All Dressed Up and Ready For The Show
(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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