1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Dean Martin (born June 7, 1917)
Famous EASY-POP hit during the 50s: That’s Amore 1953
Dean Martin also had hits with Memories Are Made of This in 1955 and Return to Me and Volare in 1958.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1948-1969
Record Label: Capitol
Born Dino Crocetti in Steubenville, Ohio, Dean Martin, in the late forties, formed a fast friendship with comic Jerry Lewis. They participated in each other’s acts and began performing together in nightclubs. They appeared on television and eventually hosted their own rotating series ‘The Colgate Comedy Hour.’ Their phenomenally successful partnership broke up in 1956 after 16 hit films and hundreds of television and club appearances. The eternal essence of cool—detached, serene, and cavalier—the ballad singer had a low, sweet sound and a loose-limbed sense of his own laid-back persona. In the late 50s he appeared as a member of Frank Sinatra’s ‘Rat Pack’ that also included Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop. The group performed at the Sands Hotel on the Las Vegas strip and starred in seven films including 1960’s ‘Ocean’s Eleven.’ Dean Martin starred in his own enormously successful television series for nine seasons in the mid 1960s. Diagnosed with lung cancer, he died of respiratory failure at 78 on Christmas morning, 1995.