➢ The Origin of the Name

The members of the Rat Pack liked to be called “The Clan” or “The Summit.” The Rat Pack was not originally the group name of the “Rat Pack,” and never did any member of the group use the name to represent themselves.  Who are the members of THE PAT RACK? Let’s have a look their Biography.  

Frank Sinatra had reproached a reporter in 1987 for what he tagged, “that stupid phrase.” The name reported having been first used by Lauren Bacall, the wife of Humphrey Bogart when she had found them in a drunken state after a night show and expressed her exasperation by saying, “You look like a goddamn rat pack.”

And the phrase stuck mainly because the group was made up of different persons at one point in time. But at the onset of the group’s convergence, it was made up of Humphrey Bogart, Judy Garland, David Niven, Angie Dickinson, Swifty Lazar, Mike Romanoff, and Frank Sinatra. 

The Rat Pack is a group of singers and actors who defined entertainment in the 1950s and 1960s. Their initial hangout was at the residence of Humphrey Bogart who had passed away in 1957.

➢ The Rat Pack’s Rise to Fame

After the Death of Humphrey Bogart, The Rat pack came to be likened to the faces of Joey Bishop, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, and. And it was Frank Sinatra that led the group to fame. 

The group had leverage on the new laws of legalized gambling in Los Vegas with the increase in population and the flow of money. Frank Sinatra used his natural flair of elegance to associate entertainment with glamour. He was always found dressed in a suit to accentuate his charm while on stage. And the crowd was drawn effortlessly to them, The Rat Pack.

In 1951, Desert Inn provided them with a platform to entertain. Frank Sinatra became the leader of the group with his first performance there, but it was at Sands Hotel and Casino that provided the Rat Pack with the fame they needed.

Some of the Rat Pack’s albums included, “Frankie and his shadows” (1961), “Frankie and his 3 Happy Fellas” (1961), “Christmas with the Rat Pack” and “The Ultimate Rat Pack Collection.”

One peculiar thing that drew the crowd towards them was their ability to mix music entertainment with humour. They were able to connect with the people with their performance that were a blend of jokes and drama. 

➢ The Rat Pack’s Screen Entertainment

The Rat Pack must have been craving for daylight activity when they decided to try the screen. They made about four movies without any award for it. 

But Frank had made it clear that they were not ours to make great movies but to entertain. Their first movie was “Ocean 11.” It was in 1960 followed by “Sergeant 3” in 1962, “4 for Texas” in 1963, and “Robin and the 7 Hoods” in 1964.

Their life was that of camaraderie, glamour, and the glitter of Los Vegas as portrayed in, “Ocean 11.” All five members of the Rat Pack were in the robbery heist movie. They had robbed five casinos; the Sands, Flamingo, Sahara, and the Desert Inn.

➢ The fading of the Rat Pack

The Rat Pack gave Los Vegas a good entertainment while it lasted. They had ruled the entertainment industry for the first half of the 1960s while the second half was the advent of rock acts involving Rolling Stone and the Beetles. And the people were also distracted by the Vietnam war. The popularity of the Rat Pack was diminishing, but they will be remembered as those that gave the crowd non-stop entertainment.

➢ The Death of the group

Frank Sinatra (1915-1998)
Dean Martin (1917-1995)
Sammy Davis Jr. (1925-1990)
Peter Lawford (1923-1984)
Joey Bishop (1918-2007)

Though they are all dead now, the Rat Pack tribute show has been on every year in Europe and North America.