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In Memory Of Sammy...

by S. Vaughan (writer), Bay Shore, February 29, 2008

Many have passed through the doors of the entertainment world, but few have had the international success and longevity as Mr. Sammy Davis, Jr.

In memory of Sammy…

The year is 1929…vaudeville is hopping!!!! The Nineteenth Amendment had just been passed nine years before. World War I has ended. The ‘roaring twenties’ are coming to an end. But for one little boy from Harlem, New York, a new era was dawning in the entertainment world.

The curtains go up!!!! Little Sammy Davis, Jr. makes his debut. What a thrilling time!!! Little Sammy will go on to perform for more than five decades! In 1933 he played a part in the movie, Rufus Jones for President. He also was Sportin’ Life in the 1959 movie, Porgy & Bess. The list of his accomplishments is extraordinary.

Sammy Davis, Jr. was often billed as “greatest entertainer in the world”. But more than allowing chance to decide his actions, Mr. Davis used his talents, his wits, his beliefs, and his love for entertaining others, to guide him.

He endured the cruelty of racism, even while putting his life on the line for his country. In the 1950’s while often performing in Las Vegas, Nevada, he was not even allowed to stay in the very hotels he performed at. Still, Sammy Davis, Jr. courageously struggled to help break down those ugly racial barriers, thereby paving the way for many others.

The official Sammy Davis, Jr. website is a great place to read much more about his life. But remember, when you sing, ‘who can make the sunrise, sprinkle it with dew’, you’re hearing Sammy sing, “The Candy Man”.

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By Barbara MacDonald on December 28, 2013 at 04:26 pm

Very cool, a member of the Rat Pack, he was an amazing talent. He performed with his father as a child? Am I right? Makes me want to go read more on him.

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By S. Vaughan on December 28, 2013 at 07:00 pm

Hi Barbara

And yes he was an amazing person. What's so kool about all of this is that we are all amazing people.

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By Credo on December 29, 2013 at 03:20 am

Extraordinary talent, and charisma, we should all see the likes again and feel blessed with such entertainment..


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By S. Vaughan on December 29, 2013 at 06:20 am

Good Morning Credo! Researching this multi-talented, multi-faceted person was energizing and enlightning. Thank you for taking time to read my article.

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