All About Jazz

Home » Musicians » Sammy Davis Jr.

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.

Read more

19 Photos View in Slideshow

Discography

 

Swingin'

Summit Records
2008

buy
 

Here's Sammy Davis Jr

Summit Records
2006

buy
Sammy Davis Jr.: Satan Swings Baby and That's the Truth, The Whole...

Sammy Davis Jr.:...

Capitol Records
2006

buy
Satan Swings Baby and That

Satan Swings Baby and...

Capitol Records
2006

buy
Definitive Collection

Definitive Collection

Hip-O Select Records
2006

buy
The Sounds of '66

The Sounds of '66

Unknown label
2005

buy

Videos

Similar