THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Grapevine: Memories are made of this

In 1917, amidst the doom, gloom and despair of World War 1, two future entertainment legends were born: Dino Paul Crocetti and Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha, III . The world would eventually know them better as Dean Martin and Desi Arnaz.


By David Brook

Sunday 23 November 2014, 09:49AM


Amy Arnaz, Desi Arnaz Jr, John Lowe, David Brook, Ricci Martin (and daughter)

Amy Arnaz, Desi Arnaz Jr, John Lowe, David Brook, Ricci Martin (and daughter)

Crocetti was born to Italian immigrants in Ohio. He soon dropped out of school and became a liquor bootlegger, a croupier, worked in a steel mill and boxed as “Kid Crochet”. Show business beckoned and by 17 he was singing in local nightclubs as “Dino Martini”. In 1940 he changed his name to Dean Martin; so emerged one of the mid-20th century’s most popular entertainers.

The aptly named “King of Cool”, teamed with Jerry Lewis in the immensely popular comedy duo team; was a member of the famed “Rat Pack” and a star in concert, night clubs, movies (making 51 in total), and even as a television show host. Dozens of hit singles followed, Memories Are Made of This, That’s Amore, You’re Nobody till Somebody Loves You, Volare, but most memorably his signature tune, Everybody Loves Somebody, a blockbuster hit that knocked the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night off the top slot in 1964.

For three decades, Martin was among the most popular acts in Las Vegas. He retired from show business in 1989, from public life in early 1995 and passed away on Christmas morning 1995. The lights of the Las Vegas Strip were dimmed in his honour.

By contrast Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III was born into an affluent family in Cuba. The family fled to Miami following the 1933 Cuban Revolution and Desi Arnaz turned to show business.He gained international renown as band leader of the “Desi Arnaz Orchestra”, but is best known for his role in the big hit American TV series I Love Lucy starring with his wife Lucille Ball. The 1950s series was the most watched show in the USA and remains hugely popular today, still seen by 40 million Americans each year. 

EPL Prediction Competition 2018-2019

Arnaz and Ball had two children: actress Lucie, and actor Desi Arnaz Jr. who became a drummer with a singing group in the late 1960s: “Dino, Desi, & Billy”, the others being Dean Paul Martin, and Billy Hinshe. The band scored two hit singles in 1965 but sadly Martin died in a military jet crash in 1987. Some years later the group reformed as “Ricci, Desi, & Billy”,with Ricci Martin, the youngest son of singer Dean Martin, replacing his late older brother.

In August 1996, just eight months after the passing of Dean Martin, I was in Wasatch, Utah golfing with a group of friends. Our host, the hotel’s GM, invited us to an evening BBQ being held in aid of charity. As we mingled, our host beckoned us to meet a couple of special guests. I’ll never forget those famous words: “Guys I want you to meet Desi Arnaz junior and Dean Martin’s son”.

Memories are made of this was playing the background… how appropriate.

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Phoenix ‘off limits to outsiders’ while police inspect wreck

In the aftermath of the sinking disaster, it seems that Thailand's now desperate to do anything ...(Read More)


Ban on Loy Kratong lanterns near Phuket International Airport

Actually, about floating kratongs, in de past there were just a few in villages, But now look the ne...(Read More)


Ban on Loy Kratong lanterns near Phuket International Airport

Timi,if you would be a little bit more attentive,you would have seen that my response wasn't reg...(Read More)


Suspect locks up duty warden, escapes police cell

Hahaha, This was not fair! More than 200 people looking after him. Guess that Senior Sgt Maj gets de...(Read More)


Phuket Airport toilets dubbed ’Best in Thailand’

Fantastic to pat yourself on your Phuket toilet business shoulder, true or not. Have no words for it...(Read More)


Suspect locks up duty warden, escapes police cell

You couldn’t make this stuff up could you !! ...(Read More)


Ban on Loy Kratong lanterns near Phuket International Airport

Dek, my comment was in regards to the article about the flying lanterns not the floating Kratongs, w...(Read More)


Disaster officials warn of heavy rain in Phuket

Again a weather warning? That can't be. The guy from the Phuket Water Authority said that due to...(Read More)


Low water levels at Phuket reservoir spur concerns for drastic water-saving measures

I'm fascinated that "Fascinated" cannot see the relevance between increased tourism an...(Read More)


Ban on Loy Kratong lanterns near Phuket International Airport

Thailand needs to wake up and realize its part of the world and international community, most count...(Read More)