Dean Martin didn’t attend JFK’s inauguration for this reason, doc reveals: ‘It was pretty remarkable’

For Dean Martin, household at all times got here first.

His pally, Sammy Davis Jr., wasn’t invited to John F. Kennedy’s 1961 inauguration and in response, the singer refused to exit of loyalty to the man Rat Pack member.

In 1960, Davis mentioned “I do” to May Britt, a white actress, which instantly sparked backlash. In a 1989 e book titled “Why Me?” which the singer co-wrote together with his associates, Davis claimed that the brand new president requested him and the Swedish star to not take part within the inauguration out of worry that an interracial couple would anger Southerners.

That story is now being explored in a brand new documentary on Martin.

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Jan Murray (L) sits alongside Rat Pack members Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Frank Sinatra as the group unwinds backstage at Carnegie Hall after entertaining at a benefit performance in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan Murray (L) sits alongside Rat Pack members Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Frank Sinatra because the group unwinds backstage at Carnegie Hall after entertaining at a profit efficiency in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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On Friday, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will current the U.S. broadcast premiere of “Dean Martin: King of Cool,” which dives deep into Martin’s life with never-before-seen archival footage, in addition to new interviews with members of the family, shut associates and superstar followers. The movie is directed by Tom Donahue and supported by Martin’s daughter, Deana Martin, who spoke out on digicam.

“Sammy Davis Jr. helped to get JFK elected and then JFK and his campaign decided to pay Sammy back by not allowing him to go to the inauguration because he was part of an interracial marriage,” Donahue instructed Fox News. “It was Dean Martin who stood up for his friend and said, ‘I’m not going to be part of the inauguration if Sammy isn’t going.’ That really impressed me. He had a sense of honor. The more I got to know Dean Martin the man, the more I grew to truly love and admire him.”

US Senator (and future US President) John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) (left) and entertainer Frank Sinatra (1915 - 1998) attend a black tie, Democratic Committee Dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles, California, July 10, 1960. 

US Senator (and future US President) John F Kennedy (1917 – 1963) (left) and entertainer Frank Sinatra (1915 – 1998) attend a black tie, Democratic Committee Dinner on the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles, California, July 10, 1960. 
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Deana, 73, instructed Fox News that when her father heard the brand new about Davis, he was “just astounded.”

“He was my uncle Sammy,” mentioned the man singer. “He came to our house. He was family. So it was pretty remarkable. My dad was going to take a stand because it was the right thing to do. It didn’t matter what JFK or anyone else was going to think of him. This is Sammy Davis Jr. and that was his friend. And for family to not be invited for those reasons made my father very upset. He just said, ‘It’s not right. I’m not going.’ And that was it. He wouldn’t think about it anymore.”

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An undated promotional photo of the Rat Pack. From left: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop.

An undated promotional picture of the Rat Pack. From left: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop.
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In doing it his approach, each personally and professionally, Martin went on to encourage quite a few artists, together with the king of rock ‘n’ roll who idolized the star.

“He just adored my dad,” shared Deana about Elvis Presley. “He would drive out to the front of our house and just stare. He always felt my father was so fabulous. And he loved his voice. I remember I met him at Paramount Studios. He looked at me in the eye, held my hand, and said, ‘I love your dad. They call me the king of rock ‘n’ roll. But your dad’s the king of cool.’ I just wanted to pass out right then and there!”

And regardless of attaining his personal fame, Presley’s devotion to Martin by no means diminished. One of Martin’s friends instructed Donahue how one time, Martin tried to line up a shot whereas taking part in golf and out of the blue, a diehard fan made a shock look.

“You could hear someone screaming, ‘Dean!’ and just running,” chuckled Donahue. “Martin looks over and sees Elvis just running towards him and waving.”

Dean Martin celebrating his birthday with Shirley MacLaine and Elvis Presley while in production for director Joseph Anthony's film, 'All in a Night's Work'. 

Dean Martin celebrating his birthday with Shirley MacLaine and Elvis Presley whereas in manufacturing for director Joseph Anthony’s movie, ‘All in a Night’s Work’. 
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“My dad would have been upset,” chuckled Deana, who famous how her father had a no-nonsense method to golf, his favourite pastime.

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But Deana identified that at house, Martin was not a star, however a household man who adored his kids and lived by his personal guidelines.

American actor and singer Dean Martin (1917 - 1995) with his arm around his daughter Deana at a Hollywood event, December 1965. 

American actor and singer Dean Martin (1917 – 1995) together with his arm round his daughter Deana at a Hollywood occasion, December 1965. 
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“We would have a party and my dad would call the Beverly Hills Police,” she recalled. “He would say, ‘There’s too much noise coming from Dean Martin’s house.’ And on my 18th birthday, he called the cops! Apparently, we were making too much noise. I remember parties when he would just come downstairs and start turning off the lights. I remember one time, I told him, ‘My boyfriend is coming over. Please don’t embarrass me.’ He went, ‘Oh really?’ We were hanging out and as I looked up, there’s my dad coming down the stairs in his pajamas with toilet paper stuck on the side of his pants.”

“I used to tell him, ‘You just embarrass me so much!’ and he replied, ‘That’s what I here for,’” Deana added. “He was such a jokester and he let you know it.”

Entertainer Dean Martin (1917-1995) with his wife Jeanne (1927-2016) and children (Gail, Craig, Claudia, Deana, Gina, Ricci and Dean Paul) pose for a family portrait in 1966 in Los Angeles, California. 

Entertainer Dean Martin (1917-1995) together with his spouse Jeanne (1927-2016) and youngsters (Gail, Craig, Claudia, Deana, Gina, Ricci and Dean Paul) pose for a household portrait in 1966 in Los Angeles, California. 
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Deana mentioned the documentary sheds gentle on a dashing playboy who was additionally a proud father of eight, a seemingly infamous drinker who truly swigged apple juice, and an entertainer who knew he had a present of music. It was a lifetime of nice triumphs and private tragedies, one which ended on Christmas Day in 1995 when Martin was 78.

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But the story, Deana famous, is one about household.

“It meant everything to him,” she shared. “No matter how much success he achieved, that always came first to him. And I don’t think that’s expressed enough. I miss him every single day.”  

“Dean Martin: King of Cool” airs Friday at 8 p.m. on TCM.



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