A Cure For The Birthday Blues
A PROGRAM OF NOTE: In all likelihood, precious few remember or ever knew of the 1964 NBC special called Your All-Time Favorite Songs, telecast the year before Dean Martin’s weekly variety series would make its debut. But leave it to our birthday girl, lifelong dedicated Dinophile Kimmy Fuller, to point the way in resurrecting this tune-filled hour from oblivion.
As has been alluded to elsewhere here at Dean, Golds and Dings by some of her good friends, the last year has been a challenging one for our own Kimmy Fuller, who, for those unaware of it, has, for many moons, been in the forefront of championing the talents of Dean Martin and spreading the word about his legacy to other web surfers around the globe.
Having had to endure two onerous operations over the last 12 months — one for her knee, the other, her back — as well as their painful aftermath, Kimmy is now, thankfully, on her way back to good health; and no doubt instrumental in her recovery have been the good wishes of her family and friends.
But for as big a Dino fan as Kimmy is, we know that another form of anodyne that’s bound to be as soothing as any personal contact or medication is an invigorating dose of her favorite entertainer.
And in this case, not only is that what the doctor ordered, but the patient herself helped formulate the treatment: For in fact, it was Kimmy’s vast knowledge of Dean’s considerable oeuvre that prompted a search which led us to the discovery of a copy of one of Dean’s more obscure television appearances — a one-hour NBC special entitled Your All-Time Favorite Songs, starring Dean, Eydie Gormé and Al Hirt, that aired on Thanksgiving Day in 1964.
Viewing Dean’s performance on the program, coupled with his pair of hosting gigs on The Hollywood Palace just a few months earlier, one can easily see why all three major networks were so anxious to sign this guy to do his own weekly variety series, and why one of those nets — NBC — wanted him so fervently that it agreed to his then-unprecedented salary and work demands. The following September, of course, The Dean Martin Show joined NBC’s Thursday night lineup, and went on to make the Peacock proud for 9 glorious seasons.
In honor of Kimmy’s birthday today, we’ve prepared a little excerpt from the aforementioned 1964 special. Given the potency of its palliative powers, we suspect it’s the right prescription not only for Kimmy, but also for all of her Dinopallies with whom we know that our birthday girl, with her generous heart and love of Dean, would want to share it.
Here’s wishing you A Happy, Healthy Birthday, Dear Kimmy, and Many, Many More.
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