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ENTERTAINMENT: Obituaries dig deep into Vegas history

  Two recent deaths will be noteworthy to those whose memories of Las Vegas entertainment run much deeper than Liberace or The Rat Pack.
  Molly Bee (Molly Muncy) died Saturday in Oceanside, Calif., at age 69. The singer and comedian (pictured) recorded the best-known version of the song “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” when she was only 12, and later was seen in the early days of national television as Pinky Lee’s and Tennessee Ernie Ford’s sidekicks. Services will be Monday in Encinitas, Calif.
  A prepared obituary says, “Throughout the 1960s and 1970s she continued making singing appearances in Las Vegas — where she shared the bill with performers such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Don Rickles, and Bill Cosby.”
  Composer-performer Sunny Skylar died Feb. 2 at age 95. According to his obituary, the Brooklyn, N.Y., native was a 30-year Las Vegas resident and once worked as a live performer at the Flamingo and El Rancho hotels.
  But for all the years the cabaret revue “Forever Plaid” played at the Flamingo and later, the Gold Coast, the producers must not have known he lived here. Otherwise you think they would have reached out — or vice versa — to celebrate the fact that his compositions “Besame Mucho” and “Gotta Be This Or That” were performed in the show every night.
 

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