Jeanne Martin passes

Jeanne Martin, a model and Orange Bowl queen who became the wife of singer and actor Dean Martin during the height of his fame, died Wednesday after a battle with cancer at her Beverly Hills home, her family announced. She was 89.


After marrying Dean Martin in 1949, the pair were one of Hollywood’s most photographed couples. Matriarch of their large family, she gave birth to three of Dean’s children while raising four more from his previous marriage. Their breakup in 1969 caused nearly as much distress to Martin’s fans as his professional split with partner Jerry Lewis had in 1956.



“Dean’s viewers knew he was a good husband and father and the booze-and-broads jokes were just part of the act,” wrote Lee Hale in the 2000 book Backstage at the Dean Martin Show, having served as musical director for the NBC program.

Born Dorothy Jean Biegger on March 27, 1927, in Coral Gables, Fla., she went by Jeanne when she began modeling in Miami. She was voted Orange Bowl queen in 1947. A year later, she came to the Beachcomber Club in Miami to see a New Year’s Eve show starring Martin and Lewis.

Jeanne maintained she had never heard of either entertainer until that night. She told author Nick Tosches for a 1992 biography of Dean Martin that upon seeing him on stage, “We locked eyes and I knew. We just fell madly in love.”


Story from Hollywood Reporter

The Lounge Sound Needs You!


It was Principal McGee in the 1978 film Grease who uttered the words “If you can’t be a athlete, be an athletic supporter. And whilst we all had a chuckle, her line really does have great meaning for the Lounge scene.

Just recently I was having coffee with a friend who remarked to me that things seem really slow in the Lounge scene, both here and abroad and I have to admit that the last couple of years have seen less and less creativity come out of what was a very vibrant scene.

Thankfully we have some great people who do a lot of the heavy lifting and I won’t name names because for sure I will forget somebody, but my point is that whilst there are many who do a lot there are a lot of people who have incredible creative ability and yet don’t contribute. I am here to tell you, that you are needed. You truly are.

For those who aren’t necessarily creative I’d really like you to ask yourself the hard questions about your own talents. Perhaps you could be a promoter, maybe a manager of a band. For sure there is something you can do!

For all of us, regardless of whether you are a creator, producer or musician  I think what is very important is that we all support those who work to keep this scene alive.

Buy the music, buy the books, attend the shows and promote those who build your scene through your social media. Let’s make those we really dig famous. Let’s get them out from the shadows and out there.

If you love the Lounge sound then make sure you show it some love because it’s all about the music and the culture that we love that gives us so much in return.



Cocktail Nation 418 Tubby Hayes



Thanks to a listener of the Cocktail Nation who got in touch with me recently and asked for a Tubby Hayes special …well I have it for you and I am pleased that I did as this man is amazing so more on that soon. Cherry Capri has some good advice for us plus I will share a  recent vinyl purchases to share with you.

Tikiyaki Orchestra-Taboo

Jetset Sweden-A Man And A Woman

Tubby Hayes-Love Walked In

Jack Sheldon-Julie Is Her Name

The Sharps-The Odd Couple

Frank Sinatra-When No One Cares

Serge Gainsbourg- Ce Mortel Ennui

Piero Montanari-  Charlie’s Bounce

Don Ralke-Zulu Magic

John Coltrane-Exotica

Bambino-OSS 117

Mancini-Experiment In Terror

Billy May Hernando’s Hideaway


​Cocktail Nation Evenings At The Penthouse -A Funny Week

Midweek relaxing time in the Sydney Penthouse.Each week cocktail jazz to soothe the Savage Beast!
Tony Bennett-Dearly Beloved

Henry Mancini -Champagne and Quail

Dinah Washington Cry Me A River

Carlini World Of Strings-Plasir D’mour

Lionel Hampton-The Nearness Of You

Mantovani -As Time Goes By

Percy Faith -Out Of This World

Stan Getz-Wives And Lovers

James Spencer-Romancing Jackie Gleason

Jackie Gleason-Little Girl

Larry Gelb -Suddenly It’s Spring

Cocktail Nation Evenings At the Penthouse-The Horror

Relaxing in the Penthouse and attempting to get away from Donald, Hillary and the Olympics.
The curtains have been closed on the south sea of China and all other distractions shut out as we turn off the beepity beeps from the phone and relax with some Cocktail Jazz!
Nicole Witt-I Like My Coffee Black
The Sharps-Besame Mucho
James Spencer-Play It Again
Jackie Gleason-That Certain Party
Jeff Denson Quartet-Time Waits For No One
Oscar Peterson-Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
John Coltrane-Things Ain’t What They Used To Be
Martini Kings-So Danca Samba
Milt Raskin-Blue Eyes
Janice Borla Group-Midnight Voyage
David Carbonara -Agua De Beber
Art Blakey-Moanin

What Happens When The Games Are Done

Right now in Rio the Olympic games are on and a huge amount of infrastructure have been built. But what happens when all the medal have been given out and all the athletes have boarded planes to go home and most probably have their fifteen minutes of fame.

Well here in Sydney when the games was held in 2000 the State Government re tooled the stadiums for other sports or they became the mecca for the sport they hosted during the games and for the athletes accommodation, the sprawling high rise buildings became high priced apartments, so basically the facilities have been re-used effectively.

Sadly this isn’t always the case with many villages across the world in a state of abandon.

To me this seems like a terrible waste and sadly this isn’t a modern phenomenon.

Recently I discovered some photos from the 1936 Games in Berlin. It’s sad to see what would become a culturally significant games due to the rise of National Socialism.


Cocktail Nation 417 Bob Crane And Jayne Mansfield

A lot of people don’t know that Bob Crane of Hogans Heroes fame was a radio host, and a very successful one at that, this week we play back an interesting interview he did with Jayne Mansfield. There’s news on the passing of Dean Martin’s son and Cherry Capri stops by with some good advice.
B Sharp Big Band-Can’t By Me love

Codename Carter-Perfect Clarity Perfect Cut

Jayne Mansfield-Little Things Mean A Lot

Warren Barker-Lopaka’s Beat

Mancini-Session At Pete’s Pad

Hugo Montenegro -Perfidia

Skip Heller-King Carla

101 Strings-Rio Del Mar

Project Pimento -Brazil

Dean Martin- Just In Time


Franco Altissimi- Lounge Bossa

Antonio Adolfo-Stolen Moments

OSS 117- Speed Date Car

O Som Do Jazz-Manha Alegre