Details: Reprise R9-6063/2, stereo, two record set, gatefold cover, with liner notes by Joey Bishop, 1963
Condition: Vinyl: Record One VG- (good luster but many light scratches), Record Two VG+ (very clean, good shape), Jacket VG
Out of Print and Not Available as CD.
From the All Music Guide:
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 made his stage debut at the age of three performing with Holiday in Dixieland, a black vaudeville troupe featuring his father and helmed by his de facto uncle, Will Mastin; dubbed "Silent Sam, the Dancing Midget," he proved phenomenally popular with audiences and the act was soon renamed Will Mastin's Gang Featuring Little Sammy. At the age of seven Davis made his film debut in the legendary musical short Rufus Jones for President, and later received tap-dancing lessons courtesy of the great Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. In 1941, the Mastin Gang opened for Tommy Dorsey at Detroit's Michigan Theater; there Davis first met Dorsey vocalist Frank Sinatra -- the beginning of a lifelong friendship.
The tracks are:
1. Once in a Lifetime
2. In the Still Of the Night
3. What Kind of Fool Am I
4. Falling In Love Again
5. I've Got You Under My Skin
6. Big John
7. Night and Day
8. West Side Story Medley: Jet Song, Something's Coming, Cool, Tonight, A-Me-Ri-Ca, Gee Officer Krupke, Maria
9. River Stay Way From My Door
10. Hound Dog
11. What'd I Say
12. Me and My Shadow
13. Rock a Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody
14. Jam Session (Sam, By George!)
15. Birth of the Blues
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