Dick Van Dyke
Dick Van Dyke
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The picture sleeve of Dick Van Dyke's one Jamie single had the following biography of the eminent entertainer as his career stood at the time of the single's release in May, 1963 after starrng in the original Broadway production of "Bye-Bye Birdie":

Earlier this season Dick Van Dyke made his Broadway debut as a featured player in the musical The Girls Against the Boys, starring Bert Lahr and Nancy Walker.  Though this revue had a short and not very happy life, Van Dyke received excellent notices, and legitimate audiences discovered what television-viewers had already found out, that Van Dyke is an unusually talented comedian, easily one of the best of the newer crop of comics who have sprouted over the airways.  A native of Danville, Illinois, he tried his hand at running an advertising agency in his home town, deserted hukstering when a friend lured him into becoming a partner in a two-man nightclub act called “The Merry Mutes.”  For six years the Merry Mutes travelled across the country playing the night spots; between engagements Van Dyke married a Danville girl and fathered three small Van Dykes.  He settled down to a domestic routine of an emcee on daytime television, first in Atlanta and then in New Orleans.  In 1955, CBS imported him to New York as a regular on The Good Morning Show and To Tell the Truth.  He has been kept busy with guest appearances on the Pat Boone Show, the Polly Bergen Show, the Perry Como Show and Pantomime Quiz.  He has emceed Laugh Line, Mother’s Day, The Big Payoff, The Garry Moore Show and The Jack Paar Show, and has played dramatic roles on the U.S. Steel Hour and My True Story.

 

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