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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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Julius La Rosa is not well-remembered these days and that’s a shame because he was one of the greatest of all the vocal interpreters of The Great American Songbook. Not only that but he was also one of the most knowledgeable vocalists when it came to the history, backgrounds and accomplishments of the great songwriters […]

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I am sorry to hear of the passing of Anne Meara. Not only were she and her husband Jerry Stiller a part of my TV childhood but she, as a single, was a damn good actress.  We say it all the time but it’s tough to say goodbye to these people who were a part […]

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Last week it was Frank Sinatra and Rod McKuen. This week, in the hopes of starting a tradition of “musical Fridays,” I’m posting some musically fun Julie Andrews spots. I saw something on Facebook recently about “posting something that your friends might not know about you.” Well, my friends know that when it comes to […]

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I have been fascinated by the legend of Joe. E. Lewis since I was about 11 or 12 years old. My awareness of the fact that there had even been a person named Joe E. Lewis goes back to my first Frank Sinatra album, “Sinatra at the Sands.” The album comes from a live recording […]

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In Spring a young man’s fancy turns to romance and, in the good old days, baseball. Sadly, baseball is no longer the national phenomenon it once was. Americans like their sports a little faster and more violent these days, i.e., football. Nevertheless, baseball will always be “the American game.” It’s history is undeniably intertwined with […]

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I devoted a major portion of my radio program to the Beatles yesterday and the 50th anniversary of their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. My show, as a rule, is devoted to the standards of the 1920s – 1960s but I will occasionally throw in tunes from special artists like the Beatles, Sam […]

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The other morning I picked up my copy of “Name-Dropping: The Life and Lies of Alan King.” The late comedian’s autobiography was written with Chris Chase and published in 1996. I’ve read the book before and I wasn’t intending on reading the whole book again but once I started, I just couldn’t stop. King was […]

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Here’s one of my all-time  favorite songs from a Broadway show. Of course, it has nothing to do with the fact that I have three children of my own. This particular clip is from the film version of the Broadway hit Bye Bye Birdie. Both Dick Van Dyke and Paul Lynde are seen here recreating […]

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