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Dean Martin
That life had its origin when Dean Martin's father was born in the Abruzzi region of Italy in 1894 and emigrated to the U.S. in 1913. He Americanized his first name ‘Gaetano’ becoming barber ‘Guy’ Crocetti who would marry Angela Barra the following year on October 25, 1914. Dean's mom was born in Fernwood, Ohio in 1897 and met Guy while she was studying to be a nun! Dean is quoted in a 1967 ‘Look’ article as admitting, "She was in a convent. She met my father, and fell in love at first sight. She left the convent, and she married him two weeks later." The Crocettis’ first child, Bill, was born on June 24, 1916. His brother entered the world as Dino Paul Crocetti less than a year later on June 7, 1917. The family lived at 319 South Sixth Street, Steubensville, and Dean was baptized at St. Anthony of Padua's Church on September 16th of that year. He didn't speak any English until the age of five.

Dean's childhood was filled with fond memories as he remembered during an interview with the ‘Saturday Evening Post’ in April 1961. "We Crocettis had everything we wanted. I had a bicycle. We had a car and good food. As a cook, my mother was the greatest. Her specialties were spaghetti and meat balls, veal and peppers or sausage and peppers."

Dean attended Grant Junior High and Wells High schools and was a Boy Scout in Steubenville's troop ten. He quit school in the tenth grade because, as he noted, "I thought I was smarter than the teachers."  A succession of jobs followed, including a stint when he boxed in the welterweight division as  ‘Kid Crochet’.  This left him with a permanently split lip, crooked hands and a broken nose.

While in his teens, Dean worked in Ohio's steel mills bundling hot coils. 

"We had big platforms half a block long; hot coils of steel wire came down on them," he recalled in 1961. "They cooled as they came because there was water splashing on them. At a certain point a buddy of mine and I would bang the end of a coil with a hammer, I'd pull a lever and the coil went into a boxcar." When he narrowly avoided being hit by a falling bundle, Dean decided to try his hand at another profession.

In the 1930s, Steubenville was known as ‘Little Chicago’ due in large part to its gambling houses. During the Depression, Dean delivered bootleg whiskey throughout Ohio and across the river in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. He also worked as a clerk at the Rex Cigar Store on Steubenville's Market Street, which was a front for one of the town's gambling centers. He dealt poker and blackjack in the back room and expertly handled the stick as a croupier, raking money off the gambling tables. Dean elaborated, "I learned to roll the wheel, how to shoot craps, how to deal blackjack... my salary for working the chips and the dice tables was eight bucks a day. Tips brought that up to fifteen or twenty dollars. Also, I did a little knocking down. During the course of a day I could steal maybe as much as five silver dollars."

But Martin wasn't just a good croupier, he was also good looking. He admitted to ‘Look’ magazine in 1952, "I was the kind of guy who'd walk down the street and people would turn around and look after me." And from a very early age, he discovered another talent: singing.

In the September 18, 1965 issue of ‘TV Guide’, Dean's first cousin Mary related the following: "Dino somehow... acquired a record player, an old one, the kind that you had to wind up after each record. He collected records of singers; I can't remember all of them, but I do know that his favorites were Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo. He'd play their records over and over, and sing with them."

Throughout the years, Dean always acknowledged his debt to Crosby. In 1961 he told journalist Pete Martin, "I copied Bing Crosby 100%. Frank Sinatra and Perry Como did too." Six years later, he confided to Oriana Fallaci, a reporter for ‘Look’, "When a Bing Crosby movie came to Steubenville, I would stay there all day and watch. And that's how I learned to sing, cause it's true I don't read a note. He was the teacher for all of us." And in the September 1969 issue of ‘Billboard’ he remarked, "We all sound a little bit like him because he didn't strain when he was singing. He just let it flow naturally."

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Memories Are Made Of This (8-CD Deluxe Box Set)
Dean Martin: Memories Are Made Of This (8-CD Deluxe Box Set) Art-Nr.: BCD15781

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8-CD box (LP-size) with 96-page hardcover book, 225 tracks. Playing time approx. 568 mns. This 8-CD edition of his complete recordings from 1946 to 1955 is long overdue. Included are such hits as the original Memories Are Made Of This,...
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Everybody Loves Somebody (6-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set)
Dean Martin: Everybody Loves Somebody (6-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe... Art-Nr.: BCD16343

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6-CD/1-DVD box (LP-size) with 92-page hardcover book. CD 168 tracks, playing time approx. 409 mns. DVD 20 tracks. To Dean Martin , it was all so simple: "Look, I sing a song. If it's a hit, beautiful. If it isn't, we try again. Why make...
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Return To Me 1956-1961 (8-CD Deluxe Box Set)
Dean Martin: Return To Me 1956-1961 (8-CD Deluxe Box Set) Art-Nr.: BCD15959

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8-CD box (LP-size) with 84-page hardcover book, 221 tracks. Playing time approx. 557 mns. This deluxe eight-CD boxed set completes the retrospective of Dean Martin 's Capitol recordings. It contains all of his recordings from 1956 to...
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Lay Some Happiness On Me (6-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe Box Set)
Dean Martin: Lay Some Happiness On Me (6-CD & 1-DVD Deluxe... Art-Nr.: BCD16586

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6-CD/1-DVD box (LP-size) with 112-page hardcover book. CD 168 tracks, playing time approx. 452 mns. DVD 25 tracks. DVD = NTSC 1966-1985 By 1966, when this retrospective begins, Dean Martin was once again one of the biggest stars in...
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Forever Cool - Collaborations (CD)
Dean Martin: Forever Cool - Collaborations (CD) Art-Nr.: CD5034522

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(CAPITOL) 14 tracks (40:36) with 16 page session booklet. Newly mixed duets and arrangements featuring: Robbie Williams, Joss Stone, Oscar-Winner Kevin Spacey, Tiziano Ferro, Aznavour, Shelby Lynne & Big Bad Voodoo Daddy und die...
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Memories Are Made of This (3-CD)
Dean Martin: Memories Are Made of This (3-CD) Art-Nr.: CDHR883302

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(1997/Disky) 48 tracks 3-CD
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Dino - Italian Love Songs - Cha Cha Amor (CD Album)
Dean Martin: Dino - Italian Love Songs - Cha Cha Amor (CD... Art-Nr.: CDP855393

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(1997/EMI) 24 tracks (1961)
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Happy In Love - Dino Like Never Before (CD)
Dean Martin: Happy In Love - Dino Like Never Before (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCCM6082

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(Collectors' Choice-EMI) 20 Tracks - Two original Tower-Capitol albums, 1967-68!
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Amore (CD)
Dean Martin: Amore (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCAP769622

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(Capitol) 15 tracks (38:13) with 8 page booklet. Excellent compilation of some not so common album tracks and single masters 1953-1962. All killer no filler!*****special price offer
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Original Songs Remixed For The Next Century (CD)
Dean Martin: Original Songs Remixed For The Next Century (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSCCD2427

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(2010/Forte) 14 tracks
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Hey Brother, Pour The Wine (CD)
Dean Martin: Hey Brother, Pour The Wine (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCCM6092

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(Collectors' Choice-EMI) 16 Tracks - Originally released in 1964 on Capitol T-2212! Plus 4 bonus tracks!
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Gold Collection (2-LP)
Dean Martin: Gold Collection (2-LP) Art-Nr.: LPEMI133530

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(EMI Germany) 24 tracks, original Capitol recordings
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The Lush Years - Relaxin' (CD)
Dean Martin: The Lush Years - Relaxin' (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCCM6072

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(Collectors' Choice-EMI) 20 Tracks - Two original Tower-Capitol albums, 1965-66!
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Dreams And Memories (CD)
Dean Martin: Dreams And Memories (CD) Art-Nr.: CDP21029

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(Pair Records) 16 tracks
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Happy Hour With Dean Martin (CD)
Dean Martin: Happy Hour With Dean Martin (CD) Art-Nr.: CDP1177

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(1987/Capitol) 16 Tracks -
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The Legends Collection (2-CD)
Dean Martin: The Legends Collection (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDONEPAK534

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(2000/Dressed To Kill) 32 tracks, two CD's from a true showbiz legend
$20.13
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow (Portuguese Issue)
Dean Martin & Nat King Cole: Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow... Art-Nr.: CDNL965

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(1995/SPA-Noel) 22 tracks - rare CD from Portugal - few copies only!
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Greatest Hits (CD)
Dean Martin: Greatest Hits (CD) Art-Nr.: CDFUN9110

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(BR Music) 16 tracks incl. Volare, Houston, Detroit City and more
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That's Amore (CD)
Dean Martin: That's Amore (CD) Art-Nr.: CDPLAT984

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(2003/Prism Leisure) 18 tracks
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The Best Of The Capitol Years (CD)
Dean Martin: The Best Of The Capitol Years (CD) Art-Nr.: CDP7907182

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(1989/EMI) 16 tracks
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The Greatest Hits Of Dean Martin (CD)
Dean Martin: The Greatest Hits Of Dean Martin (CD) Art-Nr.: CDS57261

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(1990/Capitol) 12 tracks
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Memories Are Made Of This (CD)
Dean Martin: Memories Are Made Of This (CD) Art-Nr.: CD604323

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(Disky) 16 tracks
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The Very Best Of Dean Martin (CD)
Dean Martin: The Very Best Of Dean Martin (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMFP6032

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​(1988/EMI) 16 tracks
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Wonderful Christmas Time
Dean Martin: Wonderful Christmas Time Art-Nr.: CD906146

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(2009/Disky) 13 tracks. Rare and hard to find! Original factory sealed!
$23.69
Dean Martin Sings (CD)
Dean Martin: Dean Martin Sings (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCCM5982

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(Collectors' Choice-EMI) 16 Tracks - Originally released in 1953 on Capitol T-401! Plus 4 bonus tracks!
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