Deana Martin can’t help remembering the swingin’ King of Cool

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Sporting an omnipresent cigarette, a rugged Dean Martin capably demonstrates the fine art of tying a bandanna while looking essentially cool, on location for “Bandolero” at Alamo Village in Brackettville, Texas, circa October 1967. Photography by Pierluigi Praturlon
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Brace yourself for impact! Dean Martin nonchalantly sails fourth child Deana Martin through the air during a fun swimming exercise held at the entertainer’s luxurious 601 Mountain Drive home in Beverly Hills, California, circa 1959. Photography by Allan Grant / Life Magazine / Courtesy of Deana Martin

The Deana Martin Interview

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In 1966 Dean Martin sits in a chair fit for a king as he rests his right arm on a Martin acoustic guitar for a purposely stern family portrait alongside second wife Jeanne, eldest son Craig, youngest child Gina, Dean Paul, Ricci, Gail, Deana [kneeling], and Claudia outside the “Rough Night in Jericho” star’s home at 601 Mountain Drive in Beverly Hills, California. Dean gained sole custody of his four children with first wife Betty McDonald — Craig, Claudia, Gail, and Deana. Photography by Martin Mills / Getty Images
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Dean Martin shares a lovely moment with his favorite movie horse, Tops, while on location in Texas for “Bandolero” circa October 1967. Photography by Martin Mills
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Dean Martin, mere months after his 50th birthday, is rather cheerful while awaiting the hangman’s noose as outlaw Dee Bishop in “Bandolero.” Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, the action-packed Western costarred Jimmy Stewart as elder brother Mace Bishop. Although the duo looked absolutely nothing alike, the chemistry worked onscreen. Image Credit: Twentieth Century Fox
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After a long day of filming “The Silencers,” the first in a quartet of films depicting the madcap antics of suave spy Matt Helm, a cowboy boot wearing Dean Martin relaxes at home on a Martin acoustic guitar. The spy film spoof reached moviegoers on February 18, 1966, and was a top box office draw. Photography by John R. Hamilton
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An outtake taken from the debonair King of Cool’s album cover shoot for “Dean Martin’s Greatest Hits! Vol. 1,” released on May 13, 1968. Photography by Ed Thrasher
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Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin tackle a round of golf in Palm Springs circa 1981. Martin unfortunately still found time to smoke a cigarette while driving his buddy along the fairway. Image Credit: ILoveDinoMartin.blogspot
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Dean Martin encourages listeners to boldly experience “This Time I’m Swingin’!, unleashed on October 3, 1960. The original version of “You’re Nobody till Somebody Loves You,” with an orchestra conducted by the talented Nelson Riddle, anchors the album which climbed into the Top 20 over in the United Kingdom. Image Credit: Capitol Records
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Smoking an omnipresent cigarette near a roaring fireplace, presenting the evocative, late night LP cover of “Dream with Dean: The Intimate Dean Martin,” released on August 4, 1964. Certified by the RIAA as a gold seller, the 12-song, No. 15 Billboard Pop album features the original version of “Everybody Loves Somebody” recorded with a trimmed down jazz combo. Image Credit: Warner Music Group
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Deana Martin’s memoir, entitled “Memories Are Made of This: Dean Martin Through His Daughter’s Eyes,” was released in November 2004. The photo of Dino appears to be an outtake from “The Hit Sound of Dean Martin” album cover photo session, ultimately released on July 26, 1966, via Reprise Records. Image Credit: Three Rivers Press
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On February 17, 1990, Dean Martin checked out of a hospital against doctors’ orders, where he had been undergoing routine tests, to give away daughter Deana Martin to handsome entrepreneur John Griffeth. The couple tied the knot at a church on South Beverly Drive and later hosted a reception at the Friars Club in Beverly Hills, California. Image Credit: Courtesy of Deana Martin
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Dean Martin cajoles a genuine laugh from daughter Deana Martin during the former’s recording session of “Nobody’s Baby Again” on August 17, 1966, inside United Recording Corporation Studios, 6050 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, California. The pop single stalled at No. 60 Pop but climbed much higher on Billboard’s Easy Listening chart to No. 6. Photography by Ed Thrasher / Courtesy of Deana Martin
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Deana Martin and her iconic father Dean Martin observe the close of the turmoil-ridden late 1960s in this loving still, circa 1970. Image Credit: Courtesy of Deana Martin
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A photo of a strikingly handsome Dean Martin used on the cover of his best-selling “The Dean Martin Christmas Album,” the Italian crooner’s second and final Christmas LP released on October 11, 1966, via Reprise Records. Image Credit: Warner Music Group
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A shirtless Dean Martin kills time by playing a bit of classical guitar — a Martin, naturally — between takes of “The Ambushers,” the third tongue-in-cheek film featuring suave super spy Matt Helm. The film dropped in theaters on December 22, 1967. Image Credit: Sergio Leemann’s ACertainCinema.com / Columbia Pictures
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Deana Martin and music-producer — husband John Griffeth visit Dean Martin’s home located at Loma Vista Drive in Beverly Hills, California, circa 1990. Image Credit: Courtesy of Deana Martin
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Deana Martin relaxes in a comfy arm chair during the recording sessions for her fourth album, “Destination Moon,” ultimately released on September 17, 2013. Image Credit: Courtesy of Deana Martin
Click to experience Dean Martin gliding through a sublime reading of “I Can’t Help Remembering You,” a sentimental deep cut from the “Welcome to My World” album. The ballad was recorded on June 23, 1967 and unleashed as the B-side of “Little Ole Wine Drinker Me.” Music Credit: Warner Music Group / Video Credit: YouTube user James Ledrick
Click to watch Dean Martin’s full length phone conversation on the “Geraldo” daytime talk show, where his daughter Deana Martin was being interviewed on November 25, 1994. It served as the elder Martin’s final public appearance. Video Credit: Investigative News Group / The Joe DiCesare Collection

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Retro pop culture interviews & lovin’ someone fierce sustain this University of Georgia Master of Agricultural Leadership alum. Email: jeremylr@windstream.net

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