Lost Treasures: Dean Martin – “Houston”


Dean Martin’s recording career began in 1949 & ended with his passing from emphysema Christmas Day 1995.  He was one busy guy, recording hits, acting in movies, hosting his NBC-TV variety TV series or yucking it up with his comedic pals Jerry Lewis, Sammy Davis Jr & the “Rat Pack”.  Martin & Lewis had an NBC radio show during the early 50’s. Never far away was a martini glass, although the popular rumors & public perception  he was an alcoholic weren’t true & Dino was actually a very disciplined drinker.  Likewise a lit cigarette was always present & would lead to his eventual demise.  The country-pop classic “Houston” was penned by noted Nashville singer/songwriter Lee Hazlewood & produced by well-known country producer Jimmy Bowen.  Guitarist Bill Justis (of “Raunchy” fame) & his band provided the backing. Reprise Records released “Houston” in 1965 & it charted on national MOR, pop & country surveys.  It was the title track of an album of the same name comprised of mostly country tunes.  Dino’s entire career was far too extensive to go into detail here, but those who have lived those years can never accuse him of not being active in entertainment, nor any lack of talent or success in a number of fields.  Enjoy your weekend & thanks for pointing your browser to Puget Sound Media!

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Author: Mike Cherry

retired broadcaster: on-air, MD, PD, asst PD, Prod Mgr, IT, station technician/engineer, pioneer Internet webcaster, station installation/maintenance; 12 years in commercial radio, 17 years volunteer in campus/community radio in B.C., Alberta & Wash. Amateur radio operator & "DXer" specializing in AM night-time DX, short-wave DX/listening & remote SDR DXing/listening

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