We have been discussing Phyllis Diller, Bob Hope, George Burns and the other comedy greats of the past.
Known as Las Vegas’ premiere jazz singer and Frank Sinatra Tribute artist, David De Costa satisfies his audience. Seeing David immediately brings his resemblance to Frank.
David has that confident “look” like he has the world on a string, as in Frank’s song. David performed his tribute as Frank Sinatra in “The Rat Pack is Back” for 14 years and all major Rat Pack shows.
David explained, “We tour each year to Australia and different parts of Europe.”
SZ: “Did you hold a koala bear in Australia?”
David answered, “I held something else besides a koala bear.”
SZ: “Traveling and portraying Frank Sinatra, that’s a tough role.”
David felt, “They are pretty big shoes to fill. It is an honor performing the great Frank Sinatra.”
Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, to Italian immigrants Natalina Della (Garaventa), from Northern Italy, and Saverio Antonino Martino Sinatra, a Sicilian boxer, fireman, and bar owner.
Starting out as a saloon singer in musty little dives (he carried his own P.A. system), he eventually got work as a band singer, first with The Hoboken Four, then with Harry James and then Tommy Dorsey.
In 1942 he started his solo career, instantly finding fame as the king of the bobbysoxers — the young women and girls who were his fans — and becoming the most popular singer of the era among teenage music fans. He struck box-office gold with a lead role in ANCHORS Aweigh (1945) with Gene Kelly a Best Picture nominee at the 1946 Academy Awards. Sinatra was awarded a special Oscar for his part in a short film that spoke out against intolerance, The House I Live In (1945). His career on a high, Sinatra went from strength to strength on record, stage and screen, peaking in 1949, once again with Gene Kelly, in the MGM musical On the Town (1949) and Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949).
Finally securing a role he desperately wanted — Maggio in From Here to Eternity (1953). He won an Oscar for best supporting actor and followed this with a scintillating performance as a cold-blooded assassin hired to kill the US President in Suddenly! (1954). Arguably a career-best performance — garnering him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor — was his role as a pathetic heroin addict in the powerful drama The Man with the Golden Arm (1955).
Comedy is better for your health. So laugh and enjoy the Sapphire Comedy Hour, inside the Sapphire Club, 7 pm, every Saturday, 3025 Sammy Davis Jr., Industrial Road becomes SD, Jr. Drive. https://youtu.be/gBcJr1gaV14?t=3