Dean Martin was a beloved American entertainer who was so filled with charisma and an incredible stage presence that he was nicknamed, "The King of Cool." He was born in 1917 in Steubenville, OH and actually started out with a passion for boxing. He gave that up though and started singing with local bands but it wasn't until he teamed up with comed...

by Chuck Darrow   Of course Deana Martin is a singer. How could she not be, considering who showed her the showbiz ropes? On the one hand, there was Frank Sinatra. On the other, there was her dad, Dean Martin. The lessons they imparted will surely be on display Saturday as Martin performs with her band at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Th...

Dino Paul Crocetti was born on June 7, 1917. His father, Gaetano Alfonso Crocetti, was originally from Montesilvano, Abruzzo, and his mother, Angela (née Barra), was an Italian America whose family also came from Abruzzo. Growing up, Dino first learned how to speak Italian and did not start learning English until he began school when he was five-ye...

Music has always had a crucial importance for the Italians in America. As a sentiment of strong attachment to the mother land and its traditions, or as a channel to express their passion; as a vehicle for revenge due to the success of the opera and then to the affirmation of the Italian artistic talent, from the Italian crooners of the 40s and the...

La storia di Dino Paul Crocetti, figlio di un montesilvanese emigrato negli Stati Uniti che diventò una star di Hollywood. Il comune rende omaggio al cantante e attore con un premio agli abruzzesi che si sono distinti all'estero.   Il firmamento di Hollywood è coperto di stelle tra le quali tante di cognome italiano, e solo per citare qualch...

It's been called the Italian Decade — that pop-music moment between the D-Day invasion at Normandy and the British Invasion of the Beatles and their peers, a time when a resurgent Frank Sinatra staked his claim as Chairman of the Board, and when Dean Martin, Perry Como and Tony Bennett brought a smoothly passionate brand of crooning to radio airwav...

by Generoso D'Agnese Per Hollywood era un "crooner", un intrattenitore professionista, e il suo nome correva sulle bocche di tutto il mondo.   Per Montesilvano, Abruzzo, Dean Martin (Dino scelse questo nome anglofonizzando il cognome del tenore italiano Nino Martini) è rimasto invece, per tutta la vita, "zi Dean", il figlio del barbiere Gae...

Join NIAF and their friends for a spirited holiday reception on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at NIAF headquarters! "Dean Martin" (actor, vocalist and master Dino tribute performer Eric Richardson) will be on hand to bring back memories of the humor and songs that made the Rat Pack's "King of Cool" so cool. This fun and festive reception includes hors d'oeuv...

Pubblico delle grandi occasioni per la sesta edizione del premio Dean Martin, ormai punto di riferimento per il percorso dei successi degli abruzzesi nel Mondo. Ancora una volta una formula azzeccata, quella messa in scena lo scorso 12 luglio dagli organizzatori e capeggiata da Germano D'Aurelio, infaticabile showman abruzzese che per l'occasione...

As we already did with music, radio, religion, cinema, sport, literature, theater, consumerism and cuisine, today we analyze the relationship between Italy and the United States from the point of view of another fundamental paradigm for the last century: television.   We do this with a young Italian talent, Luca Martera: scholar, writer, director...