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
(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
                                                                               Frank Sinatra's Single Released: October, 1966

In addition to the Frank Sinatra classic, That's Life has been recorded some of the greatest artists of all time

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Sheet music editions of Dean's song, That's Life.
(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)
awardfor David Lee Roth's triple platinum
album  Eat 'em and Smile which featured
"That's Life".(1988)

Post Millennium

BonoBono with Dean and Michelle Kay
In 2003 U2's Bono recorded a stunning version of 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.
Andy Williams' BARNABY MUSIC CORP joins our music publishing family
(Andy Williams: December 3, 1927-September 25, 2012)
Rest in peace, my friend.

Return to Yesteryear

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 endeavor.


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" espectively, 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

orchestrated 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. Michelle, 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, ASCAP's 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):  Unidentified, 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.

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 MemberJohnny Mandel, Dean, clarinetist Ken Peplowski; Front row:  Inductee Milt Hinton and wife Mona. Ron Carter performed in honor of Milt Hinton and 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), 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