If the 1960s represented any one thing, they represented change. It was a turbulent time for both music and the collective social conscience, ebbing back and forth from the free-love, flower-power movements to the controversial elements of the Vietnam War. There were heady issues to be dealt with.
When Tony Orlando was a little boy he dreamed big about the kind of life he wanted to lead. He simply knew he was gonna be either a baseball star or a singing star. Well, the cosmic coin toss landed on “singer” so that was the route taken.
There is a bit of juxtaposing going on in Laughlin this weekend. There are two headliners in town who have gone about the business of breaking into show business in two completely opposite ways. Kane Brown is at the Avi and is a poster child for going it the social media way; Tony Orlando is playing the Edgewater and represents the old school, paying your dues route.
For a slice of time…a rather short slice of time…Las Vegas played host to adopted sons who put an imprint on the town that helped transform it from western gambling town to urbane center, that is, from cowtown to uptown. These adopted sons were, of course, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford. They were given the name by others as the Rat Pack (Sinatra preferred the name “The Summit“) and made Las Vegas their playground. Those lucky enough to catch their often impromptu shows were treated to great music, energetic talent, sometimes cornball shtick and plenty of aggrandizement of booze, “broads” and blackjack.