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2010-09-28 10:00:00

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Iconic entertainers Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. -- the Rat Pack, a sheer force of nature on stage and film that defined suave masculine brio in the early 1960s. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of this legendary act, Reprise Records and Capitol/EMI will release two essential collections: The Very Best Of The Rat Pack (Reprise) on November 9, and Christmas With The Rat Pack (Capitol/EMI) on October 5, available at all...

2008-10-03 09:00:21

By Erica Hansen Deseret News "Fly Me to the Moon" ... "New York, New York" ... "I've Got You Under My Skin" ... "Mack the Knife" ... "That's Amore." Those are only five of the nearly 40 songs featured in "The Rat Pack: Live at the Sands," which opens at Kingsbury Hall Tuesday night for eight performances. The amazing talents of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. established Las Vegas as an entertainment destination, forced a change in segregation policies and, above all,...

2008-07-23 18:00:36

A Broadway musical based on the Hollywood film classic Robin and the 7 Hoods reportedly is in the works. Variety.com said producers Bruce Charet, Barry Brown and others are working on the adaptation of the 1964 movie about 1920s gangsters, which starred Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. Casey Nicholaw is to direct and choreograph the musical, while Peter Ackerman is writing a new book for the show. The retooled Robin is tentatively scheduled to open in the spring of 2010,...

2008-07-20 03:00:29

By Alice T. Carter, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 20--According to Sandy Hackett, you can thank God for the return of the Rat Pack. Hackett is the producer and creator of and occasional performer in "The Rat Pack Is Back!" -- a musical and comedic tribute to show business legends Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Dean Martin. The show, which begins an eight-performance run Tuesday at Heinz Hall, reprises the music, laughter and personalities that made The Rat Pack a...

2005-09-30 07:20:20

By Dean Goodman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - For a singer seeking stardom in the early 1960s, there was no better place to be than New York, where clubs bounced all night to the exciting sounds of such acts as Sam Cooke and Sammy Davis, Jr. At the dawn of the civil rights movement, before the Beatles and the rise of the singer/songwriter, a young R&B singer Shirlee Ellis Amos was making a splash. Under the stage name Shirl-ee May, she became a regular on the nightclub circuit and...

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This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'