Martin and Lewis were an American comedy duo, comprising singer Dean Martin and comedian Jerry Lewis. They met in 1945 and debuted
at Atlantic City's 500 Club on July 25, 1946; the team lasted ten years to the day. Dean Martin is the stage name of Dino Paul Crocetti, born June 7, 1917, in
Steubenville, Ohio, while Jerry Lewis is the stage name of Joseph Levitch, born March 16, 1926, in Newark, New Jersey. Martin died on December 25, 1995 and then
Lewis died on August 20, 2017. Before they teamed up, Martin was a nightclub singer, while Lewis performed a comedy act lip-synching to records. They performed
in nightclubs, and, starting in 1949, on radio. Later they branched out into television and films. In their early radio days they performed as Martin and Lewis
but later became hugely popular as Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. These full names helped them launch successful solo careers after parting. An NBC radio series
commenced in 1949, it lasted until 1953.