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March 31, Apra 1 & 2
Lyda Mendelssohn Theatre
By Dov Cohen and
"It's Frank's world, we only live
How do you like that?
Friday night at Joe Louis Arena,
Sammy was knocking himself out,
dancing around to "Hava Nagila" on
his yet-to-fully-recover artificial hip,
bringing the crowd to its feet with
his poignant rendition of "Mr. Bo-
jangles," and singing everything
from Dr. Doolittle's "Talk With the
Animals" to Michael Jackson's
And it's Sinatra that gets all the
hype, the flowers, and the screams of
"I Love You, Frankie!"
Now, Sinatra was good. But with
the exception of his kick-ass rendi-
tions of "Mack the Knife" and "New
York, New York," "The Chairman
of the Board" schmaltzed his way
through a sentimental set of lounge
In comparison to his more ener-
getic partner, Frank stuck mostly to
the ballads which found a receptive
audience with the Claude Pepper set.
"I fell in love with him, scream-
ing 'Frankie, Frankie."'
- a long time Sinatra fan, de-
scribed by her husband as "one of the.
original screamers", "one of the
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Frank is king of the hill, top of the
heap, 'A'-number-one, the smoothly
crooned sounds of "Volare" and
"Come Fly with Me" was music to
But there were some younger
members of the crowd, born too late
to swoon to Ol' Blue Eyes in his
prime, who were turned on by their
parents to the sounds of Bones and
The mother and daughter team in
the fifth row was a case in point.
While the mother frantically scoopedM.
up Sammy's discarded Pall Mall
cigarette, the daughter used three
-rolls of film to capture Frank's
charisma on celluloid
"The class. The class that he has
is incredible. I've seen Bob Seger,
Kenny Rogers - nobody comes -
close to Frank," the daughter said.
Sammy "put his whole heart into
it. Frank's a different kind of guy.
Frank's always been a debonaire typeolf
of guy. (like) 'I'm king of the
-Rat Pack fan and owner of 15
Sammy Davis, Jr., albums
The difference between the ener-
getic, every-inch-the-entertainer ,
Davis and the reserved, tuxedo-clad
Sinatra was not lost on the crowd.
Or even on the band members.
Ron Anthony, guitarist for the "_'
Together Again Tour, described
Sinatra as a perfectionist and said ,-,
"he's nice, very professional. As
long as you play well, there's no
Sammy, on the other hand, "He's
beautiful," said Anthony, describing
the star as "very down to earth, very
"You want to see Dean Martin,
you gotta buy a program."
- enterprising, if tasteless, pro-
Martin's absence, due to a kidney
ailment, drove some to cancel their
tickets for Friday night's show, but
the remaining Rat Pair more than
made up for it. "It's Dean," an audi-
ence member shouted as Sammy did
a dead-pan imitation of the bibulous',
"I think they miss his comic
thing. But musically, it's a better
show [with just Frank and
Sammy]," said one band member.
That they could turn lemons into'
lemonade should come as no sur-
prise, however. If anyone can do it,
"the Candyman can."
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