Old TIme Radio At Its Finest

In the late 1940s and early 1950s Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis created some of the most irresistible hilarity in the history of entertainment. Now you can enjoy the Martin and Lewis Show, which aired on NBC Radio from 1949 through 1953. Listen in to the Podcast, and find out what all the fuss was about!

Monday, March 3, 2008

Dean and Me

Karla Gilbert of The Rumor Girls Podcast became a fan of Martin and Lewis after listening to the Audiobook version of Jerry's memoir - Dean and Me: (A Love Story). She found our Podcast shortly afterward while searching for Dean Martin music at iTunes, and emailed to say that she was enjoying the old time radio episodes. I already had a copy of the Hardback, but hadn't taken time to read it. Her email prompted me to move it up in my seemingly endless stack of "books to be read next." I'm happy that it did.

This recollection is an excellent account of the team's creation, the pandemonium that ensued over their first few years together, their acrimonious breakup a decade later, and the deep love they held for each other throughout their lives - despite the bitterness of the split. It's an easy read (I'm about halfway through after only a couple of sessions with it), and it has certainly increased my appreciation for the genius of the duo, and for their impact on show business and on our society during the middle of the 20th Century. Throughout the book, Jerry focuses on the vast underrated talent of Dean Martin, who he describes as one of the great comics of the era.

If you're interested in the book, you can find it in our Amazon Shop. I'll be discussing it on the Podcast once I've finished reading it.

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