Cyd Charisse is en route to Washington, D.C., while husband Tony Martin is winging to Chester, West Virginia. (They have been married 58 years). Charisse is headed to the White House where, on Thursday, (Nov. 9) she joins fellow National Medal of Arts recipients in the Oval Office. President George W. Bush will make the presentation. He has chosen the ten medal winners from nominations presented to him from the National Council on the Arts to the National Endowment of the Arts.
Meanwhile, Tony Martin appears at the Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort. He’ll sing “Begin the Beguine” and “There’s No Tomorrow” — two of his all-time hits — in a PBS special, “My Music.” Also singing their favorites: Ed Ames, Robert Goulet, Kay Starr, Margaret Whiting, the Gaylords and Ink Spots. They will be backed by a 16-piece orch, later augmented in a recording studio for an August airing on PBS. Nick Clooney, Jerry Vale and Robert Goulet host. T.J. Lubinsky, who exec produces, had previously created the PBS shows “Magic Moments, the Best of the ‘50s Pops,” and “Moments to Remember.” Producer Lubinsky, 34, says he “never saw the artists the first time around. “These shows are all about preserving, respecting and honoring the legacy of the greatest musical voices and songs of all time, the ‘50s and ‘60s when it started and music was about love.”
Also recalling other great performances, producer Paul Brownstein is readying a DVD, “Think Tom Jones,” recalling his ‘69-‘70 ABC special. It includes Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Janis Joplin and Bobby Darin.