I've Gotta Be Me: The Best of Sammy Davis Jr. On Reprise
Sammy Davis, Jr.
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||Lush Life||Sammy Davis, Jr.||3:47||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||A Stranger In Town||Sammy Davis, Jr.||3:48||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||What Kind of Fool Am I||Sammy Davis, Jr.||3:24||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Once In a Lifetime||Sammy Davis, Jr.||2:12||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Someone Nice Like You||Sammy Davis, Jr.||2:24||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||As Long As She Needs Me||Sammy Davis, Jr.||3:06||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Who Can I Turn to (When Nobody Needs Me)||Sammy Davis, Jr.||3:01||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Here's That Rainy Day||Sammy Davis Jr. With Laurindo Almeida||2:19||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||I Want to Be With You||Sammy Davis, Jr.||3:08||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Night Song||Sammy Davis, Jr.||2:41||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The Shelter of Your Arms||Sammy Davis, Jr.||2:51||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||I've Gotta Be Me||Sammy Davis, Jr.||2:58||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Yes I Can||Sammy Davis, Jr.||2:17||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Gonna Build a Mountain||Sammy Davis, Jr.||2:24||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||If I Ruled the World||Sammy Davis, Jr.||2:33||$1.29||View in iTunes|
Today, Sammy Davis Jr. may be best remembered as a charter member of Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack. But the diminutive showman was very much his own man, possessing a deeply resonant voice and a dynamic stage presence. I’ve Gotta Be Me: The Best of Sammy Davis Jr. dispels some of the Vegas mythology surrounding his career to reveal a performer of sensitivity and substance. These tracks are culled from Davis’ 1960s output for Reprise, a period when he tempered his jazz and theater music-rooted sound with contemporary pop touches. The ballads here are truly golden — “What Kind of Fool Am I,” “As Long as She Needs Me,” and “The Shelter of Your Arms” are perfect vehicles for his clear phrasing and aching intonation. Davis excelled at songs celebrating self-empowerment, as the buoyant “Once in a Lifetime,” “Yes I Can,” and the title track show. “Gonna Build a Mountain” reveals a surprising gospel influence. Davis’ recordings aren’t always well served by their overly busy, kitschy arrangements, but beneath the casino lounge glitz are some truly soulful and self-assured performances delivered by an artist who earned his place in the Pack.
Born: December 8, 1925 in Harlem, New York, NY
Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s