Harry Crawley was the first artiste to pay tribute to ‘King of Cool’ Dean Martin. He was also one of the first in his profession to form a Ratpack Show.
Harry is a professional Dean Martin Tribute act based in Sheffield. His best performance of “Sway” was with a full big band at The Caesar’s Palace Ballroom in Las Vegas.
Appearances such as these and solo engagements for chains such as Warners and at major theatres have led to Harry Crawley being recognised as “one of Britain’s best tributes to Dean Martin”. As seen on stage in Las Vegas.
Dean Martin Tribute – Harry Crawley
The Rat Pack is a term used by the media to refer to an informal group of entertainers centred on the Las Vegas casino scene.
Having its origins in a group of friends that met at the Los Angeles home of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, by the 1960s, it was the name used by the press and the general public to refer to a later variation of the group that called itself “the Summit” or “the Clan”, featuring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop among others.
They appeared together on stage and in films in the early 1960s, including the movies Ocean’s 11, Sergeants 3 and Robin and the 7 Hoods (in the last film, Bing Crosby replaced Lawford). Sinatra, Martin and Davis were regarded as the group’s lead members. The name “The Rat Pack” was first used to refer to a group of friends in New York. Several explanations have been offered for the famous name over the years.
According to one version, the group’s original “Den Mother”, Lauren Bacall, after seeing her husband, Humphrey Bogart and his friends return from a night in Las Vegas, said words to the effect of “You look like a goddamn rat pack.” “Rat Pack” may also be a shortened version of “Holmby Hills Rat Pack”, a reference to the home of Bogart and Bacall which served as a regular hangout. (Wikipedia)
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