Monday, July 26, 2021

Yesterday In Dino-history: July 25, 1946


Hey pallies, likes yesterday was a day of  reverent rememberin'  the last time that our most beloved Dino and his most beloved partner, Mr. Jerry Lewis performed on stage together, and today is that hugest of huge  historic day in all of Dino-history that Martin and Lewis began their decade long partnership of comedy. seventy-four years 'go this very day, July 25, 1946 our great great man and the ever ever funny Jerry Lewis did their first nightclub performance in Atlantic City together at the Club 500...and the world was never ever the same 'gain...and likes never ever will be!

Today's Dino-remembrance comes from the blog pad "Triviazoids - Day-To-Day Look At History Links" by Mr. Brad Williams.  (Once 'gain this particular post is no longer posted at the Triviazoid's site.)  Likes everythin' our Dino does it likes purely purely perfect...to the point that the team of Martin and Lewis performed for exaxtly 10 years to the day.... beautifully beginnin' July 25, 1946 and endin' as we shared yesterday on July 24, 1956. Certainly this was the decade of comedic brilliance between our beloved Dino and  Mr. Lewis.

So so loves rememberin' and honorin' these incredibly important days in the life and times of our amazin' King of Cool. ilovedinomartin sez our thanks to Mr. Brad Williams for reverently rememberin' and hugely honorin' this very very special day in the life and times of our most beloved Dino!

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

 

“Layyyyyy-deeee!” Did you know the comedy team of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis performed together for the first time on 25th in 1946 at a club in Atlantic City? Martin and Lewis also officially broke up on July 24th, 1956.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Danny G's Sunday Serenade with Dino: "Home"

 Welcome back, mi amici. 

Home sweet home. 

To us, Dino-diggers...anyway. 

A home away from home & a place to hang our hats...at day's end. 

A quick stop...just to chill & collect our thoughts. Soak in the good & the not so great thins', that the day has shown. 

Maybe...just a place to clear your minds & listen to some cool cool Dino-jams. 

I'm hopin' that's what ilovedinomartin.com is to ALL the lovers of Dino out there. 

I know it is for me, mi amici. 

I thinks we ALL can use a place like that. Youse 'gree, pals? 

Just a comfy little spot to find out where our pal has popped up now. Or whose life was touched...in some way...by our one & only, Dino. 

I know that I look forward to just relaxin'...& seein' what our fearless leader, DMP, has picked to share with us, day to day. 


So, my friends...as we float our way through Summer...let's start to thinks 'bout the nice...peaceful times...that Dean brings our way. 

Everyday. Every week. Every year. 

How lucky we are, my friends...to have a place like this, to call "Home". Our own place. Away from the world's chaos. 

To just drift...& let life's stress melt away. 

Just for a moment or two. 


So...all that in mind...let's sit back...clear our thoughts....& float away. 


This is 'nother fave o' mine, off Dino's "The Dean Martin Show", vinyl masterpiece..."Home".  


Enjoy the Serenade, pals. 

Dino had the right idea for sure! 


"Though fortune may forsake me...sweet dreams will ever take me home". 

Ahhhhh, so true, pallies. 

Ciao. 

Saturday, July 24, 2021

On This Day In Dino-history: July 24, 1956

 





Hey pallies, likes 65 years  'go this very Dino-day, July 24, in 1956 our most beloved Dino had likes his hugest of hugest endin' and likes his newest of newest beginnin' when he called it quits with his partner, Mr. Jerry Lewis...exactly a decade after they had created the greatest comedic partnership in all of world history.

Likes it has becomes likes a touchin' 'n tender tradition on this hugely historic of historic Dino-day to revisit a reverent retellin' of what happened on that last night   Martin and Lewis took the stage at the Copacabana....truly some deeply heart-felt and incredible insights 'bout our Dino and Mr. Lewis' last gig together  shared at the blog "Frontier Net."  (Unfortunately this post no longer exists there.)

From the writings, "The Copacabana, An Illustrated History" by Kristin Baggleaar  comes some deeply deeply devoted details of our Dino and  Mr. Lewis' swan song.  So, once 'gain, let's sit back and reflect on the  meanin's of likes this most bitter-sweet day in all of Dino-history.

 Likes as we often do on this day, 'gain likes gotta 'fess up pallies, likes for years we had zip, zero, nadda  appreciato for Mr. Jerry Lewis whatsoever, and felt that the split-up was exactly what Lewis deserved.  But, ever since readin' and rereadin'  Lewis' touchin' and tender tome "Dean and Me: A Love Story," we have greatly greatly grown in our ubber understandin' and awestruck  appreciato of just how much Mr. Lewis loved, and continued to love our most beloved Dino!

In fact, likes we once 'gain gotta 'fess up that  we have become likes totally totally jealous of Mr. Lewis 'cause he got to spend 10 intimate and glorious years with the coolest person ever to walk the face of the earth...and got to know our Dino better then any other person alive ever has or ever will.  What coulda be more wonderful then that!   In fact, we remember in readin' in Tosches' outstandin' Dino-bio that Lewis was jealous of Jeanne and Jeanne was equally jealous of Lewis...and who could blame 'em...they each wanted our Dino for themselves...and don't we all likes feel likes that same Dino-way?!?!?!

Anyway, on this special Dino-day in Dino-history we remember the lovin' legacy that our Dino and Mr. Lewis had together, and see this endin' as a hugely important new beginnin' for our most beloved Dino.  We are  Dino-rememberin' with youse.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters



The Copacabana

An Illustrated History by Kristin Baggelaar
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By summer 1956, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis officially announced that they were breaking up as a team; however, together they were committed to one last engagement at the Copacabana.  Perhaps because it was the last time they would ever work together, Martin and Lewis' final two-week stand at the Copa did a record-breaking business.

The diminished floorshow space was a tribute to their draw and mass impact.  The Doug Coudy production numbers were curtailed as the acts, including the personable dance team of Conn & Mann, were stage waits for the headliners.  Martin & Lewis worked with smoothness and no apparent personal friction despite all the press about their rift, but some dissension was evident with their Pardners bit, a cafe trailer for their soon-to-be released Paramount film of the same name.  To their professional credit they played it straight, with Lewis foiling for Martin's crooning, and likewise, Martin foiling for his partner's clowning.  While both were well received, it was felt that solo or team, the impact was not as resounding as in the past until their final night.  Every celebrity in Manhattan was in the audience to witness the pair's swan song of one of the greatest comedy acts in history.  They pulled out every schtick in their comedy bag for the star-studded crowd, from squirting seltzer down Milton Berle's shirt front to cutting off Monte Proser's necktie.  The sophisticated cafe crowd wouldn't let them quit.

The final moments of the last show of their farewell engagement at the Copa on a hot Tuesday night, July 24, 1956, are pressed indelibly in the minds of those who were present.  Martin's face was impassable, cool to the end.  They finished with the final crescendo from Pardners:  "You and me, we'll be the greatest pardners, buddies, and pals!"  They joined hands for a last bow.  Martin hugged Lewis.  The audience exploded in an emotional uproar.  Jackie Gleason jumped up and grabbed the mike, wiped away a tear, and said, "Folks, this can't be allowed to happen."  The audience roared its approval, but Martin & Lewis just shook their heads, no.  It was over.  There was no encore.  Martin took one aisle away from the floor; Lewis took the other.

Friday, July 23, 2021

Dean Martin – funny and nice.


Alan Royle
Hey pallies, today we are greatly gratified to sweetly share a third helpin' of Dino-centric devotion from our " down under " pallie Mr. Alan Royle (pictured on the left) who the last two days has provided us with mucho delightful Dino-pleasure with his incredible insights into Martin and Lewis gladdenin' the hearts of all us Dino-diggin' Dino-philes.

Likes today we return to Alan's  self tagged pad " Historian Alan Royle  - Historical Movie Info - Movie Trivia - Fascinating Hollywood Facts."
As previously noted Mr. Royle hails from Fremantle, Western Australia and has a fantastic fascination with flicks and has authored a pleasin' plethora of books on the topic.  If youse clicks HERE youse can view Royle's Amazon Author's page to checks 'em out.
 
Today we will be appreciatively offerin' Royle's   July 8, 2015 Dino-post  tagged "Dean Martin – funny and nice." tha amazin'ly taccent some our Dino's early career, his comedic partnership with Mr. Jerry Lewis, the Dean Martin Show, and thoughts on our Dino's passin' from our presence.  We learned at least one new Dino-truth (see if youse can figure out what that is pallies).  We likes 'specially appreciated the pixs that Alan chose to share.

We once 'gain salute Mr. Alan Royle and thank him for his obvious appreciation for our most beloved Dino as expressed in this post as well as the others that we have previously shared.  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 – funny and nice.










In his youth Dean Martin delivered bootleg liquor, ran numbers and craps games for hoodlums, and fought as a prizefighter under the sobriquet of ‘Kid Crochet’. He worked at the Club Alabama in New York City, an establishment owned by Louis Buchalter (a.k.a. Louis Lepke), the killer who ran Murder Incorporated. When Lepke went to the electric chair, Martin sat with his family throughout the execution. .
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Louis Lepke – Murder Inc.
He was ten years older than his comedy duo partner Jerry Lewis. When Sinatra first saw their act at mobster Frank Costello’s Copacabana Night Club in 1948, he was unimpressed by Dean. ‘The Dago’s lousy’, he observed, ‘but the little Jew is great’. At the Copa the duo earned $5,000 a week at a time when the average national income was just $1,500 per annum! When they took their show from the east coast to California, they did so with financial backing from gangster Mickey Cohen. In fact, most of their early bookings were in Mob establishments. Lewis initially had no idea who his employers were, but Dino knew most of them from way back. They were his friends and associates. They did favors for him and he did favors for them.
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Martin & Lewis
Jerry’s over-weening ambition was in direct contrast to Dino’s lackadaisical approach to everything, including his career. Whereas Dino just wanted to enjoy himself, his partner was on an ego trip that spiraled out of control. Jerry took charge of everything, even selecting the musical arrangements for Dean’s songs. In fairness to Lewis, however, if he had not done so their extraordinarily successful rise to the top might never have happened. Martin was just too laid back to initiate anything. If the duo was approached in a bar or restaurant and offered work at some club or casino, Dean would simply jerk his thumb at Lewis and say, ‘talk to the Jew”. He had no interest in details. Only in having a good time.
Their break-up was inevitable and it was not an amicable one. By then, Lewis was virtually treating Martin as his employee, ordering him about and criticizing his lack of zeal. The final straw came when he told Dean to don a policeman’s uniform for a comedy sequence in The Delicate Delinquent. Dean had grown up in tough neighborhoods, hating policemen, and had no intention of wearing the uniform. Heated words were exchanged and Martin walked out. Once the duo had fulfilled certain contractual obligations they went their separate ways. They did not speak again for twenty years.
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Lewis goes it alone
As a solo performer, one that was not in demand, Dean devised his ‘drunk’ persona for his stage act. It was a roaring success. He did not actually have a drinking problem until his later years, but to stay in character he always carried a glass with him even on the golf course. It usually contained apple cider. Oddly enough, virtually everybody he worked with agreed that, off camera, he was by far the funnier of the duo, a fact Lewis’s fragile ego could never come to terms with. In 1957, within a year of the breakup, Dean debuted solo at the Sands in Vegas. An instant success, he found himself doing six-week stints there, twice yearly, for the next thirty years. He was paid $300,000 a year for just twelve weeks work, a workload that suited him to perfection.
He was one of only a few people who could talk back to Sinatra and still retain his friendship. Very much his own man, he would often wander off to his hotel room to read comics or watch westerns on TV, rather than join Frank and his cronies in all night binges and partying. When his hit song ‘Everybody Loves Somebody’ knocked the Beatles off the number one spot on Billboard, he good-naturedly cabled Elvis Presley who had long been an admirer of his. ‘If you can’t handle the Beatles, I’ll do it for you, pally’, the cable read.
The Dean Martin Show began on TV in 1965 and remained the most successful program on the tube throughout the next decade. Initially, he didn’t want to do it, but the salary of $40,000 a week for one day’s work changed his mind. In fact, he rarely needed more than about three hours in the studio each week to fulfil his commitment. By 1967 the pay per episode had jumped to an unprecedented $285,000! Not bad for just 3-4 hours work.
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The Dean Martin Show
His daughter Deana recalled the day his XKE Jaguar broke down on Sunset Boulevard ‘for the umpteenth time’. He stepped out of the vehicle, produced a derringer from his boot and shot it as he would a horse with a broken leg. It was typical of his zany brand of humor.
In 1987, his son, Dino Jr, flew his Air National Guard Phantom Jet into the side of Mt San Gorgonio near Palm Springs and was killed. He was thirty-five. By a strange coincidence, ten years earlier Dolly Sinatra, Frank’s mother, died when the airplane in which she was a passenger collided with the same mountain.
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Dino Jr.
Martin never got over his son’s death. In his final months he would sit in his private booth at his favorite bar, preferably alone, listening to his albums being played in the background and drinking quietly. When asked what he was doing he would reply, ‘waiting to die’. After declining major liver and kidney surgery to prolong his life, he passed away on Christmas Day, 1995.
On December 28, 1995 the city of Las Vegas turned off the lights on the Strip for one minute as a sign of respect for the popular entertainer. The only previous time this had happened was when Sammy Davis Junior died. Dean was buried in a crypt at Westwood Village Memorial Park a few yards from Marilyn Monroe. The plaque on his tomb reads: ‘Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime’.
As from the year 2002, the date June 7 has been declared a public holiday in the state of Ohio. Martin was born in Steubenville, Ohio on that day in 1917. It was the first time anywhere in the United States that an entertainer had been so honored.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

DEAN MARTIN & JERRY LEWIS – PT2.

 

Hey pallies, likes we return this very Dino-day with a swank second helpin' of powerfully potent prose from the pen of literary luminary Mr. Alan Royle awesomely accentin' the classic comedic team of our most most beloved Dino and Mr. Jerry Lewis.   If likes youse imbibed yester-Dino-day's Dino-gram then youse will knows that Mr. Royle, an Australia native,  is a prolific proser with tons of titles to his cool credit, many awesomely accentin' Hollywood's rich and famous entertainers past and present. 

Today's Dino-reflection frankly focuses on a number of Martin & Lewis' big screen epics and the deeper and deeper divide that developed between our Dino and Jerry  with our Dino's deeper and deeper  discontent with bein' the fall guy for Jerry.   Likes 'gain Alan shares some intriguin' insights combined with some incredible images....truly truly a fantastic feast for both our readin' and viewin' pleasure.  

Likes one of our most fav tender and touch' thoughts from Mr. Royle is Alan's remembrance of how Jerry shelled out 30 thou of his own bread to get the  "Oscar-winning songwriter Harry Warren and his lyricist Jack Brooks" "to pen a hit song for Dean for their upcoming feature film, The Caddy."  That coolest of cool croon was, of course, that classic of classic Dino-croon, "That's Amore."  While truly truly our Dino and Jerry had their ups and downs throughout their ten year partnership, it is crystal clear how deeply and truly that Mr. Lewis truly and deeply loved our main man.  

Our fav image and remembrance from this Dino-devotional is, of course, the 1976 reunion that our Dino and Jerry had at the annual MD telethon hosted by Mr. Lewis.  The  last incredible image shared in this poetic prose shows the huge happiness on both our Dino and Jerry's faces as Mr. Frank Sinatra brought our Dino and Jerry together for the first time in two decades.

Likes pallies, all youse Dino-philes for deeply dig this dreamy Dino-read for Dino-certain!  Once 'gain, ilovedinomartin supremely shares our Dino-delight with these energetic efforts by Mr. Alan Royle on behalf of our most beloved Dino and his most beloved partner, Mr. Jerry Lewis.  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 & JERRY LEWIS – PT2.







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Jerry Lewis (L) & Dean Martin
One of Dean Martin’s & Jerry Lewis’s connected ‘friends’ in the fifties was the gangster Willie Moretti, a long-time associate of mob boss Frank Costello. Willie was the man who allegedly ‘convinced’ Tommy Dorsey to let Sinatra out of his contract with the bandleader, by poking a gun in Tommy’s mouth and having him sign the necessary paper – ‘or else’. That was back in the thirties. In the early fifties he met and formed a fondness for Dean & Jerry, even extending an invitation to them to attend his daughter’s wedding. They could scarcely refuse and performed gratis at the reception. Willie never forgot a favour and, soon afterwards, invited them to lunch with him at his favourite restaurant, Joe’s Elbow Room in Cliffside Park, New Jersey. They promised to be there but Jerry came down with a severe case of the mumps the day before and the duo had to cancel. Later that afternoon they heard on the radio that Willie had been shot to death as he dined that day at Joe’s Elbow Room!
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Willie Moretti
Movie-wise, 1952 &1953 were arguably the comic duo’s best years with Sailor Beware and Jumping Jacks in ’52, and The StoogeScared Stiff and The Caddy released the following year. Hal Wallis produced these films and, more importantly, edited them as well. As an editor of dramas he had few equals, his shining moment being when he turned Casablanca (1942) into the classic it has since become. But the man had not the faintest idea about comedy and was not one to be told of his shortcomings. ‘I’ve been making films for forty years’, was his usual response. He knew the Martin & Lewis comedy formula was a successful one but, as the years rolled by, Dean became more and more disillusioned by his part in their success. Critics raved about Jerry’s performances, yet all but ignored Martin’s hugely important role. And it grated on him. Not at first, but later.
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Joe’s Elbow Room, New Jersey 1951
Jerry was a massive fan of his partner’s singing, so much so that, in 1952, he secretly approached Oscar-winning songwriter Harry Warren and his lyricist Jack Brooks, paid them $30,000 out of his own pocket, and asked them to pen a hit song for Dean for their upcoming feature film, The Caddy. They came up with the iconic That’s Amore and it was a monster hit. Huge. It sold two million as a single and was nominated for an Academy Award. Suddenly, Dean had become a serious recording artist.
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It is little wonder that Dean became sick and tired of being demeaned and humiliated in print by critics who considered Martin & Lewis to be a ‘one-man show’, and that one man was not Dino. Thomas O’Malley, a staff writer for a fifties magazine called TV Forecast, wrote a scathing piece typical of the items that began to get to the crooner: ‘Although Martin is probably the best partner Jerry could ever have teamed up with, let’s face it, Lewis could have paired off with Walter Brennan and been a sensation. He IS the team. If his stuff ever becomes ho-hum material, Dean certainly wouldn’t be able to carry the slack.’ In August ’54, Jerry was diagnosed with hepatitis and was ordered to bed for several weeks. Rather than cancel their engagement at Ciro’s altogether, Dean decided to perform solo – and he knocked them dead! He sang in his own voice and in Jerry’s, cracked jokes and played to the microphone as if it was his absent partner. The audience applauded, whistled and stamped their feet.
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The partnership was in its death-throes when the duo travelled to Arizona in 1955 to shoot the ironically titled Pardners. It is one of their weaker vehicles, plagued by a seemingly endless parade of cold and rainy days that delayed filming, not to mention a couple of stars who spoke to each other only when the script demanded they do so. At the conclusion of the picture, however, they stepped out of character to assure patrons that everything was fine between them. ‘We have something to say to you, right, Dean?’ said Lewis. ‘We sure do, Jer’, Martin replied. ‘We want you folks to know we sure enjoyed workin’ for ya, and we hope you enjoyed the picture.’ ‘Yeah’, and we hope you’ll keep coming to see us’, chipped in Lewis, ‘because we like seeing you.’ The movie was released on July 25, 1956 – the day after the comedy duo officially broke up!
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Jerry & Dean with producer Hal Wallis
Their final film together was Hollywood or Bust (1956). Off the set they never spoke to each other. Pardners had been produced by their own company York Productions, so costly delays and disruptions had been kept to a minimum. This one, however, was a Hal Wallis production. Any delays cost him money, not Martin & Lewis – and Jerry was in a bloody-minded mood. In short, he was completely off the rails, constantly picking fights with Wallis, the director Frank Tashlin, and members of the cast and crew. Tashlin reached breaking point one afternoon and stopped production. ‘I want you off the set’, he told a flabbergasted Jerry. ‘You’re a discourteous, obnoxious prick – an embarrassment to me and a disgrace to the profession.’ A stunned Lewis left the set and went home where he did some soul-searching. Later that evening he rang Tashlin and begged to be reinstated, vowing to behave himself. They completed the picture. Jerry maintained he never saw Hollywood or Bust because it stirred up too many negative memories.
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Dean in The Young Lions (1958)
Martin & Lewis still had contractual commitments to complete after they officially broke up. These included ten nights at the 500 Club in Atlantic City; a 21-hour muscular dystrophy telethon broadcast from Carnegie Hall; and three shows a night for thirteen days at the Copa, winding up on July 24, the tenth anniversary of their time together as a team. And then it was over. Hal Wallis had lost his big money-spinning team but he barely skipped a beat. Ten days later he started shooting Love Me Tender with his newest discovery, a young and eager Elvis Presley. Wallis knew as much about music as he did about comedy. Nothing. But he again made a fortune.
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Jerry with Judy Garland at the Frontier Hotel ’56
The word on the street was more or less unanimous. Jerry would continue to succeed on his own but Dean would not make it without his goofy partner. And the initial indications tended to vindicate that prognosis. Dean’s first picture as a solo was the very ordinary Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957). His second, however, The Young Lions (1958), provided him with a good opportunity to really act and he surprised everyone. The following year he made Rio Bravo alongside John Wayne and he never looked back. Then someone had the good sense to tap into his marvellous sense of humour. Before long he was a hit on stage in Vegas, and that led to his own enormously popular TV show, one that kept him at the top of the television pile for almost a quarter of a century. And all the while he kept churning out hit singles and albums. In 1964, he did something that no other recording artist had been able to do to that point. His single, ‘Everybody Loves Somebody’, knocked the Beatles off top spot on the American charts!
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In the summer of ’56 Jerry was asked to go on for an ill Judy Garland at the Frontier Hotel in Vegas in front of a thousand people. He was quite brilliant and even rounded off the show by singing ‘Rock- a -Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody’. Never one to underestimate his talents, he approached Capitol Records about a recording contract. They turned him down but Decca picked him up. His first album reached # 3 on the LP charts! He made 16 movies during the sixties, either starring in, directing, producing – or all three. Some were hits. Most were not so good. His son Gary became a chart-topping singer until he enlisted in the Army and saw action in the Vietnam War, action that affected him psychologically.
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After slipping and injuring his back while dancing on TV in 1965, Jerry became addicted to the painkiller Percodan. He also lost millions in failed business ventures, particularly a chain of Jerry Lewis Cinemas around the US that lost money. In 1973, he locked himself in his bathroom and put a .38 pistol in his mouth, intending to end it all. But he did not go through with it. Then, at the Sahara in Vegas, he was performing for Telethon, raising money to fight muscular dystrophy, when his guest star Frank Sinatra brought Dean onto the stage to surprise him. The former partners hugged for the first time in 20 years and the audience went wild.
Dean Martin lost interest in life after his beloved son Dino died in a plane crash in 1987. Diagnosed with lung cancer in September 1993, the aging singer quit smoking but refused major lung and kidney surgery that may have prolonged his life. Dean died on Christmas Day 1995. He was 78. Jerry Lewis outlived him by 22 years, passing away at 91 in 2017. He was once nominated for a Nobel Prize for his fifty years of raising money for muscular dystrophy!

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

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Hey pallies, likes, likes it's 'nother extraordinarily exceptional Dino-diggin' day here at our humble little ilovedinomartin waterin' hole where we've had one thousand, three hundred and twenty-three Dino-hits this very Dino-day.  Likes it makes us perfectly potently proud to have so so many deeply deeply devoted  Dino-holics comin' to our humble little Dino-waterin' hole to drink deeply of our most most most beloved Dino and to swankly share in the extremely elegant eclectic Dino-grams coolly culled from all over the world wide web.

We are hugely hugely humbled to play a small part in helpin' keep the Dino-light goin' and glowin', warmly welcomin' pallies to proudly partake of the life, times, and the teachin's of our King of Cool and helpin' they grow in knowin', lovin' and celebratin' our one, our only Dino!

Here's one of our fav Dino-croons from the Dino-show for all youse Dino-philes Dino-viewin' pleasure.
It's Mr. Kenny Rogers and the First Edition croonin' "Hey Good Lookin" featurin' our Dino at his coolest of cool, hippest of hip, randiest of randy, modest of mod supreme swinger self!



We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

DEAN MARTIN & JERRY LEWIS - PART1.

 

Hey pallies, likes as mentions on the opennin' day of this delightful Dino-month, this is the marvelous month when our Dino both began and ended his decade long partnership with Mr. Jerry Lewis, so we've been thinkin' that we will here and there offer a few Dino-grams awesomely accentin' the tremendous team of Martin and Lewis as we journey with all youse Dino-philes this momentous month of July.    

 Likes today we begin a two part international Dino-devotional  supremely scribed by down under historian, Mr. Alan Royle at his beautiful blog, " "Historical Move Info, Movie Trivia, Fascinating  Hollywood Facts."  Mr. Royle calls Femantle, Western Australia the pad of his birth and he has returned home upon his retirement. Alan has swankly scribed a noteworthy number of valiant volumes and if you clicks on the tag of this Dino-report and then click on the tab "My Books" youse can view 'em in all their glory.  Let it be sweeting stated that Royle's credentials are totally totally top shelf to say the very least pallies. Alan has swankly scribed a noteworthy number of valiant  volumes and if you click on the tag of this  Dino-gram youse will be able to read all 'bout 'em.

Likes in this first part of Alan's groovy glance at the coolest comedic team ever, we get a marvelous mix of perfect pixs and potent prose retellin' how our most beloved Dino and his most beloved partner, Mr. Jerry Lewis met, formed a partnership that  took the audiences by storm at Skinny D'Amato's 500 Club in Atlantic City, their rise to the ranks of the Copacabana in New York City, how their big screen flick career began at Paramount, dealin' with the Mob, and Jerry's gamblin' and our Dino's golfin'.

We gotta 'fess up that even 'though we think that we are somewhat in the Dino-know we learned a number of delightful Dino-details likes how "George Burns told Jerry over dinner that Dean was ‘the greatest straight man I’ve ever seen."  So Dino-holics, likes prepare to drink deeply from this Dino-prose perfectly provided by Mr. Alan Royle.  We sez our thoughtful thanks to Alan for some incredible insights into our Dino's decade long partnership with Mr. Jerry Lewis.  Likes to check 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 & JERRY LEWIS – PT1.





 


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Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis circa 1950
According to Jerry, what set Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis above the other great comedy duos was simple enough. Burns & Allen, Abbott & Costello, Hope & Crosby, and all the rest, were vaudevillians, stage performers who worked with an audience and to a script. Martin & Lewis worked spontaneously. They privately discussed ideas and then ran with them. But there was something else. George Burns told Jerry over dinner that Dean was ‘the greatest straight man I’ve ever seen.’ The majority of comedians with good rhythm used ‘beats’, small hesitations, to set up their jokes. But not Dean Martin.
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500 Club, Atlantic City
When the two men first met in March 1945, Dean was a 28 year-old crooner and 19 year-old Jerry struggled with a ‘lip synching’ act. Both of them were stuck in entertainers’ limbo. Many people initially thought Dino was a drunk and a buffoon. They were wrong. ‘He was as sharp as a shit-house rat’, said Jerry, ‘and he understood every move he ever made, and every move everybody else made.’ Both men stayed out of World War Two because they were genuine 4-Fs. Dean had a double hernia and Jerry’s problem was a congenital defect, a heart murmur. Dean was content to be 4-F, but Jerry had badly wanted to join up. Sinatra was also a genuine 4-F, yet those who accused him of draft-dodging threw tomatoes at the front of the Paramount Theatre when he played there in 1944.
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Paul ‘Skinny’ D’Amato (Centre) with Martin & Lewis at his 500 Club
Martin & Lewis first hit it big at the 500 Club in Atlantic City, the city’s biggest nightclub which was ran by Paul ‘Skinny’ D’Amato, a man strongly suspected of having ‘Mob’ connections. It was Jerry who suggested Dino would be a good replacement for one of their performers who had fallen ill. It was past midnight, July 25, 1946, when the duo played to just a couple of dozen patrons. Jerry began interrupting Dean’s songs with wisecracks and Dean would interject in his lip-synching act. The following night, 200 of the joint’s 240 seats were taken for the first of their three shows. Lines stretched around the block for the other two. D’Amato quickly upped their fee from $150 a week to $750 a week each. When singer Sophie Tucker caught their act and told the local paper they were ‘a combination of the Keystone Kops, the Marx Brothers, and Abbott & Costello, they knew they were on their way.
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Dean & Jerry on stage at the Copa 1949
The crème de la crème of all the nightclubs in America during the forties and fifties was the Copacabana in New York City. It opened in November 1940 and was owned by the Mob, the proprietor being none other than New York crime boss Frank Costello. His front-man was tough guy Jules Podell, a nasty piece of work known for his intolerance and racism. When Sammy Davis Junior’s act ran overtime one evening he was heard to yell, ‘Get off my stage, nigger!’ When Podell offered Martin & Lewis half what they were getting elsewhere in 1948, their agent turned him down. Before long there was a counter-offer of $2,500 a week and the duo debuted there in April that year. Booked to do a 25 minute act, they finally walked off stage to thunderous applause after 50 minutes! The wonderful singer Vivian Blaine was at the top of the bill that night, but the crowd wanted the new boys and she half-heartedly sang just two songs before leaving the stage in tears. The management put Dean and Jerry at the top of the bill the next morning at $5,000 a week, leaving poor Vivien no option but to quit on the spot.
To comprehend the kind of money Martin & Lewis were making in 1948, it is interesting to note that when they were bringing in $7,500 a week each, the apartment Jerry and his wife Patti were renting in Newark was costing them just $60 a month! By the early fifties the weekly pay had leapt to $12,000 each. In California, the boys opened in August 1948 at Slapsy Maxie’s, on the Miracle Mile. And they were a knockout. The very next morning the studios came calling. Louis B. Mayer at MGM offered $40,000 a picture, but insisted on an ironclad control over all their outside work. They learned later that LB declared: ‘The guinea’s not bad, but what do I do with the monkey?’
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Universal offered $30,000 per film; Fox offered a bit less but wanted a six-picture deal; United Artists suggested starring them in a remake of Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men; Harry Cohn at Columbia was unimpressed, describing them as ‘The Three Stooges, minus one’; and Warners offered the most money, but only for a seven-picture deal. The last cab off the rank was Paramount, the studio Jerry hoped would sign them. They offered $50,000 a picture to start with, increasing to a ceiling of $1,250,000 a fil over the next five years! Jerry was over the moon when they signed with the studio that boasted the likes of Gary Cooper, Mae West, The Marx Brothers and Hope & Crosby. Their first picture would be My Friend Irma.
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Bugsy Siegel’s Flamingo Casino
During the 40s and 50s, before the Mob lost its control on the nightclubs and on Las Vegas in particular, there was scarcely an entertainer of note who did not have to deal with them in some form or another. Even though he had known wise-guys all his life, Frank Sinatra remained in awe of them even when he was top of the pile. Those who knew him said they made him feel tougher just by association. Dean Martin, on the other hand, never gave them the time of day. Whenever a deal or booking needed negotiating, he would simply play drunk or dumb and refer them to Jerry, telling them to, ‘talk to the Jew’. Then Dean would quietly slip away to play his beloved golf.
 
Dean & Sinatra on the golf course
Ironically, while Jerry was racking up huge gambling debts at Bugsy Siegel’s Flamingo casino in Vegas, (but was astute enough to make sure he paid back every cent over a couple of years), Dean was squandering around $3 million to golf sharks at the California Country Club over a similar period of time. Dean was a fine golfer on a six handicap, but the ‘sharks’ were quite a bit better and had him playing for stakes starting at $5,000 a round! Jerry always claimed that Dean loved women and booze a lot – but he loved golf more.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

.....and the hippest card in the deck was the laid-back, velvet-voiced, whiskey-infused me, i even drove around with vanity license plates reading 'DRUNKY'......



Hey pallies, likes as we are so frequently fond of sayin', "Youse just never ever know where Dino-devotion will show up next.  Likes recently we were Dino-searchin' the ol' world wide web with the awesome aid of our pallies at google when we happened 'pon a bodacious blog pad tagged "Falling On A Bruise" where a chick tagged Lucy P. holds forth.  We got the info on her name through her email address which also indicated that she hails from somewhere in the United Kingdom.  

Ms Lucy's game is hostin', as she puts it, "special guest bloggers" who supposedly retell their life, times, and teachin's, which, likes of course, are scribed by Lucy P and one of her pallies.  Likes youse guessed it pallies, one of Ms Lucy's "guests" was none other then our King of Cool...our one, our only Dino.   We gotta 'fess up that we were interestin'ly intrigued by the cool concept of her blog and pleasantly pleased that she made the cool choice to honor our Dino in this way.  Unfortunately, in readin' here prose, it is crystal clear that her knowledge of our Dino is limited to a few facts, of which not all of 'em are factual.  That said, Dino-philes, we do greatly groove on Ms P's Dino-description that we have chosen to tag this Dino-devotional, " .....and the hippest card in the deck was the laid-back, velvet-voiced, whiskey-infused me, i even drove around with vanity license plates reading 'DRUNKY'."

While we here at ilovedinomartin are appreciative of Lucy P. efforts, we wish  that she had taken her assignment more seriously and scribed with more care.   While we have always known that our Dino never ever needed someone to defend his honor and doesn't to this very Dino-day, we just woulda say to Ms Lucy that our Dino was a supremely steller big screen success....and we advise her to take opportunity to view our Dino in one of his radiant roles, that of the Dude in "Rio Bravo.  And, we would also likes to point out that our coolest of cool,  hippest of hip, randiest of randy Dino was by no means a "tee-totaller."   We coulda takes umbrage with other of her Dino-perspectives, but the two that are most glarin'ly incorrect are the ones that we just mentioned.

No matter what, we are still deeply delighted to see 'nother blogger lift up the beloved name of our most beloved Dino and keepin' his Dino-legacy flowin' as freely as one of his alcoholic liquid libations.  So thanks Ms Lucy for your Dino-centric post.  To checks this out in it's original source, likes simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters


TUESDAY, 3 NOVEMBER 2020

Special Guest Blogger: Dean Martin

The Rat Pack was the epitome of cool in the 1950s, and the hippest card in the deck was the laid-back, velvet-voiced, whiskey-infused me, i even drove around with vanity license plates reading 'DRUNKY' but it took a lot of hard work to get to the permanently sozzled state the public loved me for, an ambassador to the world of wine, women, and song.

I began life as a boxer under the name Kid Crochet which admittedly isn't a name to drive fear into my opponents but it was a play on my real name, Dino Paul Crocetti, but after 12 professional fights and ending up losing 11 of them, i decided standing up while being punched in the face repeatedly wasn't my strongest suit so i had a rethink of my career path and got a job as a stockboy at an underground casino and worked my way up to blackjack dealer, then croupier at the roulette table, and finally, a singer at the casino’s lounge under the name Dino Martini and then Dean Martin.

As crooners like Bing Crosby and Perry Como were hot, i fitted in nicely and began singing in nightclubs in New York City and met people like Frank Sinatra, Jerry Lewis and Lou Costello and it was Lou who paid for my nose-job to reset it after my face wrecking boxing career.

My new nose opened doors and i was touring stadiums with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. and making Television and film apparanaces but they said i was never any great shakes as an actor but i was in films with some great actors who could make the audience beleive anything so i didn't really stand out.   

My strong point was TV where i could just lark about, slur and sing a few songs and carry around a glass of whiskey because drinking was a big part of my persona, i made sure that i always appeared on stage with a drink and a cigarette in my hand.

It was the years of heavy smoking that led to my lung cancer and i died on Christmas Day but i will always be remembered as the hard partying, hard drinking guy but remember that bit where i said i wasn't a very good actor.

Well, for someone who made a career out of being half sozzled, i was a tee-totaller, my whisky was a apple juice and i would show up with the rat-pack and leave by the back door and go home so how about that for some fine acting, now ain’t that a kick in the head?

Monday, July 19, 2021

On This Day In Dino-history: July 19, 1953

 Hey pallies, likes today is yet  'nother great great day in all of the Dino-story.  Likes the pallies at google sent us to the online presence of the "gaston gazette -covering Gaston County, N.C. and surrounding communities."


The post is 'nother of those awesome offerin's of a variable variety of powerful pixs that were snapped on a particular day in history...and the pallies at the "gaston gazette" today shared a powerfully potently provocative pose, and equally extremely evocative one as well, of our most most beloved Dino goin' over lines with his pallie of pallies, Mr. Frank Sinatra and dialogue coach Mr. Bob Sherman on the set of one of our Dino's wonderful western flicks, "Four For Texas."

Likes the Dino-date is July 19, 1953 and the location is in the Mojave Desert, California.  We greatly grooves on bein' able to learn more and more deeply delightful Dino-details and we thanks the pallies at the "gaston gazette" for this cool cool candid of our Dino and company that we are perfectly pleased to pass on to Dino-philes here, there, and every-Dino-where.  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


PHOTOS: Today in History, July 19
July 19, 2019



Image result for Dialogue coach Bob Sherman, left, uses his script book to go over lines with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin while on location in the Mojave Desert, California for scenes from the movie “Four For Texas,” July 19, 1953. In comparing this western-action type film with the last two “fancy type” films they made, the stars said that “this is the kind of a picture you earn your keep in.” (AP Photo/Don Brinn)


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Dialogue coach Bob Sherman, left, uses his script book to go over lines with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin while on location in the Mojave Desert, California for scenes from the movie “Four For Texas,” July 19, 1953. In comparing this western-action type film with the last two “fancy type” films they made, the stars said that “this is the kind of a picture you earn your keep in.” (AP Photo/Don Brinn)

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Danny G's Sunday Serenade with Dino: "What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry?"

 Hey, pals! 

What's shaken?! 

Ice cold martinis...Hopefully! Haha!! 

So...pallies o' mine...are youse diggin' these big, BEA U TI FUL sun-filled days? 

Heat & all?! 

Yup...thins' is DEF I NATE LY gettin' HOT!!! 

Are youse hittin' the beaches & boardwalks? 

Carnivals & pools? 

Maybe even just findin' some shade...& chillin' with a little vino & a LOTTA Dino! 

Yes, pals...that's all youse really need! Warm breezes & our main man comin' out your speakers. Good 'nough for me! 

Summer is whatever youse wants it to be. 

It's just a time to relax & inhale life. 

Take all the stress...from all year long...& just let it float away. 

It's somethin' we all need to do! 

Not easy...believe me...I KNOW! Haha!! 

But...we can do it, my friends. 


Maybe I'll jump back to Dino's 1966 al b um, "The Dean Martin TV Show", for a nice...easy tune. That's SURE to help youse shake off life's "agita". Haha!! 

Now, let me see... Hmmmmm... 

So many GREAT jams on this one. 

I'm lookin' for a soft one, though. Gotta help my Dino-diggin' paisani put their brains on ice & just chill! 

Hmmmmm.... 

Got it! 

How's 'bout a nice...soothin'...dose of "What Can I say After I Say I'm Sorry?" 

I thinks this will do just PER FECT LY! 


It's slow & easy...It's gentle on the mind...IT'S COMFORTIN' TO THE SOUL, PEOPLE!!! 

Whoa Whoa Whoa, Danny G.! This is s'posed to be relaxin'...& I'm gettin' ALL worked up, here! Haha!! 

Cants help it, pallies! Dean get's me pumped!!! Hahaha!!! 


OK...chill mode, now. 

Breathe this one in, my friends. 

Hold it in your lungs...then let it all out. 

It's SURE to remedy all the day's stress. 


Stay cool, mi amici. 

Enjoy. 

Saturday, July 17, 2021

On This Day In Dino-history: July 17, 1950

Hey pallies, likes we gotta 'fess up that we never ever before remember there bein' so so many hugely historical dates in the month of July in Dino-history.  Likes today we are perfectly pleased to be able to share 'nother of dem dates.  From the pallies at the blog "Be a Seed for Change," comes news that it was on this day, July 17 in the year of our Dino 1950 that the classic comedy duo of our Dino and Mr. Jerry Lewis headlined the debut of the Colgate Comedy Hour on the small screen.


COLGATE COMEDY HOUR - 28 SHOWS - 14 DVDS -  MARTIN & LEWIS

Watchin' the Colgates that our Dino and Mr. Lewis headlined gives all us Dino-holics the awesome op to  see our most beloved Dino and his most beloved partner at their funniest and likes we personally wishes that we had more hours in the day to be able to watch 'em over and over and they never ever grow old.  Below we share of of the earliest of the series of powerfully potent performances from 1950...likes we don't believe that it is the first, as we tried to locate that on youtube with no success.

We thanks the pallies at the blog "Be a Seed for Change" for makin' aware of this very very special day in the life and times of our one and only Dino.  To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-report.

We Remain,

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters


 
DEAN MARTIN AND JERRY LEWIS TV SHOW - 1950 - The Colgate Comedy Hour

1950 – The television show “The Colgate Comedy Hour” debuted featuring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

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The Colgate Comedy Hour - September 17, 1950

Friday, July 16, 2021

Our Dino....a transcendent listening experience

Hey pallies, likes we largely largely loves to share delightfully deep devotion to our Dino from a vibrant variety of online sources and truly truly our Dino-cup continues to fabulously flow as we continuously lift up the name of our Dino in the ol' google search engine.  Today's result comes to us    from the marvelous musical blog a la Canada, "Vibrations.ca" where way back in the  year of our Dino 2009 supreme scriber Mr. Lorne VanSinclair(pictured on the left), the awesome administrator of this way swank site, posted his Dino-reflection simply tagged "Dean Martin. 

Our researchin' discovered that is Dino-prose was originally "written for the Orillia Packet & Times newspaper' and that Mr. VanSinclair is the former promoter of the Toronto Musical Collectables Record & CD Sale.

Likes for this Dino-phile the coolest of cool comment that Lorne gives to our most beloved Dino comes near the end of the Dino-scribin's below that our Dino is, as we have tagged this Dino-post, "a transcendent listening experiene."  VanSinclair has other grand thin's to say 'bout our Dino likes "he was a great singer. In fact he was one of the best popular singers of the era. He had a wonderful, resonant baritone voice, he could hit low notes like nobody else but mostly, he had a way with a song that made it all sound soooo easy. Nobody could sing Italian love songs like Dino, though many tried."  And, also, "to my ears anyway, nobody sang a Dean Martin song better than the man himself. He was also a big influence on other singers, most notably Elvis Presley, who is said to have idolized him. Presley recorded many of his songs and re-worked others. Elvis' Surrender bears an uncanny resemblance to Martin's Return To Sorrento, and in comparison, comes up short."

However, we also need to note that we have a few disagreements with Lorne's Dino-reflection.  Well meanin'ly he states, "it strikes me as a bit ironic that the coolest of cool singers was not considered hip, wasn't really with it."  We completely contend that our Dino was absolutely the hippest of the hip and that there never was, never will be any one more "really with it" that our main man.

VanSinclair also well meanin'ly, but also incorrectly states that "Dean Martin had a carefully cultivated image as a womanizer, a man about town and an alcoholic, none of which was true."  Lorne is completely correct 'bout the "carefully cultivated image" but our Dino certainly have a bevy of beauties over the years, loved goin' clubbin' at the coolest of cool places to make the scene likes the Candy Store Discotheque, and loves liquid libations,'specially J&B scotch jokin'ly taggin' it "Just Booze."  Indeed after cuttin' the ties with his second wife, Jeanne, the '70s Dino's personal persona became more and more completely coolly congruent with his professional persona.

So, we woulda gives Mr. VanSinclair a thumbs up for his Dino-devotion while seein' some of our Dino's life and times differently that the writer does.  We sez our thank you very much to Mr. Lorne Sinclair for spreadin' his Dino-appreciato at "Vibrations.ca." and once 'gain provin' that Dino-adulation is incredibly international in it's Dino-scope.  To checks this out in it's original source, likes simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram.

We Remain.

Yours In Dino,

Dino Martin Peters



Dean Martin

 The word 'cool' is, well, really cool. It's one of the few slang words that's been around for decades and still means the same thing. A cool person is laid back, unflappable, really knows what's happening. Cool is used in music a lot; it's the ultimate compliment, so it strikes me as a bit ironic that the coolest of cool singers was not considered hip, wasn't really with it, but as more and more people are acknowledging, Dean Martin was the epitome of cool.

 
That was demonstrated in 2007 when producer Phil Ramone and others released a CD called Forever Cool where current stars, including actor Kevin Spacey, sang "duets" with Dean Martin. Dean Martin died on Christmas Day in 1995; the duets were made using his original vocal tracks with new instrumental backing. The CD was a commercial and critical success and one track, Baby It's Cold Outside with Martina McBride, was a hit on the country charts.


Dean Martin had a carefully cultivated image as a womanizer, a man about town and an alcoholic, none of which was true. He did have three wives (not at the same time), but he was a dedicated family man. He was not a party animal and although he often had a drink in his hand during his shows, it was a prop. Reportedly none of the "Rat Pack" (Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Frank Sinatra) ever drank alcohol on stage. Sinatra and Davis did like to go on all-night binges after their shows, but Martin was not interested in joining them.

There is even a story, which I can't substantiate but sounds good, of a large party in Dean Martin's home at the height of his fame. Part way through, guests noticed Dean hadn't been seen for a while. After searching all over they finally found him in his room, alone, watching TV.

The image, of course is larger than life. Dean Martin has become a cultural icon, evidenced by the large number of Dean Martin "tribute artists" who make a living impersonating him. He was a comedian (with Jerry Lewis), actor and a born showman as well as being a singer. He excelled at all of them but it is often overlooked that he wasn't just a showman who could sing, he was a great singer. In fact he was one of the best popular singers of the era. He had a wonderful, resonant baritone voice, he could hit low notes like nobody else but mostly, he had a way with a song that made it all sound soooo easy. Nobody could sing Italian love songs like Dino, though many tried.

Virtually all of his biggest hits, and he had a lot including Sway, Volare, Memories Are Made Of This and That's Amore, have been recorded over and over again by other singers but, to my ears anyway, nobody sang a Dean Martin song better than the man himself. He was also a big influence on other singers, most notably Elvis Presley, who is said to have idolized him. Presley recorded many of his songs and re-worked others. Elvis' Surrender bears an uncanny resemblance to Martin's Return To Sorrento, and in comparison, comes up short.

According to on-line biographies, Martin began his career in 1937 under his real name, Dino Crocetti, singing with bands in and around his hometown of Steubenville, Ohio. He anglicized his name in 1940 and moved to New York City in 1943 to play the nightclubs. He did make a few singles in 1946 and 1947 for small labels, Diamond and Apollo but then teamed up with Jerry Lewis, became a major star and began recording for Capitol in 1948. He was always considered a mainstream artist so his records are not particularly collectable, they don't command a lot of money, which is a good reason to collect them.

Dean Martin released about sixty LPs over his long career, not all of them are great but many are. He recorded pop hits, jazz, movie soundtracks and he was the only member of the Rat Pack to record country & western. He even recorded a duet with Ricky Nelson (when both were still alive), his co-star in the movie Rio Bravo. A good Dean Martin collection can have a lot of musical variety, and you won't go broke building it.

Virtually all his LP releases are available on re-issue CDs with original artwork, so you can go that route but you can also have some fun, and save some money, collecting the original vinyl. The hard part isn't finding the records, there's plenty around, but finding them in top-notch condition will take some time. Records like this were not considered works of art like, say, that leather-bound set of Beethoven symphonies that sat in a bookshelf for years. These were just popular records, cheap, disposable entertainment. They would be taken out at parties, stacked on record changers and played on old machines with heavy tone arms and worn out needles.

His recorded output falls into roughly three categories, most common are his 1960s hits on the Reprise label, there's a few movie soundtracks but for my money, his best are the recordings he made for Capitol. He had the best bands, the best arrangers, great songs and of course, those wonderful, high-ceilinged Capitol recording studios where all the singers and musicians played together, instead of having the vocals over-dubbed from a sound booth as was the later practice.

Some can be hard to find. His first album, Dean Martin Sings, released as a 10-inch LP on Capitol in 1953, certainly is. But even his last, an album of country songs called the Nashville Sessions released on Warner Brothers in 1983 doesn't turn up every day.

Now if you're of the rock 'n' roll generation, you may have to put up with your friends' derision, as I have, of appreciating the music of someone who is called a crooner. The term is often derogatory, applied to someone who has a great voice but no edge, nothing to say. Phooey. Some so-called crooners put across a song like nobody's business, and that's the essence of great singing. The best crooners, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin and Eddy Arnold come to mind, were first class artists and deserve to be treated as such. Most of all, they provide a transcendent listening experience. To paraphrase the song, that ain't a kick in the head.