Los Angeles, California
July 23, 2011
At Westwood Memorial Park,Los Angeles, CA
This Weekend’s Entertainment: Remembering Dean Martin, Marilyn Monroe Mel Torme and Peggy Lee
On July 21, Dr. Kamsiah, Ibrahim Karim (better known to all of us Semper Fi) and I visited the Westwood Memorial Park, Hollywood to pay our respects to some well known actors and entertainers. They include Mel Torme, Marilyn Monroe, Dean Martin, Walter Mathau, Merv Griffin, Jack Lemmon, Peggy Lee, and Natalie Wood. So this week, we thought that we should feature Dean Martin, Mel Torme, and present the seductive and talented Ms. Peggy Lee.
Dean Martin starts off with his famous ” Everybody loves Somebody Sometime”. As a singer, Martin copied the styles of Harry Mills, Bing Crosby and Perry Como until he developed his own and could hold his own in duets with Sinatra and Crosby. Like his good friend Frank Sinatra, he could not read music, but he recorded more than 100 albums and 600 songs. His signature tune, “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime” reached the number-one spot in the United States in 1964.
Mel Tormé was an American musician, known for his jazz singing. He was also a jazz composer and arranger, a drummer, an actor in radio, film, and television, and the author of five books. He co-wrote the classic holiday song ” The Christmas Song” (also known as “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”) with Bob Wells.
Peggy Lee was an American jazz andpopular music singer, songwriter, composer, and actress in a career spanning six decades. From her beginning as a vocalist on local radio to singing withBenny Goodman’s big band, she forged a sophisticated persona evolving into a multi-faceted artist and performer. She wrote music for films, acted, and created conceptual record albums—encompassing poetry, jazz, chamber pop, and art songs. We hope you like our choice for this weekend.–Dr.Kamsiah and Din Merican