Charming, debonair, and impeccably attired in a black tuxedo, Dean Martin was coolness incarnate. His music provided the soundtrack of romance, and his image captivated movie and television audiences for more than fifty years.
Enjoying great success in music, film, television, and the stage, Dean Martin was less an entertainer than an icon, the eternal essence of cool. He was a member of the legendary Rat Pack. Notably, he lived and died the high life of booze, broads and bright lights. He was the man who projected a sense of utter detachment and serenity. Of course, his name comes along with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. Martin embodied the glorious excess of a world long gone, a world without rules or consequences. Throughout it all, he remained just outside the radar of understanding, the most distant star in the firmament.
Memories Are Made of This
"Memories Are Made of This" is a popular song written by Terry Gilkyson, Richard Dehr, and Frank Miller in 1955. The song was first issued by Mindy Carson with Ray Conniff's Orchestra and The Columbians. Significantly, the most popular version of the song was from Dean Martin in 1955. The backing vocals, singing "Sweet, sweet, the memories you gave to me," belonged to the 3 writers of the song. They sang under the name of The Easy Riders.
Eventually, the song became the unofficial anthem for Hungarian refugees scattered around the world after the 1956 revolution against Soviet rule.
After the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, the song adapted into the "Honvágy-dal" ('The Song of Homesickness') and used as an unofficial anthem for refugees scattered around the world. Recorded by Ida Boros, it became a cultural phenomenon and a sign of protest against the communist government.
In 1994 the song featured in TV advert for Bisto gravy powder. It went featured in many other adverts down through the years.
Memories are made of this
Then add the wedding bells, one house where lovers dwell
Three little kids for the flavor, stir carefully through the days
See how the flavor stays
These are the dreams you will savor
With His blessings from above
Serve it generously with love
One man, one wife, one love through life
Dean Martin, through his daughter’s eyes
Dean Martin borrowed the song title for her 2004 book, Memories Are Made of This: Dean Martin Through His Daughter’s Eyes, and for her first full-length album in 2005.
In this heartfelt memoir, Deana recalls the constantly changing blended family that marked her youth, along with the unexpected moments of silliness and tenderness that this unusual Hollywood family shared. She was among his most devoted fans, but she also knew a side of him that few others ever glimpsed. She candidly reveals the impact of Dean’s fame and characteristic aloofness, but delights in sharing wonderful, never-before-told stories about her father and his pallies known as the Rat Pack. This is an enchanting account of life. The daughter of one of Hollywood’s sexiest icons will leave you entertained, delighted, and nostalgic for a time gone by.