The biggest challenge for Dreesen, and in fact Sinatra's entire entourage, was the hours Ol' Blue Eyes kept. "Even when we were off the road, he never went to bed until dawn," Dreesen said. "Off the road or on the road, six o'clock in the morning he wanted you to hang with him."
After a particularly grueling cross-country trek, Dreesen finally had had enough for one night, and decided to go to bed. When Sinatra asked him why, he responded, "I got to get up early in the morning and go to the cemetery and visit those guys."
As Sinatra began to perform, the ex-boxer "starts singing along with him," Slater recounted on 'Lopez Tonight' (weeknights, 12AM ET on TBS). "So you can't really hear Sinatra ... All I got is this guy next to me, and he's already let me know he can kick my a--."
Still, he said, "It was an incredible show, and to see Sinatra live was remarkable." Yes, "see" is the appropriate word.
While he thought at first they should maybe not talk about it then, he ultimately couldn't resist. "Hey Don, have you talked to Frank lately?" he asked Rickles.
"Yeah, I saw him last week," Rickles replied. "There was a lot of this!" At this point, Rickles mimicked spitting up and drooling. "It's a lot of me with my head two inches from Frank's face going 'I'm not Barbara!'"
The pair of them went to Houston to get their heart checked by one of the pre-eminent heart specialists in the world. Only, the night before their examination, Sinatra had other ideas. The doctor said to go to bed at 8PM. No drinking, no eating, no carousing. Just sleep.
"At 8 o'clock, there was a knock on my door," Weintraub said. "I open the door and it was Frank Sinatra and he had a bottle of booze and two glasses."
Donald asked Larry about his favorite moments from his time on TV. Larry mentioned two choices for his best guests: Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra. Both of these stars were well-known for their refusal to do interviews, but Larry still got them to appear on his show. King reminisced about his odd yet charming talk with Mr. Brando. He said that Marlon brought his dog to the studio, sang songs, and kissed him at the end of the interview.
Larry also discussed his interview with Frank Sinatra -- which was the last interview that Sinatra ever did on television. Summing things up, King called Sinatra "the best entertainer of his era," which is high praise indeed.
Answer: Sure, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Demi Moore and Rob Lowe.
No, that was the Brat Pack. American Idol is honoring the original Rat Pack, which is actually not the Las Vegas Rat Pack. The Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop pack of the 1960's Sands Hotel was in fact an outgrowth of the Rat Pack that Humphrey Bogart and Sinatra first formed in the late 1940s.
A roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away.
- Warren Cowan: He was a veteran publicist who had an incredible list of clients over the years, including Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Tony Curtis, Steve McQueen, Natalie Wood, and Joan Crawford. He was the father of journalist Claudia Cowan and stepfather to Melissa and Sara Gilbert. He died of cancer in Los Angeles at age 87.
- TNT has NBA Playoffs all night.
- At 8, ABC has a new Wife Swap, followed by new episodes of Supernanny and Boston Legal.
- CBS has a new Price Is Right Million Dollar Spectacular at 8, then new episodes of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.
- FOX has new episodes of 'Til Death, Back To You, and American Idol.
- NBC has a new, two hour Deal Or No Deal at 8, followed by a new Law and Order.
- The CW has a new America's Next Top Model at 8, then a new Farmer Wants A Wife.
- There's a new Secrets of the Dead on PBS at 8.
- Also at 8: TCM has Frank Sinatra movies, including The Tender Trap and Marriage on the Rocks.
- At 10, Bravo has a new Top Chef.
- At 11, TV Land has a new Big 4-0.
Check your local TV listings for more.
Besides being the day that the series finale of Seinfeld aired, May 14, 1998 was also the day that legendary singer and actor Frank Sinatra died at the age of 82. I remember spending an entire week listening to nothing but Sinatra songs, watching all the specials that aired that week, reading all of the obituaries and tributes. And now TCM is going to honor the man by airing a month long tribute starting today. In fact, they've launched a special web site for the event, Frank Sinatra: The Man and His Movies.
Ah, Christmas music. A lot of people hate it. Those people are called "Scrooges."
I love Christmas music. The classic stuff, that is. Sinatra, Clooney, Como, instrumental music. If I hear Bruce Spingsteen's "Santa Claus is Coming To Town" or anything by Mariah Carey or U2 or McCartney or any rock band (though I love "Jingle Bell Rock," "Christmas Wrapping," and Darlene Love, which are all great), I'll strangle an elf, I swear.
After the jump I've posted many classic moments from TV specials and Christmas episodes of shows. You'll find everything from Dean Martin to a classic soda commercial and even a part of the male anatomy, placed in a square receptacle.
It must have been hard to put a set together for a show like The Tonight Show. It's not the type of show you can do by season (way too many episodes), and Johnny Carson was host for 30 years (1962-92). A set like this is bound to disappoint some fans. But you know what? The set is just individual DVDs that have already been released in another form, and now they're packaging them under the Definitive DVD Collection title. That might tick off some fans who already bought the discs, but the set is well-done and has a variety of material to recommend it.
The last of the Rat Pack is dead.
Joey Bishop, who along with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Peter Lawford comprised the Rat Pack in the late 50s and early 60s, died of multiple causes in Newport Beach this morning.
Besides several movies, including the original Ocean's Eleven and The Naked and the Dead, Bishop starred in two different TV series titled The Joey Bishop Show.
The thing I hate about the review is the assertion by the writer that the only people who will enjoy this are people in their 90s. Um...huh? I think it can enjoyed by people who like this time of music/comedy, whether you're 30 or 90. She says the show is "TV for the very old." What a lame thing to say.
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