Dean Martin

20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection

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Always calm to the point of serenity, with a highball in one hand and a cigarette in the other, Dean Martin turned a kind of detached bemusement into a solid career as a pop crooner, entertainer, and straight man, and that smooth, easy singing voice made it all possible. This brief, ten-track set just touches the surface of things, but it does include classic performances of the hits "Volare," "That's Amore," "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You," and "Ain't That a Kick in the Head" by Martin, who never left a song without making it easily his own somehow.

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