Monday, April 11, 2011

How about a little Rat Pack coolness today - Dean Martin "Cool Then, Cool Now"

Dean Martin "Cool Then, Cool Now" Hardcover Book and Musical Collection to be Released June 7 by Universal Music Enterprises

We thought the world needed a little bit of old school cool today.  Anyone who knows us knows that we are all huge fans of The Rat Pack.  The era, the mood, the feel, the fun.  People have tried to copy it, others claim to be the next generation of it but fail miserably (We're looking at you Puffy and Kutcher.)  Just like there will always be one Rat Pack, there was only one Dino.  

Today Universal Music Enterprises announced great anthology coming out.  Dean Martin "Cool Then, Cool Now".  It's a hardback book and musical collection. 

This one-of-a-kind collection showcases Dean as The Entertainer, The Family Man, The Sportsman, The Man-About-Town, and The Movie Star providing a behind-the-scenes look of the legendary Dean Martin in the studio, on stage, and from sets of films including The Caddy (1953), Artists and Models (1955), Rio Bravo (1959), Oceans 11 (1960), Airport (1970) and many more. Photos included, from personal collections and family archives, are highlighted by pictures of Dean with many of his closest friends.
The book features heartfelt tributes from some of the people that knew him best including; comedian and co-star Jerry Lewis, Academy Award winning actress and co-star Shirley MacLaine, and legendary golfer Arnold Palmer, as well as admirer and global star Robbie Williams, and others.
"I was fortunate to work with Dean from the very start, he was always the consummate professional, instantaneous and funny," said Lewis. "He was magic to be around and had the exquisite ability to know what was funny." Recalled MacLaine, "Dean was the man-about-town that everyone wanted to spend time with. He was kind, funnier than anyone else, and adorable in all ways."

You can bet that this will be at the top of my list to get once it's released.  At the same time Capitol/EMI will release two collections of Dean Martin's music.

A new title, Classic Dino: The Best Of Dean Martin features 14 classic tracks, and six standout recordings have been added to the popular, Platinum-certified Dino: The Essential Dean Martin for an expanded 36-track 2CD and digital collection of Martin's top hits.  
If you're not a fan of Dino, have no idea what I'm talking about, or debate the coolness that is Dean, here's a look at just a couple of my favorite Dino moments.

This was taken from a very rare kinescope of The Rat Pack performing at the Sands Hotel and Casino.

Ahhh....remember when a big star would just walk out on to Carson's stage?

What say you?

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1 comment:

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