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Rat Pack

Joey Bishop has died. Many looked at the Rat Pack as a bunch of guys who drank too much, smoked too much and chased skirts. I see it different. Think about it. You are successful. Your pals are successful. You get together in Las Vegas to hang out. I can’t think of anything that could be a better picture of success than the Rat Pack. Originally, they were guys that hung around Humphrey Bogart. Look at the line up – Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis and Peter Lawford (there were a few others – Angie Dickinson, Marilyn Monroe, Norman Fell, Juliet Prowse, Shirley MacLaine. I thought that Don Rickles was also part of the crowd.) I see it as GREAT livin’. I see it as something that every guy in America wish that they could do with their pals. Think of it – Guys, let’s hang out in Vegas for 2 weeks. Money is no object. Man, that’s sweet.

Joey Bishop was a funny man in his own right. He was successful at Vegas. He sang and told jokes. He had a TV talk show in the early and late sixties that was very successful.

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From CNN.com:

Joey Bishop, the stone-faced comedian who found success in nightclubs, television and movies but became most famous as a member of Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack, has died at 89.He was the group’s last surviving member. Peter Lawford died in 1984, Sammy Davis Jr. in 1990, Dean Martin in 1995, and Sinatra in 1998.

The Rat Pack — originally a social group surrounding Humphrey Bogart — became a show business sensation in the early 1960s, appearing at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas in shows that combined music and comedy in a seemingly chaotic manner. (more…)