Milestones Of A Legend: Sammy Davis Jr. (10CD)

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Sammy Davis Jr.

As a singer, dancer and actor Sammy Davis Jr. (1925 ? 1990), a.k.a. "Mr. Show Business", was one of the most charismatic American artists. The child of two dancers, he was born in Harlem, New York, and raised by his father from the age of three, after the couple separated. He made his first appearances as a tap-dance prodigy at the vaudeville shows, at which Sammy Davis Sr. worked. The father-son-duo went on tours across the US with the Will Mastin Trio, interrupted only by Junior's military service. Sammy Davis Jr. met Frank Sinatra in 1941, and the pair enjoyed a lifelong friendship and professional partnership as singers, actors and entertainers. When Dean Martin and a few others joined them in the '50s, they renamed themselves The Rat Pack and appeared together in movies like "Ocean's Eleven", in Las Vegas, and on stages all over the world.

When his debut album "Starring Sammy Davis Jr." was released in 1954 he had already mastered the ups and downs of the life of an entertainer, and was a "young veteran" as an interpreter of jazz and pop songs. Surrounded by the best arrangers and orchestras, he went on to present one successful record after the other, as one can hear on this collection. Highlights were his duets with the jazz singer Carmen McRae and the first album with the Count Basie Orchestra. As an all-round talent and impersonator, he shines most beautifully on his live performances, such as "At Town Hall", which still sounds so fresh and wonderful one feels like booking tickets on the spot.

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1. The Lonesome Road
2. Hey There
3. And This Is My Beloved
4. September Song
5. Because of You
6. Easy to Love
7. Glad to Be Unhappy
8. Stan' Up an' Fight
9. My Funny Valentine
10. Spoken For
11. Birth of the Blues
12. You Do Something to Me
13. You're My Girl
14. Come Rain or Come Shine
15. Body and Soul
16. It's All Right with Me
17. Get Out of Town
18. These Foolish Things
19. When Your Lover Has Gone
20. The Thrill Is Gone
21. Tenderly
22. Happy Ending


1. It Started All Over Again
2. She Always Knows
3. Love
4. A Foggy Day
5. The Clown
6. Just One of Those Things
7. Don't Let Her Go
8. Give a Fool a Chance
9. In a Persian Market
10. The Nearness Of You
11. The World Is Mine Tonight
12. The Blues to End the Blues
13. Guess I'll Hang My Tears out to Dry
14. But Not for Me
15. Where's That Rainbow?
16. I Cover the Waterfront
17. Don't Blame Me
18. Better Luck Next Time
19. Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
20. It Never Entered My Mind
21. Someone to Watch over Me
22. I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face
23. Spring Is Here
24. I Can't Get Started


1. Temptation
2. The Lady's in Love with You
3. Comes Love
4. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
5. That Old Black Magic
6. Oo-Shoo-Be-Doo-Be
7. Begin the Beguine
8. By Myself
9. The Gypsy in My Soul
10. Will You Still Be Mine
11. Don'cha Go 'Way Mad
12. Perdido
13. Blues In The Night
14. It's Magic
15. I've Heard That Song Before
16. Love Letters
17. Change Partners
18. For Every Man There's A Woman
19. The Man That Got Away
20. Lovely To Look At
21. Too Late Now
22. I Fall In Love To Easily
23. Pennies From Heaven
24. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To


1. Happy to Make Your Acquaintance
2. Tea for Two
3. They Didn't Believe Me
4. You're the Top
5. Cheek to Cheek
6. Baby
7. People Will Say We're in Love
8. There's a Small Hotel
9. A Fine Romance
10. The Things We Did Last Summer
11. Two Sleepy People
12. Who Cares?
13. Summertime
14. A Woman Is a Sometime Thing
15. My Man's Gone Now
16. I Got Plenty o' Nuttin'
17. Bess
18. It Ain't Necessarily So
19. I Loves You
20. There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York
21. Oh Bess
22. Oh Lawd


1. Something's Gotta Give
2. And This Is My Beloved
3. Hey There
4. My Funny Valentine
5. It's All Right with Me
6. But Not For Me
7. Ethel
8. Too Close for Comfort
9. My Heart Is So Full Of You
10. Ol' Man River
11. Chicago
12. How High the Moon
13. Impersonations: Nature Boy/Because of You


1. The Lady Is a Tramp
2. I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues
3. Get On the Right Track Baby
4. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
5. I Got a Woman
6. There Is No Greater Love
7. Gee
8. This Little Girl of Mine
9. Till Then
10. Face to Face
11. Mess Around
12. I'm a Fool to Want You
13. Back in Your Own Back Yard
14. Lush Life
15. I'm Gonna Live Till I Die
16. (Love Is) The Tender Trap
17. Out of This World
18. Bye Bye Blackbird
19. Thou Swell
20. Can't We Be Friends?
21. Blame it on My Youth
22. Let There Be Love
23. Soon


1. What Kind of Fool Am I?
2. Once In A Lifetime
3. A Lot Of Livin' To Do
4. Begin The Beguine
5. Can't We Be Friends?
6. Something's Coming
7. Gonna Build A Mountain
8. Someone Nice Like You
9. Too Close For Comfort
10. My Romance
11. Thou Swell
12. Lost In The Stars


1. That Lucky Old Sun
2. Be My Love
3. Lulu's Back in Town
4. Stranger in Paradise
5. Ballerina
6. Sonny Boy
7. I Married an Angel
8. Falling in Love Again
9. You Can't Love' Em All
10. If You Are But a Dream
11. Deed I Do
12. Without a Song
13. Kansas City
14. Don't Shut Me Out
15. Deep Purple
16. Walk Right In
17. I Left My Heart in San Francisco
18. Choose
19. Days of Wine and Roses
20. Blue Velvet
21. Not for Me
22. I Wanna Be Around
23. It's All in the Game
24. Fools Rush In


1. Too Close for Comfort
2. My Romance
3. We Kiss In a Shadow
4. Two Ladies in De Shade of De Banana Tree
5. Lost in the Stars
6. Falling in Love with Love
7. Climb Ev'ry Mountain
8. Something's Coming
9. That-Great-Come-and-Get-it-Day
10. If I Loved You
11. A Lot of Livin' to Do
12. There is Nothing Like a Dame


1. What Is There to Say?
2. Why Shouldn't I?
3. Love Me
4. Bewitched
5. I Could Have Told You
6. For All We Know
7. Deep in a Dream
8. I Get Along Without You Very Well
9. Mam'selle
10. Try a Little Tenderness
11. This Love of Mine
12. I've Got a Crush on You