Perky, Pretty and Popular. These words could reflect almost anyone, but not in this case. This time we are talking about the effervescent Dinah Shore. This lady of charm and song made an impact upon the ‘shores’ of many a heart. In the 40’s when her radio program, In Person Dinah Shore was apexing towards the top, Dinah played to the servicemen that were far away and her USO shows never failed to capture the crowds. Her radio program showcased her singing talents and acting skills...considering it was Dinah’s show. That was not a bad thing...in fact, it proved to be a success as she was on the major markets throughout the program’s history.
"Who Wouldn’t Love You" was sung by Dinah in July of 1942. It was peppy piece that spilled Dinah’s flair for music that made her fame notable. In this particular episode she also sang "Be Careful, It’s My heart" that premiered in the Bing Crosby movie classic, "Holiday Inn". She rubbed elbows with the big names and would introduce songs that were playing the big time...in nightclubs and on the big screen.
"For Me and My Gal" "Bells are ringin’ for me and my gal. birds are sinin’ for me and my gal..." was typical Dinah Shore foray into upbeat tunes and melody. As one guest said, "No one sings quite like Dinah." How true that was. Dinah was in the league of Doris Day and Patti Page. Music was not music, unless Dinah had a hand in it.
She knew how to have clean fun, a playful presence and sincerity in everything she did. Her’s was a family friendly show...even the tunes could be whistled by the youngin’s.
America was embroiled in one of the worst wars of its history and show people, such as Dinah Shore, delighted in uplifting the American mood. You might say it was her way of contributing to the war effort. But she never played loose with her celebrity status and made every effort to have In Person Dinah Shore be a symbol of cheer and hope.