No joke. The guy was better than Sinatra. Maybe better than Bing. At least as good as Bing.
Forget the shrill clown at his side. Forget the roasts and the drinks and the bad spy movies. Or don't, because the guy could entertain in a dozen ways.
But listen to him sing "Solitaire." Wow. The Capitol Years: 40 tracks on 2 CDs.