It's Been (and Continues to be) Fun

  It All Began In High School
Dean Kay, Gary Roderick, Bill Johnson, Hank Jones, Johnny Brumfield
Ladies and Gentlemen, Hank Jones and The White Bucks!

Hank and Dean
TV Personalities - Recording Artists
College Students

Hank and Dean
(Hank Jones and Dean Kay)

Featured entertainers on the
Tennessee Ernie Ford
Daytime TV Show

RCA Victor Recording Artists

College Students

Hank and Dean and White Bucks shots
courtesy of Hank Jones who,
bless his pea pickin' little heart,
saved everything

Hank and Dean hangin' with Dizzy Gillespie and Joe Williams
on the Marty Faye show.  Chicago, 1962

Hank and Dean with Nick Adams
and Dean Jones...

...and with Connie Stevens

And Then:
That's Life

That's Life - Sinatra Poster

Recorded October 18, 1966 and on top 40 radio stations
across America the very new day, Dean's song THAT'S LIFE
became Frank Sinatra's fastest selling single of all time.

In addition to the Frank Sinatra classic, THAT'S LIFE
has been recorded some of the greatest artists of all time
(Click here for details)

_______         _
That's Life Sheet Music
(To read the lyric, click here.)

Frank Sinatra - Elvis Presley
Should Frank Sinatra be inducted
into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame?
The L.A. Times, Robert Hilburn, thinks so.
(Click Picture)

Dean 2 Dean
Publisher Dean presents Songwriter Dean
with a platinum album (you remember those)
award for David Lee Roth's triple platinum
album  Eat 'em and Smile which featured
"That's Life".(1988)

The Wunnerful Welk Years

Lawrence Welk's Best Kept Secret
Lawrence Welk's Best Kept Secret
(Click picture for details)
For 18 years Dean was the COO of Lawrence Welk's music publishing companies
during which time he built Welk's copyright holdings into one of the largest, most
respected and
highly successful independent music publishing companies of all time.
So successful was the firm in every genre of popular music
that one year it received
the top publisher award at every major music industry event that recognized such endeavors.

Post Millennium

BonoBono with Dean and Michelle Kay
In 2003 U2's Bono recorded THAT'S LIFE for the film, "The Good Thief"
(Pictured at right, above, Michelle Kay, Bono and Dean)

Twyla Tharp - That's Life Dean Kay - Come Fly Away
The  legendary Twyla Tharp has included "That's Life" in three
magnificent productions
featuring songs recorded by Frank Sinatra:
"Once More Frank" (1976), which she performed with Mikhail Baryshnikov
at an American Ballet Theatre gala

"Nine Sinatra Songs" (1982),
and the Broadway smash "Come Fly Away" (2010).

Ms Tharp's interpretation of "That's Life" was also performed when she was recognized
for her life long, brilliantly inventive, contributions to the choreographic arts by

The Kennedy Center Honors


Andy Williams - Barnaby Music Corp.
joins our Demi Music Corp. family
Andy Williams:
December 3, 1927 - September 25, 2012

Rest in peace, my friend.

Highlights Along The Way


Dean signed 11 year old Janet Jackson
to her first music publishing agreement -

with the approval of father, Joe, of course.

Dean was a "Markett" on the top 10 single
"The Batman Theme"

           Evel Knievel was lowered into his Skycycle
           for his attempt to jump the
Snake River
           to the strains of Dean's "The Ballad of Evel Kneivel."


Webnoize - Creator's Panel
Subject: Music On The Internet From The Creator's Perspective
Pictured L-R in master shot:  Jimmy Jam, Jonatha Brooke, Ice T, Michael Franti,
Patrick Leonard, Reeves Gabrels and panel moderator, Dean Kay
Pictures courtesy of ASCAP

Dean Kay - Stanley Ralph Ross
6'3" and  6' 5" respectively, Dean and
Stanley Ralph Ross, billed themselves as
Dean Kay and Mr. Ross
"The Biggest Act In Show Business" (1965)
Dean Kay - Rafer Johnson
Jammin' with Olympic decathlon
silver and gold medal champion
Rafer Johnson

Dean Kay - London Quireboys
With the London Quireboys at the Roxy in Los Angeles.

Jerome Kern Stamp
As then music publisher of the entire
creative output
of legendary composer
Jerome Kern, in 1985 Dean
the charge through Congress that resulted

in the issuance of a postage stamp
commemorating the
100th anniversary of Kern's birth

Washington, D.C.

Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA), Todd Brabec, EVP Membership Group ASCAP,
Johnny Mandel
, Composer-Arranger,Leeds Levy, President Leeds Music,
Jay Morgenstern, EVP/GM Warner Chappell Music Inc.,
Paul Williams
, Songwriter, President of ASCAP, Bruce Broughton, Composer,
Rep. John Conyers, Jr.
(D - MI),Alan Bergman, Lyricist,
Roger Faxon, Joint CEO EMI Music Publishing, Dean,
Kathy Spanberger,
Prt/COO Anglo-American Region - peermusic.

Dean, Senator Patrick Leahy, lyricist Hal David

Senator Orrin Hatch, Dean's Wife, Michelle, Dean

Michelle Kay with Senator Ted Kennedy

With Vice President Al Gore

James Billington

Michelle with James H. Billington,
Librarian of Congress

and his wife Marjorie (2009)
[Interesting note:  Other than the
Justices of the Supreme Court,
the Librarian of Congress is the only
lifetime appointment in the
Federal Government]

Dean Kay's testimony on behalf of ASCAP before the
(Click House Seal Above)

Dean at an ASCAP Board meeting after makng a motion that ASCAP invade Peru.
(ASCAP Boardroom, NYC.)

With Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber
 In London (1985)

 With Michelle and Dudley Moore

 With songwriter Tom Snow
  and Sergio Mendez (1985)

With Cy Coleman, George Michael
and Johnny Mandel (1998)

With the legendary Harry Belafonte


Hugh Hefner - Michelle Kay
The Playboy Mansion was fun, even though the girls kept cramping Dean's style.
was off hustling Hef.

Dean Kay - Julie Andrews
Lyricist John BucchinoEmma Walton Hamilton (Julie Andrews daughter),
Julie Andrews,
ASCAP's Randy Grimmett,
composer and conductor Ian Fraser, Dean,
Nancy Knutsen

With The Masters
Many of the world's most renowned composers and authors gathered at
ASCAP's first West Coast Writer's Advisory Committee meeting (circa 1969)
Back Row:  Joe Greene, Marcia Waldorf, Nachio Herb Brown, Jr., Harry Sukman,
George Duning, Bert Shefter,
Fred Karlin, Danny Shapiro, Herb Magidson, Luchi DeJesus,
Sammy Cahn, Ray Evans, Jerry Livingston, Vic Mizzy,
Arthur Hamilton, Jay Livingston,
Al Kasha, Sammy Lerner, Tommy Wolf

Center Row: (Seated):  TBD, John Cacavas, Paul Francis Webster,
Sammy Fain, Harry Warren

Front Row: Dean Kay, Doug Goodwin, Don Wolf, Gene DePaul, Stu Phillips


Benny Carter's Induction Into
ASCAP's Jazz Wall of Fame

(l-r) John McKellen, Johnny Mandel,
Mrs. Benny Carter (Hilma), Benny,
Marilyn Bergman, Alan Bergman, Dean

Posthumously inducted: Louis Armstrong,
Count Basie, Roy Eldridge, Duke Ellington,
Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins,
Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Buddy Rich and Art Tatum.

ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame
Milt Hinton and Artie Shaw Inducted into
ASCAP's Jazz Wall of Fame

Back row: (left to right): Alan and Marilyn Bergman,
bassist Ron Carter, ASCAP Board Member Johnny Mandel,
Dean, clarinetist Ken Peplowski;
Front row Inductee Milt Hinton and wife Mona.
Ron Carter performed in honor of Milt Hinton
and Ken Peplowski in honor of Artie Shaw.


And, it doesn't get any better than this...

Michelle Kay - Dean Kay
Michelle and Dean


  Daughter Lisa _      Dad (Stuart), Grandson Michael, Mom (Lisa)__  Grandson Michael

Michael (2002) Michael (2002)   Michael (2005)

Michael in Manhattan ...  2009

1. Michelle and Michael at The Boat House  2. Michael in Central Park
3. Michael at Rockefeller Center  4. Michael in Times Square