Friday, February 6, 2009

Ne-Yo Talks About His Love For The Rat Pack Era

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I've mentioned Ne-Yo in a post on this blog in the past. I came across an article about him that I thought was really cool. The popular singer/songwriter is launching his first headlining tour in support of his album The Year of the Gentleman. He talks about being raised in Las Vegas and how that inspired him in his music. His mother's a big influence on him. She worked a variety of jobs in the Vegas casinos. She also helped him develop a love for the Rat Pack.

The whole article can be read at the link, but here's a quote from the article in the Las Vegas Sun:

“And musically, anything she was into, I was into. So after she started working in the casinos, she started getting into that big band sound, with Tom Jones and Wayne Newton. She introduced me to Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., the Rat Pack. My mom says I was born in the wrong era. I just attached myself to that effortless cool, which is rare even today.”

I think that's so awesome. I wish he would have mentioned Dean Martin by name, but at least he did mention Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra. It's great to see popular artists of today talk about their love for the Rat Pack era. That's got to help introduce younger fans to those cool cats in the Rat Pack. Personally I was already a fan of Ne-Yo, but this all made me like him that much more.

P.S. Here's the video for one of Ne-Yo's latest songs. It's called Miss Independent. I hope you like it.



16 comments:

Allison said...

I think the Rat Pack has left a lasting impression and legacy for generations to come :) I agree with you, and love that modern artists still appreciate the old!
Thanks for the birthday wishes Keith!

Keith said...

Hey Allison. Thanks for the comments. You are very welcome about the birthday wishes. I hope you're having a great time celebrating your birthday. I do think that the Rat Pack left quite the impression and so forth. It has inspired and influenced so many artists of our time. It is always cool to hear those stars of today talk about the Rat Pack. Cheers!

Nancy Sinatra Fan said...

Hello Keith. It is always interesting to read where celebrities of our time will talk about how much of an inspiration & influence the Rat Pack has been on them. I like Ne-Yo. We've got his album here on our house.

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie Keith, that was exactly by first thought...what, no mention of our Dino...he probably never ever met the coolest man to ever walk the earth....

Cate said...

I think it's cool too that the old artists are still recognized. And if I'm not wrong, Ne-Yo is an influence for younger people nowadays too, so this way they get to hear about artists like the Rat Pack too! And that's interesting about the influence by the parents. Be sure I'll influence my kids with some good music! :D

Keith said...

Hey Phoebe. Thanks for the comments. I like Ne-Yo too. His music and style are both cool. It is awesome that stars of today like him are giving props to the Rat Pack.

Keith said...

Hey pallie DMP. Thanks for the comments. I do wish he had mentioned Dino. I know his favorite Rat Packer is Sammy. He's talked about him a lot. Cheers!

Keith said...

Hey Cate. Thanks for the comments. It was nice hearing from you. Ne-Yo is a popular artist of today. He's had quite a few hits of his own, plus he's written hits for other artists as well. When someone like him talks about the Rat Pack, that's got to get some people to take notice. I think artists like him can be a big influence on the younger generations. Parents play a part in that too. We see that with Ne-Yo. Cheers!

Planet Mondo said...

Great to see some of the younger generation giving a nod to the older generation..

Keith said...

Hey Dave. Thanks. That's exactly how I felt about it. Cheers!

Cate said...

Hey Keith! Not sure if I ever told you, but I think your header's awesome. :)

Keith said...

Hey Cate. No, you didn't tell me, but thanks so much. I appreciate that. Cheers!

Steve Langton said...

Just awarded you one of those Premio Dados thingies. Well done on a great blog.

Keith said...

Hey Steve. Wow! Thanks. I really appreciate that very much. Glad you like what I do here. Cheers!

DINO-GAL said...

WHAT A GREAT POST HERE KEITH. I AM SO EXITED EVERYTIME I HEAR OF ONE MORE PERSON THAT IS INSPIRED BY OUR WONDERFUL RAT PACKERS & DEAN MARTIN. IT REMINDS ME THAT THE LEGACY CONTINUES TO GROW, EVEN AFTER SO MANY YEARS OF THEIR DEPARTURE FROM US. DINOGAL

Keith said...

Hey Terri. Thanks for the comments. I'm glad you liked this post. When I saw this about Ne-Yo, I just had to post it. I had mentioned him on the blog in the past. I thought it was great that someone like him would say something like this. He's one of the big stars in today's music scene. It's cool to hear him comment about how much he digs the Rat Pack. Cheers!