Sammy Davis, Jr. Studio Recordings 1949-1956

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Sammy Davis, Jr. signs for Capitol Records

By 1948, Sammy Davis, Jr. was making a name for himself as the drawcard member of the Will Mastin Trio, an opening act appearing in clubs and theatres around the United States. The Trio had become somewhat successful, opening for headliners such as Billie Holiday, Mickey Rooney and Frank Sinatra, but had yet to hit the big time. Sammy and Sinatra had first met in 1941, at the Michigan Theatre in Detroit, when the Trio had opened for Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra. They became friends in May 1947 during a three week engagement at the Capitol Theatre in New York. During this time Davis' role in the act featured him doing singing impressions of other singers, but Sinatra encouraged him to sing in his own voice.

Davis' first opportunity to do just that came after Capitol Records executive Dave Dexter heard Sammy on a radio broadcast from LA in late 1948. He asked a mutual friend, big-band drummer Jesse Price, to contact Sammy, and soon Davis was signed to a 20-record deal - at $50 per side. Although the singles released were commerically unsuccessful (even resorting to releasing two singles under different pseudonyms), "The Way You Look Tonight" was chose by Metronome magazine as their "Record of the Year" for 1949. The magazine also labeled Sammy the year’s “Most Outstanding New Personality".

Davis had trouble finding his 'own' voice, and many of the recordings feature him adopting (or overtly aping) the vocal styles of popular singers of the day. In retrospect, Davis considered that the arrangements and direction of Dave Cavanaugh were lacking, but it is clear that Davis still needed to further develop his own style. Following their release on Capitol, the recordings remained largely unissued until the 1990s. Now they can be found on many compilation CDs, partly due to the 50-year expiration of Copyright in Europe.


Date: 13 January 1949
Location: Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood
Label: Capitol

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Dave Cavanaugh (arr, con, ts), Shirley Goedike, Mickey Mangano (t), Lloyd Elliott, Ed Kusby, Lloyd Ulyate, Si Zentner (tb), Jack Crowley (bar), Robert Bain, Wesley Nellermoe (g), John Simmons (b), Gerald Wiggins (p), Jesse Price (d), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a. 3861-1 I Don't Care Who Knows - 2:40(Buddy Johnson)
Capitol 7815390   (1949)
Naxos Nostalgia CD8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
DRG CD19111 — The Capitol Years   (2008)
b. 3862-2 The Way You Look Tonight - 3:10(Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields)
Capitol 7815390   (1949)
Capitol EPEAP-555 — Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1954)
Capitol LPT-2474 — Camp!   (1965)
EMI Music CD8736182 — He Sings The Blues   (2005)
Metro Doubles CD638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
c. 3863-5 Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone - 2:36(Sam Stept, Sidney Clare)
Capitol EPEAP-555 — Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1954)
Capitol CD8-35972-2 — Wild, Cool And Swingin' ("Ultra Lounge" Series, Volume 5)   (1997)
DRG CD19111 — The Capitol Years   (2008)
Metro Doubles CD638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
d. 3864-2 I'm Sorry Dear - 2:42(Anson Weeks, Harry Tobias, Johnnie Scott)
Capitol 781050   (1950)
DRG CD19111 — The Capitol Years   (2008)
All titles on: Capitol CDC2-94071 — Capitol Collectors Series: Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1990)
EMI Gold CD5-90276-2 — The Capitol Years   (2003)

Date: 22 February 1949
Location: Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood
Label: Capitol

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Dave Cavanaugh (arr, con, ts), Shirley Goedike, Mickey Mangano (t), Red Benson, Lloyd Elliott, Ed Kusby (tb), Joe Koch (bar), Jack Marshall (g), John Simmons (b), Gerald Wiggins (p), Alvin Stoller (d), Karl Kiffe (bo), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a. 3995-3 I Ain't Got Nobody - 2:22(Roger Graham, Spencer Williams)
Capitol 7870004   (1949)
Sears LPSPS-402 — Sammy Davis, Jr: Mr. Entertainment   (1965)
Pickwick LP3002 — The Many Faces Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1965)
DRG CD19111 — The Capitol Years   (2008)
Metro Doubles CD638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
b. 3996-5 Be-Bop The Beguine - 2:45(Richard Hazard, B. Jordan)
Capitol 7870022   (1949)
Rhino CDR2-72239 — Swingin' Singles ("Cocktail Mix" Series, Volume 3)   (1996)
DRG CD19111 — The Capitol Years   (2008)
Metro Doubles CD638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
c. 3997-2 You Are My Lucky Star - 2:33(Arthur Freed, Nacio Herb Brown)
Capitol 7870004   (1949)
Capitol EPEAP-555 — Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1954)
Sears LPSPS-402 — Sammy Davis, Jr: Mr. Entertainment   (1965)
Pickwick LP3002 — The Many Faces Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1965)
Capitol CD8-31774-2 — Hooray For Love: Capitol's Great Gentlemen Of Song (Volume 1)   (1995)
DRG CD19111 — The Capitol Years   (2008)
d. 3998-3 Can't You See I've Got The Blues - 2:45(Sammy Davis, Jr., J. Dane)
Capitol 7870022   (1949)
Sears LPSPS-402 — Sammy Davis, Jr: Mr. Entertainment   (1965)
Pickwick LP3002 — The Many Faces Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1965)
Metro Doubles CD638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
All titles on: Capitol CDC2-94071 — Capitol Collectors Series: Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1990)
EMI Gold CD5-90276-2 — The Capitol Years   (2003)

Date: 22 July 1949
Location: Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood
Label: Capitol

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), members of The Woody Herman Orchestra (acc), Dave Cavanaugh (arr, con, ts), Gerald Wiggins (p), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a. 4691-1 Dreamy Blues - 2:55(Bobby Black)
Capitol 7870038   (1949)
b. 4692-1 What Can I Do - 2:48(Sammy Davis, Jr.)
Capitol 7870038   (1949)
c. 4693-2 Got A Great Big Shovel - 2:37(Richard Elliot)
Capitol 7870052   (1949)
DRG CD19111 — The Capitol Years   (2008)
d. 4694-3 We're Gonna Roll - 2:07(Bobby Black)
Capitol 7870052   (1949)
DRG CD19111 — The Capitol Years   (2008)
All titles on: Capitol CDC2-94071 — Capitol Collectors Series: Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1990)
EMI Gold CD5-90276-2 — The Capitol Years   (2003)

"Dreamy Blues" and "What Can I Do" recorded under the name 'Charlie Green'.
"Got A Great Big Shovel" and "We're Gonna Roll" recorded under the name 'Shorty Muggins'.


Date: 29 July 1949
Location: Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood
Label: Capitol

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Dave Cavanaugh (arr, con, ts), Mickey Mangano (t), Gus Bivona (as), Art Hulette (bar), Mike Rubin (b), Gerald Wiggins (p), Don Lamond (d), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v, tap)

a. 4740-2 Smile, Darn Ya, Smile - 2:33(Max Rich, Charles O'Flynn, Jack Meskill)
Capitol 7870045   (1949)
Capitol EPEAP-555 — Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1954)
Rhino CDR2-75972 — Yes I Can! The Sammy Davis, Jr. Story   (1999)
Naxos Nostalgia CD8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
DRG CD19111 — The Capitol Years   (2008)
Metro Doubles CD638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
b. 4741-2 Dedicated To You - 3:05(Sammy Cahn, Saul Chaplin, Hy Zaret)
Capitol 781050   (1950)
Brunswick 7805583   (1956)
DRG CD19111 — The Capitol Years   (2008)
c. 4742-2 Azure - 2:21(Duke Ellington, Irving Mills)
Capitol 7870045   (1949)
Brunswick 7805583   (1956)
Naxos Nostalgia CD8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
DRG CD19111 — The Capitol Years   (2008)
d. 4743-2 Inka Dinka Doo - 3:01(Jimmy Durante, Ben Ryan)
Capitol 78943   (1950)
All titles on: Sears LPSPS-402 — Sammy Davis, Jr: Mr. Entertainment   (1965)
Pickwick LP3002 — The Many Faces Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1965)
Capitol CDC2-94071 — Capitol Collectors Series: Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1990)
EMI Gold CD5-90276-2 — The Capitol Years   (2003)

Sammy Davis, Jr. (tap) on a.


Date: 9 December 1949
Location: Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood
Label: Capitol

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Dave Cavanaugh (arr, con, ts), Mickey Mangano (t), Red Benson, Lloyd Elliott, Bill Shaffer (tb), Joe Koch (bar), Mike Rubin (b), Gerald Wiggins (p), Lee Young (d), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a. 5264-6 Yours Is My Heart Alone - 2:23(Harry Bache Smith, Franz Lehar)
Capitol 78822   (1950)
DRG CD19111 — The Capitol Years   (2008)
Metro Doubles CD638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
b. 5265-2 Wagon Wheels - 2:15(Peter DeRose, Billy Hill)
Capitol 78822   (1950)
Sears LPSPS-402 — Sammy Davis, Jr: Mr. Entertainment   (1965)
Pickwick LP3002 — The Many Faces Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1965)
DRG CD19111 — The Capitol Years   (2008)
c. 5266-2 Laura - 2:29(Johnny Mercer, David Raksin)
Capitol 78943   (1950)
Sears LPSPS-402 — Sammy Davis, Jr: Mr. Entertainment   (1965)
Pickwick LP3002 — The Many Faces Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1965)
Capitol CD2-82952-1 — Capitol Goes To The Movies ("Capitol From The Vaults" Series, Volume 7)   (2001)
Metro Doubles CD638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
d. 5267-2 Here Lies Love - 2:41(Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger)
Sears LPSPS-402 — Sammy Davis, Jr: Mr. Entertainment   (1965)
Pickwick LP3002 — The Many Faces Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1965)
DRG CD19111 — The Capitol Years   (2008)
All titles on: Capitol CDC2-94071 — Capitol Collectors Series: Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1990)
EMI Gold CD5-90276-2 — The Capitol Years   (2003)

Date: 14 April 1953
Label: DDR

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Morty Stevens' Orchestra (acc), Morty Stevens (dir), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a. 101 Who Needs Spring? - 2:50(Morris Charlap, Berl Rotfeld)
DDR 78102   (1953)
b. 102 The Gypsy In My Soul - 2:34(Clay A. Boland, Moe Jaffe)
DDR 78102   (1953)
Rainbow EPPromo — Galaxy Of Stars (Signal Toothpaste Promo)   (1957)
Pickwick CD1-14222-4 — Lounge Sensations: Ring-a-Ding Swing!   (1999)
Rhino CDR2-75972 — Yes I Can! The Sammy Davis, Jr. Story   (1999)
Naxos Nostalgia CD8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
Metro Doubles CD638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
c. 103 Chloe - 2:23(Gus Kahn, Charles Daniels, Neil Moret)
d. 104 Why Do I Worry? - 2:59(Fishman)
All titles on: Bravo (UK) EPBR-303   (1964)
Design LPDLP-22 — Sammy Jumps With Joya   (1957)
Design LPDLP-146 — Spotlight On Sammy Davis, Jr. And Joya Sherrill   (1967)

These four recordings were made during the period between Sammy's Capitol and Decca recording contracts, probably due to Sammy's burgeoning popularity. A single was released on an independent label called DDR, but all four performances did not see the light of day until they were released on a Design LP in 1957 alongside six songs by Joya Sherrill. This was not a duet album and Sherrill's recordings were made seperately.


Sammy Davis, Jr. signs for Decca Records

At the beginning of 1954, Sammy Davis, Jr. was a bona fide star. A much heralded performance at Ciro's on the Sunset Strip in March 1951 had led to the Will Mastin Trio crossing the country playing the nation's hottest clubs, including the Flamingo in Las Vegas, the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, the Beachcomber in Miami Beach, and the Riviera in New Jersey (where Sammy met Morty Stevens, a clarinetist in the Riviera house band who would soon become Davis' on-the-road arranger and conductor).

Davis and the Trio had started appearing on television, including Ed Sullivan's The Toast of the Town, and Eddie Cantor's The Colgate Comedy Hour in 1952. ABC Television even commissioned a $200,000 pilot for a TV sitcom starring the Trio in 1953. Although the pilot was not picked up, this was a groundbreaking achievement for an African American entertainer.

1954, though, would be the year Sammy really hit the big time. In March, the Trio headlined the famous Copacabana in New York. Just as importantly, he appeared at the Last Frontier in Las Vegas in February and November with special contract conditions - the Trio were allowed to stay in the Frontier's best suites (not in an African American hotel across town) and had free run of the facilities - the casino, restaurants, pool. This was one of the first, and probably the first, such deal, and was a landmark achievement in breaking the colour barrier in Las Vegas.

Four years after his experience with Capitol Records, Davis had a much better command of his craft. But he was still reluctant to sign another recording contact, fearing a repeat of his Capitol experience. Milt Gabler, an executive at Decca Records, finally convinced Davis to sign in early 1954. This time everything fell into place. His very first single, "Hey There", climbed to #1 on the Cash Box Record Charts on September 25, and stayed there for 8 weeks. Davis' first LP, "Starring Sammy Davis, Jr." also rose to #1 after it was released in April, 1955. Davis would remain with Decca until he moved to Frank Sinatra's new Reprise label in 1960.


Date: 26 May 1954
Location: Decca Recording Studios, Los Angeles
Label: Decca

Peggy Lee (ldr), The Sy Oliver Orchestra (acc), Sy Oliver (dir), Peggy Lee (v), Sammy Davis, Jr. (tap)

a. L 7715 The Gypsy With Fire In His Shoes - 2:52(Peggy Lee, Laurindo Almeida)
Brunswick 7805671   (1957)
Decca 4530117   (1957)
Decca LPDL-4461 — The Fabulous Peggy Lee   (1964)

Davis was brought in to add heel dancing to this recording when the initial recordings using Dan Dailey didn't work out. It is unlikely the grumbled asides in Spanish heard are also Davis. He does not sing.


Date: 7 June 1954
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York
Label: Decca

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), The Sy Oliver Orchestra (acc), Sy Oliver (dir), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a. 86370 Hey There - 2:46(Richard Adler, Jerry Ross)
Decca 7829199   (1954)
Brunswick 7805469   (1955)
Decca 459-29199   (1955)
Decca EPED-2214   (1955)
Decca LPDXSB-7192 — The Best Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1966)
MCA LPMCA2-4109 — Hey There! It's Sammy Davis, Jr. At His Dynamite Greatest   (1977)
MCA LP082.052-2 — Star Gold   (1977)
Garland CDGRZ-018 — Greatest Hits   (1988)
MCA CDMCAD-10101 — The Decca Years   (1990)
Rainbow CD031 — The Very Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr (Vol 1)   (1990)
MCA CDMCAD-18354 — My Greatest Songs   (1991)
Music Club CDMCCD-140 — The Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr.   (1993)
MCA CDMCAD-20198 — That Old Black Magic   (1995)
Half Moon CDHMNCD-045 — The Song And Dance Man   (1999)
Rhino CDR2-75972 — Yes I Can! The Sammy Davis, Jr. Story   (1999)
Universal CD5-84916-2 — The Candy Man Swings   (2002)
Prism Leisure CDPLATCD-1323 — "The Pajama Game" (Broadway Musicals Series)   (2005)
Naxos Nostalgia CD8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
Hip-O CDB000537802 — The Definitive Collection   (2006)
Micro Werks CDMW-013 — Sammy's Swinginest Sides   (2009)
Metro Doubles CD638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
Jasmine CDJASCD-596 (mono) — The Song And Dance Man - Hits Of The '50s And More   (2011)
b. 86371 And This Is My Beloved - 2:53(Robert Craig Wright, George Forrest)
Decca 7829199   (1954)
Brunswick 7805409   (1955)
Decca 459-29199   (1955)
Decca EPED-2214   (1955)
Naxos Nostalgia CD8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
Jasmine CDJASCD-596 (mono) — The Song And Dance Man - Hits Of The '50s And More   (2011)
c. 86372 Lonesome Road - 2:09(Nathaniel Shilkrat, Gene Austin)
Decca EPED-2216   (1955)
Vocalion LPVL-73827 — Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1963)
MCA LPMCA2-4109 — Hey There! It's Sammy Davis, Jr. At His Dynamite Greatest   (1977)
MCA LP082.052-2 — Star Gold   (1977)
MCA (Japan) CD35XD-509 — Best 20 Songs   (1986)
Rainbow CD031 — The Very Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr (Vol 1)   (1990)
Naxos Nostalgia CD8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
d. 86373/4 Because Of You - 5:26(Arthur Hammerstein, Dudley Wilkinson)
Brunswick 7805326   (1954)
Decca 7829200   (1954)
Decca 459-29200   (1954)
Decca EPED-2216   (1955)
RCA Victor LPF8-MR-7174 — Christmas Seal Sale 1955   (1955)
Decca LPDXSB-7192 — The Best Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1966)
MCA CDMCAD-10101 — The Decca Years   (1990)
Naxos Nostalgia CD8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
Micro Werks CDMW-013 — Sammy's Swinginest Sides   (2009)
Jasmine CDJASCD-596 (mono) — The Song And Dance Man - Hits Of The '50s And More   (2011)
e. 86375 September Song - 2:51(Kurt Weill, Maxwell Anderson)
Decca EPED-2215   (1955)
Decca LPDXSB-7192 — The Best Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1966)
MCA LPMCA2-4109 — Hey There! It's Sammy Davis, Jr. At His Dynamite Greatest   (1977)
MCA LP082.052-2 — Star Gold   (1977)
MCA (Japan) CD35XD-509 — Best 20 Songs   (1986)
Rainbow CD031 — The Very Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr (Vol 1)   (1990)
Big Artist Album CDEX-3084 — It's Magic   (1991)
Music Club CDMCCD-140 — The Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr.   (1993)
Starlite CDCDS-51119 — Rat Pack Is Back   (1996)
Half Moon CDHMNCD-045 — The Song And Dance Man   (1999)
Jasmine CDJASCD-596 (mono) — The Song And Dance Man - Hits Of The '50s And More   (2011)
All titles on: Decca LPDL-8118 — Starring Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1955)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM-749-2 — Starring Sammy Davis, Jr.   (2007)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)

Date: 16 September 1954
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York
Label: Decca

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Morty Stevens' Orchestra (acc), Morty Stevens (dir), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a. 86787 Glad To Be Unhappy - 3:05(Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
Decca 7829310   (1954)
Brunswick 7805389   (1955)
Decca 459-29310   (1954)
Decca EPED-2214   (1955)
Decca LPDL-8118 — Starring Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1955)
Vocalion LPVL-73827 — Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1963)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM-749-2 — Starring Sammy Davis, Jr.   (2007)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
Micro Werks CDMW-013 — Sammy's Swinginest Sides   (2009)
b. 86788 The Red Grapes - 2:49(Ross Bagdasarian, Frank Cady)
Decca 7829310   (1954)
Brunswick 7805409   (1955)
Decca 459-29310   (1954)
RCA Victor LPF8-MR-7174 — Christmas Seal Sale 1955   (1955)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
Jasmine CDJASCD-596 (mono) — The Song And Dance Man - Hits Of The '50s And More   (2011)
c. 86789 Love (Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere) - 2:10(Edmund Goulding, Elsie Janis)
Brunswick 7805383   (1955)
Decca 7829393   (1955)
Decca 459-29393   (1955)
Decca EPED-2423   (1956)
RCA Victor LPF8-MR-7174 — Christmas Seal Sale 1955   (1955)
Decca LPDL-8351 — Here's Lookin' At You   (1956)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
d. 86790 The Birth Of The Blues - 3:16(Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
Brunswick 7805383   (1955)
Decca 7829393   (1955)
Decca 459-29393   (1955)
MCA CDMCAD-10101 — The Decca Years   (1990)
MCA CDMCAD2-11120 — Stardust: The Classic Decca Hits And Standards Collection   (1994)
MCA CDMCAD-20198 — That Old Black Magic   (1995)
Half Moon CDHMNCD-045 — The Song And Dance Man   (1999)
Rhino CDR2-75972 — Yes I Can! The Sammy Davis, Jr. Story   (1999)
Capitol CD5-36452-2 — Eee-O 11: The Best Of The Rat Pack   (2001)
Hip-O CDB000537802 — The Definitive Collection   (2006)
Micro Werks CDMW-013 — Sammy's Swinginest Sides   (2009)
Metro Doubles CD638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
Jasmine CDJASCD-596 (mono) — The Song And Dance Man - Hits Of The '50s And More   (2011)

Date: 22 December 1954
Location: Decca Recording Studios, Los Angeles
Label: Decca

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Joseph Gershenson (dir), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a. L 8065 Six Bridges To Cross - 3:00(Henry Mancini, Jeff Chandler)
Decca 7829402   (1955)
Brunswick 7805389   (1955)
Decca 459-29402   (1955)
MCA CDMCAD-10101 — The Decca Years   (1990)
Jasmine CDJASCD-596 (mono) — The Song And Dance Man - Hits Of The '50s And More   (2011)
b. L 8066 All Of You - 2:41(Cole Porter)
Decca 7829402   (1955)
Brunswick 7805629   (1956)
Decca 459-29402   (1955)
Decca EPED-2608   (1958)
RCA Victor LPF8-MR-7174 — Christmas Seal Sale 1955   (1955)
Decca LPDL-4381 — Forget-Me-Nots For First Nighters   (1963)
MCA LPMCA2-4109 — Hey There! It's Sammy Davis, Jr. At His Dynamite Greatest   (1977)
MCA LP082.052-2 — Star Gold   (1977)
MCA (Japan) CD35XD-509 — Best 20 Songs   (1986)
MCA CDMCAD-10101 — The Decca Years   (1990)
Rainbow CD032 — The Very Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr (Vol 2)   (1990)
MCA CDMCAD-18354 — My Greatest Songs   (1991)
Half Moon CDHMNCD-045 — The Song And Dance Man   (1999)
Universal CD5-84916-2 — The Candy Man Swings   (2002)
Naxos Nostalgia CD8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
Metro Doubles CD638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
Jasmine CDJASCD-596 (mono) — The Song And Dance Man - Hits Of The '50s And More   (2011)
c. L 8067 Spoken For - 2:57(Mickey Rooney)
Decca EPED-2215   (1955)
Decca LPDL-8118 — Starring Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1955)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM-749-2 — Starring Sammy Davis, Jr.   (2007)
All titles on: Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)

Date: 26 January 1955
Location: Decca Recording Studios, Los Angeles
Label: Decca

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Joseph Gershenson (dir), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a. L 8150 Easy To Love - 2:23(Cole Porter)
Decca EPED-2214   (1955)
Vocalion LPVL-73827 — Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1963)
MCA CDMCAD-10101 — The Decca Years   (1990)
Rhino CDR2-75972 — Yes I Can! The Sammy Davis, Jr. Story   (1999)
Metro Doubles CD638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
b. L 8151 Stan' Up An' Fight - 4:06(Oscar Hammerstein II, George Bizet)
Decca EPED-2215   (1955)
MCA CDMCAD-10101 — The Decca Years   (1990)
Jasmine CDJASCD-596 (mono) — The Song And Dance Man - Hits Of The '50s And More   (2011)
c. L 8152 The Birth Of The Blues - 5:11(Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
Decca EPED-2216   (1955)
Decca LPDXSB-7192 — The Best Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1966)
MCA LPMCA2-4109 — Hey There! It's Sammy Davis, Jr. At His Dynamite Greatest   (1977)
MCA LP082.052-2 — Star Gold   (1977)
Rainbow CD031 — The Very Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr (Vol 1)   (1990)
Music Club CDMCCD-140 — The Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr.   (1993)
Naxos Nostalgia CD8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
d. L 8153 My Funny Valentine - 3:06(Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
Brunswick 7805469   (1955)
Decca EPED-2215   (1955)
MCA (Japan) CD35XD-509 — Best 20 Songs   (1986)
MCA CDMCAD-10101 — The Decca Years   (1990)
Big Artist Album CDEX-3084 — It's Magic   (1991)
Rhino CDR2-75972 — Yes I Can! The Sammy Davis, Jr. Story   (1999)
Metro Doubles CD638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
Jasmine CDJASCD-596 (mono) — The Song And Dance Man - Hits Of The '50s And More   (2011)
All titles on: Decca LPDL-8118 — Starring Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1955)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM-749-2 — Starring Sammy Davis, Jr.   (2007)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)

This recording of "The Birth Of The Blues" supposedly contains audience applause. It is more likely this is, in fact, a studio recording with 'canned' applause added later.


Date: 10 March 1955
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York
Label: Decca

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), The Sy Oliver Orchestra (acc), Sy Oliver (dir), Sam Taylor (ts), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a. 87521 That Old Black Magic - 3:17(Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
Brunswick 7805450   (1955)
Decca 7829541   (1955)
Decca 459-29541   (1955)
Garland CDGRZ-018 — Greatest Hits   (1988)
MCA CDMCAD-10101 — The Decca Years   (1990)
Rhino CDR2-71504 — Johnny Mercer ("Great American Songwriters" Series, Volume 2)   (1993)
MCA CDMCAD-20198 — That Old Black Magic   (1995)
Universal CD4-20936-4 — Legends Of Stage And Screen   (1996)
Rhino CDR2-75972 — Yes I Can! The Sammy Davis, Jr. Story   (1999)
Naxos Nostalgia CD8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
Hip-O CDB000537802 — The Definitive Collection   (2006)
Micro Werks CDMW-013 — Sammy's Swinginest Sides   (2009)
Metro Doubles CD638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
Jasmine CDJASCD-596 (mono) — The Song And Dance Man - Hits Of The '50s And More   (2011)
b. 87522 Don't Let Her Go - 2:58(Dean Reed)
Brunswick 4505617   (1956)
Decca EPED-2424   (1956)
Decca LPDL-8351 — Here's Lookin' At You   (1956)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
Jasmine CDJASCD-596 (mono) — The Song And Dance Man - Hits Of The '50s And More   (2011)
c. 87523 Something's Gotta Give - 2:03(Johnny Mercer)
Brunswick 7805428   (1955)
Decca 7829484   (1955)
Decca 459-29484   (1955)
Decca LPDL-4381 — Forget-Me-Nots For First Nighters   (1963)
Decca LPDXSB-7192 — The Best Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1966)
MCA LPMCA2-4109 — Hey There! It's Sammy Davis, Jr. At His Dynamite Greatest   (1977)
MCA LP082.052-2 — Star Gold   (1977)
Garland CDGRZ-018 — Greatest Hits   (1988)
MCA CDMCAD-10101 — The Decca Years   (1990)
Rainbow CD031 — The Very Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr (Vol 1)   (1990)
MCA CDMCAD-18354 — My Greatest Songs   (1991)
Music Club CDMCCD-140 — The Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr.   (1993)
MCA CDMCAD-20198 — That Old Black Magic   (1995)
Starlite CDCDS-51119 — Rat Pack Is Back   (1996)
Half Moon CDHMNCD-045 — The Song And Dance Man   (1999)
Rhino CDR2-75972 — Yes I Can! The Sammy Davis, Jr. Story   (1999)
Columbia CDCK-61595 — "What Women Want": Music From The Motion Picture   (2000)
Universal CD5-84916-2 — The Candy Man Swings   (2002)
Naxos Nostalgia CD8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
Hip-O CDB000537802 — The Definitive Collection   (2006)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
Micro Werks CDMW-013 — Sammy's Swinginest Sides   (2009)
Metro Doubles CD638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
Jasmine CDJASCD-596 (mono) — The Song And Dance Man - Hits Of The '50s And More   (2011)
d. 87524 It Started All Over Again - 2:46(Bill Carey, Carl Fischer)
Decca EPED-2423   (1956)
Decca LPDL-8351 — Here's Lookin' At You   (1956)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
e. 87525 Give A Fool A Chance - 3:04(Jerry Stevens)
Brunswick 7805450   (1955)
Decca EPED-2424   (1956)
Decca LPDL-8351 — Here's Lookin' At You   (1956)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
f. 87526 Love Me Or Leave Me - 2:56(Gus Kahn, Walter Donaldson)
Brunswick 7805428   (1955)
Decca 7829484   (1955)
Decca 459-29484   (1955)
Decca EPED-2608   (1958)
Vocalion LPVL-73827 — Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1963)
MCA (Japan) CD35XD-509 — Best 20 Songs   (1986)
MCA CDMCAD-10101 — The Decca Years   (1990)
Big Artist Album CDEX-3084 — It's Magic   (1991)
MCA CDMCAD-18354 — My Greatest Songs   (1991)
Music Club CDMCCD-140 — The Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr.   (1993)
MCA CDMCAD-20198 — That Old Black Magic   (1995)
Half Moon CDHMNCD-045 — The Song And Dance Man   (1999)
Rhino CDR2-75972 — Yes I Can! The Sammy Davis, Jr. Story   (1999)
Universal CD5-84916-2 — The Candy Man Swings   (2002)
Naxos Nostalgia CD8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
Hip-O CDB000537802 — The Definitive Collection   (2006)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
Micro Werks CDMW-013 — Sammy's Swinginest Sides   (2009)
Metro Doubles CD638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
Jasmine CDJASCD-596 (mono) — The Song And Dance Man - Hits Of The '50s And More   (2011)

Three of the recordings from this session made the Billboard Charts. "Something's Gotta Give" peaked at #9 and was on the charts for 11 weeks; "Love Me Or Leave Me" peaked at #12 and was on the charts for 12 weeks; "That Old Black Magic" peaked at #13 and was on the charts for 6 weeks.


Date: 2 May 1955
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York
Label: Decca

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Jack Pleis, Morty Stevens (dir), Sammy Davis, Jr., Carmen McRae (v)

a. 87848 A Man With A Dream - 2:52(Stella Unger, Victor Young)
Decca 7829541   (1955)
Decca 459-29541   (1955)
Naxos Nostalgia CD8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
b. 87849 In A Persian Market - 2:30(Albert W. Ketelbey, Hal David)
Brunswick 7805518   (1956)
Decca 7829759   (1956)
Decca 459-29759   (1956)
Decca EPED-2424   (1956)
Decca LPDL-8351 — Here's Lookin' At You   (1956)
MCA CDMCAD-18354 — My Greatest Songs   (1991)
Half Moon CDHMNCD-045 — The Song And Dance Man   (1999)
Universal CD5-84916-2 — The Candy Man Swings   (2002)
Naxos Nostalgia CD8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
Metro Doubles CD638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
Jasmine CDJASCD-596 (mono) — The Song And Dance Man - Hits Of The '50s And More   (2011)
c. 87850 A Fine Romance - 2:56(Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields)
Decca 7829620   (1956)
Decca 459-29620   (1956)
Decca EPED-2513   (1957)
Decca LPDL-8490 — Boy Meets Girl   (1957)
Big Artist Album CDEX-3084 — It's Magic   (1991)
MCA (Japan) CDMVCM-290 — Boy Meets Girl   (1993)
Verve CD314 589 546-2 — Boy Meets Girl: Sammy Davis, Jr. and Carmen McRae on Decca   (2005)
Naxos Nostalgia CD8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
Micro Werks CDMW-013 — Sammy's Swinginest Sides   (2009)
d. 87851 I Go For You - 2:58(Hal David, Leon Carr)
Decca 7829620   (1956)
Decca 459-29620   (1956)
MCA (Japan) CDMVCM-290 — Boy Meets Girl   (1993)
Verve CD314 589 546-2 — Boy Meets Girl: Sammy Davis, Jr. and Carmen McRae on Decca   (2005)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)

Jack Pleis (dir) on c-d; Morty Stevens (dir) on a-b; Carmen McRae (v) on c-d.


Date: 13 July 1955
Location: Decca Recording Studios, Los Angeles
Label: Decca

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), The Sy Oliver Orchestra (acc), Sy Oliver (dir), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a. L 8555 When Your Lover Has Gone - 3:14(Einar A. Swan)
Decca EPED-2286   (1955)
Decca LPDL-8170 — Just For Lovers   (1955)
Universal (Japan) CDUCCU-9151 — Just For Lovers   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM-748-2 — Just For Lovers   (2007)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
b. L 8556 It's The Talk Of The Town(Marty Symes, Al J. Neiburg, Jerry Livingston)
unissued
c. L 8557 The Nearness Of You - 3:40(Hoagy Carmichael, Ned Washington)
Brunswick 4505717   (1957)
Decca EPED-2424   (1956)
Decca LPDL-8351 — Here's Lookin' At You   (1956)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
d. L 8558 These Foolish Things - 4:06(Jack Strachey, Harry Link, Holt Marvell)
Decca EPED-2285   (1955)
Decca LPDL-8170 — Just For Lovers   (1955)
Music Club CDMCCD-140 — The Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr.   (1993)
Universal (Japan) CDUCCU-9151 — Just For Lovers   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM-748-2 — Just For Lovers   (2007)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
Metro Doubles CD638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)

Date: 14 July 1955
Location: Decca Recording Studios, Los Angeles
Label: Decca

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), The Sy Oliver Orchestra (acc), Sy Oliver (dir), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a. L 8559 You Do Something To Me - 2:19(Cole Porter)
Decca EPED-2285   (1955)
Decca LPDL-8170 — Just For Lovers   (1955)
MCA LPMCA2-4109 — Hey There! It's Sammy Davis, Jr. At His Dynamite Greatest   (1977)
MCA LP082.052-2 — Star Gold   (1977)
MCA (Japan) CD35XD-509 — Best 20 Songs   (1986)
Rainbow CD032 — The Very Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr (Vol 2)   (1990)
Universal (Japan) CDUCCU-9151 — Just For Lovers   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM-748-2 — Just For Lovers   (2007)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
Metro Doubles CD638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
b. L 8560 You're My Girl - 3:32(Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn)
Decca EPED-2285   (1955)
Decca LPDL-8170 — Just For Lovers   (1955)
Decca LPDXSB-7192 — The Best Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1966)
Universal (Japan) CDUCCU-9151 — Just For Lovers   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM-748-2 — Just For Lovers   (2007)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
c. L 8561 Tenderly - 3:45(Walter Gross, Jack Lawrence)
Decca EPED-2287   (1955)
Decca LPDL-8170 — Just For Lovers   (1955)
MCA (Japan) CD35XD-509 — Best 20 Songs   (1986)
Universal (Japan) CDUCCU-9151 — Just For Lovers   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM-748-2 — Just For Lovers   (2007)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
d. L 8562 It's Bigger Than You And Me - 2:21(Jule Styne, Leo Robin)
Brunswick 7805478   (1955)
Decca 7829649   (1955)
Decca 459-29649   (1955)
e. L 8563 A Foggy Day - 3:47(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
Decca EPED-2423   (1956)
Decca LPDL-8351 — Here's Lookin' At You   (1956)
MCA (Japan) CD35XD-509 — Best 20 Songs   (1986)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)

Date: 18 July 1955
Location: Decca Recording Studios, Los Angeles
Label: Decca

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), The Sy Oliver Orchestra (acc), Sy Oliver (dir), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a. L 8564 Back Track! - 2:27(Lynn Russel, Gilbert Becaud, Lee Wilson)
Brunswick 7805478   (1955)
Decca 7829649   (1955)
Decca 459-29649   (1955)
Vocalion LPVL-73827 — Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1963)
Jasmine CDJASCD-596 (mono) — The Song And Dance Man - Hits Of The '50s And More   (2011)
b. L 8565 The Clown - 3:19(Paul Frees, Ruby Raksin)
Decca EPED-2425   (1956)
Decca LPDL-8351 — Here's Lookin' At You   (1956)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
c. L 8566 Circus - 3:02(Bob Russell, Louis Alter)
Brunswick 7805611   (1956)
Decca 7829795   (1956)
Decca 459-29795   (1956)
Vocalion LPVL-73827 — Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1963)
Jasmine CDJASCD-596 (mono) — The Song And Dance Man - Hits Of The '50s And More   (2011)
d. L 8567 Body And Soul - 3:45(Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton, Johnny Green)
Decca EPED-2286   (1955)
Decca LPDL-8170 — Just For Lovers   (1955)
MCA (Japan) CD35XD-509 — Best 20 Songs   (1986)
Big Artist Album CDEX-3084 — It's Magic   (1991)
Universal (Japan) CDUCCU-9151 — Just For Lovers   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM-748-2 — Just For Lovers   (2007)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)

Date: 25 July 1955
Location: Decca Recording Studios, Los Angeles
Label: Decca

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Morty Stevens' Orchestra (acc), Morty Stevens (dir), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a. L 8572 Happy Ending - 2:37(Sylvia Fine)
Decca EPED-2287   (1955)
b. L 8573 The Thrill Is Gone - 4:21(Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
Decca EPED-2286   (1955)
c. L 8574 It's All Right With Me - 6:09(Cole Porter)
Decca EPED-2287   (1955)
Decca LPDXSB-7192 — The Best Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1966)
Music Club CDMCCD-140 — The Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr.   (1993)
d. L 8575 Come Rain Or Come Shine - 3:45(Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
Decca EPED-2286   (1955)
All titles on: Decca LPDL-8170 — Just For Lovers   (1955)
Universal (Japan) CDUCCU-9151 — Just For Lovers   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM-748-2 — Just For Lovers   (2007)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)

Date: 29 July 1955
Location: Decca Recording Studios, Los Angeles
Label: Decca

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Morty Stevens' Orchestra (acc), Morty Stevens (dir), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a. L 8596 Wait Till You See Her - 3:32(Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
Decca LPDL-4381 — Forget-Me-Nots For First Nighters   (1963)
b. L 8597 Get Out Of Town - 2:55(Cole Porter)
Decca EPED-2285   (1955)
Decca LPDL-8170 — Just For Lovers   (1955)
MCA LPMCA2-4109 — Hey There! It's Sammy Davis, Jr. At His Dynamite Greatest   (1977)
MCA LP082.052-2 — Star Gold   (1977)
Rainbow CD032 — The Very Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr (Vol 2)   (1990)
Universal (Japan) CDUCCU-9151 — Just For Lovers   (2006)
Collectors' Choice CDCCM-748-2 — Just For Lovers   (2007)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)

Date: 10 August 1955
Location: Decca Recording Studios, Los Angeles
Label: Decca

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Morty Stevens' Orchestra (acc), Morty Stevens (dir), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a. L 8638 Dangerous - 2:49(Unknown)
Brunswick 7805647   (1957)
Decca 7830158   (1957)
Decca 459-30158   (1957)
Vocalion LPVL-73827 — Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1963)
Jasmine CDJASCD-596 (mono) — The Song And Dance Man - Hits Of The '50s And More   (2011)
b. L 8639 Just One Of Those Things - 2:52(Cole Porter)
Brunswick 7805629   (1956)
Decca 7830035   (1957)
Decca 459-30035   (1957)
Decca EPED-2425   (1956)
Decca LPDL-8351 — Here's Lookin' At You   (1956)
Decca LPDXSB-7192 — The Best Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1966)
Half Moon CDHMNCD-045 — The Song And Dance Man   (1999)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
c. L 8640 She Always Knows - 2:31(Lenny Adelson, Imogen Carpenter)
Decca EPED-2423   (1956)
Decca LPDL-8351 — Here's Lookin' At You   (1956)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
d. L 8641 Blues To End The Blues - 3:16(Williams)
Decca EPED-2425   (1956)
Decca LPDL-8351 — Here's Lookin' At You   (1956)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)

Date: 16 August 1955
Location: Decca Recording Studios, Los Angeles
Label: Decca

Gary Crosby, Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Morty Stevens' Orchestra (acc), Morty Stevens (dir), Gary Crosby, Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a. L8642 Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive - 3:30(Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
b. L8643 Beat Me Daddy, Eight To The Bar - 3:01(Don Raye, Hughie Prince, Eleanor Sheehy)
Both titles on: Decca 7829737   (1955)
Decca 459-29737   (1955)

Date: 18 August 1955
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York
Label: Decca

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Jack Pleis' Orchestra (acc), Jack Pleis (dir), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a. 88530 Luck Be A Lady - 3:18(Frank Loesser)
Decca LPDL-4381 — Forget-Me-Nots For First Nighters   (1963)
Capitol CD8-75935-2 — High Rollers! From Las Vegas   (2005)
b. 88531 Sit Down, You're Rockin' The Boat - 3:19(Frank Loesser)
Vocalion LPVL-73827 — Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1963)
Music Club CDMCCD-140 — The Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr.   (1993)
Metro Doubles CD638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
c. 88532 Adelaide - 2:51(Frank Loesser)
Decca 7829672   (1955)
Decca 459-29672   (1955)
Vocalion LPVL-73827 — Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1963)
Naxos Nostalgia CD8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
d. 88533 I'll Know - 3:05(Frank Loesser)
Decca 7829672   (1955)
Decca 459-29672   (1955)
Decca LPDL-4381 — Forget-Me-Nots For First Nighters   (1963)
MCA CDMCAD-18354 — My Greatest Songs   (1991)
Music Club CDMCCD-140 — The Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr.   (1993)
Universal CD5-84916-2 — The Candy Man Swings   (2002)
Naxos Nostalgia CD8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
Metro Doubles CD638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
All titles on: Decca EPED-2308 — Guys And Dolls   (1956)
Jasmine CDJASCD-596 (mono) — The Song And Dance Man - Hits Of The '50s And More   (2011)

Date: 19 August 1955
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York
Label: Decca

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a. 88538/9 It's All Right With Me(Cole Porter)
Decca 7829700   (1956)

It is assumed this is an edited version of L8574 for inclusion on a 45 release.


Date: 10 November 1955
Location: Decca Recording Studios, Los Angeles
Label: Decca

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Morty Stevens' Orchestra (acc), Morty Stevens (dir), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a. L 8786 The Man With The Golden Arm - 3:08(Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
Brunswick 7805518   (1956)
Decca 7829759   (1956)
Decca 459-29759   (1956)
Naxos Nostalgia CD8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
b. L 8787 Frankie And Johnnie - 3:17(Johnny Green, Sammy Cahn)
Brunswick 7805611   (1956)
Decca 7829795   (1956)
Decca 459-29795   (1956)
Vocalion LPVL-73827 — Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1963)
MCA CDMCAD-10101 — The Decca Years   (1990)
Metro Doubles CD638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
Both titles on: Jasmine CDJASCD-596 (mono) — The Song And Dance Man - Hits Of The '50s And More   (2011)

Date: 23 January 1956
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York
Label: Decca

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Morty Stevens' Orchestra (acc), Morty Stevens (con), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v), The Will Mastin Trio (tap)

a. 89241 Too Close For Comfort - 2:18(Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener, George David Weiss)
Decca 7829861   (1956)
Brunswick 7805668   (1957)
Decca 459-29861   (1956)
Decca LPDL-9032 — "Mr. Wonderful" Original Cast Recording   (1956)
Decca LPDL-4381 — Forget-Me-Nots For First Nighters   (1963)
Decca LPDXSB-7192 — The Best Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1966)
MCA LPMCA2-4109 — Hey There! It's Sammy Davis, Jr. At His Dynamite Greatest   (1977)
MCA LP082.052-2 — Star Gold   (1977)
MCA CDMCAD-10101 — The Decca Years   (1990)
Rainbow CD031 — The Very Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr (Vol 1)   (1990)
MCA CDMCAD-10303 — "Mr. Wonderful" Original Cast Recording   (1991)
MCA CDMCAD-10051 — Broadway Classics, Vol. 1   (1991)
Decca CD11353 — Front Row Center: The Broadway Gold Box, 1935-1988   (1996)
Half Moon CDHMNCD-045 — The Song And Dance Man   (1999)
Rhino CDR2-75972 — Yes I Can! The Sammy Davis, Jr. Story   (1999)
Hip-O CDB000537802 — The Definitive Collection   (2006)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
Micro Werks CDMW-013 — Sammy's Swinginest Sides   (2009)
Metro Doubles CD638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
Jasmine CDJASCD-596 (mono) — The Song And Dance Man - Hits Of The '50s And More   (2011)
b. 89242 The World Is Mine (Tonight) - 3:13(George Posford, Andrew Marvel)
Brunswick 7805647   (1957)
Decca EPED-2425   (1956)
Decca LPDL-8351 — Here's Lookin' At You   (1956)
Decca LPDXSB-7192 — The Best Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1966)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
c. 89243 Jacques D'Iraque - 2:25(Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener, George David Weiss)
Decca 7829861   (1956)
Brunswick 7805668   (1957)
Decca 459-29861   (1956)
Jasmine CDJASCD-596 (mono) — The Song And Dance Man - Hits Of The '50s And More   (2011)
d. 89244 Without You I'm Nothing - 2:55(George David Weiss, Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener)
Decca 7829929   (1956)
Decca 459-29929   (1956)

The Will Mastin Trio (tap) on c.


Date: 24 January 1956
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York
Label: Decca

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Morty Stevens' Orchestra (acc), Morty Stevens (con), Sam Taylor (sax), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a. 89253 Get Out Of The Car (Uh, Oh!) - 2:56(Claude Trenier, Cliff Trenier)
Decca 7829929   (1956)
Decca 459-29929   (1956)
Micro Werks CDMW-013 — Sammy's Swinginest Sides   (2009)
b. 89254 There - 2:45(Lawrence Holofcener, George David Weiss, Jerry Bock)
Decca LPDL-9032 — "Mr. Wonderful" Original Cast Recording   (1956)
MCA CDMCAD-10303 — "Mr. Wonderful" Original Cast Recording   (1991)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)

Sam Taylor (sax) on a.


Date: 24 January 1956
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York
Label: Decca

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Morty Stevens' Orchestra (acc), Morty Stevens (con), Jack Carter, Olga James, Pat Marshall (v), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v, tap)

a. Too Close For Comfort - 1:34(Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener, George David Weiss)
MCA CDMCAD-10051 — Broadway Classics, Vol. 1   (1991)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
b. Jacques D'Iraque - 3:15(Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener, George David Weiss)
c. Ethel, Baby - 2:18(Jerry Bock, George David Weiss, Lawrence Holofcener)
d. I've Been Too Busy - 2:56(Jerry Bock, George David Weiss, Lawrence Holofcener)
e. Without You I'm Nothing - 3:46(George David Weiss, Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener)
f. Sing You Sinners - 2:04(Sam Coslow, W. F. Harling)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
g. Mr. Wonderful - 1:57(Lawrence Holofcener, Jerry Bock, George David Weiss)
All titles on: Decca LPDL-9032 — "Mr. Wonderful" Original Cast Recording   (1956)
MCA CDMCAD-10303 — "Mr. Wonderful" Original Cast Recording   (1991)

Jack Carter (v) on d-e, g; Olga James (v) on c-d, g; Pat Marshall (v) on d, g; Sammy Davis, Jr. (tap) on a.


Date: 8 May 1956
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York
Label: Decca

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), The Sy Oliver Orchestra (acc), Sy Oliver (dir), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a. 89928 The Hurt That Time Won't Heal(Barry R. Laporte)
unissued
b. 89929 Five - 2:22(Billy Martin, Larry Martin)
Brunswick 7805594   (1956)
Decca 7829976   (1956)
Decca 459-29976   (1956)
MCA CDMCAD-18354 — My Greatest Songs   (1991)
Universal CD5-84916-2 — The Candy Man Swings   (2002)
Metro Doubles CD638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
Jasmine CDJASCD-596 (mono) — The Song And Dance Man - Hits Of The '50s And More   (2011)
c. 89930 Never Like This(Robert Wells, Mark W. McIntyre)
unissued
d. 89931 Specially For Little Girls - 2:58(Peter Cadby)
Decca 4530371   (1957)

Date: 29 May 1956
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York
Label: Decca

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Sy Oliver, Jack Pleis (dir), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a. 100043 The Lady's In Love With You - 2:39(Frank Loesser, Burton Lane)
Decca EPED-2507   (1957)
Decca LPDL-8486 — Sammy Swings   (1957)
b. 100044 You're Sensational - 3:00(Cole Porter)
Decca 7829976   (1956)
Brunswick 4505617   (1956)
Decca 459-29976   (1956)
Decca EPED-2608   (1958)
MCA LPMCA2-4109 — Hey There! It's Sammy Davis, Jr. At His Dynamite Greatest   (1977)
MCA LP082.052-2 — Star Gold   (1977)
Rainbow CD032 — The Very Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr (Vol 2)   (1990)
Micro Werks CDMW-013 — Sammy's Swinginest Sides   (2009)
Jasmine CDJASCD-596 (mono) — The Song And Dance Man - Hits Of The '50s And More   (2011)
c. 100045 Goodbye, So Long, I'm Gone - 2:53(Robbie Kirk)
Brunswick 7805694   (1957)
Decca 7830300   (1957)
Decca 459-30300   (1957)
Jasmine CDJASCD-596 (mono) — The Song And Dance Man - Hits Of The '50s And More   (2011)
d. 100046 French Fried Potatoes And Ketchup - 2:11(Ben L. Trace, Clem Watts, Jack Fascinato)
Brunswick 7805694   (1957)
Decca 7830300   (1957)
Decca 459-30300   (1957)
Jasmine CDJASCD-596 (mono) — The Song And Dance Man - Hits Of The '50s And More   (2011)

Sy Oliver (dir) on c-d; Jack Pleis (dir) on a-b.


Date: 3 August 1956
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York
Label: Decca

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Jack Pleis' Orchestra (acc), Jack Pleis (dir), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a. 100380 The Gypsy In My Soul - 2:57(Clay A. Boland, Moe Jaffe)
Decca 4530479   (1956)
Decca EPED-2509   (1957)
Decca LPDL-8486 — Sammy Swings   (1957)
b. 100381 Never Like This - 2:22(Robert Wells, Mark W. McIntyre)
Brunswick 7805724   (1957)
Decca 7830111   (1957)
Decca 459-30111   (1957)
c. 100382 Earthbound - 3:12(Clive Richardson, Bob Musel, Jack Taylor)
Brunswick 7805594   (1956)
Decca 7830035   (1957)
Decca 459-30035   (1957)
MCA CDMCAD-18354 — My Greatest Songs   (1991)
Music Club CDMCCD-140 — The Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr.   (1993)
Universal CD5-84916-2 — The Candy Man Swings   (2002)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
Micro Werks CDMW-013 — Sammy's Swinginest Sides   (2009)
Jasmine CDJASCD-596 (mono) — The Song And Dance Man - Hits Of The '50s And More   (2011)
d. 100383 The White Witch of Jamaica(June Carroll, Arthur Siegel)
unissued
e. 100384 All Dressed Up And No Place To Go - 2:48(Frank Reardon, Ernest Schweikert)
Decca 4530479   (1956)
Decca LPDL-4381 — Forget-Me-Nots For First Nighters   (1963)

Date: 2 October 1956
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York
Label: Decca

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Morty Stevens' Orchestra (acc), Morty Stevens (dir), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a. 100689 New York's My Home - 3:11(Gordon Jenkins)
Decca 7830111   (1957)
Decca 459-30111   (1957)
Decca LPDL-4381 — Forget-Me-Nots For First Nighters   (1963)
Decca LPDXSB-7192 — The Best Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1966)
MCA CDMCAD-10101 — The Decca Years   (1990)
MCA CDMCAD-18354 — My Greatest Songs   (1991)
Music Club CDMCCD-140 — The Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr.   (1993)
Rhino CDR2-75832 — New York Songs   (1999)
Universal CD5-84916-2 — The Candy Man Swings   (2002)
Golden Stars CDGSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
Micro Werks CDMW-013 — Sammy's Swinginest Sides   (2009)
Metro Doubles CD638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
Jasmine CDJASCD-596 (mono) — The Song And Dance Man - Hits Of The '50s And More   (2011)
b. 100690 The Golden Key - 2:55(Abner Spector, Don Marcotte)
Brunswick 7805637   (1957)
Decca 7830189   (1957)
Decca 459-30189   (1957)
Jasmine CDJASCD-596 (mono) — The Song And Dance Man - Hits Of The '50s And More   (2011)
c. 100691 Signed, Sealed and Delivered(Cowboy Copas)
unissued
d. 100692 Moment Of Madness - 3:05(Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
Decca 4530479   (1956)

Date: 30 November 1956
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York
Label: Decca

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), The Sy Oliver Orchestra (acc), Sy Oliver (dir), Paul Cohen, Bernie Glow, Ernie Royal, Charlie Shavers (t), Robert Alexander, Frank Rehak, Frank Sorraco (tb), Tom Mitchell (tu), Sid Cooper, Dave McRae (as), Cy Lewitt, Rudy Tanza, Sam Taylor (ts), George Barnes (g), Dave Martin (p), Jimmy Crawford (d), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a. 101113 Begin The Beguine - 3:24(Cole Porter)
Decca EPED-2508 — The Swingin' Heart   (1957)
Decca LPDL-8486 — Sammy Swings   (1957)
Decca LPDXSB-7192 — The Best Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1966)
MCA LPMCA2-4109 — Hey There! It's Sammy Davis, Jr. At His Dynamite Greatest   (1977)
MCA LP082.052-2 — Star Gold   (1977)
MCA (Japan) CD35XD-509 — Best 20 Songs   (1986)
Rainbow CD032 — The Very Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr (Vol 2)   (1990)
Big Artist Album CDEX-3084 — It's Magic   (1991)
MCA CDMCAD-18354 — My Greatest Songs   (1991)
MCA CDMCAD-20198 — That Old Black Magic   (1995)
Starlite CDCDS-51119 — Rat Pack Is Back   (1996)
Half Moon CDHMNCD-045 — The Song And Dance Man   (1999)
Universal CD5-84916-2 — The Candy Man Swings   (2002)
Metro Doubles CD638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
b. 101114 All About Love - 2:32(Bill Dana, Robert Arthur)
Brunswick 7805637   (1957)
Decca 7830158   (1957)
Decca 459-30158   (1957)
Jasmine CDJASCD-596 (mono) — The Song And Dance Man - Hits Of The '50s And More   (2011)
c. 101115 Perdido - 2:31(Juan Tizol, Hans Lengsfelder, Ervin Drake)
Decca EPED-2509   (1957)
Decca LPDL-8486 — Sammy Swings   (1957)
MCA LPMCA2-4109 — Hey There! It's Sammy Davis, Jr. At His Dynamite Greatest   (1977)
MCA LP082.052-2 — Star Gold   (1977)
MCA (Japan) CD35XD-509 — Best 20 Songs   (1986)
Rainbow CD031 — The Very Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr (Vol 1)   (1990)
d. 101116 Temptation - 2:56(Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed)
Decca EPED-2507   (1957)
Decca LPDL-8486 — Sammy Swings   (1957)
MCA (Japan) CD35XD-509 — Best 20 Songs   (1986)

Date: 7 December 1956
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York
Label: Decca

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Sy Oliver (dir), Ernie Royal, Charlie Shavers, Paul Webster (t), Robert Alexander, Ward Silloway, Frank Sorraco (tb), Sid Cooper, Rudy Tanza (as), Sam Taylor, Lucky Thompson (ts), Dave McRae (bar), George Barnes (g), Sandy Block (b), Dave Martin (p), Jimmy Crawford (d), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a. 101132 Don't Get Around Much Anymore - 3:27(Duke Ellington, Bob Russell)
Decca EPED-2507   (1957)
Decca LPDL-8486 — Sammy Swings   (1957)
Decca LPDXSB-7192 — The Best Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1966)
MCA CDMCAD-20198 — That Old Black Magic   (1995)
Half Moon CDHMNCD-045 — The Song And Dance Man   (1999)
b. 101133 Oo-Shoo-Be-Doo-Be - 2:44(Joe Carroll, Billy Graham)
Decca EPED-2508 — The Swingin' Heart   (1957)
Decca LPDL-8486 — Sammy Swings   (1957)
MCA LPMCA2-4109 — Hey There! It's Sammy Davis, Jr. At His Dynamite Greatest   (1977)
MCA LP082.052-2 — Star Gold   (1977)
Rainbow CD032 — The Very Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr (Vol 2)   (1990)
Starlite CDCDS-51119 — Rat Pack Is Back   (1996)
c. 101134 By Myself - 2:57(Arthur Schwartz, Harold Dietz)
Decca EPED-2508 — The Swingin' Heart   (1957)
Decca LPDL-8486 — Sammy Swings   (1957)
Decca LPDXSB-7192 — The Best Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1966)
MCA LPMCA2-4109 — Hey There! It's Sammy Davis, Jr. At His Dynamite Greatest   (1977)
MCA LP082.052-2 — Star Gold   (1977)
Rainbow CD032 — The Very Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr (Vol 2)   (1990)
d. 101135 Signed, Sealed and Delivered(Cowboy Copas)
unissued

Date: 17 December 1956
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York
Label: Decca

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Jack Pleis' Orchestra (acc), Jack Pleis (dir), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a. 101206 Don'cha Go 'Way Mad - 2:45(Jimmy Mundy, Al Stillman, Illinois Jacquet)
Decca 4530371   (1957)
Decca EPED-2509   (1957)
Decca LPDL-8486 — Sammy Swings   (1957)
MCA LPMCA2-4109 — Hey There! It's Sammy Davis, Jr. At His Dynamite Greatest   (1977)
MCA LP082.052-2 — Star Gold   (1977)
Rainbow CD032 — The Very Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr (Vol 2)   (1990)
b. 101207 Long Before I Knew You - 2:59(Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne)
Brunswick 7805724   (1957)
Decca 7830189   (1957)
Decca 459-30189   (1957)
Decca LPDL-4381 — Forget-Me-Nots For First Nighters   (1963)
Jasmine CDJASCD-596 (mono) — The Song And Dance Man - Hits Of The '50s And More   (2011)
c. 101208 Will You Still Be Mine? - 2:47(Tom Adair, Matt Dennis)
Decca EPED-2509   (1957)
Decca LPDL-8486 — Sammy Swings   (1957)
Decca LPDXSB-7192 — The Best Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1966)
d. 101209 Comes Love - 2:45(Lew Brown, Sam Stept, Charles Tobias)
Decca EPED-2507   (1957)
Decca LPDL-8486 — Sammy Swings   (1957)

Sessions Reported: 33

Performances Reported: 125

Unique Songs Reported: 117

Unique Issues Reported: 157