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Happy Birthday Dino

 

Happy Birthday To A Talent Unparalleled In Today’s Entertainment World

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Date of Birth

7 June 1917Steubenville, Ohio, USA

Date Of Death

 

25 December 1995, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA (lung cancer and emphysema)

 

 

Birth Name

 

Dino Paul Crocetti

 

 

Nickname

 

Dino
King Leer (given to him by Life magazine)

 

 

Height

 

5′ 11″ (1.80 m)

 

 

Biography

 

” Though best known for the 51 films he made, Dean Martin was a prizefighter, steel mill laborer, gas station attendant and card shark before seeing the first glimmer of fame. It came when he teamed up with comedian Jerry Lewis in 1946. Films such as At War with the Army (1950) sent the team toward superstardom. After teaming with Lewis, Martin – born Dino Paul Crocetti – became a dramatic actor and the star of a long-running television variety show. Personality conflicts broke up the comedy duo in 1957. Few thought that Martin would go one to achieve solo success, but he did, winning critical acclaim for his role in The Young Lions (1958) with Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift. A succession of films followed for the singer-actor, including Some Came Running (1958) with Shirley MacLaine and Frank Sinatra. All would later be members of the “Rat Pack.” Martin learned well and proved potent at the box office throughout the 1960s, with films such as Bells Are Ringing (1960) and Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964), again with Rat Pack pals Sammy Davis Jr. and Sinatra. During much of the 1960s and 1970s Martin’s movie persona of a boozing playboy prompted a series of films as secret agent Matt Helm and his own television variety show. Airport (1970) followed, featuring Martin as a pilot. He also played a phony priest in The Cannonball Run (1981). His last public role was a return to the stage, for a cross-country concert tour with Davis and Sinatra. He spoke affectionately of his fellow Rat Packers. “The satisfaction that I get out of working with these two bums is that we have more laughs than the audience has”, Martin said. “

 

 

 

 

 

Trade Mark

 

Cigarette and a glass of alcohol whenever he was doing his night club acts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trivia

 

” His son, Dean Paul Martin (Dino), was killed in a plane crash in March 1987.

Member of the “Rat Pack” with Frank SinatraSammy Davis Jr.Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. All appeared in Ocean’s Eleven (1960).

Father of Gail Martin, Craig Martin, Claudia MartinDeana Martin Gina MartinRicci Martin and Dean Paul Martin.

Grandfather of Alexander Martin.”

” Much of the “booze” that he drank on stage during his famous “Rat Pack” performances was really apple juice. (Son Dean Paul Martin spilled this secret, after the variety show ended production, stating that his father couldn’t have performed if he’d really drunk that much liquor.)”

 

 

 

 

” From 1973 to 1984, he was the host of the “Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts.” In one of the most classic television series of all time, Dean and his panel of actors and comics would shower the guest of honor with insults. This series contained the most famous names in the history of entertainment, such as Bob HopeFrank SinatraLucille BallGeorge BurnsJames StewartOrson WellesJack BennyPhyllis DillerMilton BerleGene KellyDon RicklesRich LittleJohn Wayne, and Foster Brooks.”

 

 

 

 

” He and Frank Sinatra were best friends, a fact he held very dear to his heart. The two didn’t speak much, in the years after Dean quit the “Rat Pack Reunion” tour, but they did reconcile a few months before his death, over dinner – and a breadroll fight.”  

 

 

 

 

” Dean is one of few actors who have received not just one, but three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one for Motion Pictures at 6519 Hollywood Blvd., one for Television at 6651 Hollywood Blvd, and a third for his recording career.”

 

 

 

 

”  Dean’s TV career began in 1950 with The Martin & Lewis Show on The Colgate Comedy Hour, which ran through 1955. He hosted various other shows before reluctantly taking the 1965 gig which turned into a 19-year success under various names.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

RIP … Cheers Dino

 

 

 

Discography

 

AlbumsCompilationsSingles & EPsDVDs & VideosAll

    Year Album Label  
 
Dean Martin Sings
1953 Dean Martin Sings album review Collectors’ Choice Music    
 
Swingin' Down Yonder
1955 Swingin’ Down Yonder album review Collectors’ Choice Music    
  Dean Martin [1955] 1955 Dean Martin [1955] Capitol    
 
Pretty Baby
1957 Pretty Baby album review Collectors’ Choice Music  
 
Sleep Warm
1959 Sleep Warm album review Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol    
 
A Winter Romance
1959 A Winter Romance album review Capitol/EMI Records    
 
This Time I'm Swingin'!
1960 This Time I’m Swingin’! album review Collectors’ Choice Music    
 
Bells Are Ringing [Original Soundtrack Album]
1960 Bells Are Ringing [Original Soundtrack Album] album review DRG    
  Dean Martin [1961] 1961 Dean Martin [1961] Capitol    
 
Dino! Italian Love Songs
1962 Dino! Italian Love Songs album review Collectors’ Choice Music    
 
Cha Cha de Amor
1962 Cha Cha de Amor album review Capitol    
 
French Style
1962 French Style album review Capitol    
  Country Style 1963 Country Style album review Capitol    
  Dean 1963 Dean “Tex” Martin Rides Again album review      
  Dino Latino 1963 Dino Latino album review      
 
Live at the Sands Hotel
1964 Live at the Sands Hotel album review Bianco    
 
Dream with Dean
1964 Dream with Dean album review Hip-O Select / Hip-O  
 
Everybody Loves Somebody
1964 Everybody Loves Somebody album review Hip-O  
  The Door Is Still Open to My Heart 1964 The Door Is Still Open to My Heart album review Hip-O  
  Holiday Cheer 1965 Holiday Cheer album review Capitol  
 
Dean Martin Hits Again
1965 Dean Martin Hits Again album review Hip-O Select / Hip-O  
  (Remember Me) I'm the One Who Loves You 1965 (Remember Me) I’m the One Who Loves You album review    
 
Houston
1965 Houston album review Capitol  
  Somewhere There's a Someone 1966 Somewhere There’s a Someone album review Capitol  
  The Hit Sound of Dean Martin 1966 The Hit Sound of Dean Martin album review Hip-O / Universal  
  The Dean Martin TV Show 1966 The Dean Martin TV Show album review    
 
My Christmas Album
1966 My Christmas Album MCP  
  Songs From The Silencers 1966 Songs From The Silencers album review Reprise  
  Happiness Is Dean Martin 1967 Happiness Is Dean Martin album review Hip-O  
  Welcome to My World 1967 Welcome to My World album review Hip-O  
 
Gentle on My Mind
1968 Gentle on My Mind album review Hip-O  
  I Take a Lot of Pride in What I Am 1969 I Take a Lot of Pride in What I Am album review Capitol  
  My Woman, My Woman, My Wife 1970 My Woman, My Woman, My Wife album review Capitol  
  For the Good Times 1971 For the Good Times album review Hip-O / Universal  
  Dino 1972 Dino album review Hip-O  
  Sittin' on Top of the World 1973 Sittin’ on Top of the World album review Capitol  
  You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me 1973 You’re the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me album review Hip-O    
  Once in a While 1978 Once in a While album review Capitol  
  The Nashville Sessions 1983 The Nashville Sessions Warner Bros.

Filmography

 

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 1985 Half Nelson (TV Movie) Mr. Martin
 1978 Charlie’s Angels (TV Series) Frank Howell
     Angels in Vegas (1978) … Frank Howell
 1973 Showdown Billy Massey
 
 1971 Something Big Joe Baker
 1970 Swing Out, Sweet Land (TV Movie) Eli Whitney
 
 1970 Airport Vernon Demerest
 
 1968 The Bob Hope Show (TV Series) Goodfellow’s Baby
    Episode dated 25 September 1968 (1968) … Goodfellow’s Baby (uncredited)
 1968 5 Card Stud Van Morgan
 
 
 1967 Rough Night in Jericho Alex Flood
 
 1966 Birds Do It Dean Martin
 1965 Marriage on the Rocks Ernie Brewer
 1964 Rawhide (TV Series) Gurd Canliss
      Canliss (1964) … Gurd Canliss
 1964 Robin and the 7 Hoods John
 1964 What a Way to Go! Leonard ‘Lennie’ Crawley
 
 
 1963 4 for Texas Joe Jarrett
 1963 Come Blow Your Horn The Bum (uncredited)
 
 1962 Who’s Got the Action? Steve Flood
 
 1962 The Road to Hong Kong The ‘Grape’ on Plutomium (uncredited)
 
 1962 Sergeants 3 Sgt. Chip Deal
 1961 Ada Bo Gillis
 1961 All in a Night’s Work Tony Ryder
 1960 Who Was That Lady? Michael Haney
 1959 Career Maurice ‘Maury’ Novak
 
 
1958 Some Came Running Bama Dillert
 1958 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series) Unnamed Las Vegas Gambler

      Bilko’s Secret Mission (1958) … Unnamed Las Vegas Gambler (uncredited)
 1958 The Young Lions Michael Whiteacre
 1958 Make Room for Daddy (TV Series) Dean Martin
     Terry’s Crush (1958) … Dean Martin
 
 1957 Ten Thousand Bedrooms Ray Hunter
 
 
 
 1952 Road to Bali Man in Lala’s Dream (uncredited)
 
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Happy Birthday To One Of The Greatest Talents To Ever Live … Dean Martin

BLUES GREAT BOBBY BLUE BLAND DEAD AT 83

 

 

 

 

” Bobby “Blue” Bland died on Sunday at the age of 83.

According to a family friend, Blues Hall of Fame recipient Robert Calvin “Bobby” Bland has died today. No other details were available.

Already the condolences are coming in.

Jim Hanzalik with World One Presents said, “”It’s with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to true legend and icon of the blues. Thank you for all the great memories, conversations and love you shared with us and your many fans. We love you and you’ll be missed – RIP Bobby Blue Bland.”

Jay Sieleman with the Blues Foundation called Bland the greatest blues singer in the world.”

 

 

 

 

More here …

” Born in Rosemark, Tennessee, Bobby Blue Bland, real name Robert Calvin “Bobby” Bland, is well known for blues hits such as “Turn On Your Love Light,” and R&B hits such as “That’s the Way Love Is,” but also in the hip hop community such as for his R&B hit “Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City,” which was sampled by Kanye West on Jay-Z’s Hip Hop album The Blueprint.

In 1981, Bland was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, then the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, followed by the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.”

 

 

 

 

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame …

 

” Robert Calvin Bland aka Bobby “Blue” Bland (vocals; born January 27, 1930)

Bobby “Blue” Bland was born Robert Calvin Bland on January 27, 1930, in Rosemark, Tennessee, a small town near Memphis. When he was 17, he and his mother moved to Memphis. He worked at a garage during the week and sang spirituals on weekends. At various times, he served as a chauffeur for B.B. King and Roscoe Gordon and a valet for Junior Parker. He soon began hanging out on Beale Street, and he eventually became part of a loose-knit group called the Beale Streeters, which included Billy Duncan, Johnny Ace, B.B. King, Roscoe Gordon, Earl Forrest and Junior Parker.

After making some recordings for Duke Records, Bland was drafted into the Army in 1953. He returned to Memphis in 1955, only to find that everything had changed. Rock and roll was breaking down the old barriers between “race” and “pop,” and Duke Records had been sold to Don Robey. Bland spent the latter half of the Fifties maturing into a masterful singer and assured entertainer. His hallmark was his supple, confidential soul-blues delivery. As a singer, Bland projected a grainy, down-to-earth quality, punctuated with guttural growls and snorts that would come to be known as the “chicken-bone sound.” Yet his voice was simultaneously smooth as velvet, allowing Bland to bring audiences under his hypnotic spell as he walked a fine line between passionate expression and exquisite self-control.” 

 

 

 

 

Bobby Blue Bland

 

” Bobby’s first Duke single, “It’s My Life, Baby,” was released in 1955. Two years later, he scored with the seminal Texas shuffle “Farther Up The Road” (115 k, 10 sec.), which went to number 1 on the R&B charts. Follow-up records included two 1961 hits, “I Pity the Fool,” which also made it to number 1 on the R&B charts, and “Turn on Your Love Light,” which went to number 2. “That’s the Way Love Is,” a 1963 release, gave Bland his third number 1 hit. 

From 1957 to 1961 Bland played the chitlin’ circuit with Junior Parker and his band, the Blue Flames. But in 1961 Bland broke with Parker, went out on his own, and rose to his greatest popularity. Because Bland neither composed nor played an instrument, he relied on others for songs and inspired instrumentation. Joe Scott, his bandleader and arranger, and for years one of Duke label owner Don Robey’s chief talent scouts, helped create Bland’s big-band sound. Just as important to Bland’s sound was guitarist Wayne Bennett, who complemented the horns and Bland’s vocals with jazz-influenced solos,a la T-Bone Walker and B.B. King.”

 

 

 

Rest In Peace Bobby “Blue” Bland

 

WATCH 10-YEAR-OLD ANNA CHRISTINE SING

“THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN”

” Christine entered the stage much like many young performers, but she quickly proved to be a star. After adjusting her microphone, she spread her fingers across the plastic keyboard, and proceeded to belt out the song as audience members began cheering immediately.

The talented 10-year-old from Henderson, Nevada, debuted a surprisingly rich, deep voice that left an expression of disbelief on the face of new judge Heidi Klum and veteran judge Howie Mandel.”