First in my list of commercial jingles from yesterday was “See The USA In Your Chevrolet!” Dinah Shore sang it, of course, which is why I chose her as today’s featured artist.
Dinah was born Frances Rose Shore in Winchester, Tennessee, but earned the name Dinah from disc jockey Martin Block. He couldn’t remember her name, so he called her “that Dinah girl,” because she often used that song in her auditions. She auditioned with Benny Goodman and both Dorsey brothers, but was turned down by all three, so she went out as a solo act, becoming the first singer of her era to do so and become successful.
Dinah’s probably better known for her work in television. I know her best from her show in the early Seventies, which I watched from time to time when I was on summer vacation. She was an engaging host and had some interesting guests displaying hidden talents (one morning, she and Bishop Sheen made hamburgers; another day, she sang “Sophisticated Lady” accompanied by former Vice President Spiro Agnew). She was an avid golfer and big supporter of women’s golf, starting the Colgate Dinah Shore tournament (now known as the ANA Inspiration tournament) in 1972, and it’s still one of the major tournaments on the LPGA Tour.
“Buttons and Bows” was her all-time best-selling single, and it reached #1 in 1948, spending ten weeks there.
“Anniversary Song” was written by Al Jolson and Saul Chaplin, with the melody being adapted from “Waves of the Danube” by Ion Ianovici. Dinah recorded it in 1947, and it spent eight weeks on the chart, peaking at #4.
Dinah Shore, your Two For Tuesday, October 18, 2016.