March 6, 2021
Dean Martin, born Dino Paul Crocetti; June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995
Was an Italian American singer, movie star, TV Star, Comedian/Nightclub Performer. He was born in Steubenville, Ohio, to Italian parents, Gaetano and Angela Crocetti.
The sound of Dino’s voice echoes from the scratchy 45rpm record on my dads turntable, filling the room with nostalgia.
‘When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore. When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine, you’re in love.’ His hit song “That’s Amore”–or, as we used to call it, “the pizza song”–brings back memories of the early 1950s. If you not old enough to remember this, just try to think about love and you will feel it.
Martin, like his song “That’s Amore” captured the charm that is Italy and emerges as the number one Italian-American pop singer who best typified those feelings in music.
He exemplified the easygoing spirit that flows through the Italian way of life. When Dino passed away in 1995, on Christmas day, WE as Italian Americans felt as if a distant friend had left us. The songs of Dean Martin will always rekindle within us those happy memories of a lifetime that can not be erased.