Joey Bishop was listed on the original program, but had to bow out when he “slipped a disk backing out of Frank’s presence,” according to Carson, his replacement, who was only three years into his tenure as host of —will be screened this month at the Museum of Television & Radio in New York and at the Los Angeles branch, and will also be broadcast later this year on “Nick at Nite”’s cable channel.
The edited 90-minute version of the benefit—featuring Frank, Dino, Sammy, and Johnny—represents the only known full-length video of the Rat Pack in performance.
It’s an opportunity to catch three of America’s greatest showmen in their tigerish prime (with Carson along for the ride), before they became total legends and turned into leather.
There’s Dean Martin with his sleepy power, like a leopard in a smoking jacket, finishing his few songs with the words “I’d like to do some more for ya, but I’m lucky I remembered these.” There’s Sammy Davis Jr., a gleaming revolver of a man, belting out a maudlin Anthony Newley torch song as if he means it, goofing around with “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” (“it’s a little lumpy, but you’re under my skin”), demonstrating the latest go-go dances (the monkey, the jerk, the frug, the mashed potato), and, in a final tour de force, doing quick carbon copies of Billy Eckstine, Nat King Cole, Frankie Laine, Mel Tormé, Tony Bennett, and Dean himself.
The couple were photographed in 1965 'Later we got in touch and I took up golf at the age of 13 to get the chance to be with him because he loved golf.
We did have some great times together on the course.
And then there’s Sinatra, confident, not the Adam’s apple on a stick he was or the barrel-chested belter he would become, cruising inside the luxury-limousine sound of the Count Basie band, not so much singing the up-tempo numbers (“Fly Me to the Moon,” “You Make Me Feel So Young”) as riding them home, his rabbit jabs providing the punctuation to his cagey phrasing and eased-off vowels.
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