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 78: 15390   (1949)
     Naxos Nostalgia CD: 8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
     DRG CD: 19111 — The Capitol Years   (2008)
b.3862-2   The Way You Look Tonight - 3:10  (Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields)
     Capitol 78: 15390   (1949)
     Capitol EP: EAP-555 — Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1954)
     Capitol LP: T-2474 — Camp!   
     EMI Music CD: 8736182 — He Sings The Blues   (2005)
     Metro Doubles CD: 638 — 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 EP: EAP-555 — Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1954)
     Capitol CD: 8-35972-2 — Wild, Cool And Swingin' ("Ultra Lounge" Series, Volume 5)   (1997)
     DRG CD: 19111 — The Capitol Years   (2008)
     Metro Doubles CD: 638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
d.3864-2   I'm Sorry Dear - 2:42  (Anson Weeks, Harry Tobias, Johnnie Scott)
     Capitol 78: 1050   (1950)
     DRG CD: 19111 — The Capitol Years   (2008)
All titles on:      Capitol CD: C2-94071 — Capitol Collectors Series: Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1990)
     EMI Gold CD: 5-90276-2 — 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 78: 70004   (1949)
     Sears LP: SPS-402 — Sammy Davis, Jr: Mr. Entertainment   
     Pickwick LP: 3002 — The Many Faces Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1965)
     DRG CD: 19111 — The Capitol Years   (2008)
     Metro Doubles CD: 638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
b.3996-5   Be-Bop The Beguine - 2:45  (Richard Hazard, B. Jordan)
     Capitol 78: 70022   (1949)
     Rhino CD: R2-72239 — Swingin' Singles ("Cocktail Mix" Series, Volume 3)   (1996)
     DRG CD: 19111 — The Capitol Years   (2008)
     Metro Doubles CD: 638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
c.3997-2   You Are My Lucky Star - 2:33  (Arthur Freed, Nacio Herb Brown)
     Capitol 78: 70004   (1949)
     Capitol EP: EAP-555 — Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1954)
     Sears LP: SPS-402 — Sammy Davis, Jr: Mr. Entertainment   
     Pickwick LP: 3002 — The Many Faces Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1965)
     Capitol CD: 8-31774-2 — Hooray For Love: Capitol's Great Gentlemen Of Song (Volume 1)   (1995)
     DRG CD: 19111 — The Capitol Years   (2008)
d.3998-3   Can't You See I've Got The Blues - 2:45  (Sammy Davis, Jr., J. Dane)
     Capitol 78: 70022   (1949)
     Sears LP: SPS-402 — Sammy Davis, Jr: Mr. Entertainment   
     Pickwick LP: 3002 — The Many Faces Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1965)
     Metro Doubles CD: 638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
All titles on:      Capitol CD: C2-94071 — Capitol Collectors Series: Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1990)
     EMI Gold CD: 5-90276-2 — 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 78: 70038   (1949)
b.4692-1   What Can I Do - 2:48  (Sammy Davis, Jr.)
     Capitol 78: 70038   (1949)
c.4693-2   Got A Great Big Shovel - 2:37  (Richard Elliot)
     Capitol 78: 70052   (1949)
     DRG CD: 19111 — The Capitol Years   (2008)
d.4694-3   We're Gonna Roll - 2:07  (Bobby Black)
     Capitol 78: 70052   (1949)
     DRG CD: 19111 — The Capitol Years   (2008)
All titles on:      Capitol CD: C2-94071 — Capitol Collectors Series: Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1990)
     EMI Gold CD: 5-90276-2 — 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 78: 70045   (1949)
     Capitol EP: EAP-555 — Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1954)
     Rhino CD: R2-75972 — Yes I Can! The Sammy Davis, Jr. Story   (1999)
     Naxos Nostalgia CD: 8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
     DRG CD: 19111 — The Capitol Years   (2008)
     Metro Doubles CD: 638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
b.4741-2   Dedicated To You - 3:05  (Sammy Cahn, Saul Chaplin, Hy Zaret)
     Capitol 78: 1050   (1950)
     Brunswick 78: 05583   (1956)
     DRG CD: 19111 — The Capitol Years   (2008)
c.4742-2   Azure - 2:21  (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills)
     Capitol 78: 70045   (1949)
     Brunswick 78: 05583   (1956)
     Naxos Nostalgia CD: 8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
     DRG CD: 19111 — The Capitol Years   (2008)
d.4743-2   Inka Dinka Doo - 3:01  (Jimmy Durante, Ben Ryan)
     Capitol 78: 943   (1950)
All titles on:      Sears LP: SPS-402 — Sammy Davis, Jr: Mr. Entertainment   
     Pickwick LP: 3002 — The Many Faces Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1965)
     Capitol CD: C2-94071 — Capitol Collectors Series: Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1990)
     EMI Gold CD: 5-90276-2 — 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 78: 822   (1950)
     DRG CD: 19111 — The Capitol Years   (2008)
     Metro Doubles CD: 638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
b.5265-2   Wagon Wheels - 2:15  (Peter DeRose, Billy Hill)
     Capitol 78: 822   (1950)
     Sears LP: SPS-402 — Sammy Davis, Jr: Mr. Entertainment   
     Pickwick LP: 3002 — The Many Faces Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1965)
     DRG CD: 19111 — The Capitol Years   (2008)
c.5266-2   Laura - 2:29  (Johnny Mercer, David Raksin)
     Capitol 78: 943   (1950)
     Sears LP: SPS-402 — Sammy Davis, Jr: Mr. Entertainment   
     Pickwick LP: 3002 — The Many Faces Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1965)
     Capitol CD: 2-82952-1 — Capitol Goes To The Movies ("Capitol From The Vaults" Series, Volume 7)   (2001)
     Metro Doubles CD: 638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
d.5267-2   Here Lies Love - 2:41  (Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger)
     Sears LP: SPS-402 — Sammy Davis, Jr: Mr. Entertainment   
     Pickwick LP: 3002 — The Many Faces Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1965)
     DRG CD: 19111 — The Capitol Years   (2008)
All titles on:      Capitol CD: C2-94071 — Capitol Collectors Series: Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1990)
     EMI Gold CD: 5-90276-2 — The Capitol Years   (2003)

Date: ca. 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 78: 102   (1953)
b.102   The Gypsy In My Soul - 2:34  (Clay A. Boland, Moe Jaffe)
     DDR 78: 102   (1953)
     Rainbow EP: Promo — Galaxy Of Stars (Signal Toothpaste Promo)   (1957)
     Pickwick CD: 1-14222-4 — Lounge Sensations: Ring-a-Ding Swing!   (1999)
     Rhino CD: R2-75972 — Yes I Can! The Sammy Davis, Jr. Story   (1999)
     Naxos Nostalgia CD: 8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
     Metro Doubles CD: 638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
c.   Chloe - 2:23  (Gus Kahn, Charles Daniels, Neil Moret)
d.   Why Do I Worry? - 2:59  (Fishman)
All titles on:      Bravo (UK) EP: BR-303   (1964)
     Design LP: DLP-22 — Sammy Jumps With Joya   (1957)
     Design LP: DLP-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 78: 05671   (1957)
     Decca 45: 30117   (1957)
     Decca LP: DL-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 78: 29199   (1954)
     Brunswick 78: 05469   (1955)
     Decca 45: 9-29199   (1955)
     Decca EP: ED-2214   (1955)
     Decca LP: DXSB-7192 — The Best Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1966)
     MCA LP: MCA2-4109 — Hey There! It's Sammy Davis, Jr. At His Dynamite Greatest   (1977)
     MCA LP: 082.052-2 — Star Gold   (1977)
     Garland CD: GRZ-018 — Greatest Hits   (1988)
     MCA CD: MCAD-10101 — The Decca Years   (1990)
     Rainbow CD: 031 — The Very Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr (Vol 1)   (1990)
     MCA CD: MCAD-18354 — My Greatest Songs   (1991)
     Music Club CD: MCCD-140 — The Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr.   (1993)
     MCA CD: MCAD-20198 — That Old Black Magic   (1995)
     Half Moon CD: HMNCD-045 — The Song And Dance Man   (1999)
     Rhino CD: R2-75972 — Yes I Can! The Sammy Davis, Jr. Story   (1999)
     Universal CD: 5-84916-2 — The Candy Man Swings   (2002)
     Prism Leisure CD: PLATCD-1323 — "The Pajama Game" (Broadway Musicals Series)   (2005)
     Naxos Nostalgia CD: 8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
     Hip-O CD: B000537802 — The Definitive Collection   (2006)
     Micro Werks CD: 13 — Sammy's Swinginest Sides   (2009)
     Metro Doubles CD: 638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
b.86371   And This Is My Beloved - 2:53  (Robert Craig Wright, George Forrest)
     Decca 78: 29199   (1954)
     Brunswick 78: 05409   (1955)
     Decca 45: 9-29199   (1955)
     Decca EP: ED-2214   (1955)
     Naxos Nostalgia CD: 8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
c.86372   Lonesome Road - 2:09  (Nathaniel Shilkrat, Gene Austin)
     Decca EP: ED-2216   (1955)
     Vocalion LP: VL-73827 — Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1963)
     MCA LP: MCA2-4109 — Hey There! It's Sammy Davis, Jr. At His Dynamite Greatest   (1977)
     MCA LP: 082.052-2 — Star Gold   (1977)
     MCA (Japan) CD: 35XD-509 — Best 20 Songs   (1986)
     Rainbow CD: 031 — The Very Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr (Vol 1)   (1990)
     Naxos Nostalgia CD: 8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
d.86373/4   Because Of You - 5:26  (Arthur Hammerstein, Dudley Wilkinson)
     Brunswick 78: 05326   (1954)
     Decca 78: 29200   (1954)
     Decca 45: 9-29200   (1954)
     Decca EP: ED-2216   (1955)
     RCA Victor LP: F8-MR-7174 — Christmas Seal Sale 1955   (1955)
     Decca LP: DXSB-7192 — The Best Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1966)
     MCA CD: MCAD-10101 — The Decca Years   (1990)
     Naxos Nostalgia CD: 8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
     Micro Werks CD: 13 — Sammy's Swinginest Sides   (2009)
e.86375   September Song - 2:51  (Kurt Weill, Maxwell Anderson)
     Decca EP: ED-2215   (1955)
     Decca LP: DXSB-7192 — The Best Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1966)
     MCA LP: MCA2-4109 — Hey There! It's Sammy Davis, Jr. At His Dynamite Greatest   (1977)
     MCA LP: 082.052-2 — Star Gold   (1977)
     MCA (Japan) CD: 35XD-509 — Best 20 Songs   (1986)
     Rainbow CD: 031 — The Very Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr (Vol 1)   (1990)
     Big Artist Album CD: EX-3084 — It's Magic   (1991)
     Music Club CD: MCCD-140 — The Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr.   (1993)
     Starlite CD: CDS-51119 — Rat Pack Is Back   (1996)
     Half Moon CD: HMNCD-045 — The Song And Dance Man   (1999)
All titles on:      Decca LP: DL-8118 — Starring Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1955)
     Collectors' Choice CD: CCM-749-2 — Starring Sammy Davis, Jr.   (2007)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-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 78: 29310   (1954)
     Brunswick 78: 05389   (1955)
     Decca 45: 9-29310   (1954)
     Decca EP: ED-2214   (1955)
     Decca LP: DL-8118 — Starring Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1955)
     Vocalion LP: VL-73827 — Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1963)
     Collectors' Choice CD: CCM-749-2 — Starring Sammy Davis, Jr.   (2007)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
     Micro Werks CD: 13 — Sammy's Swinginest Sides   (2009)
b.86788   The Red Grapes - 2:49  (Ross Bagdasarian, Frank Cady)
     Decca 78: 29310   (1954)
     Brunswick 78: 05409   (1955)
     Decca 45: 9-29310   (1954)
     RCA Victor LP: F8-MR-7174 — Christmas Seal Sale 1955   (1955)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
c.86789   Love (Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere) - 2:10  (Edmund Goulding, Elsie Janis)
     Brunswick 78: 05383   (1955)
     Decca 78: 29393   (1955)
     Decca 45: 9-29393   (1955)
     Decca EP: ED-2423   (1956)
     RCA Victor LP: F8-MR-7174 — Christmas Seal Sale 1955   (1955)
     Decca LP: DL-8351 — Here's Lookin' At You   (1956)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
d.86790   The Birth Of The Blues - 3:16  (Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
     Brunswick 78: 05383   (1955)
     Decca 78: 29393   (1955)
     Decca 45: 9-29393   (1955)
     MCA CD: MCAD-10101 — The Decca Years   (1990)
     MCA CD: MCAD2-11120 — Stardust: The Classic Decca Hits And Standards Collection   (1994)
     MCA CD: MCAD-20198 — That Old Black Magic   (1995)
     Half Moon CD: HMNCD-045 — The Song And Dance Man   (1999)
     Rhino CD: R2-75972 — Yes I Can! The Sammy Davis, Jr. Story   (1999)
     Capitol CD: 5-36452-2 — Eee-O 11: The Best Of The Rat Pack   (2001)
     Hip-O CD: B000537802 — The Definitive Collection   (2006)
     Micro Werks CD: 13 — Sammy's Swinginest Sides   (2009)
     Metro Doubles CD: 638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)

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 78: 29402   (1955)
     Brunswick 78: 05389   (1955)
     Decca 45: 9-29402   (1955)
     MCA CD: MCAD-10101 — The Decca Years   (1990)
b.L 8066   All Of You - 2:41  (Cole Porter)
     Decca 78: 29402   (1955)
     Brunswick 78: 05629   (1956)
     Decca 45: 9-29402   (1955)
     Decca EP: ED-2608   (1958)
     RCA Victor LP: F8-MR-7174 — Christmas Seal Sale 1955   (1955)
     Decca LP: DL-4381 — Forget-Me-Nots For First Nighters   (1963)
     MCA LP: MCA2-4109 — Hey There! It's Sammy Davis, Jr. At His Dynamite Greatest   (1977)
     MCA LP: 082.052-2 — Star Gold   (1977)
     MCA (Japan) CD: 35XD-509 — Best 20 Songs   (1986)
     MCA CD: MCAD-10101 — The Decca Years   (1990)
     Rainbow CD: 032 — The Very Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr (Vol 2)   (1990)
     MCA CD: MCAD-18354 — My Greatest Songs   (1991)
     Half Moon CD: HMNCD-045 — The Song And Dance Man   (1999)
     Universal CD: 5-84916-2 — The Candy Man Swings   (2002)
     Naxos Nostalgia CD: 8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
     Metro Doubles CD: 638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
c.L 8067   Spoken For - 2:57  (Mickey Rooney)
     Decca EP: ED-2215   (1955)
     Decca LP: DL-8118 — Starring Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1955)
     Collectors' Choice CD: CCM-749-2 — Starring Sammy Davis, Jr.   (2007)
All titles on:      Golden Stars CD: GSS-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 EP: ED-2214   (1955)
     Vocalion LP: VL-73827 — Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1963)
     MCA CD: MCAD-10101 — The Decca Years   (1990)
     Rhino CD: R2-75972 — Yes I Can! The Sammy Davis, Jr. Story   (1999)
     Metro Doubles CD: 638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
b.L 8151   Stan' Up An' Fight - 4:06  (Oscar Hammerstein II, George Bizet)
     Decca EP: ED-2215   (1955)
     MCA CD: MCAD-10101 — The Decca Years   (1990)
c.L 8152   The Birth Of The Blues - 5:11  (Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
     Decca EP: ED-2216   (1955)
     Decca LP: DXSB-7192 — The Best Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1966)
     MCA LP: MCA2-4109 — Hey There! It's Sammy Davis, Jr. At His Dynamite Greatest   (1977)
     MCA LP: 082.052-2 — Star Gold   (1977)
     Rainbow CD: 031 — The Very Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr (Vol 1)   (1990)
     Music Club CD: MCCD-140 — The Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr.   (1993)
     Naxos Nostalgia CD: 8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
d.L 8153   My Funny Valentine - 3:06  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
     Brunswick 78: 05469   (1955)
     Decca EP: ED-2215   (1955)
     MCA (Japan) CD: 35XD-509 — Best 20 Songs   (1986)
     MCA CD: MCAD-10101 — The Decca Years   (1990)
     Big Artist Album CD: EX-3084 — It's Magic   (1991)
     Rhino CD: R2-75972 — Yes I Can! The Sammy Davis, Jr. Story   (1999)
     Metro Doubles CD: 638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
All titles on:      Decca LP: DL-8118 — Starring Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1955)
     Collectors' Choice CD: CCM-749-2 — Starring Sammy Davis, Jr.   (2007)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-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  (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
     Brunswick 78: 05450   (1955)
     Decca 78: 29541   (1955)
     Decca 45: 9-29541   (1955)
     Garland CD: GRZ-018 — Greatest Hits   (1988)
     MCA CD: MCAD-10101 — The Decca Years   (1990)
     Rhino CD: R2-71504 — Johnny Mercer ("Great American Songwriters" Series, Volume 2)   (1993)
     MCA CD: MCAD-20198 — That Old Black Magic   (1995)
     Universal CD: 4-20936-4 — Legends Of Stage And Screen   (1996)
     Rhino CD: R2-75972 — Yes I Can! The Sammy Davis, Jr. Story   (1999)
     Naxos Nostalgia CD: 8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
     Hip-O CD: B000537802 — The Definitive Collection   (2006)
     Micro Werks CD: 13 — Sammy's Swinginest Sides   (2009)
     Metro Doubles CD: 638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
b.87522   Don't Let Her Go - 2:58  (Dean Reed)
     Brunswick 45: 05617   (1956)
     Decca EP: ED-2424   (1956)
     Decca LP: DL-8351 — Here's Lookin' At You   (1956)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
c.87523   Something's Gotta Give - 2:03  (Johnny Mercer)
     Brunswick 78: 05428   (1955)
     Decca 78: 29484   (1955)
     Decca 45: 9-29484   (1955)
     Decca LP: DL-4381 — Forget-Me-Nots For First Nighters   (1963)
     Decca LP: DXSB-7192 — The Best Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1966)
     MCA LP: MCA2-4109 — Hey There! It's Sammy Davis, Jr. At His Dynamite Greatest   (1977)
     MCA LP: 082.052-2 — Star Gold   (1977)
     Garland CD: GRZ-018 — Greatest Hits   (1988)
     MCA CD: MCAD-10101 — The Decca Years   (1990)
     Rainbow CD: 031 — The Very Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr (Vol 1)   (1990)
     MCA CD: MCAD-18354 — My Greatest Songs   (1991)
     Music Club CD: MCCD-140 — The Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr.   (1993)
     MCA CD: MCAD-20198 — That Old Black Magic   (1995)
     Starlite CD: CDS-51119 — Rat Pack Is Back   (1996)
     Half Moon CD: HMNCD-045 — The Song And Dance Man   (1999)
     Rhino CD: R2-75972 — Yes I Can! The Sammy Davis, Jr. Story   (1999)
     Columbia CD: CK-61595 — "What Women Want": Music From The Motion Picture   (2000)
     Universal CD: 5-84916-2 — The Candy Man Swings   (2002)
     Naxos Nostalgia CD: 8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
     Hip-O CD: B000537802 — The Definitive Collection   (2006)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
     Micro Werks CD: 13 — Sammy's Swinginest Sides   (2009)
     Metro Doubles CD: 638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
d.87524   It Started All Over Again - 2:46  (Bill Carey, Carl Fischer)
     Decca EP: ED-2423   (1956)
     Decca LP: DL-8351 — Here's Lookin' At You   (1956)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
e.87525   Give A Fool A Chance - 3:04  (Jerry Stevens)
     Brunswick 78: 05450   (1955)
     Decca EP: ED-2424   (1956)
     Decca LP: DL-8351 — Here's Lookin' At You   (1956)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
f.87526   Love Me Or Leave Me - 2:56  (Gus Kahn, Walter Donaldson)
     Brunswick 78: 05428   (1955)
     Decca 78: 29484   (1955)
     Decca 45: 9-29484   (1955)
     Decca EP: ED-2608   (1958)
     Vocalion LP: VL-73827 — Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1963)
     MCA (Japan) CD: 35XD-509 — Best 20 Songs   (1986)
     MCA CD: MCAD-10101 — The Decca Years   (1990)
     Big Artist Album CD: EX-3084 — It's Magic   (1991)
     MCA CD: MCAD-18354 — My Greatest Songs   (1991)
     Music Club CD: MCCD-140 — The Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr.   (1993)
     MCA CD: MCAD-20198 — That Old Black Magic   (1995)
     Half Moon CD: HMNCD-045 — The Song And Dance Man   (1999)
     Rhino CD: R2-75972 — Yes I Can! The Sammy Davis, Jr. Story   (1999)
     Universal CD: 5-84916-2 — The Candy Man Swings   (2002)
     Naxos Nostalgia CD: 8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
     Hip-O CD: B000537802 — The Definitive Collection   (2006)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
     Micro Werks CD: 13 — Sammy's Swinginest Sides   (2009)
     Metro Doubles CD: 638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)

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  (Victor Young, Stella Unger)
     Decca 78: 29541   (1955)
     Decca 45: 9-29541   (1955)
     Naxos Nostalgia CD: 8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
b.87849   In A Persian Market - 2:30  (Albert W. Ketelbey, Hal David)
     Brunswick 78: 05518   (1956)
     Decca 78: 29759   (1956)
     Decca 45: 9-29759   (1956)
     Decca EP: ED-2424   (1956)
     Decca LP: DL-8351 — Here's Lookin' At You   (1956)
     MCA CD: MCAD-18354 — My Greatest Songs   (1991)
     Half Moon CD: HMNCD-045 — The Song And Dance Man   (1999)
     Universal CD: 5-84916-2 — The Candy Man Swings   (2002)
     Naxos Nostalgia CD: 8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
     Metro Doubles CD: 638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
c.87850   A Fine Romance - 2:56  (Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields)
     Decca 78: 29620   (1956)
     Decca 45: 9-29620   (1956)
     Decca EP: ED-2513   (1957)
     Decca LP: DL-8490 — Boy Meets Girl   (1957)
     Big Artist Album CD: EX-3084 — It's Magic   (1991)
     MCA (Japan) CD: MVCM-290 — Boy Meets Girl   (1993)
     Verve CD: 314 589 546-2 — Boy Meets Girl: Sammy Davis, Jr. and Carmen McRae on Decca   (2005)
     Naxos Nostalgia CD: 8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
     Micro Werks CD: 13 — Sammy's Swinginest Sides   (2009)
d.87851   I Go For You - 2:58  (Hal David, Leon Carr)
     Decca 78: 29620   (1956)
     Decca 45: 9-29620   (1956)
     MCA (Japan) CD: MVCM-290 — Boy Meets Girl   (1993)
     Verve CD: 314 589 546-2 — Boy Meets Girl: Sammy Davis, Jr. and Carmen McRae on Decca   (2005)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-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 EP: ED-2286   (1955)
     Decca LP: DL-8170 — Just For Lovers   (1955)
     Universal (Japan) CD: UCCU-9151 — Just For Lovers   (2006)
     Collectors' Choice CD: CCM-748-2 — Just For Lovers   (2007)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
b.L 8556   It's The Talk Of The Town  (Marty Symes, Jerry Livingston, Al J. Neiburg)
     unissued
c.L 8557   The Nearness Of You - 3:40  (Hoagy Carmichael, Ned Washington)
     Brunswick 45: 05717   (1957)
     Decca EP: ED-2424   (1956)
     Decca LP: DL-8351 — Here's Lookin' At You   (1956)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
d.L 8558   These Foolish Things - 4:06  (Jack Strachey, Harry Link, Holt Marvell)
     Decca EP: ED-2285   (1955)
     Decca LP: DL-8170 — Just For Lovers   (1955)
     Music Club CD: MCCD-140 — The Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr.   (1993)
     Universal (Japan) CD: UCCU-9151 — Just For Lovers   (2006)
     Collectors' Choice CD: CCM-748-2 — Just For Lovers   (2007)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
     Metro Doubles CD: 638 — 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 EP: ED-2285   (1955)
     Decca LP: DL-8170 — Just For Lovers   (1955)
     MCA LP: MCA2-4109 — Hey There! It's Sammy Davis, Jr. At His Dynamite Greatest   (1977)
     MCA LP: 082.052-2 — Star Gold   (1977)
     MCA (Japan) CD: 35XD-509 — Best 20 Songs   (1986)
     Rainbow CD: 032 — The Very Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr (Vol 2)   (1990)
     Universal (Japan) CD: UCCU-9151 — Just For Lovers   (2006)
     Collectors' Choice CD: CCM-748-2 — Just For Lovers   (2007)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
     Metro Doubles CD: 638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
b.L 8560   You're My Girl - 3:32  (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne)
     Decca EP: ED-2285   (1955)
     Decca LP: DL-8170 — Just For Lovers   (1955)
     Decca LP: DXSB-7192 — The Best Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1966)
     Universal (Japan) CD: UCCU-9151 — Just For Lovers   (2006)
     Collectors' Choice CD: CCM-748-2 — Just For Lovers   (2007)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
c.L 8561   Tenderly - 3:45  (Walter Gross, Jack Lawrence)
     Decca EP: ED-2287   (1955)
     Decca LP: DL-8170 — Just For Lovers   (1955)
     MCA (Japan) CD: 35XD-509 — Best 20 Songs   (1986)
     Universal (Japan) CD: UCCU-9151 — Just For Lovers   (2006)
     Collectors' Choice CD: CCM-748-2 — Just For Lovers   (2007)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
d.L 8562   It's Bigger Than You And Me - 2:21  (Leo Robin, Jule Styne)
     Brunswick 78: 05478   (1955)
     Decca 78: 29649   (1955)
     Decca 45: 9-29649   (1955)
e.L 8563   A Foggy Day - 3:47  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
     Decca EP: ED-2423   (1956)
     Decca LP: DL-8351 — Here's Lookin' At You   (1956)
     MCA (Japan) CD: 35XD-509 — Best 20 Songs   (1986)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-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  (Gilbert Becaud, Lee Wilson, Lynn Russel)
     Brunswick 78: 05478   (1955)
     Decca 78: 29649   (1955)
     Decca 45: 9-29649   (1955)
     Vocalion LP: VL-73827 — Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1963)
b.L 8565   The Clown - 3:19  (Ruby Raksin, Paul Frees)
     Decca EP: ED-2425   (1956)
     Decca LP: DL-8351 — Here's Lookin' At You   (1956)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
c.L 8566   Circus - 3:02  (Bob Russell, Louis Alter)
     Brunswick 78: 05611   (1956)
     Decca 78: 29795   (1956)
     Decca 45: 9-29795   (1956)
     Vocalion LP: VL-73827 — Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1963)
d.L 8567   Body And Soul - 3:45  (Edward Heyman, Johnny Green, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton)
     Decca EP: ED-2286   (1955)
     Decca LP: DL-8170 — Just For Lovers   (1955)
     MCA (Japan) CD: 35XD-509 — Best 20 Songs   (1986)
     Big Artist Album CD: EX-3084 — It's Magic   (1991)
     Universal (Japan) CD: UCCU-9151 — Just For Lovers   (2006)
     Collectors' Choice CD: CCM-748-2 — Just For Lovers   (2007)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-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 EP: ED-2287   (1955)
b.L 8573   The Thrill Is Gone - 4:21  (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
     Decca EP: ED-2286   (1955)
c.L 8574   It's All Right With Me - 6:09  (Cole Porter)
     Decca EP: ED-2287   (1955)
     Decca LP: DXSB-7192 — The Best Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1966)
     Music Club CD: MCCD-140 — The Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr.   (1993)
d.L 8575   Come Rain Or Come Shine - 3:45  (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
     Decca EP: ED-2286   (1955)
All titles on:      Decca LP: DL-8170 — Just For Lovers   (1955)
     Universal (Japan) CD: UCCU-9151 — Just For Lovers   (2006)
     Collectors' Choice CD: CCM-748-2 — Just For Lovers   (2007)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-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 LP: DL-4381 — Forget-Me-Nots For First Nighters   (1963)
b.L 8597   Get Out Of Town - 2:55  (Cole Porter)
     Decca EP: ED-2285   (1955)
     Decca LP: DL-8170 — Just For Lovers   (1955)
     MCA LP: MCA2-4109 — Hey There! It's Sammy Davis, Jr. At His Dynamite Greatest   (1977)
     MCA LP: 082.052-2 — Star Gold   (1977)
     Rainbow CD: 032 — The Very Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr (Vol 2)   (1990)
     Universal (Japan) CD: UCCU-9151 — Just For Lovers   (2006)
     Collectors' Choice CD: CCM-748-2 — Just For Lovers   (2007)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-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 78: 05647   (1957)
     Decca 78: 30158   (1957)
     Decca 45: 9-30158   (1957)
     Vocalion LP: VL-73827 — Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1963)
b.L 8639   Just One Of Those Things - 2:52  (Cole Porter)
     Brunswick 78: 05629   (1956)
     Decca 78: 30035   (1957)
     Decca 45: 9-30035   (1957)
     Decca EP: ED-2425   (1956)
     Decca LP: DL-8351 — Here's Lookin' At You   (1956)
     Decca LP: DXSB-7192 — The Best Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1966)
     Half Moon CD: HMNCD-045 — The Song And Dance Man   (1999)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
c.L 8640   She Always Knows - 2:31  (Lenny Adelson, Imogen Carpenter)
     Decca EP: ED-2423   (1956)
     Decca LP: DL-8351 — Here's Lookin' At You   (1956)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
d.L 8641   Blues To End The Blues - 3:16  (Williams)
     Decca EP: ED-2425   (1956)
     Decca LP: DL-8351 — Here's Lookin' At You   (1956)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-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 78: 29737   (1955)
     Decca 45: 9-29737   (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 LP: DL-4381 — Forget-Me-Nots For First Nighters   (1963)
     Capitol CD: 8-75935-2 — High Rollers! From Las Vegas   (2005)
b.88531   Sit Down, You're Rockin' The Boat - 3:19  (Frank Loesser)
     Vocalion LP: VL-73827 — Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1963)
     Music Club CD: MCCD-140 — The Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr.   (1993)
     Metro Doubles CD: 638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
c.88532   Adelaide - 2:51  (Frank Loesser)
     Decca 78: 29672   (1955)
     Decca 45: 9-29672   (1955)
     Vocalion LP: VL-73827 — Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1963)
     Naxos Nostalgia CD: 8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
d.88533   I'll Know - 3:05  (Frank Loesser)
     Decca 78: 29672   (1955)
     Decca 45: 9-29672   (1955)
     Decca LP: DL-4381 — Forget-Me-Nots For First Nighters   (1963)
     MCA CD: MCAD-18354 — My Greatest Songs   (1991)
     Music Club CD: MCCD-140 — The Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr.   (1993)
     Universal CD: 5-84916-2 — The Candy Man Swings   (2002)
     Naxos Nostalgia CD: 8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
     Metro Doubles CD: 638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
All titles on:      Decca EP: ED-2308 — Guys And Dolls   (1956)

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 78: 29700   (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 78: 05518   (1956)
     Decca 78: 29759   (1956)
     Decca 45: 9-29759   (1956)
     Naxos Nostalgia CD: 8.120833 — Hey There: Original Recordings 1949-1955   (2006)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
b.L 8787   Frankie And Johnnie - 3:17  (Sammy Cahn, Johnny Green)
     Brunswick 78: 05611   (1956)
     Decca 78: 29795   (1956)
     Decca 45: 9-29795   (1956)
     Vocalion LP: VL-73827 — Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1963)
     MCA CD: MCAD-10101 — The Decca Years   (1990)
     Metro Doubles CD: 638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)

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, tap), The Will Mastin Trio (tap)

a.89241   Too Close For Comfort - 2:18  (Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener, George David Weiss)
     Decca 78: 29861   (1956)
     Brunswick 78: 05668   (1957)
     Decca 45: 9-29861   (1956)
     Decca LP: DL-9032 — "Mr. Wonderful" Original Cast Recording   (1956)
     Decca LP: DL-4381 — Forget-Me-Nots For First Nighters   (1963)
     Decca LP: DXSB-7192 — The Best Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1966)
     MCA LP: MCA2-4109 — Hey There! It's Sammy Davis, Jr. At His Dynamite Greatest   (1977)
     MCA LP: 082.052-2 — Star Gold   (1977)
     MCA CD: MCAD-10101 — The Decca Years   (1990)
     Rainbow CD: 031 — The Very Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr (Vol 1)   (1990)
     MCA CD: MCAD-10303 — "Mr. Wonderful" Original Cast Recording   (1991)
     MCA CD: MCAD-10051 — Broadway Classics, Vol. 1   (1991)
     Decca CD: 11353 — Front Row Center: The Broadway Gold Box, 1935-1988   (1996)
     Half Moon CD: HMNCD-045 — The Song And Dance Man   (1999)
     Rhino CD: R2-75972 — Yes I Can! The Sammy Davis, Jr. Story   (1999)
     Hip-O CD: B000537802 — The Definitive Collection   (2006)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
     Micro Werks CD: 13 — Sammy's Swinginest Sides   (2009)
     Metro Doubles CD: 638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
b.   Too Close For Comfort - 1:34  (Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener, George David Weiss)
     Decca LP: DL-9032 — "Mr. Wonderful" Original Cast Recording   (1956)
     MCA CD: MCAD-10303 — "Mr. Wonderful" Original Cast Recording   (1991)
     MCA CD: MCAD-10051 — Broadway Classics, Vol. 1   (1991)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
c.89242   The World Is Mine (Tonight) - 3:13  (George Posford, Andrew Marvel)
     Brunswick 78: 05647   (1957)
     Decca EP: ED-2425   (1956)
     Decca LP: DL-8351 — Here's Lookin' At You   (1956)
     Decca LP: DXSB-7192 — The Best Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1966)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
d.89243   Jacques D'Iraque - 3:15  (Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener, George David Weiss)
     Decca 78: 29861   (1956)
     Brunswick 78: 05668   (1957)
     Decca 45: 9-29861   (1956)
     Decca LP: DL-9032 — "Mr. Wonderful" Original Cast Recording   (1956)
     MCA CD: MCAD-10303 — "Mr. Wonderful" Original Cast Recording   (1991)
e.89244   Without You I'm Nothing - 2:55  (Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener, George David Weiss)
     Decca 78: 29929   (1956)
     Decca 45: 9-29929   (1956)

Sammy Davis, Jr. (tap) on b; The Will Mastin Trio (tap) on d.


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, Sammy Davis, Jr., Olga James, Pat Marshall (v)

a.89253   Get Out Of The Car (Uh, Oh!) - 2:56  (Claude Trenier, Cliff Trenier)
     Decca 78: 29929   (1956)
     Decca 45: 9-29929   (1956)
     Micro Werks CD: 13 — Sammy's Swinginest Sides   (2009)
b.89254   There - 2:45  (Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener, George David Weiss)
     Decca LP: DL-9032 — "Mr. Wonderful" Original Cast Recording   (1956)
     MCA CD: MCAD-10303 — "Mr. Wonderful" Original Cast Recording   (1991)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
c.   Ethel, Baby - 2:18  (Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener, George David Weiss)
     Decca LP: DL-9032 — "Mr. Wonderful" Original Cast Recording   (1956)
     MCA CD: MCAD-10303 — "Mr. Wonderful" Original Cast Recording   (1991)
d.   Without You I'm Nothing - 3:46  (Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener, George David Weiss)
     Decca LP: DL-9032 — "Mr. Wonderful" Original Cast Recording   (1956)
     MCA CD: MCAD-10303 — "Mr. Wonderful" Original Cast Recording   (1991)
e.   Sing You Sinners - 2:04  (Sam Coslow, W. F. Harling)
     Decca LP: DL-9032 — "Mr. Wonderful" Original Cast Recording   (1956)
     MCA CD: MCAD-10303 — "Mr. Wonderful" Original Cast Recording   (1991)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
f.   I've Been Too Busy - 2:56  (Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener, George David Weiss)
     Decca LP: DL-9032 — "Mr. Wonderful" Original Cast Recording   (1956)
     MCA CD: MCAD-10303 — "Mr. Wonderful" Original Cast Recording   (1991)
g.   Mr. Wonderful - 1:57  (Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener, George David Weiss)
     Decca LP: DL-9032 — "Mr. Wonderful" Original Cast Recording   (1956)
     MCA CD: MCAD-10303 — "Mr. Wonderful" Original Cast Recording   (1991)

Jack Carter (v) on d, f-g; Olga James (v) on c, f-g; Pat Marshall (v) on f-g.


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 78: 05594   (1956)
     Decca 78: 29976   (1956)
     Decca 45: 9-29976   (1956)
     MCA CD: MCAD-18354 — My Greatest Songs   (1991)
     Universal CD: 5-84916-2 — The Candy Man Swings   (2002)
     Metro Doubles CD: 638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
c.89930   Never Like This  (Robert Wells, Mark W. McIntyre)
     unissued
d.89931   Specially For Little Girls - 2:58  (Peter Cadby)
     Decca 45: 30371   (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  (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
     Decca EP: ED-2507   (1957)
     Decca LP: DL-8486 — Sammy Swings   (1957)
b.100044   You're Sensational - 3:00  (Cole Porter)
     Decca 78: 29976   (1956)
     Brunswick 45: 05617   (1956)
     Decca 45: 9-29976   (1956)
     Decca EP: ED-2608   (1958)
     MCA LP: MCA2-4109 — Hey There! It's Sammy Davis, Jr. At His Dynamite Greatest   (1977)
     MCA LP: 082.052-2 — Star Gold   (1977)
     Rainbow CD: 032 — The Very Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr (Vol 2)   (1990)
     Micro Werks CD: 13 — Sammy's Swinginest Sides   (2009)
c.100045   Goodbye, So Long, I'm Gone - 2:53  (Robbie Kirk)
     Brunswick 78: 05694   (1957)
     Decca 78: 30300   (1957)
     Decca 45: 9-30300   (1957)
d.100046   French Fried Potatoes And Ketchup - 2:11  (Clem Watts, Ben L. Trace, Jack Fascinato)
     Brunswick 78: 05694   (1957)
     Decca 78: 30300   (1957)
     Decca 45: 9-30300   (1957)

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 45: 30479   (1956)
     Decca EP: ED-2509   (1957)
     Decca LP: DL-8486 — Sammy Swings   (1957)
b.100381   Never Like This - 2:22  (Robert Wells, Mark W. McIntyre)
     Brunswick 78: 05724   (1957)
     Decca 78: 30111   (1957)
     Decca 45: 9-30111   (1957)
c.100382   Earthbound - 3:12  (Clive Richardson, Bob Musel, Jack Taylor)
     Brunswick 78: 05594   (1956)
     Decca 78: 30035   (1957)
     Decca 45: 9-30035   (1957)
     MCA CD: MCAD-18354 — My Greatest Songs   (1991)
     Music Club CD: MCCD-140 — The Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr.   (1993)
     Universal CD: 5-84916-2 — The Candy Man Swings   (2002)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
     Micro Werks CD: 13 — Sammy's Swinginest Sides   (2009)
d.100383   The White Witch  (Unknown)
     unissued
e.100384   All Dressed Up And No Place To Go - 2:48  (Frank Reardon, Ernest Schweikert)
     Decca 45: 30479   (1956)
     Decca LP: DL-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 78: 30111   (1957)
     Decca 45: 9-30111   (1957)
     Decca LP: DL-4381 — Forget-Me-Nots For First Nighters   (1963)
     Decca LP: DXSB-7192 — The Best Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1966)
     MCA CD: MCAD-10101 — The Decca Years   (1990)
     MCA CD: MCAD-18354 — My Greatest Songs   (1991)
     Music Club CD: MCCD-140 — The Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr.   (1993)
     Rhino CD: R2-75832 — New York Songs   (1999)
     Universal CD: 5-84916-2 — The Candy Man Swings   (2002)
     Golden Stars CD: GSS-5459 — Classic Album Collection   (2007)
     Micro Werks CD: 13 — Sammy's Swinginest Sides   (2009)
     Metro Doubles CD: 638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
b.100690   The Golden Key - 2:55  (Abner Spector, Don Marcotte)
     Brunswick 78: 05637   (1957)
     Decca 78: 30189   (1957)
     Decca 45: 9-30189   (1957)
c.100691   Signed, Sealed and Delivered  (Unknown)
     unissued
d.100692   Moment Of Madness - 3:05  (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
     Decca 45: 30479   (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 EP: ED-2508 — The Swingin' Heart   (1957)
     Decca LP: DL-8486 — Sammy Swings   (1957)
     Decca LP: DXSB-7192 — The Best Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1966)
     MCA LP: MCA2-4109 — Hey There! It's Sammy Davis, Jr. At His Dynamite Greatest   (1977)
     MCA LP: 082.052-2 — Star Gold   (1977)
     MCA (Japan) CD: 35XD-509 — Best 20 Songs   (1986)
     Rainbow CD: 032 — The Very Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr (Vol 2)   (1990)
     Big Artist Album CD: EX-3084 — It's Magic   (1991)
     MCA CD: MCAD-18354 — My Greatest Songs   (1991)
     MCA CD: MCAD-20198 — That Old Black Magic   (1995)
     Starlite CD: CDS-51119 — Rat Pack Is Back   (1996)
     Half Moon CD: HMNCD-045 — The Song And Dance Man   (1999)
     Universal CD: 5-84916-2 — The Candy Man Swings   (2002)
     Metro Doubles CD: 638 — The Essential Sammy Davis Jnr   (2009)
b.101114   All About Love - 2:32  (Bill Dana, Robert Arthur)
     Brunswick 78: 05637   (1957)
     Decca 78: 30158   (1957)
     Decca 45: 9-30158   (1957)
c.101115   Perdido - 2:31  (Juan Tizol, Hans Lengsfelder, Ervin Drake)
     Decca EP: ED-2509   (1957)
     Decca LP: DL-8486 — Sammy Swings   (1957)
     MCA LP: MCA2-4109 — Hey There! It's Sammy Davis, Jr. At His Dynamite Greatest   (1977)
     MCA LP: 082.052-2 — Star Gold   (1977)
     MCA (Japan) CD: 35XD-509 — Best 20 Songs   (1986)
     Rainbow CD: 031 — The Very Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr (Vol 1)   (1990)
d.101116   Temptation - 2:56  (Arthur Freed, Nacio Herb Brown)
     Decca EP: ED-2507   (1957)
     Decca LP: DL-8486 — Sammy Swings   (1957)
     MCA (Japan) CD: 35XD-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 EP: ED-2507   (1957)
     Decca LP: DL-8486 — Sammy Swings   (1957)
     Decca LP: DXSB-7192 — The Best Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1966)
     MCA CD: MCAD-20198 — That Old Black Magic   (1995)
     Half Moon CD: HMNCD-045 — The Song And Dance Man   (1999)
b.101133   Oo-Shoo-Be-Doo-Be - 2:44  (Joe Carroll, Billy Graham)
     Decca EP: ED-2508 — The Swingin' Heart   (1957)
     Decca LP: DL-8486 — Sammy Swings   (1957)
     MCA LP: MCA2-4109 — Hey There! It's Sammy Davis, Jr. At His Dynamite Greatest   (1977)
     MCA LP: 082.052-2 — Star Gold   (1977)
     Rainbow CD: 032 — The Very Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr (Vol 2)   (1990)
     Starlite CD: CDS-51119 — Rat Pack Is Back   (1996)
c.101134   By Myself - 2:57  (Arthur Schwartz, Harold Dietz)
     Decca EP: ED-2508 — The Swingin' Heart   (1957)
     Decca LP: DL-8486 — Sammy Swings   (1957)
     Decca LP: DXSB-7192 — The Best Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1966)
     MCA LP: MCA2-4109 — Hey There! It's Sammy Davis, Jr. At His Dynamite Greatest   (1977)
     MCA LP: 082.052-2 — Star Gold   (1977)
     Rainbow CD: 032 — The Very Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr (Vol 2)   (1990)
d.101135   Signed, Sealed and Delivered  (Unknown)
     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 45: 30371   (1957)
     Decca EP: ED-2509   (1957)
     Decca LP: DL-8486 — Sammy Swings   (1957)
     MCA LP: MCA2-4109 — Hey There! It's Sammy Davis, Jr. At His Dynamite Greatest   (1977)
     MCA LP: 082.052-2 — Star Gold   (1977)
     Rainbow CD: 032 — The Very Best Of Sammy Davis Jnr (Vol 2)   (1990)
b.101207   Long Before I Knew You - 2:59  (Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green)
     Brunswick 78: 05724   (1957)
     Decca 78: 30189   (1957)
     Decca 45: 9-30189   (1957)
     Decca LP: DL-4381 — Forget-Me-Nots For First Nighters   (1963)
c.101208   Will You Still Be Mine? - 2:47  (Tom Adair, Matt Dennis)
     Decca EP: ED-2509   (1957)
     Decca LP: DL-8486 — Sammy Swings   (1957)
     Decca LP: DXSB-7192 — The Best Of Sammy Davis, Jr.   (1966)
d.101209   Comes Love - 2:45  (Sam Stept, Lew Brown, Charles Tobias)
     Decca EP: ED-2507   (1957)
     Decca LP: DL-8486 — Sammy Swings   (1957)

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