Sammy Davis Jr.
One of musics great leaders
Childhood on the Road
Sammy Davis Jr. was born on December 8, 1925, in New York City raised by his father-like grandmother. Sammy's parents split up when he was 3 and he went to live with his father, who was working as an entertainer in a dance troupe. When his father went on tour, Sammy was brought along, and after learning to tap the three began performing together. Because of being on the road, Sammy never got a great education, though his father did sometimes hire tutors while they were on the road. During their trip in the 1930s, Sammy not only became an amazing dancer but also a skilled singer, which lead him where he was before he passed in May 16, 1990.
Mark and Jeff Davis with Sammy at Lake Tahoe
May Britt (left), Mark, his sister Tracey who was a year younger than him but born before he was adopted, and his younger adopted brother Jeff with their father Sammy Davis Jr
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jnr, Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop in 1960, at the height of their fame. Mark knew Sinatra as Uncle Frank and remembers him fondly
The career of the wonderful Sammy Davis Jr.
Sammy overcame racism to establish himself as an legend comedian, actor, dancer and singer. Sammy was known for films like Ocean's 11 and Sergeants 3, his partying ways was also another great way he got recognized in society. He then later on refused to go to any clubs that endorsed racial segregation. One of his most famous work pieces was the No. 1 hit, "The Candy Man."
To the End
Throughout the 1970s and ’80s, the talented Sammy continued his career. He made sure his musical career was still going, releasing albums into the late '70s and getting his first #1 chart hit with 1972’s “Candy Man.” Sammy appeared in films such as 1981's The Cannonball Run, with Burt Reynolds and Roger Moore. He was also a guest on a wide variety of television shows, including the Tonight Show, The Carol Burnett Show, All in the Family and The Jeffersons. On May 16, 1990, Sammy Davis Jr. passed away at his home in Beverly Hills, California, at the age of 64 due to cancer.