My Legends of Pop Music – Part Fifty-One – The Rat Pack

If get this right, there will be many cover versions by future bands. I shall try and link live versions if they exist from the tellybox or a film, the sound quality may not be the best, but there is nothing like watching a real talent live.

This week it is something very different, the Rat Pack, otherwise known as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr.  Also includes other such as Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford, but or me it was all about Frank, Dean and Sammy.  For those of a certain age, some of the best entertainers out there, for the younger ones, try some, you may like it.

Courtesy of Wiki: The Rat Pack

The Rat Pack was an informal group of entertainers, the second iteration of which ultimately made films and appeared together in Las Vegas casino venues. They originated in the late 1940s and early 1950s as a group of A-list show business friends, such as Errol FlynnNat King ColeMickey RooneyFrank Sinatra and others who met casually at the Holmby Hills home of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. In the 1960s, the group featured Frank SinatraDean MartinSammy Davis Jr.Joey Bishop, and (before falling out with Sinatra in 1962) Peter Lawford, among others. They appeared together on stage and in films in the 1950s and 1960s, including the films Ocean’s 11, and Sergeants 3; after Lawford’s expulsion, they filmed Robin and the 7 Hoods with Bing Crosby in what was to have been Lawford’s role. Sinatra, Martin, and Davis were regarded as the group’s lead members after Bogart’s death.

Discography: The Rat Pack

They mainly did films and shows together, but this is my excuse to combine 3 great talents and select some of what I think are their finest songs.

It starts off with this:  The Rat pack – birth of the blues live. Full comedic act and song. (Compare and contrast with “alternative comedians”!).

I think we have all sung this in our time:
Frank Sinatra – My Way – Just a recording, but with the lyrics, as I know you want to.

Dean Martin-Little Ole Wine Drinker Me – Awesome stuff

Sammy Davis Jr. – Mr. Bojangles (1972 Berlin – Unicef Concert),

Dean Martin – Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime 1965

Frank Sinatra – For Once In My Life – Concert Collection

Sammy Davis Jr. – The Candy Man (1972)

Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis – That’s Amore

Dean Martin – Ain’t That A Kick In The Head

Frank Sinatra – New York, New York (Live At Budokan Hall, Tokyo, 1985) – 1985 and he introduces song as brand new, as it was!

Sammy Davis – What Kind of Fool Am I

Here is The Rat Pack,Dean Martin,Sammy Davis Jr & Frank Sinatra, Live And Swingin´On Stage 1965

Singalong, enjoy and be happy!

Links to previous Legend articles:


1-Buddy Holly 2-Elvis Presley 3-Everly brothers 4-Cliff Richard 5-Joe Brown
6-Gerry and the Pacemakers 7-Roy Orbison 8-The Seekers 9-The Hollies 10-The Rolling Stones
11-Beach Boys 12-The Monkees 13-Rod Stewart 14-T-Rex 15-Slade
16-10CC 17-Pussycat 18-The Kinks 19-Blondie 20-Bryan Ferry/Roxy Music
21-David Bowie 22-Meatloaf 23-The Temptations 24-Dusty Springfield 25-Fleetwood Mac
26-Gilbert O’Sullivan 27-The Four Tops 28-Chas ‘n’ Dave 29-Diana Ross and The Supremes 30-Status Quo
31-Jim Reeves 32-The Small Faces 33-The Doobie Brothers 34-Manfred Mann 35-Creedence Clearwater Revival
36-Otis Redding 37-Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 38-Squeeze 39-Duran Duran 40-Dire Straits
41-Chuck Berry 42-Thin Lizzy 43-ABBA 44-Carole King 45-Queen
46-Rod Stewart 47-Madness 48-Showaddywaddy 49-Pet Shop Boys 50-The Moody Blues
51-The Rat Pack

Featured Image: “Cal-Neva Casino, NV, Lake Tahoe, The Rat Pack 9-2010” by inkknife_2000 (11 million views) is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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