In a stirring display of patriotism, Dean Martin and Kate Smith joined forces on ‘The Dean Martin Show’ to deliver a medley of beloved American classics, accompanied by a choir of singers and dancers clad in vibrant red, white, and blue attire. Alongside Martin and Smith, esteemed stars Barbara Eden, Mickey Rooney, and Norm Crosby graced the stage, each adding their own flair to the performance.
Kicking off with a spirited rendition of “Yankee Doodle Dandy”, Martin and Smith set the stage aglow with their infectious energy, seamlessly transitioning into the timeless melody of ‘My Old Kentucky Home’ as the ensemble joined in harmoniously. The medley reached its crescendo with a rousing rendition of ‘You’re a Grand Old Flag,’ filling the air with patriotic fervor as the stage came alive with singers and dancers.
As the audience cheered in appreciation, Martin stepped forward to evoke the spirit of President Roosevelt’s iconic introduction of Kate Smith three decades prior, paving the way for her poignant rendition of “God Bless America”. Known as “The Songbird of the South”for her stirring performances during World War II, Smith delivered a soul-stirring rendition of Irving Berlin’s masterpiece, her voice soaring to breathtaking heights as the orchestra swelled in accompaniment.
The audience was captivated by the sheer majesty of the performance, a testament to the enduring power of patriotic music to unite and inspire.
“The Dean Martin Show”, a staple of television from 1965 to 1974, showcased the era’s biggest stars in its 264 episodes, with Dean’s signature hit “Everybody Loves Somebody” serving as its timeless theme song. Bringing the evening to a close with this beloved tune, Martin and Smith left an indelible mark on the hearts of viewers, their collaboration standing as a poignant reminder of the beauty and pride of being American.