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Dean Martin
Description: A promotional image of Dean Martin singing. Dean Martin was born Dino Paul Crocetti in 1917 in Steubenville, Ohio, to Italian immigrant parents. He dropped out of high school to work in a steel mill and he was also involved in bootlegging liquor across state lines during Prohibition. When he was 17 began singing at local nightclubs in Ohio, and by 1943 he was living in New York and working as a signed singer with the Riobamba Room. Martin’s big break came when Jerry Lewis offered to have Martin fill in at one of his shows in 1946. The duo began to perform together and produced hits including My Friend Irma (1949) and Jumping Jacks (1952). Their last performance together was ten years later in 1956. Martin was a member of the Rat Pack, a group of actors and singers including Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop who appeared in movies and shows together including Ocean’s Eleven (1960). Martin’s mellow singing style brought him many hits such as “That’s Amore,” “Which Way Did My Heart Go?,” “Everybody Loves Somebody,” and “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometimes”. He also started a show in 1965 on NBC called “The Dean Martin Show” which was largely successful. Martin died on December 25, 1995. View on Ohio Memory.
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Subjects: Musicians; Actors; Motion picture actors and actresses
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