HER DAD WAS THE KING OF COOL
Twin Towns-bound Deana Martin, daughter of Dean Martin, channels her late great dad and relives her memories of the infamous Rat Pack
Deana Martin – also known as the King of Cool Dean Martin’s daughter – will kick it old school next weekend when she takes to the stage at Twin Towns.
Martin will perform hits by the popular entertainer including Everybody Loves Somebody, Ain’t That A Kick In The Head and You’re Nobody till Somebody Loves You.
The show is an homage to her father, a man she clearly adores still, but it’s also steeped in American classics from “The Rat Pack” era.
The Rat Pack was the name the press gave to a group of prominent entertainers featuring Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammie Davis Jr.
In her show, Martin tells stories about her childhood and what it was like growing up surrounded by her father’s famous friends.
“Watching my dad and all those guys was just magic,” she says.
“Imagine who I grew up around, the people that were in our house: Uncle Frank Sinatra, Sammie Davis Jr, Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, all these people I learned from, you know all there in the living room and we’re singing Christmas carols and Sammy Cahn is playing one of the songs he wrote, so it was a phenomenal education for me.”
Martin says one of her biggest mentors was Sinatra, who she called “Uncle Frank”.
“First of all I don’t think there was anyone cooler than my dad and what you saw when you would see him on a movie or TV show that nice, sweet, funny, cool guy, that’s who he was.
“And Uncle Frank smooth and cool, just like that. But he was interested in what you wanted to do. He really educated me on singing and the lyrics and interpreting a song.
“So they were so alike in so many ways but so different. My dad had that natural beautiful voice and he could just get out and sing. Frank had to work for every note and he analysed it.”
The 66-year-old crooner, who splits her time between Missouri and Beverly Hills, says audience members get a bit teary-eyed during her performance.
“There’s a duet I sing with my dad and it’s on my latest album, but I recreate that on stage.
“I have a beautiful video montage of home movies and photos and the audience can hear me singing with him.
“People bring out their hankies during that part.”
Hardcore Dean Martin fans will appreciate the fact that a movie based on Martin’s 2004 memoir, Memories Are Made Of This, is inching closer to reality.
Actor Bonnie Hunt is on board for the screenplay and Joe Mantegna, who played Martin in HBO’s 1998 film The Rat Pack, is directing.
Martin’s role is set to go to Jennifer Love Hewitt. But who will play the role of the man himself is still up in the air.
“They’re big shoes to fill and it’s got to be just right,” says Martin.
Deana Martin, daughter of legendary crooner Dean Martin, is in Australia on tour.