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darkstar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:34 PM
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Two smoking Sammy Davis Jr. clips
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 06:03 PM by darkstar
W/ Count Basie in '65:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RI_1HmgM6js

W/ Doc and the Tonight Show band, what, maybe 10 years later? If truly "improv-ed," staggeringly cool:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUDdS7iIIgk
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livetohike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:25 PM
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1. He was amazing
Thanks for posting these :-). Got to love those platform shoes and bellbottoms.
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:31 PM
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2. As Sammy said:
"For a one-eyed Jew nigger, I ain't doin' so bad."
How so much raw talent could be crammed into such a diminutive person is just...I don't know...truly phenomenal.

I hadn't thought about him in a while.
Thanks for the reminder.
:-)
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whistler162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:44 PM
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3. In one of his shows, St. Louis, now on DVD....
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 07:45 PM by whistler162
he said he was Black(father), Jewish, and Puerto Rican(mother) and that property values of any neighborhood he moved into went down dramatically.

Sad, but too much truth in the statement.

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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:48 PM
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4. True, but he could sure deal with it.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:07 PM
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5. Here comes the judge!
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Haole Girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:20 PM
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6. Actually saw him on a flight many years ago
He was in first class and I was in coach. The flight attendant announced as we landed how honored they were he was on board. As we deplaned he and his entourage walked right in front of me down the concourse (in LAX) and onto the escalator. God, I feel old telling this! lol Anyway, he was an extremely little guy... shorter than I am (and I am 5'1"). That was my brush with fame with Sammy Davis Jr.

Don't know why I felt like sharing that. Guess I'm feeling nostalgic tonight.

:cry:
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darkstar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:35 PM
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7. Thanks!
Great story. I love the guy in a non-ironic way.
:hi:
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