Deana Martin

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Deana Martin
Deana Martin Headshot.jpg
Born (1948-08-19) August 19, 1948 (age 70)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Residence Beverly Hills, California
Branson, Missouri
Alma mater Dartington College of Arts
Occupation Singer, actress
Spouse(s) John Griffeth
Parent(s) Dean Martin
Elizabeth Anne McDonald
Relatives Dean Paul Martin (half-brother)
Ricci Martin (half-brother)
Website deanamartin.com

Deana Martin (born August 19, 1948) is an American singer and actress. She is the daughter of singer Dean Martin.


Film and television[edit]

Deana Martin with her father on his television show

Martin was born in Manhattan to Dean Martin and his first wife, Elizabeth (Betty) MacDonald. She moved to Beverly Hills, California with her family by the age of one. She later went to live with her father and his second wife, Jeanne Biegger. During her childhood, it was not unusual for his Rat Pack friends, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr., to visit. Being around them persuaded her to pursue a career in entertainment.

Martin trained professionally at the Dartington College of Arts in the United Kingdom. Her theatrical credits include Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, and A Taste of Honey. She co-starred in the National Broadway tour of Neil Simon's play Star Spangled Girl with George Hamilton and Jimmy Boyd. Other starring roles include Wait Until Dark, 6 Rms Riv Vu, A Shot in the Dark, and The Tunnel of Love. She made her major motion picture debut in Young Billy Young with Robert Mitchum, David Carradine, and Angie Dickinson. This debut led to starring roles in the films Strangers at Sunrise with George Montgomery and A Voice in the Night with Vito Scotti.

She made her television debut in 1966 on The Dean Martin Show[1][2] She was a frequent guest, performing in musical and comedy numbers with a wide array of entertainers, including Frank Sinatra.[3]

She also appeared on A&E Biography, Access Hollywood, CBS Sunday Morning, Country Music Television, E! Entertainment Television, Entertainment Tonight, Larry King Live, Live with Regis & Kelly, Sky Italia, The Bonnie Hunt Show, The Monkees, The Today Show, The Tony Danza Show, The Big Breakfast, Bruce Forsyth On Vegas. For four seasons she hosted The Deana Martin Show.

In 2003, Martin appeared with Jerry Lewis on The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon. Martin and Lewis sang "Time After Time".[4]

Singing career[edit]

Deana Martin recording with Lee Hazelwood

Martin began her recording career with producer Lee Hazlewood at Reprise Records. The recordings included her country music hit "Girl of the Month Club" while she was a teenager.[5][6] Other tunes were "When He Remembers Me", "Baby I See You", and "The Bottom of My Mind", all recorded during the 1960s. Musicians from the Wrecking Crew, including Glen Campbell, played on these recordings.

Memories Are Made of This was released in 2006.[7] She covered some of her father's hit songs, including the title cut and "Everybody Loves Somebody," "That's Amore", "Just Bummin' Around", and "For Your Love" written by her mother Betty Martin. She sang a duet with Jerry Lewis on "Time After Time." The album was produced by her husband John Griffeth and reached the iTunes Top 10 chart, where it remained for 40 weeks throughout 2006 and 2007.

By 2008, after her tour, she was ready to record again. She went into the studio at Capitol Records with the same personnel to record Volare, released in 2009.[8] It debuted at number seven on the Billboard magazine Heat Seek chart, reached No. 22 on the magazine's Jazz Albums Chart, and appeared in the iTunes Top 10 chart.[6] The song "Volare" peaked at No. 40 in Billboard magazine.[9]

In 2011, Martin released White Christmas, her first album of holiday favorites. Joined by Andy Williams on the title track, Martin covered 10 of her favorite tunes, including "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm", "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow", and "Winter Wonderland".[10] She recorded with Al Schmitt, John Griffeth, and Charles Calello. The album was re-released the following year. Martin discussed this re-release with Brad "Martini" Chambers on his show Martini in the Morning on November 20, 2012.

A year later, Martin was back in the studio working on Destination Moon (2013). Her fourth album includes "Break It to Me Gently", "I Love Being Here With You", and "Beyond the Sea" and four new songs: "Read Between the Lines", "Where Did You Learn to Love Like That", "Paradise", and "Stuck in a Dream with Me". She sang a duet with her father on the Cole Porter song "True Love".[11][12] Swing Street was released in 2016.[13] She talked to Doug Miles about the album on his show.[14]

Honoring her father[edit]

For many years, Martin and her husband worked to encourage the state of Ohio to recognize the achievements of her father.[15] In 2001 Ohio Governor Bob Taft signed a bill which made June 7 Dean Martin Day.

Martin performs her father's songs as well as favorite classic pop hits in symphony halls, performing arts centers, blues clubs, jazz clubs, and festivals.[16][17] She has performed at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the Paramount Theatre in New York City, Coral Springs Center for the Arts in Florida, Harrah's Atlantic City, Rrazz Room in San Francisco, Salt Lake City Jazz Festival, Whiskey A Go Go in Hollywood, The Sands in Macao or Benaroya Hall, and Symphony Hall in Seattle.[18]

In an interview with The Los Angeles Times Martin said, "There's, of course, a lot of Dean Martin music plus 'Uncle' Frank Sinatra, 'Uncle' Sammy Davis Jr., Bobby Darin, a little Ella Fitzgerald," she said. "It's all the great songs and then, of course, my own songs. I always honor my dad and all of the music of the Great American Songbook." She performed a concert in honor of her father's 100 birthday.[19]

In her book Memories Are Made of This: Dean Martin Through His Daughter's Eyes[20] she shares stories about the Rat Pack from a perspective of a young girl growing up around them. She talks about how her father handled his busy career, public performances, and his role as husband and father. She talks about losing her brother, Dino, in a plane crash. Martin writes about growing up around Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and the Beatles, going ballroom dancing with a young Jeff Bridges, and dating Davy Jones of The Monkees.[21] Her book reached the bestseller list at The New York Times.[11]

In 2005, Martin was hired by Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. In 2013, she joined Tina Sinatra for her Father's Day Special with Natalie Cole, Monica Mancini, and Daisy Tormé reminiscing about their famous fathers.[22]

Martin is a licensed pilot who was featured in a cover story for the magazine Twin Cessna Flyer and profiled in AOPA Pilot.[23]

Discography[edit]

  • Memories Are Made of This (Big Fish, 2006)
  • Volare (Big Fish, 2009)
  • White Christmas (Big Fish, 2011)
  • Destination Moon (Big Fish, 2013)
  • Swing Street (Big Fish, 2016)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Deana Martin on the Legendary Dean Martin". WNYC. 8 June 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Deana Martin: To Know Her Is To Love Her". Dean, Golds and Dings. 19 August 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  3. ^ Carey, Gina (4 April 2014). "Deana Martin Recalls Performing With 'King Of Cool' Dad Dean Martin (WATCH)". Huffington Post. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  4. ^ Liebenson, Donald (5 September 2016). "When Jerry Met Dean—Again, on Live Television". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Baby I See You". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Deana Martin Still Carries a Torch for Her Father Dean". East Valley Tribune. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  7. ^ Siders, Harvey (1 December 2006). "Deana Martin: Memories Are Made of This". JazzTimes. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Volare". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Deana Martin". Billboard. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  10. ^ "A Dean and Deana Martin Christmas". www.vocalstandards.com. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Deana Martin". The Edwardsville Intelligencer. 20 February 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  12. ^ Loudon, Christopher (5 April 2014). "Deana Martin: Destination Moon". JazzTimes. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  13. ^ "An interview with legendary singer and rat pack member Dean Martin's entertainer daughter Deana Martin". allaccess.com. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  14. ^ "A conversation with singer/actress/author Deana Martin January 27, 2016". dougmilesmedia.com. 28 January 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  15. ^ "Dean Martin Festival – Steubenville". Ohio Festivals. 19 June 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  16. ^ Tulloch, Katrina (6 August 2013). "Deana Martin to honor father, Dean, at Turning Stone tribute performance". syracuse.com. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  17. ^ Clinglas, Carol (19 December 2013). "Deana Martin Christmas Show will feature songs, stories from famous dad". Reviewjournal.com. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  18. ^ Heckman, Don (6 May 2014). "Live Music: Deana Martin at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc". The International Review of Music. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  19. ^ Jones, Jay (14 June 2017). "Daughter Deana Martin and Las Vegas to mark Dean Martin's 100th year". latimes.com. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  20. ^ Elfman, Doug (15 July 2013). "Deana Martin: Dad was 'amazing guy'". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  21. ^ "Memories Are Made of This". Publishersweekly.com. 9 September 2004. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  22. ^ "Sirius XM Radio Inc: Tina Sinatra to Host a Father's Day Special on SiriusXM's Siriusly Sinatra Channel | 4-Traders". 4-traders.com. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  23. ^ Scott, Phil. "Pilots: Deana Martin". AOPA. Retrieved November 18, 2015.

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