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Publicity photo, 1951
Fannye Rose Shore
February 29, 1916
Winchester, Tennessee, U.S.
|Died||February 24, 1994 (aged 77)|
|Resting place||Hillside Memorial Park, Culver City, California, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Vanderbilt University|
|Occupation||Singer, actress, talk show host|
(m. 1943; div. 1963)
Maurice F. Smith
(m. 1963; div. 1964)
Dinah Shore (born Fannye Rose Shore; February 29, 1916 – February 24, 1994) was an American singer, actress, and television personality, and the top-charting female vocalist of the 1940s. She rose to prominence as a recording artist during the Big Band era. She achieved even greater success a decade later, in television, mainly as the host of a series of variety programs for the Chevrolet automobile company.
After failing singing auditions for the bands of Benny Goodman, and both Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, Shore struck out on her own. She became the first singer of her era to achieve huge solo success. She had a string of 80 charted popular hits, spanning 1940–1957, and after appearing in a handful of feature films, she went on to a four-decade career in American television. She starred in her own music and variety shows from 1951 through 1963 and hosted two talk shows in the 1970s. TV Guide ranked her at number 16 on their list of the top 50 television stars of all time. Stylistically, Shore was compared to two singers who followed her in the mid-to-late 1940s and early 1950s, Doris Day and Patti Page.
She was born as Fannye Rose Shore to Russian-Jewish immigrant shopkeepers, Anna (née Stein) and Solomon Shore, in Winchester, Tennessee. She had an elder sister, eight years her senior, Elizabeth, known as "Bessie". When Fannye was eighteen months old, she was stricken with polio (infantile paralysis). The only known treatment was bed rest and sometimes more extreme care if the child was severely compromised. (This was before the polio vaccine had been developed which brought an end to polio in the United States.) Her mother provided extensive care for her, which included regular therapeutic massage and a strict exercise program. She recovered, but sustained a deformed foot and limp. Fannye loved to sing as a small child; her mother, a contralto with operatic aspirations, encouraged her. Her father often took her to his store, where she would perform impromptu songs for the customers.
In 1924, the Shore family moved to McMinnville, Tennessee, where her father had opened a department store. By her fifth-grade year, the family had moved to Nashville, where she completed elementary school. Although shy because of her limp, she became actively involved in sports, was a cheerleader at Nashville's Hume-Fogg High School, and was involved in other activities. At some point, Fannye became known as Frances.
When Shore was 16, her mother died unexpectedly from a heart attack. Pursuing her education, Shore enrolled at Vanderbilt University, where she participated in many events and activities, including the Chi chapter of the Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority. She graduated from the university in 1938 with a degree in sociology. She visited the Grand Ole Opry and made her radio debut on Nashville's WSM (AM) radio station.
Shore decided to return to pursuing her career in singing, moving to New York City to audition for orchestras and radio stations. At first she went there on a summer break from Vanderbilt, and after graduation, for good. In many of her auditions, she sang the popular song "Dinah". When disc jockey Martin Block could not remember her name, he called her the "Dinah girl", and soon after the name stuck, becoming her stage name. She eventually was hired as a vocalist at radio station WNEW, where she sang with Frank Sinatra. She recorded and performed with the Xavier Cugat orchestra, and signed a recording contract with RCA Victor Records in 1940.
In March 1939, Shore debuted on national radio on the Sunday-afternoon CBS Radio program, Ben Bernie's Orchestra. In February 1940, she became a featured vocalist on the NBC Radio program The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street, a showcase for traditional Dixieland and blues songs. With Shore, the program became so popular, it was moved from 4:30 Sunday afternoon to a 9:00 Monday night time slot in September. In her primetime debut for "the music of the Three Bs, Barrelhouse, Boogie-woogie, and the Blues", she was introduced as "Mademoiselle Dinah 'Diva' Shore, who starts a fire by rubbing two notes together!" She recorded with the two Basin Street bands for RCA Victor; one of her records was the eponymous Dinah's Blues.
Shore's singing came to the attention of Eddie Cantor. He signed her as a regular on his radio show, Time to Smile, in 1940. Shore credits him for teaching her self-confidence, comedic timing, and the ways of connecting with an audience. Cantor bought the rights to an adapted Ukrainian folk song with new lyrics by Jack Lawrence for Shore to record for RCA Victor's Bluebird label. This song, "Yes, My Darling Daughter", became her first major hit, selling 500,000 copies in weeks, which was unusual for that time.
Shore soon became a successful singing star with her own radio show, Call for Music, which was broadcast on CBS from February 13, 1948 to April 16, 1948, and on NBC from April 20, 1948 to June 29, 1948. Also in 1943, she appeared in her first movie, Thank Your Lucky Stars, starring Cantor. She soon went to another radio show, Paul Whiteman Presents. During this time, the United States was involved in World War II, and Shore became a favorite with the troops. She had hits, including "Blues in the Night", "Jim", "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To", and "I'll Walk Alone", the first of her number-one hits. "Blues in the Night" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA.
To support the troops overseas, Shore participated in USO tours to Europe. She appeared in person, on radio, and on record with a number of British and American stars, including Major Glenn Miller and his large Army Air Force Band. She met George Montgomery, a young actor ready to go into military service. They married on December 3, 1943, shortly before he went into service. When he returned, they settled in San Fernando, California. In 1948, their first child was born, a daughter, Melissa Ann, and they adopted a son in 1954, John David, before moving to Beverly Hills.
Shore continued appearing in radio shows throughout the 1940s, including The Bird's Eye Open House and Ford Radio Show. In early 1946, she moved to a new label, the CBS-owned Columbia Records. At Columbia, Shore enjoyed the greatest commercial success of her recording career, starting with her first Columbia single release, "Shoo-Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy", and peaking with the most popular song of 1948, "Buttons and Bows", (with Henri René & Orchestra), which was number one for ten weeks. Other number-one hits at Columbia included "The Gypsy" and "The Anniversary Song".
One of her most popular recordings was the holiday perennial "Baby, It's Cold Outside" with Buddy Clark from 1949. The song was covered by many other artists, such as Ella Fitzgerald. Other hits during her four years at Columbia included "Laughing on the Outside (Crying on the Inside)", "I Wish I Didn't Love You So", "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons", "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly", and "Dear Hearts and Gentle People". She was a regular with Jack Smith on his quarter-hour radio show on CBS.
Shore was a musical guest in the films Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943), Follow the Boys (1944), and Till the Clouds Roll By (1946) and had starring roles in Danny Kaye's debut Up in Arms (1944) and Belle of the Yukon (1944). She lent her musical voice to two Disney films: Make Mine Music (1946) and Fun and Fancy Free (1947). Her last starring film role was for Paramount Pictures in Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick (1952).
In 1950, Shore returned to RCA Victor with a deal to record 100 sides for $1 million (equivalent to $10.6 million in 2019). The hits kept coming, but with less frequency, and were not charting as high as in the '40s. Dinah's biggest hits of this era were "My Heart Cries for You" and "Sweet Violets", both peaking at number three in 1951. Several duets with Tony Martin did well, with "A Penny a Kiss" being the most popular, reaching number eight. was a 1953 hit, and her covers of "Changing Partners" and "If I Give My Heart to You" were popular top-20 hits. "Love and Marriage" and "Whatever Lola Wants" were top-20 hits from 1955.
"Chantez, Chantez" was her last top-20 hit, staying on the charts for over 20 weeks in 1957. Shore remained at RCA Victor until 1958, and during that time, released albums including Bouquet of Blues, Once in a While, and Vivacious, which were collections of singles with different orchestras and conductors such as Frank DeVol and Hugo Winterhalter. The studio albums Holding Hands at Midnight, from 1955, and Moments Like These, from 1958, recorded in stereo, with orchestra under the musical direction of , who performed the same duties on The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, were the exceptions.
Recording career after the 1950s
In 1959, Dinah left RCA Victor for Capitol Records. Although she recorded only one minor hit for her new label ("I Ain't Down Yet", which peaked at 102 on Billboard's pop chart in 1960), the collaboration produced four "theme albums" that paired Dinah with arranger Nelson Riddle (Dinah, Yes Indeed!), conductor and accompanist André Previn (Somebody Loves Me and Dinah Sings, Previn Plays), and jazz's Red Norvo (Dinah Sings Some Blues with Red). Her final two Capitol albums were Dinah, Down Home and The Fabulous Hits (Newly Recorded).
Dinah was dropped by Capitol in 1962 and recorded only a handful of albums over the next two decades. She recorded Lower Basin Street Revisited for friend Frank Sinatra's Reprise label in 1965, Songs for Sometime Losers (Project 3, 1967), Country Feelin' (Decca, 1969), Once Upon A Summertime (Stanyan, 1975), and Dinah!, a double LP for Capitol in 1976. She recorded this album at the height of her talk show fame, and it featured her take on contemporary hits such as "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover", "The Hungry Years", and "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)". Her final studio album was released in 1979, Dinah!: I've Got a Song, for the Children's Television Workshop.
Early television career
Soon after she arrived in New York in 1937, aged 21, Shore made her first television appearances on experimental broadcasts for NBC over station W2XBS in New York (now WNBC). Twelve years later, in 1949, she made her commercial television debut on The Ed Wynn Show from Los Angeles over CBS and on Easter Sunday 1950, made a guest appearance on Bob Hope's first network television show on NBC. After guest spots on many television shows, she was given her own program, The Dinah Shore Show on NBC on November 27, 1951. Vic Schoen was her musical director from 1951–54, and also arranged music for her on The Colgate Comedy Hour (1954).
She did two 15-minute shows a week for NBC. She guest-starred on another 15-minute series, starring entertainer Tony Martin, but Martin's short program never acquired the popular success as did Shore's. In 1956, Shore won the first of her many Emmy Awards for the program, which was sponsored by Chevrolet. The sponsor's theme song, "See the USA in Your Chevrolet", became the singer's signature piece.
In 1956, Shore began hosting a monthly series of one-hour, full-color spectaculars as part of NBC's The Chevy Show series. These proved so popular, the show was renamed The Dinah Shore Chevy Show the following season, with Shore becoming the full-time host, helming three of four weeks in the month. Broadcast live and in NBC's famous "Living Color", this variety show was one of the most popular of the 1950s and early 1960s and featured the television debuts of stars of the era, such as Yves Montand and Maureen O'Hara, and featured Dinah in performances alongside Ella Fitzgerald, Mahalia Jackson, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, and Pearl Bailey. Tennessee Ernie Ford was a featured guest on one show, and she introduced him, tongue-in-cheek, as "Tennessee Ernie CHEVROLET!!" She also appeared as a guest on The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom.
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show ran through the 1960–61 season, after which Chevrolet dropped sponsorship, and Shore hosted a series of monthly broadcasts sponsored by the American Dairy Association and Green Stamps. Simply called The Dinah Shore Show, Dinah's guests included Nat "King" Cole, Bing Crosby, Jack Lemmon, Boris Karloff, Betty Hutton, Art Carney, and a young Barbra Streisand. Over 12 seasons, from 1951 to 1963, Shore made 125 hour-long programs and 444 fifteen-minute shows. She always ended her televised programs by throwing an enthusiastic kiss directly to the cameras (and viewers) and exclaiming "MWAH!" to the audience.
Later television career
From 1970 through 1980, Shore hosted two daytime programs, Dinah's Place (1970–1974) on NBC and Dinah! (later Dinah and Friends) in syndication from 1974 through 1980 and a third cable program from 1989–1992. Dinah's Place, primarily sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive (which later sponsored her women's golf tournament), was a 30-minute Monday-through-Friday program broadcast at 10:00 am (ET) over NBC, her network home since 1939. Shore described this show as a "Do-Show" as opposed to a chat show because she would have her guests demonstrate an unexpected skill, for example, Frank Sinatra sharing his spaghetti sauce recipe, Spiro Agnew playing keyboard accompanying Dinah on "Sophisticated Lady", or Ginger Rogers showing Shore how to throw a clay pot on a potter's wheel.
Although Dinah's Place featured famous guest stars, Shore often grilled lesser-known lifestyle experts on nutrition, exercise, or homemaking. Despite being one of the more popular programs in NBC's morning lineup, dominating in the timeslot, facing out The Lucy Show reruns on CBS and local programming on ABC, this show left the air in 1974 after NBC sent a telegram to Dinah congratulating her on her Emmy win – at the same time informing her the show was being cancelled, because it broke up a "game show programming block" and competition from The Joker's Wild on CBS, which started two years earlier. Thus ended the network's 35-year association with Shore. She returned that fall with Dinah!, a syndicated 90-minute daily talk show (also seen in a 60-minute version on some stations) that put the focus on top guest stars and entertainment. This show was seen as competition for Mike Douglas and Merv Griffin, whose shows had been on the air for 10 years when Dinah! debuted. Frequent guests included entertainment figures (Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, and James Stewart), as well as regular contributors including lifestyle guru Dr. Wayne Dyer.
Unexpected rock music performance appearances included Tina Turner, David Bowie, and Iggy Pop. Shore also appeared on the Norman Lear comedy-soap opera Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman in April 1976. On the show, Dinah interviewed country singing character Loretta Haggars (played by Mary Kay Place) and included a controversial comment from Miss Haggars during her appearance on a "Live" airing of Shore's talk show. Shore had the misfortune of interviewing the comedian Andy Kaufman in his Tony Clifton guise on her show. He took deliberate offense at her questions and eventually tipped a pan of eggs over her head. This program was taped live in front of a studio audience and the "eggs" segment was never aired; it is believed that the offending footage was destroyed. Shore's producers superimposed titles such as "This is a put on" over the footage that was eventually aired, including an uncomfortable duet of "Anything You Can Do", and his solo of "On the Street Where You Live". Shooting was stopped and Kaufman was escorted out of the studio.
Shore, with her Dixie drawl and demure manner, was identified with the South, and guests on her shows often commented on it. She spoofed this image by playing Melody in "Went with the Wind!", the famous Gone with the Wind parody for The Carol Burnett Show. In the summer of 1976, Shore hosted Dinah and Her New Best Friends, an eight-week summer replacement series for The Carol Burnett Show which featured a cast of young hopefuls such as Diana Canova and Gary Mule Deer, along with such seasoned guests as Jean Stapleton and Linda Lavin. Shore guest-starred on Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special, calling Pee-wee on his picturephone and singing "The 12 Days of Christmas". Throughout the special, Pee-wee walks past the picturephone, only to hear her going past the original 12 days ("...on the 500th day of Christmas ...")
Shore finished her television career hosting A Conversation with Dinah (1989–1992) on the cable network TNN (The Nashville Network). This half-hour show consisted of one-on-one interviews with celebrities and comedians (such as Bob Hope), former boyfriends (Burt Reynolds in a special one-hour episode), and political figures (former President Gerald Ford and his wife and former First Lady Betty Ford.) In a coup, Shore got the first post-White House interview given by former First Lady Nancy Reagan. Around this time, she gained a contract as television spokeswoman for chicken. In the 1980s, Shore sang in Glendale Federal Bank television commercials. Her last television special, Dinah Comes Home (TNN 1991), brought Shore's career full-circle, taking her back to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, which she first visited some 60 years earlier. Shore won nine Emmys, a Peabody Award, and a Golden Globe Award. Shore's talk shows sometimes included cooking segments, and she wrote cookbooks including Someone's in the Kitchen with Dinah.
Shore was married to actor George Montgomery from 1943 to 1962. She gave birth to daughter Melissa Ann "Missy" Montgomery, in January 1948. Later the couple adopted a son, John David "Jody" Montgomery. Missy Montgomery also became an actress.
George Jacobs, in his memoir Mr. S about Frank Sinatra, for whom he worked as a longtime valet, claimed Shore and Sinatra had a long-standing affair in the 1950s. After her divorce in 1963 from Montgomery, she briefly married Maurice F. Smith. Her romances of the later 1960s involved comedian Dick Martin, singer Eddie Fisher, and actor Rod Taylor.
In the early 1970s, Shore had a happy four-year public romance with actor Burt Reynolds, who was 20 years her junior. After the relationship cooled, the tabloids linked Shore with other younger men, including Wayne Rogers, Andy Williams, and Ron Ely.
Her daughter, Melissa Montgomery, is the owner of the rights to most of Shore's television series. In March 2003, PBS presented MWAH! The Best of The Dinah Shore Show 1956–1963, an hour-long special of early color videotaped footage of Shore in duets with guests Ella Fitzgerald, Jack Lemmon, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Pearl Bailey, George Burns, Groucho Marx, Peggy Lee, and Mahalia Jackson. Black-and-white kinescopes, as well as color videotapes of The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, are frequently aired on Jewish Life Television.
Shore, who played golf, was a longtime supporter of women's professional golf. In 1972, she helped found the Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Tournament, which is in its current identity as the ANA Inspiration remains one of the major golf tournaments on the LPGA Tour. The tournament is held each spring at Mission Hills Country Club, near Shore's former home in Rancho Mirage, California. Shore was the first female member of the Hillcrest Country Club in Los Angeles.
In acknowledgment of her contributions to golf, Shore was elected an honorary member of the LPGA Hall of Fame in 1994. Shore became a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame when it absorbed the LPGA Hall in 1998. She received the 1993 Old Tom Morris Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, GCSAA's highest honor.
In the spring of 1993, Shore was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She died of complications from the disease on February 24, 1994, at her home in Beverly Hills, California, five days before turning 78 (That birthday was not on the 1994 calendar, as it was not a Leap Year). Her body was cremated the same day. Some of the ashes were interred in two memorial sites: the Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California, and Forest Lawn Cemetery (Cathedral City). Other ashes went to relatives.
In both Cathedral City and Rancho Mirage, California, streets are named after her. Her hometown of Winchester, Tennessee, honored her with Dinah Shore Boulevard. In 1989, she received the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement. In 1991, she was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. In 1996, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars was dedicated to her.
|Year||Single (A-side, B-side)
Both sides from same album except where indicated
|1939||"Who Told You I Cared"
b/w "I Like to Recognize the Tune"
|"I Thought About You"
b/w "Last Night"
b/w "Darn That Dream"
|"Watching the Clock"
b/w "I've Got My Eyes On You"
|1940||"Shake Down the Stars"
b/w "Just A-Whistlin' and A-Whittlin'"
|"The Breeze and I"
b/w "When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano"
Both sides with Xavier Cugat
|"You Can't Brush Me Off"
b/w "Outside of That, I Love You"
Both sides with Dick Todd
|"Whatever Happened to You?" (with Xavier Cugat)||22||—||Cugie!|
|"The Rumba-Cardi" (with Xavier Cugat)||19||—|
b/w "The Nearness of You"
|"Smoke Gets In Your Eyes"
b/w "How Come You Like Me Like You Do"
|—||—||Musical Orchids (10" LP)|
|"Yes, My Darling Daughter"
b/w "Down Argentina Way"
b/w "Somebody Loves Me"
|23||—||Musical Orchids (10" LP)|
b/w "Memphis Blues" (from Musical Orchids 10" LP)
|"I Hear a Rhapsody"||9||—|
|"I Do, Do You?"||22||—|
|"For All Time"
b/w "#10 Lullaby Lane"
|"Where Are You"
b/w "Mockingbird Lament"
|"Do You Care?"
b/w "Honeysuckle Rose" (from Musical Orchids 10" LP)
|"Quiéreme Mucho" (with Xavier Cugat)||16||—|
b/w "I'm Through with Love"
|1942||"You and I"
b/w "On a Bicycle Built for Two"
|"Love Me or Leave Me"
b/w "All Alone"
|"Somebody Nobody Loves"
b/w "If It's You"
b/w "Is It Taboo (To Fall In Love with You)"
|"I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)"
b/w "This Is No Laughing Matter" (Non-album track)
|19||—||Dinah Shore Sings the Blues (10" LP)|
|"Don't Leave Me"
b/w "As We Walk Into the Sunset"
|"Everything I Love"
b/w "Happy In Love"
|"I Don't Want to Walk Without You"
|"Blues in the Night"
b/w "Sometimes" (Non-album track)
|4||—||Musical Orchids (10" LP)|
|"Goodnight, Captain Curly-Head"||23||—||Non-album tracks|
|"I Look at Heaven When I Look at You"
b/w "I Can't Give You Anything But Love"
b/w "She'll Always Remember"
|"He Wears a Pair of Silver Wings"
b/w "Conchita, Marcheta, Lolita, Pepita, Rosita"
|"Mad About Him"
b/w "Be Careful, It's My Heart" (Non-album track)
|18||—||Musical Orchids (10" LP)|
|"Body and Soul"
b/w "Sophisticated Lady"
b/w "Three Little Sisters"
|"One Dozen Roses"
b/w "All I Need Is You"
|"He's My Guy"
b/w "A Boy In Khaki, A Girl In Lace"
|1943||"Why Don't You Fall In Love with Me?"||3||—|
|"You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To"
b/w "Manhattan Serenade"
|"Murder He Says"||5||—|
|"Something to Remember You By"||18||—|
|1944||"Now I Know"
b/w "I Couldn't Sleep a Wink Last Night" (Non-album track)
|—||—||Moments Like These|
|"I'll Walk Alone"
b/w "It Could Happen to You"
b/w "I Learned a Lesson I'll Never Forget"
|1945||"Auld Lang Syne"
b/w "I Can't Tell You Why I Love You"
|"Sleigh Ride In July"
b/w "Like Someone in Love"
|"He's Home For a Little While"||11||—|
|"I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry"
b/w "Let's Take the Long Way Home"
|"The Man I Love"
b/w "Do It Again"
|"Someone to Watch Over Me"
b/w "Love Walked In"
|"Along the Navajo Trail"
b/w "Counting the Days"
|"I Fall In Love Too Easily"
b/w "Can't You Read Between the Lines"
|"But I Did"
b/w "As Long As I Live"
|"My Guy's Come Back"
|"Pass Me That Peace Pipe"
b/w "Everybody Knew But Me"
b/w "Welcome to My Dream"
|"Everybody Knew But Me"
b/w "I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me"
|"Shoo-Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy"
b/w "Here I Go Again" (Non-album track)
|6||—||Buttons and Bows|
|"Where Did You Learn to Love"
b/w "Coax Me a Little Bit" (from The Girl Friends)
|"Laughing on the Outside (Crying on the Inside)"||3||—||Lavender Blue|
|"The Gypsy"||1||—||Dinah Shore Sings (10" LP)|
|"All That Glitters Is Not Gold"
b/w "Come Rain or Come Shine" (from Lavender Blue)
|"Doin' What Comes Natur'lly"
b/w "I Got Lost In His Arms" (Non-album track)
|3||—||Buttons and Bows|
b/w "That Little Dream Got Nowhere"
|"You Keep Coming Back Like a Song"
b/w "The Way That the Wind Blows"
|"I'll Never Love Again"
b/w "You, So It's You"
|"Who'll Buy My Violets"
b/w "I May Be Wrong But I Think You're Wonderful" (from Reminiscing With Dinah Shore 10" LP)
b/w "White Christmas"
|1947||"A Rainy Night In Rio"
b/w "Through a Thousand Dreams"
|"(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons"
b/w "You'll Always Be the One I Love" (Non-album track)
|2||—||Buttons and Bows|
|"And So to Bed"
b/w "Sooner or Later"
|"My Bel Ami"
b/w "I'll Close My Eyes"
|"The Anniversary Song"
b/w "Heartaches, Sadness and Tears"
b/w "I've Got You Under My Skin"
|—||—||A Date with Dinah (10" LP)|
|"Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man of Mine"
b/w "Kerry Dance"
|"After I Say I'm Sorry"
b/w "The Thrill Is Gone"
|"There'll Be Some Changes Made"
b/w "They Didn't Believe Me"
|"The Egg and I"
b/w "Who Cares What People Say"
|"When Am I Gonna Kiss You Good Morning?"
b/w "Mama Do I Gotta"
|"Ask Anyone Who Knows"
b/w "Papa Don't Preach To Me" (from Buttons and Bows)
Both sides with Woody Herman
|"I Wish I Didn't Love You So"
b/w "I'm So Right Tonight" (Non-album track)
|2||—||Love Songs Sung By Dinah Shore|
b/w "Kokomo, Indiana"
|"It Takes a Long, Long Train with a Red Caboose"
b/w "Do a Little Business On the Side"
b/w "The Gentleman Is a Dope" (from Dinah Shore Sings Cole Porter and Richard Rodgers)
|"How Soon (Will I Be Seeing You)"
b/w "Fool That I Am"
|"In a Little Book Shop"
b/w "I'll Always Be In Love With You"
|"At the Candlelight Cafe"||24||—|
|1948||"The Best Things In Life Are Free"||18||—|
|"What's Good About Goodbye"
b/w "Hooray for Love"
|"Little White Lies"
b/w "Crying for Joy" (Non-album track)
|11||—||Reminiscing with Dinah Shore (10" LP)|
|"It Was Written in the Stars"
b/w "My Guitar"
|"Better Luck Next Time"
b/w "Steppin' Out with My Baby"
|"I'll Be Seeing You"
b/w "I Get Along Without You Very Well"
|—||—||Reminiscing with Dinah Shore (10" LP)|
|"May I Still Hold You"
b/w "Baby Don't Be Mad at Me"
|"Just One of Those Things"
b/w "Mad About the Boy"
|—||—||S'Wonderful (10" LP)|
b/w "Let's Do It"
|"Easy to Love"
|"This Is The Moment"
b/w "Love That Boy"
|"Buttons and Bows"
b/w "Daddy-O" (Non-album track)
|1||—||Buttons and Bows|
|"What Did I Do"
b/w "The Matador"
|"Lavender Blue (Dilly Dilly)"
b/w "So Dear To My Heart" (Non-album track)
|1949||"Far Away Places"
b/w Say It Every Day" (Non-album track)
|14||—||Buttons and Bows|
|"Tara Talara Tala"
b/w "A Rosewood Spinet"
|"So in Love"
b/w "Always True to You in My Fashion"
|20||—||Dinah Shore Sings Cole Porter and Richard Rodgers|
|"Forever and Ever"
b/w "I've Been Hit" (Non-album track)
|"Story of My Life"
b/w "Having a Wonderful Time"
|"A Wonderful Guy"
b/w "Younger Than Springtime"
|22||—||Dinah Shore Sings Cole Porter and Richard Rodgers|
|"Baby, It's Cold Outside"
b/w "My One and Only Highland Fling"
Both sides with Buddy Clark
|"I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair"
b/w "Kiss Me Sweet" (Non-album track)
|—||—||Dinah Shore Sings Cole Porter and Richard Rodgers|
|"Dear Hearts and Gentle People"
b/w "Speak A Word Of Love" (Non-album track)
|2||—||Buttons and Bows|
b/w "Happy Times"
|"It's So Nice to Have a Man Around the House"
b/w "More Than Anything Else In the World" (Non-album track)
|20||—||Buttons and Bows|
|"Can Anyone Explain? (No! No! No!)"
b/w "Dream a Little Dream of Me" (from Love Songs Sung By Dinah Shore)
|"My Heart Cries for You"||3||—|
|"Nobody's Chasing Me"||18||—|
|"Marrying For Love" (with Paul Lucas)
b/w "The Best Thing For You"
|—||—||Call Me Madam original show album|
|1951||"Wait For Me"
b/w "Down In Nashville, Tennessee"
|"A Penny a Kiss" (with Tony Martin)||8||—|
|"In Your Arms" (with Tony Martin)||24||—|
|"I'm Through with Love"
b/w "Makin' Whoopee"
|"Orchids In the Moonlight"
b/w "Around the Corner"
|"I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight"
b/w "My Isle Of Golden Dreams"
b/w "Too Late Now" (from I'm Your Girl)
|—||—||Bouquet of Blues|
|"You're Just in Love"
|29||—||Call Me Madam original show album|
|"The Three Cornered Tune"
b/w "'Cause I Love You" (Non-album track)
|—||—||I'm Your Girl|
b/w "If You Turn Me Down" (Non-album track)
|3||—||The Best of Dinah Shore|
|"Ten Thousand Miles"
b/w "How Many Times" (Non-album track)
|—||—||I'm Your Girl|
b/w "How D'Ye Do and Shake Hands"
Both sides with Tony Martin, Betty Hutton & Phil Harris
|"It's All In the Game"
b/w "Stay Awhile" (Non-album track)
|—||—||I'm Your Girl|
|"Manhattan" (with Tony Martin)||—||—||Non-album tracks|
|"Getting to Know You"
b/w "The End of a Love Affair" (from I'm Your Girl)
|"The Lie-De-Lie Song"
b/w "Oh, How I Needed You Joe"
|"If You Catch a Little Cold"
Both sides with Tony Martin
|1952||"Saturday Night at Punkin Crick"
b/w "Life Is a Beautiful Thing"
b/w "Take Me Home"
b/w "Senator From Tennessee"
Both sides with Tex Williams
b/w "The World Has a Promise"
|"Blues In Advance"
b/w "Bella Musica" (Non-album track)
|20||—||I'm Your Girl|
|"Keep It a Secret"
b/w "Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo"
|1953||"Salomee (With Her Seven Veils)"
b/w "Let Me Know"
b/w "Why Come Crying to Me"
b/w "Eternally" (from I'm Your Girl)
|11||—||The Best of Dinah Shore|
|"Pass The Jam, Sam"
b/w "I'll Hate Myself In The Morning"
|"Come Back to My Arms"
b/w "This Must Be the Place"
|"If I Give My Heart to You"
b/w "I Have to Tell You"
|"Melody of Love"
b/w "You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me"
Both sides with Tony Martin
|1955||"Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets)"
b/w "Church Twice On Sunday"
|"Love and Marriage"
b/w "That's All There Is to That"
|"I Could Have Danced All Night"
b/w "What a Heavenly Night For Love"
b/w "Honky Tonk Heart"
|19||—||The Best of Dinah Shore|
|"The Cattle Call"
b/w "Promises Promises"
|"I'll Never Say Never Again Again"
b/w "The Kiss That Rocked the World" (Non-album track)
b/w "I've Never Left Your Arms"
|"The Secret of Happiness"
b/w "It's the Second Time You Meet That Matters"
|"Scene of the Crime"
b/w "I'm Sitting On Top of the World"
|1960||"When The Sparrows Learn to Fly"
b/w "So Many Things to Do Today"
|"I Ain't Down Yet"
b/w "I Gotta Love You" (Non-album track)
|103||—||The Fabulous Hits of Dinah Shore|
|1961||"This Is a Changing World"
b/w "Mississippi Mud" (from Dinah, Down Home)
|1962||"That'll Show Him!"
b/w "Just a Brief Encounter"
b/w "Rocky Top"
|1974||"Me and Ole Crazy Bill"
b/w "Wait a Little Longer"
- NBC's Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street (1941, RCA Victor Records 78 Set P-56 Three Record Set)
- Musical Orchids (1943, RCA Victor Records 78 rpm Four Record Set)
- Gershwin Show Hits (1945, RCA Victor Records 78 rpm Three Record Set)
- Bongo from Walt Disney (1947, Columbia Records 78 rpm Three Record Set)
- A Date with Dinah (1948, Columbia Records 78 rpm Four Record Set)
- The Blue Velvet Voice of Dinah Shore (1948, Victor 78 rpm Five Record Set)
- Dinah Shore Sings (1949, Columbia 10")
- Reminiscing (1949, Columbia 10")
- Torch Songs (1950, Columbia Set D-1 10")
- Dinah Shore & Sidney Bechet ~ Lower Basin Street (1950, RCA Victor 78 Set P-56 Four Record Set)
- The King and I (1951, RCA Victor 10")
- Dinah Shore ~ Lower Basin Street Volume 2 (1951, RCA Victor 78rpm Four Record Set)
- Dinah Shore Sings the Blues (1953, RCA Victor 10")
- Call Me Madam Original Cast (1953, RCA Victor 10")
- The Dinah Shore TV Show (1954, RCA 10", 1955, RCA Victor 12")
- Holding Hands at Midnight (1955, RCA Victor)
- Bouquet of Blues (1956, RCA Victor)
- Call Me Madam Original Cast (1956, RCA Victor)
- Dinah Shore Sings Porter and Rodgers (1957, Harmony)
- Love Songs (1958, Harmony)
- General Motors 50th Anniversary Show (1958, RCA Victor)
- Moments Like These (1958, RCA Victor)
- Dinah, Yes Indeed! (1959, Capitol)
- Lower Basin Street (1959, RCA Camden)
- I'm Your Girl (1959, RCA Camden)
- Lavender Blue (1959, Harmony)
- Somebody Loves Me (1959, Capitol)
- Dinah Sings Some Blues with Red (1960, Capitol)
- Vivacious (1960, RCA Camden)
- Buttons and Bows (1960, Harmony)
- Dinah Sings, Previn Plays (1961, Capitol)
- Dinah Down Home! (1962, Capitol)
- The Fabulous Hits of Dinah Shore (1962, Capitol)
- My Very Best to You (1963, Capitol)
- Lower Basin Street Revisited (1965, Reprise)
- Songs for Sometime Losers (1967, Project 3)
- Country Feelin' (1969, Decca)
- Once Upon A Summertime (1975, Stanyan)
- Dinah! (1976, Capitol)
- Dinah!: I've Got a Song (1979, CTW/Sesame Street)
- Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) – Herself
- Up in Arms (1944) – Virginia
- Follow the Boys (1944) – Herself
- Belle of the Yukon (1944) – Lettie Candless
- Make Mine Music (1946) – Narrator (voice)
- Till the Clouds Roll By (1946) – Julia Sanderson / Dinah Shore
- Fun and Fancy Free (1947) – Narrator (voice)
- Bongo (1947) (short subject) – Narrator (voice)
- Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick (1952) – Josie Berry
- A Great New Star (1952) (short subject)
- Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Stars on Parade (1954) (short subject)
- Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Small Fry (1956) (short subject)
- Premier Khrushchev in the USA (1959) (documentary)
- Oh, God! (1977) – Herself (cameo)
- HealtH (1980) – Herself (cameo)
- The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (11/27/1951 – 7/18/1957) (15 minutes)
- The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (10/5/1956 – 6/14/1957) (60-minute monthly specials)
- The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (10/20/1957 – 6/26/1961) (60 minutes)
- The Danny Thomas Show (episodes: "The Dinah Shore Show", 10/28/1957; "Dinah Shore and Danny are Rivals", 12/8/1958)
- The Ed Sullivan Show – Season 18, Episode 20 (1/30/1960)
- The Dinah Shore Special (10/6/1961 – 5/12/1963) (60-minute monthly specials)
- The Dinah Shore Special (2/15/1965)
- The Dinah Shore Special: Like Hep (4/13/1969)
- Here's Lucy, “Someone’s on the Ski Lift with Dinah” (10/25/1971)
- Dinah's Place (8/3/1970 – 7/26/1974)
- Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In – Season 4, Episode 21 (2/8/1971; guest appearance as herself)
- Hold That Pose (1971) (one-week pilot for series)
- Dinah in Search of the Ideal Man (11/18/1973)
- Dinah! (9/9/1974 – 9/7/1979)
- Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (April 1976; guest appearance as herself)
- Dinah and Her New Best Friends (6/5 – 7/31/1976) (summer series)
- The Carol Burnett Show – Episode 1002 (11/13/1976; guest star)
- The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (11/10/1977)
- Dinah and Friends (9/10/1979 – 9/5/1980)
- Alice (episode: "Mel's in the Kitchen with Dinah", 11/18/1979; guest appearance as herself)
- Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special (guest star 1988)
- Murder, She Wrote (episode: "Alma Murder", 1989) (as Emily Dyers) (final television appearance)
- A Conversation with Dinah (1989–1991)
- Dinah Comes Home (1991)
|1939||Ben Bernie's Orchestra|
|1939–40||The Dinah Shore Show|
|1940||The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street|
|1940–42||Time to Smile|||
|1941–42||Songs by Dinah Shore|
|1942–43||In Person, Dinah Shore|
|1943–46||The Bird's Eye Open House|
|1943||Paul Whiteman Presents|
|1945||Screen Guild Players||Belle of the Yukon|
|1946–47||The Ford Show|
|1948||Call for Music|
|1952||Suspense||Episode: "Frankie and Johnny"|
|1953–55||The Dinah Shore Show|
- Born Fannye Rose Shore as per Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936–2007 (October 1937)
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- Sims, G. Michael (Fall 2009). "Best all-around girl: How a small-town Tennessee girl sang her way to stardom". Vanderbilt Magazine. p. 18. Retrieved December 20, 2009.
- Oliver, Myra (February 25, 1994). "Songbird Dinah Shore dead at 76". Boca Raton News. Retrieved October 30, 2010.
- "Chamber Music Society". Time. September 23, 1940.
- "Cantor Names Cast" (PDF). Broadcasting. September 15, 1940. p. 56. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
- "Dinah Shore Fan Club". Retrieved March 22, 2007.
- Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (Revised ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. p. 131. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
Call For Music, popular music and song.
- Gilliland, John (1994). Pop Chronicles the 40s: The Lively Story of Pop Music in the 40s (audiobook). ISBN 978-1-55935-147-8. OCLC 31611854. Tape 1, side A.
- Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London, UK: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 26. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
- "The Dinah Shore Program". Digital Deli Too. Retrieved June 28, 2015.
- Kirby, Walter (May 4, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". Decatur Daily Review. p. 50. Retrieved May 8, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Hyatt, Wesley (1997). The Encyclopedia of Daytime Television. Watson-Guptill Publications. pp. 123–124. ISBN 978-0823083152. Retrieved March 22, 2020.
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- Heldenfels (July 27, 2017). "Heldenfels' Mailbag: 'Prime Suspect: Tennison,' Henry Mancini, time zones". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
- Rosen, Jody (June 25, 2019). "Here Are Hundreds More Artists Whose Tapes Were Destroyed in the UMG Fire". The New York Times. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
- "Shore Elected to LPGA Hall of Fame". Greensboro News & Record. May 16, 2013. Retrieved August 27, 2015 – via NewsBank.
- Beale, Lauren (March 7, 2014). "Leonardo DiCaprio buys Dinah Shore's onetime desert home". Los Angeles Times.
- "Hillside Memorial Park Residents" (PDF). Hillsidememorial.org. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
- Brooks, Patricia; Brooks, Jonathan (2006). "Chapter 8: East L.A. and the Desert". Laid to Rest in California: A Guide to the Cemeteries and Grave Sites of the Rich and Famous. Guilford, CT: Globe Pequot Press. p. 245. ISBN 978-0-7627-4101-4. OCLC 70284362.
- "Cone Zone: Dinah Shore Drive and Date Palm Drive". Cathedral City, California. January 14, 2009. Archived from the original on March 18, 2012.
- "Golden Plate Awardees of the American Academy of Achievement". www.achievement.org. American Academy of Achievement.
- Nix, Shan (June 26, 1989). "Looking Up to the Stars: Where 50 top celebs dazzle 400 students" (PDF). San Francisco Chronicle.
- "Gen. Colin Powell Interview Photo". 1989.
Colin and Alma Powell are with Academy of Achievement’s Awards Council members Chuck Yeager, famed test pilot and member of the Aviation Hall of Fame, and Dinah Shore, singer and actress who was an inductee of the Television Hall of Fame. They are at a luncheon and symposium aboard the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier during the 1989 American Academy of Achievement Summit program in San Francisco, California. (Photo: Stanley Zax)
- "Palm Springs Walk of Stars listed by date dedicated" (PDF). Palmspringswalkofstars.com. p. 4. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 13, 2012. Retrieved December 24, 2016.
- "Those Were The Days". Nostalgia Digest. 39 (2): 32–39. Spring 2013.