Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis,
Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop.
SAMMY DAVIS, JR.
|Las Vegas, Nevada, circa 1970's
|Ralph, Sammy Davis, Jr., and ??? Click the picture to enlarge it
Sammy Davis, Jr.
December 8,1925 - May 16, 1990.
Born in Harlem, Manhattan,
New York City, New York.
Sammy Davis, Jr., didn't have the easiest of childhoods. His parents break- up when
he was very young caused him to go on the road with his father, Sammy Davis, Sr., who had assumed custody
of his son. Throughout the ensuing years, Sammy learned to dance, he learned to deal with race issues which
were so prevalent during those times, and he even did a tour of duty in the United States Army. He was discharged
in the mid '50's, and, following in his fathers footsteps, answered his life's calling:
In 1959, Sammy Davis, Jr., became a founding member of one of the world's most recognizable and loved ensembles:
The Rat Pack.
Those cats were cool, with a capital "C.O.O.L."
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy,
Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop.
For the life of me I can't even imagine what it was like to have been anywhere near
those five men. The very essence of cool, and bad-to-the-bone charisma and charm. Those guys were pure, unadulterated,
smokin' great talent. They did it all, and so did Sammy: singing (Candy Man, #1 in 1972), dancing (Will Mastin Trio),
acting (Ocean's Eleven), comedy (Mister Wonderful and Cannonball Run). You know we only cited a smidgen of
They're all gone now, but make no mistake, they live on...in movies, in print, and most importantly,
on vinyl. Take a night some time and throw on an LP of Sammy singing some of his great recordings. If you
ain't moved after listening to that, well, tell them to bury you 'cos you're no longer with us. Thanks for
everything Sammy. You did it the right way, man. It was all "groovy babe."
(Photo courtesy of Ralph
- that lucky stiff)
Click here for other info on Sammy.
Click here for Sammy's Motown version of My Way
Click here to see Sammy in Sweet Charity - outta site
Come on bestrocknrollband.com fans...who has pictures of Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter, or Joey?
Send them in and we'll post them right away.
Can you dig it? Cooool.