Dean Martin was my hero.  Or idol.  His birthday is June 7, 1917.

I always thought he was the best crooner of them all.  I never missed his NBC TV show on Thursday nights.  It was easy breezy and great fun.  His regulars included Ken Lane (his straight faced piano player), the Ding-A-Ling Sisters, Dome DeLuise, Kay Medford, Norm Crosby, Nipsey Russell and many others.  More than 200 guest stars appeared on his show over the years.  The list included everybody from Orson Welles to Jimmy Stewart to Bill Cosby.  And from The Supremes to Kate Smith to Phyllis Diller.

The show ran from 1965 to 1974 and then morphed into the popular Dean Martin Comedy Roasts.

Dino...tuxedo, carnation, cigarette, dark hair, drink in his hand crooning out "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime."  Yes, he was my favorite.

Do you remember the Dean Martin Show?