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King of Cool

(June 7, 1917 to December 25, 1995)

I have always loved the voice of Dean Martin (his real name was Dino Paul Crocetti) and I also think he wasn’t a half bad actor either. I think my favorite song he ever sang was “Volare“. The movies I liked him best in were Rio Bravo, Oceans 11 and Some Came Running. His songs are iconic and he was a true crooner. He belonged to that epic group of guys known as the “Rat Pack” which included Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. Dino was a major star in four areas of show business: concert stage/night clubs, recordings, motion pictures, and television. He was known to enjoy a few drinks and it showed sometimes. He was most absolutely the “King of Cool“.

Here are a few clips of him singing.

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  1. My thoughts exactly!!! There was nothing like him. I remember in high school in the ’80s people used to say: “You are either a Beatles fan or an Elvis fan.” And I’d say: “I’m neither. I’m a Dino fan!”

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  2. *Swoon*. All the above plus “Return To Me”. Love him crooning in Italian. So romantic

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