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Joey and Dad: Blend of Talented Heathertons
By Charles Witbeck
July 4, 1975

A debonair white-haired banker comes West for four weeks to sing with daughter in a summer TV series.

This implausible plot takes place on CBS-Ch. 2 beginning Sunday at 6:30 p. m. under the title Joey and Dad. Joey is that sexy blond bombshell with the pouting mouth - Joey Heatherton. Dad is Ray Heatherton, known to Eastern television pioneers as The Merry Mailman for a dozen years, a Broadway musical star of the '30s, and the current major demo of a Long Island breakfast show on radio.

Oddly enough, Dad and daughter never have worked together. On Sunday, as free soul Joey sings a Beatles tune, Dad offers counterpoint by crooning "Bye Bye Blackbird." Dad reaches back for an oldie, "Pack Your Troubles in Dreams," Joey beats out a current rock hit. It's a simple format - father and daughter blending the old with the new - that rather neatly plays on the present nostalgia craze.

Hearing Ray Heatherton describe the hour. which Includes deadpan comic Pat Paulsen, one can only wonder why nobody thought of pairing the Heathertons before.

It seems former CBS programmer Freddie Silver- man noticed the Heathertons together in New York's 21 Club whenever Joey happened to be in town. Knowing father Ray's background, it occurred to Freddie the makings of a dandy father-daughter musical show sat across the room. Without even bothering to hear if Ray still was in good voice, an eager Silverman closed the deal.

In his enthusiasm, however, the CBS programmer overlooked other family talents. Ray's other child, Dick, just happens to run New York City's No. 1 radio disk jockey show from 2 to 6 p. m., while mother Davene was a dancer in Rodgers and Hart Broadway musicals.

"II always sang". TV's Merry Mailman disclosed, talking of his early days as a choir boy in Floral Park, Long Island. "But when Joey was a kid, she thought singing was icky and concentrated on dancing. We didn't push her, yet she always was in the wings watching. Around 14, Joey discovered a girl needed to sing as well as dance, and developed her voice almost overnight. She always was a determined youngster."

From choir singing in Long Island and New York City, solos at weddings and benefits, Heatherton moved to radio, and then on to Broadway musical comedy. Along the way, he conducted radio s Luncheon at Sardi's, interviewing celebrities, and courted his wife in the famous theatrical restaurant between her dancing performances in "Babes in Arms" up the street.

Ray Heatherton always has been an easy touch, a performer you can count on for a benefit. Living on Long Island, he participated in community affairs from the Easter Seal to the March of Dimes.
Heatherton's community involvement resulted in a banking offer 15 years ago. Now he is a vice president and looks the part.

Singing with daughter Joey for four weeks on TV is a piece of cake for Ray. "I've led a good life," says Dad. "This is strictly on the house. If I had advanced this Idea, I'm sure it would have been thrown out, It had to come from the outside."

He paused. "All I want is a little happiness for both of the kids."




Joey Heatherton:
 "Let Me Entertain You" and "Someone to Watch Over Me"
from The White House May 24, 1973
Joey Heatherton:
"Light My Fire"
from The Hollywood Palace. Air Date October 5, 1968
Joey Heatherton:
"The Road I Took You To (Pieces)"
from the Orange Bowl Parade Air date: December 11, 1977
Joey Heatherton:
 "Gitchy Goomy" and "Let Me Entertain You"
from the German TV Show Klimbim. Air Date July 24, 1973
Joey Heatherton:
"A Shine on Your Shoes" 
from the German TV Show Klimbim. Air Date July 24, 1973
Joey Heatherton:
 "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)"
from The Hollywood Palace. Air Date January 31, 1970
Joey Heatherton:
 "I Love a Parade"
 from The Hollywood Palace. Air date: September 5, 1967
Joey Heatherton:
"By Myself"
from The Hollywood Palace. Air date October 8, 1966
Joey Heatherton:
Dancing
Doug Hennings World of Magic. Air date: December 23, 1976
Joey Heatherton:
\Joey Heatherton and Bob Hope:
 "Love is a Simple Thing"
from The Bob Hope Special. Air date: November 13, 1973
 Joey Heatherton:
 "You Came a Long Way from St. Louis"
from The Dean Martin Show. Air Date: January 25, 1968
Joey Heatherton:
"You Can Have Him"
 from The Dean Martin Show. Air Date: January 25, 1968
Joey Heatherton and Gene Kelly:
"Shine On Harvest Moon"
 from The Hollywood Palace. Air Date: February 2, 1964
Joey Heatherton:
"Hey, Look Me Over"
 from The Jerry Lewis Show. Air Date: October 17, 1967
Joey Heatherton:
"Look to the Rainbow" and "Look What They've Done to My Song"
from Jack Benny's First Farewell Special. Air Date: January 18, 1973
Joey Heatherton:
 "I've Got Your Number"
from The Dean Martin Show. Air Date: September 16, 1965
Joey Heatherton:
 "Getting to Know You" and "Gimmie a Little Kiss"
 from The Bob Hope Special.  Air date: January 19, 1966
Joey Heatherton and Bob Hope:
 "It's a Lovely Day "
 from The Bob Hope Special. Air Date: January 18, 1967
Joey Heatherton:
 "The Road I Took You To (Pieces)"
from Old Faithful. Air Date: March 12, 1973
Joey Heatherton:
 "Someone to Watch Over Me"
from Old Faithful. Air Date: March 12, 1973
Joey Heatherton:
 "Nice n' Easy" 
from The Dean Martin Show. Air Date: October 16, 1969
Joey Heatherton and Dean Martin:
Children's Songs Medley
from The Dean Martin Show. Air Date: October 16, 1969
 Joey Heatherton:
"A Man and a Woman"
from The Andy Williams Show. Air date: November 20, 1966
Joey Heatherton and Andy Williams:
"Goin' Out of My Head"
from The Andy Williams Show. Air date: September 25, 1966
Joey Heatherton:
 "I Love You, I Honestly Love You"
 from The Mike Douglas Show. Air date: February 13, 1975
Joey Heatherton:
 "I'm All Smiles"
from The Hollywood Palace. Air date: December 4, 1965
Joey Heatherton:
 "Sunny"
from The Bob Hope Special. Air Date: April 19, 1973
Joey Heatherton:
 Serta Perfect Sleeper 
Joey Heatherton:
"Frankie and Johnny"
from The Dean Martin Show. Air Date: October 27, 1966
Joey Heatherton:
 "If" and "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone"
 from the 1976 Labor Day Weekend Jerry Lewis Telethon
Joey Heatherton:
"You Made Me Love You"
 from the 1977 Labor Day Weekend Jerry Lewis Telethon
Joey Heatherton:
 "I've Got the World on a String"
 from the 1979 Labor Day Weekend Jerry Lewis Telethon
Joey Heatherton:
 "I Go to Rio"
 from the 1979 Labor Day Weekend Jerry Lewis Telethon
Joey Heatherton
 "Toot, Toot, Tootsie! (Goodbye)" and "New York, New York"
from the 1980 Labor Day Weekend Jerry Lewis Telethon
Joey Heatherton:
The Tonight Show. Air date: April 28, 1977
Joey Heatherton:
from Monsanto Presents Tony Bennett Air date: March 11, 1973
from The Sonny and Cher Show Air date: December 26, 1976
"Too Marvelous For Words"
from Dean Martin Presents The Golddiggers
Air date: June 27, 1968
Joey Heatherton:
"Jumpin Jive"
from Dean Martin Presents The Golddigers
Air date: August 22, 1968
Joey Heatherton:
"Baby Face"
"You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby"
from The Dean Martin Show
Air date; March 9, 1967


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Joey Heatherton The Jerry Lewis Telethon
Joey Heatherton Jack Benny's First  Farewell Special
Joey Heatherton The Mike Douglas Show
Joey Heatherton The Jerry Lewis Show
Joey Heatherton Doug Henning's World of Magic Special
Joey Heatherton POW Homecoming  Dinner  at the White House
Joey Heatherton The Bob Hope Special
Joey Heatherton The Andy Williams Show
Joey Heatherton Klimbim
Joey Heatherton Serta Perfect Sleeper
Joey Heatherton The Orange Bowl Parade
Joey Heatherton The Tonight Show
Joey Heatherton Old Faithful TV Special
Joey Heatherton The Hollywood Palace
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Joey Heatherton The Sonny and Cher Show
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Joey Heatherton YouTube Channel
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Joey Heatherton - Joey and Dad
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