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It’s hard to imagine Dean Martin as 100. In truth, it was hard to watch Dean get old. He was the living embodiment of the old joke, “If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.” Except it’s doubtful Dean Martin would have changed anything he did. He […]

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Bing Crosby was born on this date in 1903. I have hosted a radio show called “Sinatra & Company” for many years and it still amuses me how the Sinatra fans refuse to show the same love for Bing that Sinatra did. And the tired excuse of his personal life and conduct doesn’t work when […]

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Just watched Cat and the Canary (1939) for the first time that I can remember. I may have seen it years ago but I don’t think so. Back in the 1970s and 1980s when I was really starting to cultivate my love for classic films I watched pretty much anything I could get my hands […]

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That ephemeral something called star quality – if there ever was living proof that it’s real, that proof is Julius La Rosa. Watch La Rosa in a nightclub, singing masterfully, magnificently, and you’ll appreciate star quality. It’s the thing that’s missing. Roy Hemming & David Hajdu, Discovering Great Singers of Classic Pop, 1991 That quote […]

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Dinah Shore was a favorite of my mom. She was, no doubt, a favorite of more than a few dads in America as well. I know some were a little turned off by her sugary sweetness but, the truth is, that’s who she was! I’ve known two people who worked with Dinah Shore and knew her […]

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As is so often the case, I have absolutely no idea why I sat down at the computer or what I was looking for on You Tube but by a sublimely divine accident, I somehow came upon this clip with Dinah, Bing, Phil Harris and Pat Boone. I’ve never seen this before unless I saw […]

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Today marks another centennial celebration – the one for the beautiful and talented Alice Faye, star of stage, screen and radio and even a little TV. Faye was featured in many 20th Century Fox musicals back in the 1930s and 1940s along with Betty Grable, John Payne, Cesar Romero, Don Ameche and a host of […]

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In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, let’s start the proceedings off with some memorable “Pats.” Here’s a favorite of the Italians of the 1960s and 1970s, Pat Cooper. I always wanted to like Pat Cooper because so many others seemed to enjoy him so much but his humor just never did it for me. Even […]

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Time to swing, Dixieland style! Today is the day that Mardi Gras hits its peak before the long fast begins. I don’t have any beads to throw at you and trust me, you don’t want me lifting my shirt, so I thought som great music from the Daddy of them all, Louis Armstrong would be […]

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