Editors

David G. Schwartz

Document Type

Occasional Paper

Publication Date

8-2010

Publication Title

Center for Gaming Research Occasional Paper Series: Paper 06

Publisher Location

Las Vegas, Nevada

First page number:

1

Last page number:

8

Abstract

Las Vegas has been linked with Frank Sinatra since the 1950s. The highly‐publicized performances of the Rat Pack (consisting of Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford) at the Sands crystallized the image of Las Vegas as a place that mingled economic mobility with excess. This excess was often associated with ethnicity and frequently linked to crime. It was, however, the excess that made Las Vegas and Sinatra glamorous to many audiences.

Keywords

American Ethnicity; Americans – Ethnic identity; Gangsters; Mafia; Nevada – Las Vegas; Rat Pack (Entertainers); Sinatra, Frank, 1915-1998; Social mobility

Disciplines

American Popular Culture | Cultural History | Music | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Social Influence and Political Communication

Language

English