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Interview:
Detroit Native Does Sinatra For Rat Pack Show
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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David DeCosta, who’s one of three singers portraying Frank Sinatra in “The Rat Pack is Back,” learned his moves while growing up in Dearborn.

“I come from a musical family, mostly musicians coming out of Michigan, the Detroit area,” says DeCosta, 34, whose parents still reside in Dearborn. “There was always Sinatra on in my house — my dad listening to his music and my mom listening to him and watching his movies. My brothers grew up playing that style of music as well, so I was always around it.”

DeCosta, who now lives in the revue’s home base of Las Vegas, started singing Sinatra tunes in Chicago, when his father’s band had a residency there. They key to doing a good Sinatra, he says, is all about technique.

“I’ve seen a lot of different Frank impersonators,” DeCosta says, “and some of them tend to overplay the Jersey accent and basically portray him like he’s a wise guy. But, y’know, Frank spoke very eloquently. His diction was perfect, and he had a really special phrasing. He sang behind the beat and mastered an art of circular breathing, which is practically impossible.

“And, of course, you need to have a voice — and when I say a voice, you need to have some power behind you, because (Sinatra) had that, too.”



“The Rat Pack is Back!” plays at 6 p.m. Sunday (May 17) at the Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills. Tickets are $25 pavilion, $15 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www. palacenet.com.

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