Sammy Davis Jr.

Born December 8th 1925, died May 16th 1990

How He Got Started

Sammy Davis Jr started dancing as soon as he could walk. Sammy became the Will Mastin Troupes (tap dancing) youngest member at age three. Although Sammy was good, he was not only a dancer. He was also an actor, by the time he was eight he had already appeared in two movies. Sammy was also a struggling singer, he did not know how to read anything but comic books, until he joined the army.

Albums, Songs, Awards

Sammy was a hit! He has out 24 albums! Just for Lovers, Starring Sammy Davis Jr in 1955, Mood to be Wooed in 1956, Sammy Davis Jr at Town Hall in 1959. Those are just a couple of his many albums. Sammy also has out 31 songs; The Candy Man, I've Gotta be Me, Mr. Bojangles, The Birthday of the Blues, Me and My Shadow, Rhythm of Life, Baretta's Theme, What Kind of Fool am I?, Eee O Eleven, Mister Booze, Gonna Build a Mountain, Bob Mabena, Talk to the Animals, Who Can I Turn Too [When Nobody Needs Me], John Shaft, April and Paris, We open in Venice, The Shelter of Your Arms, Bee-Bom, Rock-a-bye Your Baby, As Long as She Needs Me, I'm Not Anyone, Someones Gotta Give, Jingle Bells, Yes I Can, That Old Black Magic, Love Me or Leave Me, I've Never Seen Anything Like it, What's a Nice Kid You Doing in A, Don't be a Do-Badder, and You Can Count on Me. In 1989, Sammy won The Image Award and was put in the hall of fame, and in 2000 he won the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Background Information and Facts

Over the years, Sammy had three wives, his first wife, Elvera Sanchez and he had a baby girl together, and adopted two little boys. His second wife May Britt, he didn't have any kids with, and his third wife Loray White was married to him until he died. Sammy was drafted and when the war was over he returned back to New York and continued his acting career. Sammy died at age 64 from lung cancer.