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Dean Martin’s Reprise Records Catalog Comes To Legacy Recordings

Major Reissue Project Launching with Digital Releases of The Dean Martin Christmas Album & Dean Martin: The Reprise Years

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, in partnership with the Dean Martin Family Trust, has acquired the singer’s legendary Reprise Records catalog and begun remastering titles for a major ongoing reissue project.

The Dean Martin Reprise catalog acquisition includes all the recordings Dino made during his extraordinary creative tenure (1962-1974) at Rat Pack chairman Frank Sinatra’s Reprise Records label. The Nashville Sessions, the album Martin cut for Warner Bros in 1983, is also included.

The Dean Martin reissue project began with the first digital releases of The Dean Martin Christmas Album, 1966’s #1 Christmas album and perennial holiday classic, and Dean Martin: The Reprise Years, a 2-disc anthology of the crooner’s high points at the label.

Legacy Recordings is remastering all the tracks in Dean Martin’s Reprise catalog with an eye toward releasing the catalog digitally and physically over the course of the next year.

On January 20, Legacy released The Very Best of Dean Martin as part of the label’s popular Playlist series. The Dean Martin Playlist contains:

1. Everybody Loves Somebody
2. Every Minute, Every Hour
3. The Door Is Still Open to My Heart
4. You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You
5. Send Me the Pillow You Dream On
6. In the Chapel in the Moonlight
7. I Can’t Help Remembering You
8. Houston
9. Bumming Around
10. I Will
11. Little Ole Wine Drinker, Me
12. Ain’t Gonna Try Anymore
13. Kiss the World Goodbye
14. Drinking Champagne

The next wave of titles in the Dean Martin Reprise Records reissue project, coming February 4, will include digital releases of ten albums:

1. The Door Is Still Open To My Heart
2. Everybody Loves Somebody
3. Dream With Dean
4. Dean Martin Hits Again
5. Welcome To My World
6. (Remember Me) I’m The One That Loves You
7. Dino Latino
8. French Style
9. The Dean Martin TV Show
10. Houston

“We’re so pleased to be working with the Dean Martin Family Trust in bringing Dean’s Reprise Records legacy to new generations,” said Adam Block, President, Legacy Recordings. “Dean’s music and style embody the very essence of ‘cool’ and now is the perfect time to introduce this timeless pop music to future fans.”

One of the great lounge singers of the pre-rock era, Dean Martin hit his stride as a cultural icon during his years with Reprise, knocking the Beatles off the top of the charts in August 1964 with a dreamy contemporary take on “Everybody Loves Somebody (Sometime),” a standard he’d sung on Bob Hope’s radio show in 1948 that became one of his theme songs, a sentiment so universal it’s on his gravestone.

A multi-faceted artist whose talents crossed media boundaries, Dean Martin has three stars on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame: one for recording, one for movies, and one for television, where he introduced Americans to Celebrity Roasts in the 1970s.

The genius of Dean Martin is that he made everything sound easy and classy and fun. Relaxed and comfortable, with a beatific self-assurance that transcended confidence, Dino’s one of the greatest singers who ever cut records. On his Reprise Recordings, the King of Cool is also his most soulful.

THE DEAN MARTIN CHRISTMAS ALBUM
1. White Christmas
2. Jingle Bells
3. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
4. Blue Christmas
5. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
6. A Marshmallow World
7. Silver Bells
8. Winter Wonderland
9. The Things We Did Last Summer
10. Silent Night

DEAN MARTIN: THE REPRISE YEARS
Disc One: The Greatest Hits
1. Everybody Loves Somebody
2. The Door Is Still Open To My Heart
3. You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You
4. You’ll Always Be The One I Love
5. Send Me The Pillow You Dream On
6. (Remember Me) I’m The One Who Loves You
7. Houston
8. I Will
9. Somewhere There’s A Someone
10. Come Running Back
11. A Million And One
12. Nobody’s Baby Again
13. (Open Up The Door) Let The Good Times In
14. Lay Some Happiness On Me
15. In The Chapel In The Moonlight
16. Little Ole Wine Drinker, Me
17. In The Misty Moonlight
18. You’ve Still Got A Place In My Heart
19. Not Enough Indians
20. I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am

Disc Two: The Best Of The Rest
1. Who’s Got The Action
2. The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else
3. I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face
4. Baby-O
5. Things
6. Corrine Corrina
7. Bumming Around
8. Welcome To My World
9. My Heart Cries For You
10. Gentle On My Mind
11. Tik-A-Tee, Tik-A-Tay
12. Senza Fine
13. Tangerine
14. Besame Mucho
15. Blue Moon
16. I’m Confessin’ (That I Love You)
17. Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup
18. C’est Si Bon
19. My Melancholy Baby
20. Everybody Loves Somebody (original version)

DEAN MARTIN: REPRISE ALBUM DISCOGRAPHY

French Style (1962)
Dino Latino (1962; #99)
Country Style (1963; #109)
Dean Tex Martin Rides Again (1963)
Dream With Dean (1964; #15*)
Everybody Loves Somebody (1964; #2*)
The Door Is Still Open To My Heart (1964)
Dean Martin Hits Again (1965; #13*)
(Remember Me) I’m The One Who Loves You (1965; #12*)
Houston (1965; #11*)
Somewhere There’s Someone (1966; 40*)
Dean Martin Sings Songs From “The Silencers” (1966; #108)
The Hit Sound Of Dean Martin (1966; #50)
The Dean Martin Christmas Album (1966; #1 Xmas*)
The Dean Martin TV Show (1966; #34)
Happiness Is Dean Martin (1967; #46)
Welcome To My World (1967; #20*)
Dean Martin’s Greatest Hits! (1968; #26*)
Dean Martin’s Greatest Hits! Vol. 2 (1968; #83*)
Gentle On My Mind (1968; #14*)
I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am (1969; #90)
My Woman, My Woman, My Wife (1970; #97)
For The Good Times (1971; #113, #41 Country)
Dino (1972; #117)
Sittin’ On Top Of The World (1973)
You’re The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me (1973)
Once In Awhile (1978)
The Nashville Sessions (1983; #49 Country)

* certified gold album (most of which sold over 1,000,000 units–there was no platinum certification at the time)

‘Playlist: The Very Best of Dean Martin’ Available Now!

The new collection, Playlist: The Very Best of Dean Martin, is in stores today! This new 14-track album features many of Dean’s most beloved songs, including:

Playlist: The Very Best of Dean Martin

1. Everybody Loves Somebody
2. Every Minute, Every Hour
3. The Door Is Still Open to My Heart
4. You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You
5. Send Me the Pillow You Dream On
6. In the Chapel in the Moonlight
7. I Can’t Help Remembering You
8. Houston
9. Bumming Around
10. I Will
11. Little Ole Wine Drinker, Me
12. Ain’t Gonna Try Anymore
13. Kiss the World Goodbye
14. Drinking Champagne

Buy Playlist: The Very Best of Dean Martin now at Amazon!

‘The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Complete DVD Collection’ Reviews

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Complete DVD Collection has been getting great reviews! Here are excerpts:

Originally only segments on the flagging Dean Martin Show, the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts were so popular that NBC quickly signed Martin to a series of roasts. And the rest, as they say, was history. … And boy, is the humor ribald. It may surprise unfamiliar younger viewers just what Martin and his guests were able to get away with back in the feel good decade. . … The roasts are enormously entertaining and this DVD set is oodles of fun. – Screen Invasion

The Dean Martin Roasts: The Complete Collection is a great collection that has hours and hours of hilarious entertainment. … These shows are a bit bawdy, very politically incorrect, but mostly they’re just plain funny, even when viewed today. The set is also filled with extras. … There are 11 featurettes that were created for this set. … There are documentaries on the history of these specials, spotlights on some of the famous people to appear, behind-the-stage bits, and a look at how politically incorrect it was.

But Time-Life and StarVista went the extra mile and included a lot more. There are home movies of Dean Martin and his pals, many interviews with various stars, and bonus comedy sketches. In addition there are seven installments of The Dean Martin Show as well as two extra Dean Martin specials: Dean’s Place and Dean Martin’s Red Hot Scandals of 1926. The hours and hours of bonus content is a real treat. … It comes highly, highly recommended. – DVD Talk

Rich Little Fondly Recalls ‘The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts’

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts, patterned after the roasts held at the Friars’ Club in New York City, featured a celebrity guest seated at a banquet table with fellow celebrity friends. … Some of the biggest names in entertainment, sports, and politics at the time – including Bob Hope, Jimmy Stewart, Muhammad Ali, Johnny Carson, Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Gov. Ronald Reagan, and Sammy Davis, Jr. – took their turn in the hot seat. Dean Martin served as “roastmaster” host for all but one of the 54 roasts; comedian Don Rickles took over when it was Martin’s turn to be honored.

…The roasts proved so popular that they evolved into a series of regular NBC Television specials that ran until 1984. … StarVista Entertainment / Time Life has just released a collector’s edition of The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts that gathers a dozen of the best roasts on six DVDs. Also included in the collection are over two hours of Dean Martin bonus features ranging from rare comedy sketches, to complete television specials, to modern-day interviews with roasters Don Rickles, Betty White, Jackie Mason, Tim Conway, Ruth Buzzi, and Rich Little. For more details and purchase options visit www.TimeLife.com.

Viewers aren’t the only ones who remember The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts fondly. In a recent telephone interview from his Las Vegas home, impersonator Rich Little talked about what it was like to share a stage with many of his idols.

“It was an honor to be on there at such a young age,” he said. “I was thrilled and I was also terrified, because you’re not only playing to an audience of millions of people, but you’re playing to the greatest comedians and actors of all time, and they’re sitting next to you watching you. I never dreamt that I would be performing on stage with some of the greats like Dean Martin, Jack Benny, George Burns, John Wayne, Lucille Ball, Orson Welles and on and on. When I got up there I tried to appear cool and nonchalant, but inside I was dying. It was terrifying.”

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