Happy, Happy Birthday, Taffy!

December 1, 2011 at 12:58 pm 3 comments

(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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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kylie Hughes  |  December 1, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Dear Taffy,
    I wish you a very Happy Birthday 🙂
    May you and your family have a wonderful day
    Great Big Birthday Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 2. Janice Glazier  |  December 2, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Thanks so much Michael! I cannot believe you found the picture of me with The Doodletown Pipers. This is the first time I have ever seen it! It was taken just after I graduated from high school in 1969. I was a baby!

    Plus, the picture with Gene Kelly is thrilling for me. What a treat. That was the great thing about being on the show. I got to meet so many people I loved on the big and small screen. It was wonderful. Thanks for the memories!

    Taffy xo

  • 3. Video Vision  |  December 3, 2011 at 8:00 am

    It’s my pleasure, Taffy. I, along with all of your friends and fans, thank YOU, not only for all of the wonderful memories that you’ve given US, but also for being an active participant in all of the happy times that we continue to enjoy here on the web.

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