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MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN A PART OF THE GOLDDIGGERS HISTORY  BOTH PAST AND PRESENT. WE WOULD LIKE TO SPOTLIGHT A FEW WE CALL "OUR IMPORTANT FAMILY"
 

LEE HALE
OUR ORIGINAL FOUNDING FATHER, MUSICAL DIRECTOR & PRODUCER (ALSO SEVEN TIME EMMY NOMINEE) LEE IS NOW OUR EXECUTIVE ADVISOR AND CONSULTANT

"I never fathomed that coming up with the idea of putting together a group of talented girls and naming them The Golddiggers, would be such a lifelong reward. I am proud of each and every girl who was a Golddigger, and I am very happy to welcome you to the Official Golddiggers Website!"        -Lee Hale  

MORE ON LEE HALE COMING SOON!

 

NEIL DANIELS
PRESIDENT OF THE DEAN MARTIN FAN CENTER AND FORMER NBC EXECUTIVE. NEIL WAS PRESIDENT OF OUR FAN CLUB FROM OUR EARLY BEGINNINGS. HE IS NOW OUR EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

"I can't tell you how special these ladies are to me... All the way from being their original Fan Club President... answering their fan mail and packing away an archive of Golddiggers memorabilla... to having a blast at the past reunions and now once again, seeing and hearing these ladies perform. They are incredible! What I want to know is -- why have I grown older, but these gals haven't? You won't believe you eyes and ears!"   -Neil T Daniels

MORE ON NEIL DANIELS COMING SOON!

 

 

GREG GARRISON
GREG WAS A MASTER AT LIVE TV - MOST NOTED FOR DIRECTING 'YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS', 'THE KENNEDY-NIXON DEBATES' AND ULTIMATELY THE 'DEAN MARTIN SHOW'. HE WAS THE MAN WHO MADE ALL THE FOREMOST AND FINAL DECISIONS (NOT AN EASY JOB BY AND MEANS).

Greg was a smart man. Greg had the foresight of trusting in Lee Hale's decisions. Lee, along with Jonathan Lucas, were the ones who originally auditioned most of us for the group, but Greg had final approval. Many people have varied opinions about Greg's demeanor, but to all of us... if it were not for Greg, there would not be a "Golddiggers" Website to honor him on. Greg left us in 2005. Right before his passing at a tribute dinner for Lee Hale (Professional Dancers Society), Greg came over to the table where many of us (Golddiggers) in attendance were seated and said, "You are all so wonderful... we really put on a show, didn't we?". We knew we sure did.

MORE ON GREG GARRISON COMING SOON!

 

BOB SIDNEY
OUR ORIGINAL CHOREOGRAPHER AND CONSIDERED ONE OF THE GREATEST CHOREOGRAHPHER'S IN THE WORLD, BOB GOT HIS BIG BREAK IN IRVING BERLIN'S PRODUCTION, "THIS IS THE ARMY".

Bob Sidney was our original Choreographer and had a lot of patience when it came to teaching us what we needed to know. We lost both Greg Garrison in 2005, and Bob Sidney in early 2008. Right before Bob's passing, he wanted to post this short message on our Website..."

"These ladies had more talent than they knew. Not thinking we could teach a whole group how to dance, I went in thinking I would just teach them to move on stage together. You know what?... these girls were the quickest learners and became dancers right before my eyes... and I had my eyesight then! They made my job with them a pleasure. Hello to all the ladies I worked with, and good luck with your new ventures. I am in awe of each and every one of you!" - Bob Sidney" "  -Bob Sidney


VAN ALEXANDER
OUR ORIGINAL MUSCIAL ARRANGER AND YOU COULDN'T GET BETTER THAT VAN ALEXANDER. VAN IS NOTED FOR WRITING THE SONG "A TISKET A TASKET" FOR ELLA FITZGERALD, BUT MUSCIANS CONSIDER VAN ONE OF THE BEST ARRANGERS IN THE WORLD - EVER!

Those of you who know musical history also remember that Van Alexander had his own well known band during the 'Big Band Era' in America. Van also served as President of the NARAS and is himself a Grammy Award winner!


GEOFF CLARKSON
COMPOSER AND MUSICAL ACCOMPANIST FOR THE GOLDDIGGER,GEOFF WAS ALSO BOB (AND DELORES) HOPE'S PIANO CONDUCTOR AND ACCOMPANIST. HE TRAVELED WITH BOB TO VIETNAM ON MANY OCCASIONS. GEOFF PENNED THE SONG "HOME" WHICH DEAN HAD RECORDED ON ONE OF HIS MANY ALBUMS.

Geoff was a quiet man but couuld transpose musical notes like lightning. Originally a member of Les Brown's band, Geoff found himself busy at recording sessions with some of the greats. He was a great inspiration and teacher. Geoff had mentioned many times, "I always hoped that Ken Lane (Dean Martin's personal accompanist) would get sick, so I could play on camera for Dean!"Geoff, your music is always playing for us!


LES BROWN
MUSICAL CONDUCTOR FOR THE DEAN MARTIN SHOW AND ALL OF OUR OVERSEAS VIETNAM TOURS WITH BOB HOPE. BETTER KNOWN FOR THE LES BROWN SOUND WITH HIS LES BROWN'S "BAND OF RENOWN"

"It's one thing to write the music, another to write lyrics, another to arrange all the instruments and another to put together the different parts, but unless you have talented musicians to play it, it isn't 'Class-A' material... and Les Brown was an A PLUS when it came to a band with the most talented members! Les and his band accompanied us on all our appearances on the Dean Martin Show and was there when we stepped out on stage in the battle zones of Vietnam, entertaining oout troops. We sure had the best!


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