Today in 1957, on October 24, Dean Martin was in the studio at the Capitol Records Tower. He was recording, among other tunes, “Makin’ Love Ukulele Style.” The session started at 8PM and went until 10:45PM. The orchestra was conducted by Gus Levene and the ukulele was performed by Allan Reuss. Listen to the song here! https://youtu.be/I6CxSMaG4r4
People often ask if Dean Martin played any instruments. Well…here’s a #TuesdayTrivia answer for you — check out this amazing clip of Dean Martin playing the trombone along with a swingin’ band! (Jerry Lewis conducts, of course.)
From 1954, here’s a very rare recording from the groundbreaking ceremony for the Capitol Records Tower and Studios in Hollywood. There was a testimonial luncheon for Capitol Records’ co-founder and then president Glenn Wallichs, put on by Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and The Los Angeles Ad Club, and a short roast by Dean Martin followed at the end. Listen here!
This month in 1958, Dean Martin scored a Billboard Top 20 hit with “Volare” – his version flew all the way to #15 on the charts! If you haven’t heard it in a while, listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejzDJkUXgdw