- Five WondersLounge Jazz, Sydney
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The legendary Rat Pack of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr., along with similar artists such as Bobby Darin, Jackie Gleason, Wayne Newton, Louis Prima, Sonny King, and Sam Butera are notable examples. The music of Burt Bacharach was soon featured as part of many lounge singers’ repertoires. Such artists performed mainly at featured lounges in Las Vegas casinos.
Lounge music has influenced the landscape of music through film. Lounge jazz was entrenched in Hollywood during the Rat Pack/ Sinatra era. “The Blues Brothers” featured “Murph & the Magic Tones” as the classic lounge band. Synonymous to playing to empty rooms.
Billy Joel performed as a lounge musician and as a result penned “the Piano Man”, arguably the most famous song about being a Lounge Jazz artist. “The Fabulous Baker Boys” featuring real life brothers Jeff Bridges and Beau Bridges as two brothers struggling to make a living as lounge jazz pianists in Seattle, reinvigorated the Lounge Jazz Musician on film.