Dean Martin Guitar Cover Songs 
On The Acoustic

Dean Martin Cover Songs On The Acoustic

Welcome to my Dean Martin guitar cover songs page where you'll find a collection of demo covers, free .pdf chord sheets, rhythm tips and more.

There are also full lesson tutorials available for purchase for a small fee if you require the full lesson. There are also Dean Martin album covers displayed so you know which album the songs originate.


Jump links to quickly access the sections.

Ain't That A Kick In The Head
Mambo Italiano
Memories Are Made Of This
My Rifle My Pony And Me
Release Me | Return To Me | Sway
That's Amore | We'll Sing In The Sunshine
You Belong To Me

Dean Martin Guitar Cover Songs
Covers, PDF's, Tutorials

1. Ain't That A Kick In The Head

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: C, G7, Adim, Dm7, G, E7, A7, D7

This song was written as a pop song in 1960, but Dino turned it into a big band jazz arrangement. His arrangement was also used in the original Oceans 11 movie.  

The original title was called Ain't That A Kick In The Seat. Dino's version never charted, but over the years the song has appeared on several of his Greatest Hits albums.

The Irish group Westlife also covered this song in 2004.

Chords & Lyrics

Buy Full Lesson

Jump To Top Of Dean Martin Guitar Cover Songs

2. Mambo Italiano

Bob Merrill was a writer who was under a deadline in 1954, and while sitting in an Italian restaurant trying to come up with a song for his approaching deadline, on a napkin he wrote Mambo Italiano. At a nearby payphone he passed along the melody and lyrics to the pianist who was waiting in the studio.

Rosemary Clooney recorded the song first and had a #1 hit in 1955.

Dean Martin recorded his version later in 1955 and had a #2 hit in Australia. The song wasn't part of any album but it did appear on The Essential Dean Martin Hits.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up down up root up down up .. is the main pattern but there are chops throughout
  • Picking: Yes within the rhythm
  • Chords: Em, Am, B7, C, Gb, G, E7, D7, Em/D#, Em/D, Db/E, C7
Chords & Lyrics

Buy Full Lesson

Jump To Top

3. Memories Are Made Of This

Dean Martin had his only #1 UK hit with this song in 1955. Members of the backup group, The Easy Riders, wrote this one and sang on Dean's track, which reached #1 also on the Billboard Top 100 in 1956.

The most successful version in terms of sales was not Dean's version of this song but one recorded in German.  The Everly Brothers, The Drifters and even Johnny Cash have covered this song.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: E, B7, A, E7, Gb
Chords & Lyrics

Buy Full Lesson

Jump To Top Of Dean Martin Guitar Cover Songs

4. My Rifle My Pony And Me

This song was in a 1959 film called Rio Bravo starring John Wayne, Walter Brennan, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson and Angie Dickinson.

Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson took turns singing this song in the movie but Dino recorded a version himself. Some people call this the Dean Martin Rio Bravo song.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 1st fret
  • Rhythm: strum lightly for the first bit and then root down up root up down up
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: - C, F, G, Am, C7, Em
Chords & Lyrics

Buy Full Lesson

Jump To Top

5. Release Me

This song was actually written and first released back in 1949. Both Dean Martin and Engelbert Humperdinck recorded and released their versions in the same year which was 1969. 

Humperdinck's version became one of the largest selling singles of all time. 

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes and a few riffs
  • Chords: D, A, G, B7, Em, Ddim, A7
Chords & Lyrics

Buy Full Lesson

Jump To Top Of Dean Martin Guitar Cover Songs

6. Return To Me Dean Martin

Another of the great songs by Dean Martin with this 1958 recording which was a top 10 in several countries including the UK, The Netherlands, Canada and the USA. 

Dean also re-recorded the song in 1961 for this album "Dino Italian Love Songs".

Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Marty Robbins have all recorded this song.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down bass up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: A7, D, G, E
Chords & Lyrics

Buy Full Lesson

Jump To Top

7. Sway Song Dean Martin

This song was originally written in Spanish for Pedro Infante Cruz, a well known Mexican actor and singer but it was translated into English by Norman Gimbel, so Martin could record an English version. Dino recorded Sway in 1954.

His version reached #6 in the UK and #15 in the US and can be found on the 1954 album "Hey Brother Pour The Wine".

Download the Sway Dean Martin lyrics sheet below.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: A7, Dm, A+, Dm, C, F
Chords & Lyrics

Buy Full Lesson

Jump To Top Of Dean Martin Guitar Cover Songs

8. That's Amore Dean Martin

For an upcoming 1953 movie called The Caddy, Jerry Lewis paid a composer and a lyricist $30,000 to come up with several songs for the movie that Dean could sing, in the hopes they'd write a hit. 

That's Amore was the result and became one of those Dean Martin top songs. Amore means "love" in Italian.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: shuffle rhythm in the beginning and then use root down down or root down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: Am, Dm, E7, A, B7, Db, Gb, D, F, A#, C7, Eb, Ebm
Chords & Lyrics

Buy Full Lesson

Jump To Top

9. We'll Sing In The Sunshine

Gale Garnett from New Zealand wrote and recorded this song back in 1964 and had a #1 and a top 10 on several charts.

Several artists including Sonny & Cher, Wanda Jackson, Dolly Parton and Helen Ready all recorded the song.

Dean Martin put the song on his "The Door Is Still Open To My Heart" in 1964 but he never released the song as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up and repeat with some arpeggio blended in
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: C, Em, F, G, Dm7, G7, C7
Chords & Lyrics

Buy Full Lesson

Jump To Top Of Dean Martin Guitar Cover Songs

10. You Belong To Me

This is one of those songs by Dean Martin which was late to the party as Joni James, Jo Statford and Patti Page all had recorded and released their versions first. 

Dino got his version out there in Aug of 1952 and still managed a #12 ranking on the charts. The song was not on any early Dean Martin albums but appeared on his "Dino The Essentials Greatest Hits" album from 2004.

Bob Dylan and Jason Wade also have their versions of this song.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: C, Cm, G, D/Gb, Em, A7, D7, Bm, Am7, Dm 
Chords & Lyrics

Buy Full Lesson

Jump To Top Of Dean Martin Guitar Cover Songs

Thanks for stopping by this Dean Martin guitar cover songs page and I hope you found the information on this page helpful and useful.

If you liked Dean Martin you might like these ... (click here)

Some Dean Martin Greatest Hits In This Documentary



HomePage
Las Vegas Songs
Centerd popup window on the screen