Certain swing and big band songs are synonymous with Frank Sinatra and a pleasure to sing, nevertheless it can sometimes be a daunting privilege performing some of his timeless classics with our Rat Pack Swing Band at functions.
Yet I can’t begin to imagine how Brian Duprey, of American formed tribute show “The Rat Pack is Back” must be feeling. I mean, how do you revive, or even begin to replicate that trademark charisma, upon the legendary Vegas stage that Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Junior, Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford and Sinatra graced in the 60’s. I listened to Brian and he’s one of the best I’ve heard. Apparently on The Howard Stern Show, Howard played a track of Brian singing Come Fly With Me and special guest Nancy Sinatra thought it was her Dad singing.
That legendary stage in question refers to the well-trodden boards of the Sands Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip; an historic and premier venue where the calibre of clientele could have pretty much been described as America’s aristocracy. Oh what I’d have given to have been among the audiences of 1964, when the very much alive and kicking Rat Pack, were nightly sell outs.
By the way, Humphrey Bogart is central to Rat Pack history. Although several explanations have been offered for the famous name over the years, according to one version in 1949 Sinatra lived just blocks from Bogart’s house and the story goes that when Bogart’s wife, Lauren Bacall, saw the drunken crew all together in the casino, she told them, “You look like a goddamn rat pack.”