The Rat Pack
's legendary 1960
series of shows at the Sands hotel
in Las Vegas
, which ran from January 26 through February 16. Frank Sinatra
, Dean Martin
, Sammy Davis, Jr.
, Joey Bishop
, and Peter Lawford
were in town filming Ocean's Eleven
; by day they filmed, then took the stage at night for a two-week party that cemented their image as the swingin' arbiter
s of American cool
. At least one member of the group would be performing, but sometimes, two, three, or even all five showed up. The shows were so popular that every hotel room in Vegas
was booked for the duration. Then-Democratic Presidential contender John F. Kennedy
even attended one performance.
The name was an allusion to the meeting of world leaders Dwight D. Eisenhower, Nikita Khrushchev, and Charles DeGualle that was taking place at the time. The show has recently been recreated by a troupe of celebrity impersonaters.