NBC and The Tonight Show ‘Gold’

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Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Johnny Carson and Frank Sinatra

We taped Dean Martin’s TV Show at NBC in Studio 4, right next to the famed “Tonight Show”. You never knew who you were going to run in to during a taping or rehearsal. There was always a cavalcade of stars passing through, a Hollywood ‘Who’s Who’. It was 1974 and “The Tonight Show” and “The Dean Martin Comedy Hour” were the ‘kings’ of the television variety shows.

Excerpt from the book, BEYOND OUR WILDEST DREAMS

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Linda (Alberici) Eichberg, Dean Martin Golddigger: We started meeting some other stars and realized they were not like their TV identities. I would come across Johnny Carson in the hallways of NBC a lot and make small talk; he’d ask us who was on Dean’s show that week. He was not as tall as I thought he was going to be but he was every bit as charming as he was on television. In general the celebrities we met were smaller in stature than they appeared on TV.”

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Deborah Pratt, Golddigger 1973-1974: We saw Johnny Carson at NBC and I thought, ‘Oh my God, my whole life I’ve wanted to be on The Tonight Show.’ I got up and as soon as I got up everybody joined me. We walked over to him and I said, ‘Excuse me Mr. Carson, we’re the Golddiggers and we want to be on your show.’ He sucked in his gut and kind of puffed up his chest and went, ‘Yes, of course, we’ll take care of that.’ Whoever his secretary was at his side said, ‘All right, we’ll handle that, when are you going to be in Vegas, and blah, blah, blah.’ They put it all together for us and the night we were on the show Joey Bishop was hosting… I was mad because he wasn’t Johnny Carson.”

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Maria (Alberici) Lauren, Dean Martin Golddigger: We did ‘Shake Your Tambourine’ and we all got to say something. Here we are two sisters from Newtown Square, Pennsylvania doing The Tonight Show! I didn’t care if Johnny Carson wasn’t the host that night. Joey Bishop was from our hometown area, so that was cool; plus he was a member of Dean’s fabled Rat Pack.”

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The Rat Pack: Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Joey Bishop and Dean Martin

Johnny Carson also took the stage as a member of the Rat Pack. This famous live performance in St. Louis later became a TV special. Johnny even sings a little. Frank, Dean, Sammy and Johnny are having a ball in this clip from the show. The four of them together are classic!

In the early 1980’s…

We, the Alberici Sisters had a leave-of-absence from The Golddiggers for a few years and had the opportunity of be the opening act for a popular up and coming comedian named Jay Leno. We performed at a convention in Chicago together. He made an impression on us. We liked the refreshing ‘down home’ style of his show. He was the nicest guy.

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We appreciated the many years Jay Leno hosted “The Tonight Show.” There were a lot of laughs and superb guests. It was sad to see Jay leave the show but we are enjoying Jimmy Fallon. He’s a tremendous talent!

Good luck Jimmy; thanks for keeping variety shows alive!

 

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The Dean Martin Show – Golddiggers Reunion 2013

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Maria Lauren and Linda Eichberg at The Dean Martin Golddiggers reunion,

A highlight of 2013 was the “Gold Event”! It was a reunion for those involved in the Dean Martin television shows and specials. Over the years, we performed with a variety of gals as the Dean Martin Golddiggers, some of them we haven’t seen in years, so this was a wonderful way to celebrate along with celebrities and those who worked so diligently behind-the-scenes.

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The Golddiggers with Lee Hale, Dean Martin Show musical director

Lovely Ladies from all over America attended, representing several groups of “Golddiggers”  from 1968 to 1991.

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Golddiggers Reunite! From left to right: Peggy Gohl, Colleen Kincaid Jackson, Linda Alberici Eichberg, Maria Lauren Alberici-Riccio, Melody Walczuk, Linda Bott, Patti Pivarnik Gribow, Marie Halton Peck & Joyce Garro

At the reunion, we had the opportunity to spend a few moments with the incomparable Florence Henderson and other guests of “The Dean Martin Show.”

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We wish you a blessed Holiday season. As we begin to celebrate the joys of Christmas, it is also sad to remember the passing of Dean Martin on Christmas day. However, this feeling is short lived as we remember our cherished moments with Dean.

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Photo Credit – timelife.com

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The Golddiggers, Christmas album

A GIFT FOR THE HOLIDAYS…

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BEYOND OUR WILDEST DREAMS captures behind-the-scene stories at the Dean Martin Show and touring with superstars like Frank Sinatra, Louis Prima, Gene Kelly, Jerry Vale, Donald O’Connor, Steve & Eydie,  Bob Hope, and so many more. Over 300 pictures! Exciting book selling on Amazon!

Enjoy some laughs! Dean Martin Roasts on YouTube!

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“Modern Family” rings in the New Year with Laughs and Memories of The Dean Martin Show

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What fun it was to see fellow Dean Martin Show Alumni, Lainie Kazan on the ABC comedy hit, Modern Family. In the January 9, episode, Jay (Ed O’Neill) tries to plan a New Year’s Eve family get away for the adults at a hotel. Lainie guest stars as a hotel employee with an alter ego who befriends Jay. Imagine Jay’s surprise when he discovers Billy Dee Williams (playing himself) playing a poker game in the back room of that same hotel.

It was deja vu seeing Lainie and Billy together, since my sister, Maria Lauren and I spent some time with them not too long ago at a book and memorabilia show. We were signing our book, Beyond Our Wildest Dreams! Lee Hale, Dean Martin Show Musical Director, also attended “The Hollywood Show”. We had a lot to talk about with Lainie, who was a frequent and popular guest on the Dean Martin Television Show. It was like a family reunion; we had some crazy TV taping stories and memories to share together. Lainie was a delight.

Back to the show; my favorite part of the “New Year’s Eve” plot, is when Alex (Ariel Winter) and Haley (Sarah Hyland) team up together rather than doing their usual bickering and stay home to watch over the kids. Growing up with six sassy sisters, I can relate. Luke (Nolan Gould) wants to entertain a girl in his room and the angst Haley feels about keeping the situation from developing ends up making her realize she owes her mom “an apology”. Seeing Haley struggle with ‘walking a mile’ in her mom’s shoes is great!
Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell’s (JesseTyler Ferguson) adventures in trying to reconnect with the ‘party scene’ and feel young again were hilarious.

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LINDA ALBERICI EICHBERG ~ LAINIE KAZAN ~ MARIA LAUREN ALBERICI-RICCIO

Starting out this new year Maria and I would like to wish you and your family & extended family all the best. We hope you enjoy making memories together, beyond your wildest dreams. May laughter abound!
~ Linda Alberici Eichberg

Modern Family – “New Year’s Eve” episode, original air date – January 9, 2013
Also starring in the show: Philip ‘Phil’ Dunphy – (Ty Burrell), Claire Dunphy- (Julie Bowan), Gloria Pritchett – (Sohphia Vergara), ‘Manny’ Delgado (Rico Rodriguez), Lily Tucker-Pritchett – (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons)