The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Artists in Action #531


Dean Martin is upstaged by his audience at the Sands.

13 comments :

Tempest said...

"And, of course, that is what all of this is - all of this: the one song, ever changing....."

DickGreenleaf said...

I can make out Jack Benny and Ginger Rogers. Who else can be spotted?

J.C. Loophole said...

That looks like Jack Benny in the very front row in his glasses- perhaps that is who he is reacting to?

Timmy said...

Dino was the greatest vocalist of all time, of all genres.

Mike said...

Sid Caesar (bottom right), Debbie Reynolds (below Sid, right of Ginger),Hugh Hefner (with pipe left of Benny), that might be Lucile Ball half obscured by Benny's head. The couple to Hefner's left seem familiar. I dunno, she might be Claire Boothe Luce.

Mike said...

Actually, that might be Shelley Berman instead of Hefner. These pixels are hard io interpret!

justjack said...

Debbie Reynolds is in there, too.

I seem to remember seeing this image, and a bunch of other similar ones, at an archive site at UNLV, only now I can't find the site any more.

swac said...

Slightly bigger version here.

swac said...

Kinda looks like Jack Warner (very tan) near the corner of the stage.

Christopher said...

Lucy AND Desi behind Jack Benny

Brooks said...

If that's Hefner he is capable of time travel. He wouldn't have had gray temples when Debbie Reynolds was that young.

The woman to the left of "Hef" looks a little like Dina Shore.

I think I see Aldous Huxley, Aleister Crowley, Lenny Bruce... oh wait... that's Sgt. Pepper's.

Will Divide said...

Looks like Dino is doing a Benny hand-to-face take while Jack plays along. Great shot.

Maria Jensen said...

I think this is actually the first time Dean came on stage with the "drunky" act if i am not mistaken ;) Great blogg u have :)

Maria

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