Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Robbie Williams Covers A Dean Martin Classic

Check out this clip of Robbie Williams performing his cover of the Dean Martin classic Ain't That A Kick In The Head. While I don't think anybody does this song quite like Dino, I do really like Robbie's take on this tune. I hope you enjoy it too. Cheers!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Dean Martin Laughs It Up With Milton Berle & Tony Curtis

I really love this picture of Dean Martin having a great time with Milton Berle and Tony Curtis. Check out those happy faces all around. I wonder what these guys were laughing about. I'd love to have been in that room.


P.S. I hope you'll check out my latest post over at Celluloid Slammer. It's a clip featuring the very beautiful Marisa Mell. Please feel free to leave comments there. I love hearing from people. Enjoy the clip. I know I did.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson 1958-2009

I had another post originally planned for Friday. I decided to postpone that post after hearing the news about the death of Michael Jackson.


From E! Online:
The crowns fit: Michael Jackson was the King of Pop; Elvis Presley was the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Both men commanded the pop-culture landscape, as much as the charts. Both men influenced their industry, as well as scores of artists.

And both men died suddenly and barely into middle age.

Jackson, whose lifetime of hits sold more than 750 million albums worldwide, whose landmark Thriller broke records and racial divides, whose smooth moves revolutionized dance as much as pop, and whose penchant for headline-making helped burnish his brand, and, following child-abuse allegations, helped tarnish it as well, died today after being found unconscious at his Los Angeles-area home.

Jackson suffered a heart attack around noon, according to father Joe Jackson, and never recovered. He was prounced dead at 2:26 p.m., officials said.

Music's eternal Peter Pan was 50.
I was definitely shocked by this news. I had heard earlier in the day about the passing of Farrah Fawcett. While I was sad to hear that she had died, it wasn't a shock since I knew she was dying from cancer. The death of Michael Jackson came as a complete shock to me though. He's never been my favorite singer. There were other singers that I enjoyed much more when I was growing up. His Thriller and Bad albums still were albums that I listened to all the time back in the 80's when I was a teenager. Michael Jackson was an incredibly talented entertainer, even though criminal allegations, weird behavior & the like seemed to overshadow it all. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends & fans.

P.S. I did a post about the death of Farrah Fawcett at my Sugar & Spice blog if you would like to check it out and leave me some comments there. Thanks.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Frank Sinatra & Peter Lawford Laugh It Up With Tony Curtis

Here's a cool picture of Rat Packers Frank Sinatra and Peter Lawford. They seem to be having a good time with Tony Curtis and some woman. I think she looks familiar, but I'm not sure who she is. Does anyone know? I do wonder what's got all four of them in such a happy mood. It's great to see smiles all around. I'm also curious as to where they are all at. I hope you enjoy this picture.


That picture comes courtesy of my pallie Soul Sister.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Dean Martin At Work

Here's a picture of Dean Martin working with his assistant Mack Gray at a rehearsal in 1958. I wonder what exactly Dino is putting into that envelope. It would be interesting to know. I'm not sure about any of you, but I would love to have been his assistant. It would have been such an awesome job.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sammy Davis Jr. & Frank Sinatra Share A Tender Moment

I'm not sure when or where this was. I love this picture of Sammy and Frank. I thought it was a great picture of two friends sharing a tender moment together. I've always loved seeing pictures of the Rat Packers in more private moments. I love promo pictures, but it's neat to see the guys as actual friends. It really reveals that these guys were more than just an act. Their friendship with each other was authentic and not just for the stage or screen.


Monday, June 22, 2009

Out To Dinner With Dean Martin

I was invited this weekend to dine out with Dean Martin and some of his pallies. I had a really cool time. I can't wait to do it again. So what did you guys do?


P.S. I'm now on Facebook for anyone who is interested. I'm new to it so I'm still learning the ropes. I'd love to be friends with anyone who is also there. Thanks. Cheers!

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Funny & Sexy Magazines I Think Dean Martin Would Have Enjoyed

These are definitely the kind of magazines that I could imagine Dean Martin having a look at.



Those two magazines covers are courtesy of my pallie Mag. The rest I found on my own.

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P.S. Many of you already know about my other blog. For those that don't, it's called Sugar & Spice. It's my tribute devoted to the beautiful women, both famous and non-famous, of the swinging 60's and the groovy 70's. I hope you'll check it out. Please feel free to leave comments there. I love hearing from people. Thanks. Cheers!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Dean Martin, Lena Horne & Bing Crosby Sing A Medley

I posted a clip in the past of Dean Martin and Lena Horne together on The Dean Martin Variety Show. I really loved that video. These two were fantastic together. Click on this link to visit that post if you want to. Today I'm posting another great clip of Dino and Lena, but this time they are joined by Bing Crosby. I hope you enjoy this medley of these three amazing entertainers.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Frank Sinatra & Ella Fitzgerald Together

These are a couple of great videos of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald performing together. Frank and Ella are fantastic in these clips. I think they are both simply wonderful. I really love these performance. I hope you enjoy them too.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Matt Helm Meets James Bond

It's great to get a chance to see two older spies, Matt Helm (Dean Martin) and James Bond (Roger Moore) meet up. I don't know much about the details behind this picture. I know it's a Friar's Club event in 1986. Dean Martin was one year away from the tragic death of his son. Roger Moore had done his last Bond movie the year before this. For those who didn't know or had forgotten, both of these men had played in The Cannonball Run back in 1981. It's awesome to see two of my favorite stars together in a picture. I hope you like it.


P.S. By the way, this is my 300th post here at The Dino Lounge. I'm so thrilled about that. I can't believe that I've made it this far. I do hope that all of you have been enjoying what I've been posting here. I do always love reading your comments. Thanks for all your support and encouragement. Cheers!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Frank Sinatra & Natalie Wood Are Dining Out

Here's a nice picture of Frank Sinatra and Natalie Wood out to dinner. I'm not sure what year this is. Frank is looking quite snazzy, while Natalie is definitely a beautiful dame.


P.S. Please check out my latest post at Celluloid Slammer. It's a tribute video dedicated to Raquel Welch. I hope you'll leave me some comments at that blog. I'd love to hear what you think of that video. Thanks.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Sammy Davis Jr. & Dorothy Dandridge Are Among The Stars Of Porgy & Bess

These pictures are from the 1959 film Porgy and Bess. It's based on a Gershwin opera set among the black residents of a fishing community in 1912 South Carolina. Porgy and Bess starred Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge as the main characters. Sammy Davis Jr., Pearl Bailey, Brock Peters & Diahann Carroll were among the other stars. The film has its share of problems. The source material was considered racially insensitive and full of racial stereotypes. Almost all of the principal actors had their singing voices dubbed over. The movie was not shot on location. The Gershwin family was not happy with the finished product. While the film did go on to win an Oscar for its musical score, it was not a commercial or critical success. It has been all but dismissed these days.

The first picture features Sidney Poitier as Porgy, Sammy Davis Jr. as Sportin' Life, Dorothy Dandridge as Bess & Brock Peters as Crown. The other pictures are of Sammy and Dorothy.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Frank Sinatra & Jackie Gleason Out On The Town

I mentioned a few posts back about how good of friends Jackie Gleason was with Frank Sinatra. This picture is Frank sharing a laugh with Jackie Gleason at a Miami restaurant in 1964. They definitely look like they are having a great time. I wish I was at the table with these two cool cats.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Sammy Davis Jr. Relaxes In His Hotel Room

Sammy looks over the menu for room service, while trying to figure out what to watch on television.


P.S. Does anyone have any blogs that they would recommend that I check out? I'm always interested in visiting blogs I've never been to before. If I'm a fan of your blog, then I'll probably enjoy other blogs similar to it. Any blog that really strikes your fancy that you would like to share with me, please feel free to. Thanks. I appreciate it.

Have we exchanged blog links with each other? I've got a list of my favorite blogs in the sidebar. I might have added your blog already. If you would like for me to add your blog to my blog links, then please let me know. I hope you would do the same for me as well. Thanks again. Cheers!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Dean Martin Chats With The Orchestra

Dean Martin is chatting with his orchestra during a break. The year is 1958 and the place is Las Vegas. I'm not sure if this is a recording session or a rehearsal for his act. I would love to have been one of the guys there. It would be cool to have been able to talk with Dino. I wonder what sorts of things were on his mind. He always seemed like he would be a fun guy to work with.


Monday, June 8, 2009

Celebrating Dean Martin's Birthday

Yesterday, June 7th, was the 92nd birthday of Dean Martin. Happy Birthday to the King of Cool himself. Dino is definitely the coolest cat to ever live. There's never been anybody quite like him. Dino's one of a kind. I wish I just had a small percentage of the cool and hip swagger that Dino possesses. I would be a happy and content fella then. Dean Martin epitomizes what it means to be cool. He is the very definition of it. While many of us try to be cool, it oozes from Dino naturally. It's always been effortless with him. I raise a toast in honor of my favorite entertainer of all time. Cheers!

I came across this picture by Drew Friedman. I thought it would be great to share it with my pallies here.


There was quite the party this weekend to celebrate Dean Martin's birthday. I was trying to snap a picture of Dino, but he headed off with some hot chick. I can't blame him though. It was his birthday after all.

I did get a pic of Frank Sinatra and some other guy (I have no clue who he is -anybody know?). Frank was tending bar. He made up some pretty tasty drinks for all of us to enjoy.


Dino and so many of his guests entertained us with some wonderful cocktail music. I wish though I could carry a tune. Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong were part of the house band for the night.


P.S. Thanks to all those who offered words of advice to me. I really appreciate it very much. I don't usually talk about my personal life here at my blog, but this has been something deeply on my mind. I'm glad nobody was offended by me talking about such matters. Many of you, either here in comments or by email, offered some great advice.

It was nice to hear about how things have been going with all of you. Some of you had better news than others. I do care about all my friends here. I hope that things will go well for all of you. These are some difficult and worrisome times for us. I wish all of you the best. Take care. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra & Bob Hope Golf For Charity

Dean Martin loved to golf. It was definitely one of his passions in life. He played golf all the time. While it was often for just the pure enjoyment of the game, he appeared in many charity events as well. This picture is from a 1962 benefit for the Palm Springs Hospital. Here Dino is between Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra. I'm not sure who the man on the right is.


P.S. I know that the economic crisis has hit people not only here in the United States, but also all around the globe. Quite a few people I know have lost their jobs and are having trouble finding a new one. Some of my online friends have been hit by financial woes too. It really pains me to see so many people I know and care about in such trouble. Watching the news sure doesn't make one feel better. There are so many problems out there and it doesn't often seem like things are getting better.

I work for a cleaning service. It's definitely not a glam or glitzy job at all. It's not really what I want to do with the rest of my life. I'm not passionate about it and I don't enjoy it. A job is a job though. Poor choices in the past got me onto this road. It's been hard to get off of it. My hours and pay both got cut awhile ago. I've been able to get by on what I'm making, but that's all I'm about to do. I'm very thankful to have a job. I count my lucky stars. It would be nice though to make some more money. I want to do more than just get by. Know what I mean.

I've been trying to think of some ways to turn things around. I know that many people are doing the same thing right now. It's definitely not easy on anybody. Any ideas from you guys on ways I could make some extra money whether it be here online or offline? Thanks. I really appreciate it. I didn't really want to bring this up online. I try not to get too personal with my blogs. But I did want to share this with my friends here and see if any of you had any tips. I've been picking my brain like crazy.

How are you guys getting by? Are you making out alright or is the global financial crisis hurting you as well? I hope that everybody here is doing well. I really wish all of you the best. I've rambled on enough about all of this. I hope that you guys didn't mind me mentioning all of this on my blog. I don't want to upset anyone. Any tips you might have that would help me would be well appreciated though. Plus I really want to hear how all of you have been doing. I care about my friends here. Take care. Good luck. I hope all is well with you and yours. Cheers!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Put On That Tux & Have A Martini

This doesn't feature any members of the Rat Pack or any of their pallies. I still thought it was very relevant to what this blog is all about. I love this ad from Seagram's. It definitely promotes a certain lifestyle. It's got a very classy look about it. I really like it. I hope you do too. I want a martini. Cheers!


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Dean Martin Laughs It Up With Phyllis Diller & The Reagans

This is a really cool picture of Dean Martin from 1970. These four seem to be in good spirits. It looks like somebody must have told a joke. I'm figuring it was either Dean Martin or Phyllis Diller. She is pointing at him after all. California Governor Ronald Reagan & First Lady Nancy Reagan seem to be enjoying themselves as well. I do wonder where this picture was taken. I've come across quite a few pictures over the years of Dean Martin and Ronald Reagan. They obviously must have gotten along quite well. Plus Reagan even appeared on some of the roasts that Dino hosted.


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Jackie Gleason On Cosmo

I absolutely love this Cosmopolitan magazine cover featuring Jackie Gleason. I'm a big fan of the legendary entertainer. I remember that I watched reruns of The Jackie Gleason Show when I was a kid. That variety show was actually one of the things that helped get me interested in the things that I love to this day. I've watched Jackie in everything from The Hustler to the Smokey and the Bandit trilogy to The Toy. Jackie was a good pallie of the Rat Pack, especially with Frank Sinatra. I hope you like this cover too. The look on Jackie's face is priceless.


Monday, June 1, 2009

Ricardo Montalban Loves Corinthian Leather

I've always been a big fan of Ricardo Montalban. I've seen him in so many things over the years, such as Fantasy Island, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, The Colbys & the Spy Kids movies. I thought he was a very classy man in style, attitude & so much more. He was one of the men of that era that I always looked up to. I really loved all those commercials he did for Chrysler. He had such a wonderful accent. I could listen to him talk for years. I totally dug the way he said "Corinthian leather" in those commercials. Here's a picture and a commercial for the 1975 Chrysler Cordoba. I really like the music in that commercial.