Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Sammy Davis Jr. Performs On The Chabad Telethon 1986

I watch the Chabad Telethon every year. It's to raise funds for a great cause. The Chabad Houses around the globe have been a real blessing in the lives of so many. They aid countless people in need, both Jews and Gentiles, through a variety of programs. Each year's telethon features wonderful stars performing on the show. This clip comes from 1986. It's Sammy Davis Jr., who was a convert to Judaism, performing The Candy Man.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Rat Pack In Sergeants 3

Here's Dino, Peter, Frank & Sammy hanging out on the set of the Rat Pack western comedy Sergeants 3 in 1962.


Monday, December 29, 2008

Remembering Dean Martin

I hope that everyone had a great Christmas. I had a wonderful time spending the holiday with my family and friends. It is always a bittersweet day for me, however, since it was on Christmas Day in 1995 that Dean Martin passed away. I make sure to take time out each Christmas to honor the memory of the King of Cool. It's hard to believe it's been thirteen years since Dean Martin died. The world has been a less cool place ever since then. Dino does still live on though in the hearts of all his fans. We cherish so much about him and what he brings to each of us. I raise a toast to Dean Martin. Cheers!


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas From The Dino Lounge!

I hope you've enjoyed all my Christmas posts here at the blog. I've had a lot of fun sharing these album covers and videos with you. This is my last post until next Monday, which is December 29th. I'm going to take this holiday break from the blog to spend time with my family and friends. I hope you will have a wonderful Christmas however you choose to celebrate it. This is one of my favorite times of the year. I really feel full of life and joy during this season. I want to wish you all a safe and fun holiday. I love and care for you. Thank you for being my friend and a supporter of my blog. I really appreciate it so much. Merry Christmas to you all!!!


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Dean Martin - White Christmas

Here's a clip of Dean Martin from his Christmas in California special singing White Christmas. I think he does a really good job with this song. I also love his outfit and this set for this performance. Dino is definitely the man at the holidays and all year round.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Favorite Album Covers: Dean Martin - A Winter Romance


I really love the cover for A Winter Romance by Dean Martin. It's a beautiful picture of Dino and his girl (she looks so happy being with him) outside of the ski lodge on their winter holiday. We can see that the cad Dino is checking out another girl. She's got quite the smile on her face. I bet Dino's going to get double the action on this ski trip. Besides just having a nice cover, this album is also quite good. While the album does have Christmas songs on it, some of the songs are more winter related. I have this album in my collection. I love listening to it at this time of year.

P.S. Check out my latest post at Celluloid Slammer. I posted a video of Elvis Presley singing Blue Christmas. That is one of my all-time favorite Christmas tunes. I hope you'll check it out and leave me some comments there. Thanks.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas With Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby


I looked around before I was really able to find a clip of Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby together. I finally came across this one. It's about ten minutes long. I hope you will watch it. It features a medley of Christmas songs.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Rat Pack Christmas Album Covers

Here are some of the Christmas albums from the Rat Pack. So which one do you like the best?



The Rat Pack Christmas Album


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Dean Martin On Bob Hope Christmas Special 1975

Here is a great clip of Dean Martin on Bob Hope's Christmas Special in 1975. It's a short, but really hilarious clip. I love Dino's outfit here. Enjoy the clip.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Frank Sinatra Christmas Album Covers

Here are a few covers of Christmas albums by Frank Sinatra. I hope you like these.






P.S. I hope you'll check out my latest post at Celluloid Slammer. It's Bing Crosby and David Bowie singing Little Drummer Boy. That's one of my favorite Christmas videos of all time. Please stop by to watch the video and leave me some comments there. Thanks. Cheers!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Dean Martin 's Marshmallow World - Frank's There Too!

I really love hearing Dean Martin sing Marshmallow World. That's one of my favorite holiday songs. Here are two clips of Dino singing this song. The first one is Dean Martin on a Bob Hope Christmas special. I would definitely love to have a place like that decorated up for the holiday season. The other one is from The Dean Martin Variety Show. It's a duet between Dino and Frank Sinatra. I dig both versions of this song. I hope you enjoy them too.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Dean Martin - Christmas 1967 Issue Of Look Magazine

I've never come across this issue, but this is the December 26, 1967 issue of Look magazine. It's the Christmas issue for the year. It features Dean Martin on the cover. It says he talks about the Mafia, women, his drinking, Sinatra & Bobby Kennedy. I'm sure it was a really cool article. I love the pictures of Dino up here. Cheers!


P.S. Happy Birthday to Frank Sinatra! I definitely had to make sure I mentioned that. I poured myself a drink and listened to some Frankie tunes. There's nobody quite like the Chairman of the Board. He's a true legend that I love and admire greatly. I'm sure he's celebrating his birthday with his pallies at that big casino in the sky. Cheers!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Golddiggers - We Need A Little Christmas


Even Dean Martin's Golddiggers recorded some Christmas music. I really love this picture, plus that's such a cool set. I would love to have spent the holiday with those hot babes. It would definitely be a Christmas that I would never forget. :-)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Sammy Davis Jr. Does Christmas Advertising For Alka Seltzer

A recent post from my pallie Gilligan at his super cool blog Retrospace turned me on to this. I had no clue that Sammy Davis Jr. ever did any sort of advertising for Alka Seltzer. It shows that there is plenty about the Rat Pack that I don't know about. That particular post inspired me to do a post here on my blog. Here are three Christmas ads, plus a commercial for Alka Seltzer featuring Sammy as Santa. I hope you like them.




Gil's post was inspired by a post at A Christmas Yuleblog. It's such a cool holiday blog. It definitely helps put me in the Christmas spirit. I hope you'll check out both these blogs. They've got some stuff I didn't post. Enjoy!

P.S. For all those pallies looking for holiday gifts related to Dean Martin and the Rat Pack, check out the widget I set up on the top right side of my page. I've put some items in there that I really love and highly recommend. If you purchase from Amazon itself, I get a cut of it. Thanks. Cheers!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Nancy & Frank Sinatra At The Holidays

This wonderful holiday picture of Nancy and Frank Sinatra was sent to me by my pallie Mel (otherwise known as Sinatragirl). I hope you like it. I know I really do.


P.S. I accidentally deleted my blog links yesterday. I've gone back and put back in all the ones I think were previously in there. If I by chance missed your blog, please let me know and I will add you again. I'll go ahead and apologize. Thanks.

Dean Martin, Frosty The Snowman & Bing Crosby - Santa's Good Time Band

I don't really know what to write about this video clip. You've just got to watch it. I hope you enjoy it. I thought it was really awesome.

P.S. I wanted to remind my pallies here to check out the Dean Martin Christmas video I posted at Celluloid Slammer. I hope you'll check it out and leave me some comments there. Thanks. Cheers!

Monday, December 8, 2008

My Favorite Album Covers: Dean Martin - Christmas With Dino

I plan to mostly post Christmas items related to the Rat Pack until my last post on Wednesday, December 24th. I'm taking a holiday break after that Christmas Eve post until the following Monday, which will be December 29th. I hope you will enjoy all these Christmas posts that I am going to do. Maybe they will help put you in the holiday spirit.

I thought that I would start with some of my favorite album covers. These are the covers for the two different editions of Christmas With Dino. The first album basically collects holiday tunes from several of Dean Martin's other Christmas albums. The second one features remastered versions of his Christmas songs, plus a virtual duet (Baby, It's Cold Outside)between Dino and Martina McBride. I actually have both of these albums. I love them both. They should both be among the albums any Dean Martin fan has, plus they are great Christmas albums to listen to during the holiday season.



P.S. Please check out my latest post at Celluloid Slammer. It's a video from the Dean Martin Christmas Special in 1977. I hope you enjoy it.

P.S.S. Today is Sammy Davis Jr.'s birthday. Happy Birthday to Sam. I raise a toast to him. I'm sure he's having a party up there at that big casino in the sky. Cheers!

Friday, December 5, 2008

My Favorite Album Covers: Sammy Davis Jr. - Something For Everyone

This is definitely one of my favorite album covers from Sammy Davis Jr. He looks like a pimp daddy or something. This is one groovy album. Something For Everyone was released by Motown. Many artists of the lounge era were trying to make a transition to this new era. Some had better results than others. Sammy changed his fashion and musical styles during the 1970's. I'm actually a big fan of a lot of what he did during the 70's.


I've also included a clip that features several of the cool tunes from this album. It's about ten minutes long, but I really do hope you'll give it a listen. Sammy does a really hip version of My Way. I'm sure you've never heard this song quite the same way before. I hope you enjoy it.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Happy Birthday To Me! Frank & Nancy Sinatra Appear At The Dino Lounge Today!

Happy Birthday to me! I turned 38 today. Just two more years and I'll hit the big 4-0. Frank and Nancy Sinatra stopped by today to sing me a very special rendition of Happy Birthday. It brought a big smile to my face. Cheers!


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Sammy Davis Jr. & Richard Nixon

Sammy Davis Jr. had always voted Democratic until he felt snubbed by JFK. His recent interracial marriage (he married May Britt on November 13, 1960) was quite controversial, so he was taken off the bill for an inauguration party thrown for Kennedy. Sammy did not forget this at all. He went on to become a big supporter of Republican Richard Nixon, even hugging President Nixon on television. Sammy even spent the night in the Queen's Bedroom of the White House. The picture I've posted here is from a meeting between Sammy and Nixon on March 4, 1973. The relationship between these two caused a huge uproar in the entertainment industry and the black community. It didn't really matter to Sammy though.


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Rat Pack Art

This cool artwork of the Rat Pack was sent to me by my pallie Mia.


I think that is so fantastic looking. I really do dig it. It's awesome that Dean Martin is the center of attention in this picture as he should be. While Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. are two cool cats, Dino is the undisputed King of Cool. Cheers!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Dean Martin In Ocean's Eleven

These two pictures of Dean Martin come courtesy of my pallie Steve.



Aren't these both from Ocean's Eleven? I think so unless I'm mistaken. Cheers!

P.S. Check out my latest post at Celluloid Slammer. It actually features one of Dino's beautiful co-stars. I posted the trailer for One Million Years B.C. It doesn't get much sexier than Raquel Welch as a cave girl. Wow!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Dean Martin & His Pallies Want Some Football This Thanksgiving!

This is Dean Martin and some other fellas (I'd let you see who they are) singing Football Song on Bob Hope's Pink Panther Thanksgiving Gala in 1982. I thought this was really cool. I hope you enjoy it. I want to wish Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Americans. I hope you will have a wonderful time however you celebrate it. I'm going to be taking a break from this blog until next Monday (which is December 1st). I want to spend some time with my family and friends during this holiday time. I hope you'll return on Monday to see what I'm posting next. Thanks. Have a great time until I see you again. Cheers!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Dean Martin On The Tube

Here are some great pictures of Dean Martin from The Dean Martin Variety Show. Dino always looked so cool and suave. Cheers!





Monday, November 24, 2008

Dean Martin & His Pallies Plan A Vegas Heist in Ocean's 11

Here's a clip from the Rat Pack heist flick Ocean's Eleven. This scene is when the pallies are discussing their plan to steal from five Vegas casinos at the stroke of midnight on New Year's. I hope you enjoy it. I really love this movie. It was so cool seeing all the Rat Packers together. Cheers!

P.S. This is not Rat Pack related at all, but I wanted to make a mention of my latest contribution to Celluloid Slammer. I posted the movie trailer for Foxy Brown. The film is a blaxploitation classic, plus it stars the sexy and tough Pam Grier. I hope you'll check out my latest post there. Please feel free to leave comments as well. Thanks.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby On The Radio

Here's a cool shot of Dean Martin with his pallies Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. These three look like they are having a great time on the radio.


P.S. My pallie Dave over at his wonderful blog Planet Mondo has a really cool post you should check out. This week's edition of his regular feature Funky Friday is dubbed Cocktail Shakers. As the 60's were ending and the 70's were beginning, many of the singers who did lounge and cocktail music wanted to try to stay relevant. They covered popular songs of the day to try to be cool and hip for a new crowd. I think the results can be quite enjoyable. For example, I really dig hearing Peggy Lee cover Everyday People. It's neat to hear Vegas era singers do their own takes on the socially conscious music of the Vietnam era. I hope you'll check out this blog post and leave some comments for Dave there. Thanks. Cheers!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis: So Happy Together

This comes courtesy of my pallie Pinupgirl.


Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis definitely look happy in this picture. These two did make quite the comedy team together. They certainly had great chemistry. They worked well off of each other. Martin and Lewis ruled the radio, television, movies, nightclubs, etc. for a decade. They were on top of the world. They still today rank as one of the great comedy duos of all time. They are true legends that should always be remembered. I love how in this picture Jerry is looking up at Dino. You really get the feeling that Jerry admired Dino a lot. We know that Jerry needed Dino in his life more than Dino needed him. He wanted more and more of Dino. He was even jealous of Jeanne Martin. You can't really blame him though because I'm sure all of us would love to spend time with Dean Martin. I think Dino finally got tired of it all. He was ready to move on from the pressure that Jerry tried to force on him. He never looked back after that. Dean Martin truly shined as a solo entertainer, reaching greater heights than he ever did when he was with Jerry Lewis. He showed the world what it meant to be the King of Cool. Cheers!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Dean Martin Is Truly The King Of Cool

This comes courtesy of my pallie Steve.


I hope you liked it. Cheers!

P.S. I just posted a tribute video to Sharon Tate over at Celluloid Slammer. Since she was a co-star of Dean Martin, I thought I would mention it here. I hope you'll check it out and leave me some comments there. Thanks.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sammy Davis Jr. & Peggy Lipton Sing Little Green Apples

There are so many great clips of Sammy Davis Jr. from Hollywood Palace. This one is Sammy singing with Peggy Lipton. The song is called Little Green Apples. Make sure you check it out to see who shows up while Sammy and Peggy are performing. I hope you enjoy this video. Cheers!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Favorite Album Covers: Dean Martin - Hey, Brother, Pour The Wine

I thought I would go ahead and post another one of my favorite Dean Martin covers. This one is for Hey, Brother, Pour The Wine. This 1964 album was actually a compilation album released by Capitol after Dino's move to Reprise.


Friday, November 14, 2008

Robbie Williams Sings My Way

Here is Robbie Williams doing his version of My Way at the Royal Albert Hall. I think he does a pretty good job with it, but he's still no Frank Sinatra. That's the man who owns this song. Let me know what you think. Cheers!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Dean Martin In The Recording Studio

Here's a great picture of Dino in the recording studio. I love how he's dressed so nice as he's recording some tunes. There are probably very few of today's stars who dress so well for the studio. I also love how he's got his ever present smoke in hand. Cheers!


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Dean Martin's Cool Ride

Check out this awesome picture of Dean Martin with one of his cool cars. This one is a Facel Vega. He always had some great wheels. I'll love to take a ride with Dino as we cruised around town to pick up chicks.


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Favorite Album Covers: Dean Martin - Sittin' On Top Of The World

It's time for another one of my favorite Dean Martin album covers. This one is Sittin' on Top of the World. I really love this image of Dino. He's looking tan and handsome. He's also dressed more casual in a nice shirt and sweater. I dig his clothes. He looks really content with his place in the world. We know that Dino was definitely sittin' on top of the world. He was after all the King of Cool. It doesn't get any better than that. Cheers!


Monday, November 10, 2008

Dean Martin's Pad In Palm Springs

Last week we had some cold and rainy days here. It was quite dreary weather. It's times like this when I'd really love to be hanging out at a pad like this one. Just imagine livin' it up with Dean Martin and his pallies at his cool digs in Palm Springs. That would be a great way to spend a weekend. Cheers!


P.S. I was invited to be a contributor at the blog Celluloid Slammer. I was very thrilled and honored to be asked. I've just put my up first post on this blog. It's one of my favorite scenes from the Matt Helm spy flick The Silencers (click on the movie title to be carried to my post). It's when Dean Martin first meets Stella Stevens. That's an introduction he'll never forgot. I plan to probably post a video clip once or twice a week there. I hope you'll come back here and there to see what else I might have posted on this blog. I definitely hope you'll check out my first post there. Please feel free to leave me some comments on my first blog post. Thanks. I appreciate it. Cheers!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Dean Martin & Ann-Margret Discuss Working Out

I really love this video clip. It's another wonderful clip of Dean Martin and Ann-Margret. They are discussing how Ann-Margret keeps her stunning body in such incredible shape. This clip is quite hilarious. These two are so great together. They have some fantastic chemistry. I hope you enjoy it too.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Dean Martin As Randy Photographer

Hey baby. Just one more shot. Then we can take a break and hit the sheets. ;-)


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Dean Martin Is Bummin' Around

My pallie DMP recently posted this video at his ilovedinomartin blog. I thought I would post it here as well. I really love this Bummin' Around tune. There are times I would love to live my life this way. I dream of picking up my few belongings and hitting the road. I wonder what sort of adventures I would have.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Dean Martin & Frank Sinatra Spending Time With Hot Chicks

While Dino and Frankie are entertaining the audience, I wonder if these two cads are deciding which of these hot chicks they each want for the night. ;-)


Monday, November 3, 2008

Dean Martin & Frank Sinatra In The Recording Studio


Here's a picture of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra in the recording studio. Both of them look so serious here. I wonder if Frankie was driving Dino up the wall as they were recording. I can only imagine. lol

Friday, October 31, 2008

Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis Are Scared Stiff - Happy Halloween!!!

Happy Halloween! I hope that all of you will have a spooky cool holiday in whatever way you choose to celebrate it. Have fun and be safe. I thought it would be cool to post something from the Martin-Lewis comedy Scared Stiff. I love this movie. It's got laughs and scares. It's the perfect movie to watch with that special someone this Halloween season. I hope you enjoy this poster and movie trailer.


Thursday, October 30, 2008

Watch Out Dean Martin! Jerry Lewis Looks Like He Wants To Strangle You!

Jerry Lewis looks like he's going a little mad in this picture. Dean Martin looks oblivious to the crazed Jerry about to strangle his neck.


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Dean Martin & Frank Sinatra Are Out & About



Here are a couple of nice photos of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. These two cool cats are really dressed quite stylish. I love their suits and hats. They both definitely knew how to dress up like a gent. Guys today could really take some fashion cues from Dino and Frankie. I hope you like these pictures.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Favorite Album Covers: Sammy Davis Jr. - The Goin's Great


I hadn't posted any of my favorite Sammy Davis Jr. album covers yet, so I thought it was about time. This is the cover for The Goin's Great. I really dig this image of Sammy. He is definitely one cool cat. I hope you like it. Cheers!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Tom Jones - Fly Me To The Moon

Here's a clip of Tom Jones singing Fly Me to the Moon. It take scenes of Tom from both 1969 and 2007. I hope you enjoy it.

That's actually always been one of my favorite songs by Frank Sinatra. It's really cool hearing Tom's take on this classic tune. He does a really good job. I especially love the scenes from the 1969 performance. I dig that cool space age set. Cheers!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Dean Martin: What A Smile!


Check out that smile. I'll be having a huge grin on my face too if I was Dean Martin and lived the life he did. Dino really knew how to live life to the fullest. He indulged in and enjoyed the pleasures that this world had to offer. Have a great weekend. Cheers!

P.S. I think I'm going to start taking the weekends off from posting new entries up here. I hate to swamp you guys with new posts all the time. I know you've got busy lives. I'm going to continue to post on weekdays. I'll give the blog a breather on the weekends. It will also give me a chance to relax. I'll still check to see what comments I've been left, plus I'll respond to those comments. I just won't usually add any new posts during the weekend anymore. I hope that makes sense. Thanks for all your support. I appreciate it.

Dean Martin Having Fun With Shirley MacLaine & Frank Sinatra


I love this picture of Dean Martin with Shirley MacLaine and Frank Sinatra. These three look like they are having such a great time together. Dino's got a smoke in one hand, while his other arm is around Shirley's waist. Frank and Shirley both have drinks. All three have big grins on their faces. I wonder if Dino told them a joke. I bet it would have been so much fun hanging out with this crowd. Cheers!