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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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Today would have been Dean Martin’s 99th birthday. Next year, at this time, we’ll be celebrating his centennial. It’s quite remarkable how popular Dean Martin remains in today’s culture, more than two decades after his passing. Martin’s enduring legacy is both impressive and ironic. He endures in the culture as a symbol of the cool […]

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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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The songs that I’ve been waiting to hear. As soon as TV viewers heard those familiar lyrics every week and they saw the stool and the music stand, they knew they were about to be serenaded by one of the smoothest baritones this side of heaven, Perry Como. For today’s Musical Friday post, I thought […]

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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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Today is the 84th birthday of singer Julius La Rosa. Best known for the folkloric little ditty, “Eh Cumpari,” La Rosa was actually one of the finest interpreters the Great American Songbook ever had. He was one of the very few vocalists who had the gift of Sinatra or Holiday for singing the lyrics of […]

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Tomorrow is my annual Sunday Music Festa Christmas Show on Jazz 90.1 WGMC Radio. At least, I hope there’ll be a Christmas show tomorrow. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for our area which usually wouldn’t scare me except this winter storm isn’t calling for snow, it’s calling for ice. That […]

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Every good little Italian American boy and girl who grew up in the 1960s or 1970s remembers watching Perry Como with his/her mother or grandmother at Christmastime. Como’s career on television was actually quite remarkable as he began in 1948 with 15 minute programs for Chesterfield cigarettes and continued with a similar format until 1955 […]

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