Lee Hale Celebrates A Birthday, Waxes Nostalgic about The Dean Martin Show
Considering both the sizable quantity and the unmatched quality of the music featured on The Dean Martin Show and Golddiggers series, those programs were, in a sense, as much a testament to the ingenuity of their behind-the-scenes Musical Director as they were a showcase for the talents of their on-camera performers.
The man choosing, arranging, overseeing (and in many cases, writing) much of the music for Dean, The Golds, The Dings and their guests each week was, of course, the estimable LEE HALE. A number of years ago, he recalled his work with those stars in his first book, Backstage At The Dean Martin Show; and more recently, he authored a second volume, mixing highlights of his show business career with his own personal life story in a compelling autobiography.
Around the time that his first tome was published, Lee sat down for a rare interview on a local California cable TV program called Talk Of The Desert. Originally telecast in 2000, the show contains much that’s still of interest to Dean Martin fans — and so, in honor of Lee’s 91st birthday today, we thought we’d share it with our fellow Dean, Golds and Dings enthusiasts. Watch it and you’ll not only see Lee reminisce about Dean’s series, but also be treated to a number of clips from the show — among them, one sketch featuring Dean, Lee, Dennis Weaver, Dick Martin and Lynne Latham that has never been included in either the Guthy-Renker or Time-Life DVDs.
In celebration of someone who has done so much to make so many look, and sound, so good, we hope that all of our readers will join us here in wishing LEE HALE A VERY HAPPY, HEALTHY BIRTHDAY, AND MANY, MANY MORE.
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