin's his way.

How cool is it that today we get to celebrate the amore of friendship and the amore of self on this 50th anniversary of our great man's great change in his recordin' destiny. ilovedinomartin shares our great appreciato to our Dino-lovin' pallie Mark for helpin' Dino-philes like us be able to know and celebrate this amazin' dates in Dino-history. To view this in it's orginal format, likes just clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram. Dino-celebratin', DMP ...btw pallies, likes the pix that graces this Dino-post is the cover of the first al-b-um that our Dino released on the Reprise label.


50 Years Ago Today In 1962 - After releasing 11 albums with the label, Dean Martin refuses to renew his contract with Capitol Records. Martin will sign with Reprise Records and start his own production company, Claude Productions, so that he can keep all rights and exclusive ownership of his work from then on.