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The Rat Pack – Naming Names

The Rat Pack

The names by which we know the members of the Rat Pack are all familiar, but for the most part those are not the names the guys began with in life.  For example, Dean Martin was born Dino Paul Crocetti and briefly used the name Dino Martini when he started out.

Joey Bishop was born Joseph Abraham Gottlieb, and Peter Lawford came into the world as Peter Sydney Ernest Aylen.

Sammy and Frank however, used their real names, although early on, a bandleader suggested a name for Frank that might have changed the course of the chairman’s career.   It was a name that Frank said would have kept him singing in lounges and small venues for the rest of his life as you’ll probably agree when you hear it.

One of Frank’s favorite composers and a close friend, Jimmy Van Heusen started out life as Chester Babcock and was probably well-advised to change that one.

Possibly Frank’s closest friend, restaurant owner Jilly Rizzo was born with the first name Ermenigildo that definitely warranted shortening.

It’s believed that Frank’s dad, Marty Sinatra tried boxing and briefly took the name Marty O’Brien because for some reason boxers with Irish names were the thing at that time.

By the way, Frank Sinatra Jr. is not technically a “junior” because his middle name Wayne is different from his father’s middle name which is Albert.

The Rat Pack itself would have been remembered by a different name if Frank had his way.  According to The Rat Pack Authority, Frank didn’t like the Rat Pack title, and preferred to call the group The Summit, after the high profile U.S./Soviet summit conferences of the time.

And oh yes. . .The name suggested for a young Frank Sinatra was “Frankie Satin”.  Hearing that, it’s a good thing Frank said no thanks.

For more stories on Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, visit this Frank Sinatra tribute resource.


Portraits Of The Rat Pack

There are many photos, posters and paintings perpetuating the images of the Rat Pack members, both individually and together.  One unique collection of Rat Pack images are the work of a fine artist in California named Ms. Bruni Sablan.  She has created over 1300 paintings of famous music stars and musicians, among them Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.  The artist calls her collection the Jazz Masters Series, and it includes the portrait of Dean Martin seen above.

Along with her portrait of Dean, Ms. Sablan created a couple of portraits of Sammy, one of which is shown here.  And by the look of his derby hat and body language, he appears to be performing his classic song and dance number Mr. Bojangles

Although the artist only displays one work of Dean and two of Sammy, her collection of Frank Sinatra portraits is quite extensive.  They show Frank at many different ages, from the young crooner to The  Chairman of the Board and Ol’ Blue Eyes.  And each one of the Sinatra paintings is named for a popular Sinatra song, like the one shown here, called Too Marvelous For Words.

For a complete look at Bruni Sablan’s Jazz Masters Series and her numerous other works, visit her on the Web at  And visit the home of a popular Rat Pack Tribute Show, also helping to perpetuate the images of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.


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.