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The music for this song was written back in 1960 by Jimmy Van Heusen and the lyrics were written by Sammy Cahn. This one became part of the Dean Martin music body of work when he recorded his version in May 1960 for the upcoming movie release of Oceans 11. 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.
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 wa waiting in the studio.
In walks Rosemary Clooney who records the song and ends up with a #8 hit in her 1955 release in the US and a #3 in Australia. This became one of those Dean Martin best songs upon its release in 1955 and he had a #14 hit in the UK and a #2 in Australia.
This became one of those Dean Martin famous songs recorded in 1955 and released it in 1956. The song was a #1 hit in the US, the US and Australia. There were many cover versions of the song done in various languages as well. The most successful version in terms of sales was not Dean's version but one recorded in German. The Everly Brothers, The Drifters and even Johnny Cash among others have covered this song.
Dean sang this song in a 1959 movie along with Ricky Nelson called Rio. The film also starred Walter Brennan.
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. The song was also used in Carrol O'Connor's (Archie Bunker) last film in 2000 of the same name.
This songs hails from Dean Martin's 1954 album "Hey Brother Pour The Wine". The song was originally written in Spanish for Pedro Infante Cruz, a well known Mexican actor and singer during this period so the song was translated into English so Martin could record his version. The single peaked at #15 in the US, #6 in the UK and #1 in Australia and became one of those Dean Martin top hits.
Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin were a comedy team in the early 1950's and for an upcoming movie called The Caddy, Jerry Lewis paid a composer and a lyricist $30,000 to come up with a song for the movie that Dean could sing. That's Amore, which Amore means "love" in Italian, was the result. The became one of those Dean Martin top songs and peaked at #2 in both the US and the UK and hit #1 in Australia.
This is one of those songs by Dean Martin which was late to the party as the saying goes as Joni James, Jo Statford and Patti Page all had recorded and released their versions of this song in 1952 before Dino got his version out there in Aug of 1952. In spite of his late release, he still managed a #12 ranking on the charts.
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