Archive for May, 2009

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May
09

A film about the Rat Pack leader

Frank - cigaretteIt’s now been widely reported that one of the main focuses of every Rat Pack Tribute, Frank Sinatra, will be the subject of a feature film to be produced and directed by Martin  Scorsese, to be called Sinatra.  The script will be by Phil Alden Robinson, who wrote the emotional fantasy Field Of Dreams starring Kevin Costner, along with the thriller Sneakers with Robert Redford, and a fanciful comedy called All Of Me, starring Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin.   

The film Sinatra will not feature Rat Pack Impersonators.  The actor most likely to land the lead role at this point is believed to be Leonardo DiCaprio, who has a long association with Scorsese.  Other names being tossed around include Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor, Harry Connick Jr., and Mark Anthony.  One name we haven’t heard mentioned is Robert Downey Jr., a skilled and versatile actor who could also probably pull it off.

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May
09

A Rat Pack Star’s Number One Song

In 1964, the top of the charts were dominated by “The British Invasion” led by the Beatles, until they were displaced by a member of the Rat Packdean-martin1 Dean Martin on August 15th of that year.  Dean did it with the song that would become his signature, Everybody Loves Somebody

The song has some interesting history behind it.  For one thing, it had already been recorded by Frank Sinatra, among others.  It had been written way back in 1947, by Ken Lane and Irving Taylor.  And Dean recorded it to fill an album that was one song short, and to accomodate his piano player, Ken Lane.  But the recording worked out so well, it became the title song of the album.   And when it hit number one, Dean sent a telegram to Sinatra saying “That’s the way you do it”.

And the song played a role in a very funny segment on the Dean Martin Variety Show, when John Wayne guest starred with Dean, and performed a flawless lip-synch of Everybody Loves Somebody – Frank Sinatra’s version.