Thursday, March 10, 2011

'The Rat Pack: Live and Swingin',' airing on PBS stations

Hey pallies, dudes it is news likes today's Dino-news that simply gladdens the heart of this Dino-holic. From the web presence of Columbus Indiana's "The Republic" comes the stellar Dino-news that the Public Broadcasting Stations are in the process of airin' a classic Rat Pack concert.

From the pen of Mr. Verne Gay of Newsday comes word that PBS is broadcastin' that grandest of the grand live June 20, 1965 performance of the Rat Pack's "Live and Swingin'" at the Keil Opera House in St. Louis.

Likes why does such news gladden this Dino-holic's heart? Well what better way of reachin' the masses to bring others to Dino-devotion then to have our great man bein' featured on national television and educational television at that! Likes way cool to know that those lookin' for quality small screen programmes will have this outstandin' opportunity to enjoys some Rat Pack history, especially the pleasures of our swingin' Dino!

Who knows how many thousands of viewers will start their journey to pure and sweet Dino-devotion through the airin' of this PBS special. Now pallies, since each public education station likes sets their own schedule, be sure to checks your local PBS station for when this Dino-concert will air in your area.

Thanks to the pallies at "The Republic" and particularly Newsday's Verne Gay for breakin' this Dino-riffic news! To view this in it's original format, as usual, just clicks on the tagg of this here Dino-gram. And, as a bit of a Dino-bonus, checks out the vid at the end that features a few moments from this swingin' special!
Dino-centered, DMP

'The Rat Pack: Live and Swingin',' airing on PBS stations

By Verne Gay Newsday

REASON TO WATCH: For Rat Pack lovers, wherever you are.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: On June 20, 1965, members of the Rat Pack performed in St. Louis' Kiel Opera House for a one-night-only televised benefit in support of a halfway house for ex-cons. Johnny Carson emceed in place of Joey Bishop (bad back) while Quincy Jones directed the Count Basie Orchestra. Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra sang some of their standards, and closed with "Birth of the Blues."

There's no narration or context here — just a straight performance. By the way, this special aired years ago on Nick at Nite, which may explain the puzzling dedication: "To Mort Viner, the last one standing who knows the true story." A longtime Hollywood agent, Viner died nearly a decade ago.

MY SAY: If Hollywood was once a high school, then the cool kids in the hall were the Rat Pack. Together they exuded a sly, knowing detachment — a rebuke to the anarchic movements of rock and roll and the counterculture. They made comic virtue of their vices — booze and cigarettes — but eventually succumbed to them. (Martin died in 1995 of emphysema; Davis in 1990 of throat cancer; the original leader of the pack, Humphrey Bogart, was gone in 1957 from lung cancer.)

Sinatra was the chairman, or the sun around whom the lesser stars revolved. The whole thing was, in part, an act — a style, and posture, that bound their separate nightclub, TV, stage, big-screen and recording personae. You'll need this background if you decide to watch this time capsule. The performances are excellent — Davis, in particular — but there's nothing dramatically different.

BOTTOM LINE: Enjoy the music, but you'll barely get a glimpse of what the Rat Pack was all about.

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