Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Whatever Dean Martin took on, he never acted like he was working, it’s like he just showed up at the party with a drink in one hand, a smoke in the other, and a lot of attitude.

Hey pallies, likes we gotta begins this Dino-day 'fessin' up that today's Dino-gram to all youse Dino-holics ain't the one that we had planned to share, but, likes yester-Dino-day as we were doin' our almost daily search for Dino-devotion via our pallies at Twingly Advanced Blog Search we lovin'ly landed at the new-to-ilovedinomartin blog tagged "Ticket to Ride - Your Boarding Pass for Film, Music, Books and Current Events," where blogger Mr. Mike Miller has superbly scribed wonderfully wise words on our most beloved Dino that we simply had to share with all youse Dino-holics mucho mucho sooner then later.

In speakin' 'bout himself, Mr. Miller sez, "This is me.  I have lived in Kansas all of my life with the exception of one year.  Mostly, I have lived in NE Kansas.  I grew up in Lawrence, a progressive community, or known by some as the hotbed of radical thought.  Whatever.  It was a great place to grow up and is mostly responsible for my worldview and my values."  Likes as we deeply deeply delved into 'n digested Mike's Dino-devotion simply tagged "Dean Martin: 1960's Cool" we keenly know without a Dino-doubt that Miller valiantly values our most most beloved Dino!!!!!

Likes in these closin' hours of our touchin' 'n tender time of GIVIN' DINO THANKS, we feel beautifully blessed to have been led to Mike's reverent reflections....most hugely heartfelt indeed pallies, on our King of Cool.  Mike writes that "Dean Martin owed the 1960’s."  What we are guessin' that he meant to say is the our Dino OWNED the '60's, 'cause Mike goes on to solemnly share our Dino's multitude of awesome accomplishments in that 10 year period....movies, tv, recordin's and more!

We are incredibly impressed with this tremendous tribute to our Dino in purely powerful prose and potently perfect pixs.  Likes we coulda goes on and on ravin' on Mr. Mike Miller's deepest delight in our Dino, but we wants all youse to read his marvelous message for yourselves.  This is one of the bestest of best Dino-reflections that we have ever read and we shouts out our awesome appreciato to Mr. Mike Miller for this time ' talent in so openly and affirmatively sharin' his Dino-passion with his readership so that we coulda share it with the wider Dino-world.  To checks this out in it's original source, likes simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-report.

We remain,

Yours in Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Dean Martin: 1960’s Cool

In a decade where the Beatles, Twiggy and Steve McQueen were regarded as hip and cool, Dean Martin was the rare middle aged personality that achieved success in a culture rapidly becoming taken over by a younger generation.  His popularity was huge.  At a time when rockers were dominating the charts, his recording of “Everybody Loves Somebody” knocked the Beatles from the Number 1 position.

Dean Martin owed the 1960’s.  As successful as he was in the previous decade, often with Jerry Lewis, the 1960’s provided Martin a top rated weekly television series, a number of highly successful record albums and singles, and his name above the title in 25 feature films.  Who else enjoyed that kind of success across different show business platforms?
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In 1964, The Dean Martin Show premiered as a musical-variety series. In those days, the TV landscape was dominated by the variety series, mixing music, dancing and sketch comedy.  Martin’s show ran for nine seasons, quite a remarkable feat.  Martin had access to the biggest names in show business, including his fellow Rat Pack members.  The show featured several ongoing segments including Martin entering by going down a fireman’s pole, surprise guests behind the door, and his spot of hopping onto Ken Lane’s piano for chat and a tune.  The show had a relaxed, zany quality brought about by Martin’s casual approach to hosting the show.  The man looked like he was always enjoying himself.  And why not?  His contract allowed him to skip most rehearsals and only show up for the day of taping.  He read his lines during sketches.  His look of surprise during the show was usually real, as he was experiencing the show like his audience members.  Pranks and unexpected things happened to Martin, much to the delight of the audience.  One such prank had Martin doing his usual jump onto the piano that suddenly collapsed in pieces, as pianist Lane played along with the joke.

Martin released 21 studio albums during the decade, in addition to live and great greatest hits albums.  He had songs on the Billboard charts throughout the decade, although his hits stopped coming by decade end as musical tastes and radio formats changed away from this style of music.  Over the decade, his  popular recordings included “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head?” “Everybody Loves Somebody” “You’re Nobody till Somebody Loves You” and “I Will”.  Like his friend Frank Sinatra, Martin recorded for Capitol Records, but when Sinatra left to set up his own label, Reprise Records, Martin soon followed.
Martin had performed with Jerry Lewis in nightclubs and venues during their decade together, and he continued to do so as a single act.  He regularly appeared in Las Vegas, often with members of the Rat Pack, and was one of the most popular entertainers blending music and his smooth comedy delivery. He frequently appeared several times a year at the Sands, including 1960 when Martin and Rat Pack members shot Oceans 11 during the day and performed onstage at night.  In 1968, Martin took his act to the Riviera Hotel.
After the split with Jerry Lewis, Martin easily moved into a solo film career, and even though he was a big star, he often took co-starring roles. The Young Lions with Marlon Brando, Rio Bravo with John Wayne, Some Came Running with Sinatra, and Who Was that Lady? with Tony Curtis, are examples of where Martin was satisfied with playing the second lead.  For the rest of his career, Martin would alternate between being the first listed lead and sharing the screen with other actors.  He would re-team with Sands_Hotel_and_Casino_logoSinatra and John Wayne in several films during the 1960’s.  He alternated between Westerns and more topical fare, usually in lighthearted adult comedies about love and marriage.  Martin also took on the role of Matt Helm in four secret agent spoofs.

Martin, unlike John Wayne, Frank Sinatra and Steve McQueen, had no qualms occasionally playing a villain or very flawed character, something that Burt Lancaster, Paul Newman and Robert Mitchum sometimes did.  Martin played a drunk sheriff in Rio Bravo, a lecherous singer in Kiss Me, Stupid, an outlaw in Bandolero!, and a ruthless town boss in Rough Night in Jericho.

Whatever Dean Martin took on, he never acted like he was working, it’s like he just showed up at the party with a drink in one hand, a smoke in the other, and a lot of attitude. His wisecracking drunk act was an effective one even late into his career.  He didn’t have a care in the world as the world seems to dance to his beat.  He projected a confidence and swagger, but not any arrogance.  He didn’t mind other actors or singers taking the lead or carrying the load while he added a joke or alternated with a verse.  He didn’t have to own the spotlight, the spotlight would find him.  If you see any of his Tonight Show appearances, he ties Johnny Carson in knots with his deadpan jokes and remarks.  Drink in hand, Martin is quick with his comments and takes over the show.  Despite the image he projected as being half in the bag, he is hitting on all cylinders.
My only criticism is that Martin stopped working at his craft.  He seemed to walk through many roles and preferred golf and other hobbies to rehearsal.  He was a busy man, look at his schedule, going from film sets to recording sessions, to his weekly series to nightclub appearances.   For someone who looked like he wasn’t working at it, he did give his best while he was “on.”  He had a gift for playing light comedy, and he brought believably to a dramatic role, when he wanted to.  Playing a character with flaws suited him. He could play a cad, an outlaw, a drunk, a man with questionable morals and a scammer. He didn’t have to always be the hero.

What made Dean Martin so cool?  In 1967 he turned 50 years old and was at the peak of his fame. In the decade of the Generation Gap, his weekly TV series attracted families and young viewers, his Matt Helm films were crossover hits, and even though his music was for an older audience, he did have chart success.  He never behaved like a big star, even though he was.  Dean Martin projected a sense of fun, of being a prankster, of never taking anything too seriously, including himself.
Retro is cool and with the passing of time, and the glow of nostalgia, Dean Martin has always been cool. Look no further than movies, TV or commercials, his songs are strewn across popular culture.  His image lives on in fashion ads and iconic photographs.   Trends change, but cool never goes out of fashion.


Danny G. said...

Wow! Great post, pallie! Totally dig what Mike is sayin’! Love Hearin’ ‘gain & ‘ Dino has left his awesomely unending’ spirit among us! He truly never goes outta style!

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, likes Danny-o, it thrills our Dino-hearts to discover pallies likes Mike who are spreadin' their deep devotion to our Dino and spreadin' the Dino-word all over the cyber world! Keeps lovin' 'n sharin' our most most beloved DINO!

Always On Watch said...

Fantastic post, DMP! So many Dino-truths here!

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, likes Miss AOW, of course, we couldn't 'gree more with your Dino-assesment...Mike has superbly scribed so so many "Dino-truths." Keeps lovin' our most most beloved DINO!