Hi everyone. Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing. But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?
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I know we are in a serious situation, but I need a break from the gloom, doom and bullying by way of hoarding. Music has always been my refuge and watching those beautiful Italians singing to each other from their balconies reaffirmed my belief that music is the answer. So until the old normal returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day. And if this helps anyone else, even better.
Today marks the 103rd birth anniversary of Dino Paul Crocetti, known to his friends as Dean Martin. And the world could always use a little more Dean, am I right? Today’s song went to number one on August 15, 1964. What song did it replace? “A Hard Day’s Night” by The Beatles, which held that spot for the first two weeks of that month. I love The Beatles, but my Italian pride kind of loves this little fact 🙂
Happy birthday, Dino!!!
Dean Martin circa 1955. (Image found online. Original source unknown.)
Dean Martin: “Everybody Loves Somebody” (1964, written by Sam Coslow, Irving Taylor & Ken Lane).
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Hello from me and this adorable snow couple!!! I LOVE that they are wearing mittens!!!
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When the right song and the right singer find each other, it is magic. When that combination becomes so successful it not only produces a hit record but it also becomes the artist’s signature song. Most artists have only one song that easily defines them. For others, there are several. Today’s artist falls into the second iconic category. Some of his signature songs include “Everybody Loves Somebody“, “Volare“, “That’s Amore” and today’s Christmas classic.
He recorded it twice, first in 1959 and again in 1966, for two different Christmas album collections. One of his fellow Rat Pack buddies recorded his own version first in 1950. Despite the fact that the buddy was Frank Sinatra himself, the most loved and well known version of this song is attributed to the King of Cool. One glimpse of this incredibly handsome man performing in his smooth, suave debonair demeanor with his wide easy smile and lush baritone voice and it was easy to see why he was awarded that nickname. And to earn that honor as a member of a group that included the Chairman of the Board, well, that put him in a league all of his own. Well done, Dino Paul Crocetti.
Dino Paul Crocetti a/k/a Dean Martin: “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow” (1959 & 1966, written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne in 1945).
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What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?
Until next time, happy listening!!!
Hello there, Vixens!!! Hope you are all doing well!!! Is it cold where you live? Here in my part of New England, it feels more like September than December!!! But I am still keeping my fingers crossed that somehow we will have a white Christmas, even if it’s only a dusting of snow!!! 🙂 While I wait, let me share another of my favorite Christmas songs with you.
Like a lot of people, most of the very warm memories I have from my childhood and those Christmases are about my family. My maternal grandmother was a big fan of the King of Cool himself, Dean Martin (did I mention I am from an Italian family???) “Dino”, as he was affectionately nicknamed, did it all: he was a singer, an actor (he was in one of my favorite “Airport” movies), half of a comedy duo (his partner was Jerry Lewis), hosted great TV specials and those hilarious celebrity roasts!!!
There are so many songs of his that I love: “That’s Amore“, “Volare“, “Everybody Loves Somebody“, “Return To Me” and “Non Dimenticar” to name a few. But I love his Christmas recordings just as much. My favorite? “Let It Snow“. It’s fun, easy to sing along to, and it’s Dean. Enough said (or written, as the case is LOL). So for my Grandma Mary and all of you, enjoy!!!
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