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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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Dino - The Golden Years (4-CD Digibook) Dean Martin: Dino - The Golden Years (4-CD Digibook) Art-Nr.: CDDIG19

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Deluxe Gatefold Digipack with 60 page, lavishly-illustrated and fully annotated book chronicles Dino's colorful life and musical career during his golden years. 100 original Reprise recordings from 1962-73. Factory sealed!
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The Very Best Of Dean Martin -  Capitol & Reprise Years (CD) Dean Martin: The Very Best Of Dean Martin - Capitol &... Art-Nr.: CDP496721

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(1998/EMI) 21 tracks with 12 page booklet - last copies!
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Forever Cool - Collaborations (CD) Dean Martin: Forever Cool - Collaborations (CD) Art-Nr.: CD5034522

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(2007/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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Sings Country Favorites (3-CD) Dean Martin: Sings Country Favorites (3-CD) Art-Nr.: CDGLD25374

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Sings Country Favorites (3-CD)
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Capitol Years  (2-CD) Dean Martin: Capitol Years (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDP98409

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​(1996/Capitol) 40 tracks
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A Winter Romance (1959) - plus (CD) Dean Martin: A Winter Romance (1959) - plus (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCCM603

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(2005/Collectors' Choice) 16 tracks. Original 1959 Capitol album (ST-1285), plus 4 rare single sides from 1951 and 1960. Rare collector's item - few copies only!
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Dino - Italian Love Songs...plus (CD) Dean Martin: Dino - Italian Love Songs...plus (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCCM0605

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(2005/EMI/CCM) 16 tracks 1962
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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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I Wish You Love (CD) Dean Martin: I Wish You Love (CD) Art-Nr.: CDDC86375

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​(1996/Disky) 20 tracks
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Volare (CD) Dean Martin: Volare (CD) Art-Nr.: CDBIT61030

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(1994/Back Biter) 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!
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Late At Night With Dean Martin (CD) Dean Martin: Late At Night With Dean Martin (CD) Art-Nr.: CDP21508

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(1999/EMI) 15 tracks
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The Best Of Dean Martin - 1962-68 (CD) Dean Martin: The Best Of Dean Martin - 1962-68 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDGR106

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(1996/Charly) 25 tracks
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Sings The All-Time Hits (2-CD) Dean Martin: Sings The All-Time Hits (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDCP8199

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(1996/Charly) 50 tracks
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Live From Las Vegas - The Las Vegas Centennial Collection (CD) Dean Martin: Live From Las Vegas - The Las Vegas Centennial... Art-Nr.: CDCAP60394

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(2005/Capitol) 17 tracks, recorded live at the Sands - Digipack
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In An International Mood (CD) Dean Martin: In An International Mood (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRMB75099

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​(2001/Remember) 26 tracks
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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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Collector Series (CD) Dean Martin: Collector Series (CD) Art-Nr.: CDP91633

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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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Celebrity Roasts (6-DVD) Dean Martin: Celebrity Roasts (6-DVD) Art-Nr.: DVDTL30279

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(2013/Time Life). THE DEAN MARTIN CELEBRITY ROASTS were a fixture on NBC s Thursday night lineup from 1973 to 1984. In those 11 years, Dean and his panel of pals successfully ridiculed, embarrassed and made fun of legendary stars like...
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Real Dean Martin (3-CD) Dean Martin: Real Dean Martin (3-CD) Art-Nr.: CDSNY49842

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(2014/Sony) 55 tracks 3-CD
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The Essential - Live From Lake Tahoe (2-CD) Dean Martin: The Essential - Live From Lake Tahoe (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDEMI11588

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(2005/EMI/CAPITOL) 37 tracks, incl. a live concert at Lake Tahoe from 1962!
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The King Of Cool: The Best Of the Dean Martin Dean Martin: The King Of Cool: The Best Of the Dean Martin Art-Nr.: DVDTL26482

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(2011/TIME LIFE) NTSC, Code 0, Color, 160 Min.
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The King Of Cool- Variety Show (6-DVD) Ltd. Dean Martin: The King Of Cool- Variety Show (6-DVD) Ltd. Art-Nr.: DVDTL26866

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(2011/TIME LIFE) NTSC, Code 0, 610 Min. Classic comedy routines with Red Buttons, Mickey Rooney, Bill Cosby a.o. plus sensational music performances from Ella Fitzgerald, Eddie Fisher, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Mathis, LIberace, Herb...
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Cool Then, Cool Now  (2-CD Digibook) Limited Dean Martin: Cool Then, Cool Now (2-CD Digibook) Limited Art-Nr.: CD1536802

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(2011/HIP-O/UNIVERSAL) 28 tracks, Hardcover 60-page Deluxe-Digibook 30x22cm. A unique collection of music and intimate photos from the original 'King Of Cool'.
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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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That's Amore Baby (2-CD) Dean Martin: That's Amore Baby (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS691

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CD on JASMINE RECORDS by Dean Martin - That's Amore Baby (2-CD)
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That's Amore (2-CD) Dean Martin: That's Amore (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CD5325699

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(2010/UNIVERSAL AUS) 40 tracks
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Love Songs Dean Martin: Love Songs Art-Nr.: CD1793156

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(2009/UNIVERSAL) 14 tracks The love songs by the great and famous performer Dean Martin!
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Music Ages EP Series Dean Martin: Music Ages EP Series Art-Nr.: CD34140

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(2009/MUSIC AGES) 16 tracks, original recordings
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Amore (US) Ecopac Dean Martin: Amore (US) Ecopac Art-Nr.: CDCAP67696

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(2009/CAPITOL) 15 tracks
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A Very Cool Christmas Dean Martin: A Very Cool Christmas Art-Nr.: CD87152

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(2008/Universal/Dean Martin Family Trust) 11 tracks (28:22), original 1966 Reprise recordings, produced by Jimmy Bowen (1-10) & Sonny Burke (11)! MM/Bear Family Records
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Forever Cool (CD & DVD) Dean Martin: Forever Cool (CD & DVD) Art-Nr.: CD5026922

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(2007/Capitol) 14-track audio CD plus DVD (PAL, Region Code 0) contains the 'Making Of' with interviews plus rare video footage from the Dean Martin Family Trust (ca.23 Mins.), 16 page booklet - Deluxe Edition!
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Christmas With Dino (CD, 2006 Edition) Dean Martin: Christmas With Dino (CD, 2006 Edition) Art-Nr.: CDCAP68922

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(2006/CAPITOL) 16 tracks Capitol & Reprise 1953-66 plus new duet recording with Martina McBride (Capitol 2006) with 8 page booklet
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That's Amore (0) Dean Martin: That's Amore (0) Art-Nr.: DVDEMI44443

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(2001/CAPITOL) PAL, 25 tracks (64:46 mins)
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Christmas With Dino (CD) Dean Martin: Christmas With Dino (CD) Art-Nr.: CD5797642

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(2004/EMI) 17 tracks Capitol & Reprise 1953-66
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Dino - The Essential Dean Martin Dean Martin: Dino - The Essential Dean Martin Art-Nr.: CDCAP98487

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(2004/CAPITOL) 30 career spanning classics on 1 CD ! Capitol & Reprise material 1949-69
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Love Songs (CD) Dean Martin: Love Songs (CD) Art-Nr.: CD5377482

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CD on EMI RECORDS by Dean Martin - Love Songs (CD)
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Singles Dean Martin: Singles Art-Nr.: CD8302962

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CD on EMI RECORDS by Dean Martin - Singles
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Everybody Loves Somebody (6-CD & 1-DVD mit 92-seitigem gebundenen Buch) Dean Martin: Everybody Loves Somebody (6-CD & 1-DVD mit... 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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Hurtin' Country Songs (CD) Dean Martin: Hurtin' Country Songs (CD) Art-Nr.: CDP21509

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Return To Me 1956-1961   (8-CD) Dean Martin: Return To Me 1956-1961 (8-CD) 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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This Time I'm Swingin' & Pretty Baby Dean Martin: This Time I'm Swingin' & Pretty Baby Art-Nr.: CDP854546

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Cha Cha De Amor - Italian Love Songs (CD) Dean Martin: Cha Cha De Amor - Italian Love Songs (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCNR13041

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​(1996/Casa Nostra) 24 tracks
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Sleep Warm (CD) Dean Martin: Sleep Warm (CD) Art-Nr.: CDP37500

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Christmas With Dean Martin Dean Martin: Christmas With Dean Martin Art-Nr.: CDNL25232

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​(1995/Intermusic) 14 tracks, original Capitol recordings, only few copies available from this long out of print CD!
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