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Dream With Dean: Dean Martin’s Fireside-Martini Album

In 1964 Dean Martin recorded a laidback martini-at-the-fireside album that included the original version of a song that would soon become his signature tune.

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Dino sings for dreamers: Martin strikes a reflective pose.

Dream With Dean is singer Dean Martin’s excursion into late-night lounge ballads, with the vocalist accompanied by a jazz rhythm section made up of guitarist Barney Kessel, pianist Ken Lane, bassist Red Mitchell, and drummer Irv Cottler. Dream With Dean would be released almost simultaneously in 1964 with Everybody Loves Somebody, another Martin album that featured a more conventional orchestra-and-backup singers setting for the vocalist. Both albums would stay on the charts for a combined 80 weeks. Dream With Dean‘s laidback context makes it an album that liner note writer Stan Cornyn said will “relax you like sloe gin after a fast night.”

Other artists featured on the program include James Carter, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Dexter Gordon, and Rene Marie.

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My Foolish Heart
Oscar Peterson/Nelson Riddle — Oscar Peterson and Nelson Riddle (Verve, 2009)
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My Foolish Heart
Oscar Peterson/Nelson Riddle — Oscar Peterson and Nelson Riddle (Verve, 2009)
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Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
Frank Sinatra — Portrait Of Sinatra (Sony, 1997)
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I've Got The World On A String
Sarah Vaughan — How Long Has This Been Going On (Pablo , 1991)
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You Never Told Me That You Care
James Carter — The Real Quietstorm (Atlantic, 2012)
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I'll Buy That Dream
Dean Martin — Dream With Dean (Collector's Choice, 2002)
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My Melancholy Baby
Dean Martin — Dream With Dean (Collector's Choice, 2002)
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Nightingale (midpoint music bed)
Oscar Peterson/Nelson Riddle — Oscar Peterson and Nelson Riddle (Verve, 2009)
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Everybody Loves Somebody
Dean Martin — Dream With Dean (Collector's Choice, 2002)
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If You Were The Only Girl In The World
Dean Martin — Dream With Dean (Collector's Choice, 2002)
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Blue Moon
Dean Martin — Dream With Dean (Collector's Choice, 2002)
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Darn That Dream
Dexter Gordon — Ballads (Blue Note, 1991)
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Where Or When
Rene Marie — Live At Jazz Standard (MaxJazz, 2003)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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  • kentsmokerguy

    Mr. Johnson, how cool to discover you and Indiana Public Radio homagin’ our Dino in this way. Never was, never will be anyone as cool as the King of Cool.  Oh, to return to the days when Dino walked the earth.  Know that your programme has been shared with the pallies gathered ’round ilovedinomartin.

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