1965 Dino, Desi And Billy – I’m A Fool
Dino Martin was Dean Martin’s son and Desi Arnez, Jr. was the song of Desi and Lucille Ball. Their friend Billy Hinsche joined them and the trio had their own band called Dino, Desi and Billy from 1964 to 1969.
They managed to pass an audition with Frank Sinatra and signed with his record label (Reprise). Several studio musicians backed them up on their recordings, including a few Wrecking Crew members, and Lee Hazelwood produced their single I’m A Fool. The single reached #17 on the Hot 100 in 1965 when all the members were still younger than 15 years old.
They even got to sing their hit on the Ed Sullivan Show.
They had a second top forty single in 1965. Not The Lovin’ Kind was written and produced by Lee and reached #25 on the Hot 100.
They even got to tour as the opening act for the Beach Boys that year. During the next few years, they also opened for a few other acts: Paul Revere & the Raiders, Tommy Roe, Sam the Sham, the Lovin’ Spoonful and The Mamas & the Papas.
They recorded a few albums and had four more singles reach the Hot 100, but failed to reach the top forty again after 1965. By 1969 the group fell apart.
Dino became an actor, a tennis player, and a captain in the Air National Guard. He died when a jet he was piloting crashed in 1987.
Desi began acting on his mother’s television shows.
Billy continued in music and played as one of the backup musicians for the Beach Boys (his sister married Carl Wilson; it’s a small world).
The group reunited from 1998 to 2010. Dino’s younger brother Ricci took over for Dino, and Dino, Desi, and Billy recorded two more albums and toured together.
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