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A Little Aperitif, and Then on to The Main Course…

At this establishment, we want you to feel at home to contribute your thoughts, pose questions, and express your opinions — whether in brief or at length. All that’s asked is that you exercise common courtesy toward other participants, and in the main, stay on track with the site’s primary focus.

What makes posting to this forum such a breeze is that once you’ve submitted your first comment, you won’t have to re-enter your name when writing any future comments. As long as you return to the site using the same web browser, it will automatically recognize your identity.

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  • 1. Video Vision  |  April 24, 2010 at 7:03 am

    Man alive! What blowhard wrote all of that blather at the beginning of this section about reading and posting messages? Doesn’t that person have any idea how to be succinct? You’d think whoever did it was assembling a history of civilization from the dawn of mankind.

    In any event, inasmuch as I appear to be the first voyager to have landed on these shores, I thought that I’d put together a little information for some of our fellow travelers here who are no doubt already well acquainted with Dean, but who might also like to know the names of, and a bit more about, some of the ladies pictured on the Home page of our new website.

    So, to give credit where credit is due,
    we present this little compendium of “Who’s Who”:

    http://deangoldsanddings.com/2010/04/23/whos-who

  • 2. Video Vision  |  April 25, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Just one day after the launch of our new Dean, Golds and Dings website, we already have a birthday to celebrate, and it’s for a longtime and faithful member of our community. He’s someone who, like many of us, came of age watching The Dean Martin Show and Golddiggers series, and has been continually supportive of our efforts to keep the memory of those programs alive while trying to stir public sentiment for their re-release.

    When it comes to championing the cause of The Golds and The Dings, he’s even put deeds behind his words, helping to set up the very first radio interview that Michelle and Lindsay did together after they and their Manager, Wes Guidry, formed Blue Eyed Soul in 2008. And the spot was no small potatoes, either: The gals were guests on The Jordan Rich Show, heard throughout the Eastern half of the U.S. on 50,000-watt clear channel station WBZ (the segment, by the way, remains posted for anyone who still might want to listen to it, at this location: http://thegolddiggers.wordpress.com/2008/04/18/casting-a-wide-net.

    For the last few months, he’s been coming up with, and jotting down, some clever wordplay on his Facebook page that would give both Yogi Berra and the late Samuel Goldwyn a run for their money. And while he may have retained his youthful passion for The Golddiggers and Dingaling Sisters (he’s hardly alone in that department), his first priority these days is devotion to his wife and son.

    Diehard rooter for the Red Sox though he may be, we Yankee fans manage to overlook that and still enjoy having him on our Dean, Golds and Dings team.

    So, Happy Birthday, Barry, and Many, Many More.

    Michael

  • 3. Michelle DellaFave  |  April 25, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Hi! Beautiful job and I love all the pictures. One thing is for sure, we all loved Dean… from a fan, and a Golddigger, Dingaling,
    Much love, MichelleDellaFave

  • 4. Janice Whitby  |  April 25, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Michael – what a great job! The new site looks wonderful! I agree with Michelle, GREAT pics! And for me this seems easier to navigate.
    Love to all, Janice Whitby

  • 5. Sheryl Ullman  |  April 25, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    So happy to be included in this new venture. Count me in! xoxo Sheryl

  • 6. Janice Glazier  |  April 25, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Happy Birthday to you!!!!
    Taffy

  • 7. Lindsay Bloom  |  April 26, 2010 at 7:15 am

    Wow!!!!!! This is fantastic Michael!
    Love the photos and all the options! This is definitely
    going to be lots of fun!
    And BARRY….HAPPY BIRTHDAY…..Hope you saved a piece of birthday cake for me. Ha!
    God Bless,
    Lindsay

  • 8. Patrick Vana  |  April 26, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Hope everyone in DeanGoldsandDings is easily making the transition to this new site. It should be a lot of fun for everyone !

    Pat Vana

  • 9. Dennis Brislen  |  April 26, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Looks like a Strong move! This will make for a much more efficient meeting place for all who are united in keeping Dean’s memory alive and well.

    It never ceases to amaze me that this talented yet basically humble, likeable guy was able to touch so many of us in such lasting ways. Imperfect human he was, yet his legacy of talent, good humor and decency remain the staples of our memories…

  • 10. Mark  |  April 26, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Hi Michael,

    As always, you do excellent work and this place looks great.

    I’ve always felt that the yahoo groups format were obsolete since the early 2000s …… but i never said anything because I didn’t want to come off as insulting.

  • 11. Janice Glazier  |  April 27, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Great job Michael! Am I surprised? NO! You always do an amazing job. Standing ovation!

  • 12. Kylie  |  April 28, 2010 at 2:26 am

    This is fantastic !
    I love all the pictures so much and the whole design 🙂
    A friend sent me a Robert Mitchum movie called Young Billy Young and to my delight, Deana Martin was in the movie, I believe she only made 2 movies.
    In this movie she played a blonde.
    I wish she had been in the film longer.
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 13. McpheePickler  |  April 29, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Love the new site.

  • 14. Kimmy  |  April 30, 2010 at 1:51 am

    Loooove the new site. You are a genius at this stuff and I’m just proud to have you on my team!!! Hopefully we can make a smooth transition and then get into the Dino stuff!!
    Thanks for everything!! I’ve not been on line much and as usual, you have stepped up. You and the group should be very proud of what you’ve done!! COOL!!!
    I hope Deana sees this stuff!!!

    mushies,
    kimmy and dover

  • 15. Video Vision  |  April 30, 2010 at 2:25 am

    A Big Thank You to Michelle, Janice, Sheryl, Taffy, Lindsay, Patrick, Dennis, Mark, Kylie, Jon, and Kimmy. I appreciate your kind words and your pioneering spirit in being among the first to post messages here in the comments section of our new site.

    There is quite a bit of fresh and exclusive content planned for both these pages and for The Golddiggers Super Site, but it would be a shame if those of our friends from GoldsAndDings and Dinopallies who have yet to join us here missed out on what’s ahead. It’s understandable that the transition from the old way of doing things to the new one is a slow process for some, but it’s for that very reason that there remains work to be done in making sure that others are aware of our new home.

    So I would invite any of you who are so inclined to help spread the word…because the larger that our community grows, the greater the number of people who’ll be able to take part in our conversations and partake of our offerings…and the stronger our voices will be heard in support of our desire to see The Dean Martin Show and Golddiggers series reissued in full.

    We’re off to a promising start. Now we just have to keep the momentum going.

    Michael

  • 16. Barry  |  April 30, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Wow Michael what a birthday present..what a nice new site..just when I didn’t think it could be improved. Thanks for the kind words & thank you fellow Goldand Dings fans for the birthday wishes. I was in Memphis & visited Graceland among other places there. Michelle I thought of you & your fellow Dingaling sisters when I was at the Stax record museum where the “Funky Chicken”was recorded.

  • 17. Denny  |  May 1, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Sorry I’m late for the party, Kids! Work’s been busy this week and then I couldn’t find my socks. Imagine my shock when I went to the old place and saw the For Rent sign on the door! Thanks for leaving a note with directions to the new place.

    Michael, I think you’ve outdone yourself! It looks great! This is even nicer than your usual fine work. ‘Course, how you gonna top this now?

    Denny

  • 18. Lindsay Bloom  |  May 1, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Barry….you are totally welcome.
    Sounds like you had a great time on your trip!
    Take good care of yourself!
    Lindsay

  • 19. Kylie  |  May 2, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Hi Everyone 🙂
    I`ve just been showing my best friend Paige the site here and the closet and she said to me it`s amazing !
    That`s an understatement, lol
    Paige is a few years younger than me and I have sort of converted her to being a Dean Martin fan, she loves his Reprise songs and his movies, especially the westerns.
    She also likes Jerry Lewis, well nobody`s perfect, lol
    One of her favourite singers is Nancy Sinatra and she loves the clip of Dean and Nancy singing Things.
    I`ve also been introducing Paige to some of The Golddiggers pictures and telling her the names of some of The Golddiggers I know from Goldsanddings.
    Michelle, Taffy, Sheryl, Lindsay. Micki who I`ve lost contact with since changing my ISP.
    Paige pointed to Susan Lund and asked me about Susan, I know Susan`s name so well but know very little about her.
    I also told Paige about many of the wonderful friends I have here 🙂
    Looking in at the site has made for a wonderful day and I`m so pleased my friend is so impressed 🙂
    By the way we are neighbours, she only lives 2 houses away.
    The site is fantastic !
    Great Big Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie and some from Paige too, lol

  • 20. Kylie  |  May 2, 2010 at 2:19 am

    I hope Deana sees this stuff!!!

    mushies,
    kimmy and dover

    Hi Kimmy 🙂
    I hope Deana sees this site too, I think her and John would be very impressed 🙂
    Hugs n Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 21. Video Vision  |  May 4, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Barry and Denny, it’s my pleasure to welcome you both to our new digs, and please feel free to make yourselves as much at home here as you were in our Yahoo abode (one of the major and obvious differences being that in this dwelling, we don’t have to put up with yahoos for landlords).

    Kylie, it’s heartening to know that even though you yourself are too young to have enjoyed Dean, The Golddiggers, and The Dingaling Sisters during their original prime-time network run, you’re today not only one of their biggest and most informed fans, but continue to introduce others of your generation, such as your friend, Paige, to these sparkling personalities and the outstanding entertainment that they provided over the years, and in some instances — luckily for all of us — continue to bring to us right up to the present day.

    I’m sure that all of us here are grateful to you for sharing your enthusiastic appreciation of this material with other people your age, and hopefully, that will result in their making still others aware of it, too, thus helping to keep the legacy alive.

  • 22. Barry  |  May 4, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Michael thanks for the welcoming & again thanks for your kind words on my birthday. My wife was very impressed and thought you were talking about someone else. This new site I makes me almost have a martini & put on some of Dean’s records or play my Golddigger’s Today Album..still a favorite of mine.

  • 23. Kylie  |  May 6, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Hi Michael 🙂
    I was so flattered my friend Paige showed so much interest in the site and asked so many questions.
    Some I could answer and some I couldn`t, lol
    For some time now my desktop has been one of Dean Martin.
    I have no talent in making montages for desktops but I was thinking if someone here did have the talent to do one of these, it would be so wonderful to have a desktop of The Golddiggers.
    Or even a screen saver 🙂
    I have a friend who is very clever at creating beautiful pictures, I might ask her if it`s possible ?
    Dean and The Golddiggers on my desktop, Wow !
    That would be something 🙂
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 24. renee anderson  |  May 6, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Incredible job Michael. I also honor your incredible efforts. love to all,
    Renee aka tara leigh

  • 25. Video Vision  |  May 7, 2010 at 6:07 am

    Thank you, Renee. It’s truly an honor to have you join us here.

    There are quite a few interesting and novel features that we have coming up on the site, and now, we’re simply waiting for more of our friends from the old group to get on board before we unveil them. But the bottom line is that there’s lots to which to look forward, and we hope that you’ll feel welcome to take part.

  • 26. Video Vision  |  May 9, 2010 at 6:19 am

    As Ray Stevens wrote, and as Dean Martin and The Golddiggers sang during a dreamily dulcet, heavenly harmonious “Welcome To My World” medley in the fall of 1970, “Everything Is Beautiful”…and on a day like today, no one is more so for most of us than the woman who gave birth to each of us.

    So, Happy Mother’s Day to all of those special ladies, and in particular, to Michelle, Lindsay, Taffy, and Jayne, as well as all of the other beautiful Golds and Dings Moms.

  • 27. Dennis Brislen  |  May 9, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Happy Mothers Day to all!

    This is the day to honor Mothers everywhere with a great Dean Martin song: ANY MAN WHO LOVES HIS MOTHER.

    From Robin and the Seven Hoods, it has always been a mystery to me why it isn’t better known. It should be a Mothers Day classic!

    Here’s to Moms eveywhere!!!

  • 28. Paul Cardi  |  May 9, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Knock, Knock…
    Anyone home? Am I at the right address?
    An old friend found me wandering the streets and pointed me to this house.
    This friend, who shall remain nameless, saw that I was homeless and INTERvened, BANGed me on the head and said to stop by and say hello for Mother’s Day.
    So to all the wonderful Moms out there, both Gold& Dings and honorary G&Ds, a heartfelt Happy Mother’s day.
    Paul

  • 29. Video Vision  |  May 9, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Paul, I must confess to being clueless as to the identity of this chap of whom you spoke, but irrespective of who gave you the directions, I’m delighted that you found your way here, and I hope that you’ll be settling in for a nice long stay, because with the good deal more that we have in store, something tells me that the fun has only begun.

  • 30. Janice Glazier  |  May 9, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day to all! Relax and enjoy.
    Taffy ;^ )

  • 31. Michelle DellaFave  |  May 9, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    I am so enjoying this wonderful site by Mr Video Vision, aka Michael and Interbang, I do hope everyone from Yahoo is now on board.
    HAPPY MOTHERS DAY to all the Mom’s visiting the site. Paul, Kylie, I am glad you both are OK. It has been a rough few months for me, relocating and such. Whew, I am ready for a trip to Las Brisas Hotel, Acapulco. Any one have the good fortune of visiting there? Hi to Denny,Tara and Taffy, Sheryl, Janice, and my Blue Eyed Soul partner, Lindsay. I hope Micki is Ok with all these floods. Peace and Blessings, Michelle…
    Oh Taffy what did we wear for “Want Ads,” Tara? What number did we do, when we wore the white fringe costume that the Golddiggers also wore? Maybe we wore the green with the long white fringe, as Golddiggers first and then The Dings wore it for another number? Michael is also curious…
    by the way, he shared with me that he sat in front of his family TV set as a teen and dreamed he was Dean Martin… isn’t that cute ladies???

  • 32. Barry  |  May 9, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day to all the Golds and Dings Mothers.

  • 33. Denny  |  May 9, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Here I go again. If this comes up as 2 posts, please forgive me. I thought this site knew me and neglected to enter my email address. When I hit submit, it tossed me out and told me I had made an error! ;-(

    Happy Mothers Day to all of our G&D mothers. I hope you had a wonderful day with your loved ones.

    PAUL! Welcome aboard! I’m really glad you finally decided to come here with us!

    Michelle, you amaze me. You managed to decide to move half way across the country, find a place and make the move in less time than it has taken me to clean out my basement. I’ll bet you have been busy! Thanks for sharing the story about Michale wanting to be Dean. I like a man who dreams big! I just wanted to be Dean’s protégé – – -or even meet him. Oddly, about a year ago, I was reading the obituary of a man I knew, and found out that he was a close friend of Deans who left Steubinville with him! Timing is everything!

    Denny

  • 34. Video Vision  |  May 9, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Just to put the final paragraph of Michelle‘s last message in context, it was specifically when Dean was accompanied by either The Golddiggers, The Dingaling Sisters, or other highly attractive, talented female performers, that I would, on occasion, vicariously imagine myself in his place — a flight of fancy that, as with other men and teenage boys watching, I would bet I was not alone in envisaging.

    Of course, one of the most exhilarating and rewarding aspects of exchanging messages on this site (as well as in our GoldsAndDings Group before it), is that it’s a privilege for ALL of us fans — male and female — to be able to interact with the likes of Michelle, Lindsay, Taffy, Renee (a.k.a. Tara), Janice Whitby, and other alumnae of The Golddiggers and Dingaling Sisters on an ongoing basis. For those of us who cherished being entertained by them in the past, and still revel in their company and current ventures today, it is all, without question, a dream come true.

  • 35. Kylie  |  May 10, 2010 at 7:00 am

    Hi Denny 🙂
    The videos are great 🙂
    I know back in the 1950s a lot of programs were recorded on Kinescope.
    I might be wrong but I think The Honeymooners was one of them.
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 36. Kylie  |  May 10, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Hi Michelle 🙂
    Welcome back 🙂
    We all missed you so much, that`s cute about Michael, my dad once told me the same thing, lol
    I think a lot of boys back then sat in front of their televisions wishing they could be Dean.
    And I know a lot of girls would have sat in front of their televisions wishing they could be with Dean.
    Great Big Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 37. Kylie  |  May 11, 2010 at 4:24 am

    Taffy was nice enough to explain what Twittering is, I don`t twitter, but I can hum, lol
    When I was at school I was ridiculed because I liked Dean so much, whereas everyone else was into Justin Timberlake, Spice Girls and singers I can`t even remember, ones who came and went.
    It`s so wonderful to find there are fans even younger than I am 🙂
    Great Big Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 38. Janice Glazier  |  May 13, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Hellooooooo Michelle and gang! So glad you are all settled in Michelle. What a transition!.

    I am trying to remember what we wore for Want Ads….hmmmmm the fringe sounds familiar, but not quite right. I am amazed Michael doesn’t have a copy of the performance!!! I remember the choreography, at least the middle part, “lipstick on his collar, perfume on him too, tells me he’s been lyin’ tell ya what I’m gonna do…..

    I have to say my favorite costume (s) was the white and silver with the window pane openings down the leg and the black and gold that we wore during the opening of the show.

    Maybe Tara remembers?
    Love to all
    Taffy ;^)

  • 39. Kylie  |  May 21, 2010 at 3:59 am

    Hi Everyone 🙂
    I don`t know if I`m the only one but I have had so many problems connecting to the site the last couple days and tonight after trying to connect 4 times and ready to give up, the 5th time it worked 🙂
    Might be because I`m on pre paid and not with a regular ISP anymore.
    I was watching some late night show last night, I didn`t get the name of it as I missed the first 10 minutes, it was on at 4 in the morning when I woke up and couldn`t get back to sleep.
    Two men were arguing about Dean and Jerry, one said Dean was funnier, the other said no, Jerry was funnier.
    They kept having this little arguement and the man who likes Jerry said Jerry is very popular in France, the other man commented so are Frogs Legs, lol
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 40. kimmy & dover  |  May 21, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    LOVE the pictures you posted!! Can other people help our picture file grow and how do they do that??

    kimmy and dover, the wonder teen-dog

  • 41. Kylie  |  May 21, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Hi Kimmy 🙂
    I`ve been missing you, I was starting to worry about you.
    Give Dover a Big Hug for me 🙂
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 42. Janice Glazier  |  May 21, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    OUI OUI !!!! I THINK YOU WERE DREAMING THO!

  • 43. kimmy & dover  |  May 22, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Kylie –
    THANKS for the dvds!!!
    Good to hear from you…Lori is just fair.

    love always,
    kimmy and dover

    ps kitty got a puppy!!!!

  • 44. Kylie  |  May 26, 2010 at 2:09 am

    Hi Kimmy 🙂
    That`s so cute Kitty got a puppy 🙂
    I would have thought you were going to say Kitty got a Kitty, lol
    But a puppy is wonderful as long as he doesn`t try chasing Kitty up any trees, lol
    I`m sorry to hear Lori is no better.
    I wish you could give us some good news.
    Things are good and bad here, dad and Aunty Cathy have both been ill, the good news is I had a checkup and my sats are very good.
    Dad has been having a few unexplained hypos but I just heard they are getting his blood sugars under control.
    Please give my love to Lori and Kitty
    Great Big Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 45. Video Vision  |  May 26, 2010 at 4:56 am

    Kylie, I’m sorry that you were having trouble accessing our site, but since we didn’t receive reports of anyone else encountering such difficulties, my assumption is that the problem likely originated with your ISP. Hopefully, that’s now all been resolved, and since you successfully managed to post a message tonight, that may be an indication that you won’t experience any further bumps along the path to our new home.

    I’m sorry to hear that both your Dad and Aunt Cathy have been under the weather, but please send them my best and let them know that I wish each of them a speedy recovery. Meanwhile, I’m happy to learn that you received excellent news on the medical front yourself, and I hope that continues to be the case in the future.

  • 46. Video Vision  |  May 26, 2010 at 5:04 am

    Kimmy, you asked if other people could contribute pictures to our new site, and the answer is that naturally, you, of all people — the founder of Dinopallies and one of the high muckety-mucks without whom none of us would be here — are certainly welcome to do so…but that same invitation also extends to anyone having relevant images that he or she would like to submit to our Dean, Golds and Dings gallery.

    The logical follow-up question, of course, involves how to go about doing it. Basically, there are two ways: One is simply to email photos directly to the site, along with any captions that might be desired, and I’ll then be happy to post the material. Here’s the email address where such submissions can be sent: DeanGoldsAndDings@hotmail.com.

    Now, if you, Kimmy, or anyone else, for that matter, has a large quantity of pictures to be posted, an alternative approach would be to become a “contributor” to the site, which would then make it possible to upload images directly to our archive (The Closet), without the need to email them first. If you or anyone else might be interested in exploring this possibility, write to me at either my personal email address or the one that I listed above, and I’ll provide further details.

  • 47. Lindsay Bloom  |  May 26, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Hi to All………….
    Been swamped. Tried to post something last week but I pushed the wrong button and somehow lost it all. Ha! Oh well.
    I’m still getting used to this new format.
    Hope everyone enjoys the upcoming holiday! And remember the men and women who gave all.
    God Bless,
    Lindsay

  • 48. Kylie  |  May 30, 2010 at 7:23 am

    Hi Michael and everyone 🙂
    I`m still having some problems getting to the site, I just tried now and it took 3 attempts, this is the message I received Cannot find http://www.dinopallies.com/
    Anyway, it`s not just this site but others too and I`m certain it`s a problem with my ISP.
    I`m with Vodaphone a mobile phone company and it`s different to a normal ISP and not as good.
    But I would never go back to Bigpond.
    And other ISPs want a 24 month contract.
    So much is happening recently, so many changes, I don`t want to be tied down to a contract as I don`t know what`s going to happen next, so for now I have to put up with Vodaphone, lol
    I have had a whirlwind of a weekend and I feel so tired but so happy.
    I never thought I would announce this but I went on a date with my friend of many years Levi.
    I didn`t want to, but with great hesitation I said yes.
    I had the most wonderful night of my life.
    My friend Levi, the once little freckle faced boy who followed me home from school and drove me crazy has grown up and I didn`t even notice it.
    It was a night out, I`ll never forget.
    I`ll probably regret saying what I have after I click the send button.
    Things are changing so much.
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 49. Kylie  |  June 4, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Dear Michael,
    I only just heard the sad news, I can`t tell you how sorry I am for your loss.
    I was going to write to you personally but I know this is not the time to be answering e-mails.
    I also wanted to join with everyone here and let you know I think everyone here feels the same way as I do for your sad loss.
    I won`t say anymore but I want you to know you`re in my thoughts and prayers.
    Aunty Cathy and I are so sorry
    My deepest sympathy
    Love, Kylie

  • 50. Denny  |  June 7, 2010 at 2:02 am

    Time to celebrate Dean’s 93rd birthday! My old records are already playing and the . . . apple juice is chilling.

  • 51. Video Vision  |  June 7, 2010 at 5:19 am

    Thank you, Kylie. I want you to know how much I appreciate those sentiments, as well as the ones expressed by you and others in messages sent to me in private emails, on Facebook, and in two very moving condolence cards that I received.

    While this is indeed a time of loss and mourning for me, it is also one that in other respects is ripe with hope and promise, bearing out the sense of renewal inherent in the old saw that “life goes on”. For even amid my sadness, I’m not only comforted by good friends like you, but cheered by several developments, including the news that you and Levi had a wonderful first night out together. Considering how long that young man has had a crush on you, the fact that you may now be starting to take him seriously must have him doing somersaults on Cloud 9.

    From the way you described your date, it sounds almost like the relationship at the heart of Gigi, except with the genders reversed. And that’s fine, because from what I understand, it’s become quite fashionable these days for older women and younger men to fancy one another (in the case of you and Levi, that older woman-younger man dynamic should be clarified to point out that the “older woman” we’re talking about here is barely out of her teens!).

    But it just goes to show you that you can never tell when a long-time friendship may evolve into something more. And for one as sweet and deserving of happiness as you are, Kylie, I hope that whatever may happen between you and Levi, it will turn out to be everything that you want it to be.

  • 52. Michelle DellaFave  |  June 7, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Hi Michael, I am sure you know how I feel on your present grief. I am always here for you, hopefully I can help you, bring a smile to your face, and Joy to your heart.
    Kylie, I love hearing about your new romance. I am experiencing a similar situation. Yes, and he is 7 years younger than me. I think age doesn’t mean a thing especially as we mature. I hope Levi treats you well and with respect and love. Being good friends first, is the best way to start a relationship. Do you have similar interests and like the same things? Also very important. Well enough of my words of wisdom… God’s blessings to both of you!!!
    Living in the NYC area has been a whole new experience, but I am finally settled and know my way around town. I have enjoyed some wonderful restaurants and shows, thanks to my new beau, oh and he even sings to me, like Dean…we laugh all the time, shall I say, he really cracks me up!!! So I do hope it continues, because he is truly a blessing to me…. Later, much love to all, Michelle

  • 53. Kylie  |  June 7, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Dear Michael,
    It`s such a relief to know you have friends who are helping you through this.
    Cancer is such a cruel slow death and there are so many in the world who have to go what you are going through now.
    I know losing your father was terrible and that wasn`t so long ago.
    The good thing is your mother is no longer suffering.
    The bad thing will be dealing with the grief.
    I know in time you`ll have wonderful memories of your parents to look back on.
    What can I say about Levi ? lol
    He has had what I had always thought was a silly crush on me since he was a freckle faced little boy, he is changing so much but he still feels the same way.
    Dad and Aunty Cathy have told me things like about how upset Levi was when I had pnuemonia a few years ago and he wanted so much to see me but the doctors only allowed immediate family.
    I had a wonderful night out with Levi and I`ll never forget it.
    I think for now I just want us to remain friends, he is too young to decide if his future is with me.
    In a couple of years from now if he feels the same way, he is someone I want to share the rest of my life with.
    I know him so well and know he`d never do anything to hurt me.
    We have so much in common, he loves animals which is important to me, he loves Dean Martin, although I think he likes Dean so much because he knows how much I adore Dean and he wants to please me.
    If we watch a Dean Martin show, his eyes are on The Golddiggers, lol
    He really loves my dad and visits him almost every day after school which means a lot to me.
    Levi makes me laugh, sometimes intentionally and sometimes unintentionly.
    We were watching a movie set in the African Jungle recently with my other friend Paige.
    Some of the nativie girls belonging to the cannibal tribe were dancing up and down topless.
    The natives were about to kill a white hunting party.
    Levi was sitting in dad`s old arm chair muttering away under his breath, I told him to Shhh!
    He kept muttering something about it`s disgusting.
    Well I hate people talking when I`m trying to enjoy a movie and I got a little angry and said What`s the matter with you ?
    Levi said to me, it`s disgusting, those girls are topless ! then he said at least they could wear bras.
    I burst out laughing and said how are a bunch of native girls supposed to get Bras in deep dark Africa ?
    Then the natives started to strip the main actor Cornel Wilde, Levi got up and told Paige who is 15 don`t look Paige, lol
    Even when he gets me angry he can make me laugh, lol
    Great Big Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 54. Kylie  |  June 7, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Dear Michelle,
    Making the move to New York was a big one, I was worried because I`ve heard one of the most stressful things in life is moving.
    New York is a big city and a move like that would have scared me.
    I was born a city girl but I`ve been brought up as a country girl.
    The thought of ever moving back to Melbourne is something I`d never consider now.
    I`m so happy your move was a good one and you are so happy.
    I wish I had a beau who sang to me like Dean Martin, Levi has tried to sing but he has the voice of a fog horn, lol
    I`ve heard about so many relationships falling apart.
    The good thing is I have come to know Levi so well and I know he would never do anything to hurt me.
    That`s the kind of husband I want 🙂
    As I said to someone else, Levi reminds me of a song from Showboat called Bill.
    Along came Bill an ordinary guy, he hasn`t got a thing that I can brag about.
    That`s Levi 🙂
    lol,
    Great Big Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 55. kimmy & dover  |  June 10, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Michael
    I am so very, very sorry to hear of the news. I am saddened to know how much pain you must be in. Please feel free to call if you would like that. I will be thinking of you…i wish i’d been on line and seen this sooner…
    Dear, sweet Michael…

    love,
    kimmy
    and dover

  • 56. Paul Cardi  |  June 10, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Michael,
    I was just catching up on these posts and was saddened to hear about your loss. You have brought so much joy and comfort to everyone on this site over the last few years and now it’s our turn to give back a bit of it to you.
    Please accept my condolences and best wishes to you and your family during this difficult time.
    Paul

  • 57. Mark  |  June 14, 2010 at 3:30 am

    Hi Michael,
    I just want to extend my deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother and hoping that your faith will give you strength during this difficult and sad time.

    I have two friends that graduated from John Jay College Of Criminal Justice and I’ll be sure to ask them if they were ever a student of your mother and if so, I’ll be happy to pass along to you any fond memories that they may have to share.

    Mark

  • 58. Video Vision  |  June 14, 2010 at 5:35 am

    My deepest thanks to Michelle, Kimmy, Paul, Mark, and all others who’ve expressed their sympathies to me in this forum, on Facebook, and through other means. I’m genuinely touched by the outpouring of affection, and feel the same fondness for all of you who were kind enough to write to me. Your words of friendship and support have brought me comfort and reassurance, and truly helped to make a difference at this difficult juncture in my life.

    As most of you doubtless know, it’s tradition along Theater Row in Manhattan, when someone of note has left us, to dim the lights atop the marquees that line the Great White Way. But just as much a part of that theatrical culture is the old axiom that “The show must go on.” And so now, after a respectful and reflective interval, on with the show we will go…

  • 59. Video Vision  |  June 14, 2010 at 5:41 am

    A few days ago, I received a photo CD from Kimmy containing hundreds of pictures of Dean Martin from her own private collection, which she wanted me to post here on her behalf. Some of these images are ones that have made the rounds a number of times, but many are rare or even one-of-a-kind. While it would be impractical to upload all of them at once, I thought that I would at least get started by putting a handful of them on display in The Closet, with more to come in the future.

    To have a look at the first batch, just point your mouse over the link below and give it a squeeze:

    Kimmy’s Gallery of Dean Martin Images, Volume 1

  • 60. Kylie  |  June 15, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Hi Kimmy 🙂
    It really warms my heart to see these 🙂
    Thanks to you, I have most of these on cdr but it`s been so long since I have seen many of them.
    I love them so much, especially the Bandalero pictures.
    Everytime I see them I fall in love all over again 🙂
    I`ve been in bed with the flu and watched a few Dean Martin shows.
    The magic never dies.
    Even with a really sore throat Dean and Don Rickles had me laughing, lol
    Great Big Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 61. James Truthseeker  |  June 16, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Greetings everyone, so this is where you’ve all been hanging out in the last little while, wow!

  • 62. Video Vision  |  June 16, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Yes, indeed, James, so please pull up a chair and join us. There’s lots worth sticking around for — and I think that you and everyone else may especially want to be here tomorrow…

  • 63. Lindsay Bloom  |  June 17, 2010 at 1:15 am

    Hi All,
    I absolutely love the new photos of Dean! (Handsome Devil!) Thanks so much Kimmy! And thanks Michael! What a treat!
    Sorry I’ve been so busy of late, but glad to be able to stop by tonight!
    Kylie, your comments about Levi were a hoot! A good sense of humor is a ‘must” so I’m glad he makes you laugh!
    A special “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” to my singing partner, MICHELLE!!!!! Looking forward to performing with you again in Sept. We will have to celebrate our birthdays when I come to NY!!!! Can’t wait!
    Wishing all of you a great summer!
    Stay cool!
    Lindsay

  • 64. Janice Glazier  |  June 17, 2010 at 1:47 am

    Happy Birthday Michelle! I can’t believe it’s already been a year….wow. I know you had a beautiful day.
    Love you
    Taf xo

  • 65. Kylie  |  June 17, 2010 at 8:40 am

    A Very Happy Birthday Michelle 🙂
    I hope you had a wonderful time celebrating.
    May all your dreams come true
    Great Big Birthday Hugs from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 66. Kylie  |  June 17, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Hi Lindsay 🙂
    Levi used to get bullied when he was little so he joined a local judo group.
    I`ve seen him practice, you would be amazed !
    He really knows how to land on the mat, he trips over it so often, but he`s quick to get up (and quick to fall down again, lol)
    He is a laugh a minute, lol
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 67. Video Vision  |  June 17, 2010 at 10:33 am

    As I pore over contemporary pictures of her, it seems almost counterintuitive to be extending birthday greetings to someone who, from all appearances, looks as though she’s barely aged a day since she made her debut as a Copa Girl at New York’s storied Copacabana nightclub.

    No wonder that U.S. servicemen and women who thrilled to her performances with The Golddiggers and The Dingaling Sisters during Bob Hope‘s 1969 and 1970 USO Christmas Tours, and who’ve had the opportunity to see her take the stage anew over the last couple of years with her Blue Eyed Soul Sister Lindsay Bloom, have repeatedly come up to her and declared, “You must be Michelle DellaFave‘s daughter”.

    Well, this munificently blessed lady indeed has a child — to be precise, a son whom she loves dearly — but there’s no daughter in the picture; that’s the original Michelle that has vets and other fans oohing and aahing. And it’s not just her physical being that emits such youthful radiance — the same aura imbues her spirit, her creativity, and her finely-honed wit, as well. But her sophisticated taste, intellect, and sense of style make it clear that in real life, she is no dingaling (her occasional self-effacing pronouncements to the contrary notwithstanding).

    As she now embarks on a new chapter in her career with the development of a cabaret act that will premiere in the coming months, we pay tribute to our much-adored birthday girl with a pair of vintage clips of her own work, topped off by an aptly-themed little ditty, rendered by a star with whom Michelle not only shared the spotlight numerous times, but one who always had tremendous respect for her talent.

    Of course, he was hardly alone. We all recognized it then…and by George, she’s still got it! To see the examples of it that we’ve selected, all one needs to do is go to Dean, Golds and Dings on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/DeanGoldsAndDings) and click the “Like” button at the top of the page. Once you do, the proper link and password will be sent to you.

    Dearest Michelle, for the resplendent difference that you’ve made in my life, the lives of all of us here, and the lives of all those whom you have touched with your captivating presence, I wish you your Happiest Birthday yet…and many, many more equally happy ones yet to come.

    Love,

    Michael

  • 68. Vince Tarsitano  |  June 17, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Big Birthday Blessings to you! Celebrate big!

    Best regards,
    Vince Tarsitano
    Port Orange, FL

  • 69. Video Vision  |  June 17, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    The link and password to Michelle’s Birthday Videos got buried in Facebook’s arcane interface, so here’s a reiteration of the info, this time, placed where everyone can see it:

    To view the clips, click here:

    http://thegolddiggers.wordpress.com/2004/06/17/happy-birthday-michelle-4

    Be sure to ENTER THE PASSWORD: retrospect

  • 70. James Truthseeker  |  June 17, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Greetings and a happy Birthday to Michelle, its been a long time since I’ve posted to the group and just so everyone knows, contrary to this time last year I seem to be doing way better now this year. May you have a wonderful birthday Michelle, but be careful should you eventually move to New York and thanks for letting me know yesterday to come by the new site. Love and hugs to you, -James Truthseeker.

  • 71. Mark  |  June 17, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Hi Michelle,

    I just want to wish you a very Happy Birthday. 🙂

    Mark

  • 72. Barry  |  June 17, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Happy Birthday Michelle, you are still funky today

  • 73. Denny  |  June 18, 2010 at 1:49 am

    Wow, I loved the clips! Michelle had a birthday, and I got presents! I hope you had a wonderfull birthday Michelle!

  • 74. Micki McGlone  |  June 18, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Happy Birthday Michelle, Wish I could be with you in NYC to celebrate with you.
    I’ll be your neighbor very soon.
    You look Mahvelous Dahling!!!
    Blessings,
    Micki

  • 75. Deana Martin  |  June 18, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Hi Michelle,

    Happy Birthday and many many happy returns.

    Love,
    Deana

  • 76. Michelle DellaFave  |  June 18, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Dearest Taffy, Kylie, Lindsay, Vince, James, Mark, Barry, Denny and Mickie,
    Thank you so much for the Birthday wishes and remembering me. With all the many things we must do these days, it is sometimes hard to find the time to respond. That is why I am so touched you all took the time to remember me. God’s Richest Blessings to all of you!! Please know that I so appreciate every single one of you, blessed divine souls.
    Much love always, “GoldandDing” Michelle DellaFave

  • 77. Michelle DellaFave  |  June 18, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Dear Deana,
    I am absolutely thrilled you wished me a Happy Birthday. I know it was also your Dad’s birthday recently, on June 7th. I so hope to see you in person and to possibly get to the Dean Martin Festival next time. My heart is always filled with love and gratitude for your Dad. I have nothing but fond, joyous memories of his performances and my involvement as a performer on his great show.
    Much love, Michelle DellaFave

  • 78. Michelle DellaFave  |  June 18, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    I just wanted to thank Michael for his wonderful birthday surprise for me with an absolutely unforgettable message to me and the videos on The Golddiggers Super Site. I am very humbled and grateful. I just loved Dean Martin’s clip… thanks so much Michael!! I adore my birthday gift!!! Love always, Michelle

  • 79. Denny  |  June 19, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Well, I missed the Dean Martin Festival again. I had the route planned and everything. Some stuff came up at school, and I had to be home Saturday afternoon, so the logistics became a nightmare. I’m glad they have it every year!

  • 80. Deborah McFarland  |  June 19, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Well you blew it on the Golddigger’s picture. That is not Lezlie Dalton(lower right) that is me, Debi McFarland. Lezlie had already left the group. This is the 1969 group not 1968. I was there both years. How about an edit?
    Deborah

  • 81. Video Vision  |  June 19, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Sorry for the error; it’s now been corrected. It’s good of you to have pointed it out, because evidently, no one else noticed.

    As long as the focus of your missive seems to be exclusively on the negative, to the complete neglect of the overwhelmingly accurate information presented on this site (in contrast to other Golddiggers sites, which are laden with factual mistakes, not to mention atrocious grammar, punctuation, and spelling), perhaps inaccurate and/or misleading content in your own comment should also be noted.

    For instance, you assert that “This is the 1969 group not 1968”; but the fact of the matter is that the photo to which you referred is accurately labeled as showcasing the 1969-70 Golddiggers. Moreover, while we were admittedly in error in misidentifying one member of that group as depicted, your implication is that Lezlie Dalton was not a part of the 1969 Golddiggers, which, of course, is not true, since she was indeed a member of not only the 1968 troupe, but the 1969 one, as well, having appeared on the 1969 summer edition of Dean Martin Presents The Golddiggers.

    In fact, the lineup of 1969 Golddiggers shown in the photo appearing on this site consists of several members who did NOT appear on the summer series, including Susan Lund and Patricia Mickey. So, if we’re trying to get all of our facts straight, let’s make sure that we clearly delineate and separate which portion of the year 1969 is being referenced. The photo on our site depicts The Golddiggers lineup from the Fall of 1969 forward, after Lezlie Dalton had left the group (as you correctly state) — but let’s be clear that Lezlie Dalton was a member of the 1969 summer lineup.

    One would also hope that anyone who was a member of The Golddiggers would know that when the group is referred to as a whole, the plural of its name ends in “s”. Therefore, your incorrect spelling of the possessive version of the name (Golddigger’s, as you put it) should be correctly written as Golddiggers’, with the apostrophe coming after the “s”, not before it. However, taking the high road of appreciation for your work with the group, rather than the low road of unabashed criticism, we’ll give you the benefit of the doubt on the misspelling and assume that it was just a simple typographical error on your part.

  • 82. Paul  |  June 20, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Holy cow, Video
    someone got up on the wrong side of the bed.
    Wait till Michael reads your hyper-critical, nit-picky post.
    P

    PS: A belated Happy Birthday, Michelle.

  • 83. Jim Dugan  |  June 20, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Michelle, if I may be allowed to say it, you were a real “kicker” at Long Binh 40 years ago with The Funky Chicken dance number, as were all the girls. I know you still include it in your shows. You’re not a 20 year old anymore, but you still look it. You are a part of the history of the Vietnam War. Bless you!

  • 84. George Corbett  |  June 20, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Great site !!! Just popped up on my facebook page. Enjoyed your show at the 2009 Vietnam Veterans Convention in Louisville, KY. Got a great picture with two beautiful ladies !!! God Bless.

  • 85. Michelle DellaFave  |  June 20, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Thanks George, Jim, and Paul, You are all sweet to remember my birthday and I was honored to do the Bob Hope tours and I still like to kick up my heels, as they say… Blessings , Michelle

  • 86. Janice Glazier  |  June 22, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Hey there Michelle!

    Where will you and Lindsay be performing this September? Details please!
    Taffy xo

  • 87. Michelle DellaFave  |  June 22, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Hi Taffy, We will be in Michigan to help raise some money for the Vets there. Port Huron, and it is about an hour and a half from Detroit. We will be performing at the high School, I think. My home town wants us in the fall, to do the same for the Vietnam Vets NJ… how are you? My son is visiting and is leaving tomorrow, I will miss him. Are you making more of your beautiful chandeliers? I would love one!! Talk to you soon I hope, Love, Michelle

  • 88. Daniel Wyatt  |  June 24, 2010 at 5:44 am

    This is a great site for Dean Martin and all the lovely ladies of the Golds and Dings

  • 89. Sheryl Ullman Sternberg  |  June 27, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    I loved hearing from you, Michelle. How is your new place? So happy your son has been spending time with you. He’s a lucky guy to have a mom like you. Did you have a good Bday? Would love to talk with you when it’s convenient. I miss hearing your laugh. Yes, we are rebuilding the house. It is finished being framed, and now the plumbers, electricians are doing their work. We’re selecting appliances, fire places, doors. It’s fun. I’ve never done anything like this in my life–and I have wonderful designer friends, who do the tiles, etc., who make it not so worrisome for me. I’m a worry wort, unfortunately. At least I have a sense of humor. It’s such a high to visit the property. Two days ago, we saw a roadrunner. That’s the second time I’ve seen one on the property. There are 2 mated ravens who fly around the house. They swirl and twirl and dip, and it’s magical to see them do their hoops and swoops.Their vibes are just beautiful. I haven’t seen any deer, but I’m told that they are present, when I’m not up there. Timing is everything. Been doing Pilates a couple of times a week, and just getting back to a system again. Last weekend we spent Fathers Day in Sacramento and saw Jim’s grandsons. Just so darling. We went to a minor league baseball game. Fun. We’ll see what this week brings. Oh, I have a darling new puppy I’m training. I have to take a photo of him. He is an 8 week puppy (Portugeuese Water Dog) and is so sweet. I just finished training the cutest maltese mix, who was 5 lbs. Our last lesson was helping him get down the stairs. It was hysterical and so cute. Teddy, by the end of the hour, was not phobic while running down the stairs. He was a real pro. Help from good old food treats! Love to you, Michelle. Sheryl

  • 90. Video Vision  |  June 27, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    It was a few weeks back that two of our lovely resident V.I.P.s, Michelle and Taffy, were musing over some songs that they and their Dingaling Sisters, Tara (a.k.a. Renee) and Lynne, performed during the 7th season of The Dean Martin Show (see the comments from May 9 and 13 below). In particular, there was some question about what costumes the gals wore on certain episodes.

    Well, it might have taken a bit of time, but when it comes to one of our two favorite female singing-dancing troupes (the other, of course, being The Golddiggers), the crack research team here at Dean, Golds and Dings spares absolutely no effort to ferret out the most complete information that we possibly can. In that vein, we have uncovered the following pertinent details:

    According to the TV Guide listings at our disposal, The Dings beckoned viewers with their rendition of the tune “Want Ads” on the episode of Dean’s program first telecast on October 14, 1971.

    As to what outfits they were wearing when they sang that number, I’m afraid we cannot attest. However, what we can now state categorically is that whatever garb they were dressed in, it was not, as had been previously speculated, those fringe costumes that bear a resemblance to the ones that The Golddiggers frequently wore for such ditties as “Gimme Dat Ding” and “Something Special”. And, as they might have said on Perry Mason, we have the photographic evidence to prove it!

    If it please the court (as well as our jury of DeanGoldsAndDings regulars), I submit Exhibit A — a rare publicity shot not seen publicly since the fall of 1971, when it was first disseminated, depicting The Dingaling Sisters surrounding the program’s host, and looking as fetching as can be in the aforementioned fringe outfits. (For comparative purposes, I have juxtaposed the latter image with a still of the 1970-71 Golddiggers, clad in similar raiment.) A link to the both pictures appears at the end of this message.

    Accompanying the photo of Dean and The Dings received here at our chambers was a caption authored by NBC’s publicity department, offering corroborative proof that the original air date of the episode from whence said picture was derived was October 21, 1971 — one full week AFTER the broadcast of the program on which The Dings had performed “Want Ads”.

    So while we now know that the fringe outfits were not worn for “Want Ads”, sadly, the TV Guide listings give no indication of what song The Dings actually sang while dressed in fringe on that 10/21/71 episode. And so, we find ourselves once again making an appeal to the public: Taking into account the new evidence before us, are there any eyewitnesses out there able to come forward with a clue as to what number The Dings might have done while decked out in fringe? Or, for that matter, what attire they might have worn a week earlier, for their performance of “Want Ads”?

    Well, as our panel of jurors mulls that one, courtroom spectators may wish to amuse themselves with not only the photos that we now have on display, but also a video clip of “Want Ads” — no, regrettably, not by The Dingaling Sisters (after all, if we had THAT, we’d know what they wore when they performed it), but the original version by a three-girl group called Honey Cone. So here they are, both images and video:

    Golds and Dings in Fringe

    Honey Cone: “Want Ads”

  • 91. Michelle DellaFave  |  June 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Well Video Vision, where did you find that picture? Ok, I can not remember that number… it probably was “Want Ads.” Taffy, Tara? hmm the color was?? Bob Fletcher where are you?
    Sheryl, I am thrilled you are building your new home. It sounds like a dream. I would love another small lap dog again, but I live in an apartment now that does not allow pets, but that is just fine for me at this transition time in my life. I would like to move into the city soon anyway. Commuting is not the greatest, as I have experienced so far. I love my nest now, but that is the one drawback.I just do not want to drive my car into NYC, it is quite an adventure, to say the least. Thanks for asking. Do you think you will make a trip to the city soon? Have you seen the You Tube video about the Dog and Elephant? My son showed that one to me and I loved it. I bet Kylie would as well. Hi Kylie, I hope you are feeling better. Hi Lindsay, I hope your dog is ok,bless her little heart.
    Have a great 4th of July everyone…My favorite activity is of course, “Fireworks!!” Put out the beautiful American flag! Put on the “Skin So Soft” by Avon, to keep the bugs away, and off we go!! Anyone have any natural way to keep the bugs from biting? Denny I bet you have some suggestions since you are outside a lot. Love, to all, Michelle(GoldandDing)

  • 92. Deborah McFarland  |  June 28, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    I think it’s funny that you got nit picky over a typo and assumed I’d implied something I never said. The picture I was referring to was captioned as being of the 1968 group. Maybe I misread something when I viewed it.
    I never stated Lezlie was not a member in ’69 only that she had departed before this picture was taken. We were room mates throughout ’68.
    For the record I was one of the original 9 first selected in Jan ’68. Greg Garrison told us this himself. They were still debating on who the final 3-4 would be. There was always a “swing girl”.
    The group went through numerous changes immediately after completing the ’68 TV show. When Greg decided to put us “on the road” 6 girls quit. When we returned from our first Vegas booking 3 more left. By the time we started our road experience there were only 3 of us who were recognizable on the tv screens of America, Peggy Hanson, Lezlie Dalton and me. We were required to do any local tv interviews because of this fact. Greg wanted recognizable faces in these situations. I thoroughly enjoyed my duties as line captain and interviewee. This group is a part of my history and a part of our national history and I am very proud to be included in the lineup.
    I appreciate your efforts to have accurate information on your site as you are so correct about the ones that do not. Keep up the good work.
    Thanks,
    Deborah

  • 93. Denny  |  June 28, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Hi Michelle,
    You are correct, I do have a foolproof way natural way of keeping bugs away. Whenever possible, I just try to be where the bugs ain’t When I’m camping, I try to be in places where it gets cold at night, or it is very dry, so bugs tend not to be a problem. Often, I’m in areas with a lot of bats too, and they are kind enough to eat the bugs for me. When I am kayaking I always have on a high SPF factor sunscreen. That may keep the bugs away, because they never seem to come after me, even when I’m in a river that goes through a swamp. On the rare occasions when I camp in a swampy area near the ocean that has about 5 mosquitos for every cubic foot of air, I go straight for the “Off.” It’s very unnatural, but avoiding the Equine Encephalitis, West Nile virus, and a couple of other things the mosquitos in that area can carry, more than outweighs any possible side effects the DEET might have. It also keeps the ticks away that can carry Lyme Disease, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. A friend of mine who lives there has gotten Lyme disease twice now, and it’s pretty nasty.
    The only other thing I can think of that might protect me is the smell of wood smoke. I send to play with the fire a lot, and it doesn’t take long to become saturated with the smoke, and quite odiferous. That might keep them away, but I’ve never read anything to that effect.

    As far as Skin So Soft, I have a friend who used to swear by it, (might still) but the scientific studies don’t seem to rate it too highly. I have used it, and it definitely helps, but it didn’t give me near total protection like high DEET products do. The studies I’ve read pretty much confirmed my experience with Skin So Soft. The main thing I remember was that they said SSS was not as effective, and that it had to be reapplied very frequently to maintain it’s protection. I don’t care for the feel of SSS or DEET, so unless things are just awfull, I just sit closer to the fire rather than do multiple applications. That might have something to do with my experience with SSS, in that I was unwilling to reapply every 1/2 hour or so.

    I’m looking forward to the 4th too. The area where I grew up has one of the biggest 4th celebrations on the East Coast. They have a 2 to 3 hour parade, with fighter jet flyovers, a 3 day fair, and of course, great fireworks. (my favorite also) This year they are having what’s left of the Turtles, and Bowser’s Rock and Roll party. In the past, we ‘ve seen Peter Noone, Frank Senatra Jr, Marie Osmond, The Kinston Trio, Mike Nesmith, and Gary Lewis. at some we were within whispering distance of the performers. The only bad show I saw there was Gary Lewis. His voice has changed and he sounded like his old man screaming, “Hey Lady!” – – only louder and shriller.

    I’ll shoot off an email to my friends on the shore and see if they have any other mosquito ideas. If so, I’ll post them for you.

    Have a great 4th!
    Denny

  • 94. Denny  |  June 28, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Here you go Michelle. My friend in the swampland of Maryland’s Eastern Shore says this stuff “works great!”

    http://www.homs.com/

  • 95. Video Vision  |  June 29, 2010 at 3:24 am

    Deborah, regardless of whether your misplacement of an apostrophe was a grammatical error or merely a typo, you’re right to note that my calling attention to it amounted to nitpicking on my part. In point of fact, often when I come across submissions that contain such trivial mistakes, I simply emend them before publishing the message, as a courtesy to the post’s author. However, I must confess to finding it challenging to extend such courtesy in the case of a message framed in as gratuitously impolite a fashion as your missive was from start to finish.

    It’s certainly understandable that you — or indeed, anyone — would be displeased about being misidentified in a photograph, and would want to have the record set straight. That being the case, a request for such a correction can be simple and straightforward, and by no means is there any requirement that it has to include even an ounce of praise for the website to which you’re writing.

    But by the same token, does such a request have to come out swinging with as blatantly hostile and unprovoked an opening line as “Well you blew it on the Golddiggers‘ picture”?!! Given that those remarks were your first contact with this site, they represented not only a rather truculent way of introducing yourself here, but they also struck a tone distinctly at odds with what flows through the rest of the comments on this page.

    While you were unquestionably justified in noting my mistake with respect to the photo of The Golddiggers, there is a certain irony in the harshness of your criticism when that criticism itself is in error on at least a couple of points. For instance, you stated in your original message that “This is the 1969 group not 1968”…And yet, in the caption beneath the photo to which you were referring, I’ve clearly labeled the group depicted as being “the 1969-1970 Golddiggers.” And even after I cited that fact in my original reply to you, you perpetuated the error by writing: “The picture I was referring to was captioned as being of the 1968 group. Maybe I misread something when I viewed it.” You did. Please take another look:

    https://deangoldsanddings.wordpress.com/2010/04/23/whos-who

    With that misreading as the starting point, I assume that it was because you thought the picture identified that set of Golddiggers as being from 1968 that you wrote: “Lezlie had already left the group. This is the 1969 group not 1968. I was there both years.” Do you see how that passage conveys the misimpression that Lezlie Dalton was only with The Golddiggers in 1968, not for the 1969 summer series, as well? I mean, what other way could what you wrote be interpreted?

    Now, having defended my reaction to your comments in my characteristically overwrought style, I’d like to switch gears here and go on to say that I am sincerely grateful to you, Deborah, for the glimpse that you have provided to all of us in your most recent message of the process that went into selecting the initial company of performers for the very first ensemble of Dean Martin Golddiggers. As a genuine member of the Original Golddiggers of 1968, you are one of only a handful of individuals who can give fans this kind of rare, historic insight into what it was like during the formation and nascent stages of the group — and I feel confident that not just fans, but other alumnae of The Golddiggers and The Dingaling Sisters who came after you and regularly read these posts, will be intrigued by what you wrote.

    Toward that end, if you have any photos from this period in your own collection that you would like to share with the dedicated followers of this site, please feel free to email them to us at the address appearing at the end of this message, and we would be delighted to post them with full acknowledgment accorded to you. I would also invite you to contribute further thoughts to these pages anytime that you wish, and hope that from hereon out, we can avoid any additional antagonism and communicate as friends.

    Michael

    deangoldsanddings@hotmail.com

  • 96. Sheryl Ullman  |  June 29, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Debbie, I never realized there was always a Golddiger swing girl. I thought I was the only chosen for torture. Nah, it was really fun and exciting. On the road doing other parts was never boring. It was exciting. All the silver tingly nerves sweeping through me will remain in my sense memory forever.

  • 97. Robert K Holbrook  |  July 3, 2010 at 5:05 am

    Just checking my memory but was Tara (a.k.a. Renee) from Whittier, CA? She and Wanda Bailey were my two favorite Dingaling Sisters. I remember Wanda dancing while Engelbert Humperdinck performed “my wife the dancer”, two sauce pans were never hotter, which I had some video of that. Good times and good memories. Met Dean once at a Los Angeles Rams game, nice man and greatly missed.

  • 98. Video Vision  |  July 5, 2010 at 4:22 am

    Yes, Robert, I can confirm that your recollection of Tara‘s home town is correct.

    To your comment about Dean, I join you, along with (I’d venture to say) almost every other visitor to these pages, in lamenting his absence from the scene. From all that I’ve been given to understand, it seems as though just about everyone who encountered him personally, as well as the many millions more who were entertained by him through his recordings, films, and television appearances, came away with the same impression of him that you did: In addition to being a star of the first order, he was also just an immensely likable guy.

    Regarding your especially eidetic memory of a particular segment from an episode of Dean’s series — namely, Wanda Bailey‘s terpsichorean accompaniment (replete with some strategically-placed cookware) to guest star Engelbert Humperdinck‘s rendition of “My Wife The Dancer” — I thought I’d (excuse the expression) stir the pot a little by putting a few visual victuals on the front burner of The Closet (which, for this post, we could temporarily rename “The Kitchen”), to lend sustenance to other readers who might be curious about the stovetop steamer to which you referred:

    https://deangoldsanddings.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/cooking-up-a-storm

  • 99. Michelle DellaFave  |  July 10, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Hi everyone! Michelle GoldandDing here,
    well I was a bit concerned over the picture and name situation, but it looks like all is cleared up over Video Vision’s oversight. But I do know that with his taking over this new site and creating the merger of Dinopallies and our old Yahoo group, that perhaps all that work caused this. I do know he works meticulously to strive for truth in his information, and this is indeed a very rare occurrence. He works tirelessly and with a true journalist’s quest to find truth, I know his heart is very much into keeping us all abreast of news and memories that are honest and factual. He has a heart of Gold…lol…
    what is upsetting is when someone claims to have done something and it is totally false, like saying you did something on a résumé, and it is totally false. Padding a résumé is so unprofessional, but a lot of people do it… also being ignored or overlooked when truth is right there in front of your eyes is also disturbing, like my Asket thing… but with all the things going on in our world today these are such small of details, we must concentrate on matters at hand like… I roomed with Deborah when I first became a Golddigger and we had a good relationship. She was very welcoming and helpful. Deb, if you ever have a chance you should send a picture and please I would love to hear what you experienced before I got to Burbank and signed with Greg Garrison. I am sure as an “original Golddigger” you have much to say and tell… would love it if you could share.

    I loved the pictures of Wanda, she was indeed a beautiful gal and boy she could dance. I loved working with her, her energy was infectious, very upbeat!

    On another note, I am very grieved to report to the other Dings, that Paul Moer, or road manager and conductor, accompanist, passed away June 11th. Paul was a sweet dear man, who was like a father to us all. A gentleman and very talented piano player. Paul is now with the Dean Martin people who made the legacy what it is today, I pray they are all jamming it up in heaven making some awesome music… Dean singing with Les and Paul, and all the many talented souls who so blessed many, especially Paul Moer.. my heart will miss your playing and thanks for the many hours you worked with me… it was such good music…

  • 100. Janice Glazier  |  July 14, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Hello everyone….
    Dear Michelle…..I am so sad to hear about Paul Moer. He was such a talented sweet man. Conductor and unofficial “tour director” he was kind and fun to be around. I will never forget him. I can still hear his voice…
    “hey Mich!”

    Taffy xo

  • 101. Video Vision  |  July 24, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    If you have any kind of interest in Dean Martin, you may have come across trivia contests on other websites that pose questions about various aspects of our favorite singer’s life and career. Well, given our focus here, we wanted to hold a few such quizzes of our own — but as you might expect from this venue, ours come with a twist: We’ll be asking questions that you won’t find anywhere else; and while they’ll all involve Dean, some may also tap into a broader range of knowledge…as does our inaugural trivia challenge below:

    For a time during the late 1960s, Dean was reputed to be the highest-paid entertainer in the world, scoring mammoth success and acclaim in just about every sector of show business at which he tried his hand — motion pictures, records, nightclubs, radio, and of course, television. As an ancillary benefit of the lavish contract that he signed with NBC to do his weekly TV series, he even became the single largest shareholder in the network’s then-corporate parent, RCA.

    But beyond these mainstream enterprises, one of the more out-of-the-ordinary (though nonetheless profitable) ventures to which our hero lent his name was an undertaking that capitalized on one of his foremost passions — golf.

    No doubt, a good many of his ardent fans are already aware of the commercial that Dean cut in the early ’70s to promote Dino brand Golf Balls. Whether familiar with it or not, you can view it on YouTube, where it’s been up and running for a few years now — and it’s one particular aspect of that spot that’s the focus of our current trivia challenge.

    Reviewing the advertisement by clicking the link at the end of this message, you’ll see Dean swinging on the green, and you’ll hear the theme song from the original incarnation of Hawaii Five-0 (why that piece of music was chosen, we’re not sure, but it does seem to fit the action).

    In any event, what we’re asking is this:

    What is the name of the actor whose resonant voice is heard doing the tag on the commercial’s soundtrack?

    Here’s a hint: He was a regular member of the cast of a popular and long-running weekly prime-time NBC television series that debuted the same year (1965) that The Dean Martin Show did.

    If you’d like to take a guess as to whose voice that is (and earn extra bonus points if you can name the series on which he appeared), submit your answer here in the Pallies Lounge (that is, NOT on Facebook or YouTube, but in the Comment Form on this page below). We’ll hold all responses to the quiz through the weekend, to give everyone who wants to play an even chance, and we’ll post all of the replies, as well as reveal the correct answer, on Monday.

    In the meantime, should you have any questions, or messages on other subjects that you’d like to post, please feel free to submit them in the Comment box.

    The link follows below; good luck to all.

    Dino Golf Ball Commercial

    Once again, the question is: Who is the actor doing the voiceover at the end of that spot? Leave your answer here.

  • 102. Michelle DellaFave  |  July 24, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Ah, William Conrad…hmmm sounds a bit like Orson Welles too…I love Dean in this spot…

  • 103. Kylie  |  July 24, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Jack Webb from Dragnet ?

  • 104. Denny  |  July 25, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    That was just too easy! As soon as you said “deep resonant voice,” and “became a regular on the show,” I knew it had to be Orson Welles.

  • 105. David Iannandrea  |  July 26, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Orson Welles?

  • 106. Video Vision  |  July 27, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Michelle, Kylie, Denny, and David, those are all excellent, highly astute guesses…and indeed, demonstrate not only very impressive skills of aural perceptiveness, but also, deep reservoirs of entertainment industry knowledge…However, I’m afraid that none of you has provided the correct answer!

    It would appear, Denny, that the challenge was not quite as easy as it may at first have seemed! If you’ll go back and review the hint that I gave about the actor whose voiceover can be heard on the Dino Golf Balls commercial, you’ll see I wrote that “He was a regular member of the cast of a popular and long-running weekly prime-time NBC television series that debuted the same year (1965) that The Dean Martin Show did.”

    Now, perhaps it’s my fault for not making it clearer, but the series to which I was referring wasn’t Dean’s, but another on NBC that began its run the same year that Dean’s did.

    Be that as it may, since several of you have come up with some very good answers, but no one has yet latched onto the right one, I thought I’d drop a couple of more clues that might enable a number of you to crack the case:

    In fact, the CHIEF point to bear in mind about the gentleman behind the voice in the Dino spot is that the part he played for five years on that NBC series to which I alluded was one in which he was in CONTROL of what was supposed to be a very large organization.

    Now, if the words that I capitalized in the preceding paragraph don’t ring some bells, I can still try something a little more obvious, but I have a feeling that the breadcrumbs I left above may do the trick.

    Alright, then…Can anyone identify the actor?The series? Remember: The jackpot is now up to 1 trillion dollars…and counting. So get those entries in today…

  • 107. Dennis Brislen  |  July 27, 2010 at 11:58 am

    At first I thought James Gregory but…it sounds a lot like Edward Platt who was “The Chief” on Get Smart so…I’m going with him.

  • 108. Dennis Brislen  |  July 27, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Oooops! I really didn’t peek but I see I responded after you identified “The Chief”. Sorry…lots of fun going down Memory Lane!!!

  • 109. Denny  |  July 27, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Maybe I can get the reading specialist in my school to work with me some more. ;>(

    With the new “CLUES” it is now obvious that the actor who did the voiceover was none other than Edward Platt, CHIEF of CONTROL on the NBC SERIES “GET SMART.”

    If you could send that trillion dollars I won by late August, before the kids come back to school, that would be perfect. Nothing fancy, just a plain brown refrigerator box of cash would be fine. Then sometime in the fall, when it’s a bit cooler, I’ll come up and take you and Michelle to dinner

  • 110. Denny  |  July 27, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    . . . . in France, or Italy or someplace nice. Hey, you guys like Irish food? Oooh . .ooohh . . . Maybe Melbourne, and we could take Kylie along? October Fest is coming up in Germany. We’ll think of something. I am so excited! Last time I won anything was in 1972 when I won a case of Schaefers beer. The only beer I just cannot drink. This calls for a PARTY! Oh Boy, oh boy, oh boy!

    Oh no, I just got 7 charity soliciting phone calls in the last 5 minutes, and my 4th cousin is on hold! Who is the Elvira Clapsaddle Foundation, and what do they do?

  • 111. Wes  |  July 27, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    from “Get Smart” – Edward Platt

  • 112. Kylie  |  July 27, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Edward Platt in Get Smart

  • 113. Janice Glazier  |  July 27, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Yikes! In spite of Michael coming to my rescue I have had difficulties participating in the current Trivia challenge. Seems any link provided isn’t working, and I cannot see any posts past #106. I was finally able to find the commercial on Youtube.

    I will make a very risky guess way outside my comfort zone (at the risk of public humiliation) and say the spokesperson is…..(drum roll)………….
    Don Cherry?
    I must have listened to it 100 times! Very tough question Michael!

    Taffy 😉

  • 114. Janice Glazier  |  July 27, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    OK, this is driving me crazy….one more guess PLEASE?

    William Conrad…read it and weep

    Taffy 🙂

  • 115. Michelle DellaFave  |  July 28, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Robert Conrad????

  • 116. Video Vision  |  July 28, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Alright, all of the entries that were submitted following our last set of clues have now been posted, and it’s time to lift the Cone of Silence and reveal the answer to our trivia quiz.

    The actor who did the voiceover in the commercial for Dean Martin’s Dino brand Golf Balls was, in fact…Don Adams.

    Don Adams?!

    Would you believe…Bernie Kopell?

    How about Dick Gautier?

    Wait — something’s wrong here.

    Why, of course! It’s the old “divert-their-attention-with-some-fake-answers-before-divulging-the-real-one” trick. That’s the second time this month I’ve fallen for it (sorry about that, Chief).

    Seriously, though…While our initial group of responders gave it their all and only missed it by THAT much, Agents Dennis, Denny, Wes, and Kylie have indeed solved the mystery and correctly identified the late character actor Edward Platt, most famous for his role as the “Chief” on Get Smart, as the man behind the deep voice in the Dino Golf Balls spot.

    Now, Denny, if the destination is France or Italy, then I think Michelle and I may take you up on that dinner invitation. But I’m afraid that the funding for the trip will have to come from some source other than your jackpot winnings.

    You see, just by coincidence, only moments before we were to declare the winners in this contest, we received word that, in a move to help lower the federal budget deficit, Congress has enacted, and the President has just signed into law, a new bill that places a 110% tax on all prize earnings of 1 trillion dollars or more. So, as luck would have it (or in this case, not have it), all of the victors in our friendly little competition have actually wound up owing the federal government 25 billion dollars each. Congratulations to each of you, and please be sure to make out your checks to the U.S. Treasury.

    Although our own Agent Taffy was not one of our “lucky” winners, she did manage to do some pretty slick sleuthing of her own, tracking down an item that not only ties in perfectly with the subject at hand, but also, one that should be of interest to all of our resident operatives.

    But, fair warning: If you’re the type who likes to collect these sorts of artifacts, you’re going to find yourself pounding your fist in disbelief when you get a load of the asking price…shaking your head when you see the shipping costs…kicking yourself that you didn’t buy this when it first came out…torturing yourself over whether it’s worth acquiring now as a collector’s item…AND…loving it!

    For the details, see Taffy’s message, immediately following this one…

  • 117. Janice Glazier  |  July 28, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Look what I found…..
    Just in case anyone is interested you can buy a baker’s dozen Dino golf balls on Ebay for only $299.
    Really fun for a collector!
    Taffy

    Dino brand Golf Balls on ebay

  • 118. Video Vision  |  July 29, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Patrons of our Pallies Lounge, please note: To clear up any previous confusion that may have existed, all messages in the Lounge are, from now on, being posted in descending chronological order meaning that the earliest messages will henceforth be located toward the upper part of the page, and the most recent ones, at the bottom, just above the Comment Form. It’s the Comment Form, of course, which is the place for visitors to leave NEW messages, if they wish.

    And how, some have wondered, does Facebook fit into this scheme of things? The Dean, Golds and Dings Facebook page is intended to offer a convenient way, in real time, for Facebook users to PREVIEW new messages as they’re posted to this, the main Dean, Golds and Dings site. But those previews on Facebook are just snippets, providing links to this site. It’s only here that the messages can be viewed in full and new ones can be left. And with the new chronological sequencing of the messages on this site, we hope that they’ll be easier than ever to find and read.

    Meanwhile, thanks to everyone who has clicked the LIKE button to follow us on Facebook, and please stick around — as they used to say way back when, on television shows that were actually worth watching: There’s more to come.

  • 119. Michelle DellaFave  |  July 29, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Wow… Edward Platt… his voice sounds so much lower than when he did “Get Smart” ha,ha… the golf balls for sale that is priceless!! thanks for sharing Taffy… and thanks for the dinner offer Denny… how about a ride on your boat? That sounds like a lot of fun…but if you ever get to the city… let us know!!
    That was fun, let’s do another Michael…

  • 120. Janice Glazier  |  July 29, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    I agree Michelle. We need another trivia challenge!
    Besides, I need a chance to redeem myself.. 🙂
    Taffy

  • 121. kimmy & dover  |  July 31, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Last week i saw “4 for Texas” was on. I thought i’d catch a few minutes before some movie i was half interested came on. I mean, i OWN the dvd, so i can watch it any time i want…
    Naturally, i ended up watching every minute. It was from those wonderful mid 1960’s when he looked so good, had so much energy and was SO much fun!!!
    Sigh – i still miss him so much!!

    kimmy
    and dover, the wonder dog

  • 122. Denny  |  July 31, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    25 Billion, huh? I respectfully decline my portion of the prize. We can still do lunch though. If I put the hotdogs and hamburgers on my manifold around philly, they’d be done inplenty of time ;>)

  • 123. Dennis Brislen  |  July 31, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    kimmy and dover have named one of Dean’s fine performances. Dean’s love of westerns is well known. He was deserving of an Oscar nod for Rio Bravo. He simply stole the film from a great cast, something John Wayne himself admitted.

    I think he also was terrific in Texas Across the River. A very underrated comic western in the tradition of Cat Ballou, Dean was outstanding in this film. His performance held the film together and prevented it from being nothing more than a series of blackouts. I believe his work in this movie defines great comedic acting.

  • 124. Rejane  |  August 1, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Hello everyone, just getting back to the group, I know it’s been a long time but the changeover in the group was confusing to me and the twins’ last year of high school was very busy, the summer before they start college has been no better!

    Thought I would see if this post works.

    Rejane

  • 125. Video Vision  |  August 2, 2010 at 6:49 am

    We’re happy to welcome you to our new location, Rejane. Your first contribution to this page did indeed post successfully, and the proof lies in black-in-white, just above this message.

    If you — or for that matter, anyone interested in our topics of discussion — would like an easy way to keep up with what’s going on here, the best method that we could recommend for doing just that would be to click the LIKE button appearing at the top of our Facebook page. That will automatically ensure that you’ll be informed of new developments here in the Pallies Lounge as soon as they occur. Then, when you see a new posting previewed on Facebook, just click the accompanying link and you’ll be taken directly to this page, where you can read messages in their entirety and write a reply, if you wish.

    If all that sounds good to you, here’s where you’ll find us — and the LIKE button at the top of our page — on Facebook:

    http://www.facebook.com/DeanGoldsAndDings

  • 126. Lindsay Bloom  |  August 2, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Hi All,
    Is everyone having a relaxing summer? Ha…not me. Hope all of you are well and happy!
    God Bless,
    Lindsay

  • 127. Susan  |  August 12, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Hi Pallies 🙂
    Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve last posted a message. WOW….I LOVE this new site and am BLOWN AWAY by the AWESOME pics 🙂 They bring back so many fond memories for me. I am looking forward to sharing my memories of being entertained by Dean and why I loved him so much. I feel as you do Kimmy…..I STILL miss him and ALWAYS will 😦

  • 128. Kylie  |  August 13, 2010 at 4:01 am

    After a long wait I finally received Texas Across the River which has been released here in Australia.
    I haven`t had much time recently but I`m looking forward to watching this very soon.
    Dean and Joey were so funny in this movie.
    I wish Something Big would be released to dvd but a good friend told me the film was produced by National General Pictures who are no longer in business so I won`t get my hopes up of this movie being released to dvd.
    I know this movie is very special to Kimmy 🙂
    I wonder how many of us know the reason why ?
    Hugs n Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 129. ARLENE KRAMER  |  August 13, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Hi Everyone,
    This is my first post on the new site. Its very exciting to see some of my old Dinopallies on board. Almost feels like home.
    Dino4Ever!

  • 130. Kimmy & Dover  |  August 19, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Happy Birthday Sparks!
    Happy Birthday Deana Martin!!

    love, kimmy and dover, the wonder dog

  • 131. Video Vision  |  August 20, 2010 at 8:12 am

    While I regret being a few hours late to the party, I join you, Kimmy, in extending warm wishes to someone who has not only been the single most prominent torchbearer of her beloved father’s legacy both in name and in fact, but who’s also established a significant presence as a venerated singer and entertainer in her own right.

    Just as important, as Kimmy and numerous others can attest, this special lady has also distinguished herself time and again as a humanitarian, as well as a kind and generous person, to boot.

    So on behalf of all your pallies and fans here at Dean, Golds and Dings, Happy Birthday, Deana Martin, and Many, Many More.

    For a mini-celebration of Deana in pictures, CLICK HERE.

  • 132. Michelle DellaFave  |  August 20, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Hi everyone, I sent Deana a Birthday wish over at Facebook, but just in case Deana didn’t catch it… I hope you had an awesome birthday, Deana!… I love the pictures, Michael. She was so cute as a little girl and is the the Sophisticated Lady now indeed… a fan, Michelle DellaFave

  • 133. Lindsay Bloom  |  August 24, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Hi Everyone!
    I’ve enjoyed catching up on all the posts! Summer is almost over, but the month of August has been great fun as I have been having mini-celebrations for my upcoming ‘big’ birthday on August 27th! Life is good and I feel great!
    Think of all of you often and wish you the very best!!!
    God Bless,
    Lindsay

  • 134. Susan  |  August 24, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Lindsay! I hope that you enjoy your BIG Birthday and have a WONDERFUL celebration on August 27th!

    All the best,
    Susan 🙂

  • 135. Janice Glazier  |  August 25, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    A HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO LINDSAY……..

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOOOOOOOO YOUUUUUUU!!!!

    Enjoy the day your family and your amazing life!
    Taffy xo

  • 136. Michelle DellaFave  |  August 25, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    LINDSAY BLOOM…. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BLUE EYED SOUL SISTER!!! MAY YOU HAVE MANY MANY MORE!!! BLESSINGS, JOY, LOVE, AND PROSPERITY TO YOU…MICHELLE

  • 137. Barry DesLauriers  |  August 25, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Happy Birthday Lindsay & many more to come

  • 138. Kylie  |  August 26, 2010 at 8:40 am

    A Very Happy Birthday Lindsay 🙂
    Big Birthday Hugs
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 139. ARLENE KRAMER  |  August 26, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Happy Birthday Lindsay. I hope you have a great day!
    Your DinoPallie, Arlene

  • 140. Denny  |  August 26, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Happy Birthday with many more to follow, Lindsay!

  • 141. Lindsay Bloom  |  August 27, 2010 at 2:43 am

    Thanks for all the birthday wishes from everyone!!!! I am still celebrating and my birthday isn’t til tomorrow!!! Have had a great week of celebrations!!! In fact a whole month of them!!! Wooooeeeee!!! 60 never felt so good!!! Ha!!!! God Bless All you!
    And a special ‘shout out’ to my soul sister Michelle….love you gal!!! We have to get together and celebrate our milestone birthdays soon! Time to party!!!
    Thanks again…..especially for the beautiful Iris arrangement from all of you!!!!!!

  • 142. Video Vision  |  August 28, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    With so many of Lindsay‘s friends and admirers having heaped layers of good wishes upon her in celebration of her birthday, I thought that I’d take the opportunity during the closing moments of this party to try to put a little icing on the cake, in the form of some snapshots and video showcasing our guest of honor in a few choice scenes from her life, both on-screen and off.

    Because anyone who’s ever had so much as even a casual acquaintance with Lindsay knows what a warm, witty, outgoing, generous, considerate, optimistic, and highly motivated individual she is, I endeavored to pick audiovisual selections that reflect those qualities in one way or another.

    The still images range from childhood portraits, to memorable roles in her career, to photos taken on her birthday a couple of years ago, while the television footage demonstrates that there are some pretty substantial brains to go with that beauty. But none of the above would mean very much without the kindness that is at the heart, as well as in the heart, of this lovely flower who remains very much in full bloom.

    Happy Birthday, Dear Lindsay, and Many, Many More.

    Love,

    Michael

    To see both the still and moving pictures of Lindsay, click the links below:

    Photos of Lindsay Through The Years

    Lindsay Plays Password (Halloween 1986)

  • 143. Mark  |  August 28, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Hi, I’m sorry I missed the party. I want to post a belated Happy Birthday to Lindsay and wish her all the best. What I admire the most from some of videos I’ve seen is your sense of humor.

    I hope you had a great Birthday.

    Mark

  • 144. Video Vision  |  September 1, 2010 at 1:06 am

    It’s come to my attention that several visitors to our site ran into difficulty trying to view the visual portion of the edition of Super Password featuring Lindsay Bloom that was presented here last weekend as part of our commemoration of her birthday (in fact, even Lindsay herself was unable to see it). In an effort to correct this problem, the show has now been uploaded again, but this time, via a different method that will hopefully make it accessible to everyone.

    Hence, if you attempted to catch the video before but weren’t able to do so, please try it again, using the link below. If you find that you’re still having trouble seeing it, by all means post a message letting me know and I’ll look further into the matter. Otherwise, if all is now working as it should, you’re invited to sit back, relax, and enjoy this little return trip to game show Valhalla:

    Lindsay Bloom on Super Password

  • 145. Kimmy & Dover  |  September 2, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Hi
    I just want to wish Deana’s husband, John, a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY today!! He’s one terrific guy and makes it easier for her to shine at entertaining when he’s got most everything else under control. Plus they are just one great couple.

    mushies,
    kimmy and dover, the wonder dog

  • 146. Barry DesLauriers  |  September 2, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Lindsay loved the skeleton earrings on Password video, do you still have them

  • 147. Lindsay Bloom  |  September 3, 2010 at 12:09 am

    I loved getting to see this episode of “Super Password” that I did with Tom Poston!! I had forgotten all about it. Thanks so much Michael!!!
    And Barry, I might still have those earrings packed away somewhere…..too many moves since the Mike Hammer days!
    I loved doing game shows…I think I did at least 5 Super Passwords, 2 Family Feuds, and 2 Body Language shows.
    We taped a weeks worth in one day!!! It was alot of fun!!!
    Wishing everyone a blessed holiday!
    Lindsay Bloom

  • 148. Kimmy & Dover  |  September 17, 2010 at 11:41 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Dino fan MARY SOWA!! Hope your day is happy and full of DINO!!

    mushies, kimmy and dover

  • 149. Janice Glazier  |  September 17, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Happy Birthday Mary!
    Taffy 😉

  • 150. Susan  |  September 18, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mary!!! I hope that you do something WONDERFUL to celebrate your special day 🙂

    Your Palie,
    Susan

  • 151. Mary Sowa  |  September 18, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Thank you so much for the birthday wishes! Another year gone by too fast. I never missed a Dean tv show and I really like this website! Nice to see all of the Golds and Dings again. Your birthday wishes made me very happy! Thank you!
    Your Pallie,
    Mary

  • 152. Kylie  |  September 20, 2010 at 4:29 am

    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Mary
    Big Birthday Hugs n Kisses
    from Kylie

  • 153. Mary Sowa  |  September 20, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Thanks a lot Kylie! Hugs and Kisses back!

  • 154. Video Vision  |  September 29, 2010 at 10:02 am

    It’s not uncommon for followers of celebrities to collect photos of their favorite stars, and with subjects as captivating on camera as Dean Martin, The Golddiggers and The Dingaling Sisters, it’s little wonder that their fans would not only delight in seeing pictures of such photogenic performers, but in sharing those images with other devotees, as well.

    Not long ago, a veteran member of the old Dinopallies group, Graham, made available a number of shots from his own set of Dean souvenirs, and we’ve posted some of the best of them, along with a second batch from the world’s number one Dino disciple, Kimmy, on the wall of the section of our site that we call The Closet. If you’d like to take a peek at these pics, then, to borrow a line from a standard in Dean’s repertoire, “Welcome To My World”: “Knock and the door will open / Seek and you will find”:

    Click here for Dean & Company

  • 155. Video Vision  |  September 29, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Recently, our dear friend Kylie, one of our youngest, yet longest-standing regular participants (not to mention, a Dean Martin enthusiast for practically her entire life) wondered about a couple of matters pertaining to our new website:

    1) Whether it would be possible to conduct polls, as we used to do in our Yahoo Groups, on questions relevant to our common areas of interest; and

    2) Whether it was preferable to have the messages that appear in the Pallies Lounge run in chronological order from oldest to newest, as they now do, or have them arrayed in the reverse sequence, with the most recent ones coming first, followed by older messages in descending order, as was the case when we originally established the Dean, Golds and Dings site several months ago.

    Addressing the first of these inquiries, the answer, Kylie, is that it is indeed possible to create polls within the framework of our new format…And, taking advantage of that age-old practice of killing two birds with one stone, what more opportune issue could we possibly put to our first vote than to seek the opinion of our faithful flock about how they’d like to see the comments on the board of our Pallies Lounge sorted — from oldest to newest OR newest to oldest.

    Now, what everyone should bear in mind is that for whichever choice you decide to opt, and in whatever order the comments may be arranged, there is always a fast way to get to the top or the bottom of any page on your computer: Simply click anywhere on the page, and then use the Home and End buttons, as well as the Page Up and Page Down buttons, on your keyboard, to quickly navigate.

    That said, just follow the link below to cast your ballot in our first Dean, Golds and Dings poll.

    Then watch your vote count, as anchorman Walter Cronkite, correspondents Roger Mudd, Mike Wallace, Eric Sevareid, and the rest of our expert CBS News team bring you complete election night coverage…(well, admittedly, the latter scenario might be a bit of a reach (a bit?!)…but you can follow the results of the poll — on the poll questionnaire itself — as they come in, and we will announce the final outcome after all of the votes have been tabulated).

    Click here to go to The Polls

  • 156. Lindsay Bloom  |  September 29, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Hi Michael,
    Thanks for sharing these great photos of Dean with us! That’s the first time I’ve seen a picture with his Mom! What a wonderful collection! Brings back lots of good memories!
    Wishing everyone a blessed fall! And go out and VOTE!!! Ha!
    Lindsay

  • 157. Susan  |  September 29, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Hi Michael 🙂
    I am wishing you your BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!!!! I hope that this Birthday will bring you every happiness and all that your heart desires 🙂 Have a WONDERFUL day on your Birthday Pallie!!!!

    Love,
    Susan

  • 158. Michelle DellaFave  |  September 29, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Video Vision,
    Dean and Company was just a visual feast for Dean Martin Fans…I am sure all his fans were absolutely delighted…I sure was! And by the way, if you happen to come across that fabulous, debonaire, irresistibly clever, overwhelmingly charming, man, Michael, will you tell him I think he is the greatest thing since sliced bread… and tell him I wish him a HAPPY BIRTHDAY… and I hope he has many, many, more years of JOY, LOVE, HAPPINESS, and BLISS…
    To a beautiful man inside and out
    Much love,
    Michelle DellaFave As Kylie would write, XXOO

  • 159. Janice Glazier  |  September 29, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday! You deserve the very best. Make it a great year!

    Taffy 😉

  • 160. Barry DesLauriers  |  September 29, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Michael hope you have a Happy Birthday and many more to come. I am not as articulate as you are with the birthday greetings my wife keeps saying she wants a copy of the birthday wish you gave me for my obituary not sure I like idea..but Michael enjoy your day

  • 161. Kylie  |  September 30, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Happy Birthday to Michael,
    This is the anniversary of the day you were born
    There is no reason for you to scorn
    It is a day for a party, presents and gifts
    We hope this day gives you a lift
    Always remember age is only a date
    And you determine your own fate
    I wish you happiness and joy in life
    And many more birthdays to bring you delight
    Great Big Birthday Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 162. Kylie  |  September 30, 2010 at 4:06 am

    Hi Michael 🙂
    It took me a long time to discover this but I find if I just click comments at the top of the page it takes me straight to the bottom.
    In the past I had been scrolling down, lol
    I love polls and I`m very happy to see it is possible to have polls here.
    I want to say to Graham and Kimmy,
    Wow ! What fantastic pictures of Dean, many of which I`ve never seen before.
    I`ve saved them all.
    One of the most touching was the picture of Dean stroking Sharon Tate`s hair.
    As we know Dean was planning on doing another Matt Helm movie called The Ravagers but he was so upset by the death of Sharon Tate, he never made another Matt Helm film.
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 163. Kimmy & Dover  |  September 30, 2010 at 6:32 am

    Dear Michael –
    Happy Birthday to one of the most wonderful people i know! You are a happy part of any day i meet up with you. You are a sweet, incredibly funny, incredily smart, sensitive young man and i wish you many, many more birthdays. It’s been a hard couple of years for you and i hope the next few will more than make up for the hardships you have been through. You deserve only the best, pally, and i hope you see your dreams come true.
    best wishes for a very happy day!!

    love, kimmy and dover

  • 164. Kylie  |  September 30, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Dean Martin Timeline

    By Vic Gideon

    1894 Gaetano “Guy” Crocetti (Dean’s father) born in Abruzzi, Italy

    December 18, 1898 Angela Barra (Dean’s mother) born in Fernwood, Ohio

    September 11, 1913 Gaetano Crocetti arrives at Ellis Island, joins brothers in Steubenville

    October 25, 1914 Gaetano Crocetti and Angela Barra marry at St. Anthony’s in Steubenville

    June 24, 1916 Guglielmo (William) Crocetti born

    June 7, 1917 Dino Crocetti (a.k.a. Dean Martin) born

    Summer 1934 Dino Crocetti performs on stage for the first time ever at Craig Beach near Youngstown

    1936 Dino begins fighting career as Kid Crochet

    Spring, 1939 Dino Crocetti plays the Mounds Club in Lake County near Chardon, his first appearance in suburban Cleveland

    November 24, 1939 In Columbus, Dino is billed as Dino Martini

    Autumn 1940 In Cleveland, Dino Martini is billed for the first time as Dean Martin

    November 1, 1940 Dean starts performing at the Vogue Room at the Hollenden House in Downtown Cleveland with Sammy Watkins and His Orchestra

    July 5, 1942 Dean sings four songs to a coast-to-coast audience from WTAM’s studio on Superior Avenue in Cleveland

    October 2, 1941 Dean Martin and Elizabeth Anne “Betty” McDonald marry at St. Ann’s Church in Cleveland Heights. They live in Cleveland Heights at 2820 Mayfield Road

    June 29, 1942 Dean and Betty’s son, Stephan (Craig) Martin, is born at Deaconess Hospital

    Fall 1943 Dean, Betty, and Craig leave Cleveland for New York

    September 24, 1943 Dean plays the Riobamba in Manhattan as a replacement for Frank Sinatra

    January 1944 Dean appears on the cover of Billboard

    March 16, 1944 Dean and Betty give birth to a daughter, Claudia

    August 16, 1944 Dean gets a nose job in New York

    August 21, 1944 Dean gets his own radio program called “Songs by Dean Martin,” a 15-minute show from New York where Dean would croon four or five songs

    September 1944 Dean Martin meets Jerry Lewis

    April 11, 1945 Barbara Gail (Gail) Martin born

    January 23, 1946 Dean declares bankruptcy

    February 1946 Dean and Jerry appear on the same bill at the Glass Hat in New York

    March 1946 Dean and Jerry clown around onstage at the Havana-Madrid

    July 1946 Martin and Lewis perform at The 500 Club but are billed separately

    January 1947 Martin and Lewis perform legally as a team

    June 20, 1948 Martin and Lewis appear on debut of Ed Sullivan’s TV show, “The Toast of the Town”

    August 19, 1948 Deana (Dina) Martin born

    August 20, 1948 Martin and Lewis sign with Capitol Records

    December 4, 1948 “That Certain Party” with Jerry Lewis hits the charts

    March 23, 1949 Betty and Dean’s divorce is final

    April 3, 1949 “The Martin and Lewis Show,” a 30-minute radio show, debuts on the NBC radio network

    September 1949 “My Friend Irma” opens, the first of 16 Martin and Lewis movies

    September 1, 1949 Dean married for the second time, to Jeanne Biegger , a former Orange Bowl Queen of Florida

    July 17, 1950 “The Colgate Comedy Hour” debuts, a Sunday night show with stars Martin and Lewis

    November 17, 1951 Dino Paul Martin Jr. is born

    February 1953 “The Stooge,” Martin and Lewis’ favorite of their movies, opens

    March 29, 1953 “Return to Me,” one of Dean’s biggest selling records, is released

    August 13, 1953 Dean records “That’s Amore,” for the movie “The Caddy”

    September, 1953 “The Caddy” opens, a Martin and Lewis classic

    September 20, 1953 Ricci James Martin was born

    November 23, 1955 “Memories Are Made Of This” is released, Dean’s first No. 1 single

    December 1955 “Artists and Models,” the best-made of the Lewis and Martin films, opens

    July 24, 1956 Martin and Lewis break up, making their last appearance together as an act at The Copacabana in New York after numerous radio and television appearances and making 16 movies together

    December 20, 1956 Gina Caroline Martin is born

    April 1957 Dean’s first of 35 films without Lewis, “Ten Thousand Bedrooms,” opens to lackluster reviews and very poor showing at the box office

    April 2, 1958 Dean’s second post-Martin and Lewis movie, “The Young Lions” opens to great reviews. Based on an Irwin Shaw novel, it also stars Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift.

    January 1959 “Some Came Running” opens, directed by Vincente Minnelli

    March 1959 “Rio Bravo” opens, a western with John Wayne

    January 20, 1960 Makes debut at Sands Hotel where he performs with fellow Rat Pack members Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop. He was a regular there until 1968, moving to the Riviera, then the MGM Grand, and finally Bally’s.

    June 1960 “Bells Are Ringing,” a musical with Judy Holliday, opens

    August 1960 “Ocean’s Eleven” opens. About a bank heist in Las Vegas, the movie also stars the rest of the Rat Pack including Frank Sinatra. It was filmed during the day while the Rat Pack lined the Sands at night

    February 1962 “Sergeants 3,” another film with Sinatra, opens

    August 1964 “Robin and the Seven Hoods” opens, a musical comedy set in Prohibition-era Chicago, which also starred Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Bing Crosby, Edward G. Robinson, Peter Falk, and Victor Buono.

    August 15, 1964 “Everybody Loves Somebody” tops the charts, knocking the Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night” out of the top position.

    September 16, 1965 “The Dean Martin Show” premiered on NBC, Thursday nights at 10 p.m. It was one of the highest-rated shows of the 1965-66 season and runs for nine seasons

    March 1966 “The Silencers” opens, the first of four movies where Dean plays Matt Helm, a popular David Hamilton character from his novels

    December 25, 1967 Dean’s mother, Angela Crocetti, dies at age 69

    August 29, 1968 Dean’s father, Gaetano Crocetti, dies at age 73

    October 20, 1968 Dean’s brother, Bill, dies at age 51

    February 1969 “The Wrecking Crew” opens, the last of the four Matt Helm pictures. It didn’t do well at the box office despite co-starring Elke Sommer, and pop culture icons Sharon Tate and Tina Louise

    March 1970 “Airport” opens. Based on an Arthur Haley novel, it was one of only six movies between 1950 and 1970 to take in as much as $45-million. Dean plays an adulterous pilot, Jacqueline Bisset his pregnant stewardess/mistress, and Burt Lancaster his brother-in-law/airport manager

    March 29, 1973 Divorce with Jeanne Biegger is final

    April 25, 1973 Dean married for the third time to Catherine Mae Hawn. The marriage only lasted 3 years

    July 1973 Dean adopts Catherine’s daughter, Sasha.

    September 24, 1973 Dean’s television show changes its name to “The Dean Martin Comedy Hour” and moves to Friday nights after eight years on Thursdays. The show features a “Roast of the Week,” modeled after the popular Friars Club roasts, with Ronald Reagan as the first guest

    December 5, 1973 Dean performs at the grand opening of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas

    February 24, 1976 Catherine and Dean’s divorce is final.

    September 7, 1976 Martin and Lewis reunite for the first time in 20 years during a broadcast of Jerry Lewis’ annual Muscular Dystrophy telethon, when Frank Sinatra brings a surprise guest, Dean, onstage with him

    June 1981 “The Cannonball Run” opens, a hit movie starring Burt Reynolds

    June 1984 “Cannonball Run II” opens, the last of Dean’s 51 movies

    June 11, 1985 Plays to the millionth fan while at Bally’s

    March 24, 1987 Dino Jr. dies in a plane crash

    December 25, 1995 Dean Martin dies of acute respiratory failure at age 78 in Hollywood, Calif.

  • 165. Kylie  |  September 30, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Nobody`s Perfect and I noticed Mr. Vic Gideon has made an error here with one of the dates.
    Can anyone spot the mistake ?
    Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 166. Video Vision  |  October 2, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Taffy, Susan, Kylie, Kimmy & Dover, Barry, and of course, my angel Michelle, I want to thank all of you for your very kind, generous and effusive birthday wishes. And my thanks, as well, to all who sent me equally warm greetings on Facebook, including many of those I’ve already mentioned, as well as Lindsay, Sheryl, Denny, Gloria, Dennis, Geraldine, and James.

    (I’m hoping that by listing the names of everyone who took part, union rules will mandate that you all get paid at least scale for your efforts. Actually, it ought to be a lot more, because frankly, in my book, you’re all stars.)

    In one respect, the past year was one of great sadness for me, though in another sense, it was also one of great joy — a year marked by loss, but also by newfound fulfillment.

    Stemming from both ends of that spectrum, changes in circumstances have, as I’m sure most of you have noticed, reduced the amount of time that I’ve been able to devote of late to this website, the Super Site, and some other ongoing projects. But as my life settles down again, and happily unites with another over the next couple of months, the path should soon be clear again to resume normal activities and focus once more on subject matter and friendships that have brought me — and, I hope, most of you, too — so much contentment over the last several years.

    In the meantime, though, let there be no doubt that the marquee on this theater remains lit and the stage is still set. So in that storied tradition of show business , let’s all go on with the show.

  • 167. Video Vision  |  October 2, 2010 at 8:20 am

    And in that spirit of picking up right where we left off: I’ve looked over Vic Gideon‘s chronology several times, Kylie, and while I’m afraid I was unable to spot the mistake he made in connection with one of his dates (I hope you’ll point out to us what it was), I did notice a factual error in his information that not only he committed, but one which I’ve seen misstated elsewhere, as well.

    What I’m referring to is the paragraph in which he cites the September 16, 1965 premiere of The Dean Martin Show, which he terms “one of the highest-rated shows of the 1965-66 season.” Well, the truth of the matter is, that was hardly the case. The first episode, with guest stars Frank Sinatra and Diahann Carroll, indeed enjoyed a well-received debut, but in the weeks thereafter, the ratings began to slide. The show lacked cohesion, and Dean’s talents weren’t being utilized to their fullest. Instead of interacting with his guests, he was simply introducing them, in much the same way that Ed Sullivan did on his variety hour.

    It wasn’t until well into that first season, when The Dean Martin Show’s original producer was fired and Greg Garrison, who had been the program’s director from the start, took the reins and brought in Lee Hale as Music Director, that the series began to pick up steam. Even so, The Dean Martin Show ended that first season by no means as “one of the highest-rated” shows of the season, as Mr. Gideon inaccurately declared, but rather, in the nether region of the Nielsen charts.

    What IS true is that it finished its sophomore year in 14th place, and by season 3, cracked the top 10, ending its third year as the 8th most watched show in the country — a position it retained through its fourth season, too. But by season 5, it dropped back to #14, and steadily declined each of its remaining 4 years on the air.

    So contrary to some of the misinformation spread over the Internet and in other circles, Dean’s series made the top 10 for only two of its nine seasons on television, and was never, as one know-nothing website has falsely claimed, the number one show on the air, or even the number one variety show on the air.

    Nevertheless, advertisers paid a premium to place their spots on the program because it attracted a desirable and well-heeled adult demographic. And, of course, irrespective of ratings, it was, as all of us here well know, the BEST, most endearing, and most enduring variety show of all time.

  • 168. Kylie  |  October 2, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Hi Michael 🙂
    You found another mistake I failed to notice, you wrote…What I’m referring to is the paragraph in which he cites the September 16, 1965 premiere of The Dean Martin Show, which he terms “one of the highest-rated shows of the 1965-66 season.”
    Mr. Gideon is very wrong here, the early episodes of The Dean Martin Shows consisted of Dean singing a song at the start and introducing acts.
    As you said it wasn`t until the original producer was replaced that the format of the show changed and just got better and better.
    I really hated those puppets, lol
    As for the other mistake, I`m very surprised no one has noticed it.
    I`m sure someone will notice it,
    so I`ll wait a couple more days before I point it out.
    I think if you have another close look you`ll spot it, lol
    Hugs n Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 169. Dennis B  |  October 2, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Another list error. Oh yes…Return To Me was recorded and released in 1958, not 1953.

  • 170. Kylie  |  October 2, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Hi Dennis 🙂
    That`s it, you found the mistake 🙂
    Return to Me wasn`t recorded until 1958.
    The date I have is 2/17/1958.
    A bad error on Mr. Gideon`s part.
    I can`t understand how he got that so wrong.
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 171. Paul  |  October 10, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Holy Cow,
    I missed Michael’s birthday. I need to check this site more often.
    Anyway, Michael, if you will accept a belated-squared (or is it cubed by now) birthday greeting, Happy Birthday old timer.
    I feel really guilty, after all, how many birthdays do you have… I mean, all the best and I hope the next twelve months bring you joy & happiness. 🙂
    Paul

  • 172. Kylie  |  October 10, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Hi Everyone 🙂
    I`d like to try a poll which involves both Dean Martin and The Golddiggers.
    Christmas is getting closer all the time.
    As we know The Golddiggers had their own Christmas album and Dean released 2 Christmas albums himself.
    Ladies first…
    Which song from the following list would you choose as your favourite Golddiggers song ?
    1/ My Favourite Things
    2/ If You Can Sing a Happy Song
    3/ The Christmas Song
    4/ We Need a Little Christmas
    5/ Silent Night
    6/ Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
    7/ I Just Want You for Christmas
    8/ Not Listed
    And now which song from the following list is your favourite Dean Martin Christmas Song ?
    1/ Silent Night
    2/ Marshmallow World
    3/ Silver Bells
    4/ White Christmas
    5/ Let it Snow, Let it Snow
    6/ I`ll Be Home for Christmas
    7/ Blue Christmas
    8/ Not Listed

  • 173. Barry DesLauriers  |  October 10, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    We need a little Christmas

    baby it’s cold outside

  • 174. Kylie  |  October 10, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Hi Barry 🙂
    How could I leave out Baby it`s Cold Outside ?
    That is one of my big favourites.
    I`m so glad you mentioned it.
    I agree with you on We Need a Little Christmas 🙂
    Hugs n Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 175. Kimmy & Dover  |  October 11, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Polll Results:

    Golddiggers:
    Need a Little Christmas

    Dean:
    8 Not listed – Peace on Earth/Silent Night combo

    kimmy and dover

  • 176. Kylie  |  October 11, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Hi Kimmy 🙂
    I was almost going to list Peace on Earth/Silent Night as I love this track but I know there would be a lot of fans who don`t have the Bear Sets and may have never heard this before.
    I love this rare track 🙂
    I should have mentioned my favourite Christmas songs, they are We Need a Little Christmas by The Golddiggers and It`s a Marshmallow World by Dean.
    This is one track I can play all year round.
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 177. Dennis B  |  October 11, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Goldiggers:

    We Need A Little Christmas

    Dean:

    Christmas Blues, this song is seldom heard it is said, due to its lyrics about a love lost during
    the Christmas season. It think it’s poignant and one of Deans best performances.

  • 178. Kylie  |  October 11, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Hi Dennis 🙂
    Have to be quick as I`m heading off to work.
    I have always loved this song, did you see Dean perform this on the Martin and Lewis Telefon for Muscular Dystrophy ?
    He sings it at the piano accompanied by Sammy Cahn.
    I wish this was available on dvd.
    Hugs n Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 179. Dennis B  |  October 11, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Hi Kylie,

    Yes, I have seen that clip on YouTube. I believe Sammy Cahn wrote the lyrics, right?

    Incidentally, if we add a category; the “I can’t believe this wasn’t a big hit for Dean” category, I would pick his recording of YOUNG AND FOOLISH back in the mid 50’s. It took him a number of takes but the end result is a home run! I remember hearing it a couple of times on the radio and thought it was destined to be a huge hit…for some reason it wasn’t. All these years later I still can’t figure out why. He is simply great on it!

  • 180. Denny  |  October 11, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Golddiggers is easy – We Need a Little Christmas

    Dean’s too hard on this one. Marshmallow World is one of my favorites, with or without Christmas. Love I’ll Be Home for Christmas. However, given my profession, I simply must choose Let it Snow, Let it Snow, LET IT SNOW! – – and soon, please. :>)

  • 181. Kylie  |  October 12, 2010 at 2:44 am

    Hi Dennis 🙂
    I agree with you about Young and Foolish, it should have been a hit.
    Dean is at his best, his voice is good and strong.
    I remember when I was little dad played this song a lot.
    He has an LP record titled Young and Foolish with a great cover.
    It`s one of Deans best early recordings.
    Hugs n Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 182. Kylie  |  October 12, 2010 at 2:47 am

    Hi Denny 🙂
    It seems everybody agrees on We Need a Little Christmas 🙂
    I also love Let it Snow, Let it Snow.
    Snow is something I`ve never seen here where I live.
    Hugs n Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 183. Video Vision  |  October 13, 2010 at 7:21 am

    Paul, I can’t think of a better belated birthday present than the greeting you left me here on Sunday…Well, actually, I can think of several…But in all seriousness, I’m very glad that you dropped by, and I thank you for your good wishes.

    I know that I speak not just for myself, but also for ALL of our mutual friends from our former GoldsAndDings Yahoo Group (including the Golds and Dings themselves) when I say that you’re missed, and that it would enliven the conversation to have your contributions and your sharp wit back with us on a regular basis. So I hope you will indeed try to look in here on our new site more often, and if and when you do, you’ll find the welcome mat always rolled out for you. In the meantime, buddy, it’s good hearing from you again.

  • 184. Video Vision  |  October 13, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Kylie, you must be one of Santa’s elves, because while Election Day hasn’t even yet arrived here in the U.S., your suggestion for a new homegrown poll has swept over this realm like a breath of fresh air from the North Pole, infusing the Pallies Lounge with an early dose of the Christmas spirit.

    Translating your idea from bulletin board to ballot box, I’ve set up a poll (of the plebiscitary variety), whereby visitors to our site can indicate their favorite selections from Christmas offerings by both Dean Martin and The Golddiggers.

    While I’m glad to see that a number of people have already made their choices known here in our Comments section, and I’d invite others to discuss their favorites, as well, everyone should keep in mind that if you’d also like your preferences to register in the survey that Kylie devised, then Come All Ye Faithful and cast your votes by clicking below (and feel free to pick as many songs as you’d like):

    Dean Martin / Golddiggers Christmas Music Polls

  • 185. Kylie  |  October 13, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Thanks Michael 🙂
    I am so pleased there were so many replies, I hope there`ll be more as it`s interesting to know everyones favourite christmas songs.
    I just voted and found it very difficult limiting my choices.
    I love every christmas song Dean and The Golddiggers recorded.
    We are lucky enough to have Deans songs on cds, I wish The Golddiggers Christmas album could also be released on cd.
    This album is so great 🙂
    Hugs n Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 186. Michelle DellaFave  |  October 13, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Of course I love “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” My favorite songs from the Golddiggers Album are “And The Bells Rang,” and “If You Can Sing a Happy Song For Christmas” I think Lee Hale wrote both. I had such a good time recording that album.We all stood on risers to sing as a group.It was a happy time… Good work Video Vision on the poll selection area. Hi Kylie, this is a great idea. I think we should also discuss what we all want to be for Halloween!!

  • 187. Kylie  |  October 14, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Hi Michelle 🙂
    The Golddiggers albums are all wonderful 🙂
    I`m looking forward to Christmas when I can play The Golddiggers Christmas albums and those by Dean without the neighbours thinking I`m crazy, lol
    I once dressed as the Bride of Frankenstein when I was a kid, but when I went from door to door the usual response was Hi Kylie, lol
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 188. Michelle DellaFave  |  October 15, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Hmm, as a youngster… many years ago… I was a princess, a cat, a ballerina, that is all I remember. Once I went to Universal Studios in Hollywood and did the tour thing with my then boyfriend, and we were both picked out to be Mr. and Mrs. Frankenstein by the studio. We had the make up and costume department do our faces and hair and costumes… we both looked quite good…Gosh I wish I had a picture of that.. he was 6’5 inches tall so he was perfect. We were such hambones… I think I’d like to be a Fairy this year… a Good Fairy of course… or maybe a Vampire… ha two extremes eh? Fall has hit the east coast and it is beautiful to see the leaves change. Time for warm cozy comfort!!!

  • 189. Kylie  |  October 16, 2010 at 2:28 am

    Hi Michelle 🙂
    On Halloween nights with my Aunty Cathy`s help I tried to look as hideous as possible, I think all that make up and the costumes only improved my looks, lol
    My Aunty Cathy has always called me a little Ghoul because I love horror movies, maybe I should have gone trick or treating without the costumes and make up, lol
    I just can`t imagine you as Mrs. Frankenstein.
    You`re too beautiful to be able to look the character.
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 190. Kimmy & Dover  |  October 16, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    There are several new UPS ads set to the music (at various speeds, some with word parodies) set to the tune of “That’s Amore.” Dino is back!! I wonder how many people recognize the song nowadays…

    kimmy and dover, the wonder dog

  • 191. Kylie  |  October 18, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Hi Kimmy 🙂
    I have noticed That`s Amore is used in a lot of advertising on television, the words are different but it`s the same song.
    I think in a way it just goes to show how popular that song still is after 57 years
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 192. Susan  |  October 23, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Dear Kimmy,
    I hope that you have a GREAT Birthday tomorrow and that your day will be filled with much love and happiness. You have been a WONDERFUL FRIEND to me and to all those Pallies who have the privilege of knowing you. Always remain the WONDERFUL PERSON that you are. I truly cherish our friendship and wish you the very best ALWAYS.

    Love Always,
    Susan XOXOXOXO

  • 193. Michelle DellaFave  |  October 25, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Hi Kimmy,
    I hope you had a very happy Birthday!! May you enjoy good health and bliss!!
    Blessings, Michelle DellaFave

  • 194. Dennis  |  October 25, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Kimmy:

    I hope your birthday was terrific! You are our treasure trove of Dean Martin memories, information, inspiration and good will!

  • 195. Kimmy & Dover  |  October 25, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Thanks to everyone for the sweet birthday greetings!! Susan, your message was lovely and i feel the same way about you – you know that! Dover and i had a great day and i was out to dinner with family on Sat. night so a good time was had by all!
    Thanks so much to everyone for the remarks on my Facebook page and email! It’s so nice to have so many friends wish you well – as i wish all of you well too.
    love, kimmy and dover, the wonder dog

  • 196. Janice Glazier  |  October 25, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday to YOU Kimmy! I hope it’s been a wonderful day!
    Taffy 😉

  • 197. Video Vision  |  October 26, 2010 at 9:17 am

    It wasn’t so very long ago that in the constellation of show business, Dean Martin was someone whose star appeared to be receding into the outer reaches of the galaxy. Indeed, as many of those close to him have noted, even Dean himself, toward the end of his life, believed that he had largely fallen from the stratosphere and faded into oblivion.

    But for those of us indelibly touched by the luminescence of his talent and personality, the joyful memories that he gave us always remained a bright and steady presence on our radar screens. One person, in particular, who was just a little girl when her eyes were first opened in the ’6os to that magical glow emitting from her TV set on Thursday nights, and who carried the torch all through the “dark ages” of the ’80s and ’90s, had the foresight more than a decade back to see the potential that the Internet held to enable her to share her passion for her favorite entertainer with other like-minded individuals.

    It was after I first ordered and began watching The Best of The Dean Martin Variety Show DVDs a number of years ago that my own longstanding interest in Dean, his series, and his music was reawakened to the point that I began trawling the web in search of more. And it was while on this quest that I not only came upon a delightful den of Dino devotees called Dinopallies, but also made good and lasting friends with several of the group’s decidedly disarming denizens — including the forum’s founder and the wonderful person and life-long disciple of Dean to whom I referred earlier, KIMMY.

    Not only was this gal the first on the scene with an Internet chat group devoted to Dean, but she also built it into the biggest and best of its kind. And taking a cue from Dean himself, she set the tone for the rest of us as —to paraphrase the way that Dean Martin Show producer Greg Garrison was fond of describing Dean — one of the kindest, nicest, funniest, sweetest, gentlest people you could ever know. Little wonder, then, that her group attracted so many others of a similar bent. And I’m proud to say that that spirit lives on today here at the successor to Dinopallies — Dean, Golds and Dings — where Kimmy remains a leading participant and guiding force.

    Kimmy, it’s no exaggeration to say that not only did you play an essential role in contributing to the renaissance of enthusiasm for Dean Martin that we’ve witnessed over the last few years, but also, were it not for you, there likely never would have been a GoldsAndDings Group, a Golddiggers Super Site, this website, or the warm and enduring relationships that have arisen from all of these ventures.

    So in honor of your birthday this past Sunday, I’ve posted a little excerpt from your favorite part of your favorite television series — the ballad that Dean would regularly sing midway through his show, while relaxing on the couch. In this case, the number that I’ve selected is one that I thought was especially well-suited to the occasion… because if people still remember Dean A Hundred Years From Today, it will be at least in some measure thanks to you.

    I hope you had a Happy, Healthy Birthday, Dear Kimmy, and I wish you Many, Many More.

    Love,

    Michael

    To open your audiovisual present (and everyone else is invited to partake of it, too), just CLICK THIS.

  • 198. Kimmy & Dover  |  October 26, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Michael –
    Thank you so much for your card and what you sent as well as for these words and the song! Nothing could be sweeter than your words and Dean’s singing put together!
    I know it’s been a busy season for you lately so i truly appreciate you taking the time to remember me!
    Thanks to everyone for their wishes!
    Now, i wanna know why TCM or FMC doesnt play Dino movies all day on my birthday??!! Especially Dino westerns…sigh…
    Oh well, i watched some of the tv show videos to soothe my soul and forget it was another birthday gone by!!! 🙂
    Thanks, Michael, for making this great Dino group with me too!!
    love, kimmy and dover, the wonder dog

  • 199. Micki McGlone  |  October 29, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Hello everyone, it’s great to be back on board, I have missed you all.
    I will be in LA in January judging IPOP Talent Expo and hope to get together with Tara and Sheryl while I’m there this year. Last year they kept me busy from morning till night.
    “The Golddiggers Sisterhood” that’s what I have named us, anyway the ones on this site and Kylie ! since I have adopted her 🙂 and Michelle and I named her “Honorary Golddigger” about three years ago.
    Love you all.
    Micki Mc Glone
    4th from the left on the top of the homepage.

  • 200. Michelle DellaFave  |  October 29, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Hi Micki,
    Thanks for the Honorary!! Are you moving? I have wanted to get back to LA and see Tara and Sheryl, and Lindsay again, maybe get the Dings together again too…How is the skin care going? Moving to a new climate has really been hard on my complexion, I may need some of your “magic”… Love, Michelle

  • 201. Micki McGlone  |  October 29, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I want to thank you Michelle for your concern for me during the Nashville floods. I just read your May post a few minutes ago and it touched my heart.
    Then I read an older post about bug bites…YIKES…..
    I was bitten by a Brown Recluse Spider the day following the flood. All I can say is that is the main reason I haven’t been around much since May. I am lucky to be alive friends.
    I fought the battle for over 6 months.
    If you want to know about these deadly little devils, look them up on the web and never ever take them lightly.
    They hate the smell of garlic and chlorophyll by the way.
    Since being bit I have become an expert on Brown Recluse Spiders. Ask me anything at all.
    Has anyone here ever been bitten by one?
    Thanks Michael, Michelle and Kylie for your prayers and concern.
    Micki

  • 202. Micki McGlone  |  October 29, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Hi Michelle,
    Yes I have re-located to NY so we are neighbors now.
    I have only been here 11 days.
    I know what you mean about the climate change and skin.
    Use some of the stuff I sent our mutual friend, I’m sure he has it still in his refrigerator unopened. Ha Ha Ha!!!
    I will send you some new formulations that will make you look 16 instead of 25. LOL
    I’m glad you remember us naming Kylie Honoraary Golddigger.
    How do you like the name The Golddiggers
    Sisterhood? wouldn’t it be great for all of us to get together for one big jammie party and play in make-up and false eyelashes again !!!
    Love you a bunch,
    Micki xoxoxo

  • 203. Micki McGlone  |  October 30, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Hi again gang,
    actually….I am 4th from the right and 6th from the left on the top of the home page line-up.
    It feels good to be back.
    In answer to what will we be for Halloween…..
    I am preparing my Clown Costume for Hallowween… in hope that I will get a chuckle or a smile from the
    Trick-or-Treaters
    My good friend Mary Downen encouraged me to attend Clown School with her in 2006
    I’ve always wanted to learn how to juggle, so I took her up on it.
    Come to find out…..Clowns are BORN, not made!!!
    And guess what !…. I’m one of the BORN and Born AGAIN clowns.
    We raised and donated $780.00 face painting kids and…. a few silly adults at a Katrina fund raiser / fair in Palm Springs in only three hours.
    My Official Clown name is Micki Mc Silly.
    So…. I will (for the first time in a few years) adorn my
    Clown Costume, custom designed Clown Nose and anxiously await the adorable little Ghosts and Goblins. Then…. while they are here, I will warn them of the dangers of SUGAR while placing a lovely bag of Trail Mix into their bags. :Hmmmmmmmmm….maybe they should call me Sneaky Mc Silly
    Happy Halloween everyone.
    Micki Mc Silly

  • 204. Video Vision  |  October 30, 2010 at 10:43 am

    When actor Tom Bosley passed away last week at the age of 83, just about every one of the obituaries written about him led off by citing his role as paterfamilias on the TV sitcom Happy Days, which enjoyed a decade-long run on ABC from 1974-84 and for several years finished at the top of the prime-time ratings heap. Given the series’ success and Bosley’s integral part in achieving it, it’s little wonder that most synopses of his career would place so much emphasis on the warm and fuzzy father figure he played, affectionately nicknamed ”Mr. C.”

    Of course, many of the notices about Tom also touched on his first big professional break, landing the lead as colorful New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia in the Broadway musical Fiorello, for which he won a Tony award in 1960. And there was some mention of a number of his supporting parts in feature films, as well as appearances in later television series, including a recurring role during the mid-1980s on Murder, She Wrote and top billing as the titular priest-cum-detective in the Father Dowling Mysteries, which aired from 1987-91.

    But precious few reviews of Tom’s résumé took note of his inclusion as a regular cast member on a TV variety series two years prior to the debut of Happy Days — the 7th season (1971-72) of The Dean Martin Show. To be sure, Tom’s stint as Freddie, boyfriend to Marian Mercer’s Vickie (who was supposed to be Ken Lane’s sister in a weekly sketch that conjured up a comic version of Kenny’s “family”), was neither a standout nor the stuff for which Emmy trophies are generally bestowed (Bosley was nominated twice for Happy Days).

    But the DM Show part did provide exposure on one of the tube’s most-watched weekly skeins, helping to reinforce Tom Bosley as a familiar presence in American homes. It was following Dean’s program that he moved on to voicing the part of the Dad in the animated series Wait ‘Til Your Father Gets Home (1972-74) — an image which he, in turn, further refined the following year when he made his debut as the quintessential TV father Howard Cunningham on Happy Days.

    For three of the best surveys of Tom Bosley’s career, including some surprising anecdotes, readers may wish to refer to the items below (the last of these obituaries, from the Bible of Show Business, Variety, would normally be accessible only by subscribers to the publication, but through the Variety-approved link below, we’ve made it available to our Dean, Golds and Dings visitors):

    The New York Times: Tom Bosley, ‘Happy Days’ Dad, Dies at 83

    The Associated Press: ‘Happy Days’ beloved dad Tom Bosley dead at 83

    Variety: ‘Happy Days’ actor Tom Bosley dies

    To view some stills of Tom on The Dean Martin Show, check out the shots on display in The Closet:

    Tom Bosley and Kenny’s “Family”

  • 205. Video Vision  |  October 31, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    To the legion of sci-fi fans for whom Janice Whitby has become a cult favorite as a result of her role playing a menacing “fembot” on The Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman TV series, the fact that her birthday happens to fall on Halloween is no doubt a hauntingly neat coincidence.

    But for those of us who first became acquainted with Janice several years earlier, when we saw her launch her career as an innocent, doe-eyed ingenue on The Dean Martin Show, the only thing spooky about her is how eerily good she was as a member of her singing-dancing troupe, The Golddiggers, from 1970 to ’72, adding a frighteningly fine feast of gracefulness and pulchritude to an already bewitchingly beautiful ensemble.

    A few weeks ago, an item came up for auction on ebay, showing Janice and a number of her colleagues from The Golddiggers in a vintage print advertisement for an airing on a local TV station in Providence, RI of the syndicated Chevrolet Presents The Golddiggers series.

    One curious aspect of the ad was the fact that the lineup of ladies depicted wasn’t the one appearing on the then-brand new Chevrolet half-hour, but rather, the set that had been regulars on the previous season’s Dean Martin Show (1970-71) — to be precise, from the second half of the season, after The Dingaling Sisters (Michelle, Tara, Susie and Wanda) had been spun off from the larger group, but before The Golddiggers started their own weekly syndicated series.

    An even more puzzling mystery is what musical number the girls performed on Dean’s program in the outfits they were wearing when they posed for the photo used in the ad. For help in answering that question, we thought we’d turn to the birthday girl herself, to see if she might recall the song in question. But if any of the other gals who took part, or anyone else, for that matter, might have a clue, please feel free to chime in.

    Drawing from the records of program listings that we have at hand, here are some of the possibilities:

    “I Love The Way You Do Your Thing”
    “I Wanna Be Loved”
    “Tennessee Bird Walk”
    “Trip With Me”
    “Don’t Tell Mama”

    Do any of the above ring a bell? Or was it possibly something else?

    To see The Golddiggers in the costumes mentioned herein, from the ad just as it originally appeared in TV Guide back in 1971, click below:

    1971 Ad for Chevrolet Presents The Golddiggers

    And as we await a possible answer to our latest musical mystery challenge, I want to take this opportunity to wish lovely Janice a very Happy, Healthy Birthday, and Many, Many More.

    Michael

  • 206. Michelle DellaFave  |  October 31, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Hi Janice,
    I hope you are having a beautiful day of good friends, and family, and gifts galore!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you… to the prettiest redhead I know!
    Blessings, Michelle

  • 207. Janice Glazier  |  October 31, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Happy Birthday to you, Janice!
    Taffy

  • 208. Kylie  |  November 1, 2010 at 1:44 am

    Dear Kimmy 😦
    I feel terrible about missing your birthday, I didn`t forget this time.
    I`ve been offline since I think the 17th of October and also found myself sick and back in hospital again as well.
    I know I`m very late but I hope you had a wonderful birthday.
    I wish there had been some way of wishing you a Happy Birthday at the time.
    Great Big Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 209. Kylie  |  November 1, 2010 at 1:47 am

    Dear Janice,
    I hope I`m in time to wish you a very happy birthday 🙂
    Great Big Birthday Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 210. Kylie  |  November 1, 2010 at 1:51 am

    Hi Micki 🙂
    I`ve missed you.
    I hope things are going well for you in New York.
    I spent last night in hospital and I was watching one of those little televisions above the bed which cost a fortune to watch daily, lol
    They were showing Independence Day and I won`t tell you what happened to New York, lol
    Good it`s only a movie, lol
    By the way, unfortunately I no longer have my job working with animals so I guess I`ll have more free time but it`s not what I wanted.
    Great Big Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 211. Arlene  |  November 1, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Hi Kylie,
    Sorry to hear you were in the hospital. Hope all is well now.
    Also, so sorry to hear you lost your job. I know how you loved working with animals.
    Just remember, better days are ahead and Im sure you will be situated again to where you want to be.
    Hugs n kisses
    xoxoxoxoxoxo
    Arlene

  • 212. Janice Glazier  |  November 1, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Hi Kylie!
    Well, you’re a bit early! My B-day is December! 1st.
    I think I know what the source of the confusion is…..
    Janice had her birthday, and you saw “Janice” and thought it might be me. 😉

    I am sorry to hear you were back in the hospital. UGH.
    Nothing fun about that. At least you can watch old movies. That always helps the time pass a little faster.
    So…the job has gone away. That’s too bad! I volunteer for a Golden Retriever Rescue organization. Maybe you could find a rescue group near you? It’s a lot of fun and very rewarding. You never know, it might lead to something else! They even have paid positions sometimes. You could work your way up! Plus, I know you’d LOVE it!Just a thought. Check it out on your computer while you re cooperate!
    Feel better soon…
    Love, Taffy xoxo

  • 213. Michelle DellaFave  |  November 1, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Hi everyone,
    Nice to hear from Micki again. The fall as you can see Micki, has been beautiful up here. A clown, now that sounds like fun and I bet you are very funny… you did have a good sense of humor and it is all for such a good cause, love clown noses!!! I will be moving AGAIN myself in a couple of weeks but I am so happy about this move. It is all about great things to come for me and dreams that will finally come true for me. God Is good to me…. I am very grateful!!! I will have new addresses and phone and email addresses , so I will be busy getting that out to my dear loved ones and friends…
    Kylie, I am sorry you are back in the hospital. Perhaps this will be a less frequent occurrence for you as you get stronger with time. You are in my thoughts and prayers my dear! I love Taffy’s idea. I would love a Golden Retriever, but I do not think it would be happy in an apartment in the city… I will perhaps get a nice lap dog!!! I do love shit-zus… rescue dog would be awesome, or cat!!!
    Now it is time for Thanksgiving and by the way Lindsay will be doing a wonderful event in Washington DC for Veterans Day. If you are in that area please see her… more on that to follow… right Video Vision?

    Love and kisses and hugs and laughs and slaps and hand shakes and all the usual salutations back at you all…. Love, Michie

  • 214. Janice Glazier  |  November 2, 2010 at 12:25 am

    I know this is off subject but I just have to say it…..

    SF GIANTS WIN!!!!!!!!

    So happy! 😉
    Taffy

  • 215. Kylie  |  November 2, 2010 at 7:43 am

    Hi Janice and Taffy,
    I`m so sorry I got your birthdays confused.
    There is an animal rescue place at Pearcedale which is a town not too far from here.
    I`d like to do voluntary work.
    Hi Michelle,
    I think you know Dino is a Maltese Shihtzu as were my previous dogs.
    Because we live in a unit with a small yard they are an ideal dog for an apartment and they have so much love to give and when I`m feeling down Dino knows how to cheer me up, lol
    We have a cat Chloe who is old and going blind, her and Dino eat together and sleep together.
    It`s amazing 🙂
    I love Golden Retrievers too.
    All animals.
    I`ll miss my job.
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 216. Janice Glazier  |  November 2, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Hi Kylie…
    Once you’re feeling up to it I really think you should check out the rescue organization…they need volunteers to help with things in neighboring towns. Rescue people are really great! You’ll make a ton of new friends!

    No worries about the B-day!

    Taffy 🙂

  • 217. Kylie  |  November 3, 2010 at 3:58 am

    Hi Taffy 🙂
    That`s something I`ve thought about many times in the past.
    I would really enjoy caring for sick and neglected pets.
    Pearcedale isn`t too far away but the problem is there is no public transport.
    So that`s a hiccup.
    But maybe I can find a way around that
    Hugs n Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 218. Janice Glazier  |  November 3, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Hi Kylie

    I am able to do everything from home! It’s rewarding and fun! Really hoping it works out for you.

    Taffy xo

  • 219. kimmy & dover  |  November 3, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Hi
    I should look into that sort of thing – when Dover is gone. She has Acute Blindness now – she can still see some, but has lost a lot of her sight. And she’d already lost a lot of hearing. She is getting very old – she’s 13, which is old for a westie. She is so sad, wandering around bumping into things, moving so slow. THe vet says she isnt in any pain now and i dont need to do anything but take care of her – i’m glad i’m home so much and can do that.
    Poor little wonder dog…Sorry to be such a downer…

    kimmy
    and dover, the still wonder dog

  • 220. Janice Glazier  |  November 3, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Hi Kimmy
    I think you’d be a natural with ANY rescue organization. I can’t describe how appreciative these sweet animals can be. They’re scared and in many cases discarded by their owners and they just don’t understand what has happened to them. It’s very rewarding and satisfying to lend a helping and loving hand. It also helped heal my heart when we lost our Murphy several years ago.
    Big hugs to Dover. She’s very lucky to have you as her Mom.
    Taffy

  • 221. Bob  |  November 3, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Hi Michelle, its great to find out your name and read about you after all these years. I used to watch Dean Martin when I was thirteen and had a big crush on you. Always wondered “Who is that girl?” I never forgot you. You still look great ! Happy to find out you are doing well. Do you have a site where people can email you ?

    Sincerely,
    Bob

  • 222. Kylie  |  November 3, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Hi Kimmy,
    Casper who died at 20 had exactly the same problems, blindness, bumping into things, moving around slowly.
    Casper also had fits or seizures.
    We knew he wouldn`t be with us long but we cherished every moment.
    In the end the reason we had Casper put to sleep was because he was showing a form of canine Alzheimers.
    There were times when he didn`t know where he was and he didn`t recognize our voices.
    We knew then it was time for him to go.
    He was a maltese/Pekingnese cross.
    20 years is remarkable for such a small breed.
    I hope Dover has a couple more years left in her yet.
    I can say from experience Blindness isn`t the end of the world.
    But it`s true Dover is getting old for a small breed.
    Our other dogs only lived between 9 and 12
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 223. Video Vision  |  November 4, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Hi Bob, and welcome to Dean, Golds and Dings.

    If you’d like to send an email to Michelle, the best way to do that is to send it to her in care of this site, at the following address, and we’ll make sure that she receives it: deangoldsanddings@hotmail.com

  • 224. Video Vision  |  November 6, 2010 at 11:59 am

    For those of you who might be either making or considering plans to travel to our nation’s capitol around the time of Veteran’s Day this coming week, being in the right place at the right time could enable you to see a familiar, not to mention, warm and lovely, face.

    Our own Lindsay Bloom will be taking part in several events in the DC area related to honoring U.S. servicemen and women, including a dramatic reading that she’ll deliver at a concert to be held Wednesday, Nov. 10, at The National Shrine of The Immaculate Conception, where admission is free and open to the general public.

    While in Washington, Lindsay will also attend the “Women in WWII” event at the WWII Memorial on Thursday morning (Veteran’s Day), present a wreath on behalf of the Marines at the national Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and visit patients at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

    Full details about the Wednesday evening concert can be found on the poster now on view in The Closet: CLICK HERE TO SEE.

  • 225. Mark  |  November 9, 2010 at 3:38 am

    Hi Michael,
    Great find on that “Chevrolet Presents” publicity photo.
    I just wanted to add another hauntingly neat coincidence trivia. Not only does Jan’s birthday fall on Halloween, the second part of those trilogy of episodes in which she guest starred as the fembot entitled “Kill Oscar Part II” premiered October 31,1976 (Jan’s birthday).

    Now I don’t know if she was out partying celebrating her birthday that night or stayed home (being that it was a preVCR/preTIVO era of television viewing) to watch the first broadcast.

  • 226. Video Vision  |  November 10, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Mark, you’ve not only brought to light another interesting footnote to Janice Whitby‘s celebrated role in the “Kill Oscar” trilogy, but also touched on the larger theme of the intertwining of television history with the the evolution of technology.

    In point of fact, although the introduction of VHS videocassette recorders was still about a year away in 1976, the very first consumer VCRs — Sony’s Betamax decks — had already hit the market when Janice appeared on The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, having become available in the Spring of 1975. That said, with both that initial equipment AND the tapes that played in them being quite pricey (at least $1500 for the Betamax hardware and $20 per blank tape), as well as of limited recording capacity (one 2-hour program at a time), it’s certainly true that there were precious few units sold or in circulation at the time that Jan first donned her fembot mask.

    Fast forward to today, and as awful as the present era may be from a cultural standpoint, at least we can be thankful that it’s brought us the technological means to watch some of our old favorites on new media. And while we may still be waiting (and waiting…and waiting…and waiting) for The Dean Martin Show and The Golddiggers series to come our way again, my understanding is that it won’t be long now before we’ll be able to see Jan in the “Kill Oscar” trilogy on DVD. So, Mark, as soon as you have any details on when that release will be forthcoming, by all means, please let us know.

  • 227. Video Vision  |  November 15, 2010 at 4:40 am

    Though I regret missing the actual day of the occasion by a few hours, I nevertheless wanted to take this opportunity to wish one of our Pallies Lounge regular contributors, Dennis B., a belated Happy Birthday, and Many, Many More.

    Michael

  • 228. Video Vision  |  November 18, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    If ever there was any question that bootlegged videos on the Internet are serving as an impediment to the release of authorized versions of vintage television programs on DVD, an article just published in Home Media Magazine should go some distance toward laying those doubts to rest.

    The piece itself focuses on the impact of legitimately-licensed streaming content services, such as Hulu, on TV-based DVD product, with quotes from several executives in the industry. However, it doesn’t take a marketing genius to understand that if officially-sanctioned content streaming on the Web is adversely affecting TV DVD sales, then pirated material, such as that uploaded to YouTube, poses even more deleterious consequences for the potential future reissue of fare such as The Dean Martin Show and The Golddiggers series that we long to see in complete, uncut form.

    In other words, what may be the short-term thrill of being able to watch pirated clips of Dean, The Golds, or The Dings comes at steep price — to wit, the damage that the exhibition of these clips does to the marketability of entire episodes on home video. After all, as much as producers and distributors may want to disseminate their wares, there has to be some financial incentive in it to make it worth their while. And if some of their choicest material can be viewed for free on the Web, that’s obviously going to substantially cut into sales (and thus, profitability) if and when the same material is released on DVD.

    To read the article from Home Media Magazine that offers statements from key entertainment industry leaders on the negative effect that streaming Internet Video is having on pre-recorded DVD sales, click here:

    Streaming Hurting TV DVD

    And anyone who’d like to voice his or her own opinion on the subject is welcome to do so right here in our Pallies Lounge.

  • 229. Denny  |  November 20, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Hi Video Vision!
    I saw your post in the Lounge and it struck my data nerve. I haven’t been writing much lately because school is literally sucking the life out of me, but I thought I’d come out of semi-seclusion and drop you a note. I’m looking at this issue from a different and much less entertainment industry informed point of view. Me being me and all I probably don’t know what I’m talking about. However, – – – – –
    You’re right, the posts on Youtube are wrong because they are theft of intellectual property. I’m not sure that this article indicates that the posts necessarily harm the value of the very old shows though
    The trouble with data is it is so easy to collect in the digital age, but often so darn hard to interpret. In my own field, I cringe when I hear that the newest thing we are going to try is the only way to do something because it is “data based.” The fact is, it is the same exact data they used last year to design the previous “only,” and totally different way to do the same thing.
    First let me say that I don’t know the answer as to whether or not Youtube clips hurt video sales or not. Youtube is so uncontrolled that I wonder if it would even be possible to obtain valid data on its effects. I do have some reservations about the comparison of the data though. The article is about Hulu, which if I recall correctly, streams full length shows in good definition. Conversely, Youtube has awful definition, short clips, and a small screen that makes the definition even worse if one expands it to a larger size. Because of that, I don’t know that data about Hulu would necessarily match up with the data one would obtain concerning Youtube. Youtube could possibly have the opposite effect and act more as free advertising than competition. How does Time Warner advertise it’s own DVD’s? They have 30 to 60 minute programs on late night cable where they show dozens of short clips from the DVD’s they are trying to sell. It is a lot like Youtube, except the sound is synced properly, the picture isn’t distorted, and the picture fills the 42 inch screen. Apparently it works, because T/W has been using the same format for years. That was also the way the few available Dean Martin DVDs were advertised, and I bought them. Bought the Johnny Carson Tonight Show DVDs the same way. I know that in my own case, I saw some 1964 Rat Pack clips that were made in St. Louis on Youtube, and then found that they were legally available. It took a few hours to find, but I bought them that week. Had I not seen them on Youtube and wanted a better copy, I never would have bought the DVDs.
    Does my own experience constitute “data?” Certainly not, but it might form the basis of an interesting (and possibly lucrative) study.
    Another issue I have with the Hulu data is that it sounds like it is mostly based on much newer shows or recently rebroadcast shows than the 40 yr old shows that you and I are interested in. The 2 types of programing might yield vastly different results. If a show is only a few years old, the 18 to 49ers remember it. If it is 40 years old, they need to be introduced to it. They surf the net a LOT. Personally, my gut feeling is that if I owned that old material, I would flood Youtube with it myself – in real poor quality, and make sure that people knew where to buy the full high quality version.
    You are certainly in a better position than I to know what reason the owners give for not releasing the old shows. I know from my sales experience that the objections people often give for not doing something is usually not the real reason though. I’m sure a large part of it is the cost and difficulty of getting releases for all of the songs and performers on a variety show. It’s sort of nuts when you think about it. When was the last time you heard “Tea for Two” on the radio, in a movie, or even in your own head? One would think the owners of those old songs would price them pretty low. Worst case scenario they get a little money instead of the no money they get now. Best case scenario, some contemporary singer hears it and wants to do a remake that goes platinum.
    Finally, the first thing I look at when trying to interpret data is the data’s source. Considering that it is all coming from one company with unknown motives for gathering and publishing the data, in my mind, the data is suspect. Note that I’m not saying it is inaccurate, I’m just saying that it can’t be verified, and that alone makes it suspect.
    In conclusion, the only thing I can say I know for sure about Youtube is that it is stealing the intellectual property of others. Stealing is morally wrong. It’s a shame, though, that the copyright law doesn’t have a use it or lose it provision in it. As I see it, some of our friends are being denied possibly substantial residual income because the owners of the show are sitting on it while it’s value deflates. I’m a proud cynic, and find it hard to believe that they don’t know the value is dropping. They’re up to something, V.V! Someone smarter than me once said to “always leave them wanting more.” I suspect, “but don’t leave them wanting it too long.” should be added to that quote.

    Have a great Thanksgiving!

    Denny

  • 230. Kylie  |  November 21, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Hi everyone,
    I think it`s wrong to upload entire Dean Martin Shows to You Tube, I`ve noticed there are a few on you tube.
    People won`t bother getting the real thing if they can download a show even if the quality is poor.
    I`m not sure about the clips, in a way they are showing people who may never have heard of Dean Martin how talented he was.
    The quality as Denny said is terrible and not worth downloading to a true fan.
    I`ve never heard of Hulu.
    Something that did make me angry though was a few days ago I came across a site selling pirated copies of The Dean Martin Christmas Specials.
    Four of them.
    That is very wrong and someone is trying to make a big profit from shows described as fair.
    Whoever that person is they don`t deserve to profit by the sale of these shows.
    I read NBC owns 235 of the 245 Dean Martin Shows.
    I don`t understand all the legal stuff but if they own those 235 shows, why don`t they release them now ?
    NBC is sitting on a gold mine.
    And with so many other shows being released including The (Hilarious) Jerry Lewis Shows why not start releasing Deans shows ?
    Talking of The Jerry Lewis Show…why they cancelled it, I`ll never know, lol
    Hugs n Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 231. Video Vision  |  November 22, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Denny and Kylie, I appreciate your both answering the call for some thoughtful debate on this subject. Each of you has made some excellent points, intelligently and methodically surveying a number of the arguments, pro and con, pertaining to this issue.

    While I agree that some of the video posted on YouTube could potentially have promotional value in helping to spur sales of better-quality commercial releases of the same material, historical patterns of consumer buying habits would tend to indicate that there are still many people who are unwilling to spend money on that which they can watch for free on the Web — even when given the opportunity to obtain that material in a higher-resolution form.

    I suspect that there are a lot of folks who, after seeing some of this fare once or twice, and not having the same passion for it as we or many of our compatriots here do, would feel no need to own it. For proof, just look at the robust business model that evolved from renting videocassettes, and later DVDs, giving consumers an alternative to buying them (and by the way, much like their animosity toward YouTube, the studios have always hated the rental concept, too, and have worked hard over the years to try to undermine it).

    Another factor to bear in mind is that the infomercials for the Dean Martin, Johnny Carson, and other DVD sets that you mentioned, Denny, never show full-length segments from the material being advertised, but rather, just brief excerpts, whereas most of the clips on YouTube give away the store…and as you rightly noted, Kylie, in the particularly egregious case of one rogue, irresponsible YouTube user’s postings, entire episodes of our favorite series are being displayed, with not a care in the world for how such actions create a financial disincentive to the owners of those shows to undertake the cost of reissuing them on DVD.

    Those programs are also being uploaded in blatant disregard for the cast members who appeared in them, many of whom are regulars here at Dean, Golds and Dings, and who receive from these YouTube plays not a dime of the residual earnings to which they’re entitled under AFTRA rules. In fact, it’s precisely such blatant flouting of copyright law and union pacts that has led entertainment giant Viacom to file a $2 billion dollar suit against YouTube’s parent company, Google — a suit which, as of this writing, remains pending.

    Plainly, all of us gathered here would love to be able to see as much of Dean, The Golddiggers, and The Dingaling Sisters as possible; and snippets of their work popping up here and there no doubt serve the greater good of keeping their artistry fresh in the minds of the public. On occasion, mind you, even we have shown some brief clips in this forum and on The Golddiggers Super Site — BUT always under very controlled circumstances, in which: 1) the excerpts couldn’t be downloaded, 2) they were offered as teasers to promote commercial releases in which they’re featured, and 3) they were made available for a limited time only. Regrettably, posts on YouTube abide by no such restrictions.

    As to whether overexposure of entertainment product can start to have a cannibalizing effect on both the merchandise and the outlets showcasing that product, all one need do is to look at how evolving technology has impacted the exhibition of motion pictures. With all of the additional windows of distribution that have opened up in the last several years (home video, pay-cable networks, basic cable telecasts), by the time a movie has wended its way through the first few yards of that pipeline, most of those interested in seeing it have already done so at least once. Thus, is it any wonder that feature films, once a staple of broadcast television, have all but disappeared from the airwaves in recent years, due to audience erosion caused by newer media?

    Denny, you lament about copyright law not having a “use-it-or-lose-it” provision, and on that score, I have some sympathy for your sentiments — although unfortunately, reality dictates that show business hierarchs would fight such conditional forfeiture of their intellectual property rights tooth-and-nail. Nevertheless, it’s an interesting idea, and actually, one, among several others, already slated to be explored in greater depth in an article on The Golddiggers Super Site to be published in the New Year.

    As you rightly note, Denny, “the cost and difficulty of getting releases for all of the songs and performers on a variety show” has been one of the key stumbling blocks to the reissue of this genre of programming on DVD. But in truth, while it hits variety skeins especially hard, due to their high quota of musical content, this is a problem that affects ALL types of series, as the following item from Variety illustrates:

    TV Shows Find Creative Ways To Cut Costs on DVD

    In the end, of course, we can go back and forth about whether or not the uploading of unlicensed clips on Internet sites such as YouTube poses a threat to the re-release of vintage television programs on DVD. And since the question largely turns on the vagaries of human behavior, you’re probably right, Denny, that it’s more a matter of guesswork and assumptions than it is a science. However, that’s exactly the reason that I sought input from others on the subject, so I thank you and Kylie for expressing your views, and would welcome any further comments that either of you might have, as well as invite anyone else interested in (or with an interest in) the topic to join the discussion.

  • 232. Video Vision  |  November 22, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    While we can ponder weighty concerns, such as the one above, to a fare-thee-well, there is simply no disputing the fact that an alumna of The Golddiggers and Dingaling Sisters who happens to be celebrating a birthday today was also one of the most popular female performers ever to appear regularly on Dean Martin‘s weekly television series.

    Indeed, no less an architect of that program’s success than the brilliant Lee Hale made a special point of singling out the luminous operatic soprano then known as Tara Leigh in his book, Backstage At The Dean Martin Show, acknowledging and marveling at her unique appeal and crystalline voice:

    When she first auditioned for us we couldn’t believe our ears. We loved it…Janet Tighe (Greg Garrison’s assistant) and I figured there was no way she could fit into the group, but Greg saw it otherwise, especially since Tara was a stunner…

    “She’s different,” Greg confided to me later. “You can work it out.”

    He was right in hiring her. The mail poured in. He was also right about how to use Tara. Whenever she did a few bars with Dean, he’d give her a look of total wonderment. Those short moments did wonders for her. The public wanted more.

    Although for a long while, admirers and even onetime colleagues of Tara weren’t certain that we would ever see more of her again, we were privileged a little over a year ago to welcome her, under her real name, Renee Anderson, to our Golds and Dings Group, and then delighted yet again when she made the transition with us a few months ago to our new digs here at Dean, Golds and Dings.

    And now, as the last candles are placed on the cake, I have no doubt that everyone here will join me in wishing our much-revered Renee a Happy Birthday, and Many, Many More, as well as much-deserved success and contentment in the years ahead.

    Michael

  • 233. Barry DesLauriers  |  November 22, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    First of all Happy Birthday Renee and many more.

    I too have purchased all the DVDs of the Dean Martin Show when I first show them advertised on TV. I have also purchased them on e-bay..all legit copies. I was wondering why the lawyers haven’t forced You Tube to remove the pirated copies as I have seen them do to other videoes.

  • 234. Michelle DellaFave  |  November 22, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Hello my dears!! First I want to say a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my Dingaling sister Tara, or Renee actually… From the first day we met after her audition for Greg, we were friends and believe me we shared some high times and some low times but they were the best of times… we roomed together on the road and traveled sometimes doing one nighters…ah yes the wonderful Holiday Inns… lol…her voice amazed me… she could wake up at 3 am and be in perfect voice and her solo, “What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life” was so beautiful…we had such fun on stage too.
    I am so happy we have connected after all these years, Tara Renee… Love always,
    Have an AWESOME birthday of good health, happiness, and prosperity,
    Michelle

  • 235. Janice Glazier  |  November 22, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    I have one vivid memory of ‘Tara”. We were performing for a month with Don Ho at the Reef Hotel in Honolulu.
    We were doing our “long” act which meant we all had solos. I remember the look on the faces of customers sitting enjoying Tara’s performance. They were awestruck by her beauty and talent. She just sparkled.
    She still does!
    Happy Birthday to you!.
    Taffy xoxo

  • 236. Micki McGlone  |  November 22, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday Tara, you are as beautiful as ever.
    It was you and I who were chosen the last day of a three day grueling audition schedule. Not to mention that there were also auditions in NYC and elsewhere I understand.
    I remember it like it was yesterday.
    Greg narrowed it down to 17 of us at the end of the day on a SUNDAY!!!
    He said ” I’m only going to choose one of you from this group of 17 girls because I have already chosen one girl today, and she already knows who she is” That girl was you Tara, because Greg told you that he had chosen you for definate.
    Then Greg said…..”We only need ONE more of you, because we want to choose the remaining 2 girls when we get to London for Good Will purposes”
    I couldn’t sleep that night.
    I didn’t know that it was you he had chosen until later that week when we met at Gregs office.
    Anyway…..The next day (Monday) the phone rang at 3:pm and it was Greg. It went like this….
    “Hiya Kid, ya wanna be a Golddigger?”
    I almost fainted and yelled, “more than anything in the world”
    Then he told me to get my passport in order because we were goin to London.
    He sent us to Paula Cinko who taught us the routines and then flew us to Knoxville Tennessee to meet with the rest of the girls and open for Bob Hope.
    You and Michelle and Jackie and I became roommates after we got to London.

    I love you Tara (Renee) and have always thought that you were an exceptional human being.
    Thanks to our fantastic moderator, we are able to connect again after all of these years.
    So have a really Happy Birthday and I want to take you to a belated birthday dinner in January.

    Blessings always,
    Micki xoxoxo

  • 237. Denny  |  November 23, 2010 at 2:26 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY RENEE! I hope it is a great day in a wonderful year.

    Denny

  • 238. Kylie  |  November 23, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Hi Renee,
    I want to wish you a very happy birthday and I hope your day will be very special one full of happiness and joy 🙂
    Great Big Birthday Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 239. Kylie  |  November 23, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Hi Michael and Denny,
    regarding youtube and any future release of The Dean Martin Shows, as I said I`m totally against entire episodes being uploaded to youtube.
    I never really considered before that excerpts from the shows could harm the release of The Dean Martin Shows or rob anyone of royalties except The Dean Martin Family Trust.
    I have wondered in the past what Deana and her family think of Deans songs being shown on youtube.
    I would imagine they would be upset but I`ve never heard anything.
    If those clips of Dean singing are in any way contributing to The Dean Martin Shows never being released then I would definately say youtube should be stopped from allowing those clips to be shown.
    I`m not a fan of youtube and I notice they do get away with a lot and something should be done about what they can show.
    A for instance was a recent sexual assault on a teenage girl which was allowed to be shown on youtube.
    There seems to be very little control over what youtube can show.
    I want more than anything to see the entire Dean Martin Shows released to dvd and I want to see The Golddiggers and other guests who appeared on the shows get the royalties they so richly deserve after all these years.
    I have always been dissappointed the names of The Golddiggers and The Dingaling sisters were never included in the credits.
    After all they were a big part of the Dean Martin Shows and deserved to have their names mentioned in the credits.
    If not for The Golddiggers site, us fans would still never know who the Golddiggers were and what wonderful people they are 🙂
    I know the big problem preventing the shows being released is to do with copyright.
    I only have a basic knowledge of what copyright involves.
    I know anyone who ever appeared on any show or in any movie are paid royalties if the shows or movies are re released either to television or dvd.
    Something I don`t understand though is what happens if a guest star of a show or a co star of a movie are deceased at the time of the re release.
    Are their families entitled to royalties ?
    Many of the guests who appeared on the Dean Martin Shows have unfortunately passed on over the years.
    Great stars like Orson Welles, James Stewart to lesser known stars like John Bubbles or The Lively Set.
    John Bubbles appeared on one of the first Dean Martin shows back in 1965 which is 46 years ago.
    Is there a period of time where copyright ends ?
    Like take an old movie from the 1930s
    On the Avenue starring Dick Powell which has been released to dvd.
    Even though everyone ever involved with that movie would now be dead, would their living descendants be entitled to royalties.
    I`m not just speaking of the leading stars but the entire cast ?
    If that`s the case how do any shows or movies from the past come to dvd ?
    And if the descendants of past actors or actresses are entitled to royalties no matter how long ago the show or movie was made do the descendants have to apply for their share of royalties or do the companies automatically pay them if they can be located.
    And going back to the 1930s
    Nobody back in those days would have ever imagined VCRs, Dvds or even Television.
    So there would be no mention of these in their contracts.
    How were contracts drawn up ?
    This leads up to The Dean Martin Shows.
    If they are ever released then The Golddiggers and any surviving guests from those shows like Phyllis Diller, Petula Clark and others have to be paid their royalties.
    And I think those regular guests like Dom De Luise, Paul Lynde, Charles Nelson Reilly who have all passed on deserve to have royalties paid to their families.
    If NBC or whoever did release The Dean Martin Shows had to pay royalties to all the descendants of anyone whoever appeared on The Dean Martin Shows then that is a lot of money because over those 9 years there were so many people who worked with The Dean Martin Shows and guest stars who appeared on the shows, the chances of the shows ever being released would be zero.
    My questions refer to descendants of people who have passed away.
    Also back when The Dean Martin Show was being made, nobody ever thought they would be released to dvd as dvds were unknown back then.
    I`m grateful The Dean Martin Shows still exist as a lot of shows and movies from the past are lost forever.
    I hope I`m not making this sound confusing but I`d like to understand more about copyrights and is there a period of time when descendants of stars from any period of time, even going back to the silent movies when copyright laws cease ?
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 240. Kylie  |  November 23, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    I`ve just spent 3 hours searching the internet for information regarding old movies released to dvd and if any of the cast`s estates are entitled to Royalties.
    Maybe I`m using the wrong search terms but I found nothing.
    I usually don`t give up when I get interested in something but this time I think I`ll call it quits 😦
    Anyway my main interest is in The Dean Martin shows and I did come across some information from The Golddiggers site.
    I have another question, it seems hopeless we`ll ever see The Dean Martin Shows.
    If we ever do, I imagine they would be heavily edited.
    But can I ask what`s stopping the release of The Golddiggers in London ?
    I would love to see these shows so much.
    I know there were guest stars who would be entitled to royalties but I don`t imagine it would be the same situation as with The Dean Martin Shows.
    It would be so wonderful to see The Golddiggers in London.
    I am guessing NBC own the rights but I may be wrong about that.
    Now I`m going to go and rest my brain, lol
    Hugs n Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 241. Video Vision  |  November 25, 2010 at 12:29 am

    Hi Kylie.

    Those are some pretty probing questions that you’ve posed about copyright law. Might the desire that you share with many of us here to see the re-release of complete episodes of The Dean Martin Show and Golddiggers series spur you to pursue a career in the legal field? Perhaps as a paralegal…or maybe even as an attorney?

    After all, you’ve already got quite a bit of experience under your belt working with animals, and when you think about it, going head-to-head with lawyers isn’t that different — though, admittedly, many members of the bar probably aren’t as domesticated as the creatures you’ve worked with in the pet shop (barump-bump!).

    But lawyer jokes aside, I’m being serious when I say that your inquisitiveness about copyright, intellectual property, and labor issues demonstrates a healthy curiosity about these matters, and if you were to investigate opportunities in the legal profession, you just might find that you have an affinity for some type of work in that area.

    Now, since you delved into some important topics and asked a number of specific questions pertaining to entertainment law and related issues, perhaps the most concise way for me to respond to you would be to individually address each item that you raised:

    I know anyone who ever appeared on any show or in any movie are paid royalties if the shows or movies are re released either to television or dvd.

    Yes, they are supposed to be, but proper procedures aren’t always followed — the initial lack of residual payments to performers featured in the segments that were included in Guthy-Renker’s Dean Martin home video collection being a case in point. In that instance, as we all know, on-camera players were compensated only after their union, AFTRA, negotiated a settlement with the producer and distributor of the series.

    Something one should bear in mind here is that performer residuals for television and DVD releases differ. Typically, when a television show is re-run, performers are entitled to remuneration for a limited number of times that the program(s) on which they appeared is repeated. But when a show is issued on DVD, residuals can vary from a single lump-sum payout, to payments based on the number of units sold, to a formula agreed upon by the performers’ union (SAG or AFTRA), the production company, and the distributor.

    Something I don`t understand though is what happens if a guest star of a show or a co star of a movie are deceased at the time of the re release. Are their families entitled to royalties?

    Most definitely.

    Is there a period of time where copyright ends ?

    Ostensibly — although Congress and other legislative bodies around the world keep extending copyrights every few years, to the point where it’s beginning to look questionable whether any intellectual property, if its copyright is renewed in accordance with the procedures prescribed by the U.S. Copyright Office, will ever fall into the public domain.

    Even though everyone ever involved with that movie would now be dead, would their living descendants be entitled to royalties? I`m not just speaking of the leading stars but the entire cast?

    It depends on a number of factors, including the terms of the original contract under which the movie or TV show was produced, as well as whether the estates of the deceased performers have trademarked their images and likenesses, and then rigorously enforce that trademark — something that usually happens in the case of “A List” performers of the past such as Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and of course, Dean Martin, but is less likely to occur with lesser-known actors and actresses, and certainly not with extras.

    But broadly speaking, the answer to your question is: Yes — IF the heirs to the performers is question can be located.

    If that`s the case how do any shows or movies from the past come to dvd?

    Now you know one of the reasons that it can be so difficult.

    And if the descendants of past actors or actresses are entitled to royalties no matter how long ago the show or movie was made do the descendants have to apply for their share of royalties or do the companies automatically pay them if they can be located?

    If the descendants are aware of a release that’s impending or already in circulation, it is in their interest to contact the issuing studio to make certain that proper payments are made. Whether or not the home video companies will try to track down individual performers varies with each film or TV show released.

    Nobody back in those days would have ever imagined VCRs, Dvds or even Television. So there would be no mention of these in their contracts.

    Correct.

    How were contracts drawn up ?

    Usually, they only anticipated future broadcast airings — IF even that. But some agreements, even ones dating back many years (including, by the way, a few that I drew up as early as the late 1970s) DID contain clauses that made reference to “ancillary media” or some similarly-worded catch-all. The purpose of inserting a phrase such as that was to try to cover any future technology that might not yet have been invented at the time that the contract was written and signed.

    If NBC or whoever did release The Dean Martin Shows had to pay royalties to all the descendants of anyone whoever appeared on The Dean Martin Shows then that is a lot of money because over those 9 years there were so many people who worked with The Dean Martin Shows and guest stars who appeared on the shows, the chances of the shows ever being released would be zero.

    Actually, Kylie, that issue has already been dealt with to a large extent with the Guthy-Renker series. The far greater stumbling block to the re-release of not only The Dean Martin Show and Golddiggers series, but all variety series, is clearance of the music rights. That’s the area where exorbitant demands of music publishers and composers’ estates, which have to be addressed on a case-by-case basis, can prove lethally prohibitive to those who’d seek to reissue a television program in the variety genre.

    But can I ask what`s stopping the release of The Golddiggers in London ?

    A number of factors, including less perceived marketability than a series such as The Dean Martin Show, but more than any other factor, the key culprit is the same as the one that I mentioned in the paragraph above — expensive music rights.

    Incidentally, apropos of our running conversation on this page about the online posting of bootleg materials comes the following bit of news from Capitol Hill. Apparently, Congress is growing impatient with the pirates, and may be ready to start making them walk the gangplank:

    Anti-Piracy Bill Advances to Senate

  • 242. Kylie  |  November 25, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Hi Michael,
    Thanks for the compliment 🙂 but I think I would prefer to work with animals than pursue a legal career, lol
    And I am hoping so much I might again work with animals.
    I started out knowing very little about copyright and royalties, my main concern was the release of The Dean Martin Shows but my curiosity soon extended to other shows and movies made long before any of us were born.
    You have covered all my questions and I`m so grateful, for now I have a much better understanding of the legal side of copyrights and royalties and what`s involved in releasing either a movie or an entire series to dvd.
    A few variety shows have been released in limited releases and I have wondered why further episodes of these series have not been released.
    One series which was released on a 2 disc set was The Best of the Johnny Cash Show.
    I expected further episodes to be released but none have and it`s that way with many variety shows.
    Now I know the main reason The Dean Martin Show or The Golddiggers in Hollywood haven`t been released is
    the expensive music rights.
    And especially with The Dean Martin Show of 9 years this is a huge problem as there were so many songs and duets performed by Dean and his guests every week.
    I now wonder if the reason all musical numbers were edited from the release of The Colgate Comedy Hours is for the very same reason.
    Music rights.
    If the same was done with The Dean Martin Shows and all musical numbers were edited out, all we would be left with are a few boring comedy sketches which is not what any of us want.
    As you know the german episodes of The Dean Martin Show, Larry`s Showtime were edited down to 30 minutes.
    We definately want the complete uncut episodes of The Dean Martin Shows and I hope there is some way the powers that be, can deal with the multitude of music rights.
    I`m very pleased the issue of Royalties to performers has been dealt with by Guthy Renker.
    I have noticed The Guthy Renker Shows are now available again but there have been no more volumes released and I wonder if there will be.
    I know releasing the dvds will now be much more expensive for them so it might prove difficult to release further volumes.
    There are so many variety shows and I now see they all face the same problems as The Dean Martin Shows and there has to be some way around it.
    Speaking for myself, I`m only interested in The Dean Martin Shows or The Golddiggers in London but there were many other long running shows like The Perry Como Show and The Andy Williams Shows.
    In regards to the Anti Piracy Bill, it`s about time something was done.
    I have been the victim, not once but twice of these companys selling pirated copies of dvds.
    The first occasion was when I purchased the Charlie Chan collection and discovered the quality of the discs was so terrible, they were unwatchable.
    I threw them out.
    But being the big Dean Martin fan I am, I stumbled into the same situation a second time when I bought the Roasts which were unplayable from a company advertising them on the internet.
    I would have gladly bought them from Guthy Renker and that was what I wished all along but Guthy Renker will not ship the Dean Martin Roasts or The Variety Shows to Australia or outside of the U.S.A.
    Their mistake, because they are missing out on a huge market.
    I would love to see these companies which get away with selling pirated copies closed down.
    So that is certainly great news 🙂
    Thankyou for taking the time to explain everything to me and giving me a much better understanding of what`s involved with releasing shows or even movies to dvd.
    Great Big Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 243. Video Vision  |  December 1, 2010 at 11:22 am

    How appropriate it is that the lovely lady whom we’re honoring today was born on the first day of one of the merriest months of the year. A stalwart supporter of our efforts to reconnect alumnae of The Golddiggers and Dingaling Sisters with their fans and each other, going back to the earliest incarnation of what has become our Dean, Golds and Dings collective, she’s brought the same sense of joy, spirited involvement and lively enthusiasm to our growing community that she did to her role as a richly talented singer and dancer on The Dean Martin Show, and later, as both a successful businesswoman and dedicated wife and mother.

    So dear Taffy, for all that you have done for and meant to all of us, from your days with the Doodletown Pipers, to Dean and the Dings, to your present participation in our Dean, Golds and Dings congregation, as well as the kindness and consideration that you have shown to me, I want to wish you a very Happy Birthday, and Many, Many More.

    Michael

    To see a never-before-posted full-color photo of Taffy and her colleagues from the 1971-72 Dingaling Sisters, CLICK HERE.

  • 244. ARLENE  |  December 1, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Happy Birthday Taffy!
    Wishing you a wonderful day with many, many more to come!
    Your Dino Pallie,
    Arlene

  • 245. Michelle DellaFave  |  December 1, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Happy Birthday Taffy!!! I am so happy we have reconnected. Your friendship has brought such light to me and has confirmed in my heart that there are good people out there! I love all my special gifts you sent me and cherish them and pray you have many blessings always, dear friend… My memories of The Dingalings with Taffy,well… Taffy was the level headed one, tremendous discipline and a natural beauty, and a voice that was always clear and with perfect pitch. Dean loved her…she has a great sense of humor, and generous nature… Love to you Taffy..”sis,” Michelle

  • 246. Kylie  |  December 2, 2010 at 7:31 am

    A Very Happy Birthday Taffy 🙂
    I hope you have a wonderful day and by the way I love the picture 🙂
    Great Big Birthday Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 247. Barry DesLauriers  |  December 2, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Happy Birthday Taffy

  • 248. Janice Glazier  |  December 2, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Heartfelt thanks to everyone for the wonderful birthday wishes. It means a lot to me.
    Taffy ‘Dingaling”
    xoxo

  • 249. Susan  |  December 23, 2010 at 11:01 am

    I’d like to wish my Pallies and their families a SAFE and VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS. I hope that you all enjoy this blessed holiday season. Also, I wish you a very PROSPEROUS and HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011′. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!

    With Love,
    Your Pallie Susan

  • 250. Susan  |  December 23, 2010 at 11:04 am

    HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY Taffy 🙂
    I hope that you had a WONDERFUL Birthday. Many, many more are wished for you in good health and happiness.

    Love,
    Susan

  • 251. Michelle DellaFave  |  December 23, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Hello Everyone!… I do hope you and your loved ones have a very Merry Christmas and a healthy,prosperous, joyous New Year!!!
    Love, Michelle DellaFave “GoldandDing”

  • 252. Barry DesLauriers  |  December 23, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone. Listen to the Dean Martin Christmas CD and the Golddiggers Christmas Album

  • 253. Janice Glazier  |  December 24, 2010 at 2:24 am

    Merry Christmas everyone! Peace on earth…..

    Thanks Susan for the B-day wishes! You’re very sweet to think of me.

    Taffy “Dingaling” xo

  • 254. Video Vision  |  December 24, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Ahhhh, it’s a Marshmallow World in the winter,
    When the snow comes to cover the ground.
    It’s the time for play, it’s a whipped cream day,
    I wait for it the whole year round!

    Thus goeth the opening refrain of the jaunty little Yuletide musical confection originated in 1950 by der Bingle, but made truly famous in the ’60s and ’70s by the effervescent spirit (and that’s probably just how he’d describe himself) that hovers over and inspires this happy enterprise.

    Dean was ingenious at making work seem like play, and while even now, the atmosphere around these parts is manifestly festive and the carolers are as cheery as ever, it’s precisely because of all of the hard work that’s going into upgrading our efforts here and at our sister venues that the annual Golddiggers Super Site Christmas Special will not be seen this year, but will return next year at its regular time (which, as you can probably guess, means: late, as usual).

    However, dear ones, take heart…For yes, Virginia, there IS a Santa Claus, and he and his jolly elves are indeed busy in their workshop, readying all sorts of goodies and treats for arrival here and on the Super Site early next year — including a sleigh-ful of exclusives that you absolutely won’t find anywhere else.

    Meanwhile, thanks to everyone who took part in our first year here at Dean, Golds and Dings, as well as our 160+ fans on Facebook, in addition to the tens of thousands of people who’ve visited The Golddiggers Super Site over the last 12 months.

    Have yourselves a Merry BIG Christmas, and a Happy, Healthy New Year.

    And don’t forget the parting (no doubt eggnog-fueled) advice of our ebullient guiding spirit:

    It’s a yum-yummy world made for sweethearts,
    Take a walk with your favorite girl.
    It’s a sugary date, so what if spring is late,
    In winter it’s a Marshmallow World.

  • 255. Kylie  |  December 24, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Merry Christmas everyone and a Very Happy New Year
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 256. Barry  |  December 25, 2010 at 1:15 am

    Merry Christmas & looking forward to 2011

  • 257. George  |  December 25, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Merry Christmas Everyone !!!!

  • 258. Denny  |  December 25, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Merry Christmas to all of my friends here at Dean, Golds and Dings!

  • 259. Denny  |  December 25, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    It’s hard to believe that 15 years ago we found out that Dean had passed.

  • 260. Kimmy & Dover  |  December 27, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Hi
    Hope everyone had a Happy Christmas and has a wonderful 2011 – especially our fearless leader, Michael, who deserves it more than anyone!
    Thanks, Michael, for getting me to move the Dinopallies to Facebook – so far, it’s working out great.

    Kimmy and dover, the wonder dog

    ps Happy Birthday to those who had Christmas Birthdays and i missed them! : (

  • 261. Micki McGlone  |  December 27, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Hi Everyone,
    Happy Holidays, and have a Joyous Healthy and prosperous new year.
    Just returned from visiting my sister in Rhode Island and drove through a blizzard last night in order to get home.
    I woke up to a buried car this morning since it snowed all night long.
    Michelle, I hope that you are okay because I heard and see it was really bad where you are. Y I K E S !!!
    I hope you are settled in now, and enjoying the Magic of The Greatest City in the world.
    I am asking for prayers for my sissy Teddi tonight, since her MS is in the final stages.
    I spent Christmas with her,she is truly an angel and I feel so blessed to be her sister and best friend.
    Make sure to tell your loved ones how much you love them whenever you have the chance.
    Love to all of you,
    Micki xoxoxo

  • 262. Michelle DellaFave  |  December 29, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Hi Micki,
    You are one brave woman to drive in that storm. But when you are on a mission, the good Lord will help you get there! I know what you are going through, as I did see my sister, Tanya, suffer from complications from diabetes. It is very difficult and my prayers are for strength and peace to YOU as you go with her through her final season.

    I hope you are happy living in the country. May you have a healthy and Happy New Year Micki.

    I was very warm and cozy during the storm. I am very blessed. I just pray that all the members here who have weathered that storm are OK and can get around. The snow is beautiful, but can be very dangerous as well. Michael kept singing”It’s a Marshmallow World” to me, ah hah! and we watched an old Dean Martin tape of Dean’s first appearance on “The Hollywood Palace” I loved it!! He was singing in his cool calm style and very funny as well…
    I hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Years!
    Love always,
    Michelle GoldandDing

  • 263. Video Vision  |  January 4, 2011 at 6:16 am

    Whether coincidental or not, January happens to be a month when many members of our extended Dean, Golds and Dings family were born. Among those in our community celebrating this week is Sheryl Ullman of the 1969 Golddiggers, who, after joining our GoldsAndDings Group (back when it was hosted by Yahoo), was not only able to reconnect with a number of her former colleagues, but also made new friends with alumnae of The Dingaling Sisters and fans of both all-girl ensembles.

    Another of our New Year’s babies occupying a special place on the calendar this week is Denny, a longtime devotee of Dean, The Golds and The Dings, who, when he joined the Yahoo version of our group a few years ago, initially figured that he’d mainly sit back and observe, but who, because he found the atmosphere so conducive to warm, friendly, and lively conversation, instead quickly jumped in with both feet, becoming — and remaining to this day — one of our most vital and articulate regulars.

    So to both Denny and Sheryl, here’s wishing each of you a Happy, Healthy Birthday, as well as Many, Many More.

    And speaking of “many, many more”, as indicated at the outset of this greeting, there’ll be several more beginning-of-the-year birthdays of which we’ll be taking note in the days ahead here in the Pallies Lounge…and anyone who’d like to join in the festivities is more than welcome to do so.

  • 264. Denny  |  January 4, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Thank you, Michael! It really is hard to sit back and observe around here. Too many interesting, intelligent people around here for that! ‘Course, maybe that’s why we’re fans?

  • 265. Micki McGlone  |  January 6, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Thank you Michelle for your kind thoughts and words.
    Noone knows better than you about best friend sisters.
    I am so happy for you now,and that all of your dreams have come true, this will be your best year yet.

    Kylie, I miss our conversations and I apologize for not being around much,but you are still on my mind and in my heart. I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas.
    I have been worried about you and the weather in Australia.
    God bless you and all of the members here and wishing lots of joy and prosperity in the year to come.
    LOve you a great BIG bunch!!!!

  • 266. Kylie  |  January 8, 2011 at 1:34 am

    Dear Sheryl and Denny,
    I think I arrived just in time to wish you both a very Happy Birthday 🙂
    I hope your days were special
    Great Big Birthday Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 267. Kylie  |  January 8, 2011 at 1:44 am

    Dear Micki,
    I have been missing our conversations so much 😦
    I knew you must be busy settling in to your new home.
    That was terrible you woke up in a car buried in snow.
    How did you get out ?
    I would have been screaming
    I`ve just managed to get to the site, because I`ve been using too many megabytes my internet has slowed right down to the first February and it`s hard to get to any sites.
    I never realised Youtube used up so many megabytes.
    I`ve found a british singer from the past I really like called Kathy Kirby and I`ve been watching her videos.
    The interesting thing is her favourite singer is Dean Martin and I read she even recorded a couple of his songs.
    I`ve been watching the weather in and around New York on television and it`s terrible.
    They showed footage of Brooklyn and the cars were covered with snow.
    I was worried about my friends in New York but I heard it`s starting to clear.
    In some parts of Australia we`re having terrible floods but it`s hot and sunny where I am, so I`m safe.
    I hope you enjoy your new home 🙂
    Great Big Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 268. Kylie  |  January 8, 2011 at 1:51 am

    Another birthday coming up is the birthday of my dear friend Susan who I`ve known half my life.
    Dear Susan,
    I want to wish you a very Happy Birthday and I hope your day is special and hopefully you`ll go to some nice restaurant to celebrate your birthday 🙂
    Great Big Birthday Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 269. Video Vision  |  January 8, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Believe it or not, Kylie, even with the three January birthdays that you mentioned — the pair that took place earlier this week, plus the one coming up on Sunday — there are still two more occurring in-between!

    One of them is for Paul, who was a frequent and esteemed contributor to our erstwhile GoldsAndDings Yahoo Group, and whose birthday actually fell yesterday. While he hasn’t been with us as much as we’d like since we shifted to our new home here at Dean, Golds and Dings, he’s nonetheless dropped in from time to time, and perhaps he will on this occasion, as well as hopefully more often in the future.

    An old friend of ours actually born on this day, January 8th, is James Truthseeker, who, several years ago, landed in our orbit all the way from Canada, but whose interest in The Golddiggers and The Dingaling Sisters could be said to reach beyond the stars. James is someone else we’d like to see more of in the year ahead, and if the planets align just right, maybe we will.

    So, to James and Paul: A Happy, Healthy Birthday to both of you, and Many, Many More. And for those counting candles, we have, as Kylie pointed out, one more honoree to acknowledge in our New Year’s birthday bonanza, and accordingly, we’ll wrap it all up with one last toast tomorrow.

  • 270. James Truthseeker  |  January 8, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Hi Michael, thanks for remembering my Birthday and as it just so happens there are 2 planets in our solar system at this time which have come into alignment, which happens about every 14 years. This being the planets of Jupiter and Uranus which should actually complete its alignment with the sun sometime this upcoming week, January 11-15, 2011. However, from an Earth perspective the 2 planets have already aligned with one another in our night sky for a 3rd and final time from January 2-4, 2011. I also wish you and Michelle many more future moments together as I personally happen to know you’re both the perfect couple, perhaps for more reasons then you may ever know, since one does not always have to look to the stars in the night sky to find them, when they can also be found here too. 🙂

    Peace in wisdom to you, Michelle and everyone else here,

    James Truthseeker

  • 271. Michelle DellaFave  |  January 8, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Hello everyone!… First I would like to wish Paul a belated Happy Birthday… I hope you had a blessed day… I contacted Denny and Sheryl on Facebook but of course I am thrilled to know them here at DeanGoldsandDings, always enjoying and loving they’re contribution and posts here… and before at Yahoo.. James and I go way back… and I mean way back, so I know he knows what I feel and what I wish him… Happiness Always!! and yes James, I do agree, that Michael and I have a connection that is beyond this realm…
    Kylie, I hope you are feeling stronger and I always wish you good health and love
    Love to Micki… enjoying this snow?
    One of my favorite creatures, is the snow owl… I wish I would see one outside my window… they are so precious… with all the snow piled on the branches of the trees, just outside my window… it is very enchanting right now!!
    Stay warm and dry everyone… I have a feeling this is going to be a long winter. Love, Michelle

  • 272. Janice Glazier  |  January 8, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Happy Birthday to both Paul and Denny! Make 2011 the best year yet!
    Taffy

  • 273. Kimmy & Dover  |  January 8, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Belated and happy birthday wishes to all the January Babies!!
    kimmy & dover, the wonder dog

  • 274. Kylie  |  January 9, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Dear James and Paul
    Wishing you both a very Happy Birthday 🙂
    It really is a month of birthdays 🙂
    I hope you both had a wonderful day
    Great Big Birthday Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 275. Kylie  |  January 9, 2011 at 6:47 am

    Dear Michelle,
    Thankyou I`m feeling great 🙂
    Tomorrow I return to my job at the pet shop, I`m looking forward to it very much 🙂
    A couple months ago I was upset at having to leave my job but I have a wonderful boss who kept my job open.
    That means a lot to me
    I never heard of a snow owl, I imagine he would be whoing about being out in those freezing temperatures, lol
    My love to everyone
    Great Big Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 276. Kylie  |  January 9, 2011 at 6:52 am

    I just discovered another good friend has a birthday coming up.
    Dear Rejane,
    I wish you the Happiest of Birthdays
    Great Big Birthday Hugs from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 277. Video Vision  |  January 9, 2011 at 10:53 am

    If you knew Susie (or Susan, as she’s more commonly known) like I and those of us who know her pretty well, then you, too, would undoubtedly say, “Oh, Oh, what a gal!”

    A dedicated professional in the field of education who’s fiercely loyal to (as well as deeply appreciated by) her students, Susan was also the chief Moderator of the 200-plus-member Dinopallies group before it was folded into our present Dean, Golds and Dings collective. Happily, she remains a very active part of our ongoing efforts here, and continues to enjoy, as she has for years, a very special relationship as friend and mentor to our own beloved Kylie.

    On this Sunday, January 9, we bring down the curtain on our salute to offspring of the New Year’s baby boom by wishing our much-admired pallie Susan a very Happy, Healthy Birthday, and Many, Many More. Indeed, no one deserves it more.

  • 278. Paul  |  January 9, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Holy Cow
    you remembered! This old Capricorn (emphasis on “corn”) is genuinely touched. Thank you all.
    And Taffy, a very belated Happy Birthday.
    I will try not to be such a stranger in the future.
    Paul

  • 279. denny  |  January 9, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Holy Cow, Indeed! Anyone else notice that very little happens here for weeks until there is a huge burst of activity? I leave town for 1 night to visit a cousin and come back to find that the board exploded.

    SO – – – Paul, Happy Birthday! I miss you around here, buddy! Please stop by more often either here or on FB. James, Happy Birthday! When you visited more regularly you always seemed to be planning an adventure. If you aren’t in the middle of the Amazon, you need to touch base too! Susan, Happy Birthday! I always enjoy reading your posts!

    Taffy – I am so sorry! – I totally missed your birthday. In early December I was jumping around like a grasshopper on a hot griddle and missed Michael’s post. I hope you had a wonderful birthday!
    Thank you for the birthday wishes you sent to me.

    Kylie! Thank you for your birthday wishes. I’m happy to hear that you’ve got the pet store job back! I’m also happy to hear that you aren’t hung up in the flooding. It looks like half of Australia is under water!

    Sheryl, Michelle, Lindsay, Michael, and Barry, I responded to on FB, But thank you again for your friendship and birthday wishes.

    Ok, I have to go do homework. If any of you lucky northerners have any extra snow, I could use about 8 inches on a week day this week

    Denny

  • 280. Barry  |  January 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Denny, careful what you wish for, there is a storm coming Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. This weekend we went from a dusting watch to a dusting warning. Our friend said that’s what they say in her house when she is going to do some housecleaning

  • 281. denny  |  January 9, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    You’re right, Barry! Lets see. . . . Wed, Thur, Fri . . . don’t send more than 18 inches! – Any extra, save for Sunday night.

  • 282. Janice Glazier  |  January 9, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    I’m in California and the temp in my neighborhood has been 35 during the daytime and even colder and foggy at night. I don’t know if I could take the cold you guys are dealing with! BRRRRRRRRRRRRR!
    Can’t wait for Spring and longer days in my garden!
    Taffy

  • 283. denny  |  January 9, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    We’re used to it, Taffy. The cool weather comes in gradually and our metabolism adjusts to the change. We’re also dressed for it. As long as there isn’t too much wind, the cold seldom bothers me. – except for when I first get up in the AM. I’ve kept reasonably comfortable tent camping when the temps dropped to 19 degrees. Now I do know one person in our group who’s probably feeling it a bit. People who get used to the weather in Florida generally have to spend a season or 2 up here before they stop shivering! On the other hand, we haven’t heard any complaints. How ’bout it Michelle, shivering yet?

  • 284. Janice Glazier  |  January 9, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    That would be quite the adjustment!

  • 285. Janice Glazier  |  January 9, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Denny….Thank you so much for the belated B-day wishes! Susie,,,HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
    Taffy

  • 286. Michelle DellaFave  |  January 10, 2011 at 1:21 am

    Oh and Taffy, I did contact you on Facebook and now here, so… Happy Birthday again Taffy and Happy Birthday to anyone I might have forgotten and probably will forget in the future and to all those I just do not know when your birthday is and to all the anniversaries and special events one may have, I apologize profusely. Well, I am a Dingaling folks!! And in conclusion… Happy Birthday Susan, a bit late but I know you know we know that you know we all want you to know that we wish you great happiness!!

    Yes the cold does get to me in the city when that wind rips through the streets. I have special warm down coats and boots warm enough for -20˚ and layering is a must… love silk underwear…lol…stay in cashmere Taffy hahaha and Denny… how about a nice hot buttered RUM!!! Love, Michelle

  • 287. Janice Glazier  |  January 10, 2011 at 1:59 am

    I received a very nice B-day wish on FB from you Michelle! Thanks again to everyone!
    As for the cashmere, sounds nice but a hot toddy (as my Mom used to say) sounds better. 🙂

  • 288. Video Vision  |  January 10, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Reading Michelle‘s last post made me realize all of the red-letter dates that I had neglected to celebrate over the years. So, inasmuch as we’re playing catch-up here, I would be remiss not to take this opportunity to wish a very Happy (not to mention VERY belated) Birthday to my 4th Grade teacher, Mrs. Wolff; my gardener, Chauncey; John Malloy, the afternoon-shift doorman at the apartment building where I grew up; my beloved accountant, Larry Katz; and posthumously, to Presidents Roosevelt (Franklin AND Theodore); Marco Polo; Julius Caesar; and of course, Cantinflas, Lassie, My Friend Flicka, and Mister Ed. My apologies to anyone whom I might have inadvertently excluded.

    Tomorrow in this spot, I’ll publish the entire contents of the Manhattan White Pages — yet another thrilling experience to which we can all look forward with glee.

  • 289. Rejane Hinkle  |  January 10, 2011 at 3:01 am

    Thanks for the birthday wishes Kylie, just celebrated Elvis’ birthday yesterday! I’ve been so busy at work I rarely get on on the internet much. I’ll probably be going to training in February for 2 weeks as well so that will crimp my time as well.

    Hope everyone is doing well here.

    Rejane

  • 290. Video Vision  |  January 10, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Lest there be any misunderstanding, I just wanted to clarify that Michelle and I were only joking when we injected a tiny bit of sarcasm into our last couple of messages.

    The truth is that these birthday greetings, which are a carryover from our old GoldsAndDings and Dinopallies groups, represent a nice and convenient way for all of us to stay in touch and, as Denny pointed out, also serve as very effective conversation starters. So, as Dean used to say at the end of his show during the early years of his series: “Keep those cards and letters comin’ in, folks!”

  • 291. James Truthseeker  |  January 10, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Thanks for the birthday wishes Kylie and to others who have also wished me a good birthday too, to whom I may or may not have mentioned already. Actually I’m not very good at remembering birthdays, so I probably have at least 30 to 40 years of wishing people birthday wishes to catch up on to which I’ve previously forgot, lol, so should ever I not remember a person’s birthday, now you know why. Imagine if it were possible to go back in time and get younger again while doing so, then we could enjoy all them birthdays over again and get caught up on other people’s birthdays, to whom we may have missed. 🙂 Happy Birthday to anyone else who may have a birthday at around this time.

  • 292. Paul  |  January 10, 2011 at 9:48 am

    ” my gardner, Chauncey”?
    Now I remember some of the things I’ve missed about this site.
    -Obscure references to old movies, however, wasn’t one of them. 🙂
    On the other hand, hearing from my old friends is a good reason I need to start “Being there.”

  • 293. Susan  |  January 10, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Dear Michael, Kylie and all those who remembered my Birthday and sent their kind Birthday wishes. I had a WONDERFUL day 🙂 As always, thank you so much for your very eloquent words Michael. Unfortunately, as you know, I’ve had a lot going on in my life this past year and haven’t been able to be as active a member on the site as I’d have liked to have been, but hopefully, things will settle down for me this year. Kylie, it’s true that I’ve known you for half of your life and I consider myself very fortunate and blessed to have been a part of your life as you were growing up. It’s been so nice to see you mature into the fine young lady that you are 🙂

    With My Love Always,
    Susan XOXOXO

  • 294. denny  |  January 11, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Paul posted 2 times in one week! Yeay, I’m sure to get my snow now! Time to wax my sled runners! Send down that hot buttered rum, Michelle! Think it would make a good mix with scotch? Speaking of silk underwear, I know a Marine who used to wear pantyhose when he went hunting! He swore it was warmer than long johns and not so bulky. Then I found out that a lot of guys do that. I guess you have to be a lot more self confident than I am to wear them though. I just pictured being run over by a moose and waking up in the ER as the nurse was cutting off my nylons. Oh no!

  • 295. Kylie  |  January 11, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Hi Susan 🙂
    Thankyou 🙂
    I`m getting on a bit in years now, but I don`t know if I`d call myself mature, lol
    There`s still a bit of a kid in me.
    I still enjoy teasing Aunty Cathy and Levi, lol
    Aunty Cathy is always telling me to grow up, lol
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 296. Kylie  |  January 11, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Hi Rejane 🙂
    TCM had an Elvis marathon last weekend for his birthday and I caught his documentary/concert Elvis on Tour which I`d never seen before.
    It was great 🙂
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 297. Kylie  |  January 11, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Hi James 🙂
    I`m just like you, I can never remember peoples birthdays, lol
    Often I forget and I`m too late in wishing someone a Happy Birthday.
    I`ll remember now January is a big month for birthdays and I know June is another big month for birthdays because there`s Deans birthday and that reminds me I have a few friends whose birthdays are in June, only I can`t remember who they are, lol
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 298. Janice Glazier  |  January 11, 2011 at 1:20 am

    For Paul……

    There will be growth in the Spring…..LOL
    Taffy
    P.S. GREAT movie….especially the out takes!!

  • 299. Kylie  |  January 11, 2011 at 1:24 am

    Hi Denny,
    You are right, half of Australia is under water.
    I woke up to the news this morning that 9 people have been killed in the Queensland floods and there are many missing.
    We have a family friend living in Queensland so we`re hoping she is safe.
    It`s a terrible situation
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 300. Kylie  |  January 11, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Hi Taffy 🙂
    We must both be online at the same time.
    I hope you`ve been doing well and it isn`t too cold
    It`s dinnertime here, we`re having Chinese which I love 🙂
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 301. Janice Glazier  |  January 11, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Kylie…isn’t it past your bed time? hahaha!!!!
    I’m always on line late in the evening we should chat sometime. Wouldn’t that be great?
    Taffy xo

  • 302. Janice Glazier  |  January 11, 2011 at 2:29 am

    I feel so silly! I was looking at the time stamp on the message….oh well. It’s almost midnight here, so I am guessing you’re ahead by about 18 hrs? You can reach me on just before you have dinner! Have a nice evening Kylie. So glad to read your happy posts. You have been missed. 🙂
    Taffy xo

  • 303. Paul  |  January 11, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Denny,
    be careful what you wish for…you all may be tired of me in no time.
    Waiting for the third snowstorm in 3 weeks, this used to be fun when I was a kid (of course, back then I had Thurs. nites to look forward to).
    If someone doesn’t do something soon about Global Warming we are all gonna freeze to death.
    P

  • 304. Michelle DellaFave  |  January 11, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Global warming?? …hmmm… I think the earth has shifted on it’s axis!!! I will be on the computer for the anticipation of the next storm… yes Paul, snow is fun when you are very young… but to tell the truth, I would love to go sledding now in the snow… Denny got a good area to sled? yes Taffy, we all need the hot toddy’s, for body aches and to keep the blood warm, hahaha, and off we go…Tahoe or here on the East coast??… we have to get James and Kylie here somehow for the big sled event of Dean Martin Show Fans… oh I have heard about the pantyhose thing Denny from another Vet… well I guess I will wear mine for sure… but I just can’t see Michael in a pair…

  • 305. Video Vision  |  January 11, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Those of us here of a certain age may remember that it was no less of a man’s man than Broadway Joe Namath who used to talk openly about wearing pantyhose underneath his uniform to keep warm while playing for the Jets.

    For my part, though, I think I’ll stick to wearing the pants in the family and admiring Michelle in the pantyhose.

  • 306. Paul  |  January 11, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Didn’t Broadway Joe appear in a commercial wearing panty hose? I seem to remember seeing it.
    Please don’t tell me I only imagined it.

  • 307. Video Vision  |  January 12, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Welcome back, Paul; and yes, your memory is as sharp as ever. In fact, one need look no further than that reliquary of bootleg video clips, both vintage and contemporary — YouTube — to find a copy of the spot that you referenced.

    Personally, however, I must confess that the sight of Joe (or, for that matter, any representative of the male gender) clad in pantyhose leaves me cold. If I have to watch the one-time Jets quarterback grinning his way through an easy commercial payday, I’d infinitely prefer to view the sassy little gem accessible through the second link below, sporting a co-starring turn by a pre-Charlie’s Angels (but already electrifying) Farrah Fawcett:

    Joe Namath Pantyhose

    Joe and Farrah for Noxema Shave Cream

  • 308. Kylie  |  January 13, 2011 at 1:52 am

    Hi Taffy 🙂
    Yes, it`s just on dinnertime here again, lol
    That would be wonderful to have a chat 🙂
    Michelle, maybe I should head over there, as you know half of Australia is under water and we just had flood warnings today for Victoria.
    So next time I write I hope I`m not under water too, lol
    They say it`s the biggest catastrophe to hit Australia.
    It seemed far away earlier but now it`s getting too close to home.
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 309. Janice Glazier  |  January 13, 2011 at 2:09 am

    Wow….I will never complain about rain again! I hope you’re not in immediate danger and this is just a precaution, Kylie.
    Email me and we can set a chat time. That would really be fun!
    Be safe!
    Taffy xo

  • 310. Michelle DellaFave  |  January 13, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Kylie,
    I’m so happy you are better and back to your self again. We have had a lot of rain as well. Freezing rain down South, and here in the North, it has snowed a lot. The West too.
    ..Hi Taffy It is great that we both have connected with Ruth Buzzi… she really is a great gal…, Love, Michelle

  • 311. Janice Glazier  |  January 14, 2011 at 1:09 am

    I love Ruth Buzzi. I’d also love to connect with Phyllis Diller and my all time favorite Carol Channing. She was so incredibly sweet to me when she was on the show.
    .
    Taffy

  • 312. Kylie  |  January 14, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Hi Taffy and Michelle,
    We are getting some flooding but nothing like what they are having in Queensland.
    This morning when I went to work, water from the street had seeped into the shop and we had to do a lot of mopping up.
    I`ve been hearing so much about the tragedy in Queensland, I never thought for a moment Victoria would be affected too.
    I just hope it doesn`t get any worse.
    It`s so humid here 90% which is very uncomfortable.
    Going to work in the bus visibility was zero.
    Very strange weather for this time of the year.
    It`s usually dry and hot.
    All the water doesn`t bother Dino though, lol
    Hugs and Kisses
    From Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 313. Paul  |  January 15, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Kylie,
    Hope all is well. I’ve been reading about that terrible flooding. Heard somewhere that one place had crocs in the street.
    Let’s make a deal: We’ll trade you some cold, wet air for a bit of that hot,dry stuff you have.
    But wait, there’s more! If you act now we’ll throw in a foot of sparkling White, (unplowed) snow, yours free as a gift from your shivering friends at DG&D.
    -Seriously, stay safe and I hope your weather improves soon.
    P

  • 314. Kylie  |  January 17, 2011 at 3:07 am

    Hi Paul 🙂
    Sounds like a good deal 🙂
    The humidity is very uncomfortable, I was checking on the price of dehumidifiers but when I saw how expensive they are I went off the idea, lol
    We are still safe but a lot of towns have been evacuated and a couple of those towns are getting a little too close to home.
    But I hope the flooding will end soon.
    I didn`t read about the crocodiles but I wouldn`t be surprised at the top end of Australia.
    I did read one flooded town was full of snakes.
    I have a real fear of snakes, that would really freak me out.
    It`s like something out of a horror movie.
    We`ve lost our electricity a few times but apart from that we are in a safe area, I think.
    Hugs and Kisses
    From Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 315. Paul  |  January 17, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    “I did read one … town was full of snakes.”
    Kylie,
    we have a town like that here in the US. It’s about 300 miles south of New York.
    P

  • 316. Michelle DellaFave  |  January 19, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Kylie,
    I am thinking of you and pray that all of Australia sees relief soon… now I see that Brazil is having floods. I hope my pilates teacher is OK. She is vacationing there… and we here up North, are about to have more snow… hmmm… rain and more rain… I guess I am a Weather Channel addict now

  • 317. Kylie  |  January 21, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Hi Michelle,
    I heard about the terrible floods in Brazil.
    Things are still bad here, one of the many sad things is a few young children have drowned in the floods.
    I feel like I`m in the only safe part of Australia.
    Today was dry and hot but elsewhere people are still being evacuated.
    I heard Oprah Winfrey helped get donations from people in the U.S.A.
    I missed it as I was at work.
    They are now saying this is the greatest disaster in Australias history.
    I hope the recovery starts soon.
    A lot of people have lost their homes.
    We have a friend in Queensland we`ve lost contact with so we`re concerned about her and her two dogs.
    I hope your friend in Brazil is safe and well.
    Great Big Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 318. kimmy & dover  |  January 25, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Hi guys!
    A DEAN MARTIN MENTION!!!

    There’s a new sitcom on the TVLand channel – “Retired at 35” and they mentioned Dean – TWICE! George Segal plays a newly separated guy and his son gets him a date. He refuses to date her saying she’s too old and “if i date her, i’ll be hounded like i was Dean Martin!” and then when the woman finds out she has been ditched she says that as soon as a guy is available “he thinks he’s Dean-frickin’-Martin!”
    I was PSYCHED!!

    kimmmy
    and dover, the wonder dog

    ps kylie- how are you doing??
    pps remember like in the 1980’s Joe Namath (who was mentioned before) had some show (The Waverly Wonders?? Something like that) that Dean guested on…it lasted about 2 weeks i think…
    Talk about Obscure!!

  • 319. Paul  |  February 1, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Tales from the (snow) Front
    Hello fellow G&D’ers, hope everyone is coping well with the snow (Kylie excepted).
    I’ve lost count, is this the eight or ninth storm of the season in the Northeast? Even in Dallas, home of my beloved, yet forelorn Cowboys, 4 inches of snow closed the airport. Will Sunday’s Super Bowl there be another “Icebowl”?
    Mother Nature, I surrender.
    My fingers are cracked, my skin is like sandpaper and my disposition is gloomier than a certain President of Egypt.
    On the bright side the snow is over and none is forecast for Wednesday.
    Of course, 2 inches of ice is predicted overnight.
    Yeah, I surrender. 😦
    P

  • 320. Janice Glazier  |  February 2, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    On the bright side….the ground hog didn’t see his shadow today. Early Spring?
    Taffy

  • 321. Paul  |  February 2, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Early Spring can’t come early enough.
    Doesn’t the term Ground Hog Day” refer to the movie where the same day happens over & over again?
    Today I went out to my car and slid across the parking lot. Not the car, me.
    Taffy, if memory serves, I do believe you are out in California. Do you take pity on us poor East Coasters
    (which now includes Michelle) while sipping Margaritas at poolside?
    P

  • 322. Janice Glazier  |  February 2, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Hope you’re OK, Paul. Nothing worse than slipping om ice. It’s dangerous! No broken bones…. allowed.
    I have to say California is blessed in the Winter. We can have some cold mornings (30’s and low 40’s) but we complain when it’s in the 50’s during the day. No pool side activity here! I just popped down to LA and yes, people were sitting at the pool taking in the sun. Joggers in tank tops, barefoot babies walking through the soft new GREEN grass. It was like a beautiful day in May. Lots of boats….surfers…..and yes I spotted a Margarita and even a Pina Colada. or two. The news is on now and our weather lady is saying mid 70’s around the bay area until mid Feb. Sorry. March can be cold tho! I don’t know how you guys survive driving in that white stuff. You’re a tough bunch! It’s almost over!
    Taffy

  • 323. denny  |  February 2, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Ok you two, don’t go jinxing my snow days please. Ice is bad. Snow is GOOD!
    1.It helps preserve my sanity
    2. Shoveling out 4 cars, the sidewalks, and my heat pump every couple of days is slimming me down. I may be buff again soon if this keeps up.
    3. My son can’t snowboard without it
    4. My brother is making nice money clearing it
    5. Spring break is down to Holy Saturday and
    Easter
    6. It helps preserve my sanity
    7. It’s a marshmallow world in the winter

  • 324. Janice Glazier  |  February 3, 2011 at 2:21 am

    …..we barbecued this evening……sorry Paul.

    just kidding 🙂
    Taffy

  • 325. Michelle DellaFave  |  February 3, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Yes, it is winter here, Easterners, but I love the snow.. I do not drive in snow Taffy, I am such a coward. I have all-weather tires, but perhaps I need snow tires. I had to dig out my car twice. There was over a foot of snow, but I had such fun! I was full of gratitude for the joy of just being alive and healthy enough to be outside. The cold and snow does that to me. I used to love to ski and it brings back that feeling of being on the slopes for me. When I lived in the Panhandle of Florida, we had two seasons, and it would get cold, but never snow.
    I have to say my skin does get very dry here. Yes Paul, I understand that dilemma, lots of good hand cream!! Stay warm, Easterners, better days are coming!!!
    Blessings, Michelle

  • 326. Video Vision  |  February 3, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    If you saw the size of the bug that Michelle exterminated the other day, you’d know — as do I — that she’s no coward!

  • 327. Micki McGlone  |  February 3, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Mishelle, I’m sorry, I totally forgot to send you some of my products for your skin.
    I will make sure that you receive it by Monday.
    Much has been improved upon since I last sent you some in 2007.
    I love the snow too….I made a snowman twice this year and lots of Angels in the snow.
    The Police were driving by the last time I was making an Angel, they stopped to ask me if I was okay.
    I think they thought I was drunk or crazy or something Ha Ha Ha!!!
    Since I don’t drink,there was nothing to worry about.
    I was dressed up like an Eskimo and having a great time. My Cat was sitting in the front window watching me the entire time. You know how we love a good audience Tee Hee!!!
    Blessings,
    Micki

  • 328. Micki McGlone  |  February 3, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Michelle,
    I typed an “S” instead of a “C” in your name.
    I think that happened because I use to call you MISH, either that or I’m a lousy typist!!!
    Love you,
    Micki

  • 329. Janice Glazier  |  February 3, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I’ve seen her attack a BIG bug before….it flew through the window of a car we were riding in right into my hair!
    Michelle to the rescue!!!!! Calm and collected she “exterminated” it as well…..with her shoe….several times.
    T

  • 330. Paul  |  February 3, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Taffy,
    Some things never change. I used to watch the DMS and think, “Gosh, I wish I was there” and now I read your post and think the same thing.
    Well one thing has changed: “Don’t Touch a Dial!” has become “Don’t Touch that Thermostat!”
    – I bet Michelle understands.
    P

  • 331. Michelle DellaFave  |  February 3, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Hi Micki, no need to worry, I like being called Mish…my Aunt called me that when I was very young… I have also been called Mishie… and my sister Tanya called me, “M” One of these days we have to get together Micki, and I guess we are young at heart, and building a snow man sounds like fun!! How is your new home? Taffy, oh my we were on the road and traveling… Paul was driving and Tara and Lynne were in the car as well? hahaha… what a road trip that was.
    I just love your pictures of your garden… I would love to paint some shots… Photos by Taffy, paintings by Michelle… two Dingalings collaborate and we sell them on ebay… I wonder if anyone would like a box?
    Denny, I loved your list!!
    Yes Michael… after living in Florida, where bugs are as big as small rodents, I have grown to arm myself with a good crushing, slapping item… even a good shoe!! then I curse at them, then I pray that they have gone on to a higher life form… OM

  • 332. Janice Glazier  |  February 3, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Does anyone here know what a talented artist Michelle is? Wow…that’s some offer, Michelle. I will take the pics and you do the painting. Ebay here we come! 🙂

    I DO remember Michelle’s verbal mumblings while attacking that Texas sized cockroach (or whatever it was) that decided to fly into the back seat of our rental car via my hair.. It’s still very clear in my mind. Michelle yelling “Die! Die!…as she swatted the bug again and again.I remember that! hahaha !!!
    Never has there been such a determined assault. Michelle to the rescue! hahahaha!!!!!
    I found the schedule for that Texas tour by the way a few months back. We actually did 32 shows in 28days.
    Whew!

  • 333. Paul  |  February 6, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Just wanted to pass along a Happy Birthday to someone who appeared on the DMS at least once. Today Feb. 6 marks the 100th birthday of President Ronald Reagan.
    Reagan was the first person I ever voted for President and remains my proudest vote. A man who along with Dean Martin, always struck me as the epitome of how a middle aged man should look and act. I miss them both.
    Happy Birthday, Mr. President.

  • 334. Paul  |  February 7, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Ok.
    New topic;
    Best Super Bowl Commercials.
    My pick, hands down, the Volkswagen Darth Vader commercial.
    Thoughts?

  • 335. Michelle DellaFave  |  February 10, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Thank you Taffy for the compliment… it is freezing here too… just about ready for spring! Hi Paul! Good history tidbit there! hmmm, not that good about Super Bowl commercials but Dean Martin songs anyone?

  • 336. Rejane Hinkle  |  February 11, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Hurry, Hurry, between now and February 14th you can download a remix of Dean singing Hey Good Lookin’, kind of jumped up like a rap song almost but very good, I just can’t figure out how to send a link for it. Go to Google and type in Free Down Load Dean Martin Hey Good Lookin’

    Rejane

  • 337. Kylie  |  February 13, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Hi Rejane,
    I downloaded the remix too.
    Here`s the link http://www.kikaxemusic.com/news/pop-music/item/3021-free-download-dean-martin-hey-good-lookin-shake-it-remix-grab-it-now

  • 338. Video Vision  |  February 14, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    As much as Dean loathed rock ‘n roll, I have serious doubts as to whether he’d appreciate the hip-hop deconstruction (and, to my ears at least, just plain DEstruction) of his rendition of “Hey Good Lookin’” which Capitol Records (or Universal or whatever faceless conglomerate currently manages his back catalog) has apparently seen fit to inflict (excuse me — I mean, bestow) upon us.

    For a genuinely classic example of his balladry, as well as a decidedly more refined take on the occasion of the 14th of February, perhaps some here might enjoy having a look at a newly-assembled montage featuring stylish, never-before-seen contemporary photos of Michelle, set to a rare, romantic serenade by the man with whom she performed side-by-side for several seasons of his series. As felicitous pairings of sound and images go, Cupid himself couldn’t have fashioned a sweeter Valentine’s Day treat. See it exclusively on Michelle’s Facebook Fan Page by clicking HERE.

     

  • 339. denny  |  February 14, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Wow Michael, nice job! Thank you! ‘Course, when you combine Michelle’s looks with Dean’s voice you couldn’t go wrong. For St Patty’s Day, how ’bout Gladys Ormphby as your model, with vocals by Tiny Tim? The pain! The Pain!!!

  • 340. denny  |  February 14, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Well, I just downloaded the remix. The nicest thing I can say is that it certainly didn’t appeal to me. I will do my very best to erase it from my memory. If most of the 14 to 30 yr olds I know are any indication, I doubt they will be impressed either. – – too many notes.

  • 341. Video Vision  |  February 15, 2011 at 6:44 am

    Thanks for the kind words, Denny…and I have no doubt it won’t surprise you to know that I completely agree with your assessment of that outré DM remix.

    At the same time, though, I’m glad that Rejane brought it to our attention and equally grateful to Kylie for supplying us with a link to it, because I’m sure that, as steadfast fans of Dean, we all deem it important to keep abreast of how his professional legacy is being handled.

  • 342. Kylie  |  February 15, 2011 at 6:46 am

    I love the clip of Michelle and I Know a Dream when I See One 🙂
    I have to agree.
    I don`t care for the remix.
    I played it about 3 times trying to like it and that`s enough for me.
    I can`t believe they even released this.
    Though I have to say it`s nowhere near as bad as the Dean Martin/Julie London remix of Sway.
    That is torture to the ears and I know Dean would have hated it.
    Hugs n Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 343. Video Vision  |  February 15, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    If anyone had any difficulty viewing the aforementioned audiovidual montage featuring photos of Michelle and music by Dean Martin, it was due to a Facebook-related technical issue.

    Thankfully, that problem has been corrected, and the video is now viewable on Michelle’s Facebook Fan Page by any and all who’d like to see it. Just click HERE.

  • 344. Michelle DellaFave  |  February 15, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Well… that is an interesting Dean Martin version of “Hey Good Lookin”. My question is: Why?? Is it to make more money? Use an icon to capitalize on? See how creative someone can be in Garage Band? All I can say is… not my cup of tea… when you start out with a good thing, why change it? What next — Lady Ga Ga doing ‘The Man That Got Away”??

    Thank you dear Michael for my Valentine”s gift…It is so beautifully done… very creative, as usual for you! I am just not able to look at myself, always have been that way… but I do love that others like it. Thank you sweet Kylie, and dear Denny too, for appreciating the montage..
    Hope you all had a loving Valentines Day… Is spring just around the corner?
    Love and butterfly kisses! , Michelle

  • 345. denny  |  February 15, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Michelle, I don’t think we’ll be seeing much of the remixing. They aren’t likely to be making any money from it. That’s the good news. The bad news is if this is a typical corporation, in their arrogance, they are likely to assume that the problem is Dean, not their own stupid idea

  • 346. Kylie  |  February 16, 2011 at 7:06 am

    Hi Michelle 🙂
    I still have problems learning Facebook.
    I left you a comment on your gospel video but I don`t know if it showed up.
    Just to repeat briefly what I posted, you gave a truly great performance.
    I love gospel music and this was so beautiful and you were magnificent 🙂
    On to Dean Martin.
    I hope those Dean Martin remixes won`t become a trend.
    I agree with Denny, these are bound to fail and there is a chance many who are unfamiliar with Dean will put the blame on him.
    And this looks like being Dean Martins year with the upcoming releases of the CD book and The Dean Martin Collection.
    I want to add another great release which I just discovered, Lucy Gets Lucky.
    This is an official release so we can all throw away our old faded copies of this great special 🙂
    I`m going to order mine.
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 347. Kylie  |  February 17, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Happy Birthday 🙂
    To my dear friend Arlene,
    Dear Arlene, I hope you have a wonderful birthday and may your day be very special
    Great Big Birthday Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 348. kimmy & dover  |  February 20, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Hi
    First, happy birthday Arlene!!!
    Second – another Dean Martin sighting!! On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show last week they were talking about people writing in to their site to request music (for going in and coming out of commercials). Anyway, a guy i normally dont care for, Donny Duetch, said “DEAN MARTIN! Play Dean Martin!” and he brought it up several more times – and sure enough, the next time he was on, they played part of a Dino song!!
    kimmy and dover, the wonder dog

  • 349. Janice Glazier  |  February 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I have often wondered why Dean Martin isn’t available in one of those musical cards. I mean, I know there are licensing issues but it just seems like Dean singing Everybody Loves Somebody on a Valentine would be pretty cool. Same for Sinatra….I’d buy ’em!

    Taffy

  • 350. Kylie  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Hi Taffy 🙂
    I think it would be a couple years ago, Kimmy sent my dad a musical card and it was Frank Sinatra 🙂
    He still has it.
    I would love to have one of Dean Martin.
    I think Everybody Loves Somebody would be perfect for a Valentine card.
    And perhaps Any Man who Loves his Mother would be great for a Mothers Day card
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 351. Video Vision  |  February 22, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Taffy and Kylie, the sound of Dean singing “Everybody Loves Somebody” on a greeting card may not yet be available, but if you check out the audio clip that’s a part of the next post, you’ll at least be able to hear him croon that tune in a rare live performance from the mid-’60s. What it bears out yet again is that as many renditions of that theme as Dean did, each one is as moving and special as the original…

  • 352. Video Vision  |  February 22, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Well, Paul, I know it’s been a few weeks since you posted your birthday salute to Ronald Reagan, and as the Gipper himself might have said: There you go again! But as always, I’m glad that you did; I’m just sorry that I couldn’t have replied sooner. Unfortunately, immersed as I currently am in the midst of a massive renovation/relocation project, it’s been difficult of late to stay caught up with everyday concerns.

    Nevertheless, finding myself with a few spare moments, I thought I might at least be able to make a bit of a multimedia contribution to your tribute by uploading a few images of our 40th President in the company of the entertainer who’s first in the hearts of those of us frequenting these precincts. The photos can be found inside our site’s “Closet” by following the link that appears at the end of this message.

    Yes, Dean and Ronnie got along just swell, and the former even became a staunch supporter of the latter’s political career. But what many here might not realize is that ’twasn’t always so. Accompanying the artifacts now on display in The Closet is evidence confirming definitively, once and for all — and thereby settling a spirited debate that took place over the years in both our old GoldsAndDings and Dinopallies Groups — that Dean Martin was indeed a Democrat!

    Exhibit A is an excerpt from Life Magazine attesting to Dean’s political party affiliation. And thanks to an audio tape that our own diligent Dino detective, Kylie, was able to procure — a clip of which can be accessed via the link below — we even have an aural record of the fact that as late as the mid-1960s, Dean was still actively championing Democratic candidates.

    The tape in question contains a transcription of a 1966 fundraiser — hosted by Joey Bishop and featuring an all-star lineup of performers that included Ella Fitzgerald, Rowan and Martin, Frank Sinatra, AND Dean Martin — on behalf of the re-election campaign of the then-incumbent California Governor, Democrat Edmund G. “Pat” Brown (the father of Jerry Brown, who himself served two terms as Governor in the 1970s, and three decades later, was swept back into office this past November as the Golden State’s chief executive).

    And who was Pat Brown’s opponent in that 1966 gubernatorial race — the man whom both Frank and Dean campaigned against? Yes, that’s right — the Great Communicator himself, Ronald Wilson Reagan. Well, of course, Reagan handily beat Pat Brown in ’66, and when running for re-election in 1970, this time (as the picture from Life Magazine shows), he had fellow Hollywood celebs Dean and Frank solidly in his corner — where both remained when Reagan sought the Presidency in 1980.

    So there it is, in black and white and on magnetic tape: Dean was a Democrat — albeit in later years, as was true of Frank and millions of other registered Dems, a Reagan Democrat.

    Incidentally, for admirers of The Gipper, as well as all students of history, Reagan, a new documentary about the late President’s life that premiered recently at the Sundance Film Festival, is unspooling throughout the month of February and into early March on HBO, and I’ve provided below a link to Variety‘s review of the pic.

    Once all of the activities surrounding the refurbishment project, to which I referred earlier, is completed in a few weeks, we’ll be back up to speed with more timely and thorough postings here at Dean, Golds and Dings and on The Golddiggers Super Site. Hopefully, at that point, we will — to turn around a memorable line from one of the 1980 Presidential debates — be better off then than we are now. So hang on, pallies…because, to quote old RR one more time: You ain’t seen nothing yet!

    In the meantime, we’ll follow up today’s presentation with a little trivia challenge related to one of the shots just posted in The Closet, so keep your eyes peeled for it later this week.

    And now, without further adieu, here are those links:

    Dean Martin & Ronald Reagan

    Ronald Reagan documentary, reviewed in Variety

  • 353. Micki McGlone  |  February 22, 2011 at 11:34 am

    HI gang,
    I was watching the Dean Martin Variety Show infomercial at 3:am after falling asleep with the TV on.
    Dean and Frank were singing a duet. when it hit me like…… A Ton Of Bricks !!!
    Dean was one of the worlds greatest singers. his , tone was like noone else’s, his pitch was right on, but the thing I realized that blew my mind most was…….
    HIS RANGE!!!! He hit high notes that some female singers couldn’t even hit, and also, the clean and clear low notes of a baritone.
    Definitely underrated as a singer, probably due to his personna, charm and comic genius, that kind-of overshadowed his vocal virtuosity!!!
    When I think about Dean and how very HUMBLE and actually insecure he was about his singing, it makes me sad in a sense, but on the other hand,…. it also reminds me of what a SWEET, KIND, UNAFFECTED, GENUINE, and truly GIFTED man Dean was.
    Micki McGlone
    Golddigger 1970

    Micki McGlone Golddigger 1970

  • 354. Susan  |  February 22, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    A VERY HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY to Arlene 🙂 I hope that you enjoyed a WONDERFUL day and that your Birthday was nothing but PERFECT in every way. Many, many more Pallie in good health and happiness.

    Your Pallie,
    Susan 🙂

  • 355. Susan  |  February 22, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I was watching “Shatner’s Raw Nerve” last night and Regis Philbin guested on the show. It was nice the way he ALWAYS mentions what a BIG influence Dean had in his own career and how much he always admired Dean 🙂 They also mentioned how very sad it was that Dean was NEVER the same after Dino Jr’s death…..

  • 356. Paul  |  February 22, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Michael,
    thank you so much for posting the photos of Dean and Ronald Reagan. While I don’t recall seeing Reagan on the show at the time, I have seen clips.
    As for Dean being a democrat,
    A) obviously, he was a “Reagan Democrat”
    or
    B) No one is perfect
    either one works. 🙂
    P

  • 357. Janice Glazier  |  February 22, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    What is it with Ronald Reagan? I saw him in LA at NBC…no big surprise. But in the following years I ran into him 3 different times. Once, literally as I was racing up the street in SF. Papers, briefcases and handbags flew and we all laughed it off, picked everything up and went on our way. He was very nice about it.
    T

  • 358. ARLENE  |  February 23, 2011 at 3:49 am

    Thank you Susan for your kind wishes on my birthday! It was indeed a very special day and as always, Dino was much a part of it! :))))

  • 359. Video Vision  |  February 23, 2011 at 6:42 am

    Micki, your observations about Dean are both keen and thoughtfully expressed. Indeed, it often seemed as though he lacked full confidence in his singing ability, and yet, those qualities of modesty and subtlety about his craft were a potent part of his charm as a performer.

    Some have noted that if Dean had only taken his vocal talent a bit more seriously, he might have been regarded as the greatest popular singer of the Twentieth Century. Of course, there are those of us around here who’d already make that contention. 🙂

  • 360. Paul  |  February 23, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Taffy,
    I’m very impressed & jealous that you met Ronald Reagan. That would be almost the equivalent of me meeting a Ding.
    P

  • 361. Video Vision  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    The Golddiggers and The Dingaling Sisters boasted many great dancers over the years…and then there’s Liz Kelley, in a class by herself.

    There are only a few minutes left in this day, but just enough to wish Mz. Liz (as she’s known to the students at the dance school that she runs) a Happy, Healthy Birthday, and Many, Many More.

    Michael

  • 362. Janice Glazier  |  February 24, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Happy Birthday Liz!

    Taffy

  • 363. Michelle DellaFave  |  February 24, 2011 at 3:17 am

    Hello to Arlene and I hope you had a wonderful birthday, Pallie Dean Fan!! I also want to wish Liz Kelley a very happy birthday and a year of joy and love, I am sure her students adore her, the kids are lucky in Kansas City… I agree with Micki, Dean was a very modest man…which made him even more charming… love to Kylie and hi Paul… how sweet!!
    Now as we talk refurbishment, yes, the tale of renovations goes on and on… but the light is at the end of the tunnel, and hopefully peace and warm cozy comfort. Your entry about our past President Reagan, Michael, was informative and the pictures were a treat to see. Do you ever sleep? I enjoyed the audio of Dean, such a performer! As usual I thoroughly enjoy your work.
    Well I am going to sign off for today, and I pray for Peace, when the Eagle will fly with the Dove!!

  • 364. Kylie  |  February 24, 2011 at 7:33 am

    First I want to wish Liz a very Happy Birthday 🙂
    Micki, I agreed with everything you said about Dean and I think many of his fans including myself came to the same conclusion long ago.
    But you actually worked with Dean and have a better understanding of Deans many talents and the nice person Dean was than we the fans do.
    You mentioned Deans great vocal range and recently I`ve been watching a couple of the Guthy Renker Best of dvds.
    Dean was doing one of those little medleys he does on the piano where he fools around with the lyrics and he started singing Be My Love.
    A Mario Lanza song, I know because a few days before my dad was playing that very song.
    Dean sounded so great, I would have liked to have seen him record this.
    It`s a song I never thought of as being suitable for Dean but his voice was so strong and yet so tender as he sang this.
    He could have done the song his way and made it his own.
    Mario`s voice is a little too high for me, lol
    Then later Dean sang alongside truly great singers like Peggy Lee and Kate Smith.
    I think they would have been proud to sing with him.
    Before I get off that subject, watching some of those shows I notice whenever Dean gets together with George Gobell, there are a lot of bleep words, lol
    A lot of them !
    Michael, I had almost forgotten about that audio cd of the Fundraiser for Pat Brown.
    It`s been so long since I last played it.
    I`ll have to get it out and listen to it again.
    Susan, I hope Shatners Raw Nerve gets shown here in Australia, I`ve always been a big fan of Regis Philbin who I got to know thanks to Kimmy as his show isn`t shown here.
    Lastly I know Kimmy will soon be going into hospital for surgery.
    Kimmy I hope everything goes well and you`ll soon be back on your feet.
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 365. Video Vision  |  February 26, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Longtime followers of The Golddiggers know Janice Whitby as a bright and beautiful member of that troupe whose initial appearances on our television screens came during the 1970-71 season of The Dean Martin Show and on Bob Hope’s USO Christmas Tour and Special; and the following year, on the group’s own syndicated Chevy series. But it was a featured role playing Katy The Fembot in a 1976 trilogy of episodes spanning both The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman programs that gained Jan legendary cult status with science fiction fans.

    Last year, she was interviewed about the part for the DVD editions of the two 1970s series, and excerpts of her thoughts and recollections can now be seen on both the complete series release of The Six Million Dollar Man from Time-Life Video and Season 1 of The Bionic Woman from Universal Studios. Additional segments will be included in the latter series’ second season set, due out in May, and there’ll more details about that in the updated profile of Janice that will be part of the new and improved Dean’s List section of The Golddiggers Super Site — long promised, but finally scheduled to arrive this Spring, following completion of that marathon renovation/refurbishment referenced previously on this message board.

    Underscoring how important the input of fans can be in shaping the content of TV-on-DVD product, it should be noted that undoubtedly a major spur to Jan’s being contacted and interviewed for the aforementioned “Making Of” extras on the Six Million Dollar Man/Bionic Woman reissues came from the creation of a smartly-designed, thoroughly-researched fansite dedicated to Jan and created by sci-fi enthusiast Mark Fornale. Upon discovering Mark’s work for herself, Jan was so impressed with what she saw that she joined forces with Mark to make it her own official website.

    Mark has also been a good friend of Dean, Golds and Dings, as well as the Super Site, and since it just so happens that today is his birthday, here’s wishing you, Mark, a very Happy, Healthy Birthday, and Many, Many More.

    Michael

  • 366. Janice Glazier  |  February 26, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Happy Birthday Mark!
    Taffy 🙂

  • 367. Mark  |  February 27, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Thanks Michael and everyone else for the good birthday wishes.

    This past weekend for me was much more than a birthday celebration for me but also a new outlook on life.

    Two weeks ago after being rushed to the hospital for observation due to internal bleeding, my primary physician informed me that I had all the symptoms of stomach cancer and further testing was needed. It was a long frightening emotionally draining week until I received the good news that it wasn’t cancer the following Friday.

    My recent Birthday was a celebration of life more than ever and I will always value everything I have in life especially friends and family.

    Although I don’t get the chance to participate much on this forum, I am still proud to be a friend of “Dean, Golds and Dings”, as well as the “Super Site” and I ABSOLUTELY can’t wait for the unveiling of the new and improved updated Dean’s List @ the Supersite. I remember Michael telling me late in 2007 about the plans to revamp the list and finally it’s on the horizon.

    Thanks again everyone.

    Mark

  • 368. Video Vision  |  February 28, 2011 at 6:53 am

    As Kylie mentioned in her most recent post, our good friend and Dinopallies doyenne Kimmy is scheduled to undergo surgery, and today is the day. She wanted everyone here to know that thankfully, it isn’t anything life-threatening, but it does involve the knee — which, from everything that I’ve ever heard about such operations, is no picnic and entails a fairly lengthy recovery time and rehabilitation.

    So here’s wishing her a speedy recuperation and a swift return to home, mobility, her beloved Dover, and of course, all of her pallies here at Dean, Golds and Dings.

  • 369. Mark  |  February 28, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    My best wishes to Kimmy for a speedy and uneventful recovery.

    Mark

  • 370. Janice Glazier  |  February 28, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Gee whiz Kimmy, knee surgery! Yuck. I hope things went well today and that you can get all this “knee” business behind you! Recovery can take awhile, so we will try to keep you entertained here at Dean, Golds and Dings, that’s for sure. In the meantime, rest and know there are a lot of people out here concerned about you. Hugs to you and a pat for Dover. 😉
    Taffy

  • 371. Dennis B  |  February 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Kimmy,

    Best wishes for a successful procedure and very speedy recovery!

    Dennis B

  • 372. Michelle DellaFave  |  February 28, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Hi Kimmy!
    I had knee surgery and I know it is a hard place to heal quickly, but if you take it slow and do what the doctor orders, you will be good as new in no time!! Then you and Dover can go on a long stroll together on a beautiful spring day!! I sure am ready to see a robin and some warm weather, how about everyone else?! Love to you Kimmy, Michelle

  • 373. Janice Glazier  |  March 1, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Well…let’s see….weather. I know you think all of us out in California are laying in the sun, but it snowed in San Francisco a few nights ago…..didn’t stick but it actually snowed. We’re inland and it’s much colder. I have seen a robin or two but they we’re wearing ear muffs…
    Taffy

  • 374. Paul  |  March 1, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Taffy,
    Really sorry to hear about the snow in San Fran. Golly,
    how did you all get through it? There is nothing worse than seeing a snowflake land in your margarita.
    Rest assured us east-coasters remain in solidarity with our “sister.” Be strong, Spring is right around the corner.
    🙂
    Paul

  • 375. Janice Glazier  |  March 2, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Paul….I will try………but it’s tough, you know?

    BTW…pouring today. AGAIN!

    Taffy

  • 376. Paul  |  March 2, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Taffy,
    after a balmy 40 degree day, Thursday is dropping into the 20’s.The weather here is as crazy as Charlie what’s his name.
    P

  • 377. Janice Glazier  |  March 2, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Paul…it’s only been upper 40’s here! 🙂

    Charlie who…? Trying to ignore him! Almost impossible tho, he’s EVERYWHERE !
    Taffy

  • 378. Paul  |  March 15, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    What, no posts here in 2 weeks? You know what that means…
    With the world going to heck in a handbag, let me vent about something really annoying me:
    Back in ’99 there was a movie about a talking bird called “Paulie,” I hate that name, reminds me of the slob in “Rockie.” I had to endure stupid Paulie comments for 2 months. What could be worse than being called “Paulie” for weeks on end?
    Two weeks ago I’m sitting on my couch watching TV
    and there is a movie trailer about a small, ugly, nasty green alien. And what is the title of the movie?
    “PAUL”!!
    -My self indulgence knows no bounds.

  • 379. Video Vision  |  March 20, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Paul, while our Pallies Lounge may experience periods of quiescence here and there, rest assured that the activity level will soon be bustling once again, as major renovations of both Dean, Golds and Dings and The Golddiggers Super Site continue to take place behind the scenes. And even as they do, both venues remain popular destinations, attracting not only over a hundred fans of Dean and the ladies every day, but also drawing the attention of many of the performers themselves, as well as some of the creative personnel who worked with them.

    In the latter category is Ron Kramer, who produced The Golddiggers’ first two record albums, and who recently contacted the Super Site. For those who’d like to see what he had to say, here’s a link to his comments, followed by our reply:

    Ron Kramer Writes To The Golddiggers Super Site

  • 380. Video Vision  |  March 22, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    One-time Rat Pack Nest Packs It In: Click HERE for details.

  • 381. Susan  |  March 24, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Hi Pallies,
    I just wanted to let everyone know that I phoned Kimmy this afternoon and she has been home from rehab for about a week now after having knee replacement surgery. She is in a great deal of pain and is, of course, taking painkillers. The doctor said that it will be about 2 months before she’ll be walking around again. She hopes to be back online next week so I am sure that she’ll be in touch at that time. Let’s keep her in our prayers for a speedy recovery. GET WELL SOON KIMMY 🙂

  • 382. Janice Glazier  |  March 24, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Oh Kimmy
    I am so sorry you have to endure this pain. Hopefully the worst is behind you now. Nothing like being HOME to make you feel better! Right? Can’t wait until you are back to your old self. Get better!!!!!
    Taffy

  • 383. Video Vision  |  March 25, 2011 at 7:14 am

    Thank you, Susan, for the update on Kimmy, and I know that she’ll appreciate the good wishes that you, Taffy, Michelle, Dennis B, Kylie, Mark and others have offered her.

    Actually, I can report that Kimmy has, in fact, been online on a few occasions since returning home from the hospital — albeit for only brief periods of time — but, as one can well understand, she’s been limiting her computer activity mainly to sending short (though upbeat) messages via email and Facebook.

    Yet I’m sure we all realize that she has a way to go before returning to any kind of normal routine, so in the interim — and in her honor — I thought I’d pick up where she left off here not long ago, by calling attention to a further example of something near and dear to her heart — to wit, still another Dean Martin reference on a contemporary television program…this one airing just a couple of nights ago on The Late Show with David Letterman:

    Dean’s Unexpected Offspring

  • 384. Video Vision  |  March 25, 2011 at 10:30 am

    A PALLIES LOUNGE MINI-QUIZ

    Back in February, to mark the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan‘s birth, we explored some of the ways in which our 40th President and our number one favorite entertainer, Dean Martin, had crossed paths after The Gipper switched careers from show business to politics (although some would be hard-pressed to detect much difference between the two fields).

    In posting our little words-and-picture feature, I noted that we’d follow it up down the road with a bonus trivia question, just for fun — and for anyone who’d like to try to answer it, here’s all that you have to do:

    Follow the link at the end of this message and take a look at the first picture under the heading “Dean and Dutch”. Then see if you can recognize the gentleman in the hardhat on the far right. Surely those who worked on Dean’s series will…and perhaps some fans of the show will, as well. He may have been an extra in this scene, but his role in making the program great was nothing less than extraordinary.

    If you’d like to take a shot at identifying him, place your answer in the Comment Box below. To give a fair chance to everyone who wants to participate, we’ll hold all of the replies until just before midnight tonight (E.D.T.), and then post them all at once.

    Oh, and when you leave your response, you might want to extend a greeting to this fellow, too — because today just happens to be his birthday!

    CLICK HERE FOR THE PICTURE

  • 385. Dennis B  |  March 25, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Lee Hale.

    Lee’s book about his years working with Dean is must reading for any DM fan.

    Happy birthday to a great gentleman!

  • 386. Michelle DellaFave  |  March 25, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Yes, today is Lee Hale’s birthday… and I am so fortunate to have worked with him for many years at the beginning of my career. He was always sweet, calm, and understanding. Perfect for a newcomer. He is so talented and I sure do miss singing his wonderful music. If Lee sees this… Lee, when is your book of songs coming out? You should have all the original songs you wrote in print and ready to share for us singers to enjoy performing!!! hint,hint!!!
    Happy Birthday Lee!!! Love the picture, Michael… Was that a show that the Dingalings performed on? It looks familiar.

    I hope Kimmy is doing better, nothing worse than knee surgery. Hi Kimmy and I hope you are taking it slow and yes, chocolates do help!!! Maybe some of Janice Whitby’s chocolate fudge!! I have got to try it too!! LOVE Chocolate!

    Ron Kramer, my gosh, I hope he re-releases the Golddiggers albums on CDs and puts the songs out for digital distribution!! Boy that brings back good memories. My sister Tanya did a solo with Ernest Borgnine on the Golddiggers Today album. I will visit The Golddiggers Super Site!!

    Love to all, I am almost moved into the city!!! Can not wait to get that done!!!

  • 387. Barry  |  March 26, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Lee Hale?

  • 388. kimmy & dover  |  March 27, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Thanks to all for the postings of good wishes – especially to Kylie, Susan, and of course Michael for the good wishes and i even got some flowers which was very sweet.
    I’m back on line – limited by how long i can sit with my leg down – there’s too much clutter to prop it up somewhere. Such is the story of my life.
    Michael – kudos for catching the Dino refererence – i did see it (being a Letterman/Craig buff i try to make it thru them, but the painkillers make staying up that late hard!) – i was psyched to hear Dino’s name! Good job catching it!
    Thanks again to all of you for your good wishes!!
    mush,
    kimmy and dover, the wonder nurse doggie

  • 389. kimmy & dover  |  March 27, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Michelle –
    What is this about chocolate fudge helping with knee replacement surgery?? I loooove chocolate fudge and havent had any…perhaps that’s what’s holding up my rehab (that and a respiratory infection i got IN the hosptial, of all places!)…Whitby Fudge is it?? How do i get a hold of that??!!
    Thanks!
    kimmy
    and dover, who would love to try chocolate, alas, she cannot…

  • 390. Video Vision  |  March 27, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    About our mystery man in the hardhat: There’s no doubt that he’s been responsible for some highly inspired and artistic construction over the years — but it’s been of the musical, rather than the architectural, variety.

    Yes, Dennis, Barry and Michelle, you are all right on the money: The gentleman standing next to then-Governor Reagan in the shot that leads off our centennial birthday salute to the Gipper is indeed the great Lee Hale.

    And Michelle, while there was never any doubt that you’d recognize him, having worked with Lee week in and week out for over four years, you are also correct that the still that we referenced comes from the 7th season of The Dean Martin Show (1971-72), when you and your sister Dings were in full swing and performing regularly on the program.

    In wrapping up this little birthday party, here’s hoping that Lee had a Happy and Healthy Birthday, and enjoys Many, Many More yet to come.

  • 391. Mark  |  March 28, 2011 at 1:52 am

    Hello everyone. 🙂

    Kimmy, I again want to wish you a speedy and successful recovery as each day passes.

    As for Jan’s award winning chocolate that she named “Fembot Fudge, you can find it on this page

    http://www.janicewhitby.com/id10.html

    At her website. You can also contact her there as well.

  • 392. Kylie  |  March 28, 2011 at 2:17 am

    Hi Kimmy 🙂
    Being back at the computer so soon after your knee replacement, even though I can imagine how uncomfortable it is for you,
    is a great sign you are making excellent progress with your rehab.
    We`ve been thinking about you from the day you went into hospital which was a month ago.
    You are making fantastic progress and I know we are all so happy to see you back.
    All this time I had been thinking of Dover too and how much she would miss you.
    I know you mean the world to each other and coming home to be greeted by Dover would have been a very special moment for both of you.
    Keep up the rehab and get better soon.
    The card you sent dad is very special to him, he said he will always treasure it as a memory of one of his dearest friends 🙂
    Take good care of yourself
    Great Big Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 393. Susan  |  March 28, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    I’d like to wish Kylie a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY and many, many more. Kylie, I hope that you have the most special Birthday ever.

    Lots of Love and Birthday((((((HUGS)))))),
    Susan XXXOOOXXXOOO

  • 394. Video Vision  |  March 30, 2011 at 1:08 am

    At the time that many members of the original Dinopallies and GoldsAndDings Groups first became acquainted with a young girl from Down Under by the name of Kylie, she hadn’t even quite entered her teen years. And yet this spunky and precocious adolescent had already become an authority on (not to mention a huge fan of) a show business legend whose performing career had just about drawn to a close before she was even born.

    It was Kylie’s beloved father, Kearon, himself a lifelong admirer of Dean Martin, who introduced his daughter to the many and varied facets of Dean’s talents; but Kylie didn’t need any coaxing to become a devotee on her own.

    The fact is, though, that it was more than just her enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, Dean Martin that impressed and charmed all of us “older folk”; it was also her courteous manners, sophisticated sense of humor, love for her Dad and Aunt Cathy, affection for animals, gifted writing, and zest for life, that won us over — all qualities that for most of us made her, as our own Taffy used to call her, “the girl with a smile in her voice.”

    Perhaps it’s because so many of us have known her since she was a child that we occasionally forget that she no longer is one. But in point of fact, today, Kylie turns 21…and while she may be all grown up now, I suspect that if Dean had watched her come of age as the rest of us have, he, like we, would regard her as the mature, intelligent, hard-working, responsible, and personable young woman that she is… yet still think of her as our little who-zis.

    Wait a minute…Our little what-zis?!!!

    Yes, that’s right, our little WHO-ZIS!!!

    You see…Well…I tell you what — I’m sure that Dean can explain it better than I can, so I’ll let him do the talking…in words and music:

    CLICK HERE TO HEAR DEAN’S BIRTHDAY SONG FOR KYLIE

    I’ll simply put a final flourish on the sentiment by wishing you, Dear Kylie, a Very Happy Birthday, and Many, Many More.

    Love,

    Michael

  • 395. Michelle DellaFave  |  March 30, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Happy, Happy, Birthday dear Kylie!!!
    I hope you are enjoying the company of good friends and family and loving pets today and may that continue all year through!!! I know you enjoyed the Dean Martin song!!! I wish you good health and much JOY!
    Love and hugs, Michelle

  • 396. Janice Glazier  |  March 30, 2011 at 1:21 am

    I guess I should say the “young lady with a smile in her voice” ? Naw…..just kidding!

    Happy Happy Birthday to you Kylie! Celebrate in style!

    Taffy xoxo

  • 397. Kylie  |  March 30, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Hi Everyone,
    I want to thank Susan, Michelle, Taffy, Michael and everyone for your wonderful birthday greetings 🙂
    I had a nice quiet celebration at home with my family.
    The day has almost ended and I`ll soon be tucked up in bed but I want to thank Michael for the wonderful song which by the way is one I used to sing along to back when I was a little girl going to kindergarten, lol
    I remember it was on an LP album called Dean of Music.
    I remember wearing that album out but my dad managed to get another copy 🙂
    And thankyou Michael for the wonderful words 🙂
    I can only say my love for Dean has only grown stronger over the years, if that`s possible.
    And I didn`t have to make a birthday wish this year because what I would be wishing for are more Dean Martin releases and there have already been announcements of some great releases for this year.
    I only have one little extra wish and that is the Time Life releases will include The Golddiggers.
    Something the Guthy Renker releases failed to do.
    Great Big Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 398. Barry DesLauriers  |  March 30, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Happy Birthday Kylie, now that you are 21 you can have a drink legally, so if you are ever in the US Boston area I owe you a drink.

  • 399. denny  |  March 30, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    And if you’re ever in Boston, I’ll drive up and get the both of you a drink! Happy Birthday Kylie!

  • 400. Kylie  |  April 1, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Hi Barry and Denny 🙂
    I would love that so much 🙂
    I`m not really a drinker but watching movies over the years, I`ve always wanted to try a Shirley Temple, lol
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 401. Video Vision  |  April 3, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    BREAKING NEWS: The First In-Depth, Advance Look At NBC-Time-Life’s brand new Dean Martin Show DVD Collection is now available…ONLY at The Golddiggers Super Site: CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE DETAILS

  • 402. Video Vision  |  April 9, 2011 at 9:26 am

    She sang with a rock band before joining The Golddiggers, but during the summer of 1970, both American and British audiences became familiar with her powerful voice as one that could tackle any genre of music — from pop standards like “Fever”, to Depression-era ditties like Irving Berlin‘s “Let’s Have Another Cup Of Coffee”, to…yes, rock anthems such as “Aquarius” from the then-cutting-edge Broadway tuner Hair.

    Since appearing on The Golddiggers In London and the sixth season of The Dean Martin Show, she’s not only continued to practice her craft as a singer, but has also become a highly successful businesswoman, running everything from her own skin care company to a talent agency for promising young stars of tomorrow.

    As for today — well, today is her birthday, and so I want to wish a good friend and loyal supporter of both Dean, Golds and Dings and The Golddiggers Super SiteMicki McGlone — a very Happy, Healthy Birthday, and Many, Many More.

    Michael

  • 403. Michelle DellaFave  |  April 9, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Happy Birthday Micki !! I hope your moving was easy and that you are all settled and happy!! May you have a peaceful and joyous birthday! Keep in touch. Yes, Michael, she was a Golddigger that was not only beautiful, but had “the sound” that made us the Golddiggers of 1970…we changed into costumes that had Gold coins that showed our midriff, and we boogalooed and shook our hair all over… ah what fun!! I am glad we shared those times in London together Micki!!
    Peace and love, from the flowerchild Golddigger, Michelle

  • 404. Janice Glazier  |  April 9, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!!

    Taffy =)

  • 405. Micki McGlone  |  April 13, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Thanks For the wonderful birthday wishes Michael Mish and Taffy.
    I have been offline for 5 weeks, so please don’t think that I have been ignoring you all.
    Just got hooked up about 15 minutes ago in my new home in California and want you to know that yours is the first email I picked up Michael.
    I had over 1000 emails YIKES!!!
    Thank you for such kind, fantastic words in regard to my singing, you made me cry!!! and Mish… I really started blubbering when I read your comment, you are such a great friend and your words will linger in my mind until FOREVER.
    I want to wish my darling Kylie a belated Happy Birthday
    I have been totally out of communications with everyone even my own family for almost 5 weeks.
    I see that Liz, Kylie and myself are all ARIES THE RAM!!!
    I am thrilled to share My Astrological sign with each of you.
    Kimmy, I am happy to hear that you are feeling better.
    I wish we could all have a Dino Pallies Party some day and have A GREAT BIG GROUP HUG !!!!
    I love you all,
    Blessings and Soft Landings,
    Micki xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  • 406. Kylie  |  April 14, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Dear Micki 🙂
    I hope I`m not too late in wishing you the happiest of birthdays.
    And thankyou for your kind birthday wishes, which will explain just why I am late in writing.
    For my birthday I was given an early vacation and went to stay by myself in a very beautiful town on the coast called Hastings.
    For almost 2 weeks I`ve had the most wonderful time ever and a great suntan to prove it, lol
    I was going to stay till sunday and come home but our beautiful weather at Hastings came to an end with a huge downpour so I thought time to go home.
    So I arrived home today.
    I checked my e-mails and there are too many to get to today.
    Then I checked the group and noticed it was your birthday 🙂
    I miss your e-mails but I can see you have been very busy.
    I have a couple days vacation left and then back to work if I can call it work, lol
    Micki, a very Happy Birthday 🙂
    Great Big Birthday Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 407. Micki McGlone  |  April 14, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Hi Kylie, Thanks so much for your speedy response to my post.
    Did you take Dino with you on your vacation?
    I hope your Auntie and Dad are well and happy, please give them my best and a BIG HUG!!!
    Love you all,
    Micki xoxoxo

  • 408. Kylie  |  April 14, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Hi Micki 🙂
    I wish I had taken Dino with me.
    There were a lot of dog owners walking their dogs along the foreshore and in the shopping centre.
    I have to mention a funny incident.
    Dino is a small Maltese/Shihtsu.
    I met a lady at Hastings with her son and they had a Bull Mastiff, nearly the size of a horse.
    The dog stood up and puts his paws on my shoulders and gave me a yukky big slurp on the face, lol
    Standing up the dog was twice my size but very friendly 🙂
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 409. Kylie  |  April 14, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Hi Michael 🙂
    I`m very dissappointed with Amazon as they won`t ship to Australia, there have been so many items on Amazon I wanted to buy.
    I have my hopes set that perhaps online Movie Mars might get the Dean Martin sets as they definately ship to Australia.
    I know there are going to be a lot of people around the world who will be wanting these sets so much.
    I`ll get mine if I have to swim to North America and back, lol
    You kept your faith these shows would someday be released, I had given up hope, I`m so pleased you were correct 🙂
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 410. Micki McGlone  |  April 14, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Kylie, It’s funny how dogs know who is or isn’t “A Dog Person”
    The BIG GUY must have known that you were a “Dog Lover” and wanted to give you A GIANT HUG !!!
    It’s a wonder he didn’t knock you over and start wrestling with you, this actually happened to me many times with Boo Boo (my Saint Bernard) and there was nothing I could say or do to make him stop. Just a BIG Playful goofball ! I have never laughed so hard as when we were rolling around the floor together with him drooling all over me. It was AN AWFUL lot of fun ha ha !
    Big Hugs on ya,
    Micki xoxoxo

  • 411. Video Vision  |  April 14, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Hi Kylie.

    Are you sure that Amazon won’t accept orders from Australia? Amazon’s U.S. website appears to indicate that the company will ship there, and I know that you’ve received packages from Amazon sent by some of your friends in the States :); so why not double-check this page just to be certain:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_navbox_596184_tips?nodeId=596190

    In the event that Amazon indeed will not accept orders from Australia, try CD Universe. That company’s website states that it will ship to almost anywhere in the world — including Down Under — and as it just so happens, their price on the new 6-DVD Dean Martin collection is even lower than Amazon’s:

    http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=8450703&style=movie

  • 412. Kylie  |  April 15, 2011 at 4:06 am

    Hi Michael 🙂
    Thanks a million for letting me know this.
    I tried to purchase a couple items from Amazon last year and shipping was in the U.S. only.
    Maybe I tried the wrong page or they now ship to Australia.
    This is great news 🙂
    I`m going to order my Dean Martin set as soon as it`s released.
    And there are a couple other things of Dean`s I`d like to get from Amazon.
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 413. Kylie  |  April 15, 2011 at 4:19 am

    Hi Micki 🙂
    Big Guy really describes this beautiful dog.
    As you know I love dogs but I`m more accustomed to the small breeds and puppies.
    The young man holding the lead tried to pull the dog away from me but I had my arms around this big guy while he was licking my face with that giant tongue, lol
    When we finally separated the young mans mother told me the dog was a Bull Mastiff.
    I thought I want to take him home with me, lol
    The dog, not his master, lol
    He was such a beautiful and friendly dog.
    Someday I`d like to own a Bull Mastiff if I ever make enough money to feed one, lol
    Wow ! I can imagine the fun you had with Boo Boo 🙂
    A Bull Mastiff is a huge dog but a Saint Bernard is almost as big as they get.
    They are such beautiful dogs.
    I can just picture you taking Boo Boo for a walk 🙂
    He`d go where he wanted to go, lol
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 414. Micki McGlone  |  April 15, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Kylie you are right about walking BooBoo.
    He also liked to ride in the passenger seat of my car.
    People were amazed when they pulled up next to us at the traffic light or when they drove past us. Made a lot of people smile BIG !!!
    You know Sheryl Ullman is a fantastic Dog trainer and I believe she also has a special place in her heart for the little guys.
    Now that I’m in California I hope to get together with Sheryl and Tara/Renee.
    I sure wish we could get “The Golddiggers In London” shows released…..I see no reason what-so-ever, for whomever has them to be keeping them so protected!!!
    1970 as Michelle mentioned, was a huge breakthrough for us and the London show changed the entire look , sound and attitude of The Golddiggers. Plus…. on the selfish side…..those are OUR memories and each of us deserves to have a copy of the series to show to our kids, our grandchildren and our friends.
    Don’t get me started on THIS ISSUE, it’s a real
    THORN IN MY SIDE !!!!
    We worked so hard in London, up “crazy early”, taking an hour long bus ride to and from ATV Studios every day, working late and sometimes shooting two shows a week the equivelent of 13 songs/Dance routines and many sketches.
    If I had to do that today I’d probably CROAK !!!
    But the funny thing is….I can never remember a single complaint from any of the girls, we just loved our work so much and were so happy and honored to be Dean’s Summer replacement show, not to mention that we were kids and had boundless energy to burn.
    It was the first year that The Golddiggers were actually asked to show their individual talent and each perform
    a solo.
    I remember being super impressed that Michelle could accompany herself with the guitar and had such a great voice.
    Englebert Humperdink sent us two bottles of Champagne at lunch, our first day at ATV Studios, welcoming us to England. To us,…. he was a very nice Older gentleman !! ha ha ha, every woman in the world was in love with him except us. He was probably only thirty-ish at the time.
    Well…. time to end my trip down memory lane and get back to TODAY and my schedule.
    Great BIG HUGS on you and Dino,
    Love, Micki xoxoxoxo

  • 415. Kylie  |  April 18, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Hi Michael and everyone 🙂
    I pre ordered the Time Life Set from Amazon, I was notified I won`t receive it till late June or mid July.
    I`m not sure if the release date has been changed or it`s just the shipping from the U.S. to Australia which might be very slow.
    But I`m so relieved Amazon does ship to Australia 🙂
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 416. Kylie  |  April 18, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Hi Micki 🙂
    I`ve never seen The Golddiggers in London but I`ve heard so much about it.
    I would love to see these shows released, I`d be one of the first to buy these great shows.
    I don`t know how many episodes were made and I`m wondering who owns the copyrights.
    Might be NBC ?
    I think my dad saw every Dean Martin show ever made growing up, he has great memories of episodes I`ve never seen.
    I have talked to him a few times about The Golddiggers in London as he was a big fan of The Golddiggers.
    He told me as far as he knows The Golddiggers in London was never shown here in Australia.
    I`m hoping and praying the Time Life set will feature The Golddiggers.
    I was dissappointed with Guthy Renker.
    All we saw of The Ding a Ling Sisters was the opening song Don`t Touch a Dial.
    I hope this time we`ll see bigger and better things, more music and less comedy if parts are going to be edited.
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 417. Video Vision  |  April 23, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Kylie, it’s interesting that you mentioned that after ordering Time-Life‘s new Dean Martin Show DVDs from Amazon, you were notified that you wouldn’t receive them until late June or early July — because the very first announcement about the new collection, made on the TVShowsOnDVD.com website at the beginning of February, quoted industry sources as saying that “the release date shown by Amazon is early and could possibly move.”

    So while it’s possible, as you speculated, that a long shipping time from the U.S. to Australia is what could account for your not receiving the set until June or July, it also just may be that you’ve uncovered the fact that the release date has been pushed back. That said, I want to emphasize that there has been absolutely no official declaration of a postponement of the street date, which is still listed as scheduled for May 24, but given not only what you’ve been told by Amazon, Kylie, but the earlier information from TVShowsOnDVD.com, as well, the situation certainly bears watching.

    I would add that if anyone else who’s pre-ordered the DVDs has been apprised of a similar delay in when they might expect to receive them, please let everyone here know about it.

  • 418. Denny  |  April 24, 2011 at 1:46 am

    Happy Easter Everybody! Also, Happy anniversary of sorts. I noticed on the way in that the very first Pallies Lounge post was made here one year ago today by that Video Vision fellow. Looks like it’s working out.

  • 419. Video Vision  |  April 25, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Thank you, Denny; and I hope that you and your family, as well as all of the members of our extended Dean, Golds and Dings family, had a Happy, Healthy, and Peaceful Easter, too.

    I appreciate your taking note of the one-year anniversary of our little collective here — it, of course, being the progeny of two venerable parents: GoldAndDings, founded in 2007, and Dinopallies, launched all the way back at the turn of the century (the 21st Century, that is).

    As we move forward into our second year of unified existence, we’ll be initiating some changes, all of which will hopefully be viewed as improvements. Among them will be tighter integration with our Facebook page, making it easier for people to both post and reply to comments (that hasn’t happened yet, but it’s coming soon).

    To help smooth the way for some of these alterations, we’ve decided to shift the venue for one type of messages — birthday greetings — over to Facebook. It was the day after inaugurating this site — to wit, one year ago today — that we honored our first birthday celebrant, Barry; and in the 365 days that have followed, we’ve fêted every regular participant in our forum for whom we have birthday data.

    But since 99 percent of us also use and are connected on Facebook in one way or another, and thus for a while now, have been sending birthday missives to one another via personal and/or fan pages on Facebook, we felt that the latter platform provided the best way to communicate birthday wishes, and that to continue the practice here in the Pallies Lounge would only be redundant.

    So while we’ll still occasionally take note of our friends’ birth dates here on our website, we feel that commemorating them on Facebook is the best way to have our birthday cake and eat it, too. But keep in mind that this change does not mean that the birthday party is over — just that we’re shifting it to a more appropriate location, in order to make room here for other goodies.

  • 420. Kylie  |  April 28, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Hi Michael,
    I was very dissappointed when told the Time Life set wouldn`t arrive here till most likely sometime in July.
    I`ve always been taught that patience is a virtue, for the first half of my life I didn`t even know what that meant, lol
    I have to admit I`m on the edge of my seat waiting the Time Life set to be released.
    This is most likely the biggest Dean Martin release we`ve ever seen as it includes re mastered episodes although unfortunately edited.
    Postage to Australia usually takes 2 weeks so I`ve been wondering if the release date has been pushed back too.
    I`d also like to know what others who pre ordered the set have been told.
    I keep hearing different opinions about the Time Life Set, I`m so anxious to know what will be edited and what won`t.
    I hope they don`t do a Guthy Renker and leave out The Golddiggers medleys and very important, Deans opening songs and the couch songs.
    Songs like My Woman, My Woman, My Wife, For the Good Times, Young at Heart and so many other great songs.
    I can understand why some of the duets with other entertainers might be missing, I hope there won`t be many left out.
    Even though the episodes will be edited, this set is a must have for any Dean Martin fan.
    The beginning of a dream come true.
    I am worried about the Welcome to My World Medleys from 1970.
    I love these so much but I can imagine it might be difficult getting the rights to some of the songs Dean sang with The Golddiggers.
    Anyway this is on my mind so much, I`ll be so relieved when the set is released and we start hearing feedback.
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 421. Video Vision  |  April 28, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Alright, Kylie, as we await the arrival of the new Dean Martin Show DVD sets, and before we blow out the last candle on our birthday bashes, I thought it might be fun to rewind momentarily to one of our most recent celebrations, for the purpose of posing a little trivia question aimed at all of our resident musical experts.

    In honor of Kylie’s birthday back in March, I uploaded a rare recording of Dean Martin singing a peppy little ditty called “Who’s Your Little Who-Zis”. The number actually dates back to 1931; but if it sounded familiar, even to those who never heard it before, it might be because the first few bars of its main melody very closely parallel a much more famous Tin Pan Alley standard written by George and Ira Gershwin and introduced a few years years earlier.

    For those who’d like to try to name that tune, reposted below is a link to Dean’s version of “Who’s Your Little Who-Zis”. If you think you can guess the Gershwin song that it sounds like (and may well be partially cribbed from), submit your answer in the Comments box below. To enable everyone who wants to take part in our little contest to have a fair shot at it, all responses will be held until the answer is revealed at the end of this week. Messages on all other topics will be posted as usual.

    Here’s that link…And good luck!:

    WHAT MORE FAMOUS TUNE DOES THIS SONG — “WHO’S YOUR LITTLE WHO-ZIS” — RESEMBLE?

  • 422. Video Vision  |  April 30, 2011 at 5:09 am

    THIS JUST IN: Confirming speculation first mooted a week ago right here in this forum by none other than our own Kylie, the websites of a number of online vendors carrying the upcoming 6-DVD set of Time-Life’s Best of The Dean Martin Variety Show collection — including those of Amazon and CD Universe — are now showing a revised release date of TUESDAY, JUNE 14 for the 6-disc DMS package.

    Curiously, the street dates for the 1- and 2-disc editions continue to be listed as they have been all along — scheduled for Tuesday, May 24. While there is, of course, the possibility that they, too, may be subject to change, there is thus far no corroborative word on such a move.

    In the meantime, congratulations, Kylie: Whether you realize it or not, you’ve just landed your very first scoop!

    We’ll report further details as they become available. Stay with Dean, Golds and Dings for the latest developments!

    We now return to our previously-announced Musical Mystery Contest, already in progress…

  • 423. Barry  |  April 30, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Could it be to add more songs, like
    Golddiggers & Dings songs?

  • 424. Video Vision  |  April 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Ahhh, wishful thinking, Barry! And as I doubtless needn’t tell you, it’s a wish that the eternal optimist in me would share with you.

    While of course, anything is possible…and I continue to urge people to post their own wish lists for content on potential future Dean Martin Show DVD releases…I’m afraid that it would be extremely unlikely that all of the vociferous requests here and on The Golddiggers Super Site for greater inclusion of The Golddiggers and The Dingaling Sisters would, or even could, be heeded that quickly — not with all of the many clearances that would have to first be obtained.

    The delay may — and I emphasize the word may — have something to do with making room on the DVDs for another presence, but regrettably, it’s very unlikely that it would be any of The Golds or The Dings. At this point I should probably say that I know more right now than I’m authorized to disclose, but full details about the subject to which I’m referring will, in fact, come to light shortly, so stay tuned…

  • 425. Kylie  |  May 2, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Thanks Michael,
    I wish I had been wrong but it`s only an extra 4 weeks to wait and anything new of Dean is worth waiting for.
    I`m just so excited about this, it`s very hard to remain patient, lol
    I`m just wondering if the reason for the delay might be they want to release this set close to Deans birthday ?
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 426. Video Vision  |  May 2, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    The dramatic events of the last 24 hours warranted a temporary delay in the posting of entries in our Musical Mystery contest, but now, as matters settle down a bit (if only just a bit), we present, without further ado, the results…

  • 427. denny  |  May 2, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    After spending nearly 2 hours listening to early Gershwin songs, I have educated myself to the point where I can say I honestly don’t know. I’m sure this will be one of those where I’ll be slapping my forehead though when I see the answer.

  • 428. Kylie  |  May 2, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    This is a wild, wild guess but to me the first few bars sound similar to a song dean sang in part in the movie Kiss Me Stupid called S Wonderful
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 429. Michelle DellaFave  |  May 2, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    This one is hard, Michael… you have to know all of the Gershwin songs, but if you listen a few times it does help… Hi everyone… Almost Mothers day gals… My son, Adam, is coming to visit me, born 1985… what a year, his birth caused a c-section, but I had a great OB- GYN and he gave me the Brazilian cut so I could still wear a bikini, ha! That is not so important now… My little man is a big guy now, best event of my life seeing him and holding him the first time… talk about being scared… all I did was worry, well it was so worth the love I got!!! Now I am waiting for my next big event!!!…Oh and it is not another baby… that would be a miracle at my age… like Sarah!! ha ha… Blessings to all!!!

  • 430. Video Vision  |  May 2, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Don’t be hard on yourself, Denny. As Michelle rightly pointed out, this was indeed a tough one. Frankly, I was beginning to think that this latest entry in our ongoing series of musical trivia challenges had everyone stumped.

    But Kylie — you, my dear, are obviously on a hot streak! For starters, you made news by uncovering the first indication that the release of the Best of The Dean Martin Variety Show 6-DVD set would be delayed. And now, you’ve solved one of the hardest puzzles I’ve ever thrown at our Dean, Golds and Dings comrades.

    With your affinity for Dean Martin, hearing him sing both songs no doubt helped you zero in on the similarity between the two tunes. So now, to enable everyone else to listen to the comparison for themselves, here’s Dean crooning both:

    Dean Martin: “Who’s Your Little Who-Zis” vs. “S’Wonderful

  • 431. Kylie  |  May 4, 2011 at 3:14 am

    Hi Michael 🙂
    I can`t believe I got that one right, it was a very lucky guess.
    I didn`t know if S Wonderful was a Gershwin tune.
    It was as you said, hearing Dean sing both songs and sometimes singing along with Dean but keeping my voice low as there are so many critics in my family, one song made me think of the other.
    It was a very lucky guess though on my part 🙂
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 432. Video Vision  |  May 7, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Actress-comedienne Marian Mercer, who, among many other credits, played the role of Vickie, fictional sister to Ken Lane and daughter of Kay Medford‘s Mother character in the family comedy sketches that were a regular part of the 1971-72 season of The Dean Martin Show, died on April 27, although her passing is just now being reported by news outlets.

    Strangely, few of her obituaries, including those in Variety and The New York Times, make any mention of her appearances on Dean’s series (even though she was a regular for a full season), and the notice in The Los Angeles Times touches on the fact only in passing.

    Seeking in some small way to fill the void, I’ve posted — in The Closet — a photographic remembrance of Marian Mercer’s stint on Dean’s program. Click the link below to view it:

    Images and Memories of Marian Mercer on The Dean Martin Show

  • 433. Barry  |  May 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Tom Bosley now Marian Mercer. I don’t believe there is any one else in those skits who are still alive.

  • 434. Video Vision  |  May 7, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Sadly, Barry, you are one hundred percent correct. They’re all gone now. But their work IS preserved on tape. The question that haunts us is whether any of us will ever have the chance to see that work again, in full, while WE’RE all still here.

  • 435. Video Vision  |  May 8, 2011 at 8:48 am

    A Very Happy, Healthy and Fulfilling Mother’s Day to all of our devoted DeanGoldsAndDings Moms, including Michelle, Lindsay, Taffy, Jayne, and Liz, as well as ALL of the women in our lives who nurture, enrich, tolerate, and sustain us.

    Now, before this little maternal exaltation becomes too maudlin, let’s lighten it up a bit, with a reminder that it’s not too late to order the perfect gift for this occasion (well, actually, it IS too late — as a matter of fact, way too late — and when you see what the gift is, you’ll know what I mean, but do me a favor and play along anyway)…

    Yes, this Mother’s Day, why not surprise that special gal (or for that matter, yourself) with “the world’s sweetest gift by wire” — proffered by no less than a bona fide member of the Rat Pack, even if only a peripheral one (not to mention Ol’ Blue Eyes’ connection to the Kennedy clan):



  • 436. Michelle DellaFave  |  May 11, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Well, my son is off to his home again, whisked away in flight… boo,hoo… but the Peter Lawford commercial was a delight and made me smile, because one, I became a Golddigger and signed a seven year contract with Greg Garrison Production to work as a performer on Dean’s show but Michael does a hilarious rendition of this commercial, he sounds just like him… hahaha… now it is time to prepare for Memorial Day weekend.

  • 437. Michelle DellaFave  |  May 11, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    oh my… that was not proof read. I meant to say… that the Peter Lawford commercial came out in 1969 and that was the year I became a Golddigger.. oh boy, that was a Dingaling entry for sure!

  • 438. Video Vision  |  May 17, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Dean Martin‘s birthday is June 7, and as his fans the world over know, that means that the annual festival in his honor can’t be far behind. Held, as always, in his hometown of Steubenville, Ohio, and organized, as it has been from the start, by his daughter Deana, this year’s event actually runs two days longer than last year’s (June 16-19, to be exact); and for those who can’t be there in person but would love to get a taste of what it’s all about, the official website for the festival is now offering for sale a DVD featuring highlights of the 2009 edition of the gathering.

    For complete information about this year’s proceedings, as well as a preview clip of the DVD, look for, and click on, the newly-uploaded banner for the 2011 fest in the Links section of our Dean, Golds and Dings site:

    http://www.DeanGoldsAndDings.com/The-Links/

  • 439. Paul  |  May 31, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Michelle, were you down in DC again for the festivities?
    P

  • 440. Micki McGlone  |  May 31, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Hello everyone, Hope you all had a great weekend.
    I finally have some time to breathe today, so I thought I would stop by and say “hello” to my friends.
    It’s gorgeous up here in the mountains of So. Calif and I love my new office in Beverly Hills.
    I only go down a couple of times a week because it’s sooooo beautiful up here.
    I do miss NY however, I have always had such a BIG love affair with NYC. The weather was horrible this winter and I wasn’t able to get into the City at all unfortunately.
    I am working on getting an apartment in the city now and it looks promising, So I will be BI-Coastal soon.
    Love you all a bunch.
    Blessings and Soft Landings,
    Micki Mc Glone Londondigger 1970

  • 441. Michelle DellaFave  |  May 31, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Hi Paul, No not this year, but I was there in spirit as they say. I left a song for my Memorial Day tribute on my Facebook page. I wish you would join Facebook Paul, almost all of us are chatting away there, and you can be incognito if you want… your picture can be anything you like… even use an alias if you like. Contact me if you do stop by and say hello!
    Hi Micki, I see you are finally settling in. If I ever get to visit LA, I hope we can get together. If not there, then here in NYC. Hello to Kylie and Kimmy…

  • 442. Kylie  |  June 2, 2011 at 9:21 am

    I just wanted to say Hello back to Michelle 🙂 and also say I`m so pleased to see Micki back.
    I`ve never been in the mountains.
    When I was younger I wanted to go to the Snowy Mountains but I think the air would be too thin for me now.
    I`ve been trying to find reviews for the Time Life set and things don`t look too promising at the moment.
    I heard the first 2 dvds are heavily edited, not much of Dean.
    On one Dean only sings one song The Birds and the Bees which I`m sure was released on The Guthy Renker Sets.
    But I`m waiting on the 6 dvd set which I hope will be more complete.
    I am feeling less hopeful than previously though 😦
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 443. denny  |  June 3, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Hey Paul! Michelle is right, you should join us. Use an assumed name and a picture of Alfred E Newman if you want. You don’t have to put any more information on your page than you want to. To avoid my students finding me, I have my age listed as 106, and use the area where I grew up as my home. That way, old friends CAN find me. I’m sure you have security concerns, but with just a little care as to what you post, and tightening up the security settings on your page, you’ll be safe, and still be able to join in the fun. I convinced a friend to go on about a year ago. He had security concerns, and ONLY listed his name. After 6 months, he got a message sent to his page by a man from Columbia that he had sponsored as a kid, asking if he was the fellow who sponsored him. The guy had been looking for him for years to tell him how he had persevered in school and become an electrical engineer because of the letters my friend had sent him as a child. That was 6 months ago, and my buddy is still talking about it. Personally, I don’t know why he needed Facebook to find him though because I was able to look up my friend after 10 minutes through Google. Anyway, think about it. I came on kicking and screaming, but I love it. Only problem I”ve had is every now and then someone wants to be my friend that I really don’t care to give that much access to my life for one reason or another. I just ignore the request. I have yet to have anyone ask me why I ignored the request. Nor have I ever asked the 2 or 3 who ignored me. I’m sure they have their reasons, and I’m cool with that. Well, I’m lying. One was my own daughter! I rescinded the request and did tease her about it. Turned out that she missed it, and 2 weeks later she sent me a friend request which I took my good old time to respond to till she teased me about it.

  • 444. denny  |  June 3, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Hi Kylie!
    Talk to your doctor about those mountains, even if you never plan to go there. You may someday need to fly on a plane to get somewhere. Planes are pressurized to hold the pressure that you would experience in a car at 8,000 feet. SO, if the doc says the mountains wouldn’t be a good idea, then flying wouldn’t be the cleverest idea either. The Snowy Mountains are between 5 and 7 thousand feet high. Most often though, the roads tend to take the lowest passes through the mountains so that it is unlikely you would ever be anywhere near the tops of them unless you were to take a scenic road that actually goes to the top of one for the view.
    Hope you’re feeling well and enjoying the Fall weather!

  • 445. Kylie  |  June 3, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Hi Denny,
    Things are great here but the weather is a little too cold for my liking, not good for getting outdoors.
    My specialist told me last year no about flying.
    That`s ok with me though, I don`t think I`d like to fly, a sea cruise would be more to my liking 🙂
    I love the ocean.
    Hughs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 446. Kylie  |  June 3, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Happy Birthday Micki 🙂
    I want to be one of the first to wish Micki a very Happy Birthday.
    Unless my dates are wrong, it`s the 6th June just one day before Deans 🙂
    Great Big Birthday Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 447. kimmy & dover  |  June 6, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Hey!!! I was watching The View and their giveaway (those lucky folk!) was the DEAN MARTIN DVDs with the book/CD set COOL THEN, COOL NOW (I WANT THAT BOOK – and the DVD’s!!)…and who turns up in the audience but DEANA MARTIN! They talked about Dean and the Rat Pack for a couple minutes (I got some of it on tape!) and it was all GOOD stuff – they talked about how FUNNY Dean was and how talented and how the guys all had such fun and it was wonderful! Deana looked great too!! I cant wait to get hold of that book – it looks awesome!!

    Kimmy and Dover, the Wonder Dog

    ps michelle- thanks for the hello and “hello” back atcha.
    pps hi michael and kylie too…

  • 448. Janice Glazier  |  June 6, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Hey Kimmy! I saw that too! What a great plug! Amazon here I come!
    Taffy =)

  • 449. Video Vision  |  June 17, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Although, as announced here a few weeks ago, we’ve shifted the scene of our Dean, Golds and Dings birthday celebrations to the pages of Facebook, we will, as promised, continue to post invitations to our readers to come join the parties and offer their own greetings at the appropriate venues, when the occasions warrant.

    Well, in point of fact, today marks one such special event — the commemoration of a day that the world was made brighter by the arrival of one of the most popular and long-running members of The Golddiggers and The Dingaling Sisters, Michelle DellaFave. Those who’d like to send Michelle their best wishes can do so on her Facebook personal or fan page (for the latter, just go to: http://www.facebook.com/TheOriginalMichelleDellaFave). Indeed, what better time could there be to click the LIKE button on her fan page if you haven’t already done so.

    And for an extra special treat, check out this 1978 appearance by Michelle and her Mom on the TV talk show spoof, America 2Night:

    CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO

  • 450. Michelle DellaFave  |  June 18, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Thanks so much Michael… I have received many blessed wishes… Love to all on DeanGoldandDings… Michelle… see you all on Facebook too!

  • 451. Kylie  |  June 18, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Dear Michelle.
    I want to wish you a very Happy Birthday.
    May all your dreams and wishes come true
    Great Big Birthday Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 452. Graham.  |  June 26, 2011 at 4:55 am

    Hi Deanagers everywhere………I’ve recently heard from a huge Pally of mine , that the new Time Life sets are awful . Drastically cut , with hardly anything of Dean in them . Very few songs at all , and even those that are included, seem to be badly cut. What a huge disappointment. Judging by all the hype , and the actual packaging of the sets, it would seem everything has been very decieving. Such a shame , because I’m sure we all thought that at long last , there would be something “official” available of Dean’s TV shows with LOTS of Dean . That doesn’t seem to be the case, and one wonders if we ever will.
    Best regards …..Graham.

  • 453. Michelle DellaFave  |  June 27, 2011 at 3:01 am

    Hi Kylie, I am so sorry I have not responded sooner. My computer went “kapoop” and well, I got the dreaded “white screen” and now I am starting all over AGAIN… but with the help of Saint Michael, I am back on track… I hope you are feeling better these days. I saw the new Dean Martin DVDs… they had more of Dean’s Girls which I loved to see, and the year that Helen and Jayne were in the Dings with Lynne and Tara. They did a wonderful number “Four Of a Kind”… I know that after I returned to the Dings, after a year as a Soul Sister, we did that number on the road. Lindsay joined me at that time…I wish there were more musical numbers, and more Golddigger and Dingaling numbers with Dean. At least there are some new clips of Dean Martin….Michael has been busy preparing a thorough review of the new DVDs, it will be posted soon on the Super Site….My favorite DVDs of the show are still what Greg Garrison did originally!! No one knew Dean as a performer like Greg did. Hugs and kisses back to you!!!

  • 454. Barry  |  June 27, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    I am going to hold off buying these DVDs until I hear Michael’s take on them

  • 455. Kylie  |  June 28, 2011 at 3:39 am

    Hi Michelle 🙂
    I have to say I loved Four of a Kind and it was great to see The Ding a Ling Sisters on the Time Life dvds.
    This song was great and is I think the big highlight of this otherwise dissappointing collection.
    Unfortunately one of the shows from 1970 really let me down big time.
    I was so full of hope of seeing Dean and The Golddiggers singing a Welcome to My World medley but when that moment came all we got to see was Dean saying goodnight and some beautiful stills of The Golddiggers on the end credits.
    That has always been one of my favourite parts of The Dean Martin Shows, The Welcome to My World Medleys.
    So I just sat there dazed that even the Welcome to my World medley had been cut.
    I`m so pleased The Ding A Ling Sisters did feature in a few clips and they looked beautiful as always.
    I`m so dissappointed most of Deans songs were missing, very dissappointed.
    I had expected some of the duets to be edited.
    I don`t know what Michael will think, I`m anxious to read his review.
    To me, except for The Ding a Ling Sisters and the cute number Dean does with the little girls the rest of the set is terrible.
    There are so many comedy acts and they are funny the first time but become boring watching them again and again.
    There is a funny scene with The Ding a Ling Sisters and Rodney Dangerfield, I did enjoy that one, lol
    What I can`t understand is if there is a problem with getting the rights to Deans songs, how did we ever get to see the dvd That`s Amore released ?
    Great Big Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 456. Kylie  |  June 28, 2011 at 4:43 am

    Hi Graham 🙂
    As you know I`m very upset at the way they have treated Dean in this set.
    He comes across like Ed Sullivan introducing the acts.
    What I would have liked is, instead of Time Life chopping up 20 Dean Martin Shows on a 6 dvd set, to have seen just 6 complete unedited Dean Martin Shows, 2 episodes on each disc.
    I would have been jumping for joy.
    After this terrible release, I have lost all hope the original shows will ever be released.
    There are some great songs on this set but not from Dean.
    Jack Jones sings a great version of Climb Every Mountain.
    The Ding a Ling Sisters are great singing Four of a Kind.
    A great song by Peggy Lee.
    Strangely, Frank Sinatra is missing from this set.
    Even though we did hear before this release that this would be fresh material unreleased before.
    There is much of this I`ve seen on The Guthy Renker dvds.
    I`ll be very interested to hear what others think about this set.
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 457. Kylie  |  June 30, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Hi Everyone,
    I just wanted to add my last impressions on the Time Life 6 Dvd Collection.
    As I`ve already said the set starts off badly and doesn`t get much better but I felt the last 2 discs were the best.
    We get to see the full unedited version of Dean with Phil Silvers singing My Buddy which I enjoyed so much.
    A great duet with Dean and Kate Smith.
    Great to see Dean sing Paper Doll with The Mills Brothers.
    Dean does a couple of opening songs, the most important one I thought was If You Knew Susie as this is a different version to the one most of us are used to.
    The Ding a Ling Sisters are great 🙂
    But all we see of The Golddiggers are some stills.
    Dean and his son Dino sing Small Fry which is pure magic.
    As for Dean himself the greatest addition to this set for me is we get to see Dean finish a show singing Everybody Loves Somebody unedited and uninterrupted.
    This leads into the closing credits as the cameras move back to reveal the whole set.
    There are many dissappointments with the set, as I said no couch songs, only a few opening songs.
    Duets edited.
    The early episodes run for around 18 minutes but later episodes are longer.
    So many of those minutes are used up though by stand up comedians, some I never heard of.
    Others like Woody Allen who made some good movies but I found to be boring doing stand up.
    It would have been great if the 1970 Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra medley had been included but Frank was nowhere to be seen.
    A great interview by Susan Lund and an interesting interview from Lee Hale.
    Overall I found the set to be dissappointing as I would have liked to see Dean at least sing a song for every show.
    But the last 2 discs are an improvement.
    Nothing like I had hoped for though.
    I found the Guthy Renker collection much more enjoyable.
    Nothing compares to the original Dean Martin Shows.
    Hugs n Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 458. Video Vision  |  July 9, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Yes, it’s taking a little longer than I had hoped it would…But it’s coming in the next few days…

  • 459. Janice Glazier  |  July 10, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Enjoying beautiful, sunny days at lake Tahoe! Just drove around the Lake for the 100TH time and made a stop at CalNeva! Lodge. So much rat pack history here. Really fun! They even offer “Tunnel Tours”! There was a very famous tunnel that was used to sneak celebs from the casino to the cottages on the lake.
    Taffy!

  • 460. Graham.  |  July 23, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Hi Deanagers. Have recently been watching some of the “new” Time Life DVD releases of Dean . I must say that up until now I’ve been very disappointed with them . Just when we think Dean is off to the couch to give us a tuneful rendition , the show is badly cut , and we’re transfered to something else. We do see the occasional segment of Dean singing with one of his guests briefly , but why has so much of DEAN been cut from these compilations. It’s so frustrating, as we ALL want to see Dean SING !!!
    We hear various reasons given as to copyright laws , etc., but it only seems to concern the bits we want to see of Dean. Eveyone else seems to have free range as to what they sing and do.
    It is good to see items released of Dean , but surely those at the top realise we want to HEAR AND SEE MORE OF DEAN .
    Best regards, Graham ( South Wales . GB. )

  • 461. Janice Glazier  |  July 23, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    This seems to be an ongoing theme when it comes to critiques of the new release. Too bad! =( I was looking forward to it! Maybe those girls in gold will emerge soon?
    Taffy Dingaling

  • 462. denny  |  July 24, 2011 at 1:25 am

    Thanks for the tip about CalNeva, Taffy! You’ve given me another must see for our next trip West.

  • 463. Marilyn  |  July 24, 2011 at 8:38 am

    How can I order this on DVD? Please give me an address to respond to. I’m looking for DVD’s with Dean Martin and The Golddiggers especially.
    Thank you.

  • 464. Video Vision  |  July 24, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    You’ve come to the right place to ask that question, but unfortunately, there isn’t an awful lot of material on DVD at the present time featuring both Dean Martin and The Golddiggers.

    You’ll find a smattering of such footage scattered throughout the 29-volume Best of The Dean Martin Variety Show from Guthy-Renker, and even less on the like-titled 6-DVD Best of The Dean Martin Variety Show Collector’s Edition that was recently released by Time-Life.

    If you’re also interested in The Dingaling Sisters (an offshoot of The Golddiggers who later succeeded them as the regular female singer-dancers on The Dean Martin Show), as well as Dean’s Girls (predecessors to The Golds on Dean’s series), these groups also appear on both the older G-R and newer Time-Life sets, but again, regrettably, they don’t occupy the same quantities of screen time on DVD that they did on the original program.

    If you’d like to purchase the Guthy-Renker set, it’s sold directly by the manufacturer via the following dedicated website:

    http://www.DeanVariety.com

    You can also occasionally find individual G-R volumes for sale on ebay and other sites, but beware of counterfeit knock-offs copied on cheap, flimsy discs that may wear quickly and/or skip in your DVD player. Should you choose to buy from a site other than Guthy-Renker’s, make certain that you’re at least buying genuine G-R product.

    The newly-minted Time-Life collection can be purchased either at retail stores or through online vendors such as Amazon.

    And if you can wait just a few more days, you’ll be able to find out everything you could possibly want to know about those new Time-Life DVDs (and more!) from an in-depth review and assessment of T-L’s Best of The Dean Martin Variety Show, coming at the end of this week to the Updates section of our sister website, The Golddiggers Super Site.

  • 465. Barry  |  July 24, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Thanks Michael for the update..I will wait a few more days for an update

  • 466. Kylie  |  July 26, 2011 at 8:30 am

    I agree totally with Graham about the Time Life Sets.
    I`ve already said enough, lol
    So I won`t comment anymore on this set.
    I never thought the day would come when I would praise the Guthy Renker dvds but they look better to me now.
    Just one thing I`ve mentioned a couple times.
    If the copyright laws are preventing Deans songs from being released, how was the That`s Amore collection of songs ever released ?
    I think we really lost someone very special when Greg Garrison passed away.
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 467. Video Vision  |  July 31, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Now that Time-Life is going forward with a SECOND edition of DVDs culled from The Dean Martin Show, The Golddiggers Super Site presents the most detailed and objective examination of the first collection available anywhere. In addition to offering informative background on both Dean’s series and the complexities of clearing music for vintage TV programs, we’ve also advanced a series of practical, viable solutions for avoiding some of the pitfalls of this initial release in future installments.

    And to make it easier for connoisseurs of this material to know exactly what they’re getting (and what they’re not), we’ve provided a painstakingly-researched chart comparing the musical selections on the Time-Life DVDs with what was on the same shows when they were originally broadcast on NBC, as well as what can be found on the Guthy-Renker volumes.

    Comments are welcome, and for those curious to know more, the journey begins here:

    An Update on, and Review of, Time-Life’s Dean Martin Show DVDs

  • 468. Video Vision  |  August 9, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    As many fans of Dean know, the recent Capitol Records release Dino: The Essential Dean Martin contains only one song that has not previously been available — namely, Dean’s 1950 recording of that old Al Jolson classic “Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody”.

    For those who’ve been eying a purchase of the new Capitol set but already have all of the other tracks appearing on it by virtue of owning all four volumes of Bear Family’s Dean Martin treasury, there is good and money-saving news: “Rock-A-Bye Your Baby” can be purchased as an individual download from online vendors such as itunes.

    Thanks to Joe Marchese of The Second Disc (an excellent and free online source of news about CD reissues) for this tip:

    Each and every track is on the Bear Family sets with the exception of the April 28, 1950 recording of “Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody.” It’s catalogued in the Bear Family discography as a lost master; in the intervening years, it was found by Capitol and included on the 2-CD Essential Dean Martin this year. It’s also available from digital providers as a single download, should you be interested in that route, too. Hope this helps!

    To read Joe’s full article on recent re-releases of Dean’s music, click here:

    http://theseconddisc.com/2011/04/13/thats-amore-capitol-releases-more-from-dean-martin-in-june/#comment-5715

  • 469. Michelle DellaFave  |  August 13, 2011 at 12:58 am

    Michael, I think your review was right on target. I am looking forward to Deana Martin doing the next set and hoping there will be some GoldsandDings!! I think the Capitol collection would be great to invest in. I would love to hear Dean sing “Rock a Bye…”
    I have a special gig coming up for a very special group of people … I will let you all know about that soon… Blessings to all, Michelle

  • 470. Barry  |  August 13, 2011 at 9:23 am

    I bought the Time Life 6 DVD set and Michael you were spot on, so I knew what I was going to get and not be surprised. It’s frustrating to watch Dean walk over to the couch and then have the scene cut knowing full well he was going to sing some song. I only watched so far the first two DVDs and I thought it would be interesting to hear the guest interviews in the bonus section to hear something I didn’t already know but I think anybody who watched any of Dean’s Shows knew already that he only showed up on Sunday to tape the show and didn’t rehearse.

  • 471. Video Vision  |  August 14, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Michelle and Barry, I’m glad the review proved useful.

    Incidentally, at the end of the piece, the rundown of musical numbers from the original NBC telecasts of the 20 episodes included in the Time-Life Collector’s Edition is now 100 percent complete. The handful of songs that were previously listed as unknown have been updated with all of the correct information. Thanks to Finn Tellefsen, Tom Alger, and our own Kimmy for their help:

    Comparative Guide to Musical Highlights from 20 Episodes of The Dean Martin Show

  • 472. Video Vision  |  August 19, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    We’ve brought back our birthday bashes, replete with words, pictures and music. What’s the reason for it all? Find out by clicking HERE.

  • 473. Michelle DellaFave  |  August 19, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Happy Birthday to Deana!! I love the pictures here and the video.. and her album sounds fantastic!! Wonderful, Video Vision!! i heard that Capitol records has a fantastic recording studio in Hollywood and they just don’t make them like that anymore. The studio creates perfect acoustics for singers. Love, Michelle

  • 474. Paul  |  August 25, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Just wanted to wish all my fellow East Coasters the best of luck with irene this weekend. Stay safe. Sheesh, first the quake and now this.
    Definitely not a Marshmallow World this week.
    P

  • 475. Video Vision  |  August 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Happy Birthday to the last addition to Dean Martin‘s Dingaling Sisters sorority, and one of the premier members of our Dean, Golds and Dings community — the Blue-Eyed Blonde Fox herself, Lindsay Bloom.

    To send your own personal greetings to Lindsay, visit her Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/TheOriginalLindsayBloom.

  • 476. Michelle DellaFave  |  August 27, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Happy Birthday Lindsay!! I know you must be ready to PARTY!!

    On another note, I pray all the fans on the east coast stay dry!!
    Love, Michelle

  • 477. Video Vision  |  September 2, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    BREAKING NEWS: A SECOND 6-DVD set of The Best of The Dean Martin Variety Show will arrive this fall, right on the heels of the single-DVD volume already slated for October. The Golddiggers Super Site has the scoop:

    CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

  • 478. kimmy & dover  |  September 30, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Dear Michael –
    I hope your birthday is spectacular – as warm and wonderful as you are! You deserve every good thing! Be well, have fun….love, kim

  • 479. kimmy & dover  |  September 30, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    i’ve tried to leave a happy birthday message 3 times now. hopefully you got one of them. I hate facebook and it hates me. sigh. dover – ATTACK!!!

  • 480. Michelle DellaFave  |  September 30, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    To a very creative,kind, and generous person, smart and with a wit that won’t quit, HAPPY BIRTHDAY VIDEO VISION!!! And he cooks too!!
    Love,your biggest fan,
    A Golddigger and Dingaling Sister,
    Michelle

  • 481. Susan  |  September 30, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Michael!!!! I hope that you enjoyed a very special Birthday. I wish only the very best for you always.

    Love,
    Susan

  • 482. Janice Glazier  |  September 30, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I might be a complete Dingaling but I would NEVER forget your big day!
    Happy Birthday, Michael! Cheers…!
    xo Taffy

  • 483. Video Vision  |  October 2, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Thank you, Kimmy…and yes, I received ALL of your messages — each one both greatly appreciated and sweet, as was your package of treats (both literally and figuratively!).

    Susan, I thank you for your greeting and your generous gift, and want you to know that I — indeed, all of us — miss your presence around these parts. I know that you’ve been busy, but I hope we’ll see more of you in the near future.

    Taffy, the only context in which you could legitimately be called a Dingaling is as a member of the selfsame talented ensemble that sang and danced weekly on The Dean Martin Show. Outside of that, you’re as savvy as they come — which is why I’m not surprised, but nonetheless humbled, that you remembered my birthday. Thank you so much!

    And on that same subject, I can tell you, Michelle, that while one of your first big solo numbers with The Golddiggers may have been “A Little Brains, A Little Talent” from the Broadway musical Damn Yankees, it’s hard to imagine a song title that more understates the true level of your intelligence and artistic ability. In fact, in your case, I’d say that “a lot of brains, a lot of talent” is exceeded only by your having a LOT of heart. Thank you for your birthday wishes…and everything else.

    For their greetings on Facebook and elsewhere, I also want to thank, in addition to those mentioned above, Deana Martin, Lindsay Bloom, Sheryl Ullman, Janice Whitby, Denny Coyle, Gloria Bonelli, Danielle Mallein Noble, Dennis Brislen, Kevin VanMeter, Geraldine Alexis, Barry Deslauriers, Mark Fornale, and Kylie Hughes. All of you helped to make it a wonderful and memorable birthday for me.

    Michael

  • 484. Barry  |  October 5, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Another product I saw at the CD store yesterday was a boxset of CDs and photobook of Dean that I have never seen before.

  • 485. Video Vision  |  October 5, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    I assume that the item below is the one to which you’re referring, Barry:

    DEAN MARTIN: COOL THEN, COOL NOW

    It was released in June, around the same time that the first trio of Dean Martin Show DVDs from Time-Life hit the market.

  • 486. Susan  |  October 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Kimmy 🙂 I hope that you will enjoy a very special day tomorrow and that all of your Birthday wishes come true. I am so honored to be your FRIEND and only wish all the best things life has to offer for you today and always. You are one of the kindest, most generous and caring people that I know and I am so glad that through the years we’ve remained the BEST OF PALLIES 🙂

    Love Always,
    Susan XOXO

  • 487. Susan  |  October 23, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    You’re so welcome for my Birthday gift Michael. It’s true that I’ve had a lot going on in my life lately and not all good things I’m sorry to say 😦 I will try my best to visit the site more often, but please forgive me for being remiss in doing so as there never seems to be a dull moment. Stay well Pallie.

    Love,
    Susan

  • 488. Video Vision  |  October 23, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    The first listing of the 18 episodes that make up the forthcoming King of Cool: The Best Of The Dean Martin Variety Show Collector’s Edition is now available — only at The Golddiggers Super Site. For the exclusive details, CLICK HERE.

  • 489. Michael Fishman  |  October 24, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Hi, I was reading the article about the upcoming DVD releases I got in the Dinopallies email and followed that to the Facebook page and followed that here and I saw Kimmy’s name. It’s been a really long time, but hi Kimmy!

  • 490. Video Vision  |  October 24, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    How do you wish a Happy Birthday to the ultimate Dean Martin fan? Click HERE to find out!

  • 491. Kylie Hughes  |  October 30, 2011 at 8:08 am

    I love this duet with Dean and Petula so much 🙂
    The Alternate version sounds great.
    I moved recently and lost a few Dean Martin discs but I still have Petula Clark Duets and tomorrow I`ll have to get this out and play it again.
    Michael, I did notice you may have made just a little error with the date, when I saw the picture of Dean and Petula, Dean wasn`t that grey in 1967, being a girl I notice these things, lol
    I was thinking maybe 1970 or 1971 ? and I was about to look it up in a great referance book I have, but a friend noticed the same thing and gave me the date for the episode as being 3/11/71
    Dean still looked as handsome as ever in 1971 🙂
    I had wished Kimmy a very Happy Birthday on Facebook.
    Kimmy I hope you had a wonderful day 🙂
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 492. Video Vision  |  October 31, 2011 at 1:13 am

    Kylie, you’re absolutely right that the photo accompanying the story about the medley by Dean and Petula Clark, posted in honor of Kimmy‘s birthday, was misplaced. Indeed, Dean’s hair was still dark in 1967 — he didn’t let the gray start showing until the 1970-71 season — and my own follicles turned white (figuratively speaking) when I realized the error.

    Just to set the record straight: The “Love” medley performed by Dean and Petula — heard in the audio files uploaded in connection with Kimmy’s birthday greeting — was, in fact, originally broadcast on the 9/28/67 episode of Dean’s program. That part is 100 percent correct.

    The still that was supposed to be taken from that episode, however, actually comes not from the 9/28/67 episode, nor the 3/11/71 episode, as your friend suggested, but rather, from the 9/16/71 edition of The Dean Martin Show, which marked the series’ 7th season debut. The dream team of Dean and Petula did a dreamy medley on that episode consisting of: “I’ve Got A Pocketful Of Dreams”, “All I Do Is Dream Of You”, “Dream” and “Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams”.

    Speaking of dreaming, perhaps that’s what I was doing when I posted the wrong image to represent the 9/28/67 episode; but I’ve now replaced it with a shot from the right date. And while the theme of that 1967 medley may have been “Love”, I think you and I would both agree that that pairing of Dean and Petula, which was their first, turned out to be a dream come true:

    Kimmy’s Birthday Message with Correct Photo Attachment

  • 493. Kylie Hughes  |  October 31, 2011 at 1:56 am

    Hi Michael 🙂
    I love that dream medley from the 7th Season.
    Dean and Petula looked so comfortable, relaxed and I think there might have been some Amore between them.
    They worked together so many times and there was such great chemistry between them.
    I loved the photo you had posted from 1971 but I also love the photo you replaced it with showing a younger Dean with eyes for Petula only 🙂
    Grey hair or dark, Dean was so handsome.
    Everytime they sang together they were wonderful 🙂
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 494. Kylie Hughes  |  November 5, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    A good friend sent me this link, no not this Kylie, but the one who can sing, lol http://www.goear.com/listen/d254c63/let-it-snow-kylie-minogue-dean-martin
    Hugs n Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 495. Janice Glazier  |  November 6, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Loved it!
    Taffy

  • 496. Denny  |  November 6, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Kylie wrote “Dean and Petula looked so comfortable, relaxed and I think there might have been some Amore between them.” I think you’re right, Kylie. Did you notice that just before the camera cut away on the DMS version, Dean said, “the girl I’m in love with?” Every time I saw the 2 of them together, I got the feeling that our guy was a bit smitten.

  • 497. Kylie Hughes  |  November 7, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Hi Denny 🙂
    I did notice Dean saying that as the camera cut away.
    I think Dean was definately smitten with Petula.
    Whenever they worked together they only had eyes for each other.
    It`s like the camera wasn`t there, lol
    I just wonder what Jeannie was thinking whenever she saw Dean with Petula ? lol
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 498. Kylie Hughes  |  November 13, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Hi Everyone 🙂
    I`m looking for some advice regarding a new 2 Disc Colgate Comedy Hour dvd set which has been released in the U.S.A..
    I`ve bought Colgates in the past only to find Deans songs have been cut so I don`t want to fall for the same trap again.
    If anybody has bought this new set, can you tell me if Deans songs are included in the shows please ?
    Here is a description…
    DEAN MARTIN & JERRY LEWIS COLGATE COMEDY HOUR
    2 dvd set
    by TIMELESS MEDIA GROUP

    Over 4 Hours! The great comedy team of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis sparkle in The Colgate Comedy Hour, NBC’s popular live musical variety show that ran from 1950-55. In addition to great comedy, singing, and dancing, these four classic episodes of the show hosted by Martin and Lewis feature choreography by the great Bob Fosse (All That Jazz), and comedy sketches written by a young Norman Lear (All In The Family). Dean and Jerry’s guests include Polly Bergen, Connie Russell, Dorothy Dandridge and Helen O’Connell.

    *Bonus Feature* “The Magic Act” A Pantomime – Jerry Lewis and Red Skelton performing live on The Red Skelton Show in 1971.
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 499. Video Vision  |  November 13, 2011 at 9:45 am

    The salute to America’s Veterans continues this weekend — and so does Michelle DellaFave and Lindsay Bloom‘s mission on their behalf. To find out what these two have been doing lately on the home front for Vets, go here:

    http://thegolddiggers.wordpress.com/2011/11/12/and-the-beat-goes-on/

  • 500. Video Vision  |  November 13, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Now ready to view: More rare, vintage images of The Golddiggers and Dingaling Sisters performing in Bob Hope‘s 1970 Christmas Show at West Point…Plus more never-before-seen photos of Golds and Dings at Veterans events from 2007 to the present. All here in The Closet, only at Dean, Golds and Dings: CLICK HERE FOR THE STORY

  • 501. Video Vision  |  November 22, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Thanksgiving is only a couple of days away…but already today, we can rejoice in the birthday of someone for whom all devotees of The Golddiggers, Dingaling Sisters and The Dean Martin Show can be thankful. To find out who, CLICK HERE.

  • 502. Kylie Hughes  |  November 24, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Hi Everyone,
    I gave the 2 disc Colgate set a miss.
    However for anyone wanting the Colgates, I found this set which I see from the reviews includes all of Deans songs.
    Martin and Lewis Colgate Comedy Hour 16 Classic Episodes.
    Only the commercials have been edited.
    I just placed an order.
    Happy Thanksgiving
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 503. Kylie Hughes  |  November 24, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Sorry, having internet problems
    Kylie

  • 504. Video Vision  |  November 24, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Kylie, thanks for the information about the DVD release in which Dean‘s songs from The Colgate Comedy Hour are included. For others who might also be interested in purchasing this 4-disc set, here’s a link to its availability on Amazon:

    Martin and Lewis Colgate Comedy Hour 16 Classic Episodes

    And here’s another link — this one to comments in which someone who reviewed the collection for Amazon confirmed that it contains most, if not all, of Dean’s featured musical numbers:

    Amazon Comments

  • 505. Kylie Hughes  |  November 25, 2011 at 6:13 am

    Hi Video Vision 🙂
    These are the reviews I read which influenced me to order this set.
    This looks like a great set, finally the Colgates featuring Deans songs.
    And very reasonably priced.
    Being in Australia and with christmas approaching, I`ll have a long wait with the shipping but I think it`ll be worth it 🙂
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 506. Michelle DellaFave  |  November 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Hi Everyone, I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!
    I have been enjoying the new set of Dean Martin shows from Time Life… Taffy there is a number on there with the Dings singing with Dean, it is where we have the green two piece and we lift him up and swing him… we do “On The Good Ship Lollypop” I forgot that one… and then there is a shot of us with a pretty ruffled top and hip hugger black pants, but I can not remember that number for the life of me… I think the top was a deep pink…loved seeing all the old numbers with Dean, Ruth Buzzi is on it, I love a number he does with Imogene Coca, there is a little dog that is so cute in the number…I am still watching… I have one more DVD to go… now I am going to listen to Deana Martin’s new Christmas cd… I am ready to get into the Christmas spirit!! love to all,
    Michelle DellaFave!

  • 507. Janice Glazier  |  November 27, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Hi Michelle!

    I remember those green outfits! They were our “road” outfits from time to time. Amazing bell-bottoms on those hip huggers! I don’t really remember singing On The Good Ship Lollipop….maybe I blocked it out? LOL ! I do remember the song we sang with Dean when we actually picked him up. I remember him laughing and making it OK, but It was a bit scary lifting him like that! So much fun…wasn’t it?
    I will have to pick up a copy of the Time Life series. I can’t remember the pink ruffled top….hmmmmm. Do you remember the plaque Paul Moore gave us? It listed all the numbers we ever did. It must be packed away somewhere! That might give us some answers!

    So much fun talking to you today. Maybe we can catch up in person, soon.

    Taffy

  • 508. Janice Glazier  |  November 27, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    @Denny and Kylie

    I remember Petula Clark performing with Dean like it was yesterday. I believe her appearance during “my” season was because she was a last minute replacement for a star who was unable to do the show. I distinctly remember Lee Hale speaking of her in glowing terms. Everyone adored her and admired her ability to be such a “quick study”. Such a pro, so pretty and talented! She always made it look easy.

  • 509. Kylie Hughes  |  November 29, 2011 at 6:23 am

    Hi Michelle and Taffy 🙂
    I loved seeing The Ding a Lings singing On the Good Ship Lollipop 🙂
    Besides saying it was great, I also think if Shirley Temple had seen this version of her song, her lollipop would have melted, lol
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 510. Kylie Hughes  |  November 29, 2011 at 6:40 am

    I`ve never seen the television series Matt Helm, I`m guessing I never will.
    However I was doing a little research and discoverd Helen Funai appeared in an episode of this show called Dead Men Talk.
    Airdate 20th September 1975.
    Helen also guest starred on an episode of The Misadventures of Sherrif Lobo.
    I have only ever seen one episode of this series, Dean Martin and the Moonshiners.
    I would have loved to have seen Helens episode.
    I am fortunate enough to have seen Helen in Mannix 🙂
    Missed her in Quincy though 😦
    I know I must have the episode of I Spy which Helen appeared in, The Barter.
    I`ll have to get that one out and watch it again 🙂
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 511. Kylie Hughes  |  November 29, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Hi Taffy 🙂
    Petula Clark was so talented and still is.
    She`s one of my favourite singers.
    I wanted to add a little story my father told me.
    This was well before I was born.
    Petula Clark visited Australia and appeared on a talkback radio show in Melbourne, which was being broadcast from a big van parked in the Bourke Street Mall.
    Anyone who has been to Melbourne would know Bourke Street.
    My dad who is also a Petula Clark fan and happened to be in Melbourne that day was standing nearby the van hoping to at least catch a glimpse of her.
    Petula came out shaking hands with the fans and my dad built up the courage to ask her for an autographed photo.
    She had none with her but asked for my dads address.
    Dad said he loved meeting her, but he wasn`t expecting to hear back especially as she had a busy schedule doing performances.
    A few days later a letter arrived with a small colour cardboard photo inscribed to my dad and he said he could smell her the strong fragrance of her perfume on the photo.
    When I came into the world and eventually learned who Petula Clark is, dad showed me the photo with the envelope posted from the Chevron Hotel and the smell of Petulas perfume was still strong and smelt wonderful.
    Recently I looked at the photo again and Petula looks beautiful.
    Unfortunately the fragrance of her perfume has vanished over the years.
    My dad told me she was so wonderful and I truly believe she is 🙂
    Just watching her with Dean, it`s easy to see Dean thought she was wonderful too.
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 512. Video Vision  |  November 29, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Thank you, Kylie, for sharing with us that terrific anecdote about your Dad and Petula Clark. It’s one with which I’m sure almost any fan who’s had the opportunity to personally meet one of his or her favorite celebrities can identify.

    For your Dad, the fragrance may have evaporated, but the melody, and memories, linger on.

  • 513. Janice Glazier  |  November 29, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Kylie…that’s such a wonderful sweet story! Thanks for sharing!

    taffy xo

  • 514. Kylie Hughes  |  November 30, 2011 at 6:26 am

    Hi Taffy and Michael 🙂
    It is a wonderful memory for my dad 🙂
    I wish I could say I`ve met someone famous but I never have, maybe someday, lol
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 515. Video Vision  |  December 1, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    With today being the birthday of one of Dean Martin’s Dingaling Sisters, we’ve wound the clock back not just to her days with Dean and company, but to the period in her career that came right before her DMS stint, as well. To have peek, simply CLICK HERE

     

  • 516. Kylie Hughes  |  December 22, 2011 at 6:35 am

    I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year 🙂
    Going to the seaside on my holidays, if you don`t hear from me again, well we have a lot of sharks down under, lol
    Hope you all have wonderful holidays 🙂
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 517. Kylie Hughes  |  December 23, 2011 at 6:46 am

    Just wondering if anyone else has seen the second Dean Martin Time Life release ?
    Haven`t read many reviews yet.
    I enjoyed this set so much 🙂
    This really made my Christmas 🙂
    Merry Christmas
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 518. Denny  |  December 24, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Have a wonderfull, blessed and safe Christmas with those you love everyone!

  • 519. Susan Fong  |  December 24, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I’d like to wish everyone a very safe and happy holiday season. May the New Year bring all good things to you and your loved ones. MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HANUKKAH!!!!

    Love,
    Susan

  • 520. Barry  |  December 25, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Merry Christmas to all my Dean Martin and Gold and Ding fans, Also remembering Dean Today, RIP (1916-1995)

  • 521. Video Vision  |  January 2, 2012 at 10:56 am

    The start of a new year is generally accompanied by a number of traditions — making resolutions, toasting with champagne, watching the ball drop in Times Square, seeing Ben Grauer grow increasingly inebriated as he monitors the countdown from atop the Astor Hotel (well, admittedly, that last tradition is a bygone one, not likely to be revisited).

    But another that remains very much alive and well here at Dean, Golds and Dings is celebrating the entrance into the world of those of our V.I.P.s and friends who were born during the first week in January. Heading that list on this second day of 2012 is someone who has not only been a longtime active and articulate contributor to our little conclave, but who’s also one of the most thoughtful and decent people you could ever hope to know, with a great sense of humor and a dedication to both his family and his profession — teaching a set of kids whom he’d be the first to tell you are no picnic to try to teach.

    That he still finds time to devote to all of us and our common interests here at DGD is his gift to us. And though he deserves so much more in return, here’s hoping that this little greeting that we’ve put together will in some way suffice.

    Happy Birthday, Denny, and Many, Many More

    Michael

  • 522. Kylie Hughes  |  January 2, 2012 at 11:16 am

    A very Happy Birthday to Sheryl and Denny 🙂
    Great Big Birthday Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 523. Denny Coyle  |  January 2, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Michael, you’re too kind. I didn’t know who you were talking about until I saw my name at the bottom! Want to edit my upcoming book series on why Johnny Really can’t read?

    Many thanks to all of you who have sent me birthday wishes both here and on facebook. Michael, Michelle, Kylie, Sheryl, and Barry. When I was responding to Michelle it occured to me how fortunately odd it is that I ever met any of you. I was minding my own business, looking for a particular shot of Dean and when I found it, I couldn’t actually see the full size photo until I joined the old Yahoo group. What an inconvenience!! (Michael’s idea, I’ll bet!) But Hey, it was free, so I joined up for the picture. Then I found out that you were an interesting bunch of characters and then, WHOA!, there be Dings and Golds here! Never did I expect to actually meet people who knew Dean, I just wanted a picture I remembered from my misspent youth. What are the odds that an old memory would lead me to call this fine and quite varied group of people friends? To top that off, it was only because of another of Michael’s bright ideas that I ever joined Facebook.(kicking and screaming) Since that happened I have been refound by a bunch of old friends that I never expected to hear from again. Another kind twist of fate. Anyway, friends, Thanks for taking me into the fold. I value every one of you. And Michael, keep those bright ideas coming! Who knows where you’ll lead us next?

    Denny

  • 524. kimmy & dover  |  January 4, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Denny –
    A belated happy birthday! Michael had to bring me kicking and screaming to Facebook too – and i have been surprised to find old friends from my high school days even! Also, the merger between my group of Dinopallies and Michael’s group with the Dingalings and all the other good folk has been a blessing and a boon for me for sure. Michael’s ideas and creativity have led the Dinopallies to better days i think – tho some of the old Dinopallies are still missing, sadly.
    Happy New Year to everyone!

    kimmy and dover, the wonder dog

  • 525. Video Vision  |  January 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    The January freeze continues in much of the U.S., but it’s full steam ahead for the procession of New Year’s birthdays, with two members of The Golddiggers spotlighted today. Party invitations aren’t necessary; simply R.S.V.P. here:

    January Birthday Bash

  • 526. James Truthseeker  |  January 8, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Thanks for the birthday wishes everyone and to others here who also have birthdays around this time.

  • 527. Denny  |  January 9, 2012 at 1:38 am

    Thanks , Kimmy! Give Dover a scooby snack and a pat on the head for me! Thank you too James! Good to see you back. I was afraid you got yourself eaten in the Amazon or something! Michael, you’re going to give me a swelled head! I’m just an old Irishman who’s too hardheaded to stop swimming against the tide yet!

  • 528. Video Vision  |  January 10, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Denny, mavericks like you never grow old. In fact, your outlook on life is the kind embodied in that paean to youthful spirit, “Young at Heart” (which Frank sang most famously, but which, as we Dino fans know, our guy sang most affectingly).

    We rang in the New Year sending you birthday felicitations, Denny, and in turn, the fine job that you do teaching science to your adolescent charges inspired a theme for the string of January birthdays that we annually commemorate here at Dean, Golds and Dings.

    Extending that theme (and milking it for all it’s worth), we note, as pointed out above, that this past Sunday marked the birthday of one of our most enduring denizens, James Truthseeker, who taught many of us not only something about the relationship between the “Welcome To My World” medleys and worlds beyond, but also about the universal values of dignity and integrity. We don’t see as much of James as we used to or might like to, but we’re always happy to reunite with him when he has a chance to stop by.

  • 529. Video Vision  |  January 10, 2012 at 1:11 am

    Coming full circle, we put the icing on the cake of our education-inflected birthday celebration with best wishes to another long-standing member of our community who, as the stars would have it, happens not only to be a Capricorn, too, but another teacher and role model for her young students, as well. I’m speaking, of course, of today’s birthday girl, Susanprimus inter pares among Moderators of the old Dinopallies group, and thankfully, a continuing presence here in the group’s latter-day incarnation.

    It’s her birthday, so rightfully, she’s the one entitled to a wish before blowing out the candles; but if I might be so bold as to put forward a wish of my own, it’s that Susan would finally join the rest of us on Facebook — and by the way, that wish goes for another longtime friend of ours from the GoldsAndDings group whom we don’t hear from much anymore, but who also had a birthday this past weekend — Paul.

    Now, from what they’ve each told me, I understand that both Susan and Paul have been reluctant to come aboard the Facebook bandwagon due mainly to privacy concerns. I sympathize with those concerns, but if I can play the role of instructor myself for just a moment, I’ll try to explain (while trying not to be pedantic) why such concerns are unfounded.

    Yes, Facebook can be intrusive — IF you feed it information about yourself. Absent your providing that information, Facebook has no access to your personal data. Facebook cannot reach into your computer and grab your information; it knows only as much about you as you tell it. If you simply register with your name (or even under a pseudonym, if you prefer), reveal nothing more about yourself, and then simply use it as a tool to keep up with your friends and interests, then it’s impossible for Facebook to compromise your privacy.

    As Denny and Kimmy both mentioned a few messages back, they entered the Facebook domain kicking and screaming — and if you think THEY were resistant, I can attest to the fact that I had to be bound, gagged, kidnapped and dragged across state lines before I finally surrendered to the pull of the FB vortex.

    But by being on Facebook, and LIKING Dean, Golds and Dings on Facebook, the benefit for everyone is how much easier it makes it to keep in touch with all of our online friends and stay current with what’s happening here at Dean, Golds and Dings and The Golddiggers Super Site.

    Okay — end of lesson. Class dismissed. I’m headed for the Teacher’s Lounge — no, make that the Pallies Lounge. And Susan and Paul, if you’ll both join us there, I promise the next round’s on me. In fact, before we even get started, here’s a toast to both of you — and to James Truthseeker, too: Happy Birthday, and Many, Many More.

    Salud,

    Michael

  • 530. Paul  |  January 10, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Hey guys,
    I am deeply touched (and no, I don’t mean my mind) that Michael remembered my birthday. Hope everyone is well. Facebook is not an option for me but I am so glad to hear from my friends.
    Paul

  • 531. Denny  |  January 10, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Happy Birthday, Paul! It’s great to see your name on the board again! You’ve got to visit more often. (Ha, I should talk, funny how life’s requirements expand to take up every second of your spare time, isn’t it?) Many happy returns, my friend!

    PS Stop by more often if you can!

    Denny

  • 532. Denny  |  January 10, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Happy Birthday Susan! I hope it’s a great one for you!

    Denny

  • 533. Michelle DellaFave  |  January 10, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Hi Paul, Denny and Susan,
    I have connected with Denny and James on Facebook, and I got a beautiful Christmas card from Susan, but I haven’t heard from Paul in a while. Nice to have you checking in!! Happy Birthday “yah all” as they say in the South, and of course, Happy New Year!! I hope Kylie had a great Christmas and is enjoying the summer! Do not forget that sunscreen, VERY important for fair skinned ladies!!! Love to all my Dingaling and Golddigger Sisters!!
    Michelle, I still do not know how to do the little smiley faces… I want to do a heart….hmmm

  • 534. Barry  |  January 11, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Don’t forget us fair skinned guys

  • 535. Michelle DellaFave  |  January 11, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Absolutely!! Thanks for pointing that out to me Barry, and indeed a HAT!!

  • 536. Paul  |  January 14, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Hi guys,
    Didn’t expect to find time to check in while watching the Patriots/Bronco’s but 35-7 opens up a lot of time.
    Michelle: hope all is well with you.Just reading your post brightens up my day.
    Denny, I fondly recall our past conversations.
    I had briefly considered taking a cruise for my birthday but recent events off the Italian coast made me realize I made the right decision. If you haven’t seen the pictures of the capsizing they are mind blowing.
    Anyway back to the game. My man Tebow is literary going to need a miracle.

  • 537. Denny  |  January 15, 2012 at 3:25 am

    Gosh Paul, I didn’t know there was a game today! That’s a pretty rare event that happened with that ship. In a happier day, I used to build them, and they’re pretty sturdy. We had one on sea trials and got slammed with at least 26 ft waves. I slept like a baby. The thing you have to look at is the company who built the ship and the company that’s sailing it. I wouldn’t have any concerns on this quarter of the pond. Take that sail, Pal. Hurricane season is even over!

  • 538. Video Vision  |  February 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    What’s 100 times better than Dancing With The Stars? Try the smooth moves of today’s birthday gal from The Golddiggers and The Dean Martin Show! Step right this way and CLICK HERE for the details.

  • 539. Video Vision  |  February 26, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Today’s birthday salute takes you to a world beyond — and somehow manages to bring The Golddiggers along for the ride! Board the spacecraft HERE to follow the adventure…

  • 540. Video Vision  |  March 22, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    BREAKING NEWS: Dean Martin Show fans rejoice! This is the moment we’ve awaited for years, and it’s finally arrived: Time-Life is releasing FULL, UNEDITED episodes of Dean’s series!!! And The Golddiggers Super Site‘s exclusive report is the only place where you’ll find all of the details. Click below to learn more:

    The Dean Martin Variety Show Uncut

  • 541. Mark  |  March 22, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Congratulations Michael, Golddiggers alumni and everyone who was eagerly anticipating this DVD release for years.

  • 542. Denny  |  March 22, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Whooooo Hoooooo! Time to head to the roof tops and spread this news!

  • 543. Susan  |  March 29, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I’d like to wish our dear Pallie Kylie a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! I hope that you have a WONDERFUL Birthday Kylie and that you will enjoy a GREAT Birthday celebration 🙂 Thank you for being such a WONDERFUL and VERY DEAR FRIEND. I know that this year your Birthday will be especially PERFECT with the release of some episodes of the COMPLETE Dean Martin Shows which is a long awaited dream for all of us Dino fans 🙂

    Lots of Love and Birthday ((((((((HUGS))))))),
    Susan XXXOOOXXXOOO

  • 544. Janice Glazier  |  March 30, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Happy Happy Happy Birthday to you sweet Kylie! Hope you have a wonderful day of cake and ice cream and all the people you love!
    Love,
    Taffy XOXO 😉

  • 545. Kylie Hughes  |  March 30, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Hi Susan 🙂
    Thankyou 🙂
    With the news of The Dean Martin Shows being released this is the best birthday I can remember 🙂
    Thankyou too for being such a wonderful friend 🙂
    As my dad once used to write to you, our friendship goes way back to then, I can`t remember the year but I think I was only 9 or 10 and my dad after a lot of persuasion finally allowed me to join a Dean Martin group 🙂
    Back then we could only dream of The Dean Martin Shows being released, now the day has come, at last 🙂
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 546. Kylie Hughes  |  March 30, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Hi Taffy 🙂
    Thankyou 🙂
    I was planning on a low key birthday tomorrow but I notice my favourite ice cream Triple Choc is in the refrigerator and what I think is a cake, lol
    My friends will be visiting tomorrow so I guess my birthday won`t be too low key after all, lol
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 547. Video Vision  |  March 30, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Kylie, although it’s been close to a decade, It Seems Like Yesterday that you were the youngest member of our old Dinopallies group; but even then, as a young teen, you were wise beyond your years — not just in your knowledge and appreciation of Dean Martin, but also in all of your musical tastes, your manners, your sensibility and your comportment.

    As with the eponymous young woman (I know how you dislike the term “young lady”) in the song “Gigi”, we’ve watched you grow up before our very eyes (much, as Taffy pointed out recently, as Dean watched many of The Golddiggers and Dingaling Sisters grow up before his). But even as you’ve matured, Kylie, you’ve never lost the sweetness, innocence and sense of wonder that make many of us still think of you as the little girl we first came to know — and maybe that’s at least in part because, even with the passing years, you’re still one of the youngest, if not THE youngest, members of our community.

    I know how much Dean Martin has meant to you, and to your Dad, as well, so it couldn’t be more fitting that news of the first complete, uncut episodes of Dean’s series would arrive as if a present to you, just days before the anniversary of this, the date on which you were Welcomed into this World. How serendipitous it would be if a fresh gift like this were to arrive every year to coincide with your birthday. Yet regardless of whether that were to happen, I think we can all agree that your continued presence among us will be a gift to all of us that keeps on giving.

    Happy Birthday, Kylie, and Many, Many More.

    Love, Michael

  • 548. Janice Glazier  |  March 30, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Better eat a piece of cake for me! ripple chocolate ice cream, too….YUM! XO

  • 549. Dennis B  |  March 30, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Happy Birthday to Kylie! An old Dean Martin fan salutes a young one! Enjoy your day!

  • 550. Michelle DellaFave  |  March 30, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Kylie, I hope you have a fabulous birthday and I pray you have happiness and good health and much love always!!!
    Love, light and blessings to you! Hugs!!
    Michelle GoldandDing

  • 551. Kylie Hughes  |  March 31, 2012 at 1:45 am

    Hi Michael 🙂
    Thank you for your very kind words, now that I`m in my twenties, I love the term Young Lady, lol
    I`ve grown up idolising Dean Martin and his many talents, getting to know so many other wonderful fans of Dean, all of us hoping someday The Dean Martin Shows would be released complete and uncut.
    And hearing the news shortly before my birthday has made this birthday so very special and one I`ll always remember 🙂
    You kept telling me that day would come and never give up hope.
    I had almost given up hope of ever seeing the complete shows released due to all the complicated copyright problems though.
    I`m very confident now this release will be the first of many, a few people have mentioned it depends on the sales but I`m confident these shows are going to sell quickly and create a big demand for more shows to follow.
    Many wonderful things have happened in my lifetime.
    When I was younger I never imagined someday I`d not only come to know the names of The Golddiggers but actually get to know some of these wonderful ladies 🙂
    My dad who grew up watching The Dean Martin Shows as a boy often says to me (and we discuss The Dean Martin Shows often) he`d always liked the Golddigger with the english accent and blonde hair, I was finally able to say oh, you mean Wanda 🙂
    Or he would say how much he loved the lady with the soprano voice or the tall beautiful blonde lady and I could say to him, that`s Michelle, I just wrote to her last week, lol
    My dad always looks so surprised 🙂
    This group has made all of that possible and has also given me the chance to know some very wonderful and kind people.
    I`m getting back into my old habits of going on and on, lol
    So I`ll close saying Thank you and everyone for helping to make this birthday so special 🙂
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 552. Kylie Hughes  |  March 31, 2012 at 1:54 am

    Hi Taffy 🙂
    I was wrong, I did get to go out and celebrate today, my dad treated me and my friends to McDonalds 🙂
    We needed two taxis, lol
    The ice cream with yummy chocolate sauce didn`t last long, lol
    Hi Denny 🙂
    Thank you for your kind wishes, I don`t think there is an age gap among Dean Martin fans, his music keeps us all young and I know Dean will have new generations of fans long into the future 🙂
    Hi Michelle 🙂
    I had such a wonderful birthday and it`s not over yet, lol
    I think my birthday won`t end until May the 22nd 🙂
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 553. Kylie Hughes  |  April 20, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I haven`t seen any posts here but check out this new release http://www.amazon.com/Collected-Cool-DVD-Dean-Martin/dp/B007R6XA0M
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 554. Kylie Hughes  |  April 20, 2012 at 9:53 am

    To anyone who wished me a Happy Birthday on Facebook and if I missed your messages, I`m so sorry and I want to thankyou all so much 🙂
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 555. Video Vision  |  April 25, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    With all of the obstacles that over the years have stood in the way of releasing complete, unexpurgated episodes of The Dean Martin Show — among them, the cost and difficulty involved in clearing so many musical numbers, as well as concerns that there might not be enough of a fan base left to support the effort — it’s a testament to the persistence and resilience of Dean’s loyal following that they’ve hung in there for so long, never wavering in enthusiasm for their cause.

    And of this army of true believers, the ones who’ve been the most influential in helping to lead the charge are those who have not only opened their wallets to buy Dean Martin Show reissues, but who have also actively participated in online forums, recalling their memories of the series, championing its revival, spreading the word to others, and keeping alive the dream of encore presentations on DVD. Such interest and passion are not only contagious, but also, speak volumes to the corporate hierarchy about what really matters to the consumer congregation.

    One member of the flock who’s always gone the extra mile for this crusade is Barry DesLauriers; and in recognition of his years of dedication and friendship, going back to the days of the old GoldsAndDings Group, we want to take this opportunity, on this, his birthday, to wish Barry a very Happy, Healthy Birthday, and Many, Many More.

  • 556. Denny  |  April 25, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Happy Birthday, Barry! You’ll find your present in the store in a little less than a month

  • 557. Janice Glazier  |  April 25, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Happy Birthday Barry!!!! Just remember to count your blessings…..and NOT the candles. I hope it has been a beautiful day for you!
    Taffy 😉

  • 558. Michelle DellaFave  |  April 25, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Hi Barry, If you didn’t catch my Happy Birthday on Facebook, here it is again… to wish you double the happiness and many blessings to you, Michelle(GoldandDing)

  • 559. Kylie Hughes  |  April 26, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Hi Barry 🙂
    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday.
    I hope you and your family had a wonderful day 🙂
    Great Big Birthday Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 560. Barry  |  April 28, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Just back from New York, I love that city. Thanks to Michael, Michelle, Denny, Janice, and Kylie for your birthday wishes and I can’t wait till next month to get my new DVD.

  • 561. Video Vision  |  May 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    A trio of affectionate pics, and a clip from one of Dean’s flicks, make up our Dean, Golds and Dings Mother’s Day bouquet. Come sample the arrangement:

    CLICK HERE

  • 562. Video Vision  |  May 19, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    All of us familiar with Dean‘s work know that he had a very special chemistry with Petula Clark. So I thought that others here at Dean, Golds and Dings might be as fascinated and awestruck as I was by a clip that I came across on YouTube of Petula at age 14, making what was very likely her debut on a medium that was itself just coming of age — television.

    I was particularly amazed, as I think others will be, by what good condition the footage is in, as well as by what remarkable poise, pitch-perfect vocals and professional delivery this young girl, barely into her teens, already possessed. Have a look for yourself:



  • 563. Janice Glazier  |  May 21, 2012 at 2:42 am

    I thoroughly enjoyed this old clip. Petula Clark was incredibly talented and quite the little performer, even at a very young age! Thanks for sharing, Michael. 😉

  • 564. Kylie Hughes  |  May 21, 2012 at 8:58 am

    This is a great clip 🙂
    Petula had so much talent, even if she had never appeared on a Dean Martin Show she would still have been one of my favourite singers from the 1960s
    But she did appear with Dean and they worked magic together.
    One of my favourite clips of Dean and Petula is from a rare Petula Clark special.
    Petula mounts a horse and Dean who starred in so many westerns tries to mount the horse too and as he is trying to do so, the horse turns his head and gives Dean a funny look, lol
    Then when Dean finally does get on board he and Petula sing a great medley 🙂
    Hugs and Kisses
    Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 565. Denny  |  May 22, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    WAHOO! Happy Happy Joy Joy! My Dean Martin Show DVD’s were sitting in my doorway when I came home from school today. I managed to watch 3 of the shows before it became necessary to give up the TV to Dancing with the Stars. As soon as I started watching, I was transported to the late 60’s early 70’s. Oddly, a high school friend even called in the middle of a show, just like the good old days. (except back then he wouldn’t have been calling to go out boating, and back then I wouldn’t have answered the phone! LOL) It was worth the 40 year wait friends! If anyone hasn’t ordered their copy because they were waiting for feedback, here’s your feedback. The DVD’s are exactly as advertised. Start to finish, whole shows just like you remember except for the commercials. You might even be getting a little more than on the original shows. It seems like they have run their cuts a little long so that some of the scenes show Dean talking to someone and then he goes into the show. OK, DWTS is over, time to take back the TV!

  • 566. Kylie Hughes  |  May 23, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Hi Denny 🙂
    Wow !
    Your review is fantastic !
    I can`t wait to see the shows myself, a dream come true 🙂
    Usually I prefer time to go slow but right now I wish time would speed up for a couple of weeks, lol
    Happy viewing 🙂
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 567. Denny  |  May 23, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Watched the final 2 shows after work today. I got stuck on the second one though. I seemed to accidentally keep playing the Funky Chicken over and over again. I think I need to have my remote checked out soon. Nice job, Ladies! I’m telling everybody I know how wonderful these DVD’s are. Michael, how many do you think we have to sell to get a second set? I’m buying Christmas presents early this year.

  • 568. Janice Glazier  |  May 23, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    I like that idea! 🙂
    Taffy

  • 569. Barry  |  May 23, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Mine are in transit so I will be watching them this weekend so Denny now I can’t wait and I believe I may have the same problem with my TV remote and the Funky Chicken because the same thing happened to me when I watched my Bob Hope Christmas shows.

  • 570. Michelle DellaFave  |  May 23, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    As Dean would say “just keep those cards and letters coming in” … Yes I agree with you Taffy… Funky Chicken’s on there eh?? That number follows me where ever I go…maybe I should do an electronic version of that song so the young ones can dance to it…DJ version… my son could help me make it really cool… or maybe a space age version… like the music in “Tron” new movie version…yah never know… and I want to wish everyone a blessed weekend and a special Memorial Day Weekend… God Bless America… Be safe and reflect and enjoy your freedom!

  • 571. Richard Wierzbowski  |  May 24, 2012 at 1:34 am

    The more sets that are bought, the better the chances of more great releases of this classic program in the months and years to come!

  • 572. Video Vision  |  May 24, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Denny, Michelle, Taffy, Barry, Kylie and Richard — your collective enthusiasm for the new Dean Martin Uncut DVDs is both heartening and very important, because I can tell you all with confidence that your comments are being read by the highest echelon of those responsible for bringing these glorious programs to market.

    Denny, you asked how many of these DVD sets would have to be sold to convince the powers that be to bring out another set. Well, according to Time-Life’s own publicity department, the first two 6-DVD collections, released last spring and fall, respectively, sold a combined total of over 5 million units — a number that was obviously sufficient to lead to this first batch of unedited episodes. So, to justify a sequel, one would assume that corporate chieftains would want to see sales for this newest compendium of at least 2 million units.

    And, Denny, I think you hit upon exactly the right idea with regard to how we Dinophiles can help contribute to those figures. Naturally, each of us doesn’t need more than one set for ourselves. BUT we can all still help the cause by giving these discs as gifts.

    Moreover, why wait until Christmas? With high school and college graduation ceremonies taking place all over the country (and the world), and Father’s Day coming up, what could make a better present for Dads and Grads, both young and old? (I’m starting to sound like the Playboy Advisor).

    No, but seriously, folks (as Bob Hope used to say), at less than $20 a pop (based on many merchant’s currently discounted prices), it’s a great way to spread the word about how entertaining Dean’s series is; and for all of us Dino diehards looking to ensure continued releases of uncut episodes, it’s the gift that will keep on giving.

  • 573. Janice Glazier  |  May 24, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    That’s a great idea, Michael! especially with Father’s Day coming up so soon.
    😉 Taffy

  • 574. Richard Wierzbowski  |  May 24, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Any chance to give someone the gift of laughter and wholesome entertainment such as this program is worth the twenty bucks or so. Online would be the best bet but if you can find them in the physical stores, I say go for it and pick up a copy..I have.

  • 575. Kylie Hughes  |  May 25, 2012 at 8:52 am

    I totally agree with Video Vision and Richard, the more sets bought the better the chances are Time Life will release more.
    I`m looking forward so much to my wonderful present 🙂 and I`m going to buy another set for my friend Levi 🙂

  • 576. Lindsay Bloom  |  May 25, 2012 at 9:48 am

    I was so excited when I heard that we were finally going to be able to buy some uncut versions of Dean Martin’s TV Show!!! Can’t wait to see them (even though they aren’t from the 8th season when I was hired as the last “Ding-A-Ling Sister” I still want to see DEAN and the other Ding-a-ling Sisters)!
    Hopefully, this will lead to more of them being released in the full uncut version 🙂
    When one realizes that all of us Ding-a-ling Sisters and Golddiggers are now in our 60’s, perhaps they will realize how much this means to us; to be able to not only see our own performances, but to share them with our children, families and friends…..
    Thank you Time Life and Video Vision!

  • 577. Richard Wierzbowski  |  May 25, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Folks, they might be very hard to find at brick and mortar stores but they can be found with enough effort put in via a search. Best Buy or FYE might be one’s bet on that side of the coin, but online would probably be more efficient. Let’s gobble up those sets for presents and such for loved ones and friends and the like. Hoping Time-Life is paying attention to these boards. We’re getting the word out!!!!

  • 578. Barry  |  May 28, 2012 at 9:05 am

    After viewing this new Un-cut DVD, three words keep them coming!!! Can’t wait till the next batch is released. Thanks for the memories (apologies to Mr. Hope)

  • 579. Richard Wierzbowski  |  May 28, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Let’s keep the promotion machine going folks! Hoping we can get a lot more volumes of these shows in their original formats forthcoming.

  • 580. Michelle DellaFave  |  May 28, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    I just enjoyed many different seasons of Dean and his truly entertaining variety show. For fans who want to see what a variety show was like, watch this. We can see the show in it’s entirety which is such a blessing! I loved seeing the NBC peacock and the station breaks with the great musical interludes. The stars singing, Leslie Uggams, Barbara McNair, Joey Heatherton, Katerina Valenti, what voices, with the sets, and the choreography, and I loved the costumes. Best of all was seeing Dean sing his opener and his stint with Ken Lane and then his famous couch song! Since the years before I was blessed to be on his show, I could never really enjoy past shows, school the next day… now I can. It was family entertainment with a very sophisticated twist. Men in tuxes and women in beautiful gowns and stand up comics, I have to say I just howled at the body builders doing their routine… ah yes, seeing those bodies doing their acrobatics, well that was one of a kind, to say the least!

    The last show which included the Dingaling Sisters was a hoot for me. I did not remember taping that number, let alone what costumes we wore. The girls danced perfectly and I was trying so hard…ha, and that mike cord, wish we had body mikes back then, or even cordless… it brought all the memories of working with 4 mikes and those darn cords, on the endless days of being on the “road.”

    Of course, the last “Welcome to My World” medleys were beautiful and such good music. Loved the way Lee Hale did his medleys… and seeing the girls I knew so well then, all so special in their own way, like a bouquet of flowers… hopefully we can see more shows like these.

    That is it for now, Hedda Hopper reporting, and no gossip today folks, just my review!!

    Be well, be safe, love one another, and tell everyone to get these cd’s… my dream is to see all the Golddigger Summer Shows out. They were adorable and entertaining.! Maybe someday, someone will find copies of the “Soul Sisters” on “The Wacky World Of Jonathan Winters”…
    And of course, more Dean Martin Shows. Thank you NBC and Time Life!!

  • 581. Kylie Hughes  |  June 4, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Hi Everyone 🙂
    A few days ago I received The Dean Martin Shows and I have been in seventh heaven 🙂
    Great and fantastic are words that come to mind only because I can`t think of a better word to describe these shows, this is a dream come true.
    All my life I have waited for this day to come and I want to thank Time Life, NBC and everyone involved in making this come true.
    Every show is magical, it`s a shame there are no variety shows today, there are no Dean Martins, Andy Williams and Perry Comos left.
    For me Dean had the greatest variety show and even though no one back then thought of the future or knew someday there would be dvds, it is amazing these shows still exist and in my opinion the quality is great.
    I think Time Life and NBC have done an excellent job releasing these shows just as they would have been shown back in the 1960s.
    And in glorious color, my dad told me back in his day everyone here had black and white televisions.
    The songs from Dean are great, fantastic 🙂
    The opening songs, the couch songs and the duets.
    The comedy sketches are great, some acts I have never heard of, there was so much talent back then.
    I liked Cyd Charisse, her song and dance reminded me of her performance in
    The Silencers.
    I had never heard of Allen and Rossi but they were great,
    especially Steve Rossi singing My Lonely Room, I liked that song 🙂
    Abbe Lane was great, the comedy was great, I was laughing so much at Dean and the
    girls dressed as dolls, How come they can touch me and I can`t touch them ?
    George Gobell was great and funny as always and I thought he did a great hillbilly
    song complete with yodel.
    I loved the duet with Marguerita Piazza, the
    scene where Rossi pulls the toupe off of Eddy Foys head was hilarious, I
    wonder if that was rehearsed or if it just happened.
    The great duet with Buck Owens, Joey Heatherton was great, I wonder whatever became of her, she had so much talent.
    I loved watching her and Dean singing Just in time and Dean managed to keep up with her too, lol
    I would love to see the episode released of Joey singing Frankie and Johnny with Dick Martin.
    One of the biggest highlights and something that has been missing in past compilations was the Welcome to my World medley with The Golddiggers and the great Funky Chicken performed by The Ding a Ling Sisters was fantastic and one of the big highlights of this set.
    I`ve heard of Tommy Tune and it was so wonderful to finally see him, the shadow number was great 🙂
    There were so many great entertainers back then and most of them wanted to appear on Deans show.
    I could go on and on, as Dean once sang, Every Minute, Every Hour was just pure magic.
    Along with all Dean Martin fans my biggest hope is that Time Life will release more and more complete and uncut episodes.
    In the meantime I`m going to be watching these shows over and over again 🙂
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 582. Video Vision  |  June 7, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Marking the calendar, as Dean nears the century mark:

    https://deangoldsanddings.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/deans-birthday/

     

  • 583. Denny  |  June 11, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Sounds like Kylie liked them!

  • 584. Kylie Hughes  |  June 12, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Hi Denny 🙂
    I loved them so much 🙂
    I`ve watched the shows twice over and intend to watch them again.
    I keep hoping there will soon be news from Time Life about more releases, I can`t wait, lol
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 585. Denny  |  June 17, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Marking the calendar yet again as Michelle nears the 40 mark. Happy Birthday, Michelle! May your year be full of all good things and lots of happiness.

  • 586. Janice Glazier  |  June 17, 2012 at 2:23 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHELLE!
    LOVE, YOUR “SISTER”
    TAFFY XO

  • 587. Kylie Hughes  |  June 17, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Dear Michelle,
    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday 🙂
    Great Big Birthday Hugs from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 588. Video Vision  |  June 17, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Yes, it’s Michelle’s birthday…and although the party may have gotten started a little late here at Dean, Golds and Dings, right now, it’s in full swing. Come on in and join the fun:

    https://deangoldsanddings.wordpress.com/2012/06/17/happy-birthday-michelle/

     

  • 589. Video Vision  |  June 21, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    THIS JUST IN:

    A 4th Dean Martin Show DVD set is in the works… Guthy-Renker pulls its Dean Martin Show volumes from the market (this time, forever)…Plus: The most thorough review and analysis of the new DMS Uncut DVDs to be found anywhere.

    If you’re a fan of Dean and his series and care about its future course, you won’t want to miss this — all in one place and one place only:

    CLICK HERE

  • 590. Video Vision  |  August 19, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO DEANA MARTIN! For a detailed look at her just-concluded New York concert series and her reunion with The Dean Martin Show’s Michelle DellaFave, put on your party hat and join the festivities by clicking HERE.

  • 591. Video Vision  |  August 27, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Celebrate Dingaling Sister Lindsay Bloom‘s birthday today with a trip to The Greatest Show On Earth (next to Dean‘s, of course!). Come along for the ride by clicking HERE.

  • 592. Kylie  |  August 28, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Dear Lindsay,
    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday 🙂
    I hope you and your family have a wonderful celebration 🙂
    Great Big Birthday Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 593. Video Vision  |  September 7, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    The first-time reissue of a 1968 Dean Martin Christmas Show, as well as a big boxed set bringing together all of Time-Life‘s Dino releases to date, are on the way. Only one website has the full and accurate details, and you’ll find them right here:

    Dino: By The Case and Under The Tree!

     

  • 594. Video Vision  |  September 9, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    R.I.P. Dorothy McGuire of The McGuire Sisters: CLICK HERE for more.

  • 595. Janice Glazier  |  September 9, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Another loss. Too many these days. Was she the last to pass? No one will ever forget the legendary McGuire Sisters. RIP

  • 596. Video Vision  |  September 9, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Taffy, as noted in the caption under Dorothy’s picture, she is survived by both her older sister, Christine, and younger sister, Phyllis.

  • 597. Janice Glazier  |  September 9, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Oops….not seeing a photo! Sorry Michael. 😦

  • 598. Michelle DellaFave  |  September 10, 2012 at 12:12 am

    They just do not have sisters singing like that very often, but when they do, it is always so perfect. I loved watching them on the Dean Martin dvd’s. By the way Denny, Taffy and Kylie, I have over looked thanking you all for writing birthday wishes so long ago. I did respond on Facebook, but neglected it here… I hope you all still love me!!! 🙂 Blessings and light and all good wishes back. Denny, are you back teaching again? Kylie, how are you? Long time no hear! Taffy… love to you… I keep loving your entries on Facebook! Video Vision…you’re one in a million!

  • 599. Janice Glazier  |  September 10, 2012 at 1:55 am

    XO Michelle….Danny is in RI and just might knock on his “Aunt Michelle’s” door one day!

  • 600. Michelle DellaFave  |  September 10, 2012 at 2:07 am

    Absolutely Taffy, just let me know!!

  • 601. Janice Glazier  |  September 10, 2012 at 2:10 am

    I will! XO!

  • 602. Denny  |  September 10, 2012 at 2:47 am

    Hi Michelle!
    Of course we do! One response, using any medium is always wonderful! I’ve been so busy this summer that I have been keeping up with the Pallies lounge mostly through Facebook anyway. Been up to my backside in alligators and trying to remember that the initial objective was to drain the swamp! I spent most of the summer working on school requirements that were dropped on us at the end of the year, and taking a 4 credit Ecology course. I had big plans for Kayaking down the Bay, but haven’t gotten her hull wet as yet this year! Also had big plans for renovations on my house, and have yet to pick up a tool! Car repairs? HA Forget about it! I did manage to get in a 4 day sail, but only because my friend kidnapped me. I took school work along with me even then! Even my vacation was shortened by 2 days because of school work.
    I’m back in the pit 2 weeks, responding to email in the wee hours. So far this year has gone better than the last few have gone as far as the students are concerned. That’s a real good thing, because they’re sending us a lot more students this year. I already have more students than I did at the end of last year, and there are a lot more in the pipeline. I may need more desks!
    Vacation was wonderful this year. 8,000 miles plus! Made it to CalNeva. I loved it! That was a real highlight of the trip, even more so than camping on the volcano. Michael helped me find it and I told him I’d pass on a full accounting of the place, and it’s coming. – – – I hope soon. I also got about 50 pictures of the place, and one of them is a bit creepy. Remember when we used film and rationed our picture taking?
    Gotta go get my 4 hours of beauty sleep!

    Denny

  • 603. Kylie  |  September 10, 2012 at 4:14 am

    Hi Michelle 🙂
    Things are great here, we`re starting to get some nice beach weather, I`m looking forward to getting a tan 🙂
    I saw you last night 🙂
    Along with the other Ding a Ling Sisters, I was watching the Dean Martin Show again where you all do The Funky Chicken 🙂
    I don`t know much about The McGuire Sisters but one of the great highlights of the Dean Martin Shows was watching them sing with Dean, one of my favourite medleys 🙂
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 604. Kylie  |  September 23, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Dear Kimmy 🙂
    It`s so wonderful you are now back home, we have all been so worried about you and we`ve missed you so much.
    And I can imagine how much Dover missed you
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 605. Janice Glazier  |  September 23, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    There’s no place like home! Welcome back Kimmy! You have been missed!!!!!
    Taffy xo

  • 606. kimmy  |  September 27, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Thanks!! It’s good to be home!

  • 607. Denny  |  September 30, 2012 at 2:22 am

    Whooo Hooo! I get to be the first person in the lounge to leave birthday greetings for the fellow who does the upkeep on this place. So, Michael, my wordsmith guru, Happy Birthday! I hope this will be a great year for you with many more to come!
    Denny

  • 608. Kylie  |  September 30, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Hi Michael 🙂
    I want to wish you a very Happy Birthday too and hope you have a very special day
    Great Big Birthday Hugs from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 609. kimmy  |  September 30, 2012 at 8:33 am

    RATS! I wanted to be the first to wish Michael a happy birhtday!!
    Dearest Michael – You are a friend, a mentor, a brother to me…you are a very special part of my life and my life is a happier place just because you are a part of it. I love your quick, sharp mind, your empathy and humanity, your good taste in entertainment (obviously), your generosity of self and spirit, the way you leave happiness in your wake.
    You’re a very special guy and you deserve the most special of days! I hope you have it!
    Love, kimmy and dover

  • 610. Susan  |  September 30, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Dear Michael,
    I just want to wish you a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY and many, many more in good health and happiness. I hope that the coming year brings much love and many good things your way. Wishing you all life’s best always.

    Love,
    Susan

  • 611. Janice Glazier  |  September 30, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Wow! It’s your birthday! Well, you must know how special I think you are. You deserve a wonderful day with your best girl. Thank you for your humor, your kindness, your thoughtful deeds and for being my friend. Happy Birthday to YOU!
    Love, Taffy xo

  • 612. Michelle DellaFave  |  September 30, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Michael,
    You have blessed many and I see you are loved by very special people. Because of your work and dedication to the memory of The Dean Martin Show and The Golddiggers shows, we have all come together. Now Deana knows you, and I am sure many more will, who shared Dean’s life. I am so very grateful for all you have done. Who knew that when you interviewed Greg Garrison many years ago, you would get to know so many who worked on his show and shared their love of Dean with you. I am so very fortunate. My dream is to have you meet Lee Hale who you respect and admire so much. I think you know all the music Lee ever did on the shows.
    To Michael, a man who has many gifts, especially with words and wisdom. I know you know, I wish you a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, I have all day…I pray you have many more to come, filled with all you want and especially… PEACE! With love always, Michelle DellaFave

  • 613. Janice Glazier  |  September 30, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Nicely said, Michelle. XO

  • 614. Video Vision  |  October 1, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Having reached the age of 105, I thought this would be the year that Willard Scott finally acknowledged my birthday on The Today Show; yet once again, the occasion passed with nary a mention of it.

    Well, that snub aside, I couldn’t possibly imagine a warmer or more gratifying honor than the heartfelt sentiments and good wishes from friends and loved ones that I’ve received here at Dean, Golds and Dings, on Facebook, by phone and in person. A very humble thank you to Kimmy, Kylie, Taffy, Denny, Deana & John, Lindsay, Janice, Mark, Barry, Susan, Dennis B., James, Jeanette, Gloria, and of course, my beloved Michelle. You’ve all filled me with joy and appreciation, and I was not only moved by your words, but truly impressed by their eloquence, as well.

    As for you, Willard, perhaps you can still redeem yourself if you just remember that immortal line delivered by Scarlett O’Hara: “Tomorrow is another day”.

  • 615. Kylie Hughes  |  October 22, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Dear Kimmy,
    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday 🙂
    You`ve been through a lot this year but I hope there will be only good times ahead
    And may your special day be Something Big 🙂
    Great Big Birthday Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 616. Susan  |  October 23, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    I’d like to wish Kimmy a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY tomorrow!!! I know that this year has been a difficult one for you, but you’ve overcome the obstacles and hopefully, next year will be all downhill. I hope that you and Dover will celebrate a WONDERFUL day and that your folks and Greg will be a part of your Birthday celebration. ENJOY your special day!!!!

    Love Always,
    Susan XOXO

  • 617. kimmy  |  October 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    THanks!!!
    love, kimmy and dover

  • 618. Michelle DellaFave  |  October 24, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    KIMMY, AND me too… I hope you saw my HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! on Facebook… Again I wish you all good things and good health and lots of love and prosperity! God bless you and a hug for Dover!!
    Love, Michelle(GoldandDing)

  • 619. Janice Glazier  |  October 24, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! KIMMY!!!!!!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Love, Taffy

  • 620. kimmy & dover  |  October 24, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    thanks to all – here and on facebook – who left such wonderful messages! And especially to Michael who holds us all together! Love, kimmy and dover

  • 621. Video Vision  |  October 25, 2012 at 12:59 am

    If you missed our birthday salute to Kimmy, you also missed a rare clip of Dean that you won’t find anywhere else. But it’s not too late — you can still catch it here:

    http://www.deangoldsanddings.com/2012/10/24/a-cure-for-the-birthday-blues/

  • 622. Video Vision  |  November 1, 2012 at 4:24 am

    It wasn’t so very long ago that the US Postal Service actually lived up to its motto: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Regrettably, that pledge, like the proverbial check in the mail, has long since been lost, now as dated as the 5¢ stamp.

    Today, in the Northeast, where folks are grappling to get back on their feet after being pummeled by a malevolent hurricane with the benign name of Sandy, not only do the mailboxes remain empty, but the Mayor of New York and Governor of New Jersey have even decreed that Halloween be postponed (although somehow, it seems unlikely that all that candy earmarked for trick-or-treaters will go to waste).

    But to those of us around here, the last day of October is not just a time for ghosts and goblins and carved-out pumpkins — it also happens to be the birthday of a lovely and talented alumna of The Golddiggers and The Dean Martin Show (as well as The Bionic Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man and other TV programs and movies): Janice Whitby.

    In honor of Jan’s special day, we had a special feature planned for her, but unfortunately, Cyclone Sandy played hob (as in hobgoblin) with those plans (thus the reason for the preceding preamble about other casualties of the storm).

    However, as with mail deliveries and Halloween, the treat that we had in the works for your birthday, Jan, hasn’t been canceled, but merely postponed. Give us a wee bit more time, and we think it will be worth the wait.

    Meanwhile, here’s wishing you a Happy, Healthy Birthday, and Many, Many More.

    Michael

  • 623. Kylie Hughes  |  November 3, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Dear Janice,
    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday 🙂
    And I hope everyone is safe and well after that terrible hurricane.
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 624. Janice Whitby  |  November 4, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Thanks so much for the lovely Birthday wishes! I’m just grateful that my friends on the east coast are OK after the horrible “Frankenstorm”!

  • 625. Paul  |  November 4, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    To all my friends affected by the hurricane I wish you all the very best. Just got power back after 4 days. Sorry it took a tragedy to get me off my fanny to say hi.
    Paul

  • 626. Michelle DellaFave  |  November 4, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Hi Paul,
    I am glad to hear you have power. Can you get gas there?
    We are just fine here on the east side.
    Be safe and be well, blessings to you and your family!

  • 627. Paul  |  November 5, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Michelle,
    Thank you for the kind words. Gas is a bit tight up here in northern Westchester County but not as bad as the city. Keeping an eye on Weds’. storm.
    P

  • 628. Denny  |  November 5, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I wonder why there is tight gas up there? We have enough that the price is down about 20 cents from 2 weeks ago

  • 629. Paul  |  November 5, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Service stations w/o power, tanker trucks unable to deliver and panic (I’m down to 7/8s of a tank, better top off).
    Today, however, my wait was only 2 minutes.
    P

  • 630. Video Vision  |  November 14, 2012 at 9:26 am

    On behalf of everyone here at Dean, Golds and Dings, we want to wish our good pallie Dennis B. a very Happy, Healthy Birthday, and Many, Many More.

  • 631. Dennis B  |  November 14, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Thanks so much! The more time goes by, I continue to be floored by the devotion of Dean’s fans and the way in which his talent and charisma binds so many together in remembrance.

    Like all of us, Dean was an imperfect human being, and yet his innate qualities of basic kindness, decency and respect for others are the ties that bind us together as we honor his character and talent.

    Thanks again, Memories are made of This!

  • 632. Kylie  |  November 14, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Hi Dennis
    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday 🙂
    Love from Kylie xxx

  • 633. Video Vision  |  November 18, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    With times like these…YES, WE NEED A LITTLE DINO, right this very minute!!

    If you agree, we invite you to join us for the web’s most thorough and accurate review and coverage of the newly-released Dean Martin Show Christmas Special and other DMS DVDs, replete with exclusive info, insights, and pictures galore!

    Hop on our sleigh to get to the full story:

    DEAN FOR CHRISTMAS

  • 634. Janice Glazier  |  November 18, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    🙂

  • 635. Video Vision  |  November 22, 2012 at 9:56 am

    This year, Thanksgiving Day is also a birthday for someone very special. Find out who right HERE.

  • 636. Denny  |  November 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING, Friends!

  • 637. Video Vision  |  November 23, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Attention: DeanMart Shoppers!

    For anyone interested in purchasing the big 17-disc Dean’s Ultimate Collection boxed set, which contains every episode of The Dean Martin Show that Time-Life has released to date, this is a reminder that today is the day that Amazon is holding its one-time-only Black Friday sale on this set, cutting the regular price almost in half to $89.99.

    But as our fellow Dino fan Richard Wierzbowski, who brought this item to our attention, has pointed out, this reduced price is available ONLY within a limited 4-hour window today. So if you’d like to take advantage of this opportunity, be sure to check the following schedule to find out when the sale is active in your time zone:

    7:20 PM to 11:20 PM Eastern
    6:20 PM to 10:20 PM Central
    5:20 PM to 9:20 PM Mountain
    4:20 PM to 8:20 PM Pacific

    Thanks again to Richard for letting us know about the sale, and here’s hoping that everyone is enjoying a safe and joyous Thanksgiving holiday.

    Here’s the link to Amazon’s listing for the DVD set:

    http://www.amazon.com/Best-Dean-Martin-Variety-Show/dp/B0090SVD9A/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_1

  • 638. Kylie  |  November 30, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Dear Taffy 🙂
    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday
    Great Big Birthday Hugs and Kisses
    From Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 639. Video Vision  |  December 1, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Christmas may be coming, but another Dean, Golds and Dings birthday arrives first; and so today’s honoree has a present that can be opened right now. Take a peek here:

    December 1 Birthday

  • 640. Video Vision  |  January 2, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Having just rappelled down the fiscal cliff, we now wend our way through “The Birthday Gulch” — that stretch of territory on the calendar when so many of our Dean, Golds and Dings habitués and V.I.P.s made their entrance into this world. First stop along this trail finds us raising a glass to honor Denny Coyle, a longtime friend of our group and devotee of the stars we spotlight, who for years has enriched our community with the same prized qualities that he brings to his family and to his profession as a teacher of young students — among the most important of them: wisdom, patience, enthusiasm, collegiality, and a sharp sense of humor. For all that and beyond, Denny, we want to wish you a very Happy, Healthy Birthday, and Many, Many More.

  • 641. Janice Glazier  |  January 2, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Happy Birthday Denny! I hope youhave a wonderful year!
    Thanks so much for being such an important part of Golds &Dings!
    Taffy

  • 642. Video Vision  |  January 3, 2013 at 8:33 am

    from Dean Golds and Dings on Facebook:

    Michelle DellaFave Happy Birthday Denny!!

    Denny Coyle Thanks, Michelle. It’s been a good one, and the kids aren’t even here with my steamed shrimp!

    Denny Coyle Well, the kids came over, we stuffed on jumbo shrimp Pineapple upside down cake and ice cream. Got some nice presents too. As I sit here feeling fat as a pig, I have to declare this was a great birthday! Thanks for the good wishes, folks!

  • 643. Video Vision  |  January 4, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    New Year’s Eve may be over, but our celebration of New Year’s birthdays continues, as we honor another resplendent member of The Golddiggers. The following link is your invitation to the party: CLICK HERE

  • 644. Video Vision  |  January 5, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    To celebrate the birthday today of one of The Golddiggers‘ finest singers, Francie Mendenhall, we present not only some rare photos, but a chance to listen to one of her loveliest songs, plus some heretofore-untold information about its creation. Here’s your invitation to see and hear it all:

    Happy Birthday, Francie!

  • 645. Janice Glazier  |  January 5, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Happy Birthday!
    From Taffy Dingaling!

  • 646. Video Vision  |  January 9, 2013 at 1:37 am

    Having to squeeze so many birthday greetings into such a short span of time in order to accommodate all of our Dean, Golds and Dings New Year’s babies, we’ve found ourselves slipping behind a bit. So, in an attempt both to make up for lost ground and cover the territory that’s left, we wanted to extend several sets of best wishes:

    • To our long-lost pallie, Paul, whose birthday was Monday: We’re sorry we’re late, but if, by chance, you should read this, please know that we still think of you fondly.

    • To our longstanding pallie, Susan: We tried to post this message before midnight in order to be able to claim that we did so in time for your birthday on Tuesday…but as Don Adams (in the person of Maxwell Smart) used to say, “Missed it by that much.” Nonetheless, please know that even though you’re missed for not being around these parts as much as we’d like, we didn’t entirely miss acknowledging your special day.

    • And to our long-distance pallie, James Truthseeker: We’re pleased, in your case, to actually be ahead of ourselves in sending you our congratulations on your birthday today. While we may be separated by miles, we’re glad that the Internet, with its digital signals beaming through space, keeps us in contact here on Earth.

    To all three of our good, long-time friends, we wish a very Happy, Healthy Birthday, and Many, Many More.

  • 647. Kylie  |  January 9, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    I want to wish Susan and James a Very Happy Birthday and a late birthday wish to Paul.
    I see from checking my e-mails I`ve missed a few birthdays, I`m very sorry.
    I`ve been away on vacation for almost 2 weeks enjoying myself.
    Also away from the technilogical age, no computers, no smart phones or much else but there was electricity, lol
    Big Birthday Hugs
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 648. Janice Glazier  |  January 9, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Happy Birthday to James! I hope have had a very special day!
    Taffy

  • 649. Michelle DellaFave  |  January 9, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Hi Kylie,
    Now that sounds like a perfect vacation. I hope you have a very Happy New Year!

    James, I hope your birthday was a blessing of love and you had all you wanted and more! May you have a great year filled with peace and new found joy of just being! Safe journeys to you in the Platinum age!

    Paul, where ever you are I wish you a very Happy Birthday!
    Yours truly,
    Michelle, GoldandDing

  • 650. James Truthseeker  |  January 10, 2013 at 5:20 am

    Thanks Video Vision, no worries if you’re late by a day or so on some of them as I know I tend to forget people’s Birthdays a lot as the year progresses. I also got your earlier message too. Thanks Kylie with hugs and love, as I think of you from time to time and wonder how you have been doing.these days. Love and hugs to Michelle, my birthday was fantastic and I can see that beginning this year, things look like they are finally happening for me, and finally thanks Taffy, it was indeed a very special day and good to hear from you again too. Peace in knowing, James Truthseeker.

  • 651. Susan  |  January 10, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Hi Michael,
    You were right on time with my Birthday. It was Wednesday, January 9th, so no need to worry about being late. Yes, I haven’t had the opportunity to stop by. Unfortunately, I’ve had a most difficult year on the job and have been working through some personal losses of two very dear friends who have passed away from cancer so I haven’t been available to check in. I thank you for remembering my Birthday 🙂 I also want to wish Paul and James a belated “HAPPY BIRTHDAY”. I hope that you both had WONDERFUL Birthdays.

  • 652. Susan  |  January 10, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Hi Kylie,
    Thank you for your very kind Birthday wish 🙂 I hope that you had a WONDERFUL and relaxing vacation. It’s always so nice to get away to just relax and unwind. I know that when on vacation our time away is always too short. I hope that you had a FUN time and enjoyed yourself 🙂

  • 653. Paul  |  January 14, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Hi guys, just read all the nice birthday wishes from last week. Thank you. I’m really not “lost” just misplaced. Hard to believe I’m a digit short of the speed limit (no, Michael, the speed limit is NOT 65 here).
    Hope everyone is well.
    P

  • 654. Micki McGlone Golddigger 1970  |  February 9, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Hello everyone !!!
    Long time no communicate…..sooo sorry….just super busy with so many projects the last year and a half. WOW !!!! finally finished writing my 2nd screenplay and my first reality show and getting ready to shop them soon. Also working on my CD and have finished 4 songs.
    Looking back at older 2010 and 2011 posts, I sit here teary eyed and grateful for my friends Michelle, Michael and Kylie.
    The most wonderful compliments from Michael and Michelle in regard to my singing.
    and the London shows.
    I would like everyone to know something important !!!

    Working with 9 girls/young women, may lead viewers (especially in todays’ world of MEAN GIRLS, REAL HOUSEWIVES AND CELEBRITY WITH NO TALENT CULTURE!!!!) to believe that we…. THE LONDON GOLDDIGGERS probably argued, fought, experienced jealousy’s nit picked and cried over who had the most close-ups, etc etc etc !!!!
    For the record….. I have to say that “I can’t remember a single argument or situation resulting from jealousy” There was no girl who ever created a problem or disturbance and how really RARE….(even in the 70’s) that was !!!

    Even when Greg had us doing 13 numbers per week when we had little sleep and had to spend at least 2 hours per day getting to and from ATV studios on a bus, in addition to at least another 13 hours of rehearsal etc.

    I recall one situation in particular when (as the new girl on the block) I was upset about something….. when Susan Lund compassionately and with much wisdom for a gal her age, took her precious time to talk to me and calm my fears. It is something that has stuck in my mind and heart since the day it happened.

    Everyone needs to know what a peaceful and fantastic work ethic we, as a group,
    were able to uphold and how much of a natural thing it was for us to get along and care for each other like sisters with seemingly no effort at all.

    Being a Golddigger was and still is a huge HIGHLIGHT in my life, due to the lifelong lessons learned from that experience of The London Sisterhood !!!

    I want to say how grateful I am to Michael for creating and giving us a platform with which to express ourselves and to include our fans in our fantastic journey.
    Annnnnnd, to the Golddiggers who are part of this wonderful vehicle.

    God Bless you Michelle for ALWAYS taking the time to make everyone here feel included and important and especially…… for your beautiful and sincere compliments on my singing. You are as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside.
    God has blessed you.
    Your friend and 2nd biggest fan !!!
    Micki

  • 655. Kylie Hughes  |  February 23, 2013 at 6:17 am

    Hi Micki 🙂
    It`s wonderful news about the screenplay and the cd 🙂
    Reading your post I can just imagine what wonderful memories you have of being a Golddigger.
    I wish there were episodes of The Golddiggers in London available somewhere.
    We are having a heatwave here but in Sydney and Queensland they are having floods and wild weather.
    I`m getting annoyed by a moth at my computer which is driving me crazy, so unlike past posts, I`ll keep this short, lol
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 656. Video Vision  |  February 23, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    One of Dean’s Martin‘s most popular Golddiggers is celebrating a birthday today. To find out who it is, we won’t put you through a long song and dance — simply click on this link

  • 657. Video Vision  |  March 25, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    If you love Dean Martin, The Golddiggers and The Dingaling Sisters, then the person most instrumental in making their music sound so beautiful should have a big place in your heart, too. In wishing the utmost in good health and happiness to LEE HALE on this Very Special Birthday for him, The Golddiggers Super Site offers a salute replete with pictures and an incisive look at his memoir that’s a must-read for Dean, Golds and Dings enthusiasts everywhere. Click HERE for more:

  • 658. Janice Glazier  |  March 25, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Just another Dingaling wishing you a wonderful birthday!
    With love
    Taffy ’71

  • 659. Susan  |  March 29, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I’d like to wish a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our beloved Kylie 🙂 Kylie, I hope that your Birthday is very special in every way and that all of your Birthday wishes come true. Have a WONDERFUL celebration today with your family and friends 🙂

    Lots of Love and BIRTHDAY (((((HUGS)))),
    Susan XXXOOOXXXOOO

  • 660. Janice Glazier  |  March 29, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Hello and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to YOU, Kylie! I hope you have the beautiful day you deserve. Love, Taffy!

  • 661. Susan  |  March 29, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    I’d like to wish Liz a a belated “HAPPY BIRTHDAY”. I hope that you had a WONDERFUL Birthday :).

  • 662. Denny  |  March 30, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Happy Birthday Kylie! I hope it was a great day and the start of a wonderful year for you!

  • 663. Micki Mc Glone Golddigger 1970  |  March 30, 2013 at 2:59 am

    Happy Happy Birthday to you DARLING GIRL :))
    i am proud to share the ARIES astrological sign with you, and hope someday to celebrate our birthdays together.
    You little “Honorary Golddigger” you !!! Great BIG FLUFFY HUGS on you and Dino, from Sake THE CAT and me.
    You are a very special girl and we are all love you.
    Hugs and kisses
    Micki xoxoxoxo

  • 664. Micki Mc Glone Golddigger 1970  |  March 30, 2013 at 3:01 am

    Oops… 😮 .that was suppose to be a capital I

  • 665. Video Vision  |  March 30, 2013 at 8:25 am

    We’d probably all agree with the sentiment behind the musical phrase most commonly associated with Dean Martin — “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime” — and were he around today and had the chance to become acquainted with one of his most ardent and devoted fans, I suspect he’d be glad to alter those lyrics ever so slightly to serenade that young lady who admires him so on the occasion of her birthday, with the words “Everybody Loves Our Kylie ALL The Time”.

    Of course, at such a gathering, Dean would not be singing solo, for all of Kylie’s many friends, including me, would happily add our voices to the chorus. Fortunately, the latter is something that we can still do — and indeed have — with Dean’s music providing the overarching accompaniment.

    Have a Happy, Healthy Birthday, Dear Kylie, and Many, Many More.

    Love, Michael

  • 666. Kylie Hughes  |  March 30, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Hi Everyone 🙂
    Thankyou all so much for the lovely birthday wishes
    I had a wonderful birthday 🙂
    I want to wish everyone a very Happy Easter
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 667. Janice Glazier  |  March 30, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Glad you had a good day! Happy Easter to you, too. XO

  • 668. Michelle DellaFave  |  March 30, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Kylie, I wish you love, happiness and joy for your BIRTHDAY today and always. Happy Easter!! Michelle(GoldandDing)

  • 669. Video Vision  |  April 10, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    For a birthday tribute to one of The Golddiggers that’s a day late, but not a single sentiment short, look no further than our own Dean Golds and Dings Closet: CLICK HERE for details.

  • 670. Michelle DellaFave  |  April 10, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Happy Birthday Micki!! I hope all is well and you had a great birthday!
    Blessings and Light,
    Michelle

  • 671. Janice Glazier  |  April 10, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Happy Birthday from Taffy Dingaling!

  • 672. Kylie Hughes  |  April 10, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Dear Micki
    I want to join everyone in wishing you a very Happy Birthday, sorry, I didn`t realise it was your birthday but I have problems remembering everyones birthdays (even my own) lol
    I hope your day was very special
    And thankyou for being a wonderful friend 🙂
    Great Big Birthday Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 673. Micki Mc Glone Golddigger 1970  |  April 11, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Thank you so much Kylie for the sweet Birthday wish.
    Birthdays don’t seem to be as HAPPY as they were when I was young LOL 🙂
    But they are still a sensitive time for most people, and everyone loves to be remembered.
    God Bless you sweetheart, and Dino too ! xoxoxoxoxo
    GREAT BIG HUGS ON YOU 😀
    Micki

  • 674. Video Vision  |  April 13, 2013 at 2:34 am

    Dean, Golds and Dings remembers Jonathan Winters, on stage with Dean Martin and The Dingaling Sisters: CLICK HERE for more.

  • 675. Micki Mc Glone Golddigger 1970  |  May 5, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Thank you Michelle, Taffy and Kylie for the sweet birthday wishes, and especially to Michael for remembering me as you always have.
    I would have thanked you all earlier but my computer has had problems of late, including needing a new router making it almost impossible to communicate properly
    with anyone. Should be fine by mid-week.
    God Bless you all and keep you HEALTHY AND HAPPY. 🙂 🙂 🙂 xoxoxoxoxo

  • 676. Video Vision  |  June 1, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Complete details, including a video preview, of Time-Life‘s just-announced new editions of The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts…Plus EXCLUSIVE info about future installments of The Dean Martin Variety Show — ONLY on The Golddiggers Super Site: CLICK HERE.

  • 677. Janice Glazier  |  June 1, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    That’s great!
    Taffy

  • 678. Video Vision  |  June 7, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Dean, Golds and Dings and The Golddiggers Super Site celebrate Dean Martin’s birthday and the wonderful gifts he gave to all of us, as chronicled in the most complete reference guide to his work ever published. Full details are just a click away: http://www.TheGolddiggersSuperSite.com/2013/06/07/dean-discography-dives-into-digital-domain/

  • 679. Michelle DellaFave  |  June 7, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Great job Video Vision… and thank you Dean for some unforgettable memories… Happy Birthday, unforgettable dear Dean!

  • 680. Janice Glazier  |  June 7, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Happy Birthday Dean. You are missed everyday!
    Taffy

  • 681. Micki Mc Glone Golddigger 1970  |  June 8, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Happy Birthday to Dean, a true gentleman, and one of the world’s greatest talents….
The world misses you and no matter how hard and long we have looked, we have never and will never find the likes of you.
Working with you was amazing and joyous.
With deep love and respect.
Micki Mc glone
Golddigger 1970

  • 682. Video Vision  |  June 17, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    One of the longest-running and most popular members of Dean Martin’s Golddiggers and Dingaling Sisters is celebrating a birthday today…and this is your invitation to join the party. No tickets are necessary; simply enter HERE

  • 683. Video Vision  |  June 24, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    BREAKING NEWS: There’s a brand new DVD boasting never-before-reissued episodes of The Dean Martin Show — and it’s out RIGHT NOW! Click HERE for the exclusive details.

  • 684. Claire  |  July 22, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Has anyone tried to find this? Walmart US doesn’t seem to know anything about it, It is on Walmart Canada website but they don’t ship to the US.

  • 685. Video Vision  |  July 31, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Claire, we’ve re-posted your question and responded to it in the Comments following The Golddiggers Super Site’s feature story on the Best of Dean and His Friends DVD. Click HERE to see.

  • 686. Video Vision  |  August 8, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    That big batch of Dean Martin Roasts promised a couple of months back is about to be served, and orders are now being taken.

    Additional episodes of Dean’s Variety series are taking a little longer to come to the table, but they, too, will be leaving the kitchen soon. If such news is enough to whet your appetite, then click HERE for the tasty details.

  • 687. Video Vision  |  August 19, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Dean Martin‘s wonderful daughter Deana is celebrating a birthday, and you’re invited to join the party in The Closet and on our Dean, Golds and Dings Facebook page.

  • 688. Claire Rock  |  August 19, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Just want to say Happy Birthday to Deana Martin. I will be seeing you and Ricci next month at Foxwoods Casino in CT. I hope I will get to say hi.

  • 689. Video Vision  |  August 27, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    If you missed the latest birthday celebration for a Dean Martin Show alumna on our Facebook page, fear not: You can still join the after-party, now taking place right here in Dean’s Closet: Just CLICK THIS LINK to enter.

  • 690. Video Vision  |  September 27, 2013 at 5:19 am

    Three new gals joined The Dean Martin Show as members of The Golddiggers in the fall of 1970 — and one of them celebrated a birthday on Thursday. To find out which one, just open the latest entry in Dean’s Closet: CLICK HERE.

  • 691. Susan  |  September 29, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Dear Michael,

    Wishing you a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY tomorrow…enjoying a day where you’re doing what makes you the happiest. I hope that the year ahead will be a GREAT year for you filled with love, happiness, joy and prosperity.

    Love,
    Susan

  • 692. Denny Coyle  |  September 30, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Michael, Stop babysitting this page for a day and have a nice day off. You deserve it for all the work you put into keeping this enterprise rolling. The weather outside is lovely, you have a lovely lady to enjoy it with, so turn off the computer and just GO. While you’re at it, have the best of happy birthdays!

  • 693. Michelle DellaFave  |  September 30, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Happy Birthday Michael!!
    You are truly an asset to the legacy of The Dean Martin Show and all your hard work keeping up with the Golddiggers and Dingaling Sisters is so very much appreciated. Yes, you so well deserve a day of JOY and know you are very precious to many!
    Love, Michelle DellaFave (Gold and Ding)

  • 694. Janice Glazier  |  October 1, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    A day late, but I was away from a computer yesterday. Still, I had a chance to really think about what a wonderful guy you are Michael. You have brought so much back into my life ! Thanks for your dedication to the Golds and Dings and most of all thank you for your friendship. You are a very talented guy and all of the accolades are well deserved. Happy Birthday!
    Love, Taffy

  • 695. Video Vision  |  October 1, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    I just wanted to express my thanks for all of the very kind and flattering birthday tributes that I received here and on Facebook. I took your advice, Denny, and largely stayed offline yesterday — hence the reason that I didn’t respond until now. But I appreciate your good wishes, and yours, too, Susan.

    Michelle and Taffy, your compliments made me blush…and they’re just the kind I’d love to frame. 🙂 I’m so glad that we and all of our Dean, Golds and Dings compatriots connected on the Internet a while back and have stayed in touch ever since; and I look forward to maintaining that connection as we move forward into what I hope will be a bright and promising future for all of us.

  • 696. Kylie  |  October 2, 2013 at 3:31 am

    Dear Michael
    Sorry I`m late but I hope you had a wonderful birthday 🙂
    Lots of Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 697. Video Vision  |  October 3, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Thanks, Kylie.

  • 698. Susan  |  October 25, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Dear Kimmy,

    I hope that you had a really nice Birthday. I hope that your special day was wonderful in every way and that you were able to share it with your family. May this upcoming year be a GREAT one for you 🙂

    Love Always,
    Susan

  • 699. Janice Glazier  |  October 25, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday to you, Kimmy! I hope this year brings you nothing but happiness!
    Love,
    Taffy xo

  • 700. Video Vision  |  October 29, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Missed our birthday tribute on our Facebook page to one of The Dingaling Sisters who shattered glass ceilings in her field? Well, you can still find it on FB, or in our website’s Closet, followed by her own heartfelt and touching reply: CLICK HERE.

  • 701. Video Vision  |  October 30, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    How good are your powers of recognition when it comes to The Golddiggers? Find out by seeing if you can identify one of them as a little girl performing in her grade school band. It’s a picture that made the papers across the country when first published. CLICK HERE for more…

  • 702. Denny Coyle  |  October 31, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Could it be Susie Lund?

  • 703. Video Vision  |  November 1, 2013 at 1:15 am

    And now it’s time to reveal our mystery gal…who also happens to be our latest birthday honoree! CLICK HERE for the unveiling.

  • 704. Paul  |  December 25, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Merry Christmas to all my friends from G&D and a prosperous and healthy New Year.
    Paul.

  • 705. Denny  |  December 27, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Wow! Long time no see! Merry Christmas, Paul! I hope this year was good to you and that next year will be even better!
    ~Denny~

  • 706. Paul  |  January 2, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Yes,thank you, Denny
    a longtime but I still like to check in on my friends now and then. Happy New Year to you and everyone else. Try not to freeze with all this Global Warming here in the North East.
    P

  • 707. Claire  |  March 17, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Just wondering is there is any news about that Walmart DVD. I have asked about it on the Walmart website and my local store and got the same answeres as 6 months ago.

  • 708. Video Vision  |  March 18, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Unfortunately, Claire, we have nothing new to report at this time. Like you and so many other DM fans, we continue to wait for word not only about the Walmart disc, but also, future releases of additional, never-before-reissued Dean Martin Show episodes on DVD that have been promised but have not yet materialized. Rest assured, though, that we will stay on the case, and as soon as we find out anything at all, you’ll hear about it here; on our sister platform, The Golddiggers Super Site; and on our Dean, Golds and Dings Facebook page.

  • 709. Susan Fong  |  March 30, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Dear Kylie,

    A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!! I hope that your Birthday will be as special as you are and that you will have a WONDERFUL celebration 🙂 I hope that the year ahead will hold much happiness for you.

    Lots of Love and BIG Birthday Hugs,
    Susan XXXOOOXXXOOO

  • 710. Kylie  |  April 10, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Dear Susan
    Thankyou so much, I’m sorry for not being able to reply sooner.
    I also want to thank everyone for their wonderful birthday greeting 🙂
    Hugs and Kisses
    From Kylie

  • 711. Micki McGlone  |  May 25, 2014 at 12:14 am

    HI Kylie,
    Sorry to send a belated birthday wish to you, but I think of you often and hope you are well and happy and Dino and your Auntie too.
    Love and hugs and Kisses
    Micki xoxoxoxoxox

  • 712. Kylie  |  May 26, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Hi Micki 🙂
    Thankyou so much 🙂 I’ve missed you and everyone on goldsanddings so much
    Lots of hugs and kisses
    From Kylie xxxoooxxx

  • 713. Clalire Rock  |  September 19, 2015 at 12:16 am

    I have news about the Walmart [DVD The Best of Dean and His Friends]. It was only available in Walmart Canada for $10. I tried to order on the Canadian website, but they don’t ship to the US. I kept checking Amazon and late last year they had a few for $20. I got 2, one for me and one for Kimmy, More have trickled down and Amazon now has about 20. If you go on Amazon and enter Dean Martin it doesn’t come up because his last name is not in the title. And if you do see it most think it’s a compilation. You have to enter the complete title, “the best of dean and his friends” It is 3 complete shows and 2 have never been out. I left a couple reviews but I thought this was the best place to get this news out. So hurry, I know they’ll be gone very fast.

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