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

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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.

Pic­ture: RICHARD DOB­SON

Deana Martin, daugh­ter of leg­endary crooner Dean Martin, is in Australia on tour.

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