Recently I bought a new Dean Martin album called “Forever Cool” and as Sammy Davis Jnr would of said “there was nobody more cool than Dean Martin”. What a great title for an album for an artist who passed away twelve years ago. This album (like the earlier Frank Sinatra “Duets” albums) is similar in style where Dean sings with some of today’s artists. If you enjoy Dean Martin’s style of music then this album should be in your collection.
Dean Martin: "Forever Cool" Track Listing:
1. Who's Got The Action – Featuring Big Bad Voodoo Daddy ()
2. Ain't That A Kick In The Head – Featuring Kevin Spacey ()
3. I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face – Featuring Chris Botti ()
4. Baby-O – Featuring
5. Who Was That Lady? – Featuring The Capitol Studios Orchestra ()
6. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone – Featuring Robbie Williams ()
7. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me – Featuring Joss Stone ()
8. Just In Time – Featuring Dave Koz ()
9. Baby, It's Cold Outside – Featuring Martina McBride ()
10. King Of The Road – Featuring Kevin Spacey ()
11. You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You – Featuring Big Bad Voodoo Daddy & Shelby Lynne
12. Arrivederci Roma – Featuring Tiziano Ferro ()
13. Everybody Loves Somebody – Featuring Charles Aznavour ()
14. Brahm's Lullaby A Capella – Dean Martin ()
Extract of a article on the new album from our local newspaper.
...............My collection of Dean Martin CD's.
Dean Martin was born Dino Paul Crocetti in Steubenville,
Eventually, Martin gave up boxing. He worked as a roulette stickman and croupier in an illegal casino located behind a tobacco shop where he had started out as a stock boy. At the same time, he sang with local bands. Billing himself as "Dino Martini" Dean got his first break working for the Ernie McKay Orchestra. He performed in a crooning style heavily influenced by Bing Crosby and Harry Mills (of the Mills Brothers), among others. In the early 1940s, he started singing for bandleader Sammy Watkins, at which time Sammy suggested he change his name to Dean Martin. Martin attracted some attention from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Columbia Pictures, but a
Martin and Lewis' official debut together occurred at
Martin and Lewis were the hottest act in
Between the mid-1950s and mid-1960s the Rat Packs most famous line-up featured Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop, who appeared together in films and live on stage at the Sands in
The term "Rat Pack" was supposedly assigned to the original Bogart group by "Den Mother" Lauren Bacall, after seeing them return from a night in
Dean, Frank, Sammy and Joey on stage - The Rat Pack.
By the mid '60s, he was a top movie, recording, and nightclub attraction, even as Lewis's film career declined. Martin was also acclaimed for his performance as Dude in “
One of Dean's famous songs "That's Amore". Click arrow to play.
In 1965, Martin launched his weekly NBC comedy-variety series, The Dean Martin Show, which exploited his public image as a lazy, carefree boozer. It was there that he perfected his famous laid-back persona of the half-drunk crooner suavely hitting on beautiful women with hilarious remarks that would get anyone else slapped.
By the early 1970s, Martin seemed to have the Midas touch, The Dean Martin Show was still earning solid ratings, and although he was no longer a Top 40 hitmaker, his record albums continued to sell well. His name on a marquee could guarantee casinos and nightclubs a standing-room-only crowd. Despite his enormous success, Martin retreated from show business and the final season of his variety show was shown in 1974.
Dean made a public reconciliation with Jerry Lewis on Lewis' Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon in 1976. Frank Sinatra shocked Lewis and the world by bringing Martin out on stage. As Martin and Lewis hugged and smiled, the audience erupted in cheers and the phone banks lit up, resulting in one of the telethon's most profitable years. Lewis reported the event was one of the three most memorable of his life. This helped to bring the two men together. They maintained a quiet but deep friendship but never performed together again.
Martin's world began to crumble on March 21, 1987, when his son Dean Paul was killed when his jet fighter crashed while flying with the Air National Guard. It was said that he could never get over losing his son. His final Vegas shows were at the Bally's Hotel in 1989. His last television appearance was in 1990 on the Sammy Davis Jnr 60th Anniversary Celebration special, which was also Sammy's last TV appearance.) By 1991, Martin has unofficially retired from performing. In addition to never completely recovering from losing his son, Martin was suffering from emphysema. In September 1993, he was diagnosed with lung cancer which ultimately led to his death. He had been told he needed surgery on his kidneys and liver to prolong his life, but he refused. It was widely reported, though never confirmed, that Martin had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 1991. Martin died of respiratory failure, at home on Christmas morning 1995. The lights of the
And so another of the great singing legends had passed onto the huge record label up in the sky. Dean’s relaxed style of singing, his seemingly ease at making movies and his ability to appear that he was constantly “drunk” was a remarkably self-disciplined act and he was often the first to call it a night, and when not on tour or on a film location liked to go home, see his wife, and play with his children. It has been claimed that Martin was usually sipping apple juice (not liquor) most of the time on stage.
Tomorrow, Sunday 22nd September, Peter of Holties House and I are driving down to
Puss in Boots left a comment on Peter’s Blog which I’m duplicating here.
Puss in Boots said........
Sounds like you had a great family time, Peter.
Tell me, is
Have a great time and don't go inciting any riots.
I must admit I’ve caused a small amount of trouble previously as you may see for the poster shown below.
This has just been a selected post on some highlights of Dean Martin's Life.