Now that Martin Scorsese has a movie about Frank Sinatra in the works, it seems that Frank’s best friend in the Rat Pack, Dean Martin would also be a good subject for a film biography. At least that’s the opinion of many Rat Pack fans and Rat Pack Impersonators.
One of the first questions would be who to cast in the lead role. As Dean, we liked the actor who played him so well in the HBO Rat Pack film a few years ago. That was Joe Montegna, of Godfather III, who really captured Dean’s casual relaxed demeanor, not to mention looking and sounding like him. But he probably wouldn’t be called on to play Dean again. So who else. . . We think other possibilities for Dino could include Mark Ruffalo, Joe Penny, Antonio Sabato Jr., and if you use your imagination, maybe even Matthew McConaughey.
If there was a Rat Pack record label, it would have to be Reprise Records, created by Frank Sinatra in 1960. As it’s known to both Rat Pack fans and Rat Pack Impersonators, Reprise was founded on the principle that each artist would have creative freedom and the ownership of their work. Initially, Reprise was home to Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Count Basie, Trini Lopez, and of course, Frank himself. Frank recorded over 30 albums for the label, the first of which was Ring-a-Ding-Ding. And Dean Martin’s number one hit Everybody Loves Somebody was with Reprise. Nancy Sinatra also scored a number one for the label with These Boots Are Made For Walking.
Frank sold the label to Warner Brothers just three years later in 1963, at which time it went in a different direction, signing acts like The Kinks, Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Jethro Tull, Neil Young, and even Alice Cooper, and its focus was rock and progressive through the late 60’s and 70’s
Today, Reprise is home to acts including Green Day, Depeche Mode and Michael Buble, and has continued to release some great Frank Sinatra collections.