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Blue Moon...

This just popped up in my YouTube subscriptions, and it made me smile, so I'm inflicting it on you. Beneath the cut, on The Dean Martin Show (I'd say about 1968 from the look of it), Dino tackles Blue Moon. It's two minutes, and he manages to do nearly one of them sensibly.

It's pretty quiet. Needs the volume whacking up.


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Mar. 13th, 2016 11:50 am (UTC)
Aw, bless.

(I give points to the pianist, too, for managing to keep the accompaniment ticking over until he was ready to get back into gear and move on.)
Mar. 13th, 2016 05:38 pm (UTC)
That's Ken Lane. He and Dino worked together for many years.

Dino loved to make things up as he went along - he hated to rehearse comedy, as he felt that it ruined the spontaneity. Consequently the crew and guest stars would rehearse all week for his show, whilst he rehearsed the songs at home. Then he'd come in on the day of shooting and run through the whole programme off the cuff. This gave the crew a whole week in which to plot practical jokes. He loved to be caught unawares! Ken Lane was an ideal collaborator in stunts like that, because Dean would always jump up onto his piano for a sing-song halfway through the show. This was a perfect opportunity for sabotage! Two such incidents here:

Mar. 13th, 2016 05:57 pm (UTC)
Awesome! <3
Mar. 14th, 2016 05:06 am (UTC)
Good, huh. :D
Mar. 16th, 2016 08:45 am (UTC)
It's hilarious, but lovely too. Like he turns the lyrics into a story, like he's thinking of the words right there and then, no debt owed to music and rhythm, and it's just a background instead. One of the least hackneyed and standardized versions I've seen.
Mar. 16th, 2016 05:18 pm (UTC)
He was great with a song, was Dean. :) I think it's probably part of why that handful of singers - Dino, Frankie, Bing Crosby - are remembered so fondly. It's not something you can learn. There's that great moment in "Robin & The 7 Hoods" when those three sing "Style" together, and it's effortlessly brilliant (it's here in case you haven't seen it - and an even more effortless performance of "The Oldest Established..." here, which I think was part of the promotion for the film). It's a bit of a cliche to say it, but they don't make them like that anymore!
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