Thursday, June 09, 2016

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Happy Birthday, Dino!

Tuesday June 7 marked what would have been the 99th birthday of Dino Paul Crocetti, better known to the world as Dean Martin.

Do I really have to tell you who he was? Martin & Lewis. The Rat Pack. The weekly TV show in the '60s. The comedy roasts he hosted ...

Elvis Presley idolized him and I loved him too. When I was a kid, Dino and his devilish grin made me suspect that my parents' generation might not be as square as they'd have you believe.

Martin died in 1995

In honor of of man from Steubenville, Ohio, let's have some music, Here he is with Frank Sinatra having more fun that you or I had that night.

Here he is crooning and jiving through one of his hits, "Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On." The introduction, with Dino playing up his drunk persona, is nearly as good as the song.

Oh yeah, Dino was a singing cowboy too. Here he is with Ricky Nelson and Walter Brennan in the John Wayne movie Rio Bravo.

And here's a song he recorded with The Easy Riders, a folk group that included longtime Santa Fe resident Terry Gilkyson.

Thanks, Dino. Memories are still made of this.

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