Happy, Happy Birthday, Taffy!
(above) Taffy takes a solo turn on the March 16, 1972 episode of The Dean Martin Show
At first blush, it might not seem as though there would be much of a connection between the vivacious, squeaky-clean choral group of the 1960s and ’70s that was known as The Doodletown Pipers, and the glamorous, alluring singer-dancers famed for their work on The Dean Martin Show and in live performances with not only Dean, but other big-name headliners, too — The Dingaling Sisters.
However, if you did a little digging, you’d actually find a few factors that the Doodletown folks and The Dings have in common. One, of course, is music; but another of which you may not be aware is that both acts benefitted at different times from the limpid vocals, graceful moves, and lovely presence of Taffy Jones.
(above) 17-year-old Taffy (fourth from left) is flanked by other members of vocal/dance troupe The Doodletown Pipers, as they pose for a group shot during an appearance at the Western Washington Fair in Puyallup, Washington on Sept. 24, 1970.
(below) One year later, in a setting more familiar to our regular readers, Taffy joins Dean (left) and guest Gene Kelly (right) in a classic closet skit, on the Oct. 28, 1971 edition of The Dean Martin Show.
We here at Dean, Golds and Dings also feel fortunate to count Taffy among our ranks — in fact, she was one of the charter members of our community, going back to the founding of our GoldsAndDings group almost five years ago.
So with today being a very special day for this accomplished artist, successful businesswoman, loving wife, proud Mom, and good friend to her sister Dings and all of those lucky enough to know her, we naturally want to wish our dear Taffy A Very Happy, Healthy Birthday, and Many, Many More.
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