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Sammy Davis Jr.

Sammy Davis Jr.

D.O.B.: December 8, 1925 (New York, NY)

D.O.D.: May 16, 1990 (Beverly Hills, CA)

Cause of Death: Throat Cancer

Location: Forest Lawn Glendale; Garden of Honor

Biographical Notes:

Sammy's parents were entertainers, his mother was a chorus girl and his father was a dancer in vaudeville.

He had a recording contract with Decca records and recorded "My Funny Valentine" and "The Birth of The Blues". He was heavily influenced by Frank Sinatra's styles. Sinatra encouraged Sammy to have his only style.

Davis was apart of the infamous "Rat Pack". The "Rat Pack" consisted of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford. They played at the Casinos in Vegas.

In, 1954, while driving from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, Davis was in a automobile accident. That accident resulted in the loss of his left eye. The accident eventually had a positive outcome for Sammy's career. A lot of times, his antics got more attention than his achievements as an artist, however he could always entertain his audience.

In 1972, his hit song "Candy Man" stayed on the charts for three weeks.

 

 

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