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CNN Opinion: Why Dean Martin's still so cool
Years after his death, Dean Martin's relaxing singing voice is still a presence on TV, in shopping malls and restaurants.
April 24th, 2012
01:20 PM ET

CNN Opinion: Why Dean Martin's still so cool

By Bob Greene, CNN Contributor

A few years ago a group of us were having dinner at a steakhouse, and among the people at the table were the terrific sports columnist Mike Downey and his wife, Gail Martin. The manager of the place came over to say hello; introductions were made.

At one point in the evening I was making my way to the men's room and ran into the manager again. I said to him, "That Gail Martin you met? I think you're probably familiar with her late father."

"Who was her dad?" the man said.

"His first name was Dean," I said.

Within minutes the taped music that had been playing in the restaurant stopped, and a new tape was substituted - a Dean Martin tape. Any steakhouse worthy of the name has his music on hand.

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