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Greatest Songs

Sammy Davis, Jr.

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Some of Sammy Davis, Jr.'s best-known songs are here, including the sappy "Candy Man," and Mike Curb's production values are, well, curbed in some respect, as you get to hear Davis swing a little bit. Jazz numbers like "Bye Bye Blackbird" and "The Lady Is a Tramp" were sung better by Frank Sinatra, but Davis does them well. More poppish pieces "What Kind of Fool Am I?," "Mr. Bojangles," "I've Gotta Be Me," and "Talk to the Animals" are readily associated with Sammy D, and are included. Slightly better than the similar Curb best-of collection, it's probably still far short of his definitive work, or collaborations with the infamous Rat Pack. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi

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An American Classic -- LADY IS A TRAMP

If you are too young to remember Sammy Davis, Jr. and wonder what the big deal is with him -- or maybe why your parents (or grandparents) rave about what a great performer SDJ was "back in the day" -- just download "Lady is a Tramp"....then you will understand what all the fuss was about. This live recording captures the true excitement and character of this uniquely American legend. When you had the challenge of being Black AND Jewish while performing to all White audiences back over 40 years ago and breaking down color and ethnic barriers, you can imagine how one had to be really fantastic to gain acceptance..

Biography

Born: December 8, 1925 in Harlem, New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

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...
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