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The original Rat Pack was formed in the mid 1960s by Frank Sinatra together with Sammy Davies Jr, and Dean Martin. Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop were also in the group on stage.
All members of the Rat Pack had many talents: singing, acting, dancing. Sammy Davies Jr was an Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner and Frank Sinatra also won several awards including eleven Grammy Awards.
Although there have been artists similar to Frank Sinatra like Tony Bennett, Perry Como, Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole, Sinatra himself was inimitable.
Sinatra, aka Ol’ Blue Eyes, sang true classics like Come Fly with Me, I Get a Kick out of You, Witchcraft, Luck be a Lady, New York, New York, Strangers in the Night, Volare and Ain’t That a Kick in the Head, a song that was featured in the 1960 version of Ocean’s Eleven, which was remade in 2001 with George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Matt Damon.
Sinatra, aka Ol’ Blue Eyes, sang true classics like Come Fly with Me.
Bing Crosby, like Sinatra, was also an actor – he won awards for both his singing and acting.
The new generation of singers who take inspiration from Frank Sinatra include names such as Michael Buble’, Harry Connick Jr, Josh Groban, Jamie Cullum and even Robbie Williams.
Yes, Robbie Williams has jumped on the swing bandwagon (his albums Swing when You’re Winning and Swings both Ways are clear examples). He started changing direction in 2001 as he always dreamed of performing with a big band. Robbie even duets with the late Sinatra in It Was a Very Good Year using a recording of Sinatra‘s original vocals. Robbie duets with Michael Buble‘ in Soda Pop.
American-born Harry Connick Jr combines singing and acting and has appeared in a number of films like Memphis Belle, Copycat, P.S. I Love You, Independence Day, and was also in the TV series Will & Grace.
English-born Jamie Cullum got his big break in 2003 when it appeared on the TV chat show Parkinson which granted him a £1 million record deal with Universal. Jamie‘s style crosses over multiple music genres and he has collaborated with superstars like Kanye West, Massive Attack, Pharell, Rihanna, Elton John, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga and Kylie Minogue.
Robbie Williams / Frank Sinatra duet: “It Was a Very Good Year”