The Rat Pack in Concert
April 28, 2013 7:55 AM   Subscribe

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr., in a concert from June 20, 1965 at the Kiel Opera House in St. Louis. A young Johnny Carson hosts, filling in for an ill Joey Bishop. SLYT.
posted by Area Man (14 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
Love at the 6.40 mark when Dean Martin pretends to be smoking a doobie. Yes, classroom, cannabis comedy predated Cheech and Chong.
posted by Gordion Knott at 8:20 AM on April 28, 2013 [1 favorite]

And he points it out the audience "Oh look at this, this ain't got no printing on it at all..." after a joke about flying in without an airplane.
posted by achrise at 8:29 AM on April 28, 2013

For a second, I misread that as "Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Dinosaur Jr. in a concert."
posted by limeonaire at 8:41 AM on April 28, 2013

Quincy Jones is leading one of the bands. They thank him near the end.
posted by Area Man at 9:05 AM on April 28, 2013

Holy moly, this is really decent quality for being a 48 year old recording.

Damn, young Johnny Carson oddly reminds me of Jimmy Fallon.
posted by Sphinx at 10:41 AM on April 28, 2013

As wonderful as this it, and it truly is -- this is nothing new and has been floating around the interwebs for a few years now.
posted by Seekerofsplendor at 11:42 AM on April 28, 2013 [1 favorite]

Yes, something from 1965 is not new. I didn't realize it had been widely circulated, I hadn't seen it before.
posted by Area Man at 11:49 AM on April 28, 2013

I'm from 1966. Does this mean I'm not new any more? Or only have one more year? Shit.

FWIW, I have tried to find good quality Rat Pack videos and have never stumbled on this one before, so thanks, Area Man; it's a keeper.
posted by JimInLoganSquare at 1:21 PM on April 28, 2013

Just 13 years later I saw AC/DC with Bon Scott on that same stage. Shit moved fast in those days.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 1:33 PM on April 28, 2013 [1 favorite]

I thought I'd just browse through this for some good songs. I ended up watching the whole damn thing and laughing harder than I've laughed in a good while. Thanks for posting this.
posted by Avelwood at 1:39 PM on April 28, 2013

limeonaire: dammit, now I want to see that show.
posted by .kobayashi. at 2:05 PM on April 28, 2013 [2 favorites]

"young" Johnny Carson was born in 1925. He was 39-40 in 1965 but retained a youthful look for many years.
posted by Cranberry at 2:07 PM on April 28, 2013

I love Dean Martin.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:54 PM on April 28, 2013

I have loved The Rat Pack since I as a little queer. My grandmother use to play old records on her huge, furniture sized console record player. She loved ol' blue eyes.

Every once in a great moon, I'll play their records. They are still timeless classics.
The biggest thing, to me, is if today in America you had a group of guys who were equally as talented as they were, their records might not be as welcomed, due to our "Progressivly Enlighted Society", meaning, I don't think artist today could stand up on stage, talk about all the drinking they do, all the women they sleep with, calling each other "light in the loafers", or make fun of the black memeber of the group, based soley on his skin color, with out being stand-up comedians.

I may be wrong.
posted by QueerAngel28 at 12:19 PM on April 29, 2013

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