Saturday, December 26, 2009

A Frank and Bing Christmas

Rat Pack stars Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin were both influenced by Bing Crosby. And Bing had another Rat Pack connection as one of the stars of the Rat Pack film Robin & The Seven Hoods. So Frank and Bing were well matched for a Christmas TV special in 1957 called Happy Holidays With Bing and Frank. It has Bing dropping in on Frank for some banter and songs, which also includes scenes of the two stars in England, and a duet of Bing's signature song, White Christmas.

The show is available on DVD and includes interviews with Frank's daughters Nancy and Tina. Plus, there's a photo gallery bonus of never-before-seen Christmas cards that show some of Frank's original paintings.

Rat Pack Tribute shows often include songs from this Frank and Bing special, performed by Frank, Dean and Sammy Impersonators.

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