Dean Martin died twenty years ago today, Christmas, 1995.
I love a zillion of his songs, from every decade and style in which he sang. So first up, here are three of a kind...and if you've never heard the third one, do give it a listen.
Next, a straight of Dean Martin quotations. An important thing to remember is that a lot of the jokes attributed to these guys came first from Joe E. Lewis and also Joey Bishop. They stole from each other like mad, and made a joke of that, too. So I picked some that only he said.
"When Frank Sinatra dies, they're giving his zipper to the Smithsonian."
"Motivation is a lot of crap."
"I once shook hands with Pat Boone and my whole right side sobered up."
"You wanna hear it straight, buy the album."
"Shirley (MacLaine) I love her, but her oars aren't touching the water these days."
Finally, a full house with two videos and three photos.
Here's a low quality but watchable video of the Dean Martin Christmas Show featuring the Sinatra family. It's worth looking at if you're interested in them. And yes, the truth is, Sinatra drank a whole lot, while with Martin it was mainly an act. Dean liked to go to bed early and hit the golf course in the morning when Frank was probably just hitting the sack.
And here's the Dean Martin Celebrity Roast of Dean Martin. It's a gasser.