The Golddiggers were a singing and dancing troupe of young women that, at different times over their initial 24-year history, consisted of as few as four and as many as thirteen members appearing on stage at one time. They performed in the style of Las Vegas showgirls, and were chosen for their wholesome, attractive looks, talent and presence.
The group began on The Dean Martin Show, and soon thereafter became widely known for starring in their own television series, joining Dean both as regulars on his show and in his nightclub act, and performing on their own in live venues, on other TV programs, and on tour with Bob Hope. Their forte was tightly choreographed and synchronized singing/dancing routines, vocalizing in harmony with coordinated costuming, hairstyling, etc., to great visual effect.
Several members of the first generation of Dean Martin Golddiggers (1968–73) continue to perform today under the name "The Golddiggers"; others from both the first generation of Golddiggers and the second (1973 forward) continue to perform both in groups and as solo artists (see below for details).