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Happy Birthday to Classic Movie Music Legend, Richard Rodgers, born today, June 28 in 1902!

I must confess, I absolutely love classic music!  And in celebration of one of the most prolific composers in American history, here is a brief pictorial tribute to Richard Rodgers — the first person to win the ‘EGOT’ (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar AND Tony). And, if that isn’t enough, Rodgers also won the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama (for South Pacific, in recognition of music as an integral and important part of the theatrical experience)!

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Pal Joey, Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Rodgers and Hart, directed by George Sidney

Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart wrote the songs for Pal Joey starring Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth (left) and Kim Novak (right). Iconic songs included “I Could Write a Book,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” “My Funny Valentine” and “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.”

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The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews, music by Rodgers and Hammerstein, directed by Robert Wise

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II: what can I say except that there are SO MANY wonderful musicals written by Rodgers and Hammerstein — among them Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and Flower Drum Song. My all-time favorite however (ever since I was a little girl) is without-a-doubt, The Sound of Music. Who could ever forget the iconic image of Julie Andrews whirling around in the beautiful Alps singing the title song!

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In this Sept. 6, 1999 file photo, Jerry Lewis sings "You'll Never Walk Alone" as his final song of the 1999 Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon in Los Angeles.  (Rodgers and Hammerstein, Carousel)

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II: And last but not least — the ultimate tribute — Jerry Lewis singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” (from Carousel) as the final song of his annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon. (source: ABCnews.go.com: Sept. 6, 1999 Jerry Lewis sings “You’ll Never Walk Alone” as his final song of the 1999 Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon in Los Angeles.)

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Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

 

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Happy Birthday, Dean Martin, born today, June 7 in 1917!

1953: American comic team Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis smiling promotional portrait for The Colgate Comedy HourDean Martin with partner Jerry Lewis.  Martin and Lewis starred in 16 movies together: My Friend Irma  (1949), My Friend Irma Goes West (1950), At War with the Army (1950), That’s My Boy (1951), Sailor Beware (1951), Jumping Jacks (1952), The Stooge (1953), Scared Stiff (1953), The Caddy (1953), Money from Home (1953), Living It Up (1954), 3 Ring Circus (1954), Artists and Models (1955)You’re Never Too Young (1955), Pardners (1956) and Hollywood or Bust (1956).  They also made a cameo appearance in Bob Hope and Bing Crosby’s Road to Bali (1952) as  the man (Martin) and woman (Lewis) in Lala’s Dream.

Link to Video Clip of Martin and Lewis performing That’s Amore in The Caddy (youtube). 

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 Dean Martin Comedy Hour TV Show

Dean Martin as host of his own TV Show, The Dean Martin Comedy Hour which aired from 1965-1974.

Link to Video Clip of Dean Martin Comedy Hour TV Show Opening Segment (youtube)

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Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, Rat Pack

Dean Martin as ‘member’ of the Rat Pack with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr.

Link to Video Clip of Martin performing with Sinatra and Davis Jr. (and Johnny Carson)

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