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Memories Are Made Of This


Dean Martin

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This song is from the film The Seven Hills Of Rome in which it was sung by Mario Lanza. It was written by Terry Gilkyson (who previously had performed with the legendary Folk group The Weavers in the early 1950s), Richard Dehr and Frank Miller in 1955.
The backing vocals, singing "Sweet, sweet, the memories you gave to me," belonged to Gilkyson, Dehr, and Miller, the 3 writers of the song, under the name of The Easy Riders. They went on to have a #4 hit in 1957 with the Folk song "Marianne."
In the US, a cover version by Gale Storm reached #5, while in the UK the TV comedian Dave King's version also peaked at #5.
According to 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh, Terry Gilkyson's daughter, the Folk singer and songwriter Eliza Gilkyson said of her father, "He hated people looking for hidden meanings in his songs and he did it as a job. He went to the office every day and often wrote about us. Memories Are Made of This is about our family; it's him meeting my mother and having three kids." (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above)
The song was adopted as the unofficial anthem for Hungarian refugees scattered around the world after the 1956 revolution against Soviet rule.
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Comments (5):

On December 3rd, 1955 "Memories Are Made Of This" by Dean Martin and the Easy Rider entered Billboard's Top 100 chart; and on January 14th, 1956 it peaked at #1 (for 6 weeks) on Billboard's Best Sellers chart and spent almost a half-year on the Top 100 (24 weeks)...
And on February 17th, 1956 it reached #1 (for 4 weeks) in the United Kingdom...
"Sixteen Tons" by Tennessee Ernie Ford preceded it at #1 on both the U.S.A. and U.K. charts...
R.I.P. Mr. Martin, born Dino Paul Crocetti, 1917 - 1995.
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
This was Martin's first big hit after the breakup of Martin/Jerry Lewis comedy team, spending six weeks at No.1 on The Billboard Charts in the US.
- Thomas Leonard, Pittsburgh, PA, PA
For three consecutive weeks in early 1956 this song was #1 on all four of Billboard's major charts. The 'Best Sellers in Stores' chart, the 'Most Played by Jockeys' chart, the 'Most Played in Jukeboxes' chart, and finally 'The Top 100' chart!!!
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
Dean Martin was one of the greatest voices of all times. I don't know how any one could even notice Frank Sinatra after looking at and listening to Dean. The definition of "CLASSIC". Who else could take a song AFTER Mario Lanza (one of the most celebrated voices in history)and make a hit?
- Erin, portland, OR
I've always liked listening to Rat Pack leader Frank but when I finally got around to picking up a DINO CD and heard MEMORIES, I was hooked. You hear the playful character in Dino's voice, yet the lyrics are sending a message that remind you of the most important things of life. This became an instant favorite of mine.
- Chris, OFallon , MO
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