Wednesday, March 31, 2010

UNUSUAL DUETS: VIC DAMONE AND ELIZABETH MONTGOMERY

Here is an unusual pairing of the great crooner Vic Damone with Elizabeth Montgomery. Montgomery gained her greatest fame on TV's BEWITCHED. This clip is from a Hollywood Palace broadcast in 1966...

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

RIP: JUNE HAVOC (1912-2010)

A forgotten actress recently passed away. June Havoc was the sister of Gypsy Rose Lee, and she was billed as "Baby June" in her mother's act that was portrayed in the musical GYPSY. June was a great actress on her own as well, performing up until 1991...





Monday, March 29, 2010

MARGARET WHITING - 1952

Margaret Whiting is the daughter of songwriter Richard Whiting. She also was one of the most popular female vocalists of the 1940s and 1950s...

Sunday, March 28, 2010

BETTY GRABLE - 1941

Even though Betty Grable never thought of herself as much of a singer or dancer, I think she was excellent. Here is one of her best numbers from MOON OVER MIAMI(1941)...

Saturday, March 27, 2010

CLASSIC MOMENTS: WHITE HEAT

Here are two scenes from one of the greatest gangster films of all-time...WHITE HEAT(1949). James Cagney was truly one of the greatest actors of our times...



Friday, March 26, 2010

VIRGINIA O'BRIEN (1919-2001)

A lot of people will not know who Virginia O'Brien is, but in many MGM musicals she was known as the "Deadpan Diva". She did have a great voice too. Here are some of her movie moments...





Thursday, March 25, 2010

AL JOLSON - 1935

Here is the legendary Al Jolson in a clip from the forgotten film GO INTO YOUR DANCE from 1935...

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

MY HEART BELONGS TO DADDY

Mary Martin made introduced this song in the 1930s and had the best version in my opinion. Here is her version from the 1946 film NIGHT AND DAY. Also Marilyn Monroe had a go at the song a decade later in LET'S MAKE LOVE from 1960. Which version do you like better...



Monday, March 22, 2010

GUY MITCHELL (1927-1999)

Guy Mitchell suffered the curse of working for Mitch Miller, so he was forced to do a lot of novelty songs in the 1950s. Guy had a great voice and here are some moments with him...





UNUSUAL DUETS: DORIS DAY AND JOHN DENVER

This definitely fits the bill for an unusual pairing. This is from a Doris Day special in 1975...

JOHN GARFIELD - 1943

John Garfield was one of the great leading men of the 1940s, but unfortunately he died too young. Here is a great number from THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS with Eddie Cantor, and John Garfield even sings...

Sunday, March 21, 2010

LOUIS ARMSTRONG (1901-1971)

Louis Armstrong was one of the greatest influences on bringing jazz to the masses. His talent and ability is near genius. Here are some great moments with Satchmo...





GENE KELLY AND VERA-ELLEN - 1948

Here is a great musical number that Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen performed in the film WORDS AND MUSIC in 1948...

Saturday, March 20, 2010

JACKIE GLEASON (1917-1987)

In my opinion Jackie Gleason was one of the greatest comedians of all time. Here are some great moments from this wonderful actor...




UNUSUAL DUETS: JAMES CAGNEY AND BOB HOPE

Here is a great dance routine that the great James Cagney did with Bob Hope. It is taken from the Bob Hope drama (yes drama) BEAU JAMES. In the movie Hope plays Mayor Jimmy Walker of New York, and Cagney made an appearance as George M. Cohan. The clip is from 1957...

Thursday, March 18, 2010

THE NICHOLAS BROTHERS - 1943

Here is the great dancing team The Nicholas Brothers. Their dance moves were simply amazing. Here they are from STORMY WEATHER in 1943...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

THEN AND NOW: DEBBIE REYNOLDS

Debbie Reynolds has been performing for nearly 65 years now. The first clip is one of her early movies and then second two clips are from her 2009 appearance on The Bonnie Hunt Show. She will be 78 years old this year...





DINAH SHORE (1917-1994)

Dinah Shore was one of the most enduring vocalists in music history, and she had one of the great personlities on television. Here are some great moments with Dinah...





PAUL ROBESON - 1935

This version of Ol Man River performed by Paul Robeson is often considered the best version of this timeless song. This clip is from SHOW BOAT(1935)...

PERRY COMO (1912-2001)

Perry Como is truly one of the great crooners of the 1940s and 1950s. His relaxed style even rivaled Bing Crosby's laidback attitude. Here are some great clips of Perry...



THE BROX SISTERS - 1930

The Brox Sisters were famous for awhile but are now forgotten. They were no Boswell Sisters, but they were very talented...



clips courtesy of Jarbie.

JANE WYMAN - 1952

You don't normally associate Jane Wyman with singing and dancing, but here is a great number from the movie JUST FOR YOU...



clip courtesy of Jarbie

Monday, March 15, 2010

THEN AND NOW: TONY MARTIN

I had the pleasure of meeting Tony Martin in 1999 when he was 86, and he was great. Here are two videos of Tony Martin. The first one is Tony at the height of his singing ability and the second is from a performance he gave in 2007. Tony is currently 96...



HELEN O'CONNELL (1920-1993)

Helen O'Connell was one of the most pleasant of the Big Band singers and she had a load of hits with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra in the 1940s. Here are some great performances she made...





UNUSUAL DUETS: BING CROSBY AND BOBBIE GENTRY

Just to show that Bing could sing with anyone...here is a duet he did with Bobbie Gentry from 1969. It is quite good...

Sunday, March 14, 2010

UNUSUAL DUETS: DEAN MARTIN AND PERRY COMO

Here is a rare appearance by these two great Italian crooners...



clip courtesy of Martin Knight.

ELEANOR POWELL (1912-1982)

One of my favorite female dancers of all-time was the forgotten Eleanor Powell. She was the female Fred Astaire and danced in many MGM musicals of the 1930s...





UNUSUAL DUETS: PHIL HARRIS AND JOHNNY CASH

Here is another feature where we highlight unusual duets by some of the greats. This one is a duet between Phil Harris(1904-1995) and Johnny Cash(1932-2003). This is from Johnny Cash's show...

Saturday, March 13, 2010

VERA LYNN - 1942

Here is Great Britain's greatest female vocalist of all-time: Dame Vera Lynn. Here she is singing with Geraldo's Orchestra from 1942...

THEN AND NOW: KAY STARR

Here is the great 50s singer Kay Starr in two videos. One from the tv appearance in the 1960s and the other is from a set in 2005! Kay is currently 87...



JIMMY DURANTE - 1969

Here is the great Jimmy Durante from an old Hollywood Palace broadcast. He was no singer, but he was a great entertainer...

DEAN MARTIN (1917-1995)

There was no one ever quite like Dean Martin. He definitely made singing look fun! Here are a few of my favorite clips:



Friday, March 12, 2010

EDDIE CANTOR - 1930

Here is the great Eddie Cantor singing a typical early 30s tune. This is from Cantor's first offical full length talkie WHOOPEE(1930)...

JO STAFFORD (1917-2008)

My favorite female singer is the underrated Jo Stafford. She nearly had perfect pitch and I don't think she ever made a bad album! Here are a few video moments with Jo Stafford...

BING CROSBY (1903-1977)

For the first blog entry on this site, I have to dedicate it to my favorite singer and entertainer of all time...BING CROSBY!