Dino Paul Crocetti aka Dean Martin born 95 years ago today

Dino Paul Crocetti aka Dean Martin was born in Steubenville, Ohio on this date 95 years ago. Steubenville is a half hour from where I live. The main road through town is Dean Martin Boulevard. Also from Steubenville is Jimmy “The Greek’ Snyder and Traci Lords. I don’t think anything is named for “The Greek” and although next week is the Dean Martin Festival in Steubenville, I have heard of no Traci Lords Film Festivals being in the works.
He was first famous for his partnership with Jerry Lewis. When they broke up everyone figured Jerry would go on to to stardom on his own but his friends worried about Dean. What will Dean do? They all kind of looked out for him. He did quite well on his own- even better than Jerry did. Lets face it a little bit of Jerry Lewis goes a long way.
Dean was an actor, singer, comedian, television star. He seemed to do everything effortlessly.  A great book on Dean and Jerry is a book by Arthur Marx [son of Groucho} called “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime”   The most famous moment of Jerry Lewis’s telethon over the years was when Frank brought out Dean- the two hadn’t seen each other or talked in years, during the 1976 telethon.    Dean was part of the Rat Pack- Dean, Frank, Sammy, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop.  Dean seemed to do everything without effort. From what I’ve read he was a guy that was hard to really know.
 Dean Martin is also famously known for knocking The Beatles off the top of the charts in 1964- “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime” replaced “A Hard Day’s Night” at the top of the singles chart.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlksTohQJa4   Dean and Jerry reunion 1976 telethon.