Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Celebrity Grave: "King of Cool" Entertainer Dean Martin 1995

Hey pallies, likes hopes all you dudes have a special time of Dino-remembrance on Dino-winter-day. Likes 'cause I was off the 'net for a few, will be tryin' to do some Dino-catch-up to likes bring all you pallies the best of Dino-winter-day homagin'. Likes we start out with a post from the pallies at "L.A. Morgue Files" that yearly remember our most beloved Dino with a most lovin' post. Just a bit of Dino-details and a few great Dino-poses, and of course a pix of our great man's restin' place makes this one true Dino-classic Dino-remembrance.

ilovedinomartin expresses our true Dino-appreciato to the pallies at the files for keepin' our Dino's light shinin' Dino-bright in their remembrance. To view this in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram. Dino-centered, DMP

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Celebrity Grave: "King of Cool" Entertainer Dean Martin 1995

Dean Martin (June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995) was an American singer, film actor and comedian. Martin's hit singles included "Memories Are Made of This," "That's Amore," "Everybody Loves Somebody," "Mambo Italiano," "Sway," "Volare" and smash hit "Ain't That a Kick in the Head?" Nicknamed the "King of Cool," he was one of the members of the "Rat Pack" and a major star in four areas of show business: concert stage/night clubs, recordings, motion pictures, and television.

Decline and death

On March 21, 1987, Martin's son Dean Paul (formerly Dino of the 1960s "teeny-bopper" rock group Dino, Desi and Billy) was killed when his F-4 Phantom II jet fighter crashed while flying with the California Air National Guard. A much-touted tour with Davis and Sinatra in 1988 sputtered. On one occasion, he infuriated Sinatra when he turned to him and muttered "Frank, what the hell are we doing up here?" Martin, who always responded best to a club audience, felt lost in the huge stadiums they were performing in (at Sinatra's insistence), and he was not the least bit interested in drinking until dawn after their performances. His final Vegas shows were at the Bally's Hotel in 1990. It was there he had his final reunion with Jerry Lewis on his 72nd birthday. Martin's last two TV appearances both involved tributes to his former Rat Pack members. In 1990, he joined many stars of the entertainment industry in Sammy Davis, Jr's 60th anniversary celebration, which aired only a few weeks before Davis died from throat cancer. In December 1990, he congratulated Frank Sinatra on his 75th birthday special. By 1991, Martin had unofficially retired from performing.

Martin, a life-long smoker, died of acute respiratory failure resulting from emphysema at his Beverly Hills home on Christmas morning 1995, at the age of 78. The lights of the Las Vegas Strip were dimmed in his honor. He is buried at Westwood Village Memorial Park.


Always On Watch said...

A few years ago, Mr. AOW and I visited his family in the Hollywood area. We made the pilgrimage to our Dino's resting place, of course, and said a brief prayer at the King of Cool's grave.

How I miss our Dino! He was a shining light and gave us so much joy. Watching the newly-released DVD The Dean Martin Christmas Show (1968) this Christmas 2012 was such a joy of the Season! Oh, for those days!

The West Village Memorial Park Cemetery, where our Dino now rests, isn't easy to find because it's sandwiched between tall office building. I found that secluded location so appropriate for our Dino's tomb. Also, the cemebery is an oasis of peace in the midst of the bustling LA area. A quiet and peaceful world -- much like our Dino's song "Welcome to My World" says in music.

Across the street from our Dino's final resting place is the Los Angeles Military Cemetery (I may not have the name exactly correct), where Dino, Jr., was laid to rest. We said a prayer at his grave, too.

Always On Watch said...

Our Din was remembered yesterday by so many! See THIS. I left a note and a flower today:

Dean,You are no longer here with us. And the world is a darker place because you are gone from our midst. But you are not forgotten!

PS: DMP, you can use this comment in a stand alone post if you want to.

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, likes thanks so much Miss AOW for those Dino-hearted reflections. Keeps lovin' our Dino!