All Dressed Up and Ready For The Show

December 1, 2013 at 1:05 pm 2 comments

Taffy Jones Bday 2013
(above) Birthday gal Taffy Jones helps host Dean Martin dress for the part on a “Records ’Round and ’Round” segment originally telecast during the 1971-72 season of The Dean Martin Show

Almost everyone is familiar with the old saw that “clothes make the man.” And for a gent as sharp-looking as Dean Martin, the opposite might be said, as well. Although rarely seen on his show in anything but his trademark tux, every once in a while, the script would call for him to effect a quick change of clothes, and usually there to help him avoid a wardrobe malfunction were attractive ladies at the ready with the needed garments. During the 7th season of The Dean Martin Show, such assistance was provided by The Dingaling Sisters — as when that quartet’s TAFFY JONES, pictured here, brought Dean a hat and raincoat to aid his imitation of fellow Rat Packer Frank Sinatra.

But of course, as any regular viewer of the series knows, lending a hand with costumes and props was a very minor part of The Dings’ role on the program. For Taffy and her gal pals, most of their on-screen time was spent singing, dancing, and appearing in comedy sketches with Dean and his guests, in addition to performing their own featured number every week. For Taffy, it was the continuation of a musical journey that was preceded by a stint vocalizing with The Doodletown Pipers, and that would continue following her turn on The Dean Martin Show, when she sang in a band with the man who would become her future husband. Later, she imparted that same artistic sense of taste and élan to her own highly successful retail business dealing in women’s apparel.

Besides being a devoted wife and proud Mom, she’s a also a great lover of animals, and as anyone who knows her can attest, she is warm, witty, and always eager to help a friend if she can — attributes that never go out of style. And so, in our own special fashion, we want to wish Taffy a very Happy, Healthy Birthday, and Many, Many More.

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  • 1. Video Vision  |  December 29, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    From the Dean Golds and Dings Facebook page:

    thumbsup 31 people like this.

    Marlene Hart I like this sketch

    Joseph Geswaldo Happy Birthday Taffy, you make a sometimes cold world a warmer place.

    Janice Glazier Thanks Michael! I have never seen these photos!

    Heidi Nelson Wow…a great tribute to someone so deserving!!! Again….have a wonderful birthday!!!! Xoxo

    Michael B. Schnitzer @Janice Glazier: I suspect the reason you haven’t seen them before is because I just made them this morning!! Happy Birthday, Taf.

    Debbie Thomas Happy birthday taffy. I just found out recently that you were friends with my friend Heidi, I went to school with you last name was margherita then, I was always so proud to see you on dean Martin show, have a wonderful day

    Michelle DellaFave Happy Birthday to a wonderful friend!! Love always, Michelle

    Francie Mendenhall Happy Birthday Taffy!

    Trudi Dominguez Fuerst Sisco Happy Birthday Taffy

    Sheila Marie Anderson U look the same Janice

    Lindsay Bloom Happy Birthday Taffy! Hope you’ve had a wonderful day:-)

    Janice Glazier Thanks to all of you who remembered me on my birthday. I am overwhelmed. It was a wonderful day! XOXO

    Jane Maki Happy Happy Birthday, Taffy!!

    Sue Nystrom Walsh Beautiful photo

    Debbie Dougherty Tilbury It was so fun to have gone to school with a celebrity, Taffy! Between you and Teresa Aldridge, I was star struck! Happy birthday, and I’m sure you are still sporting that great smile!

    Pete Botos Happy Birthday, Taffy!

    Carol Lee Hawk Warren Happy Birthday Taffy.

  • 2. Barry  |  December 29, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Happy Birthday Taffy

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