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Pat Cooper, comedian: See, Dean had an individuality about him that people really, really liked. He was one of a kind, he just had a tremendous charisma, very macho, more so than Sinatra. If you talked to any Italian man, they’d say, if you hadda be born again would you like to be Frank or Dean? They’d all say Dean. He had that kind of a hop, a kind of a skip and a jump that was just very charismatic. He was one of the great crooners. A lot of people didn’t give him that credit. He was a great crooner.


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Dean Martin first played the Sands
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Dean's opening monologue from his Las Vegas act:

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Dean Martin / Las Vegas Legend

Deano was one of the most beloved of all the legends of Las Vegas - loved for his smooth singing style and sparkling wit. He performed basically the same show every night, with the same jokes, but he made it sound fresh every performance.

Dean always opened his Vegas show with his peppy 'Drink to Me Only / Pennies from Heaven' medley:


Here's another live performance, this time for TV, of his opening number:


Listen to Dean Martin's monologue from his 1967 Live from Las Vegas album:


The closing to Dean's Las Vegas show:


Dean's second monologue from his Las Vegas act:

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Dean Martin & Frank Sinatra in Vegas



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Monologue from The Bar - Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin live in the summer of 1977.

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