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"I have to be a star like another man has to breathe." - Sammy Davis, Jr.

 

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Sammy Davis Jr. Story

Sammy Davis Jr. Story

Sammy Davis, Jr. earned millions of dollars as a recording artist and Vegas headliner yet he died broke, lived most of his life supporting family members and gambling away his fortune. He had to be working and earning constantly to satisfy his creditors.

He got his start as an entertainer as a toddler and never stopped singing and dancing, all the way up into the upper echelons of show business, as a member of the legendary Rat Pack with Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra (see the 1960 original Ocean’s 11).

Some say Sammy was the greatest all around entertainer of all time, he could do it all, and I agree.

What a lot of people don’t know is that Sammy carried a briefcase with him at all times filled with cash, drugs, and porn. He was a complicated guy. Involved in the Civil Rights movement and yet palled around with Richard Nixon, its fiercest foe.

After reuniting with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin for one final performance in 1987, Davis toured with Frank and Liza Minnelli internationally. He died in 1990 after doctors found a cancerous tumor on Davis's throat.

Sammy was the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in both 1987 and in 2001, he was posthumously awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

On May 18, 1990, 2 days following his passing, neon lights on the Las Vegas Strip were darkened for 10 minutes as a tribute. No star shown so bright.

This documentary, Sammy Davis Jr. - The Kid In The Middle, is one of the best on the subject:


Sammy Davis Jr.'s 60th Anniversary Celebration won the Emmy in 1990 for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy.

On Saturday Night Live, Sammy Davis Jr. has been portrayed by Garrett Morris, Eddie Murphy, Billy Crystal and Tim Meadows.

 

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"The success of the Rat Pack or the Clan was due to the camaraderie, the three guys who work together and kid each other and love each other." - Sammy Davis, Jr.

 

 


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