“I sang some songs, acted here and there, but no way would I call myself exceptional. I just hope I did my best for my audiences.” - a somewhat self-deprecating comment from Dean Martin on his own career. It was this laid-back approach to his work, however, that belied a dedicated and professional entertainer.
Bernard H Thorpe first got to know Dino in 1960 and what followed for the next thirty or so years was an unexpected working relationship between the two men. Bernard became instrumental in many of Dino’s album releases in the UK and a staunch promoter of the man’s career across the globe. This book is a respectful and unique look back at the career of a true, world-class entertainer and the story of how an unassuming family man from the British media industry became a life-long advocate and friend.
Featuring personal colour photos of their meetings, and letters of corrospondence (one of which pertaining to the then yet-to-be-written book), as well as a comprehensive list of recordings and radio/film/television appearances, this is an insightful look into the life of a reluctant but legendary celebrity who scaled the heights of Hollywood and worldwide fame. In his centenary year, we are delighted to bring you Just Dino – A Personal Recollection of Dean Martin.