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Dean Martin (born Dino Paul Crocetti, June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995) American actor and singer, couldn't read music, and yet recorded more than 100 albums and 600 songs, racking up major hits such as "That's Amore", "Volare", "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You" and his signature tune "Everybody Loves Somebody".
Besides being the ladies' man counterpart of Jerry Lewis in a series of comedies, besides being a ratpacker, Dean Martin, in his long variety show run on NBC, made it cool to kids everywhere to be (or seem to be) dead drunk by the end of episode on national TV. The fact that America saw his show as charming and wholesome just the same is a testament not only to the culture of the time but to Martin's own great charm.
Dean was well known as a family man and his "drinking" was just an act. It used to bother Frank Sinatra (who was a big drinker) that Dean went home early to be with his wife and kids and not go hitting the bars with him. In a recent biography, one of Dean's sons related that the only record of Dean that he and his wife played at home was one of his country western albums.
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