Song of the Day: Dean Martin, “Memories Are Made Of This”

Singer and Rat Packer Dean Martin was born on this day in 1917. For years he had a weekly variety show that was the highlight of my week. "Memories Are Made Of This" was written by Terry Gilkyson, Richard Dehr, and Frank Miller in 1955. Dean’s recording included background vocals by The Easy Riders, i.e. Gilkyson, Dehr and Miller. It spent five weeks at #1 on Billboard‘s Top 100 (the precursor of the Hot 100), while spending six weeks at the top of the "Most Played By Jockeys" chart, five weeks at the top of the "Best Sellers In Stores," and four weeks atop the "Most Jukebox Plays" chart.

18 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Dean Martin, “Memories Are Made Of This”

    1. He had a real talent, that laid-back sound to his music, which was the way he always seemed. He had so much talent as a singer, actor, comic, dancer–an entertainer in every sense of the word. His shows were minor masterpieces: the best talent, the best music, sets, props, you name it.


    1. We’ll never see the likes of it again. The variety shows in general were fantastic entertainment, and Dean’s was the best of all of them.


    1. He was always himself, whether singing, acting, dancing, or being funny. He could sing a country song, sing with The Mills Brothers, dance with the Treniers, and joke around with Sammy Davis and Frank Sinatra. Simply remarkable.

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