THE RAT PACK (PT 3) AND NOW, THE END IS NEAR

In “The Rat Pack”, Part 3, the conclusion of the story of the group of entertainers that held Las Vegas in their sway in the 50’s and 60’s- Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop.  Subjects: Frank, Peter, and JFK~ Frank’s bitter treatment of Peter after JFK cancels trip to Frank’s Palm Springs home~Marilyn’s birthday song to JFK~ Frank and politics~ Sam Giancana, Frank’s hero~The Villa Venice!~Dismas House Charity Events (public domain performance material)~ Frank gets punched by Carl Cohen after tearing up the Sands~PaulAnka writes My Way for Frank and Paul Book “Sinatra, His Molls & Me” by Paul Anka gets referred~Dean Martin does well with TV and celebrity roasts~Dean becomes Godfather to Brian Wilson~Sammy scores with “Candy Man”- a song he hates~Vegas dims its lights as each star fades

Sources: Anka, Paul. Sinatra, His Molls, and Me

Puza, Mario. Inside Las Vegas  NY Grosset & Dunlap  1977

Levy, Shawn. Rat Pack Confidential, Broadway Books, NY

Recollections from a telephone interview with SeanLevy in 2017

 

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