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Sammy Davis Jr.

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: December 8, 1925 | Died: May 16, 1990    

Sammy Davis Jr.

Recognized throughout much of his career as “the world's greatest living entertainer,” Sammy Davis, Jr. was a remarkably popular and versatile performer equally adept at acting, singing, dancing and impersonations — in short, a variety artist in the classic tradition. A member of the famed Rat Pack, he was among the very first African-American talents to find favor with audiences on both sides of the color barrier, and remains a perennial icon of cool. Born in Harlem on December 8, 1925, Davis made his stage debut at the age of three performing with Holiday in Dixieland, a black vaudeville troupe featuring his father and helmed by his de facto uncle, Will Mastin; dubbed “Silent Sam, the Dancing Midget,” he proved phenomenally popular with audiences and the act was soon renamed Will Mastin's Gang Featuring Little Sammy. At the age of seven Davis made his film debut in the legendary musical short Rufus Jones for President, and later received tap-dancing lessons courtesy of the great Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. In 1941, the Mastin Gang opened for Tommy Dorsey at Detroit's Michigan Theater; there Davis first met Dorsey vocalist Frank Sinatra — the beginning of a lifelong friendship....
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Source: Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide

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    Summit Records
    2008
  • Here's Sammy Davis Jr

    Summit Records
    2006
  • Satan Swings Baby and Thats the Truth, The Whole Truth and Nothing But

    Capitol Records
    2006
  • The Sounds of '66


    2005
  • The Ultimate Sammy Davis Jr. Collection

    Summit Records
    2005
  • Boy Meets Girl

    Summit Records
    2005
  • Everytime We Say Goodbye

    Summit Records
    2004
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