Deana Martin is returning to the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas with her “Deana Sings Dino” tribute show to her father Dean Martin on Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21. She’s most enthusiastic having just finished her new unnamed album that will be released in September.
Martin’s new album will feature 13 songs with four of them being brand new. “We worked with L. Russell Brown who did ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon’,” said Martin, who was backed on the album by a 42-piece orchestra. “I just love the horns and brass and 34 strings.”
Last year, she recorded Cole Porter’s “True Love,” which she does as a duet with her father during her stage show. “We actually found Nelson Riddle’s original arrangement of the song and that’s what we used.” “Beyond The Sea” and “Destination Moon” are a couple other recorded oldies.
The album has taken about a year with vocals done at Capitol in Los Angeles and tracks laid at Criteria Recording Studios in Miami. While Martin and her husband John Griffeth have a home base in Branson, Mo., they spend about 280 days a year on the road. “My dad always made things look so easy but it’s really not,” said Martin. “But, I do love it!”
Not new to recording, Martin’s debut CD release, “Memories Are Made Of This,” was in 2006 and stayed in the top ten for 40 consecutive weeks. Her CD “Volare” was released in 2009 and “White Christmas” in 2011. Martin will return to Las Vegas in December to do her Christmas show again at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
Asked about an update on her movie based on her best-selling 2004 memoir, “Memories Are Made Of This, Dean Martin Through His Daughters Eyes,” Martin could only reply, “Things move glacially slow in Hollywood.” Actress/writer Bonnie Hunt is still writing the script and Jennifer Love Hewitt is ready to play Martin, who verified that someone to play her father still hasn’t been selected.
Martin’s tribute show at South Point will include video, family photos and movies. It will also feature a door on stage like her father had on his TV show and surprise guest(s) picked by her husband without her knowledge show up giving the show spontaneity. Martin estimates that 50 percent of the show this year will be different.
Tickets are $15-$20-$25 for Martin’s 7:30 p.m. shows at the South Point, call 702-797-8055.