Deana On Dino



To mark the 15th anniversary of Dean Martin's death on Christmas Day 1995, his daughter Deana shares a selection of favourite songs.

Dean "Dino" Martin is recognised as one of the great crooners and film stars of the twentieth century, who was a member of the famed "Rat Pack" with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jnr.

His films included Some Came Running, The Young Lions, Rio Bravo and Ocean's Eleven, while he was also a major star on television, with the pioneering Dean Martin Show and the recently revived Celebrity Roasts.

Deana is a singer and radio broadcaster, who made her television debut performing on The Dean Martin Show in 1966.

She soon became a frequent guest, taking part in musical and comedy numbers with a wide array of guests, including Frank Sinatra.

She picks songs from her father's long career and shares stories and the meaning of some of these songs to her and the Martin family.

It will be an intimate portrait of the real Dean Martin, who was largely masked by his showbiz image.

Songs featured include Mr Wonderful, a song Dean loved because it reminded him of the struggle to make it in showbiz and Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime.

Deana reveals that when this song knocked the Beatles' off the top spot, her father sent a telegram to Elvis Presley saying: "If you can't handle The Beatles, I'll do it for you pally!"

She also reveals the story behind I Can't Give You Anything But Love, which was recorded at a muscular dystrophy Telethon in 1976 following a surprise live reunion engineered by Frank Sinatra between Dean and Jerry Lewis.

The pair hadn't spoken to each other for twenty years, after the acrimonious breakup of their double act, and Jerry told Deana years later that he could barely "keep it together" on the night.

We also hear Time After Time, a duet which Deana sang with Jerry Lewis after her father's death.

A favourite song of Jerry's, he insisted she sing with him so "it can be Martin & Lewis again".

Deana has recorded a number of her father's songs and the show will feature a couple of her own musical tributes.

Deana Martin marks the 15th anniversary of her father's death with favourite songs.