His very life spanned the history of old-school show business, starting out as a 9-year-old dancing prodigy in vaudeville. He acquired many other skills over the years, "saloon singer" (like Sinatra), impressionist, comedic and dramatic actor. Of all the members of the Rat Pack, he was probably the apotheosis of the old-line Vegas performer (he was also its Jackie Robinson in many respects) that lives on today in Branson and wherever Wayne Newton might be tonight.