Bing Crosby and Dean Martin — Irish / Italian Medley

Bing Crosby and Dean Martin
Irish / Italian Medley

Bing Crosby  was the fourth of seven children: His mother was a second generation Irish-American. His father was of English descent; some of his ancestors had emigrated to America in the 17th century, and included Mayflower passenger William Brewster.

Dean was born in Steubenville, Ohio, to an Italian father, Gaetano Alfonso Crocetti and an Italian-American mother, Angela Crocetti. His father, a barber, was originally from Montesilvano, in Abruzzo, and his maternal grandparents’ origins are believed to be also from Abruzzo.  Dean’s first language was an Abruzzese dialect of Italian, and he did not speak English until he started school at the age of 5.

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