Once Schulz had established that “Happiness is a Warm Puppy”, many other folks decided to put down their own descriptors. The Beatles famously indicated that “Happiness is a Warm Gun”, and as we’ve covered here before, Johnny Carson opined that “Happiness is a Dry Martini”. But it wasn’t until just the other day that I learned that Dean Martin had staked his own claim in this discussion in 1967, by releasing an album that declared via its very title that Happiness is Dean Martin. And who could argue with that?
Does this mean that Dean Martin is, mathematically speaking, a warm puppy? Well, the Beagle Freedom Project made sure that was the case when they named a former research beagle after the singer.
This album was re-released on CD in 2009, and is still available.