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Friday, December 20, 2013

Dean Martin At The Top Of ASCAP's 2013 Holiday Songs List

According to Vintage Vinyl News (hat tip to I Love Dino Martin, a site that I visit almost every day):
Since November 1st, 2013, "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow"! has aired more times than any other holiday song this season, ending the four-year reign of previous list-topper "Sleigh Ride."...

The list of the top ten 2013 holiday songs is HERE.

Dean Martin's version of "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" is the most popular rendition of the 1945 popular tune by lyricist Sammy Cahn and composer Jule Styne. The version below has received over 17,695,727 views at YouTube since 2008:


Christmas is certainly a time for sacred music — music that honors the birth of the Christ Child. Indeed, Jesus is the Reason for the Season.

But Christmas is for fun, too! Some of the old popular tunes are an important part of enjoying this Season, and Dean Martin recorded several holiday and Christmas songs on two different albums: A Winter Romance (1959) and The Dean Martin Christmas Album (1966).

In 2002, after the deaths of Dean Martin (1917-1995), Frank Sinatra (1915-1988), and Sammy Davis, Jr. (1925-1990), Christmas with the Rat Pack was released and included the following omission from Dean Martin's other holiday albums although the song was included on Frank Sinatra and His Friends Want You To Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (1963):

11 comments:

  1. Hey pallie, likes Miss AOW, thanks so so much for sharin' this wonderously wonderful Dino-news with your readership. Know that your reflections are bein' shared this day with all our pallies gathered 'round ilovedinomartin. Keeps lovin' our most beloved Dino!

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    1. DMP,
      My pleasure! I had fun and enjoyed wonderful memories in my writing of this blog post.

      And thanks for linking to my post at I Love Dino Martin. I appreciate it.

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  2. Here's ducky's favorite!

    It's a shame that Dino didn't sing it, though. ;)

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    1. Joe! What a find!

      It definitely does need Dino's velvet voice, though.

      Have you every seen or heard the Frank Sinatra parody "Strangers on My Flight"?

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    2. No, but I do remember a differently entitled "Strangers in my pants". ;)

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  3. I love LET IT SNOW! and he did it THE BEST...I loved that video, too...some of my very favorite Christmas images are near the end; I even used one in a post a few Christmas years ago.
    AOW, every time I think of Dino, I remember my friend Michael who owned the pro shop at the Mountaingate Country Club which Dino belonged to. Mike said he was the nicest guy ever......very kind, very generous. if he liked a golf shirt, he'd buy it in every color! Until his son died in the plane crash. Mike said he was still nice, but was never as fun or outgoing...really retreated into himself.
    Breaks my heart. Apparently, everyone who knew Martin loved him.

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    1. Z,
      From all reports, Dino was one nice guy. He was generous to a fault. Upon his death, his estate left a great deal of funding to Steubenville, Ohio (his home town) -- to the church and the music conservatory.

      The untimely death of his son undid him, though.

      My father-in-law, a respiratory therapist at Cedars Sinai some years ago, treated Dean Martin in the star's final days. Clearly, depression had set it, but the nice guy was still there, and all the hospital personnel thought the world of him.

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    2. This video of Dean Martin's "Let It Snow" offers another outstanding series of images.

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  4. BTW, Dean Martin died on December 25, 1995.

    I do miss those Dean Martin Christmas Shows!

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  5. Great of you mentionin' our pal Dino on your blog! He was definitely "One of a kind"! Truly missed this time of year but ALWAYS in our hearts!

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    1. Danny,
      I've been a Dino fan for almost 50 years now.

      I'm so glad that I discovered the I Love Dino Martin blog! DMP really ferrets out information that one cannot find elsewhere, and you post those lovely Sunday Serenades.

      All the best for 2014!

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