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Boy Band: 1960

Boy Band: 1960

        Sunday, April 3, 1960. 9 P.M. (NBC) -- Dinah Shore Show (60 min., Color). Guests are Betty Grable, Vic Damone, the Wiere Brothers and two youngsters -- Desi Arnaz IV and Richard Keith. The boys help form an all-child band.

Dinah Shore with Desi Arnaz, Desi Arnaz IV and Richard Keith on the set of her TV show in Los Angeles. 4x5 negative by Paul Bailey for NBC. View full size.


Sad Days

This Dinah Shore episode aired only two days after the final Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, during what must have been a very painful period of limbo between the time Lucy filed for divorce in early March and the divorce becoming final in May. It also serves to confirm the conclusion drawn from some research to determine when "Lucy Meets The Moustache" was actually filmed. Many sources have long reported that filming wrapped the day before divorce papers were filed, but much evidence exists that it was already in the can six or more months prior to airing. Desi having fully grown out his last dye job--while gaining a significant amount of weight--both point to the impossibility of his having filmed his scenes for that final show only a month prior to the taking of this picture.

[Ernie Kovacs' Lincoln Continental, which featured prominently in that episode, was a 1960 Mark V, which went on sale at the very end of 1959. "Six or more months prior to airing" would not have been possible. - Dave]

Two youngsters

Piano guy gets stuck back in the scenery, nameless and ignored.

Burt Reynolds

I wondered what you were thinking. Now I see.

Opie's friend

I've recently been watching The Andy Griffith Show, from the first episode. I see that alexinv all ready made the connection, that Richard Keith was also on Andy Griffith, as Opie's friend Johnny Paul, a character who appeared in that show until his teens. He was actually several years older than Ronnie Howard, but they looked about the same age.

Richard Keith played "Little Ricky"

Richard Keith (real name Keith Thibodeaux) came to national prominence playing "Little Ricky" on the "I Love Lucy" show, and was treated by Lucille Ball as a member of the family. He's the one in the bow tie. After the Lucy Show he regularly appeared on the "Andy Griffith Show," produced by Desilu Studios, as one of Opie's friends, Johnny Paul Jason, at least until 1966, by which time he was already 15 (although only looking 12 or 13 at most). Of course, Desi Jr. went on to form the "Desi, Dino, and Billy" boy band with Dean Martin Jr, and another friend with some minor success.

In Living Color

The episode in question!

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