Rat Pack - Live and Swingin' - The Rat Pack Live at The Villa Venice (1962)
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NO, this is not the 1962 performance, but due to the horrid catalog of RT, I must use this as a substitute. The St. Louis 1965 performance is just as good if not better. The show starts with Dean Martin performing , then Sammy Davis Jr. and finally Frank (Sinatra). The end is all three and THAT you must see. But do NOT forget Johnny Carson who not only hosted the concert but SANG as well... and not to badly either. The celebrated RAT Pack welcomed Carson as one of their own. It was incredible to see. [img]http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4897526568649454&w=233&h=186&c=7&rs=1&pid=1.7[/img] ABOUT Race: Most importantly you will notice the Count Basie Band as orchestral backup in the concert. Blacks in ANY performance of this stature was UNHEARD of if it were not for Sinatra who insisted on multi racial performaces on stage. The KKK were enraged. ABOUT Drinking: There are lots of references to booze. Now we have MADD, or Mothers Against Drunk Driving to be ashamed of that. So those many references, however comedic, come off rather crude. Times change, but take the performance for what it was, a charity event in St. Louis, Missouri. A one time ever event for the city. [img]http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4503660944425535&w=245&h=181&c=7&rs=1&pid=1.7[/img] To those that loved Dean Martin on TV will notice he was using this stage performance for his many very popular TV shows. The cigerette tossing, the drinks, the casual guy. He is the same guy on here as The Dean Martin Show. The CANCER charity event is so strange, because the four star performers ALL died of CANCER. Smoking of course. And I died of cancer as well, yes me, Bogart. Get a clue. Stop the insanity. Yes, Carson-Davis-Martin-Sinatra-Bogart, all died of cancer due to SMOKING. [img]http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4956840036272560&w=184&h=169&c=7&rs=1&pid=1.7[/img] The end of the show was the most spontaneous event ever. You must view the last half hour if nothing else to get a flavor of the times. Dean Martin carries out little Sammy Davis Jr. in his arms and announces his trophey from the NAACP. Priceless. REVIEWS of the not professionals: 90% Live concert for cancer charity. This was recorded for television broadcast (unusual for the time) - and we are the all the richer because of it. SEE it all here, the 1962 charity performance with Johnny Carson hosting... Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. OH, and by the way, or another way btw, check out the audience. THEY are the real stars. The dresses those women wore! and the suits the men wore! Holy Jesus Christ. Yes, that the way it truely was, if you went to a concert or went to the airport.... you wore your very finest. And why? Well, it was a whole nother culture.... it was the Establishment culture before the Vietnam War. [img]http://theratpack.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/rpstlouis412.jpg?w=655[/img] It is NO wonder why the audiences found Dean's performance.. and Frank's as well... SO funny. Its because they were simply being themselves onstage. A huge trick back then. NOBODY acted themselves back then or even now. [img]http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4783387838514502&pid=1.9&w=300&h=300&p=0[/img] The cigarettes were smokin' then. Sadly, all of these greats.... including Johnny Carson.... all died of cancer from smoking. [img]http://ts2.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4631526392398029&w=234&h=181&c=7&rs=1&pid=1.7[/img]
Live concert for cancer charity. This was recorded for television broadcast (unusual for the time) - and we are the all the richer because of it. Hosted by a very young Johnny Carson, he also joins in on "The Birth of the Blues" finale. The heckling is classic, comedy spot-on, and singing sublime.
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