The Rat Pack in Concert at Kiel

The Nine Network Presents Historic 1965 Performance in The Rat Pack Live and Swingin’


St. Louis—February 25, 2011—The only time cameras captured a full-length performance of the Rat Pack was at Kiel Opera House in St. Louis. On Father’s Day, June 20, 1965, Frank Sinatra asked friends Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. to help him raise money during a black-tie benefit concert for Dismas House, a halfway house for ex-convicts. Johnny Carson served as emcee, replacing Rat Packer Joey Bishop, who was ill with a bad back.


The footage from that historic gathering can be seen in The Rat Pack: Live and Swingin’, a 90-minute special that will air Saturday, March 5 at 8:00 p.m. on the Nine Network (KETC/Channel 9). It features individual sets by Martin, Davis and Sinatra, and ends with a rousing final performance of “Birth of the Blues” for which the three entice Carson to lend his vocals, too. Quincy Jones leads the Count Basie Orchestra.


About the Nine Network of Public Media

The Nine Network of Public Media is a multifaceted public media organization creating a network of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. One of the nation’s most watched public television stations, Nine offers the people of the St. Louis region multiple ways to explore the world and become engaged in civic life, including the Nine Center for Public Engagement, nineAcademy,, and four distinct broadcast channels (ninePBS, nineWorld, nineCreate and nineKids). The Nine Network’s rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1954 and continues through our mission of bringing St. Louis together as we connect our region to the world and the world to St. Louis.


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