Dear Golddiggers, I loved all of your summer shows, and am wondering if you've heard of any possibilites that they will be released on DVD, or if there are plans for the shows to be on TV. I miss you girls!Unfortunately, VCR's and DVD Recorders were just a pipe dream back in the 60's and early 70's, so have been trying to get all the episodes from your series for years! I do have the Dean Martin Show DVDs in their entirety, but you gals were much more in the background for Dean's shows. I really would like to find all of The Golddiggers summer shows. Any news? -Steve Furstenberg
Hi Steve, thanks for writing!
All of us "Golddigger" sisters would love to see the old Golddiggers episodes back on TV. We had three years of hosting the Dean Martin Summer Shows, and then we had another couple years with our very own syndicated shows. They were such special times, and all us original girls share a special bond with each other.
Most of us have not seen many of these shows in decades ourselves, and we'd love to have our own families get a chance to see what we did back then, and how important it was. Fortunately, our founding father, musical director and producer, Lee Hale, has been able to save many things for us, as well as Neil Daniels, who was our original fan club president and worked at NBC back then (now he's with us as our executive producer). He managed to save and take a lot of our memorabilla (pictures and posters from our shows as well as video footage from our Vietnam tours with Bob Hope and guest appearances on other shows.) Each of us has things we've saved ourselves, and when we all get together at our reunions, we bring what we've saved to share with the others.
Recently, we have been involved in a couple of television projects which we hope will enable some, if not all, of our old shows to be seen again. Keep your fingers crossed. Of course, we'll post any new news on our website!
Thanks so much for writing!
Dear Golddiggers, After hearing about the recent passing of comedian Dom DeLuise, my memory took me back to an episode of your TV show when Mr. DeLuise was the guest star. This was the very first time I saw him perform, and then I started seeing him in a lot of funny movies. I think I have just about everything he did on either VHS or DVD in my library, and wanted to just say thank you for introducing me to him. He kept me laughing throught the years, thanks to The Golddiggers! -Tina Cummings (New Jersey, USA)
Dear Golddiggers, I was one of the soldiers who waited all day for your Christmas Show
Visit to Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam in December 1968. Speaking for myself and many other soldiers, it meant so very much to
us to have you visit and entertain us at that time of year when we were so
very far from home.You brought a beautiful part of America with you. As Bob Hope used to say,"I brought these girls to remind you guys of what you're fighting for." Never had an opportunity to thank you except for our applause.Thank you so much for the memories.
-SFC James E. Moore
US Army (retired)
Hi James! Thank you for writing such a heartfelt letter. We sent a copy to all the other girls who went to Vietnam with Bob Hope, and it had all of us talking and reminiscing about those overseas trips again.
Even though we all knew we were traveling into a war zone, it didn't matter as much as being able to do something for all you guys who were over there risking your lives for us! Many of us feel that our fondest memories of being a Golddigger were those trips with Bob Hope and the USO. It made such an impact on us, and to read your letter, all these years later, is the biggest reward each of us girls can imagine. It is us who thank you for all you and the rest of the guys did for us. WE SALUTE YOU!
-(Speaking for all of us Golddiggers - Susie (Lund) Ewing
Dear Golddiggers, During a quick vacation to Las Vegas, I caught an interview of you on television while in my hotel room and I couldn't believe that you were performing at South Point. I extended my stay by one more day and was lucky to get reservations for the following night to see you perform. Your show brought back such great memories, and you all look like I remembered. I really enjoyed your show and I was fortunate to meet a couple of other people at the show, who like myself, were fans of yours, and we exchanged phone numbers and addresses (that's where I got your Website information). I hope to see you in concert again and thank you for a great show and a great Website. -Paul Geffin (Texas, USA)
Dear Golddiggers, We saw you at South Point in Las Vegas and wanted to say how much we enjoyed your show. When are you returning to Las Vegas? -Cheryl Stevens (North Carolina, USA)
Hi Cheryl, we are hoping to be back in Vegas soon! We really enjoyed performing at the South Point Hotel and Casino for the three nights we were there. The audiences were so fantastic and it was fun getting to meet-and-greet a lot of you after the show!
Dear Golddiggers, I grew up wanting to be a Dean Martin Golddigger. You kept me in ballet class, tap class and singing when I was young. What an impression you all made on this "dancer" from Ohio! I now own my own dance studio and teach kids using songs from your album. -Karen Cassell (Ohio, USA)
Dear Golddiggers, My name is Bill McCormick I was there at Cam Ranh for the show in 1968. One of the few good memories of Vietnam is when the Golddiggers sang Silent Night. Right when they started, it started raining as it can only rain in South East Asia but they hung in there and finished the song in the rain. Wow, I think there was a lump everyone’s throat that night, was in mine I can tell you. I don’t think there would have been a dry eye in the house if it had not been raining so hard. Thanks for the great memory of at least one night. -Bill McCormick (Vietnam 68-69) (California, USA)
Dear Golddiggers, The hotel in Las Vegas (South Point) gave me your web address to contact you about your show. We were thrilled to be in the audience and hear your stories about what it was like to work with Dean and having your own television series for all those years. when we saw your picture on the marquee, my son knew who each of you were from memory. He had a good time too. Please put us on your mailing list. Thank you. -Mrs. Anne Margolis (Arizona, USA)
Dear Golddiggers, Since I was a little girl, I had always dreamed that I would be a Golddiggers singer and dancer one day.I remember seeing you all on the Dean Martin Show and buying your albums. My favorite songs were "Light Sings" and "Blame it on My Youth". Now, to find that you are still together and have your own Golddigger reunions is so heartwarming for this once-little-girl who always dreamed of becoming a Golddigger herself. I now teach a dance class in New Jersey, and whenever people ask me what got me interested in dance, I always tell them it was because of you! -Trisha Beecham (New Jersey, USA)
Dear Golddiggers, We were the ones who asked you if you were The Golddiggers group while we were staying at Sunset Station in Las Vegas this past weekend. My husband was first to spot you all having dinner, and your producer was kind enough to tell us that you were the original ones from TV. It was wonderful when he invited us to get your autographs while you were all together. You are all so beautiful and were so very nice to us. Thank you so much for inviting us to your show and taking the time to talk with us. I know that my husband was very impresses (so was I!). We will be waiting for you to return to Las Vegas and will invite our friends to see your show! - Diane and Jeff Lockheed (Nevada, USA)
Dear Golddiggers, I didn't know that you guys had a Website! You were such a favorite of my sister and mine! I just wanted to say hi and keep up the good work. I will keep checking back. - Deb Horowitz (Montana, USA)
Dear Golddiggers, What a great show you performed this past weekend at Green Valley Ranch. I wished it would have gone on longer. I remembered many of the songs you did from the Dean Martin Show and from your own TV shows. The song "I Wanna Be Loved" was a special favorite. I remember a song that you use to do called "Blame it on my Youth" and hope that you would consider adding it to your show. -Carol Williams (USA)
Dear ladies, It is wonderful to stumble onto your Website! I have been a lifelong fan since the Dean Martin Show years. - Paul Grissom (New York, USA)
Hi Golddiggers! I have a question. You already answered the one about if Dean Martin drank while on his show, but was there ever any "hanky-panky" going on between Dean and The Golddiggers? -Brian Holmes (New Jersey, USA)
Hi Brian, thanks for writing! Your question isn't all that crazy. We have been asked that same thing time and time again. Sorry to say, for a lot of us, that nothing unprofessional ever went on, although I'm sure there were others of us who wished there was! We spent so much time in rehearsal for the show, learning all of our parts in the little time we had, there wasn't any "extra" time for contact with anyone outside of the studio. When we weren't taping with Dean at NBC, or in a rehearsal room with Lee Hale or Bob Sidney, we were pre-recording many of our group songs the days before with Lee or Geoff Clarkson. - Rosie Gitlan
Dear Golddiggers, The first Christmas record I ever owned was "The Golddiggers Christmas Album." I remember playing it over and over again until I wore the grooves out. Do you know where I can obtain a new one? - Lydia Brahams (Ontario, Canada)
As a teenager I was in love with each of you. In Vietnam I had the pleasure of meeting some of you. -Bob Hafhill (Florida, USA)
Dear Golddiggers, My husband and I saw you on The Florence Henderson show and I said to him, "Those can't be the ones who were on TV years ago!" You all look too young! Then, during the interview, I learned that you were the original ones who I remember. How did you all manage to stay so beautiful? - Mrs. Claire Shebert (Texas, USA)
Hi Claire, thank you so much for the compliment! I think most of the other girls would agree that being a dancer or a singer has its advantages. The excercise that dancing gives is the same as what keeps athletes strong and vibrant... and always having a song to sing keeps your attitude happy. They say that music and math go hand-in-hand, and as one grows older, the different math calculations help keep one's mind young too. Have you ever noticed that most people who are musicians or dancers tend to live very long lives in general. Believe me though... we all have to work on keeping our looks up just like everyone else! Every wrinkle or extra pound just drives each of us nuts! - Susie Ewing
Hi Golddiggers, I remember all of you from the original group of ladies who did the summer shows, all the way through to the later group of ladies who appeared with Dean Martin on stage in Las Vegas. I was actually able to see you once in person when you were on a Dean Martin Show in about 1970 (my Aunt got my Dad and I passes to get in), and again at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (where I took my bride on our honeymoon). It is so wonderful to see and hear from you all again. Your Website make reminiscing the next best thing to actually seeing you all perform in person. Thanks again for keeping us informed! -Troy Brimsfield - California, USA