In honor of those who served our country in the armed forces, this San Marino Tribune article continues a series of individual salutes to our courageous veterans.
By Mitch Lehman
Many who enter our nation’s armed forces are drafted – few are recruited.
San Marino resident Bob Dini falls into the second category.
A highly trained vocal performer, Dini had a Top 10 hit on his hands, “Remember Me,” when the United States Army Band came calling and asked him to be their vocal soloist.
A graduate of Tufts University, the Berkle School of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music, Dini entered the United States Army in September 1953 – shortly after the end of the Korean War – serving a three-year stint that ended in 1956.
Although they already knew he could sing, the Army nevertheless taught him how to shoot and Dini was sent to Fort Aberdeen for basic training.
Dini was previously accustomed to the country’s finest nightclubs and showplaces, having appeared on American Bandstand as well as the Johnny Carson, Arthur Godfrey, Ed Sullivan and Perry Como variety shows.
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