Wednesday, 28 September 2016

The Pretenders Rockpalast 1981

The Pretenders Rockpalast Sartory-Säle Köln July 17, 1981 Setlist: 01. The Wait 02. The Adultress 03. Message of Love 04. Louie, Louie 05. Talk of the Town 06. English Roses 07. Birds of Paradise 08. Kid 09. Stop Your Sobbing 10. Private Life 11. Jealous Dogs 12. Day After Day 13. Up the Neck 14. Tatooed Love Boys 15. Bad Boys Get Spanked 16. Precious 17. Brass in Pocket 18. Mystery Achievement
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Bob Marley live at Rockpalast

01 - Opening 02 - Natural Mystic 03 - Rastaman Vibration 04 - Revelation 05 - I Shot The Sheriff 06 - War No More Trouble 07 - Zimbabwe 08 - Jamming 09 - No Woman No Cry 10 - Zion Train 11 - Exodus 12 - Redemption Song 13 - Could You Be Loved 14 - We Can Make It Work 15 - Natty Dread 16 - Is This Love 17 - Get Up Stand Up
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Oasis Live in the USA 2005

Recorded live at the Tweeter Center, Boston, USA in 2005.
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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

100 Most Shocking Moments in Rock & Roll History

Countdown of the most "shocking" moments in the history of rock and roll, including the murder of John Lennon; Sean "Puffy" Combs' gun trouble; the deaths of Freddy Mercury, Kurt Cobain, Elvis Presley, Selena and Tupac Shakur; Gloria Estefan's bus accident; Chuck Berry's home videos; 2 Live Crew's obscenity trial; George Michael's bathroom arrest; and the marriage of Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley.
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The Gin Blossoms Concert at Celebrate Gaithersburg Day 2008

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UK/DK Punk & Skinhead Bands Documentary 1983

Featuring The Exploited, Vice Squad, Adicts, Damned, Blitz, The Business, The Varukers, Chaos UK and Disorder. 
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Who Is Poly Styrene? BBC Arena documentary 1979

1979 film portrait of the late New Wave singer-songwriter, Poly Styrene.
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Siouxsie And The Banshees - The Seven Year Itch Live July 2002

Years after the breakup of Siouxsie and the Banshees, the three core members (Siouxsie Sioux, Steven Severin and Budgie) plus final Banshees guitarist Knox Chandler reunited for an abbreviated tour of the US and the UK in 2002. The Seven Year Itch is a live album composed of performances recorded at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire on July 9 and 10, 2002. Released by Sanctuary Records in 2003 (in CD and DVD formats), both critics and fans praised the tour and album as the Banshees concentrated not on radio hits, but both popular and obscure B-sides and album tracks, many pulled from their early albums.
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The Cockney Rejects Live At The 100 Club

Cockney Rejects at the 100 Club, Friday the 8th of April, 2016. 
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Green Day Live At Rock Am Ring 2013

American punk rock band Green Day perform live at the Rock Am Ring Festival, Germany in 2013
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Lady Gaga - iHeartRadio Music Festival 2011

Lady Gaga performs onstage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 24, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Katy Perry live at Rock In Rio 2015

Katy Perry belts out her hits while taking the stage at 2015 Rock in Rio festival on Sunday evening (September 27) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Bryan Adams Rocks Big Ben 2016

A sold out crowd enjoyed the venue’s Great Hall this New Year’s Eve to see rock legend Bryan Adams perform at the BBC’s annual concert and firework display, organised by Live Nation and watched by over 12m viewers.
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Genesis - Mama Tour 1984

Genesis Live – The Mama Tour is a 1985 home video featuring footage from a Genesis concert in February 1984. It was filmed at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England, and directed by Jim Yukich.
Two thirds of the group's then current eponymous album appears on this video: the singles "Mama," "That's All," "Illegal Alien", the B-side of "Mama," "It's Gonna Get Better," and the two-piece suite "Home by the Sea/Second Home by the Sea."
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The Stranglers - Rattus At The Roundhouse (4/11/07)

THIRTY YEARS TO THE NIGHT, The Stranglers return to play the Roundhouse London, blowing away the amassed throng with an incendiary performance. With songs from the original 1977 set list plus Specter of Love and Duchess for an encore.Image result for The Stranglers - Rattus At The Roundhouse

Monday, 26 September 2016

From The Jam - A First Class Return (Live At The Forum)


The BBC Radio 2 audio documentary about The Style Council from August 2003 narrated by Phill Jupitus

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The Jam - Made In Britain 2002 Radio Documentary

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Motörhead: The Guts And The Glöry

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The Wall (Movie)

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A troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone.

David Bowie & The Story Of Ziggy Stardust

40 years ago in millions of living rooms located across the United Kingdom a strange being, not of this world was beamed onto television screens, with bright red hair and a multicoloured spacesuit, his unearthly appearance shocked the nation but for many teenagers who experienced this televisual visitation it would change their lives forever.

Kraftwerk Pop Art (Documentary)

In the late 60's and early 70's when Kraftwerk were striving to find a new artistic voice in the pop culture vacuum of post war Germany, few would have predicted that these reclusive Rhineland experimentalists would become one of the most influential pop groups of all time but that is exactly what happened.

Slipknot - Hellbound (Documentary)

In sixteen years they have been one of the more controversial bands in metal, they faced death without self destructing and now they have returned to the UK. Slipknot are back and in this short documentary, Daniel P Carter from the Rock Show on BBC Radio One gets the opportunity to unmask and interview one of the most prolific and brutal metal bands out there.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Fleetwood Mac Destiny Rules

Released back in 2004 this film sees FLEETWOOD MAC reunite for the first time in over fifteen years in order to record a new studio album. We follow them as they set about writing and recording the album "Say You Will". With cameras on them from the very first moment Stevie Nicks walks into the studio right up until the opening night of their showcase tour, we are given a great insight

The Joy Of The Bee Gees

The Bee Gees, their more than a flourish of stilettos, their not just teeth, tans and tight trousers. There is so much more to the Bee Gees than just Saturday Night Fever and office parties. Look beyond the white seats and satin, the Bee Gees are pop royalty. Back in the 60's they were pop balladeers and heartbreakers.

The Story Of AC/DC Dirty Deeds

They came with one intention to bring straightforward, no-nonsense rock and roll music to the masses. With grit and determination they rose from a small rock scene in Austrailia to become one of the most successful acts in the world. Their 1980 record, Back in Black is the second best selling album of all time and to date they have sold more than 200 million albums

Oasis Behind The Music

The band Oasis revolved around the brothers Gallagher who's volatile relationship has been acted out in front of the press but before taking shots at one another they endure blows from an explosive and abusive father. The self-dubbed bad boys of rock, Oasis captured the music and imagination of an era and with the attitude came adulation from millions of fans from all over the world.

Deep Purple Behind The Music

They set out as five talented young brits who got together at the peek of the psychedelic pop-rock movement. They focused on making a harder and heavier sound which put them in the company of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath as the forefathers of hard rock and heavy metal. Along the way the band wrote one of the most iconic rock riffs and songs in the history of rock and roll,

Amy: The Girl Behind The Name

DID Amy Winehouse predict her own tragic fate? Powerful new documentary Amy: The Girl Behind The Name reveals heartbreaking unseen footage of the troubled singer.

Britain's Illegal Rave Renaissance: LOCKED OFF

Rave Culture is one of Britain’s great cultural exports, but after its first wave in the late eighties and early nineties, it was soon forced into the underground by stringent new laws and superclubs. But forward 25 years into in the midst of a nationwide purge on the nation’s nightlife, where nearly half of all British clubs have shut down in the last decade, and a new kind of scene has emerged.

Clive Martin investigates this 21st century version of Rave, where young people break into disused spaces with the help of bolt-cutters and complicated squatting laws, to suck on balloons and go hard into the early morning.

But with the police using increasingly extreme tactics to clamp down on these parties, and more than one fatality causing nationwide media panic, can the scene survive?

The Clash BBC Documentary

On January 1st 1977 the British band The Clash played the opening show for the infamous Roxy club in a dilapidated Convent Garden. This film takes us right back on a time-travelling journey to that moment, it was the defining moment when the punk music scene emerged into a more mainstream consciousness. 

Using some of the earliest unseen footage of The Clash in concert we experience this iconic show through a lens, allowing us to appreciate the moment with 20/20 hindsight. New year's day is typically a time to reflect on the year gone by but also to ponder on what the new one might holdin store for us.  Unknown to the unsuspecting British public, the year of 1977 was of course the year in which The Clash took off marking the annus mirabilis of punk.

In previously unseen interviews with Joe Strummer himself we also gain insight into the hopes and predictions for the 12 months that followed.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Dean Martin

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Dean Martin

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Dean Martin
Dean Martin - publicity.JPG
Studio publicity photo for Bells Are Ringing(1960)
BornDino Paul Crocetti
June 7, 1917
Steubenville, Ohio, U.S.
DiedDecember 25, 1995(aged 78)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Cause of deathAcute respiratory failure
Other namesDino Martini
  • Singer
  • actor
  • comedian
  • producer
Spouse(s)Betty McDonald
(m. 1941; div. 1949)
Jeanne Biegger
(m. 1949; div. 1973)
Catherine Hawn
(m. 1973; div. 1976)
Children8 (including Deana andDean Paul)
Musical career
Years active1940–90
Associated acts
Dean Martin (born Dino Paul Crocetti; June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995) was an American singer, actor, comedian, and film producer. One of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of the mid-20th century, Martin was nicknamed the "King of Cool" for his seemingly effortless charisma and self-assurance.[1][2]
He and Jerry Lewis were partners in the immensely popular comedy team Martin and Lewis. He was a member of the "Rat Pack" and a star in concert stages, nightclubs, recordings, motion pictures, and television. He was the host of the television variety programThe Dean Martin Show (1965–1974) and The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast (1974–1985).
Martin's relaxed, warbling crooning voice earned him dozens of hit singles including his signature songs "Memories Are Made of This", "That's Amore", "Everybody Loves Somebody", "You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You", "Sway", "Volare", and "Ain't That a Kick in the Head?".



Early life[edit]

Mural of Dean Martin in Steubenville, Ohio
Martin was born on June 7, 1917 in Steubenville, Ohio, to an Italian father, Gaetano Alfonso Crocetti (1894–1967), and an Italian-American mother, Angela Crocetti (née Barra; 1899–1966). They were married in 1914. His father, who was a barber, was originally fromMontesilvano, in Abruzzo, and his maternal grandparents' origins are believed to be also from Abruzzo although it is not clearly known. Martin had an older brother named William Alfonso Crocetti (1916-1968).[3] Martin's first language was an Abruzzese dialect of Italian, and he did not speak English until he started school at the age of 5. He attended Grant Elementary School in Steubenville where he was bullied for his broken English. He later took up the drums as a hobby as a teenager. Martin then dropped out of Steubenville High Schoolin the 10th grade because he thought he was smarter than his teachers.[4] He bootlegged liquor, served as a speakeasy croupier, was a blackjack dealer, worked in a steel mill and boxed as a welterweight.
At 15 he was a boxer who billed himself as "Kid Crochet". His prizefighting earned him a broken nose (later straightened), a scarred lip, many broken knuckles (a result of not being able to afford tape used to wrap boxers' hands), and a bruised body. Of his 12 bouts, he said: "I won all but 11."[5] For a time, he roomed with Sonny King, who, like Martin, was starting in show business and had little money. It is said that Martin and King held bare-knuckle matches in their apartment, fighting until one was knocked out; people paid to watch. Martin knocked out King in the first round of an amateur boxing match.[6] Martin gave up boxing to work as a roulettestickman and croupier in an illegal casino behind a tobacco shop, where he had started as a stock boy. At the same time he sang with local bands, calling himself "Dino Martini" (after the Metropolitan Opera tenor, Nino Martini). He got his break working for theErnie McKay Orchestra. He sang in a crooning style influenced by Harry Mills (of the Mills Brothers), among others. In the early 1940s, he started singing for bandleader Sammy Watkins, who suggested he change his name to Dean Martin.
In October 1941 Martin married Elizabeth "Betty" Anne McDonald. They had four children before the marriage ended in 1949. Martin worked for various bands throughout the early 1940s, mostly on looks and personality until he developed his own singing style. Martin flopped at the Riobamba, a nightclub in New York,[7] when he followed Frank Sinatra in 1943, but it was the setting for their meeting. Martin was drafted into the United States Army in 1944 during World War II, serving a year in Akron, Ohio. He was reclassified as 4-F and discharged (possibly because of a double hernia; Jerry Lewis referred to the surgery Martin needed for this in his autobiography)[citation needed]. By 1946, Martin was doing well, but he was little more than an East Coast nightclub singer with a common style, similar to that of Bing Crosby.


Teaming with Jerry Lewis[edit]

Main article: Martin and Lewis
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis c. 1950
Martin attracted the attention of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Columbia Pictures, but a Hollywood contract was not forthcoming. He met comic Jerry Lewis at the Glass Hat Club in New York, where both were performing. Martin and Lewis formed a fast friendship which led to their participation in each other's acts and the formation of a music-comedy team. Martin and Lewis's debut together occurred at Atlantic City's 500 Club on July 24, 1946, and they were not well received. The owner, Skinny D'Amato, warned them that if they did not come up with a better act for their second show that night, they would be fired. Huddling in the alley behind the club, Lewis and Martin agreed to "go for broke", they divided their act between songs, skits, and ad-libbed material.[8] Martin sang and Lewis dressed as a busboy, dropping plates and making a shambles of Martin's performance and the club's decorum until Lewis was chased from the room as Martin pelted him with breadrolls.
Martin and Lewis in 1955
They did slapstick, reeled off old vaudeville jokes, and did whatever else popped into their heads. The audience laughed. This success led to a series of well-paying engagements on the Eastern seaboard, culminating in a run at New York's Copacabana. The act consisted of Lewis interrupting and heckling Martin while he was trying to sing, with the two ultimately chasing each other around the stage. The secret, both said, is that they ignored the audience and played to each other. The team made its TV debut on the first broadcast of CBS-TV network's The Ed Sullivan Show (then called "The Toast Of The Town") on June 20, 1948 with composers Rodgers and Hammerstein also appearing. A radio series began in 1949, the year Martin and Lewis signed with Paramount producer Hal B. Wallis as comedy relief for the movie My Friend Irma. Their agent, Abby Greshler, negotiated one of Hollywood's best deals: although they received only $75,000 between them for their films with Wallis, Martin and Lewis were free to do one outside film a year, which they would co-produce through their own York Productions.
They also controlled their club, record, radio and television appearances, and through these they earned millions of dollars. In Dean & Me, Lewis calls Martin one of the great comic geniuses of all time. They were friends as well, Lewis acting as best man when Martin remarried in 1949. But harsh comments from critics, as well as frustration with the similarity of Martin and Lewis movies, which producer Hal Wallis refused to change, led to Martin's dissatisfaction.[9] He put less enthusiasm into the work, leading to escalating arguments with Lewis. Martin told his partner he was "nothing to me but a dollar sign". The act broke up in 1956, 10 years to the day from the first teaming. Martin's first solo film, Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957), was a box office failure. He was still popular as a singer, but with rock and roll to the fore, the era of the pop crooner was waning.

Solo career[edit]

Dean Martin in the film Ada (1961)
Martin wanted to become a real actor, known for more than slapstick comedy films. Though offered a fraction of his former salary to co-star in a war drama, The Young Lions (1958), his part would be with Marlon Brando and Montgomery CliftTony Randall already had the part, but talent agency MCA realized that with this film, Martin would become a triple threat: they could make money from his work in night clubs, films and records. Martin replaced Randall and the film turned out to be the beginning of Martin's comeback. Martin starred alongside Frank Sinatra for the first time in the Vincente Minnelli drama, Some Came Running (1958). By the mid-1960s, Martin was a movie, recording, television and nightclub star, while Lewis' film career declined. Martin was acclaimed as Dude in Rio Bravo (1959), directed by Howard Hawks and also starring John Wayne and singer Ricky Nelson. He would team again with Wayne in The Sons of Katie Elder (1965), cast as brothers. In 1960, Martin was cast in the film version of the Judy Holliday stage musical comedy Bells Are Ringing. He won a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in the 1960 film comedy Who Was That Lady? but continued to seek dramatic roles, portraying a Southern politician in 1961's Ada and starring in 1963's screen adaptation of an intense stage drama, Toys in the Attic, opposite Geraldine Page, as well as in 1970's drama Airport, a huge box-office success.
He and Sinatra teamed up for several more movies, the crime caper Ocean's 11, the musical Robin and the 7 Hoods and the western comedies Sergeants 3 and 4 for Texas, some featuring their so-called Rat Pack pals Sammy Davis, Jr.Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop, as well as a romantic comedy, Marriage on the Rocks. Martin also co-starred with Shirley MacLaine in a number of films, including Some Came RunningArtists and ModelsCareerAll in a Night's Work and What a Way to Go! He played a satiric variation of his own womanizing persona as Las Vegas singer "Dino" in Billy Wilder's comedy Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) with Kim Novak, and he poked fun at his image in films such as the Matt Helm spy spoofs of the 1960s, in which he was a co-producer. In the third Matt Helm film The Ambushers(1967), Helm, about to be executed, receives a last cigarette and tells the provider, "I'll remember you from the great beyond," continuingsotto voce, "somewhere around Steubenville, I hope."
As a singer, Martin copied the styles of Harry Mills (of the Mills Brothers), Bing Crosby, and Perry Como until he developed his own and could hold his own in duets with Sinatra and Crosby. Like Sinatra, he could not read music, but he recorded more than 100 albums and 600 songs. His signature tune, "Everybody Loves Somebody", knocked the Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" off number one in the United States in 1964. This was followed by "The Door is Still Open to My Heart", which reached number six that year. Elvis Presley was said to have been influenced by Martin, and patterned "Love Me Tender" after his style. Martin, like Elvis, was influenced by country music. By 1965, some of Martin's albums, such as Dean "Tex" Martin Rides AgainHouston, Welcome to My World and Gentle on My Mind, were composed of country and western songs by artists such as Johnny CashMerle Haggard and Buck Owens. Martin hosted country performers on his TV show and was named "Man Of the Year" by the Country Music Association in 1966. The final album of his recording career was 1983's The Nashville Sessions.
But the image of Martin as a Vegas entertainer in a tuxedo has been an enduring one. "Ain't That a Kick in the Head?", a song Martin performed in Ocean's 11, did not become a hit at the time, but has enjoyed a revival in the media and pop culture. For three decades, Martin was among the most popular acts in Las Vegas. Martin sang and was one of the smoothest comics in the business, benefiting from the decade of comedy with Lewis. Martin's daughter, Gail, also sang in Vegas and on many TV shows including his, co-hosting his summer replacement series on NBC. Daughter Deana Martin continues to perform, as did youngest son Ricci Martin until his death in August 2016. Eldest son Craig was a producer on Martin's television show and daughter Claudia was an actress in films such as For Those Who Think Young. Though often thought of as a ladies' man, Martin spent a lot of time with his family; as second wife Jeanne put it, prior to the couple's divorce, "He was home every night for dinner."

The Rat Pack[edit]

Main article: Rat Pack
As Martin's solo career grew, he and Frank Sinatra became friends. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Martin and Sinatra, along with friends Joey BishopPeter Lawford, and Sammy Davis, Jr. formed the Rat Pack, so-called after an earlier group of social friends, theHolmby Hills Rat Pack centered on Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, of which Sinatra had been a member (The Martin-Sinatra-Davis-Lawford-Bishop group referred to themselves as "The Summit" or "The Clan" and never as "The Rat Pack", although this has remained their identity in popular imagination). The men made films together, formed part of the Hollywood social scene, and were politically influential (through Lawford's marriage to Patricia Kennedy, sister of President John F. Kennedy).
The Rat Pack was legendary for its Las Vegas Strip performances. For example, the marquee at the Sands Hotel might read DEAN MARTIN—MAYBE FRANK—MAYBE SAMMY. Their appearances were valuable because the city would flood with wealthy gamblers. Their act (always in tuxedo) consisted of each singing individual numbers, duets and trios, along with seemingly improvised slapstick and chatter. In the socially charged 1960s, their jokes revolved around adult themes, such as Sinatra's womanizing and Martin's drinking, as well as Davis's race and religion. Sinatra and Martin supported the civil rights movement and refused to perform in clubs that would not allow African-American or Jewish performers.[10] Posthumously, the Rat Pack has experienced a popular revival, inspiring the George Clooney/Brad Pitt "Ocean's Trilogy."

The Dean Martin Show[edit]

In 1965, Martin launched his weekly NBC comedy-variety series, The Dean Martin Show, which ran for 264 episodes until 1974. The show exploited his image as a carefree boozer. Martin capitalized on his laid-back persona of the half-drunk crooner, hitting on women with remarks that would get anyone else slapped, and making snappy if slurred remarks about fellow celebrities during his roasts. During an interview on the British TV documentary Wine, Women and Song, aired in 1983, he stated, perhaps tongue-in-cheek, that he had someone record them on cassette tape so he could listen to them. His TV show was a success. The show's loose format featured quick-witted improvisation from Martin and his weekly guests. This prompted a battle between Martin and NBC censors, who insisted on more scrutiny of the content. The show was often in the Top Ten. Martin, appreciative of the show's producer, his friend Greg Garrison, made a handshake deal giving Garrison, a pioneer TV producer in the 1950s, 50% of the show.
However, the validity of that ownership is the subject of a lawsuit brought by NBCUniversal. Despite Martin's reputation as a drinker – perpetuated via his vanity license plate "DRUNKY" – he masked his self-discipline.[11] He was often the first to call it a night, and when not on tour or on a film location, liked to go home to see his wife and children. He borrowed the lovable-drunk shtick from Joe E. Lewis, but his convincing portrayals of heavy boozers in Some Came Running and Howard Hawks's Rio Bravo led to unsubstantiated claims ofalcoholism. Martin starred in and co-produced four Matt Helm superspy comedy adventures during this time, as well as a number ofWesterns. By the early 1970s, The Dean Martin Show was still earning solid ratings, and although he was no longer a Top 40 hitmaker, his record albums continued to sell. He found a way to make his passion for golf profitable by offering a signature line golf balls and the Dean Martin Tucson Open was an event on golf's PGA Tour from 1972–75. At his death, Martin was reportedly the single largest minority shareholder of RCA stock.
Now comfortable financially, Martin began reducing his schedule. The final (1973–74) season of his variety show would be retooled into one of celebrity roasts, requiring less involvement. After the show's cancellation, NBC continued to air The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast format in a series of TV specials through 1984. In those 11 years, Martin and his panel of pals made fun of stars in this order: Ronald ReaganHugh HefnerEd McMahonWilliam ConradKirk DouglasBette Davis,Barry GoldwaterJohnny CarsonWilt ChamberlainHubert HumphreyCarroll O'ConnorMonty HallJack Klugman & Tony RandallZsa Zsa GaborLeo DurocherTruman CapoteDon RicklesRalph NaderJack BennyRedd FoxxBobby RiggsGeorge WashingtonDan Rowan & Dick MartinHank AaronJoe NamathBob HopeTelly Savalas,Lucille BallJackie GleasonSammy Davis, Jr.Michael LandonEvel KnievelValerie HarperMuhammad Ali, Dean Martin himself, Dennis WeaverJoe GaragiolaDanny ThomasAngie DickinsonGabe KaplanTed KnightPeter MarshallDan HaggertyFrank SinatraJack KlugmanJimmy StewartGeorge BurnsBetty WhiteSuzanne Somers,Joan CollinsKent McCordMartin Milner, and Mr. T.

Later career[edit]

For nearly a decade, Martin had recorded as many as four albums a year for Reprise Records. That stopped in November 1974, when Martin recorded his final Reprise album,Once in a While, which was released in 1978. His last recordings were for Warner Brothers Records. The Nashville Sessions was released in 1983, from which he had a hit with "(I Think That I Just Wrote) My First Country Song", which was recorded with Conway Twitty and made a respectable showing on the country charts. A follow-up single, "L.A. Is My Home"/"Drinking Champagne", came in 1985.
The 1975 film drama Mr. Ricco marked Martin's final starring role, in which he played a criminal defense lawyer. He played a featured role in the 1981 comedy The Cannonball Run and its sequel, both starring Burt Reynolds. In 1972, he filed for divorce from his second wife, Jeanne. A week later, his business partnership with the Riviera dissolved amid reports of the casino's refusal to agree to Martin's request to perform only once a night. He was taken by the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, where he was the featured performer on the hotel's opening night December 23, 1973, and also signed a three-picture deal with MGM Studios. Less than a month after his second marriage had dissolved, Martin married 26-year-old Catherine Hawn, on April 25, 1973. Hawn had been the receptionist at the chic Gene Shacrove hair salon in Beverly Hills. They divorced November 10, 1976. He was also briefly engaged to Gail RenshawMiss World–U.S.A. 1969.
Eventually, Martin reconciled with Jeanne, though they never remarried. He also made a public reconciliation with Lewis on the Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon in 1976. Frank Sinatra shocked Lewis by bringing Martin out on stage. As Martin and Lewis embraced, the audience cheered and the phones lit up, resulting in one of the telethon's most profitable years. Lewis reported the event was one of the three most memorable of his life. Lewis quipped, "So, you working?" Martin, playing drunk, replied that he was "at the Meggum" (meaning the MGM Grand). This, with the death of Martin's son Dean Paul Martin more than a decade later, helped bring the two men together. They maintained a quiet friendship, but only performed again once, in 1989, on Martin's 72nd birthday.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Martin was married three times. With his first wife, Elizabeth Anne "Betty" McDonald (died 1989), whom he married in 1941, he had four children: Craig Martin (born 1942); Claudia Martin (born March 16, 1944, died 2001 of breast cancer); Gail Martin (born 1945); and Deana Martin (born 1948). Following Martin's divorce from Betty, in 1949, he gained custody of their children, and she lived out her life in quiet obscurity in San Francisco. Martin's second wife was Jeanne Biegger (died August 24, 2016), a former Orange Bowl queen from Coral Gables, Florida. Their marriage lasted 24 years (1949–1973) and produced three children: Dean Paul Martin (November 17, 1951 – March 21, 1987, jet-fighter crash), Ricci Martin (September 20, 1953 – August 3, 2016)[13] and Gina Martin (born 1956). Her marriage made Martin the father-in-law of the Beach BoysCarl Wilson. Figure skater Dorothy Hamill and actress Olivia Hussey were his daughters-in-law during their marriages to Dean Paul Martin. Martin's third marriage, to Catherine Hawn, lasted three years. Martin initiated the divorce proceedings. Martin adopted Hawn's daughter, Sasha.
Martin's uncle was Leonard Barr, who appeared in several of his shows.[14]
In the 1960s and early 1970s, he lived at 363 Copa De Oro Road in Bel Air, Los Angeles,[15] before selling it to Tom Jones for $500,000 in June 1976.[16]

Later years and end of career[edit]

Martin returned to films briefly with appearances in the two star-laden, critically panned but commercially successful Cannonball Run movies. He also had a minor hit single with "Since I Met You Baby" and made his first music video, which appeared on MTV. The video was created by Martin's youngest son, Ricci. On March 21, 1987, Martin's son, actorDean Paul Martin (formerly Dino of the 1960s "teeny-bopper" rock group Dino, Desi & Billy), died when his F-4 Phantom II jet fighter crashed while flying with the California Air National Guard. Later, a tour with Davis and Sinatra in 1988 sputtered. Martin, who responded best to a club audience, felt lost in the huge stadiums they were performing in at Sinatra's insistence, and he was not interested in drinking until dawn after performances. His final Vegas shows were at Bally's Hotel in 1990. There he had his final reunion withJerry Lewis on his 72nd birthday. Martin's last two TV appearances involved tributes to his former Rat Pack members. On December 8, 1989, he joined stars in Sammy Davis Jr's 60th anniversary celebration, which aired a few weeks before Davis died from throat cancer. In December 1990, he congratulated Frank Sinatra on his 75th birthday special.


Crypt of Dean Martin, atWestwood Memorial Park
Martin, a heavy smoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in September 1993, and was told he needed an operation to prolong his life, but Dean refused. He retired from public life in early 1995 and died of acute respiratory failure resulting fromemphysema at his Beverly Hills home on Christmas Day, 1995 at age 78.[17] The lights of the Las Vegas Strip were dimmed in his honor. Martin is interred at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.[18] His crypt features the epitaph "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime", the name of his signature song.

Tributes and legacy[edit]

In 1996, Ohio Route 7 through Steubenville, was rededicated as Dean Martin Boulevard. Road signs bearing an Al Hirschfeld caricature of Martin's likeness designate the stretch with a historical marker bearing a small picture and brief biography in the Gazebo Park at Route 7 and North Fourth Street. An annual Dean Martin Festival celebration is held in Steubenville. Impersonators, friends and family, and entertainers, many of Italian ancestry, appear. In 2005, Clark County, Nevada, renamed a portion of Industrial Road as Dean Martin Drive. A similarly named street was dedicated in 2008 in Rancho Mirage, California. Martin's family was presented a gold record in 2004 for Dino: The Essential Dean Martin, his fastest-selling album, which also hit the iTunes Top 10. For the week ending December 23, 2006, the Dean Martin and Martina McBride duet of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" reached No. 7 on the R&R AC chart. It also went to No. 36 on the R&R Country chart – the last time Martin had a song this high in the charts was in 1965, with the song "I Will," which reached No. 10 on the Pop chart.
An album of duets, Forever Cool, was released by Capitol/EMI in 2007. It features Martin's voice with Kevin SpaceyShelby LynneJoss StoneBig Bad Voodoo DaddyRobbie Williams, McBride and others. His footprints were immortalized at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in 1964. Martin has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one at 6519 Hollywood Boulevard for movies; the second at 1617 Vine for recordings; and a third at 6651 Hollywood Boulevard for television. In February 2009, Martin was honored with a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Four of his surviving children, Gail, Deana, Ricci and Gina accepted it on his behalf.

In popular culture[edit]

In Rawhide (1964)
A number of Martin songs have been featured across popular culture for decades. Hits such as "Ain't That a Kick in the Head", "Sway", "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You", "That's Amore", and Martin's signature song "Everybody Loves Somebody" have been in films (such as the Oscar-winning LogoramaA Bronx TaleCasinoGoodfellasPaybackMission: Impossible – Ghost ProtocolSexy Beast,MoonstruckVegas VacationSwingers and Return to Me), television series (such as American Dad!FriendsThe Sopranos, and House MD), video games (such as The Godfather: The GameThe Godfather IIFallout: New Vegas and Mafia II), and fashion shows (such as the 2008 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show). Danny Gans portrayed Martin in the 1992 CBS miniseries Sinatra. Martin was portrayed by Joe Mantegna in the 1998 HBO movie about Sinatra and Martin titled The Rat Pack.
Mantegna was nominated for both an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for the role. British actor Jeremy Northam portrayed the entertainer in the 2002 made-for-TV movie Martin and Lewis, alongside Will & Grace'Sean Hayes as Jerry Lewis. Martin is the subject ofDean Martin's Wild Party and Dean Martin's Vegas Shindig, a pair of video slot machines found in many casinos. The games feature songs sung by Martin during the bonus feature and the count-up of a player's winnings. A compilation album called Amore! debuted at Number One on Billboard magazine's Top Pop Catalog Albums chart in its February 21, 2009, issue.
The walk up song for Francisco Cervelli, a catcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, is the Dean Martin tune "That's Amore".


Further information: Dean Martin discography


1946Film Vodvil: Art Mooney and OrchestraShort
1949My Friend IrmaSteve Laird
1950My Friend Irma Goes West
At War with the Army1st Sgt. Vic Puccinelli
Screen Snapshots: Thirtieth Anniversary SpecialShort
1951That's My BoyBill Baker
1952The StoogeBill Miller
Sailor BewareAl Crowthers
Jumping JacksCorp. Chick Allen
Road to BaliMan in Lala's dreamCameo, Uncredited
1953Scared StiffLarry Todd
The CaddyJoe Anthony
Money from HomeHerman 'Honey Talk' Nelson
1954Living It UpDr. Steve Harris
3 Ring CircusPeter 'Pete' Nelson
1955You're Never Too YoungBob Miles
Artists and ModelsRick Todd
1956Screen Snapshots: Hollywood, City of StarsShort
PardnersSlim Mosely Jr. / Slim Mosely Sr.
Hollywood or BustSteve Wiley
1957Ten Thousand BedroomsRay Hunter
1958The Young LionsMichael Whiteacre
Some Came RunningBama Dillert (professional gambler)
1959Rio BravoDude ('Borachón')
CareerMaurice 'Maury' Novak
1960Who Was That Lady?Michael HaneyNominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Bells Are RingingJeffrey Moss
Ocean's 11Sam Harmon
PepeDean MartinCameo
1961All in a Night's WorkTony Ryder
AdaBo Gillis
1962Sergeants 3Sgt. Chip Deal
The Road to Hong KongThe 'Grape' on plutoniumCameo, Uncredited
Who's Got the Action?Steve Flood
Something's Got to GiveNicholas 'Nick' Arden(unfinished)
Come Blow Your HornThe BumUncredited
Toys in the AtticJulian Berniers
4 for TexasJoe Jarrett
Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed?Jason Steel
1964What a Way to Go!Leonard 'Lennie' Crawley
Robin and the 7 HoodsLittle John
Kiss Me, StupidDino
1965The Sons of Katie ElderTom Elder
Marriage on the RocksErnie Brewer
1966The SilencersMatt Helm
Birds Do ItDean Martin
Texas Across the RiverSam Hollis
Murderers' RowMatt Helm
1967Rough Night in JerichoAlex Flood
The AmbushersMatt Helm
1968Rowan & Martin at the MoviesShort
How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your LifeDavid Sloane
Bandolero!Dee Bishop
5 Card StudVan Morgan
The Wrecking CrewMatt Helm
1970AirportCapt. Vernon Demerest
1971Something BigJoe Baker
1973ShowdownBilly Massey
1975Mr. RiccoJoe Ricco
1981The Cannonball RunJamie Blake
1984Cannonball Run II
Terror in the Aislesarchival footage

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