Caterina brings the cool swing and gentle sway of Brazilian bossa nova to the 12/15/66 episode, first with “So Nice,” the vocal variation on Walter Wanderley’s 1966 hit instrumental “Summer Samba” (above); then with Dean on a cover of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s 1963 evergreen, “One Note Samba” (below) — all on Disc 3.
This 6-DVD Collector’s Edition captures all the glory, the glamor and the glitz of Dean Martin and the greatest era in show business. For the first time at retail, Time Life’s newest DVD release gives us even more Dino — THE KING OF COOL: THE BEST OF THE DEAN MARTIN VARIETY SHOW COLLECTOR’S EDITION contains an irresistible blend of classic entertainment showcasing only the best moments from Dean’s hit TV show. Dean and his incredible celebrity guests fascinated us music and outrageous comedy skits. Following on the heels of the multi-platimum retail success, THE KING OF COOL: COLLECTOR’S EDITION showcases the comedy of Red Buttons, Mickey Rooney, Sid Caesar, Jackie Mason, Bill Cosby, Carroll O’Connor, Bob Newhart. Rounding out this all-star cast are musical delights by Ella Fitzgerald, Eddie Fisher, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Mathis, Liberace, Herb Albert and The Supremes. The 6-DVD set includes 18 episodes with 128 musical songs and countless comedy sketches. The Dean Martin Variety Show first aired on NBC in 1965 and remains a one-of-a-kind in the history of TV. For almost ten years Dean captivated the public, showing us he could do it all. Whether it was Dean’s familiar entrance sliding down a pole or the famous living room door, where you never knew who was going to walk through, Dean captured all of us with his easy informality and incomparable charm and talent. He was a buddy to all the guys and a darling to the ladies…today, he’s cool to all ages! 6-DVD SET GUEST STARS: Episode guests include: Bob Newhart, Dom DeLuise, Nipsey Russell, Paul Lynde, Ken Lane, Kay Medford, Lou Jacobi, Lainie Kazan, Bill Cosby, Liberace, Dorothy Loudon, Guy Marks, Art Carney, Jackie Mason, Barbara McNair, Tom Bosley, Red Buttons, Ella Fitzgerald, Edie Adams, Jack Webb, Carroll O’Connor, Ruth Buzzi, Vicki Carr, Billy Baxter, Lucille Ball, Mickey Rooney, Kate Smith, Barbara Eden, Michael Landon, Peter Falk, Shirley Jones, Kenny Rogers, Joe Namath, Eddie Fisher, Herman’s Hermits, Johnny Carson, Abbe Lane, Gene Barry, Sid Caesar, Vic Damone, Caterina Valente, George Kirby, Donald O’Connor, Jonathan Winters, Flip Wilson, Engelbert Humperdinck, Pat Crowley, Mike Connors, Nancy Ames, Ernie Borgnine, Elaine Stritch, Norm Crosby, Leonard Barr, Gene Kelly, The Supremes, Imogene Coca, Jane Morgan, Jackie Mason, The Step Brothers, Sid and Marty Krofft Puppets, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Louis Armstrong, Rich Little, Andrews Sisters, Carol Lawrence, Gene Baylos, Johnny Mathis, Shelly Berman, Gene Sheldon, Orson Welles, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Jack Gilford, Stanley Myron Handelman, Dick Martin, William Conrad, Nancy Sinatra, Robert Goulet, Deana Martin, Rowan and Martin, Lucie Arnaz; Dino, Desi & Billy; Meredith MacRae, Gail Martin, Maureen Reagan, Frank Sinatra Jr., Barbara Heller, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Marian Mercer — with 128 song performances!
As one of the most successful variety shows in the history of U.S. television, The Dean Martin Show distinguished itself via its host’s trademark style – he prided himself on never rehearsing, and gliding through little flubs with an easygoing charm that captivated audiences. The program also sported the crème-de-la-crème of talent at that time; regulars included comics Rodney Dangerfield, Dom DeLuise and others, and musical guests such as Duke Ellington and Tony Bennett. This release constitutes a “best of” featuring favorite clips from the nine-year run of the series. Celebrities in this compilation include Bob Newhart, Peter Sellers, Tim Conway, Florence Henderson, Ellington, Bennett and many others.
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