Thursday, November 8, 2007

Everybody Loves Somebody, Sometime



I thought I'd finish the week on a lighter note, and show you my Dean Martin singing replica doll. He was a gift from my son, Greg, who knows that I have been a big Dean Martin fan since I was a teenager in the fifties.


Oh, how I swooned and mooned over Dino, back then, and bought all his records, and went to see all the silly movies he was in with Jerry Lewis. I considered myself his number one fan!

In the second photo you see, I placed some beautiful girls around Dino, because he was always surrounded by beautiful girls on his TV show! (TeeHee.)

The doll sings two songs, when his button is pushed. Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime, and That's Amore. My two younger granddaughters love to push Dean's button whenever they come for a visit. And as Dean bursts into song, his head moves from side to side, as does his hand holding the mike. He really kicks up the dust. Of course, that's because I forgot to dust his stand, before I took the picture.

In the mid-70s, I was invited to be the guest of a local disc jockey friend, at a snazzy night club in our city. The attraction that night was to be Frank Sinatra Jr. So, of course, I went. Frank Jr. sang nicely, sounding a lot like his famous Dad. During his break, Mr. Sinatra Jr. actually came to our table and sat down to chat a bit.

"A little bird told me you're a big Dean Martin fan," he said, smiling at me.

"Uh, yes, I am," I replied, somewhat flustered. "I'm his number one fan!"

"Well, I happen to know Mr. Martin personally. He is a good friend of my father's. And when I go back to Hollywood, I'll tell Dean all about his cute number one fan."

I blushed and thanked him for his remark, and then thanked my disc jockey friend, because I knew he had planned the whole thing. It was all kind of exciting. But the really exciting thing was yet to come

Actually, it came almost two months later, in the mail. For there was a large, padded manila envelope addressed to me from Dean Martin, Hollywood, California! And inside the envelope was a personally autographed photo signed, "To Renie, Always, Dean." I whooped around so loudly when I saw the photo, that my three kids came running, thinking I had gone stark raving mad! In a sense, I had.

It was kind of fun remembering Dino. I listen to his CDs often, to this day. He was my first singing idol. Although my autographed photo got lost somehow, when I was moving from the city to the country, I love my Dean Martin replica doll, and I will always be Dean Martin fan!

39 comments:

Karen H. said...

Good Morning Renie,
So nice of you to stop by. I did get my faucet fixed yesterday afternoon. They put a new one on. How sweet that is that you liked Dean Martin. I always liked to watch him pair up with Jerry Lewis. They were always funny to watch together. My favorite singing idol was Donny Osmond. I was just crazy about him. I got to go see him in concert at Memphis one year when I was a kid. I thought I was in heaven. I had pictures of him all over my bedroom. Have you been enjoying this cold weather? It is supposed to warm up by this weekend to the about 70 and then rain again on Monday or Tuesday. Take care my friend and have a good weekend. God Bless You.

Hugs,
Karen H.

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Karen,

Oh, yes, I loved Dino!

I'm glad your faucet is fixed.

I always liked Donny Osmond, too. And you got to see in in a concert! How neat. He still looks great, doesn't he? He and Marie had a great TV show together.

Yes, the weather promises to be nice for several days. Actually, the last couple of days have been quite nice. A little cooler in the low 60s, but not too bad, with the sun shining.

Thank you for visiting, Karen. Have a lovely weekend with your family.

Blessings,

Renie

Nonna said...

That is so cool! I love your Dean Martin Doll! I can just seem him swaying back and forth, snapping his fingers! haha My childhood idol was Donny Osmond. I might have to do a post about him sometime. I thought he was the cutest thing ever!

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

What a lovely thoughtful jesture by your disc jockey friend. What a joy to be connected with an idol of your youth.

When is a friend of mine going to have Sophia Loren drop by. Sigh!

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Nonna,

Oh, another Donny Osmond fan. He was cute, and still is. Yes, Dino moves as he sings. Kind of fun. My granddaughters get a kick out of him.

Thanks so much for visiting. Have a wonderful weekend.

Renie




Philip,

Yes, it was a nice surprise to meet Frank Jr, and then get the autographed photo of Dean. I wish
I still had it.

Ah, a Sophia Loren fan. She was beautiful, in her day, wasn't she?

Thank you for visiting. Hope your snow is melting.

Renie

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie Renie, thanks for sharin' a great Dinotrib....never was, never will be anyone as cool as the King of Cool...oh to return to the days when Dino walked the earth. If you love our Dino, you just mighta want to check out the ol' Dinoblog.

Rogue Spy 007 said...

What a great blog. Dean Martin is the King of Cool. I really enjoyed this so much. I would love to have one of those myself.

Michele said...

Hi Renie,

LOVE the post and the photo. Your words just swept me up in all your excitement and walk down memory lane ;0)

I like the doll, too. Thanks for sharing this most memorable experience and your admiration for Dean Martin!

Smiles,
Michele

Mary said...

Renie,

I'm sorry that your autographed photo of Dean got lost. That was a real keepsake.

Your Dean Martin doll is cute. I'm sure the granddaughters get a real kick out of it. The boys would drive me crazy with something like that. They have a snowman that sings and dances and I'm always glad when it goes away for the year. LOL

I have a little surprise for you over at my blog. Please drop by and scroll down to see it.

Hugs,
Mary

deborah wilson said...

Renie,

That's a cool doll - Dean Martin was cool. I use to watch him when I was a kid. I love all of the old ones!

Donny Osmond - ha! Loved him too. He's still a hottie.

Renie Burghardt said...

Hey, Dino Martin Peters,

Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. I hopped over to your Dino blog to check it out. How cool! I didn't know you were there, or I would have been over sooner. I will be back to read everything you have on Dino, and find out if there is anything there that I already don't know about Dean Martin. I doubt it, 'cause I'm his number one fan, and know a lot! Lol. I still have some old Dean Martin records, too, and once, we actually drove to Steubenville, Ohio just to go down Dean Martin Blvd! And just so you know, I'm still his number one fan, and always will be!

I enjoyed your comment, and what a cool name you have!

Renie






Hi Rogue,

Thanks so much for the nice compliment and the visit. I'll come and check out your rethro blog as well, when I have a bit more time. I agree, Dean Martin was the King of Cool!

Renie

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Michele,

Oh, thank you for the always nice remarks. I've been meaning to take Dino Doll's picture for a while now, and finally did. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I always enjoy hearing from you.

Greg is here, so we just got home. Hope you're enjoying our beautiful weather.

Hugs,

Renie








Mary,

Oh, I was pretty upset when I couldn't find my picture of Dean, after I unpacked everything. It was a keepsake, indeed! But I have my memory of how I got the picture, and that will stay with me always.

Mary, I just popped in here for a few minutes, since my son, Greg, is here. I'll be over a little later to see what nice surprise you have for me.

Thanks so much for the nice comment and visit. I always enjoy hearing from you.

Hugs,

Renie








Deborah,

Another Donny Osmond fan, eh? I agree, he still looks great, or a "hottie" as you said. Lol. I love a lot of the oldies as well, and another favorite from a little later is Neil Diamond.

Thanks for the neat comment. Have a lovely weekend.

Renie

Jmkdreak said...

Nice pictures!!
Glad you're finally using your camera, it only took you a year!
The girls can't wait to push Deans
buttons = )


xox

Renie Burghardt said...

Haha, yes, Dean's button will get a workout from the girls.

xoxox

Tina Coruth said...

Renie,

What a wonderful story. You had me smiling away! Your Dean Martin doll surrounded by those beautiful ladies is terrific. I always enjoyed his singing - Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime is one of my favorites. What a wonderful surprise to receive his autographed picture. I can imagine how thrilled you were!

Hugs,
Tina

Merle said...

Dear Renie ~~ Your Dean Martin doll is lovely and it sings too !! I am
so glad you enjoyed Carl's Garden and thank you for your comments.
I was more a Frank Sinatra Sr. fan
and Elvis Presley, but I did like Dino too.Take care, Love, Merle.

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Tina,

Oh, I was always a big Dino fan, and getting that autographed photo was a big thrill. I am sorry to this day that it somehow got lost in the shuffle of moving. Thank you for visiting, and I'm so glad you enjoyed my Dino blog. It was fun to write.

I hope all is well with you, Tina.

Hugs,

Renie






Hi Merle,

Oh, I loved Frank Sinatra as well, and of course, Elvis, and many others. But Dean Martin was always my favorite.

Thank you for coming by. It's always so nice to see you. Have a lovely weekend.

Warm regards,

Renie

Mountain Mama said...

Oh what a sweet story! I never had a favorite singer. But I married and had children so young I really didn't have time to listen to them.
That was so nice of your friend to plan such a great surprise and wasn't it special of Dean to take time from his busy life to send you his picture?
I can only imagine how thrilled you were.
Those kinds of memories never leave us.

Pia said...

that's so cool! my mom would remind me how i loved donny and marie osmond when i was younger.

your doll looks really nice. hehe...

Renie Burghardt said...

Thank you for visiting and the nice comment, Mountain Mama. I appreciate your comment. Yes, I was thrilled to get the photo, as I was a big Dino fan, and enjo my singing Dino replica doll.

Sunday blessings,

Renie









Hi Pia,

Donny and Marie had a lot of fans, and still do. Donny still looks as handsome as ever, too, doesn't he? It's funny to say "my doll" at my age, isn't it? hahaha. But Dino is cool!

Hugs,

Renie

Susie said...

This was a fun post, but I have to say my "teen idol" was Ricky Nelson!
(I'm guessing the Donny Osmond fans must be a bit younger than me :)
Love your Dean Martin Doll and I also enjoyed his music..
xo

2 LMZ FARMS said...

My mother like Dean Martin. Me, I have always been a big Johnny Cash fan. Never got to see him in person. My family loves going to concerts. When us girls get together and go to one, it is an experience. I know you are counting the days till your family arrives just like I'm counting the days till JB gets home. hope you and yours have a blessed day.
Laura

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Susie,

Oh, Ricky Nelson was cool, too! Hehe. But for me, Dino was the King of Cool, as DMP says in his Dino blog. :-)
Thank you so much for commenting. It's been a busy Sunday, and it's finally time to relax a bit, and go visit Sunday Blessings.

Renie










Dear Laura,

Johnny Cash was great as well. I bet when you girls go to a concert, there is a lot of excitement. I remember going to concerts with my girl friends in the 50s. We had so much fun, and there was a lot of whooping and even fainting!

Yes, like you waiting for your son, I'm counting the days until my family arrives. But I'm also busy trying to get things ready, and that keeps me busy, and makes the time go faster.

I bet the barrel race Saturday was fun. Thank you so much for coming by.

God bless and try to stay calm!

Renie

Merle said...

Hi again Renie ~~ Glad you enjoyed the White Rose story and the jokes.
Like you I don't like the real heat or the real cold. Autumn and Spring
would be good. Take care, my friend,
Love, Merle.

Pia said...

hi renie. i'm back. =) i have something for you. hope you like it.

http://myblog2002.blogspot.com/2007/11/blog-of-month-award.html

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Merle,

Thank you for visiting. I always enjoy seeing you here, and as you know, I love visiting you!

Warm regards,

Renie









Dear Pia,

Wow, well thank you so much for the lovely award. Not sure I deserve it, but I appreciate you thinking of me.

Hugs,

Renie

Karen H. said...

Good Morning Renie,
Thanks for stopping by. I have been waiting for you to do a new post before I posted. I guess you are getting ready for Thanksgiving. One of your readers stopped by my blog last night. Laura from 2 lmz farms posted on my Veteran's Day post. It was nice to meet her. Come to find out, she doesn't live far from where I have family at in MS. I have added her to my blogroll. I appreciate her stopping by. Take care my friend and have a good Monday and don't over do yourself getting ready for next week. God Bless You.

Hugs,
Karen H.

Renie Burghardt said...
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Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Karen,

It was so very nice of you to stop by again. I have not had time for a new blog entry yet, but maybe soon. I am very busy getting ready for a weeks worth of company.

I'm glad Laura visited with you. She is very nice, and is waiting for her son, JB, to get home this week. He is in the service.

Well, it started to rain around here now, but I don't mind. As long as it's not snow!

Have a great day, my friend.

Blessings,

Renie

Leann said...

dear Renie I loved the two for them to.I just love dino and jerry.Id laugh my butt off watching them.I still think old dino has a smooth voice.I loved to hear his songs on some movies.did you ever see "return to me?its a good movie check it out.it has Meme driver on it I not sure about the spelling.
love the doll..soooo cool..
(((((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))))
you will find your picture some day when you lest exspect it.

audrey` said...

Dearest Dino's Number One Fan
You're so sweet and adorable =)

Do you like Elvis Presley's hits too?
Take care, Renie.

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Leann,

Oh, you liked Dean Martin, too? And, of course the movies he was in with Jerry Lewis were funny. And I think Dino was as funny as Jerry.

Ah, yes, Dean had a smooth voice, and it really could make me swoon!

I remember Christmas morning of 1995. I had the radio on with Christmas music, while I was making breakfast, when a bulletin came in that Dean Martin had died. I actually cried! I couldn't help myself. The tears just flowed!

I did see "Return to Me," and the song itself is one of my very favorites..."Return to me, Please come back, cara mia..." Hehe.

Thank you for the nice comment, Leann. I hope all is well with you.

Hugs,

Renie






Dear Audrey,

Oh, of course, when Elvis appeared on the scene, I swooned over him as well! And did you know that Dean Martin was Elvis Pressley's favorite singer? It's true. He was!

Dear Audrey, I thank you for your sweet comment. Did you see the award Pia gave me? Wasn't that sweet? Take care, and be well.

Hugs,

Renie

Michele said...

Congrats on the new award! Hope all is going well for you, Renie ;0)

Smiles,
Michele

Renie Burghardt said...

Everything is going well, Michele, and thank you for asking. I'm a bit tired, but happy, too.

Wasn't it nice of Pia to give me the award? I don't deserve it, really. But you do! I would like to pass it on to you. Please pick it up, if you'd like. I'd love for you to have it.

Hugs,

Renie

Pia said...

oh, renie! you put it up there! i'm so glad. you deserve that award. i really do believe that.

Renie Burghardt said...

Dear Pia,

Yes, I am displaying the nice award you passed on to me. That was so sweet of you, and I thank you very much!

Hugs,

Renie

dino martin peters said...

hey pallie renie, thanks for stoppin' by the ol' Dinoblog....just can't resist invitin' you to join the Dinoaction over at ilovedinomartin...the Dinodiscussion Dinosociety at....
http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/ilovedinomartin/ check it out and let me know if you would like to join our little Dinoconclave! Dinoholicly yours, Dino Martin Peters

Renie Burghardt said...

Hey, DMP, thanks so much for the invite. I'll check it out in a week or so, since I have company coming for a week. I'm looking forward to seeing what all the Dinoholics are discussing!

Thanks again!

Renie

dino martin peters said...

hey pallie renie, lookin' forward to it my Dinofriend....we discuss all things Dino even play some Dinogames....enjoy your company!