Dean Martin is, hands down, my favorite entertainer. My late Italian Grandmother would play his albums constantly on her wall length Sears console stereo. She had the scratchy vinyls stacked on the automatic changer spindle as high as it could possibly go. Every once in a while she would have to get up and nudge the needle that had became stuck in an endless skip. (I would later give her cd's of every Martin track, but as grateful as she was, she still spun the wax.)
Unfortunately, I did not come around to Dino's music until he passed away. Even though it was Christmas day, Grandma was not in a joyous mood. While one of his cd's was playing in the background, a song that I had heard countless times before, finally resonated with me...Innamorata. I saw how it brought tears to my Grandma's eyes.
Since I was just starting to collect 78's at this time, I thought it would be fun to also round up some of Dino's tracks. Purple Capitols were able to be found in abundance everywhere I looked. Even grabbed a few on eBay for next to nothing.
Then I discovered that he had recorded 10 sides...5 discs...before he embarked on his massive Capitol output. In the 16 years that I have been collecting Martin 78's, I have all but one of these five. It hasn't been the case of being outbid at the last second or finding it in an antique store, only to be cracked or unplayable...it's that I have never come across one...online or in person...for sale, on display, mentioned or otherwise.
In late November of 1947, Dean Martin recorded One Foot In Heaven and The Night Is Young And You're So Beautiful for Embassy Records just before a recording ban went into effect on January 1, 1948.
Of course this is probably the most coveted Dean Martin 78 out there...but I'm starting to wonder...are there any even out there...other than the pics found in a book included with the box set of cd's I have? (see below)
Hey pallie, likes how grand to meet 'nother lover of our most beloved Dino...and what a great Dino-mission you are on for our great man...gettin' each and every 78 our Dino ever made! Never was, never will be anyone as cool as the King of Cool...oh, to return to the days when Dino walked the earth.... Know that your post is bein' shared this very day at ilovedinomartin.... Keeps lovin' our Dino!ReplyDelete
Hey pallie Hey pally! One of the faithful readers of ilovedinomartin has shared a message 'bout your Dino-search and thought you just might wanna comes over to checks it out...Keeps lovin' our Dino!ReplyDelete
How are you? This past weekend I was searching for 78s in antique shops up in Cold Spring, NY, when I found the Embassy record you show above. It's a little scratched and warped but plays fine. Dino pops his "p's" on the "Heaven" side but other than that, they're great early Dean.ReplyDelete
That's wonderful news! I was beginning to believe that this record was in the same category as the Loch Ness Monster & Champ. If there was anyway possible to send a pic and/or a sound file, please know that I would be eternally gateful. My email is email@example.com.
BTW...I absolutely cherish my Johnny Hodges Mosaic set (#200). I have had my eye on the Steven Lasker Ellington 1936-40 Small Group set for a while now. Amazing music!