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May 16th marked the 24th anniversary of Sammy Davis Jr's passing. He was a smoldering ball of enormous talent packed in a compact, powerful body. Continue to RIP!

May 16th marked the 24th anniversary of Sammy Davis Jr's passing. He was a smoldering ball of enormous talent packed in a compact, powerful body. Continue to RIP!

<strong>Not published in LIFE.</strong> Sammy Davis Jr. visits Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin at MGM Studios, where the duo were making <i>Some Came Running</i> in 1958. The movie co-starred Rat Pack "mascot" Shirley MacLaine, who years later would affectionately describe her old friends as "primitive children who would put crackers in each other's beds and dump spaghetti on new tuxedos."

LIFE With the Rat Pack: Rare Photos of Frank, Dino and Sammy

<strong>Not published in LIFE.</strong> Sammy Davis Jr. visits Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin at MGM Studios, where the duo were making <i>Some Came Running</i> in 1958. The movie co-starred Rat Pack "mascot" Shirley MacLaine, who years later would affectionately describe her old friends as "primitive children who would put crackers in each other's beds and dump spaghetti on new tuxedos."

Frank, Dean, and Sammy...The Rat Pack!  Basically, I think they'd stop by for cocktails then leave.  In fact, that's what I'd insist on having them do.  A few cocktails, a few jokes ... and then on to their next party or gig.

Frank, Dean, and Sammy...The Rat Pack! Basically, I think they'd stop by for cocktails then leave. In fact, that's what I'd insist on having them do. A few cocktails, a few jokes ... and then on to their next party or gig.

<strong>Not published in LIFE.</strong> Sammy Davis Jr. eats spaghetti in his <i>Golden Boy</i> dressing room while watching <i>The Huntley-Brinkley Report</i> news show in 1964. "My only contact with reality," he told LIFE. "Whatever I'm doing, I stop to watch these guys." Reflected in the mirror: LIFE photographer Leonard McCombe.

LIFE With the Rat Pack: Rare Photos of Frank, Dino and Sammy

<strong>Not published in LIFE.</strong> Sammy Davis Jr. eats spaghetti in his <i>Golden Boy</i> dressing room while watching <i>The Huntley-Brinkley Report</i> news show in 1964. "My only contact with reality," he told LIFE. "Whatever I'm doing, I stop to watch these guys." Reflected in the mirror: LIFE photographer Leonard McCombe.

Photo: Allan Grant. Not published in LIFE. Sinatra and Martin take a cigarette break during the recording of Sleep Warm in 1958. The album was re-released in 1963 with a much more direct title: Dean Martin Sings/Sinatra Conducts.

LIFE With the Rat Pack: Rare Photos of Frank, Dino and Sammy

Photo: Allan Grant. Not published in LIFE. Sinatra and Martin take a cigarette break during the recording of Sleep Warm in 1958. The album was re-released in 1963 with a much more direct title: Dean Martin Sings/Sinatra Conducts.

New Book Filled With Rare Black Hollywood Photos Is A Must-Have

New Book Filled With Rare Black Hollywood Photos Is A Must-Have

relaxes in his dressing room in New York City in Photo: Burt Glinn/Magnum Photos.

<strong>Not published in LIFE.</strong> Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra crack up during the <i>Sleep Warm</i> sessions in 1958.

LIFE With the Rat Pack: Rare Photos of Frank, Dino and Sammy

<strong>Not published in LIFE.</strong> Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra crack up during the <i>Sleep Warm</i> sessions in 1958.

<strong>Not published in LIFE.</strong> Sinatra offers a light in Davis' crowded <i>Golden Boy</i> dressing room in 1964. "It was six a.m. before the party got to Frank's suite. But the evening was not over because Frank hadn't said it was over. 'Everybody have a little more gasoline,' he ordered. Everybody did." —<i>From "The Private World and Thoughts of Frank Sinatra,"</i> LIFE<i>'s classic photo-essay on the superstar, published in April 23, 1965</i>

LIFE With the Rat Pack: Rare Photos of Frank, Dino and Sammy

<strong>Not published in LIFE.</strong> Sinatra offers a light in Davis' crowded <i>Golden Boy</i> dressing room in 1964. "It was six a.m. before the party got to Frank's suite. But the evening was not over because Frank hadn't said it was over. 'Everybody have a little more gasoline,' he ordered. Everybody did." —<i>From "The Private World and Thoughts of Frank Sinatra,"</i> LIFE<i>'s classic photo-essay on the superstar, published in April 23, 1965</i>

<strong>Not published in LIFE.</strong> Frank Sinatra and his friends, including comedian Joe E. Lewis, take a shortcut through the kitchen to get to the stage of Miami's Eden Roc Resort in 1958.

LIFE With the Rat Pack: Rare Photos of Frank, Dino and Sammy

<strong>Not published in LIFE.</strong> Frank Sinatra and his friends, including comedian Joe E. Lewis, take a shortcut through the kitchen to get to the stage of Miami's Eden Roc Resort in 1958.

<strong>Not published in LIFE.</strong> Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin share a light moment during their recording sessions for <i>Sleep Warm</i> in 1958.

LIFE With the Rat Pack: Rare Photos of Frank, Dino and Sammy

<strong>Not published in LIFE.</strong> Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin share a light moment during their recording sessions for <i>Sleep Warm</i> in 1958.

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