June 7,2017 would’ve been the 100th birthday of the original King of Cool: Dean Martin. Today Martin’s influence is still heard in popular artists music such as Michael Bublé , She & Him, Pussycat Dolls and Robbie Williams, who have all covered his songs. You can also hear Dino’s music in popular commercials and multiple soundtracks today. His song “The Birds and the Bees” is in the new ad for the Volkswagen Atlas.
The popular Ocean’s movies that starred George Clooney, Brad Pitt and other Hollywood A-listers is actually a remake of the movie that Dean and his fellow Rat Pack members starred in:
Here are some fun facts about Dean Martin:
-He was born Dino Crocetti in Steubenville, Ohio
-Briefly ruled the ring as boxing phenom Kid Crochet
-Before he made it in Hollywood he drove liquor across state lines during prohibition
-His first single was “Which Way Did My Heart Go?”
-At the height of Beatlemania Dino knocked them off the top spot with “Everybody Loves Somebody”
-Dropped out of high school in the 10h grade
-His comedic portrayal of life as an alcoholic lush, which many people never realized was just an act
-He starred in Marilyn Monroe’s final film Something’s Got to Give (1962) before she died. Film was never completed.
-He died on Christmas day 1995
Happy 100th birthday Dino!