their glory days, late 50's to mid 60's.
did you know that the awfull show dean martin was doing on tv made his family billionaires? i saw it on "E Entertainment." RCA owned the show, were making money with the show, but never had any cash to give Dino, so they paid him in stock. Dino had cash coming in, didn't need the dough and accepted the stocks. the dean show, like the sinatra show, their performances were phoned in. they didn't want to do the show, they wanted to do clubs, and babes. who can blame them.
check out frank live at the sands, great record. the kitty kelly book, excellent, read it twice, made me a bigger fan. i have a few of the sinatra tv specials, not the shows, excellent stuff. i have video the making of an album, sinatra and quincy jones in the studio with a big band recording the album, LA IS MY LADY, also excellent (old frank). i liked the HBO rat pack thing. the E Entertainment thing, for a fan, was very enjoyable. his grand kids said that the guy on the screen, the ultra smooth, hip guy, that was grandad, easy going, soft spoken. always cool.
scorsese was going to do the life of dino but the deal fell through. he was basing it on a book that covered his early days on the stage , and associations with mobsters. any one know what book this is?
and the ultimate in frank, i saw The Ultimate Event in miami, 1987? liza, sammy, frank, and super star frank jr directing the orchestra. first liza came out, and she was dynamic, nothing short of that. she was hoarse when she talked, her voice was blown out, but when she sang she was belting it out full voice.
sammy was also quite dynamic, mobile, danced up and joked up a storm.
then frank came out and he didn't do shit, just walked the stage looking like a super star, an aura around him, completely wiped out any memory of liza and sammy. your eyes were on a legend, though he was about 8 inches tall from where i was sitting, on the projection screen, it's a legend.
after frank did his thing, all 3 came out and it was great.