Sammy Davis Jr impersonates Louis Armstrong

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  1. wilcox96

    wilcox96 Mezzo Piano User

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    The great imitator, Sammy. That's pretty much how he developed his singing style...imitating everyone. He was so good at it.

    If you didn't know, there's a great book about his life - In Black and White. Really is a terrific insight to how he started and on up into stardom. It's not a glowing tribute, like some stories can be. It's definately an analytical look - sometimes good, sometimes bad...

    Anyway..just putting it out there. It is a terrific read.
     
  2. dow30

    dow30 Piano User

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    When I was in Jr. High or High school (can't remember), I read, Yes I can : [the story of Sammy Davis, Jr. / by Sammy Davis, Jr., and Jane & Burt Boyar] and did a book report, as I admired Sammy Davis Jr. very much. Hope this doesn't date me. ;-)

    P.S. I have a bird Sammy, named after Sammy Davis Jr.
     
  3. wiseone2

    wiseone2 Artitst in Residence Staff Member

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    "Yes I Can," was the title of Sammy's big song in the show "Golden Boy." I played the pre-Broadway tryout of the show. Stan Fishelson and Renauld Jones Jr. were the other trumpets in the show. It was 1963, I think :dontknow:
    It was a fun time. Sammy and the show people hung out every night after the show.
    I was supposed to do the Broadway run, but things came up that prevented me from doing it.
    My book, the third book, had all the legit solos in it. I also had most of the high stuff. I have always regretted that missed chance.
    Sammy was a great guy.
    Wilmer
     

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