Friday, August 31, 2018

Dino taught me what it means to be in LOVE with LOVE!

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LaDonna Bella Villalobos
Hey pallies, likes our Dino-heart is bein' hugely warmed this day by what we find to be one of the most most touchin' & tender Dino-testimonials that we have ever ever read....likes even perhaps the greatest testimonial.   Likes we found these wonderfully wise words of Dino-truth shared as a comment on the beautiful blog of Mr. Rob Alves that was featured Wednesday  HERE.  Alves is an amazin' music man and his Mixcloud blog is tagged " Rob MyLifeIsAcid."

Likes a lovely lady tagged Miss LaDonna Bella Villalobos commented on Rob's Dino-post, "One Hour With Dean Martin, and truth be told Dino-holics we have been literally blown 'way with the utter depth of how deeply our most beloved Dino has touched her life and what our one and only Dino has taught her, as she sez so extraordinarily, eloquently states...." Dino taught me what it means to be in LOVE with LOVE!"

There truly truly are not adequate words to express the deepest of deep depth of the incredible impact that our Dino has had on Miss Villalobos' life, so we ask you to simply read her remarkable reverent words shared below.  We thanks LaDonna Bella for her most open awesome affirmation of what our Dino means to her.  May her deep devotion to our King of Cool help others to be drawn closer and closer to knowin', lovin', and sharin' our Dino!  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

My cup Runneth over with LOVE! Dino taught me what it means to be in LOVE with LOVE! I listen to Dean Martin every morning and fill my heart and soul with LOVE! His voice melts all my troubles away! I got my tender heart from Dean and my sence of humor from Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis! I grew up in such an abusive dysfunctional household, But I honestly believe Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis movies are the reason I am so filled with LOVE, I have never had hatred towards any one in my life! My goal in life is to teach others, your past hurts don't have to stay with you! Through musical therapy and being a life coach, watching others heal from their past is the most rewarding thing in my life with exception to my 3 loving children!Thank you so much for sharing the LOVE!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

On This Day In Dino-history: August 30, 1969

Desert Radio AZ

Hey pallies, likes we loves! loves! loves! to find new sources of devotion to our Dino, and we loves even more to learn more 'n more details of our Dino's life, times, and teachin's includin' more historic dates in Dino-history.  Likes today we gets to do both of 'em at one Dino-time.  From the new-to-ilovedinomartin blog for Desert Radio Az KDAZ-db located in Hereford, AZ comes the noteworthy news that it was on this date, August 30, in the year of our Dino 1969 that our great great man's great great al-b-um "Gentle On My Mind" went pure gold!

Gentle on My Mind was  produced by Jimmy Bowen and arranged by Ernie Freeman, and released in November 1968 on the Reprise label.

Likes the track listin' included 10---count 'em---10 delightful Dino-croons includin':

 "Not Enough Indians"
"That Old Time Feelin'"
"Welcome to My Heart"
"By the Time I Get to Phoenix"
"Gentle on My Mind"
"That's When I See the Blues (In Your Pretty Brown Eyes)"
"Rainbows Are Back in Style"
"Drowning in My Tears"
"April Again"

We shares with all youse Dino-holics  the front  cover coolest of cool Dino-pose as well as our Dino' havin' the bestest of best times croonin' this tune live on the Dino-show.  We thanks all the pallies at Desert Radio Az KDAZ-db for puttin' us on to this important date in Dino-history and addin' to our Dino-edification.  Likes to checks this out in it's original form, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-report.

We remain,

Yours in Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

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In 1969 Dean Martin's album "Gentle On My Mind" is certified gold.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

One Hour With Dean Martin

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Hey pallies, likes Dino-devotion is totally totally thrivin' all over the known Dino-universe and likes today we are thrilled to introduce you to mighty music aficionado Mr. Rob Alves (pictured on the side).    Alves hails from Paris, France and "his love for the music brought him to launch, an aesthetic musical blog."  Rob is an incredibly in-the-know kinda music man as his bountiful bio tells us he's into "Web, music, videogame" and he's a "clubbing journalist for several French magazines & websites."  In addition "Rob Alves is also a DJ and booker for multiple Parisian nightclubs as well as being resident DJ for the MTV Soundsystem during French music festivals."

Likes we were recently introduced to Mr. Alves when our google Dino-searchin' brought us to his
Mixcloud pad  where he is known as Rob MyLifeIsAcid.  There Rob has shared his delightful Dino-trib tune set, "One Hour With Dean Martin."  Likes you will read below how Rob as able to put together the swank selections of our most beloved Dino croonin' many many marvelous muscial croons.

We invites you to sit back and drink deeply of Parisian Rob Alves delightful Dino-selections!   Likes we are totally totally thrilled that we were able to embed the code right here at ilovedinomartin so that all youse Dino-philes can listen to these deep deep Dino-croons right at our humble little Dino-pad.  We swankly salute Mr. Alves for awesomely accentin' our main man and bringin' more and more pallies into the Dino-fold!  To checks this out in it's original source, likes simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram.

p.s.  Likes pallies, in doin' a bit of researchin' here at ilovedinomartin, we found that on April 21 in the year of our Dino 2017 we had posted this primo podcast of Dino-croons previously.  Youse can check that post out HERE.  In that post we shared the playlist which we share here as well...

"What's Yesterday"

"Baby's It's Cold Outside"

"Your Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You"

"Just In Time"

"Two Sleepy People"

"Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)"

"Whose Your Little Who-zis?"

"Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone"

"That  Lucky O Sun"

"I'm  Yours"


"I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm"


"I Love The Way You Say Goodnight"

"When Your Smiling"

"Canadian Sunset"

"Just One More Chance"

"Memories Are Made Of This"

"Kiss The World Goodbye"

"Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime"

"King Of The Road"

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

One Hour With Dean Martin

by Rob MyLifeIsAcid

I take advantage of my account Soundcloud to give a little exposure to my old mixtapes which this one devoted to Dean Martin. The others will follow, I'm going to upload them all again. Good listening.


Some records bought at the same garage sale in the suburbs (they had to be a local Rat Pack ...), beautiful pieces, it did not take me much to devote my new mixtape to one and the same artist.

Today Dean Martin, old childhood memories of hilarity in front of his movies with Jerry Lewis, a beautiful mouth of rital unclear and this mischievous voice possible.

I really had a great time developing it.

Ladies and gentleman, please take care of yourself

Je profite de mon compte Soundcloud pour redonner un peu d'exposition à mes anciennes mixtapes dont celle ci consacrée à Dean Martin. Les autres suivront, je suis entrain de toutes les uploader à nouveau. Bonne écoute.


Quelques disques achetés au même vide-grenier en banlieue (ils ont du se faire un Rat Pack local…), des morceaux magnifiques, il ne m’en a pas fallu beaucoup plus pour consacrer ma nouvelle mixtape à un seul et même artiste.

Aujourd’hui Dean Martin, des vieux souvenirs d’enfance d’hilarité devant ses films avec Jerry Lewis, une belle gueule de rital pas nette et cette voix espiègle au possible.

J’ai réellement pris un plaisir fou à l’élaborer.

Ladies and gentleman, please take care of yourself

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Martin-always with his glass and cigarette firmly gripped-personalized the glorious excesses of a world that has already disappeared, a world without rules or consequences.

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Hey pallies, likes in our Dino-goal of uncoverin' more 'n more Dino-devotion from all over the ol' world wide web, we recently put the tags Dean Martin 'n menefreghista into the ol' google search engine and a goodly number of postin's came up for our Dino-perusin'.  Likes today we share one of the most powerfully potent postin's cames from a swank Spaniard, Mr. J. Alberto Conesa pictured at the side) who is in the publishin' industry and hails from Cabo de Palos, Murcia, Spain.  Conesa's home pad is tagged "Efemérides Musicales," which means Musical Ephemeris" when translated into English.

 Likes we are only likes 6 years behind in gettin' this delightful Dino-devotion to all youse Dino-holics as it was posted on the 95th anniversary of his descent to our planet...June 7 2012.  Simply titled "Dean Martin,"  Alberto's retellin' of the life, times, and teachin's of our Dino is a magnificent  mix of prose, pixs, and vid clips.   Our fav Dino-reflection by Mr. Conesa, which we have chosen to use to tag this Dino-gram, speaks well to Alberto's ubber understandin' of our Dino's philosophy..."
Martin-always with his glass and cigarette firmly gripped-personalized the glorious excesses of a world that has already disappeared, a world without rules or consequences."

We always find particular delight in findin' 'nother of today's youthful professional who is spreadin' their Dino-delight through their personal blog scribin's, and we indeed are deeply delighted to have come 'cross Mr. J. Alberto Conesa's Dino-ode and we thank him, late as we are in gettin' this posted, for helpin' other Spaniards to get to know, love, and grow in our most beloved Dino.  To checks this out in it's original source, likes simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-message.

We Remain,

Yours in Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

June 07, 2012

Dean Martin

On June 7, 1917 was born in Beverly Hills (California) the actor and American singer Dean Martin , born of Italian immigrants. Artist of great success in music, cinema. TV and the stages, Dean was a true showman who acquired the category of icon, representing the essence of the 'cool'. Member of the legendary Rat Pack, lived a life of high standing in the world of entertainment, although always projecting an image of good humor and serenity. Along with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jrand a few others who breathed the same old airs, Martin-always with his glass and cigarette firmly gripped-personalized the glorious excesses of a world that has already disappeared, a world without rules or consequences. However, he remained on a somewhat more discreet plane than his companions. It was a distant star in the sky. As one of his biographers pointed out, Martin was what in Italy is called a 'menefreghista', "one who does not give a shit about everything"

Born Dino Crocetti. son of an Italian immigrant hairdresser, until the age of five he only spoke Italian and in school he was the target of numerous jokes for his difficulty in speaking English. From a young age, Dino was excited about the Hollywood world and spent most afternoons in the Steubenville theaters. Particularly influenced by Bing Crosby, he recalled in an interview in Look: "Every time they were showing a Bing movie in Steubenville, I was there to see it a few times, that's how I learned to sing, because I did not know anything about music. I learned everything from Crosby, as well as Sinatra and Perry Como. We all started imitating him and considered him our teacher "With 16 years left school, and went through a series of varied jobs in the Midwest. His most lucrative job was working as a croupier, but he was also an amateur boxer under the nickname of 'Kid Crochet', a worker at a metallurgical plant and a singer in Ernie McKay's band in Cleveland. From his time as a boxer (he made 13 bouts in total) Dean used to remember with humor: "I won them all, except twelve."

He adopted Dino Martini as his stage name - he later Americanized Dean Martin - and in 1940 he moved to New York to find work as a singer at the New York night-club circuit. Hired by Sammy Watkins for his orchestra, Dean achieved a discreet following with his soft and carefree vocal style. Despite his personal appeal and bearing, the first years in the entertainment world were not easy for Dean and he had to help himself by driving a truck in order to earn an extra salary to help his growing family. Finally in 1946, the year his first single was released, 'Which way did my heart go?' , he got a steady job at the Rio Bamba club.

In summer of that same year he acted in the Club 500 of Atlantic City sharing poster with a young comedian named Jerry Lewis . They acted separately, but one night they surprised the audience by acting together and developing a comic-parodic-musical number that delighted the public. In a matter of months the duo was invited to perform in Copacabana and their salaries went from $ 350 to $ 5,000 per week. At the end of the decade of the 1940s, they were the most popular comic duo in the United States. In 1948 they recorded the song 'That certain party' and in 1949 they made their film debut, participating in the film 'My Friend Irma', and the success was such, that in the sequel, 'My friend Irma goes West', their roles acquired greater prominence.

In the 1951 film 'At War with Army', Martin and Lewis were already the protagonists and the stars. In her they established the formula that would become popular and would be repeated in the following films of the couple: Martin played the role of a serious crooner, who suffered from Lewis'eccentric antics The criticism resisted them, but the public adored them. They starred in 13 comedies for the Paramount , among them 'Jumping Jacks' (Locos del Aire, 1952), 'Scared Stiff' (El castillo maldito, 1953) and 'Artists and Models' (Artistas y modelos, 1955) by Frank Tashlin.

'Hollywood or Bust' (Loco por Anita, 1956), also directed byTashlin, was the last film they shot together. When the relationship between the two deteriorated to such an extent that they stopped talking, they announced their break after making their last performance in Copacabana, the same day they celebrated ten years of their first performance there.

Martin ended up a little fed up with his role: "I sang a song and I could never play it completely." The camera was going over Lewis doing his thing and then, at the end, he was coming back to me when the song was over, everything was Jerry Lewis and Jerry Lewis And while, I, playing the idiot role in all the movies, I made a lot of money, but that's not all, and I wanted to show that I was able to do much better, and I took it upon myself to prove it. the people, the country or the world, I showed it to myself "

While the majority augured a promising future to Jerry Lewis, the general consensus was that Martin, as a solo act, would fail. After all, apart from the great success of 1953, 'That's Amore' , Dean had not excelled in his singing career and, faced with the imminent rise of rock'n'roll, his future in this field appeared bleak. Nevertheless in 1956 it obtained its first nº1 in the lists of successes with the subject 'Memories are made of this' , that remained six weeks in the place of honor.

He continued with his film career and in 1958 he appeared along with Montgomery Clift and Marlon Brando in the drama 'The Young Lions' (The Dance of the Damned) by Edward Dmytryck . That same year he premiered the first of a series of color TV shows for NBC. Both projects proved to be a great success, as well as their live performances at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas. In particular, with his role in 'The Young Lions', he showed his talent for dramatic roles. If we add to all that another single, which was hit in 1958, 'Volare', that year, Martin, appeared in all the media. The success that ensued the special TV specials, caused that Martin reigned in all the fields simultaneously, music, TV, cinema and stages, something that even Sinatra did not achieve in his career.

The Rat Pack: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop

Even at the height of his fame, Martin remained oblivious to stardom. For someone whose public image was so popular, Martin was elusive and introverted, staying away from the lights and pageantry. In 1959 the film 'Some came Running' (Like a torrent) was released and with it the Rat Pack was born.

Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra
The tandem Martin-Sinatra along with his acolytes Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop and Shirley MacLaine , laid the foundations for a new standard of entertainment stars, becoming avatars of the 'good life'. In addition to appearing together in several films (such as 'Ocean's Eleven', which inspired the series of Clooney and Brad Pitt ), formed an important group in the Hollywood social scene of those years, and even had a certain political weight through marriage of Lawford with Patricia Kennedy , sister of the president.

The Rat Pack created legend thanks to his performances on the Las Vegas Strip. The hotels were always at their best the day that Martin , Sinatra and Davis Jr. performed (although in the popular imagery this name has penetrated, they never referred to themselves as Rat Pack, preferring to be called 'The Summit' or 'The Clan' ). Their number consisted of musical numbers sung individually, as a duo or as a trio interspersed with comic numbers and improvised jokes. It was here that Martin finished popularizing his image as a drunkard (although he was never a heavy drinker) and Sinatra as a womanizer.

Martin's cover letter was: "And now, straight from the bar, Dean Martin . Although part of the show was spent making jokes about the race and religion of Sammy Davis (he was a Jew), Martin and Sinatra refused to perform in places where blacks or Jews were not allowed to enter, both being active members of the civil rights movement.

In those years, Martin published his best albums, among them, 'This Time I'm Swinging'! ' 'Dino! Italian Love Songs'and 'French Style'(1962). In 1963, while they were filming their third feature film, 'Robin and the Seven Hoods', the news of the assassination of Kennedy arrived, which meant, among other things, the end of the reign of the Rat Pack. With the social problems reigning in the United States in the mid-sixties and the Vietnam War appearing on the horizon, there was no place for their lifestyle of carefree livings. The fun had come to an end.

However, Martin continued with his musical career and in 1964 swept none other than the Beatles No. 1 with the song 'Everybody loves somebody' and the same year he appeared in Billy Wilder's film 'Kiss me Stupid' (Kiss me, silly) in which he represented his famous role as a lecherous drunkard, but, at heart, charming.

With Jacqueline Bisset in 'Airport'
In 1965, after repeated NBC proposals, Martin agreed to present a weekly variety show on TV. 'The Dean Martin Show' was a huge success, with nine seasons on the air. Also in the cinema it maintained its popularity, embodying the secret agent Matt Helm (a James Bond in humor key) in four films and in 1970 it was released 'Airport', a great success of box office where Martin incarnated the captain Vernon Demerest . At the end of the seventies his health began to deteriorate and his career was limited to his appearances in the halls of Las Vegas. In 1976 Frank Sinatraled a memorable reunion of Martin with Jerry Lewis .

Martin, Davis and Sinatra in 1988
On March 21, 1987, his son Dino died in a plane crash over the San Gorgonio Mountains, California. The loss was a blow to Dean Martin who fell into a deep depression that would never recover. 
In 1988 he began a tour in which the Rat Pack met again: Sinatra, Davis and Dean Martin. The show lasted only a few performances. Martin got fed up and there was a moment that - in the middle of one of the shows - he looked at Sinatra and said: "Frank, what the hell are we doing here?"

His last two appearances on TV were to honor his ex-companions of the Rat Pack: In 1989 he celebrated with many other stars of the show the 60th birthday of Sammy Davis , a few weeks before his death and in December 1990 he congratulated Frank Sinatra on its 75th anniversary . In 1995, already ill, he retired from public life and, on the morning of Christmas Day that year, died of respiratory failure at his home in Beverly Hills at age 78. As happened the day Sammy Davisdied , the lights of Las Vegas went out in his honor. Only three years later they would repeat the homage with Sinatra .

07 junio 2012
Dean Martin

El 7 de junio de 1917 nació en Beverly Hills (California) el actor y cantante estadounidense Dean Martin, nacido de inmigrantes italianos. Artista de gran éxito en la música, el cine. la TV y los escenarios, Dean fue un verdadero showman que adquirió la categoría de icono, representando la esencia de lo 'cool'. Miembro del legendario Rat Pack, vivió una vida de alto standing en el mundo del espectáculo, aunque siempre proyectando una imagen de buen humor y serenidad. Junto con Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr y otros pocos que respiraban los mismos aires caducos, Martin -siempre con la copa y el cigarillo firmemente agarrados- personalizó los gloriosos excesos de un mundo ya desaparecido, un mundo sin reglas ni consecuencias. Sin embargo, permaneció en un plano algo más discreto que sus compañeros. Era una estrella lejana del firmamento. Como apuntó uno de sus biógrafos, Martin era lo que en Italia se denomina un 'menefreghista', "uno al que todo le importa una mierda"

Nacido Dino Crocetti. hijo de un peluquero italiano inmigrante, hasta los cinco años sólo hablaba italiano y en la escuela fue el objetivo de numerosas burlas por su dificultad en hablar el inglés. Desde muy joven, Dino estaba entusiasmado con el mundo de Hollywood y pasaba la mayoría de las tardes en los cines de Steubenville. Particularmente influenciado por Bing Crosby, recordaba en una entrevista en Look: "Cada vez que proyectaban una película de Bing en Steubenville, allí estaba yo para verla unas cuantas veces. Así es como aprendí a cantar, porque yo no sabía nada de música. Lo aprendí todo de Crosby, así como Sinatra y Perry Como. Todos empezamos imitándole y lo considerábamos nuestro maestro". Con 16 años dejó la escuela, y pasó por una serie de variados empleos en el medio Oeste. Su trabajo más lucrativo fue trabajando de croupier, pero también fue boxeador amateur bajo el apodo de 'Kid Crochet', obrero en una planta metalúrgica y cantante en la banda de Ernie McKay en Cleveland. De su época de boxeador (realizó 13 combates en total) Dean solía recordar con humor: "Los gané todos, excepto doce".

Adoptó Dino Martini como nombre artístico -más tarde lo americanizó a Dean Martin- y en 1940 se trasladó a Nueva York con el fin de encontrar trabajo como cantante en el circuito neoyorquino de night-clubs. Contratado por Sammy Watkins para su orquesta, Dean logró un discreto seguimiento con su suave y despreocupado estilo vocal. A pesar de su atractivo y porte personal, los primeros años en el mundo del espectáculo no fueron nada fáciles para Dean y tuvo que ayudarse conduciendo un camión con el fin de ganar un sueldo extra para ayudar a su cada vez más numerosa familia. Por fin en 1946, el año que se publicó su primer single, 'Which way did my heart go?', consiguió un trabajo fijo en el club Rio Bamba.

En verano de ese mismo año actuó en el Club 500 de Atlantic City compartiendo cartel con un joven cómico llamado Jerry Lewis. Actuaban por separado, pero una noche sorprendieron al público actuando juntos y dearrollando un número cómico-paródico-musical que hizo las delicias del público. En cuestión de meses el dúo fue invitado a actuar en el Copacabana y los salarios de ambos pasaron de 350 a 5.000$ semanales. Al final de la década de los años cuarenta, eran el dúo cómico más popular de Estados Unidos. En 1948 grabaron el tema 'That certain party' y en 1949 realizaron su debut cinematográfico, participando en el film 'My Friend Irma', y el éxito fue tal, que en la secuela, 'My friend Irma goes West', sus papeles adquirieron mayor protagonismo.

En la película de 1951 'At War with Army', Martin y Lewis ya eran los protagonistas y las estrellas. En ella establecieron la fórmula que se haría popular y se repetiría en los siguientes films de la pareja: Martin desempeñaba el papel de crooner/galán serio, que sufría las estrambóticas payasadas de Lewis. La crítica se les resistía, pero el público los adoraba. Protagonizaron 13 comedias para la Paramount, entre ellas 'Jumping Jacks' (Locos del Aire, 1952), 'Scared Stiff' (El castillo maldito, 1953) y 'Artists and Models' (Artistas y modelos, 1955) de Frank Tashlin.

'Hollywood or Bust' (Loco por Anita, 1956), también dirigida por Tashlin, fue la última película que rodaron juntos. Cuando la relación entre ambos se deterioró hasta tal punto que dejaron de hablarse, anunciaron su ruptura tras realizar su última actuación en el Copacabana, el mismo día que se cumplían diez años de su primera actuación allí.

Martin acabó un poco harto de su papel: "Yo cantaba una canción y jamás podía interpretarla completa. La cámara se dirigía sobre Lewis haciendo lo suyo y después, al final, volvía sobre mí cuando el tema ya había acabado. Todo era Jerry Lewis y Jerry Lewis. Y mientras, yo, haciendo el papel de idiota en todas la películas. Ganaba un montón de dinero, pero eso no es todo, y yo quería demostrar que era capaz de hacerlo mucho mejor. Y me encargué de demostrarlo. No a la gente, al país o al mundo. Me lo demostré a mí mismo"

Mientras la mayoría le auguraba un prometedor futuro a Jerry Lewis, el consenso general fue que Martin, como acto en solitario, fracasaría. Después de todo, aparte del gran éxito de 1953, 'That's Amore', Dean no había destacado en su carrera de cantante y, ante el inminente ascenso del rock'n'roll, su futuro en este campo aparecía sombrío. Sin embargo en 1956 logró su primer nº1 en las listas de éxitos con el tema 'Memories are made of this', que se mantuvo seis semanas en el puesto de honor.

Siguió con su carrera cinematográfica y en 1958 apareció junto con Montgomery Clift y Marlon Brando en el drama 'The Young Lions' (El baile de los malditos) de Edward Dmytryck. Ese mismo año estrenó el primero de una serie de shows de TV en color para la NBC. Ambos proyectos resultaron ser un gran éxito, así como sus actuaciones en vivo en el Hotel Sands de Las Vegas. En, particular, con su papel en 'The Young Lions', demostró su talento para papeles dramáticos. Si a todo eso añadimos otro single, que fue hit en 1958, 'Volare', ese año, Martin, aparecía en todos los medios. El éxito que supusieron los consiguientes especiales de TV, provocaron que Martin reinara en todos los campos simultáneamente, música, TV, cine y escenarios, algo que ni el mismo Sinatra logró en su carrera.

El Rat Pack: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Peter Lawford y Joey Bishop

Incluso en el cénit de su fama, Martin permanecía ajeno al estrellato. Para alguien cuya imagen pública era tan popular, Martin era esquivo e introvertido, manteniéndose al margen de las luces y el boato. En 1959 se estrenó el film 'Some came Running' (Como un torrente) y con él nació el Rat Pack.

Dean Martin y Frank Sinatra
El tándem Martin-Sinatra junto con sus acólitos Sammy Davis Jr, Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop y Shirley MacLaine, sentaron las bases de un nuevo standard de estrellas del espectáculo, convirtiéndose en avatares de la 'buena vida'. Además de aparecer juntos en varias películas (como 'Ocean's Eleven', que inspiró la serie de Clooney y Brad Pitt), formaron un grupo importante en la escena social de Hollywood de aquellos años, e incluso, tenían cierto peso político a través del matrimonio de Lawford con Patricia Kennedy, hermana del presidente.

El Rat Pack creó leyenda gracias a sus actuaciones en el Strip de Las Vegas. Los hoteles siempre estaban a tope el día que actuaban Martin, Sinatra y Davis Jr. (aunque en la imaginería popular ha calado este nombre, ellos jamás se referían a sí mismos como Rat Pack, preferían llamarse 'The Summit' o 'The Clan'). Su número consistía en números musicales cantados individualmente, como dúo o como trío intercalados con números cómicos y chistes improvisados. Fue aquí donde Martin terminó de popularizar su imagen de borrachín (a pesar de que nunca fue un gran bebedor) y Sinatra la de mujeriego.

La carta de presentación de Martin era: "Y ahora, directo desde la barra del bar, Dean Martin". Aunque parte del show se lo pasaban haciendo chistes sobre la raza y la religión de Sammy Davis (era judío), Martin y Sinatra se negaban a actuar en los locales en los que no se permitiera la entrada a negros o judíos, siendo ambos miembros activos del movimiento por los derechos civiles.

En esos años, Martin publicó sus mejores álbumes, entre ellos, 'This Time I'm Swinging'!', 'Dino! Italian Love Songs' y 'French Style' (1962). En 1963, mientras se encontraban rodando su tercer largometraje, 'Robin and the seven Hoods', llegó la noticia del asesinato de Kennedy, lo que significó, entre otras cosas, el fin del reinado del Rat Pack. Con los problemas sociales reinantes en los Estados Unidos a mediados de los sesenta y la guerra de Vietnam apareciendo por el horizonte, no había sitio para su estilo de vida de vividores despreocupados. La diversión había llegado a su fin.

No obstante, Martin continuó con su carrera musical y en 1964 barrió nada menos que a los Beatles del nº1 con el tema 'Everybody loves somebody' y el mismo año apareció en el film de Billy Wilder 'Kiss me Stupid' (Bésame , tonto) en el que representaba su famoso papel de borrachín lascivo, pero, en el fondo, encantador.

Con Jacqueline Bisset en 'Airport'
En 1965, tras repetidas propuestas de la NBC, Martin aceptó presentar un show semanal de variedades en la TV. 'The Dean Martin Show' fue un éxito enorme, manteniéndose nueve temporadas en antena. También en el cine mantuvo su popularidad, encarnando el agente secreto Matt Helm (un James Bond en clave de humor) en cuatro películas y en 1970 se estrenó 'Airport', un gran éxito de taquilla donde Martin encarnaba al capitán Vernon Demerest. A finales de los años setenta su salud comenzó a deteriorarse y su carrera se limitó a sus apariciones en las salas de Las Vegas. En 1976 Frank Sinatra propició un memorable reencuentro de Martin con Jerry Lewis.

Martin, Davis y Sinatra en 1988
El 21 de marzo de 1987, su hijo Dino falleció en un accidente aéreo sobre las Montañas de San Gorgonio, California. La pérdida fue un duro golpe para Dean Martin que se sumió en una profunda depresión de la que nunca llegaría a recuperarse.
En 1988 comenzó un tour en el que se reunía de nuevo el Rat Pack: Sinatra, Davis y Dean Martin. El show duró sólo unas pocas representaciones. Martin se hartó y hubo un momento que -en medio de uno de los espectáculos- miró a Sinatra y dijo: "Frank, ¿qué coño estamos haciendo aquí?"

Sus dos últimas apariciones en TV fueron para homenajear a sus ex-compañeros del Rat Pack: En 1989 celebró junto a muchas otras estrellas del espectáculo el 60 cumpleaños de Sammy Davis, unas semanas antes de su muerte y en diciembre de 1990 felicitó a Frank Sinatra en su 75 aniversario. En 1995, ya enfermo, se retiró de la vida pública y, la mañana del día de Navidad de ese mismo año, murió de insuficiencia respiratoria en su residencia de Beverly Hills a los 78 años. Tal como ocurrió el día que murió Sammy Davis, las luces de las Vegas se apagaron en su honor. Apenas tres años después repetirían el homenaje con Sinatra.

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Martin -- highball and cigarette always firmly in hand -- embodied the glorious excess of a world long gone, a world without rules or consequences. Throughout it all, he remained just outside the radar of understanding, the most distant star in the firmament...

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Biography by Jason Ankeny

Enjoying great success in music, film, television, and the stage, Dean Martin was less an entertainer than an icon, the eternal essence of cool. A member of the legendary Rat Pack, he lived and died the high life of booze, broads and bright lights, always projecting a sense of utter detachment and serenity; along with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr. and the other chosen few who breathed the same rarefied air, Martin -- highball and cigarette always firmly in hand -- embodied the glorious excess of a world long gone, a world without rules or consequences. Throughout it all, he remained just outside the radar of understanding, the most distant star in the firmament; as his biographer Nick Tosches once noted, Martin was what the Italians called a menefreghista -- "one who simply does not give a f***."

Dino Paul Crocetti was born on June 7, 1917 in Steubenville, Ohio; the son of an immigrant barber, he spoke only Italian until the age of five, and at school was the target of much ridicule for his broken English. He ultimately quit school at the age of 16, going to work in the steel mills; as a boxer named Kid Crochet, he also fought a handful of amateur bouts, and later delivered bootleg liquor. After landing a job as a croupier in a local speakeasy, he made his first connections with the underworld, bringing him into contact with club owners all over the Midwest; initially rechristening himself Dean Martini, he had a nose job and set out to become a crooner, modeling himself after his acknowledged idol, Bing Crosby. Hired by bandleader Sammy Watkins, he dropped the second "i" from his stage name and eventually enjoyed minor success on the New York club circuit, winning over audiences with his loose, mellow vocal style.

Despite his good looks and easygoing charm, Martin's early years as an entertainer were largely unsuccessful. In 1946 -- the year he issued his first single, "Which Way Did My Heart Go?" -- he first met another struggling performer, a comic named Jerry Lewis; later that year, while Lewis was playing Atlantic City's 500 Club, another act abruptly quit the show, and the comedian suggested Martin to fill the void. Initially, the two performed separately, but one night they threw out their routines and teamed on-stage, a Mutt-and-Jeff combo whose wildly improvisational comedy quickly made them a star attraction along the Boardwalk. Within months, Martin and Lewis' salaries rocketed from $350 to $5000 a week, and by the end of the 1940s they were the most popular comedy duo in the nation. In 1949, they made their film debut in My Friend Irma, and their supporting work proved so popular with audiences that their roles were significantly expanded for the sequel, the following year's My Friend Irma Goes West.

With 1951's At War with the Army, Martin and Lewis earned their first star billing. The picture established the basic formula of all of their subsequent movie work, with Martin the suave straight man forced to suffer the bizarre antics of the manic fool Lewis. Critics often loathed the duo, but audiences couldn't get enough -- in all, they headlined 13 comedies for Paramount, among them 1952's Jumping Jacks, 1953's Scared Stiff and 1955's Artists and Models, a superior effort directed by Frank Tashlin. For 1956's Hollywood or Bust, Tashlin was again in the director's seat, but the movie was the team's last; after Martin and Lewis' relationship soured to the point where they were no longer even speaking to one another, they announced their breakup following the conclusion of their July 25, 1956 performance at the Copacabana, which celebrated to the day the tenth anniversary of their first show.

While most onlookers predicted continued superstardom for Lewis, the general consensus was that Martin would falter as a solo act; after all, outside of the 1953 smash "That's Amore," his solo singing career had never quite hit its stride, and in light of the continued ascendancy of rock & roll, his future looked dim. After suffering a failure with Ten Thousand Bedrooms, Martin's next move was to appear in the 1958 drama The Young Lions, starring alongside Montgomery Clift and Marlon Brando; that same year he also hosted The Dean Martin Show, the first of his color specials for NBC television. Both projects were successful, as were his live appearances at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas; in particular, The Young Lions proved him a highly capable dramatic actor. Combined with another hit single, "Volare," Martin was everywhere that year, and with the continued success of his many TV specials, he effectively conquered movies, music, television and the stage all at the same time -- a claim no other entertainer, not even Sinatra, could make.

Even at the peak of his fame, however, Martin remained strangely contemptuous of stardom; for a man whose presence in the public eye was almost constant, he was utterly elusive, beyond the realm of mortal understanding. As his celebrity and power grew, he slipped even further away: in early 1959, his movie with Sinatra, Some Came Running, hit theaters, and with it came the dawning of the Rat Pack. Together, Sinatra and Martin -- in tandem with their acolytes Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop and Shirley MacLaine -- set new standards of celebrity hipsterdom, becoming avatars of the good life; flexing their muscle not only in show business but also in politics -- their ties to John F. Kennedy, Lawford's brother-in-law and an honorary Rat Packer code-named "Chicky Baby," are now legend -- they were the new American gods, and Las Vegas was their Mount Olympus.

Martin -- who continued to impress critics in films like the 1959 Howard Hawks classic Rio Bravo -- was Sinatra's right-hand man, the drunkest and most enigmatic member of the Rat Pack (so named in homage to the Holmby Hills Rat Pack, a bygone drinking circle that had once gathered around Humphrey Bogart); his allegiance to Sinatra was total, and Martin even left his longtime label Capitol to record for and financially back Sinatra's own Reprise imprint. In 1960, the Rat Pack starred in Ocean's Eleven, filming in Las Vegas during the day and then taking over the Sands each night; two years later, they reconvened for Sergeants 3. However, in late 1963 -- while filming the third Rat Pack opus, Robin and the Seven Hoods -- the news came that Kennedy had been assassinated; in effect, as America struggled to pick up the pieces, the Rat Pack's reign was over. With Vietnam and the civil rights movement looming on the horizon, there was no longer room for the boozy, happy-go-lucky lifestyle of before -- the fun was truly over.

Yet somehow Martin forged on; in 1964, at the peak of Beatlemania, he knocked the Fab Four out of the top spot on the charts with his single "Everybody Loves Somebody," and that same year starred in Billy Wilder's acrid Kiss Me, Stupid, a film which crystallized his persona as the lecherous but lovable lush. In 1965, after years of overtures from NBC, Martin finally agreed to host his own weekly variety series; The Dean Martin Show was an enormous hit, running for nine seasons before later spawning a number of hit Celebrity Roast specials during the 1970s. In films, he also remained successful, starring in a series of spy spoofs as secret agent Matt Helm. However, by the late '70s, Martin's health began to fail, and his career was primarily confined to casino club stages; in 1987, his son Dean Paul died in an airplane crash, a blow from which he never recovered. After bailing out of a 1988 reunion tour with Sinatra and Davis, Martin spent his final years in solitude; he died on Christmas Day, 1995.