You'll be hard-pressed to find any professional singer in the world that naturally, has as much "Dean" going on vocally, as Frank Lamphere. Really!
Here at Rat Pack Enterprises we are apprehensive about using the term "Impersonator" when referring to our Dean Martin performance. Have a look around the internet and what you'll mostly find are entertainers that may resemble Dean (most at least have dark hair) and that sing his songs accompanied by background (karaoke without the words) tracks. End of similarity! Does your event deserve better than that?
Professional singer-entertainer of 20 years, Frank Lamphere, sings Dino better than 99% of the others. He vocally captures lots of the ultra-particular Dean Martin inflections, distinctive note bending, "Italian-ness" and style that made Dean a great singer. Close your eyes, listen carefully and for many, it's Dean. Especially if Frank wants to "pour-it-on".
Lamphere does this surprisingly well, with a classy, live band of 3 to 17 musicians. And no, the charts purposefully are not identical to those that Dean Martin recorded from. That, in our opinion gets back into karaoke (amateur) territory. Like Frank's renditions the band makes these songs, somewhat their own. (As they would have done in a Dean Martin nightclub performance)
Available for a handful of Dino songs or an entire set (or more)
(See show details below)
Dean Martin Tribute Show. A 45-90 minute homage to one of America’s most popular entertainers ever, Dean Martin.
Crooner Frank Lamphere (not a Dean Martin impersonator in the usual sense) explores Dean Martin’s early years with songs such as: I'll Always Love You, That’s Amore (from the Martin & Lewis movie The Caddy) and You Belong To Me. There are the later 50’s hits like: Volare, Return To Me and Memories Are Made of This as well as some great songs that never were hits: Via Veneto, You Look So Familiar, and Rio Bravo from the film of the same name with John Wayne. Finally, Frank performs the Dean Martin successes of the 1960's. You’ll hear: The Door Is Still Open To My Heart, I Will, and Dean’s theme song Everybody Loves Somebody and many more.
Lamphere, who performs this show with an all star band has been a standout perfomer on the Midwest music scene for a number of years. Frank's long list of credits include: headlining act at the 2014 Chicago Festa Italiana, performances in New York, Las Vegas, singing for television commercials, headlining act at the 2014 Illinois Dean Martin Festival, fronted the jazz trio at the “5” star Peninsula Hotel, a Bulls game half-time performance at the United Center, house band at Jilly’s Naperville, and concerts in Milan, Italy.
Lamphere brings to this show, a great admiration for this classic music genre and especially for his favorite singer, Dean Martin. The show features Frank's sharp historical perspective, some good laughs, awesome musicianship and certain vocal characteristics that at times, make him sound very much like Dean.
Lamphere sings some Dean Martin songs during a recent performance at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas
When singing Dean Martin songs, Frank Lamphere sounds like Dean, singing his own songs, a few months after having recorded them. Make sense?
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