Sammy Davis, Jr. Studio Sessionography

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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

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)
b.3862-2   The Way You Look Tonight - 3:10  (Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields)
c.3863-5   Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone - 2:36  (Sam Stept, Sidney Clare)
d.3864-2   I'm Sorry Dear - 2:42  (Anson Weeks, Harry Tobias, Johnnie Scott)

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

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)
b.3996-5   Be-Bop The Beguine - 2:45  (Richard Hazard, B. Jordan)
c.3997-2   You Are My Lucky Star - 2:33  (Arthur Freed, Nacio Herb Brown)
d.3998-3   Can't You See I've Got The Blues - 2:45  (Sammy Davis, Jr., J. Dane)

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

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)
b.4692-1   What Can I Do - 2:48  (Sammy Davis, Jr.)
c.4693-2   Got A Great Big Shovel - 2:37  (Richard Elliot)
d.4694-3   We're Gonna Roll - 2:07  (Bobby Black)

"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

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)
b.4741-2   Dedicated To You - 3:05  (Sammy Cahn, Saul Chaplin, Hy Zaret)
c.4742-2   Azure - 2:21  (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills)
d.4743-2   Inka Dinka Doo - 3:01  (Jimmy Durante, Ben Ryan)

Sammy Davis, Jr. (tap) on a.


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

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)
b.5265-2   Wagon Wheels - 2:15  (Peter DeRose, Billy Hill)
c.5266-2   Laura - 2:29  (Johnny Mercer, David Raksin)
d.5267-2   Here Lies Love - 2:41  (Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger)

Date: ca. 1953

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)
b.102   The Gypsy In My Soul - 2:34  (Clay A. Boland, Moe Jaffe)
c.   Chloe - 2:23  (Gus Kahn, Charles Daniels, Neil Moret)
d.   Why Do I Worry? - 2:59  (Fishman)

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

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)

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

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)
b.86371   And This Is My Beloved - 2:53  (Robert Craig Wright, George Forrest)
c.86372   Lonesome Road - 2:09  (Nathaniel Shilkrat, Gene Austin)
d.86373/4   Because Of You - 5:26  (Arthur Hammerstein, Dudley Wilkinson)
e.86375   September Song - 2:51  (Kurt Weill, Maxwell Anderson)

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

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)
b.86788   The Red Grapes - 2:49  (Ross Bagdasarian, Frank Cady)
c.86789   Love (Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere) - 2:10  (Edmund Goulding, Elsie Janis)
d.86790   The Birth Of The Blues - 3:16  (Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)

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

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

a.L 8065   Six Bridges To Cross - 3:00  (Henry Mancini, Jeff Chandler)
b.L 8066   All Of You - 2:41  (Cole Porter)
c.L 8067   Spoken For - 2:57  (Mickey Rooney)

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

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

a.L 8150   Easy To Love - 2:23  (Cole Porter)
b.L 8151   Stan' Up An' Fight - 4:06  (Oscar Hammerstein II, George Bizet)
c.L 8152   The Birth Of The Blues - 5:11  (Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
d.L 8153   My Funny Valentine - 3:06  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)

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

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)
b.87522   Don't Let Her Go - 2:58  (Dean Reed)
c.87523   Something's Gotta Give - 2:03  (Johnny Mercer)
d.87524   It Started All Over Again - 2:46  (Bill Carey, Carl Fischer)
e.87525   Give A Fool A Chance - 3:04  (Jerry Stevens)
f.87526   Love Me Or Leave Me - 2:56  (Gus Kahn, Walter Donaldson)

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

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)
b.87849   In A Persian Market - 2:30  (Albert W. Ketelbey, Hal David)
c.87850   A Fine Romance - 2:56  (Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields)
d.87851   I Go For You - 2:58  (Hal David, Leon Carr)

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

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)
b.L 8556   It's The Talk Of The Town  (Marty Symes, Jerry Livingston, Al J. Neiburg)
c.L 8557   The Nearness Of You - 3:40  (Hoagy Carmichael, Ned Washington)
d.L 8558   These Foolish Things - 4:06  (Jack Strachey, Harry Link, Holt Marvell)

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

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)
b.L 8560   You're My Girl - 3:32  (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne)
c.L 8561   Tenderly - 3:45  (Walter Gross, Jack Lawrence)
d.L 8562   It's Bigger Than You And Me - 2:21  (Leo Robin, Jule Styne)
e.L 8563   A Foggy Day - 3:47  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

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

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)
b.L 8565   The Clown - 3:19  (Ruby Raksin, Paul Frees)
c.L 8566   Circus - 3:02  (Bob Russell, Louis Alter)
d.L 8567   Body And Soul - 3:45  (Edward Heyman, Johnny Green, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton)

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

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

a.L 8572   Happy Ending - 2:37  (Sylvia Fine)
b.L 8573   The Thrill Is Gone - 4:21  (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
c.L 8574   It's All Right With Me - 6:09  (Cole Porter)
d.L 8575   Come Rain Or Come Shine - 3:45  (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)

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

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)
b.L 8597   Get Out Of Town - 2:55  (Cole Porter)

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

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

a.L 8638   Dangerous - 2:49  (Unknown)
b.L 8639   Just One Of Those Things - 2:52  (Cole Porter)
c.L 8640   She Always Knows - 2:31  (Lenny Adelson, Imogen Carpenter)
d.L 8641   Blues To End The Blues - 3:16  (Williams)

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

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)

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

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)
b.88531   Sit Down, You're Rockin' The Boat - 3:19  (Frank Loesser)
c.88532   Adelaide - 2:51  (Frank Loesser)
d.88533   I'll Know - 3:05  (Frank Loesser)

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

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

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

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

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)
b.L 8787   Frankie And Johnnie - 3:17  (Sammy Cahn, Johnny Green)

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

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)
b.   Too Close For Comfort - 1:34  (Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener, George David Weiss)
c.89242   The World Is Mine (Tonight) - 3:13  (George Posford, Andrew Marvel)
d.89243   Jacques D'Iraque - 3:15  (Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener, George David Weiss)
e.89244   Without You I'm Nothing - 2:55  (Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener, George David Weiss)

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


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

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)
b.89254   There - 2:45  (Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener, George David Weiss)
c.   Ethel, Baby - 2:18  (Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener, George David Weiss)
d.   Without You I'm Nothing - 3:46  (Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener, George David Weiss)
e.   Sing You Sinners - 2:04  (Sam Coslow, W. F. Harling)
f.   I've Been Too Busy - 2:56  (Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener, George David Weiss)
g.   Mr. Wonderful - 1:57  (Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener, George David Weiss)

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

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)
b.89929   Five - 2:22  (Billy Martin, Larry Martin)
c.89930   Never Like This  (Robert Wells, Mark W. McIntyre)
d.89931   Specially For Little Girls - 2:58  (Peter Cadby)

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

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)
b.100044   You're Sensational - 3:00  (Cole Porter)
c.100045   Goodbye, So Long, I'm Gone - 2:53  (Robbie Kirk)
d.100046   French Fried Potatoes And Ketchup - 2:11  (Clem Watts, Ben L. Trace, Jack Fascinato)

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


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

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)
b.100381   Never Like This - 2:22  (Robert Wells, Mark W. McIntyre)
c.100382   Earthbound - 3:12  (Clive Richardson, Bob Musel, Jack Taylor)
d.100383   The White Witch  (Unknown)
e.100384   All Dressed Up And No Place To Go - 2:48  (Frank Reardon, Ernest Schweikert)

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

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)
b.100690   The Golden Key - 2:55  (Abner Spector, Don Marcotte)
c.100691   Signed, Sealed and Delivered  (Unknown)
d.100692   Moment Of Madness - 3:05  (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)

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

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)
b.101114   All About Love - 2:32  (Bill Dana, Robert Arthur)
c.101115   Perdido - 2:31  (Juan Tizol, Hans Lengsfelder, Ervin Drake)
d.101116   Temptation - 2:56  (Arthur Freed, Nacio Herb Brown)

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

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)
b.101133   Oo-Shoo-Be-Doo-Be - 2:44  (Joe Carroll, Billy Graham)
c.101134   By Myself - 2:57  (Arthur Schwartz, Harold Dietz)
d.101135   Signed, Sealed and Delivered  (Unknown)

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

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)
b.101207   Long Before I Knew You - 2:59  (Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green)
c.101208   Will You Still Be Mine? - 2:47  (Tom Adair, Matt Dennis)
d.101209   Comes Love - 2:45  (Sam Stept, Lew Brown, Charles Tobias)

Sammy Davis, Jr.'s artistic peak at Decca

At the beginning of 1957, in addition to being one of the country's top nightclub entertainers, a successful recording artist, and an in-demand television performer, Sammy Davis, Jr. was also a Broadway star. His show "Mr Wonderful" closed its run on Broadway on 23rd February, 1957, following 383 performances.

As this chapter in Sammy's career closed, another opened - dramatic acting. In addition to continuing to tour the country's night spots, over the next 3 years he would tape dramatic roles in two television anthology series, "General Electric Theatre" and "Zane Grey Theatre", play the role of escaped convict Glenn Griffin in a stage play production of "The Desperate Hours" (in Nov 1958), and star in two feature films: "Anna Lucasta", alongside Eartha Kitt (in May-Jun 1958), and Samuel Goldwyn's big-budget production of "Porgy and Bess", alongside Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge (in Sep-Dec 1958).

The period 1957-1960 contains the artistic peak of Davis' recording stint with Decca Records. This includes a swinging album with the Count Basie band (minus Count Basie himself for contractural reasons), a fantastic guitar-only album with Mundell Lowe, sessions featuring musical showstoppers arranged and conducted by Buddy Bregman, and two duet albums with Carmen McRae.

Very little of this material has seen wide reissue (outside of Japan, at least). As with Davis' 1954-1956 Decca output, there remains several unreleased recordings. Some of these recordings still exist (they were on eBay at one point around 2004) but with the Davis estate seemingly in continual disarray it is unlikely they will see the light of day any time soon.


Date: 18 February 1957
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York

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

a.101700   Tea For Two - 2:34  (Irving Caesar, Vincent Youmans)
b.101701   Cheek To Cheek - 3:58  (Irving Berlin)
c.101702   The Things We Did Last Summer - 3:06  (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne)
d.101703   They Didn't Believe Me - 2:54  (Jerome Kern, Anne Caldwell)
e.101704   Baby, It's Cold Outside - 3:11  (Frank Loesser)
f.101705   There's A Small Hotel - 3:27  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)

Date: 19 February 1957
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York

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

a.101706   People Will Say We're In Love - 3:16  (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II)
b.101707   Happy To Make Your Acquaintance - 3:11  (Frank Loesser)
c.101708   Two Sleepy People - 2:50  (Hoagy Carmichael, Frank Loesser)
d.101709   Who Cares - 2:35  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
e.101710   You're The Top - 3:02  (Cole Porter)

Date: 20 February 1957
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York

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

a.101742   They Can't Take That Away From Me - 2:03  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
b.101743   Fascinating Rhythm  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
c.101744   The House I Live In  (Earl Robinson, Lewis Allen)
d.101745   That Old Black Magic - 2:37  (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
e.101766   Black And White  (Earl Robinson, David Arkin)

Date: 15 May 1957
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York

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

a.102543   Mad Ball - 2:01  (Frederick M. Karger, Richard H. Quine)
b.102544   I Never Got Out Of Paris - 2:40  (Abner Silver, Roy Alfred)
c.102545   No Fool Like An Old Fool - 2:36  (Joseph Meyer, Joseph McCarthy)
d.102546   I Push My Heart Through A Horn  (Unknown)
e.102547   Fascinating Rhythm - 2:09  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
f.102548   Talihi  (Unknown)

Date: 1 July 1957
Location: Decca Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Morty Stevens (dir), Harry Edison, Virgil Evans, Conrad Gozzo (t), Milt Bernhardt, Frank Howard, George Roberts (tb), Harry Klein, Ronnie Lang (as), Don Raffell, Babe Russin (ts), Bob Lawson (bar), Robert Bain (g), Joe Comfort (b), Roger Renner (p), Alvin Stoller (d, bo), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v, tap)

a.L 10331   Better Luck Next Time - 2:43  (Irving Berlin)
b.L 10332   Can't Help Lovin' Dat Gal - 4:53  (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II)
c.L 10333   I Cover The Waterfront - 3:19  (Edward Heyman, Johnny Green)
d.L 10334   Traps And Taps - 2:12  (Sammy Davis, Jr., Alvin Stoller)

Alvin Stoller (bo) on d; Sammy Davis, Jr. (tap) on d.

The final recording here, "Traps and Taps", features only Sammy and Alvin Stoller (drums, bongos).


Date: 2 July 1957
Location: Decca Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Morty Stevens (dir), Babe Russin (ts), Harry Klee (f), Dan Lube, Marshall Sosson (vn), Alvin Dinken (vl), Eleanor Slatkin (vc), Robert Bain (g), Joe Comfort (b), Roger Renner (p), Alvin Stoller (d), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.L 10335   Where's That Rainbow - 3:27  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
b.L 10336   But Not For Me - 3:24  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
c.L 10337   Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry - 4:43  (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne)

Date: 9 July 1957
Location: Decca Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Jack Pleis (dir), Harry Edison, Virgil Evans, Conrad Gozzo (t), Milt Bernhardt, Frank Howard, George Roberts (tb), Harry Klein, Ronnie Lang (as), Don Raffell, Babe Russin (ts), Bob Lawson (bar), Robert Bain (g), Joe Comfort (b), Roger Renner (p), Irv Cottler (d), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.L 10351   Someone To Watch Over Me - 3:23  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
b.L 10352   I Can't Get Started - 3:29  (Ira Gershwin, Vernon Duke)
c.L 10353   Just In Time - 3:26  (Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green)
d.L 10354   Come Runnin'  (Roc Hillman)
e.L 10355   Don't Blame Me - 2:52  (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh)

Date: 10 July 1957
Location: Decca Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Jack Pleis (dir), Manny Klein (t), Babe Russin (ts), Harry Klee (f), Dan Lube, Marshall Sosson (vn), Paul Robyn (vl), Eleanor Slatkin (vc), Tony Rizzi (g), Mort Cobb (b), Roger Renner (p), Alvin Stoller (d), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.L 10356   It Never Entered My Mind - 4:05  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
b.L 10357   I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face - 2:47  (Alan Lerner, Frederick Loewe)
c.L 10358   Spring Is Here - 4:03  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)

Date: 6 September 1957
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York

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

a.103224   This Is The Night  (Lewis Bellin, Redd Evans)
b.103225   Cool Credo - 3:21  (David Baker, David Craig)
c.103226   Unspoken - 3:06  (Mack Discant, Marvin Fisher)
d.103227   I Concentrate On You - 2:48  (Cole Porter)

Date: 2 October 1957
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York

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

a.103415   Back In Your Own Back Yard  (Al Jolson, Billy Rose, Dave Dreyer)
b.103417   Mister, You've Gone And Got The Blues  (Bob Russell, Billy Eckstine)
c.103418   The Blue Room  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
d.103419   I Cried For You  (Arthur Freed, Gus Arnheim, Abe Lymen)

Date: 15 October 1957
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Mundell Lowe (g), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.103510   What Is There To Say? - 3:41  (Erwin "Yip" Harburg, Vernon Duke)
b.103511   Why Shouldn't I? - 4:06  (Cole Porter)
c.103512   Love Me - 3:18  (Victor Young, Ned Washington)
d.103513   For All We Know - 3:53  (Sam M. Lewis, J. Fred Coots)
e.103514   Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered - 4:37  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
f.103515   I Could Have Told You - 3:55  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Carl Sigman)
g.103516   Deep In A Dream - 4:05  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Ed DeLange)
h.103517   Try A Little Tenderness - 4:11  (Harry Woods, Reg Connelly, Jimmy Campbell)
i.103518   I Get Along Without You Very Well - 3:28  (Hoagy Carmichael, Jane Brown Thompson)
j.103519   Mam'selle - 2:46  (Edmund Goulding, Mack Gordon)

Date: 16 October 1957
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Mundell Lowe (g), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.103520   This Love Of Mine - 3:31  (Sol Parker, Hank Sanicola, Frank Sinatra)
b.103521   I've Got A Crush On You - 3:01  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Date: 2 December 1957
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York

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

a.103816   I'm Comin' Home - 2:45  (Frank C. Slay, Jr., Bob Crewe)
b.103817   Hallelujah, I Love Her So - 2:39  (Ray Charles)

Date: 15 January 1958
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York

Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.104055   Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)

This is a master edited from matrix 103514 (see session 15 October, 1957), presumably to shorten it so it would fit on an EP with 3 other titles.


Date: 14 February 1958
Location: Decca Recording Studios, Los Angeles

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

a.L 10800   Wonder Why - 2:46  (Sammy Cahn, Nicholas Brodsky)
b.L 10801   When I Fall In Love - 3:29  (Edward Heyman, Victor Young)
c.L 10802   My Heart Is So Full Of You - 3:47  (Frank Loesser)
d.L 10803   The Way You Look Tonight  (Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields)
e.L 10804   Look To Your Heart - 3:24  (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)

Date: 25 February 1958
Location: Decca Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Russell Garcia, Dick Stabile (dir), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.L 10833   All The Things You Are - 3:03  (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II)
b.L 10834   We'll Meet Again - 2:50  (Ross Parker Clarke, Hugh Charles)
c.L 10835   In The Still Of The Night - 3:25  (Cole Porter)
d.L 10836   On A Slow Boat To China - 2:40  (Frank Loesser)

Russell Garcia (dir) on c-d; Dick Stabile (dir) on a-b.


Date: 26 February 1958
Location: Decca Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Sonny Burke (dir), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.L 10837   Stay As Sweet As You Are - 3:53  (Mack Gordon, Harry Revel)
b.L 10838   My Gypsy Heart  (Jerry Reed)
c.L 10839   That Old Feeling  (Lew Brown, Sammy Fain)
d.L 10840   Night And Day - 2:28  (Cole Porter)

Date: 10 April 1958
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York

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

a.104747   It Might As Well Rain - 2:25  (Dave Mann, Mack Discant)
b.104748   I Ain't Gonna Change (The Way I Feel About You) - 2:13  (Phil J. Tuminello, Johnny Lange)
c.104749   Song And Dance Man - 3:07  (Bob Hilliard, Barry Mann)

Sammy Davis, Jr. (tap) on c.


Date: 5 May 1958
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York

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

a.104934   All The Way - 2:59  (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
b.104935   Rock-A-Bye Your Baby (With A Dixie Melody)  (Jean Schwartz, Joe Young, Sam M. Lewis)
c.104936   Mountain Greenery - 1:53  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)

Date: 9 October 1958
Location: Decca Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Buddy Bregman, Morty Stevens (arr, con), Pete Candoli, Maynard Ferguson, Conrad Gozzo, Ray Linn (t), Marshall Cram, Joe Howard, Lloyd Ulyate (tb), George Roberts (btb), James Decker, Vincent DeRosa (frh), Buddy Collette, Ted Nash (cl, ts, f), Willie Schwartz, Bud Shank (cl, as, f), Chuck Gentry (bcl, bar), Julie Jacob (o), Gene Cipriano, Harry Klee (wdw), Israel Baker, Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Jacques Gasselin, Joseph Livoti, Erno Neufeld, Lou Raderman, Mischa Russell, Eunice Shapiro, Felix Slatkin (vn), Stanley Harris, Stanley Kievman, Virginia Majewski, David Sterkin (vl), Armand Kaproff, Robert La Marchina, Edgar Lustgarten, Eleanor Slatkin (vc), Corky Hale (hrp), Al Hendrickson (g), Whitey Mitchell (b), George Rhodes (p), Mel Lewis (d), Milt Holland, Lou Singer (per), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.L 11196   Bess, You Is My Woman Now - 4:49  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
b.L 11197   Oh, Bess, Oh Where Is My Bess - 3:28  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
c.L 11198   I Got Plenty O' Nuttin - 3:24  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
d.L 11199   That's Anna - 3:15  (Elmer Bernstein, Sammy Cahn)

Buddy Bregman (arr) on a-b; (con) on a-b; Morty Stevens (arr) on c-d; (con) on c-d.


Date: 28 October 1958
Location: Decca Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Buddy Bregman, Morty Stevens (arr, con), Pete Candoli, Maynard Ferguson, Conrad Gozzo, Ray Linn (t), Marshall Cram, Joe Howard, Lloyd Ulyate (tb), George Roberts (btb), James Decker, Vincent DeRosa (frh), Buddy Collette, Ted Nash (cl, ts, f), Willie Schwartz, Bud Shank (cl, as, f), Chuck Gentry (bcl, bar), Julie Jacob (o), Gene Cipriano, Harry Klee (wdw), Israel Baker, Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Jacques Gasselin, Joseph Livoti, Erno Neufeld, Lou Raderman, Mischa Russell, Eunice Shapiro, Felix Slatkin (vn), Stanley Harris, Stanley Kievman, Virginia Majewski, David Sterkin (vl), Armand Kaproff, Robert La Marchina, Edgar Lustgarten, Eleanor Slatkin (vc), Corky Hale (hrp), Al Hendrickson (g), Whitey Mitchell (b), George Rhodes (p), Mel Lewis (d), Milt Holland, Lou Singer (per), Sammy Davis, Jr., The Bill Thompson Singers (v), Alice Armbruster, Ralph Brewster, Tom Kenny, Sue Lyttle, Bill Thompson (bkv)

a.L 11224   It Ain't Necessarily So - 3:59  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
b.L 11225   Oh Lawd, I'm On My Way - 2:44  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
c.L 11226   A Woman Is A Sometime Thing - 3:42  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
d.L 11227   There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York - 4:00  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
e.L 11228   Crazy  (Unknown)

Buddy Bregman (arr) on a, c; (con) on a, c; Morty Stevens (arr) on b, d-e; (con) on b, d-e; The Bill Thompson Singers (v) on a-c; Alice Armbruster (bkv) on a-c; Ralph Brewster (bkv) on a-c; Tom Kenny (bkv) on a-c; Sue Lyttle (bkv) on a-c; Bill Thompson (bkv) on a-c.

It is somewhat unlikely that the personnel listing for both the 9th October session and the 28th October session be identical. However, this is the best listing available.

Doubtless the entire orchestra did not remain for the as yet unissued recording of "Crazy".


Date: 8 December 1958
Location: Decca Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr., Carmen McRae (ldr), Buddy Bregman (arr), Jack Pleis (dir), Sammy Davis, Jr., Carmen McRae (v)

a.L 11270   I Loves You Porgy - 3:48  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
b.L 11271   Buenas Noches, Mi Amor  (Hubert Giraud, Alexandre Schwab)

Buddy Bregman (arr) on a.


Date: 11 December 1958
Location: Decca Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), The Buddy Bregman Orchestra (acc), Buddy Bregman (dir), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.L 11274   How Are Things In Glocca Morra - 3:03  (Erwin "Yip" Harburg, Burton Lane)
b.L 11275   Let's Face The Music And Dance - 2:29  (Irving Berlin)
c.L 11276   Time After Time - 3:33  (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne)
d.L 11277   Crazy  (Unknown)
e.L 11278   When You Love Someone  (Jay Livingston, Ray Evans)

Date: 15 March 1959
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York

Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.106824   There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)

This is a master edited from matrix L 11227 (see session 28 October, 1958), presumably to shorten it so it would fit on an EP with 3 other titles.


Date: 26 March 1959
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York

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

a.106916   You'll Never Get Away From Me - 2:40  (Stephen Sondheim, Jule Styne)
b.106917   Fair Warning - 2:25  (Harold Rome)

Date: 31 March 1959
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York

Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.106963   I Got Plenty O' Nuttin  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)

This is a master edited from matrix L 11198 (see session 9 October, 1958), presumably to alter it for release on a 45.


Date: 5 June 1959
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Buddy Bregman, Morty Stevens (dir), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.107511   I've Heard That Song Before - 3:40  (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne)
b.107512   Pennies From Heaven - 4:24  (Johnny Burke, Arthur Johnston)
c.107513   You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To - 3:08  (Cole Porter)
d.107514   Lovely To Look At - 3:23  (Jerome Kern)

Buddy Bregman (dir) on a-b, d; Morty Stevens (dir) on c.


Date: 6 June 1959
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Buddy Bregman, Morty Stevens (dir), Mundell Lowe (g), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.107515   It's Magic - 3:26  (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne)
b.107516   For Every Man There's A Woman - 4:04  (Leo Robin, Harold Arlen)
c.107517   The Gal That Got Away - 3:38  (Harold Arlen, Ira Gershwin)
d.107518   Blues In The Night - 4:12  (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
e.107519   Change Partners - 2:48  (Irving Berlin)
f.107520   Too Late Now - 3:09  (Alan Lerner, Burton Lane)
g.107521   Love Letters - 4:18  (Edward Heyman, Victor Young)
h.107522   I Fall In Love Too Easily - 2:41  (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne)

Buddy Bregman (dir) on b, d, g; Morty Stevens (dir) on a, c, e-f; Mundell Lowe (g) on h.


Date: 4 January 1960
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), The Count Basie Orchestra (acc), Morty Stevens (arr, con), John Anderson, Thad Jones, Joe Newman, Ernie Royal, Eugene "Snooky" Young (t), Henderson Chambers, Henry Coker, Al Grey, Benny Powell (tb), Marshall Royal, Frank Wess (as), Frank Foster, Billy Mitchell (ts), Charles Fowlkes (bar), Freddie Green (g), Eddie Jones (b), George Rhodes (p), Sonny Payne (d), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.108523   I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues - 3:05  (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
b.108524   The Lady Is A Tramp - 4:23  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
c.108525   I Got A Woman - 4:32  (Ray Charles, Ahmet Nugetre)
d.108526   Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me - 3:20  (Duke Ellington, Bob Russell)

Date: 6 January 1960
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), The Count Basie Orchestra (acc), Jack Pleis (arr, con), John Anderson, Thad Jones, Joe Newman, Ernie Royal, Eugene "Snooky" Young (t), Henry Coker, Al Grey, Benny Powell (tb), Marshall Royal, Frank Wess (as), Frank Foster, Billy Mitchell (ts), Charles Fowlkes (bar), Freddie Green (g), Eddie Jones (b), George Rhodes (p), Sonny Payne (d), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.108527   Till Then - 3:23  (Guy Wood, Eddie Seiler, Sol Marcus)
b.108528   Get On The Right Track, Baby - 2:47  (Titus Turner)
c.108529   Face To Face - 3:06  (Bob Ralske, Ben Weisman)

Date: 7 January 1960
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), The Count Basie Orchestra (acc), Sy Oliver (arr, con), John Anderson, Thad Jones, Joe Newman, Ernie Royal, Eugene "Snooky" Young (t), Henry Coker, Al Grey, Benny Powell (tb), Eric Dolphy, Marshall Royal (as), Frank Foster, Billy Mitchell (ts), Charles Fowlkes (bar), Freddie Green (g), Eddie Jones (b), George Rhodes (p), Sonny Payne (d), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.108554   There Is No Greater Love - 2:37  (Marty Symes, Isham Jones)
b.108555   This Little Girl Of Mine - 2:01  (Ray Charles)
c.108556   Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You - 3:52  (Don Redman, Andy Razaf)
d.108557   Mess Around - 2:46  (Ahmet Nugetre)

Date: 15 March 1960
Location: Decca Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), The Buddy Bregman Orchestra (acc), Buddy Bregman (dir), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.L 11987   Soliloquy - 9:42  (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II)
b.L 11988   Where Is The Life That Late I Led? - 5:01  (Cole Porter)
c.L 11989   Ya Got Trouble  (Meredith Wilson)
d.L 11990   Gesticulate - 4:44  (Robert Craig Wright, George Forrest)

Date: ca. May 1960
Location: New York

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

a.26674   Eee-O Eleven - 2:46  (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
b.26675   Ain't That A Kick In The Head - 2:33  (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)

Date: 20 July 1960
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York

Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.109390   I Got A Woman  (Ray Charles, Ahmet Nugetre)

This is a master edited from matrix 108525 (see session 4 January, 1960), presumably to alter it for release on a 45.


Date: 11 October 1960
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), The Buddy Bregman Orchestra (acc), Buddy Bregman (dir), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.109722   Ya Got Trouble - 3:23  (Meredith Wilson)

Sammy Davis, Jr. signs for Reprise Records

Heading into 1961, Sammy Davis, Jr. was now a heavyweight in Frank Sinatra's circle of close friends - an ensemble which included Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. All five starred in the movie "Ocean's 11", which started filming in Las Vegas on January 26, 1961. The group performed concurrently at the Sands Hotel each night, in an extravaganza they referred to as 'The Summit' (a reference to the East-West Paris summit in May 1960 between the US, USSR, UK and France). The group would later be christened 'The Rat Pack', as a successor of sorts to Humphrey Bogart's 1950s Holmby Hills 'Rat Pack'.

1961 began a period of 'Rat Pack' activities for Davis that included the films "Sergeants 3" in June 1961 and "Robin and the 7 Hoods" in November 1963, and 'Summit' performances with Sinatra and Martin in Atlantic City in August 1962, at the Villa Venice in Chicago in November 1962, and back at The Sands Hotel in both January and September 1963.

In this light, it is clear that the decision for Sammy Davis, Jr. to leave Decca Records at the end of 1960 was taken solely on the grounds that Frank Sinatra was leaving Capitol to create his own record label. Frank's new label, Reprise Records, signed not only Sammy, but also similar artists such as Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Sammy signed his contract on the 1st September, 1960. With Frank looking out for the artists' rights, the standard Reprise contract allowed for the rights to recorded masters to revert back to the artist after a short window, but Davis signed these rights away - perhaps in the search for more short term cash. Subsequent contracts with Reprise were signed on 1st July, 1962 and 23rd September, 1963.

In his first few years at Reprise, Davis chose Marty Paich to become a frequent collaborator, doubtless impressed by Paich's work with Davis' long-time friend Mel Tormé on Bethlehem and Verve. It was Paich's more jazz-oriented, specifically 'West Coast Jazz'-style, approach that saw Sammy make some of the best recordings of his entire career during this time, most notably on one side of Sammy's debut album on Reprise, "The Wham Of Sam". Paich also arranged Sammy's hit single "What Kind Of Fool Am I", which was on the Billboard charts for 15 weeks in 1962, and was Grammy-nominated for Record of the Year.

Other highlights of the period 1961-1964 include standout albums of Broadway showstoppers, a collaboration with Sam Butera and The Witnesses, a live album recorded at the Cocoanut Grove, an album of songs composed by Mel Tormé, finally an official album with Count Basie and His Orchestra, and the cast recording from his second Broadway musical, "Golden Boy". By 1964, 'Rat Pack' activities had largely ceased, and preparations for Sammy's return to Broadway were opening the next chapter in his career.


Date: 6 February 1961
Location: Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Morty Stevens (arr, con), Frank Beach, Don Fagerquist, Ollie Mitchell, Uan Rasey (t), Frank Howard, Dick Nash, Dick Noel, Kenny Shroyer, Lloyd Ulyate (tb), Bill Green, Ronnie Lang (as), Buddy Collette, Dave Pell (ts), Chuck Gentry (bar), Sam Freed, Anatol Kaminsky, Erno Neufeld, Lou Raderman (vn), Armand Kaproff, Raphael Kramer, Edgar Lustgarten, Kurt Reher (vc), Tony Rizzi (g), Red Mitchell (b), Jimmy Rowles (p), Shelly Manne (d), Larry Bunker (per), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.141   Out Of This World - 3:19  (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
b.142   I'm A Fool To Want You - 3:29  (Frank Sinatra, Jack Wolf, Joel S. Herron)
c.143   Lush Life - 3:45  (Billy Strayhorn)
d.144   Back In Your Own Back Yard - 2:49  (Al Jolson, Billy Rose, Dave Dreyer)
e.145   (Love Is) The Tender Trap - 2:35  (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
f.146   I'm Gonna Live Till I Die - 3:09  (Al Hoffman, Walter Kent, Mann Curtis)

Date: 7 February 1961
Location: Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), The Marty Paich Dek-Tette (acc), Marty Paich (arr, con), Al Porcino, Jack Sheldon (t), Stu Williamson (tb), Vincent DeRosa (frh), Red Callender (tu), Bud Shank (as), Bill Perkins (ts), Bill Hood (bar), Joe Mondragon (b), Mel Lewis (d), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.147   Let There Be Love - 2:49  (Ian Grant, Lionel Rand)
b.148   Bye Bye Blackbird - 2:47  (Mort Dixon, Ray Henderson)
c.149   Blame It On My Youth - 4:14  (Edward Heyman, Oscar Levant)
d.150   Can't We Be Friends? - 2:53  (Kay Swift, Paul James)
e.151   Thou Swell - 2:59  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
f.152   Soon - 2:48  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Date: ca. June 1961
Location: Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Neal Hefti, Marty Paich, Morty Stevens (arr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.356   Step Out Of That Dream - 2:30  (Phil J. Tuminello, Florence Parker)
b.357   There Was A Tavern In The Town - 2:15  (William H. Hills)
c.358   If You Are But A Dream - 2:32  (Moe Jaffe, Jack Fulton, Nat Bonx)
d.359   One More Time - 2:07  (Sammy Davis, Jr.)

Neal Hefti (arr) on b-c; Marty Paich (arr) on a; Morty Stevens (arr) on d.


Date: ca. 20 June 1961
Location: Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Morty Stevens (arr, con), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.377   Be My Love - 3:26  (Sammy Cahn, Nicholas Brodsky)
b.378   Stranger In Paradise - 2:38  (Bob Wright, Chet Forrest, Alexander Borodin)
c.379   That Lucky Old Sun - 3:59  (Haven Gillespie, Beasley Smith)
d.380   Ballerina - 2:55  (Bob Russell, Carl Sigman)

Date: ca. 7 July 1961
Location: Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Marty Paich, Morty Stevens (arr, con), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.440   You Can't Love 'Em All - 3:08  (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
b.441   'Deed I Do - 2:12  (Walter Hirsch, Fred Rose)
c.442   Lulu's Back In Town - 2:55  (Harry Warren, Al Dubin)
d.443   Sonny Boy - 3:59  (Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown, Ray Henderson, Al Jolson)
e.444   Gonna Build A Mountain - 2:22  (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
f.445   What Kind Of Fool Am I - 3:21  (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
g.446   That's For Me - 3:11  (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II)

Marty Paich (arr) on e-g; (con) on e-g; Morty Stevens (arr) on a-d; (con) on a-d.

"What Kind Of Fool Am I" was on the Billboard Charts for 15 weeks, peaking at #17.


Date: ca. 18 July 1961
Location: Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), The Marty Paich Dek-Tette, Marty Paich's Orchestra (acc), Marty Paich (arr, con), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.452   A Lot Of Livin' To Do - 2:44  (Charles Strouse, Lee Adams)
b.453   That Great Come-And-Get-It Day - 2:42  (Erwin "Yip" Harburg, Burton Lane)
c.454   Make Someone Happy - 3:00  (Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green)
d.455   Two Ladies In De Shade Of De Banana Tree - 3:01  (Harold Arlen, Truman Capote)

The Marty Paich Dek-Tette (acc) on a; Marty Paich's Orchestra (acc) on b-d.


Date: ca. 19 July 1961
Location: Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Marty Paich's Orchestra (acc), Marty Paich (arr, con), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.456   Guys And Dolls - 2:09  (Frank Loesser)
b.457   Something's Coming - 2:49  (Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim)
c.458   There Is Nothin' Like A Dame - 2:37  (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II)
d.459   The Party's Over - 4:17  (Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green)

Date: ca. 26 July 1961
Location: Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Marty Paich's Orchestra (acc), Marty Paich (arr, con), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v), Unknown (bkv)

a.460   Climb Ev'ry Mountain - 3:21  (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II)
b.461   If I Loved You - 3:56  (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II)
c.462   We Kiss In A Shadow - 3:19  (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II)
d.463   Lost In The Stars - 4:24  (Kurt Weill, Maxwell Anderson)

Date: ca. early 1962
Location: Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), The Marty Paich Dek-Tette, Marty Paich's Orchestra (acc), Marty Paich (arr, con), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.708   Too Close For Comfort - 3:01  (Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener, George David Weiss)
b.709   My Romance - 3:31  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
c.710   Falling In Love With Love - 2:26  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
d.711   Begin The Beguine - 4:28  (Cole Porter)

The Marty Paich Dek-Tette (acc) on a-b; Marty Paich's Orchestra (acc) on c-d.


Date: ca. 1962

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

a.   How About You?  (Burton Lane, Ralph Freed)

An LP supposedly released in support of the Democratic National Committee.


Date: ca. July 1962
Location: Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Eugene Page, Marty Paich (arr, con), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.1036   Someone Nice Like You - 2:23  (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
b.1037   Once In A Lifetime - 2:09  (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
c.1038   The Fool I Used To Be - 2:48  (Kent J. Westberry, Wayne Gray)
d.1039   Everybody Calls Me Joe - 2:09  (Paul Anka)

Eugene Page (arr) on c-d; (con) on c-d; Marty Paich (arr) on a-b; (con) on a-b.


Date: ca. July 1962
Location: Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Jimmy Haskell, George Rhodes, Chuck Sagle, Morty Stevens (arr, con), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.1105   I Married An Angel - 1:58  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
b.1106   Without A Song - 3:37  (Vincent Youmans, Edward Eliscu, Billy Rose)
c.1107   Falling In Love Again - 3:25  (Frederick Hollaender, Sammy Lerner, Reg Connelly)
d.1108   Bee-Bom - 2:18  (Les Van Dyke)

Jimmy Haskell (arr) on d; (con) on d; George Rhodes (arr) on b-c; (con) on b-c; Chuck Sagle (arr) on d; (con) on d; Morty Stevens (arr) on a; (con) on a.


Date: 22 October 1962
Location: Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra (ldr), Billy May (arr, con), Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra (v)

a.1509   Me And My Shadow - 3:06  (Al Jolson, Billy Rose, Dave Dreyer)
b.1510   Sam's Song - 2:44  (Jack Elliot, Lew Quadling)

Dean Martin (v) on b; Frank Sinatra (v) on a.


Date: ca. November 1962

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Marty Paich (arr, con), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.1534   As Long As She Needs Me - 3:04  (Lionel Bart)
b.1535   Song from "Two For The See-Saw" (A Second Chance) - 2:57  (Andre Previn, Dory Langdon)
c.1536   Come On Strong - 2:37  (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
d.1537   A Man With A Dream - 2:57  (Victor Young, Stella Unger)

Marty Paich (arr) on a-b; (con) on a-b.


Date: ca. November 1962

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Marty Paich (arr, con), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.1550   A Kiss For Christmas - 2:55  (Fred P. Gilbert)

A little-known Christmas recording, which was circulated only to disc jockeys in 1963. The single promoted a 'Christmas Seals' charity.


Date: ca. 1963

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Ray Ellis (arr, con), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.   The Ballad Of Johnny Cool - 3:01  (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
b.   Three Billion Millionaires - 4:02  (Robert Allen, Peter Farrow, Diane Lampert)

Ray Ellis (arr) on b; (con) on b.

Two titles recorded (almost certainly seperately) at some point in 1963. The first was the title song for the motion picture "Johnny Cool", a film in which Sammy also had a minor role.

The second was recorded as the title song for an album commissioned as a fundraiser for the United Nations. "Three Billion Millionaires" was an all-original music comedy celebrating diversity, written specifically for LP. Possible recording date around August, 1963.


Date: ca. early 1963

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

a.   Katherine's Theme - 2:10  (Ronald Stein)

Date: ca. May 1963
Location: Pye Records' Studios, London

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Johnny Keating, Peter Knight (arr, con), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.2238   My Kind Of Girl - 4:03  (Leslie Bricusse)
b.2239   Sophisticated Lady - 4:00  (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Mitchell Parish)
c.2240   Ballin' The Jack - 2:16  (James Henry Burris, Chris Smith)
d.2241   Over The Rainbow - 4:10  (Harold Arlen, Erwin "Yip" Harburg)
e.2242   Brokenhearted (Here Am I) - 3:30  (Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
f.2243   Jalousie - 4:35  (Winifred May, Vera Bloom, Jacob Gade)
g.2244   Smile - 3:10  (Charles Chaplin, John Turner, Geoffrey Parsons)
h.2245   This Was My Love - 4:21  (Jim Harbert)
i.2246   Lazy River - 2:52  (Hoagy Carmichael, Sidney Arodin)
j.2247   Give Me The Moonlight - 2:19  (Lew Brown, Albert von Tilzer)
k.2248   Tenement Symphony - 5:26  (Hal Borne, Ray Golden, Sid Kuller)

Peter Knight (arr) on a-f, h-k; (con) on a-f, h-k.

Recordings at this session also included master number 2237, a spoken introduction to the LP being recorded, and master number 2249, an alternate ending to "Give Me The Moonlight" for the USA. While the USA ending was not used for the 2004 Collectors' Choice reissue on CD, it was released as a bonus track on the 2005 Warner Jazz CD reissue.


Date: ca. June 1963

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

a.2108   The Shelter Of Your Arms - 2:50  (Jerry Samuels)

"The Shelter Of Your Arms" was on the Billboard Charts for 17 weeks, peaking at #17.


Date: ca. July 1963
Location: Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Warren Barker, Billy May, George Rhodes (arr), Morris Stoloff (con), Terry Rosen (g), Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra (v)

a.2149   We Open In Venice - 2:10  (Cole Porter)
b.2152   Too Darn Hot - 2:28  (Cole Porter)
c.2163   Necessity - 3:25  (Erwin "Yip" Harburg, Burton Lane)
d.2179   Carefully Taught - 1:46  (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II)
e.2195   Sit Down, You're Rockin' The Boat - 3:30  (Frank Loesser)

Warren Barker (arr) on e; Billy May (arr) on a; George Rhodes (arr) on b-c; Terry Rosen (g) on d; Dean Martin (v) on a; Frank Sinatra (v) on a.

Recordings for a suite of fours LPs making up the "Reprise Musical Repertory Theatre".

"We Open In Venice" recorded on 10th July. Dates for other titles unknown, although presumably they would have been in July. Master numbers appear to have not been assigned according to recording date for much of this period.

"That Great Come-And-Get-It Day" also has a Reprise master number of 2167 from during this period. However, the performance used in the "Finian's Rainbow" release is simply Davis' recording from July 1961 (master 453).


Date: ca. August 1963

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

a.2197   The Birth Of The Blues - 4:33  (Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
b.2199   It's All Right With Me - 5:56  (Cole Porter)
c.2200   In A Persian Market - 2:30  (Albert W. Ketelbey, Hal David)
d.2201   Hey There - 2:54  (Richard Adler, Jerry Ross)
e.2202   They Can't Take That Away From Me - 3:01  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
f.2203   That Old Black Magic - 1:54  (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
g.2204   Without You I'm Nothing - 2:08  (Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener, George David Weiss)
h.2205   Spoken For - 3:07  (Mickey Rooney)
i.2206   And This Is My Beloved - 2:50  (Robert Craig Wright, George Forrest)
j.2207   Oh, Bess, Oh Where Is My Bess - 3:24  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
k.2208   Stan' Up An' Fight - 3:55  (Oscar Hammerstein II, George Bizet)

Session also includes matrix 2198, an unreleased alternate take of "That Old Black Magic".


Date: ca. September 1963

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

a.2213   Jingle Bells - 2:25  (James S. Pierpont)

Date: ca. September 1963

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Marty Paich (arr, con), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.2262   Flash, Bang, Wallop! - 2:39  (Dave Heneker)
b.2263   If I Ruled The World - 2:33  (Leslie Bricusse, Cyril Ornadel)

Marty Paich (arr) on a; (con) on a.


Date: ca. late 1963
Location: Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Marty Paich's Orchestra (acc), Marty Paich (arr, con), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.2427   A Stranger In Town - 3:45  (Mel Torme)
b.2428   Born To Be Blue - 3:14  (Mel Torme, Robert Wells)
c.2429   Willow Road - 3:44  (Mel Torme, Robert Wells)
d.2430   The Christmas Song - 3:20  (Mel Torme, Robert Wells)
e.2431   Welcome To The Club - 3:28  (Mel Torme)
f.2432   California Suite - 24:21  (Mel Torme)

Date: ca. early 1964

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Marty Paich (arr, con), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.2549   Some Days Everything Goes Wrong - 2:50  (Ervin Drake)
b.2550   Fools Rush In - 2:44  (Johnny Mercer, Rube Bloom)
c.2551   I Wanna Be Around - 2:34  (Johnny Mercer, Sadie Vimmerstedt)
d.2552   I Left My Heart In San Francisco - 2:20  (Douglass Cross, George Cory)
e.2553   Days Of Wine And Roses - 2:35  (Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini)
f.2554   Blue Velvet - 2:44
g.2555   It's All In The Game - 2:56  (Carl Sigman, Charles G. Dawes)
h.2556   Deep Purple - 3:06  (Peter DeRose, Mitchell Parish)
i.2557   Tracey - 3:19  (Jule Styne)
j.2558   Walk Right In - 2:43  (Gus Cannon, Hosea Woods)
k.2559   Beautiful Things  (Leslie Bricusse)
l.2560   Kansas City - 2:46  (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
m.2562   A Stranger Called The Blues - 3:59  (Mel Torme, Robert Wells)

Marty Paich (arr) on m; (con) on m.


Date: 10 April 1964
Location: Los Angeles

Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra (ldr), Nelson Riddle (arr, con), Conte Candoli, Dick Nash, George Roberts, Clarence "Shorty" Sherock (br), Harry Klee (f), Al Viola (g), Joe Comfort (b), Irv Cottler (d), Emil Richards (per), Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra (v)

a.2627   Bang! Bang! - 3:46  (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
b.2632   Mister Booze - 5:14  (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
c.2633   Don't Be A Do-Badder - 1:15  (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)

Bing Crosby (v) on b-c; Dean Martin (v) on b-c; Frank Sinatra (v) on b-c.

"Bang! Bang!" possibly recorded earlier than April 10.


Date: ca. April 1964

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Perry Botkin, Jr., Jimmy Haskell (arr, con), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.2638   Choose - 2:50  (Lionel Bart)
b.2639   Don't Shut Me Out - 2:27  (Stephanie Louis)
c.2640   Not For Me - 2:30  (Bobby Darin)
d.2641   Once  (Unknown)

Perry Botkin, Jr. (arr) on b; (con) on b; Jimmy Haskell (arr) on c; (con) on c.


Date: ca. April 1964

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Morty Stevens (arr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.2701   Ten Out Of Ten - 3:00  (Leslie Bricusse)
b.2702   Another Spring - 2:40  (Leslie Bricusse, Robin Beaumont)

Date: ca. April 1964

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

a.2707   Night Song - 2:37  (Charles Strouse, Lee Adams)
b.2708   Yes I Can - 2:15  (Charles Strouse, Lee Adams)
c.2709   There's A Party Goin' On - 3:16  (Charles Strouse, Lee Adams)

Date: ca. April 1964
Location: United Recordings, Las Vegas

Sam Butera, Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Sam Butera and The Witnesses (acc), Sam Butera (arr, con, ts), James Blount (tb), Jack Marshall (g), Amato Rodrigues (b), Willie McCumber (p), Bobby Morris (d), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.2720   My Kind Of Town  (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
b.2721   L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour - 1:53  (Roger Casini, Rudolph Friml, Chisholm Cushing)
c.2722   This Is Always - 3:39  (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren)
d.2723   Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me - 2:58  (Duke Ellington, Bob Russell)
e.2724   There Will Never Be Another You - 2:41  (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren)
f.2725   April In Paris - 2:41  (Erwin "Yip" Harburg, Vernon Duke)
g.2726   These Foolish Things - 3:54  (Jack Strachey, Harry Link, Holt Marvell)
h.2727   I Should Care - 2:51  (Sammy Cahn, Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston)
i.2728   Cry Me A River - 3:25  (Arthur Hamilton)
j.2729   Don't Cry Joe - 2:47  (Al Piantados, Joe Marsala)
k.2730   When The Feeling Hits You - 2:50  (Bobby Doyle)

Date: ca. mid 1964

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

a.2751   The Dodger Song  (Traditional)

Date: ca. June 1964

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Ralph Burns (arr), Elliot Lawrence (con), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.   Night Song  (Charles Strouse, Lee Adams)
b.   There's A Party Goin' On  (Charles Strouse, Lee Adams)
c.   Yes I Can  (Charles Strouse, Lee Adams)
d.   I Want To Be With You  (Charles Strouse, Lee Adams)

These performances can be found only on a demonstration record put out by Capitol ahead of the tryout run of "Golden Boy" on the road through Philadelphia, Boston and Detroit from June to September, 1964.

One side featured 4 of Davis' numbers in the show. Two of the songs, "There's A Party Goin' On" and "Yes I Can" were cut from the production by the time it opened on Broadway on Tuesday, 20th October. The flip side featured 6 other numbers from the show (including 3 by Paula Wayne).


Date: ca. late 1964

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Sonny Burke (arr, con), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.2974   The Disorderly Orderly - 2:40  (Earl S. Shuman, Leon Carr)
b.2975   Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) - 2:55  (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)

Sonny Burke (arr) on a; (con) on a.


Date: 2 to 5 September 1964
Location: New York

Count Basie, Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Count Basie and His Orchestra (acc), Quincy Jones (arr, con), George Rhodes (arr), Al Aarons, George "Sonny" Cohn, Wallace Davenport, Joe Newman, Eugene "Snooky" Young (t), Henderson Chambers, Henry Coker, Bill Hughes, Grover Mitchell (tb), Marshall Royal (cl, as), Eric Dixon, Salvatore "Sal" Nestico (ts), Charles Fowlkes (bar), Frank Wess (sax), Freddie Green (g), Ray Brown (b), Count Basie (p), Sonny Payne (d), Emil Richards (per), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v, tap)

a.64VK65   April In Paris - 2:45  (Erwin "Yip" Harburg, Vernon Duke)
b.64VK66   You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You - 2:58  (Larry Stock, Russ Morgan, James Cavanaugh)
c.64VK67   Teach Me Tonight - 3:05  (Sammy Cahn, Gene DePaul)
d.64VK68   The Girl From Ipanema - 4:07  (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius DeMoraes, Norman Gimbel)
e.64VK69   My Shining Hour - 2:10  (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
f.64VK70   New York City Blues - 2:51  (Peggy Lee, Quincy Jones)
g.64VK71   Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now - 2:51  (Andy Razaf, Fats Waller)
h.64VK72   Blues For Mr. Charlie - 3:42  (Bobby Sharp)
i.64VK73   Why Try To Change Me Now - 3:24  (Joseph McCarthy, Cy Coleman)
j.64VK74   She's a Woman (W-O-M-A-N) - 2:21  (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
k.64VK75   Bill Basie Won't You Please Come Home - 2:38  (Sammy Davis, Jr., Quincy Jones, Count Basie)
l.64VK76   Work Song - 2:12  (Oscar Brown, Jr., Nat Adderley)

Quincy Jones (arr) on a-c, e-l; George Rhodes (arr) on d; Sammy Davis, Jr. (tap) on k.

Other discographies note that alternate takes from this session were released as MGM SE-4825 "Sammy Davis, Jr. and Count Basie" in 1973. This is correct, but many of the vocals for that album were re-recorded in 1973. The takes for which Sammy recorded new vocals have been listed under a session in 1973.


Date: 25 October 1964
Location: New York

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Ralph Burns (arr), Elliot Lawrence (con), Johnny Brown, Billy Daniels, Sammy Davis, Jr., Paula Wayne (v), "Golden Boy" Company (bkv)

a.26056   While The City Sleeps - 3:00  (Charles Strouse, Lee Adams)
b.26057   This Is The Life - 3:41  (Charles Strouse, Lee Adams)
c.26058   No More - 6:30  (Charles Strouse, Lee Adams)
d.26060   Workout - 1:37  (Charles Strouse, Lee Adams)
e.26061   Stick Around  (Charles Strouse, Lee Adams)
f.26062   Don't Forget 127th Street - 5:43  (Charles Strouse, Lee Adams)

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr) on b-c, e-f; (v) on b-c, e-f; Johnny Brown (v) on f; Billy Daniels (v) on a-b; Paula Wayne (v) on b; "Golden Boy" Company (bkv) on b-d, f.

According to the liner notes for the 1993 Angel CD reissue, the recording date for this album was 16th November. However, Michel Ruppli's more recent Capitol discography lists the dates used here. It could be that the November date featured the outstanding songs that did not feature Davis.

While recording the cast album for "Golden Boy" over this and the following session, Davis was suffering from severe laryngitis. His voice was hoarse and husky and he could barely hit any of the notes, but the recording session went ahead regardless. Capitol later re-released the album in 1965 using newly-recorded versions of 4 songs with Davis in (slightly) better voice. (See session dated 1st April, 1965).


Date: 26 October 1964
Location: New York

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Ralph Burns (arr), Elliot Lawrence (con), Sammy Davis, Jr., Terrin Miles, Paula Wayne (v)

a.26059   I Want To Be With You  (Charles Strouse, Lee Adams)
b.26063   Can't You See It  (Charles Strouse, Lee Adams)
c.26064   Gimme Some (Whiskey And Beer) - 1:52  (Charles Strouse, Lee Adams)
d.26065   Night Song  (Charles Strouse, Lee Adams)
e.26066   Colourful - 2:39  (Charles Strouse, Lee Adams)

Terrin Miles (v) on c; Paula Wayne (v) on a.


Sammy Davis, Jr.'s best and worst of times on Reprise

On 20th October, 1964, Sammy Davis, Jr.'s new musical "Golden Boy" opened on Broadway and would run for 568 performances throughout 1965 and into March 1966. The musical was based on Clifford Odets' 1937 play, but had suffered a tortuous path to Broadway - undergoing numerous re-writes, surviving the death of Odets himself, having the original director Peter Coe sacked and replaced by Arthur Penn, and overcoming Davis' periodic bouts of laryngitis. Regardless, "Golden Boy" succeeded due to Davis' star power, and his performance was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in 1965.

Not content with 8 shows a week on Broadway, during this period Sammy also found time to continue recording for Reprise (and his new contract signed 6th September 1965 this time gave him the rights to subsequent recordings), co-author with Burt and Jane Boyar a bestselling autobiography titled "Yes I Can" (published in September 1965), produce and star in a feature film called "A Man Called Adam" (which began filming November 1965 and also starred Cicely Tyson, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Jr. and Peter Lawford), and host his own weekly prime-time network variety show (the first African American to do so) on NBC, "The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show", which aired from 7 January to 22 April, 1966.

With the TV show and musical both finished, Davis returned to the Sands Hotel in May 1966. What followed over the next two months were three major highlights of his recording career on Reprise. The first was a live double LP released of Sammy's Sands performances titled "That's All", which serves as a time capsule of Sammy's mid-60s prowess. The second was another live album from the Sands, "The Sounds of '66", this time an early morning show put on specially for performers from other hotels on the Las Vegas strip, and with Sammy accompanied by Buddy Rich on drums and his big band. Both Sammy and Buddy are in swinging form.

Finally, in June and August, Davis recorded an album which many consider to be the apogee of his recording career, "Sammy Davis, Jr. Sings, Laurindo Almeida Plays". Sammy sings with the sole accompaniment of Laurindo Almeida, a Brazilian classical guitarist, and the result is proof that, in the words of jazz critic Will Friedwald, "apart from everything else he could do, when all was said and done, he really was a great singer."

However, as the 1960s drew to a close, this was becoming less and less true. He had another hit single in 1968 with "I Gotta Be Me", which peaked at #11 and became a signature tune. But increasingly, Sammy's Reprise recordings followed the downward trajectory of his career at large. Davis quickly turned to booze and drugs, started wearing the latest fashions, divorced his wife May Britt, and began unintentionally cultivating his image as an aging hipster. In the recording studio he attempted more R&B-styled material, with little success, and started lifting from the Blood, Sweat and Tears songbook.


Date: ca. early 1965

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Billy May (arr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.H-5084   Walkin' My Baby Back Home - 2:32  (Roy Turk, Fred E. Ahlert)
b.H-5085   Pretend - 3:07  (Cliff Parman, Frank LaVere, Lew Douglas, Dan Belloc)
c.H-5086   Send For Me - 2:23  (Ollie Jones)
d.H-5087   Ramblin' Rose - 2:23  (Noel Sherman, Joe Sherman)
e.H-5088   It's Only A Paper Moon - 2:19  (Harold Arlen, Erwin "Yip" Harburg, Billy Rose)

Date: ca. early 1965

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Claus Ogerman (arr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.H-5105   (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 - 2:42  (Bobby Troup)
b.H-5106   L.O.V.E.  (Bert Kaempfert, Milt Gabler)
c.H-5107   Look At That Face - 2:23  (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
d.H-5108   Take The Moment - 2:40  (Stephen Sondheim, Richard Rodgers)
e.H-5109   People - 2:56  (Jule Styne, Bob Merrill)
f.H-5110   A Married Man - 2:22  (Marian Grudeff, Raymond Jessel)
g.H-5111   A Room Without Windows - 3:15  (Ervin Drake)
h.H-5112   Do I Hear A Waltz? - 2:44  (Stephen Sondheim, Richard Rodgers)
i.H-5113   The Joker - 2:07  (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
j.H-5114   A Wonderful Day Like Today - 2:24  (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
k.H-5115   Hello, Dolly - 2:37  (Jerry Herman)
l.H-5116   Sunrise, Sunset - 3:48  (Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick)
m.H-5117   The Other Half Of Me - 2:45  (Jack Lawrence, Stan Freeman)
n.H-5118   I Want To Be With You - 3:06  (Charles Strouse, Lee Adams)
o.H-5119   Sweet Lorraine - 2:56  (Mitchell Parish, Cliff Burwell)
p.H-5120   Straighten Up And Fly Right - 2:42  (Irving Mills, Nat 'King' Cole)
q.H-5121   For Sentimental Reasons - 2:11  (Deek Watson, William Best)
r.H-5122   Ballerina - 2:20  (Bob Russell, Carl Sigman)
s.H-5123   Unforgettable - 2:30  (Irving Gordon)
t.H-5124   Mona Lisa - 5:00  (Jay Livingston, Ray Evans)
u.H-5124   Too Young - 5:00  (Sylvia Dee, Sidney Lippman)
v.H-5124   Nature Boy - 5:00  (Eden Ahbez)

t, u, v performed as medley.


Date: 1 April 1965
Location: New York

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Ralph Burns (arr), Elliot Lawrence (con), Sammy Davis, Jr., Paula Wayne (v)

a.27067   Stick Around - 1:30  (Charles Strouse, Lee Adams)
b.27069   Can't You See It - 2:24  (Charles Strouse, Lee Adams)
c.27070   Night Song - 4:04  (Charles Strouse, Lee Adams)
d.27071   I Want To Be With You - 4:34  (Charles Strouse, Lee Adams)

Paula Wayne (v) on d.

These recordings were used in a re-release of Capitol's cast album recording of "Golden Boy" (see session dated 25 October 1964).


Date: ca. mid 1965
Location: New York

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

a.H-5199   Lonely Weekends - 2:10  (Charlie Rich)
b.H-5200   You Can't Shake It Off  (Unknown)
c.H-5201   My Mother The Car - 2:02  (Paul Hampton)
d.H-5203   This Dream - 2:52  (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
e.H-5204   More Than One Way - 3:11  (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)

Date: ca. mid 1965

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

a.HX-5125   Courage - 2:34  (Jerry Samuels)
b.HX-5126   No One Can Live Forever - 2:37  (Charles Tobias)
c.HX-5127   Love At Last You Have Found Me - 2:56  (Charles Aznavour, Worth)
d.HX-5128   When I Look In Your Eyes  (Leslie Bricusse)
e.HX-5129   It's Christmas Time All Over The World - 2:34  (Hugh Martin)
f.HX-5130   I Wanna Be In Love Again  (Johnny Mercer)
g.HX-5131   Jingle Bells - 1:11  (James S. Pierpont)
h.HX-5132   Paris Is At Her Best In May - 2:52  (Charles Aznavour, Gene Lees, Roche)
i.HX-5133   Sweet Beginning  (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
j.HX-5134   The Golden Rule  (Unknown)
k.HX-5135   The Joker  (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
l.HX-5136   Feeling Good - 2:51  (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)

Date: 15 October 1965

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Claus Ogerman (arr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.HX-5184   The Second Best Secret Agent In The Whole Wide World - 1:50  (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
b.HX-5185   If You Want This Love Of Mine - 2:42  (Baker Knight)
c.HX-5186   Your Other Love - 2:39  (Baker Knight)

HX-5184 recorded for the 1966 Bond-spoof film "License To Kill" (aka "The Second Best Secret Agent In The Whole Wide World"). An alternate take of this recording is available for download on iTunes.


Date: 11 June 1966
Location: United Recordings, Las Vegas

Laurindo Almeida, Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Laurindo Almeida (g), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.J-4328   Joey, Joey, Joey - 4:16  (Frank Loesser)
b.J-4329   Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye - 4:01  (Cole Porter)
c.J-4330   I'm Always Chasing Rainbows - 2:20  (Harry Carroll, Joseph McCarthy)
d.J-4331   Speak Low - 3:32  (Kurt Weill, Ogden Nash)
e.J-4332   Where Is Love? - 3:00  (Lionel Bart)
f.J-4333   Here's That Rainy Day - 2:15  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
g.J-4334   Misty - 2:19  (Erroll Garner, Johnny Burke)

Date: 23 June 1966

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

a.J-4380   Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye - 2:31  (Cole Porter)
b.J-4381   Whisper To One - 2:30  (Benny Carter)
c.J-4382   All That Jazz - 2:10  (Al Stillman, Benny Carter)

Date: 9 August 1966

Laurindo Almeida, Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Laurindo Almeida (g), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.J-4447   We'll Be Together Again - 3:14  (Carl Fischer, Frankie Laine)
b.J-4448   The Folks Who Live On The Hill - 3:40  (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II)
c.J-4449   Two Different Worlds - 3:21  (Sid Wayne, Al Frisch)
d.J-4450   The Shadow Of Your Smile - 4:12  (Johnny Mandel, Paul Francis Webster)

Date: 10 August 1966

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Ernie Freeman (arr, con), Jimmy Bowen (pdr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.J-4453   We'll Be Together Again - 2:47  (Carl Fischer, Frankie Laine)
b.J-4454   The Good Life - 2:40  (Sacha Distel, Jack Reardon)
c.J-4455   Shake! Shake! Shake! - 3:02  (Bobby Adams, Bobby Stevenson)

Ernie Freeman (arr) on a; (con) on a; Jimmy Bowen (pdr) on a.


Date: 7 February 1967

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), H. B. Barnum (arr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v, spk)

a.K-4819   Children, Children - 3:22  (Kenneth Kaganovitch, Ronald F. Rose)
b.K-4820   Don't Blame The Children - 3:31  (H. B. Barnum, Reeve)
c.K-4821   She Believes In Me - 2:50  (Baker Knight)

Sammy Davis, Jr. (v) on a, c; (spk) on b.


Date: 14 April 1967

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), J. J. Johnson (arr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.K-4926   I've Got You Under My Skin - 2:22  (Cole Porter)
b.K-4927   I'm Glad There Is You - 2:27  (Paul Madeira, Jimmy Dorsey, Paul Mertz)
c.K-4928   The Impossible Dream  (Mitch Leigh, Joe Darion)
d.K-4929   Uptight - 3:04  (Stevie Wonder, Henry Cosby, Silvia Moy)
e.K-4929   You've Got Your Troubles - 3:04  (Roger Cook, Roger Greenaway)
f.K-4930   The More I See You - 4:36  (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren)
g.K-4930   The Second Time Around - 4:36  (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)

d, e;   f, g performed as medleys.

J. J. Johnson (arr) on a-b.


Date: ca. July 1967
Location: Olympic Studios, South London

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Marty Paich (arr, con), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.KA-6064   Beautiful Things - 4:46  (Leslie Bricusse)
b.KA-6065   When I Look In Your Eyes - 3:10  (Leslie Bricusse)
c.KA-6066   My Friend, The Doctor - 2:53  (Leslie Bricusse)
d.KA-6067   At The Crossroads - 2:16  (Leslie Bricusse)
e.KA-6068   Doctor Dolittle - 2:00  (Leslie Bricusse)
f.KA-6069   Something In Your Smile - 4:08  (Leslie Bricusse)
g.KA-6070   I Think I Like You - 2:53  (Leslie Bricusse)
h.KA-6071   After Today - 2:22  (Leslie Bricusse)
i.KA-6072   Talk To The Animals - 2:55  (Leslie Bricusse)
j.KA-6073   Fabulous Places - 2:30  (Leslie Bricusse)
k.KA-6074   I've Never Seen Anything Like It - 2:04  (Leslie Bricusse)
l.KA-6075   Where Are The Words - 2:52  (Leslie Bricusse)

Date: 1 February 1968

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Richard Wess (arr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.L-6418   Lonely Is The Name - 3:15  (Bert Kaempfert, Herbert Rehbein)
b.L-6419   Up, Up And Away - 3:28  (Jimmy Webb)
c.L-6454   If My Friends Could See Me Now - 2:36  (Dorothy Fields, Cy Coleman)
d.L-6455   I'm A Brass Band - 1:34  (Dorothy Fields, Cy Coleman)
e.L-6456   Here I'll Stay - 3:06  (Alan Lerner, Kurt Weill)
f.L-6457   My Personal Property - 2:22  (Dorothy Fields, Cy Coleman)
g.L-6458   Don't Take Your Time - 2:37  (Roger Nichols, Tony Asher)

Richard Wess (arr) on c-f.


Date: 4 March 1968

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Al Capps, Mike Post, Richard Wess (arr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.L-6460   Bein' Natural Bein' Me - 2:38  (Walt Meskell, Mike Post)
b.L-6461   Break My Mind - 2:45  (John D. Loudermilk)
c.L-6462   Please Don't Go - 2:37  (David Cohen)
d.L-6463   I've Gotta Be Me - 2:54  (Walter Marks)
e.L-6464   Sweet November - 2:40  (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
f.L-6465   Somebody - 2:23  (Ben Weisman, Sid Wayne)

Al Capps (arr) on a; Mike Post (arr) on b; Richard Wess (arr) on d-f.

One of the recordings from this session made the Billboard Charts. "I've Gotta Be Me" peaked at #11, and was on the charts for 16 weeks.


Date: ca. June 1968

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

a.L-6643   Times Ain't What They Used To Be  (Unknown)
b.L-6644   Another Strange Town  (Unknown)
c.L-6645   It's A Happening World - 2:28  (Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil)
d.L-6646   Love Is Just A Meaningless Word - 2:50  (Jimmy Webb, Mike Post, Waite)

Date: 24 June 1968

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Al Capps (arr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.L-6647   A Man Without A Dream  (Unknown)
b.L-6648   Do What You Gotta Do - 2:34  (Jimmy Webb)
c.L-6649   Turnaround - 2:37  (Mike Post)
d.L-6650   She Is Today - 2:45  (Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil)
e.L-6664   The Goin's Great  (Sammy Cahn, Stanley Applebaum)

Al Capps (arr) on c.


Date: 30 October 1968

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

a.LA-6911   Tomorrow With Me - 2:49  (Leslie Bricusse)
b.LA-6912   MacArthur Park - 6:59  (Jimmy Webb)
c.LA-6913   This Guy's In Love With You - 3:26  (Burt Bacharach, Hal David)

The Pazzazz release only contains a 3-minute excerpt of "Macarthur Park". Curiously, this release also contains the previous unreleased recording of "This Guy's In Love With You" despite being an otherwise cut-price, poor quality collection.


Date: 3 March 1969

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Ernie Freeman, Richard Wess (arr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.M-7246   I Have But One Life To Live - 2:39  (Dick Monda, Richard Burns)
b.M-7247   All This World And The Seven Seas  (Cindy Walker)
c.M-7248   Take It From One Who Knows - 2:54  (Edward Heyman, Leo Friedman)
d.M-7249   The Goin's Great - 2:24  (Sammy Cahn, Stanley Applebaum)
e.M-7250   In This Crowded World - 3:49  (Johnny Mandel, Aaron Sachs)
f.M-7251   The Impossible Dream - 2:39  (Mitch Leigh, Joe Darion)

Ernie Freeman (arr) on a-c; Richard Wess (arr) on d-f.


Date: 6 March 1969

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), George Rhodes (arr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.M-7253   I Have Dreamed - 3:00  (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II)
b.M-7254   This Guy's In Love With You - 3:26  (Burt Bacharach, Hal David)
c.M-7255   What Became Of Me? - 2:54  (Charles Strouse, Lee Adams)

Date: 1 April 1969
Location: Decca Recording Studios, New York

Ralph Burns (arr), Joseph Gershenson (con), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.121379   Rhythm Of Life - 3:00  (Dorothy Fields, Cy Coleman)

This is a master edited from matrix L 15076 (see the session date 16 January, 1969 on the Film and TV Appearances page of this discography), to alter it for release on a 45.


Date: 22 October 1969

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), George Rhodes, Billy Strange (arr), Jimmy Bowen (pdr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.M-17757   Wichita Lineman - 3:04  (Jimmy Webb)
b.M-17758   For Once In My Life - 3:20  (Ronald Miller, Orlando Murden)
c.M-17759   You'd Better Sit Down, Kids - 3:45  (Sonny Bono)
d.M-17760   My Way - 3:26  (Claude Francois, Jacques Revaux, Gilles Thibault, Paul Anka)
e.M-17761   Hi-Heel Sneakers - 4:17  (Robert Higginbotham)

When Davis left Reprise for Motown in 1970, he took with him the masters of his last two Reprise recording sessions. This material was used in his first Motown album.

There is some thought that Davis' backing band for these two Reprise sessions was "Blood, Sweat and Tears". Some reasons for this include Davis' thanking of B,S&T on record at the end of 'Spinning Wheel', plus the fact that many of the titles recorded were tunes made popular by, or written by members of, B,S&T. However, there is no official recognition of the band, and listenings of the album have determined it is highly unlikely B,S&T were involved.


Date: 18 November 1969

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), George Rhodes, Billy Strange (arr), Jimmy Bowen (pdr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.M-17840   Spinning Wheel - 3:18  (David Clayton-Thomas)
b.M-17841   You've Made Me So Very Happy - 4:37  (Berry Gordy, Jr., Frank Wilson, Brenda Hollaway, Patrice Hollaway)
c.M-17842   And When I Die - 4:42  (Laura Nyro)
d.M-17843   In The Ghetto - 3:50  (Scott Davis)

Sammy Davis, Jr. signs for Motown Records

It was clear by 1970 that Sammy Davis, Jr.'s music was not selling well on Reprise, and that this was unlikely to change. His manager Sy Marsh decided a change was necessary. Berry Gordy, Jr.'s Motown seemed like a good fit. In the words of Marsh, "the world's number one record producer, who's black, has signed the world's greatest entertainer, who's also black". Part of the deal signed in April 1970 was that a new label be created, called Ecology, and be distributed under the Motown umbrella.

The first move made by Motown was to release the masters Sammy had taken with him from his last two Reprise sessions in October and November 1969. The material was largely covers of Blood, Sweat and Tears songs, and other popular music of the day, and was titled "Something For Everyone". The cover art was outrageous to say the least, featuring Sammy in the midst of what looked like his own personal harem. The album was a commercial failure, which must have given Motown some pause.

Davis laid down new tracks for Motown, although it appears that most were still being produced by his former Reprise producer, Jimmy Bowen. One single was released on the new Ecology label. Other tracks recorded were produced by Marvin Gaye with an eye to releasing a 'real' Motown LP. Motown engineers were also sent to record live concerts at Carnegie Hall. What happened to all these recordings is a mystery - the only details that appear here are of Motown recordings later taken across to MGM by Sammy.

After neither the LP nor the Ecology single sold well, Motown declined to issue another LP. According to Davis' 1989 memoir "Why Me?", Gordy told Marsh they didn't think Sammy had "the Motown sound". Marsh indicated that this wasn't exactly a suprise, and with the threat of going public over Motown's inability to make the Sammy situation work, subsequently talked Gordy into severing the relationship and providing Davis with unreleased material. And so the deal was reached which saw Sammy leave Motown quietly.


Date: ca. late 1970
Location: Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Ernie Freeman (arr), Jimmy Bowen (pdr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.P4120-1B   In My Own Lifetime - 2:35  (Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick)
b.P4120-2B   I'll Begin Again - 2:30  (Leslie Bricusse)

Despite the fact that Sammy signed with Motown in April of 1970, this session is dated to late 1970 or early 1971 by the content - "In My Own Lifetime" was from the Broadway musical "The Rothschilds" which opened in October 1970, and "I'll Begin Again" was from the movie musical "Scrooge" which opened in November 1970.

The single from this session (the only release on Sammy's Motown label Ecology) was released in March 1971. Once these recordings were bought by MGM, they were given the new master numbers 71L 3925 and 72L 3203 respectively.


Date: ca. late 1970 or early 1971
Location: Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Perry Botkin, Jr. (arr), Jimmy Bowen (pdr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.(71L 2769)   I Want To Be Happy - 2:47  (Irving Caesar, Vincent Youmans, Otto Harbach)
b.(72L 3200)   Have A Little Talk With Myself - 3:28  (Ray Stevens)
c.(72L 3201)   Willoughby Grove - 3:55  (Bobby Scott, Danny Meehan)
d.(72L 3202)   Put Your Hand In The Hand - 2:13  (Gene MacLellan)

These performances are studio recordings bought by MGM from Motown in August 1971. The master numbers listed are those given to the recordings by MGM.


Sammy Davis, Jr. signs for MGM Records

Once he had secured a release from Motown, Sammy Davis, Jr.'s manager, Sy Marsh, sought expressions of interest in signing Sammy, and eventually turned to a man keen to have Davis on his roster - Mike Curb, of MGM Records. Marsh's first priority was to get Curb to release the outstanding Motown material, although Curb had his own ideas about what material might be commercially successful.

Curb's first idea was that of pairing Davis with his own chorus of young singers, the Mike Curb Congregation, on a song that the Congregation had already recorded solo, "The Candy Man". The idea was totally unpalatable to Davis, who had to be convinced to record it, and after doing so considered that "this record is going straight into the toilet. Not just around the rim, but into the bowl, and it may just pull my whole career down with it."

Instead, the very reverse occurred. "The Candy Man" became the most successful single of Davis' career. After debuting on the Billboard Charts on 11th March 1972, the single remained there for 21 weeks, peaking at #1 on 17th June (where it remained for three weeks). MGM then appears to have taken some of the content brought over from Motown, added additional content recorded for MGM, and released the album "Now" in April 1972. It was also successful, charting at #11.

Alongside a still-famous appearance on 19th February on "All In The Family" in which he kissed bigot Archie Bunker, "The Candy Man" briefly reinvigorated Sammy's career. Despite this, subsequent albums on MGM through 1973 and 1974 were largely failures, coming as they did during a period in which Davis' career faced problems, some of a political nature. In July 1971, he had been appointed by President Richard Nixon to the National Advisory Council on Economic Opportunity. He was also asked to go to Vietnam, as a personal emissary of the President, to perform for the troops, and also report back on solutions to prevent soldiers' drug addictions.

Sammy considered the trip (taken in February 1972) an honour, and submitted recommendations to the President upon his return. Davis duly appeared at the Republican National Convention in August 1972 in support of Nixon, hugging him in the process. Davis immediately received heavy criticism from all corners - from blacks, liberals and white racists alike. His live performances, and stints on television shows such as "NBC Follies" were less well received, and he felt alienated from the black community, a cause he had fought hard for during the 1960s. 1973 began a period of five years of heavy drug and alcohol addiction.

He would gain one more signature song, though, in the early 1970s - "Mr. Bojangles". This was another song which Davis only very reluctantly began including in his act (perhaps fearing its autobiographical potential), and once it proved popular, he recorded it for MGM. It soon became the closing number to his act and remained closely identified with him for the rest of his career.

None of Davis' MGM LPs have been directly reissued on CD, and there also remains some unissued material. Many individual recordings have, however, made it onto compilation CDs.


Date: 19 August 1971
Location: Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Don Costa (arr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v), The Mike Curb Congregation (bkv)

a.71L 2691   I Am Over 25 (But You Can Trust Me) - 3:00  (Mack David, Mike Curb)
b.71L 2692   The Candy Man - 3:10  (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
c.71L 2693   Time To Ride - 2:19  (Mack David, Mike Curb)
d.71L 2694   I Have Watched You  (Unknown)

The Mike Curb Congregation (bkv) on a-b.

"The Candy Man" was on the Billboard Charts for 21 weeks, peaking at #1 (where it remained for three weeks). This was Davis' only US #1 hit. The release, MGM 14320, went Gold, selling over a million copies.


Date: ca. September 1971
Location: Las Vegas

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

a.71L 2768   Mr. Bojangles  (Jerry Jeff Walker)

Date: 23 October 1971
Location: Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Don Costa (arr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.71L 2841   MacArthur Park - 7:14  (Jimmy Webb)
b.71L 2842   When The Wind Was Green - 3:10  (Don Hunt, Henry Stinson)
c.71L 2843   This Is My Life - 3:13  (Bruno Canfora, Norman Newell, A. Amurri)
d.71L 2844   Let My People Go  (Unknown)

Date: ca. January 1972
Location: Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Isaac Hayes, Onzie Horne (arr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.72L 3151   John Shaft (Theme From "Shaft") - 3:59  (Issac Hayes, Bettye Crutcher)

This recording was placed on a 45, MGM K14370, but the single was never released.


Date: 18 February 1972
Location: Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Perry Botkin, Jr. (arr, con), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.72L 3234   Take My Hand - 4:22  (Jack O'Brien, Bob James)

Date: 28 April 1972
Location: Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Don Costa (arr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.72L 3534   You Can Have Her (I Don't Want Her) - 7:01  (Bill Cook)

Date: 14 June 1972
Location: Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Don Costa (arr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v), The Mike Curb Congregation (bkv)

a.72L 2768   Mr. Bojangles - 5:43  (Jerry Jeff Walker)
b.72L 3664   All The Good Things In Life - 5:25  (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
c.72L 3665   The People Tree - 2:25  (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)

The Mike Curb Congregation (bkv) on c.


Date: 16 June 1972
Location: Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Don Costa (arr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v), The Mike Curb Congregation (bkv)

a.72L 3702   Tomorrow - 2:57  (Leslie Bricusse)
b.72L 3703   I Do Not Love You - 4:11  (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
c.72L 3704   Sweet Gingerbread Man - 2:44  (Michel LeGrand, Alan Bergman)
d.72L 3705   It's A Musical World - 3:11  (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)

The Mike Curb Congregation (bkv) on c-d.


Date: 14 July 1972
Location: Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Don Costa (arr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.72L 3792   Love Is All Around (Theme From "Mary Tyler-Moore Show") - 2:28  (Sonny Curtis)
b.72L 3793   Somethin' Comin' On  (Joe Cocker, Chris Stainton)

Date: ca. 1973
Location: Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Michael Viner (pdr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.64VK69-1   My Shining Hour - 2:13  (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
b.64VK67-1   Teach Me Tonight - 3:09  (Sammy Cahn, Gene DePaul)
c.64VK76-1   Work Song - 2:14  (Oscar Brown, Jr., Nat Adderley)
d.64VK73-1   Why Try To Change Me Now - 3:28  (Joseph McCarthy, Cy Coleman)
e.64VK65-1   April In Paris - 2:48  (Erwin "Yip" Harburg, Vernon Duke)
f.64VK70-1   New York City Blues - 2:56  (Peggy Lee, Quincy Jones)
g.64VK66-1   You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You - 3:06  (Larry Stock, Russ Morgan, James Cavanaugh)
h.64VK68-1   The Girl From Ipanema - 4:09  (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius DeMoraes, Norman Gimbel)
i.64VK71-1   Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now - 2:56  (Andy Razaf, Fats Waller)

These recordings do not appear in any listings of MGM masters. MGM dipped into its Verve reservoir and took some alternate takes from Sammy's early Semptember 1964 session with Count Basie and His Orchestra, and re-recorded new vocals (complete with 70s-era affectations) over the top of most tracks. The resulting MGM album was listed as a "repackage" of the Verve album, although only 3 tracks survived unchanged from 1964.


Date: 23 January 1973
Location: Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Don Costa, Mike Curb, Johnny Harris (pdr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.73L 4745   A Legend In My Time (I'd Be) - 2:40  (Don Gibson)
b.73L 4746   I'm Not Anyone - 4:08  (Paul Anka, Johnny Harris)
c.73L 4747   Soul Song  (Unknown)

Mike Curb (pdr) on a; Johnny Harris (pdr) on b.


Date: 20 June 1973
Location: Los Angeles

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

a.73L 5303   London Is London  (Leslie Bricusse)
b.73L 5304   Fill The World With Love  (Leslie Bricusse)
c.73L 5305   You And I  (Leslie Bricusse)

Date: 21 June 1973
Location: Los Angeles

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

a.73L 5306   If I Ruled The World  (Leslie Bricusse, Cyril Ornadel)
b.73L 5307   Good Old Bad Old Days  (Richard Chase, Marcus Flynn)
c.73L 5308   Feelin' No Pain  (Fud Livingston)

Date: 22 June 1973
Location: Los Angeles

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

a.73L 5310   Hello, Los Angeles  (Leslie Bricusse)
b.73L 5311   The Way That I Love You  (Unknown)

Session also included Matrix 73L 5309, which was a 6-part Leslie Bricusse medley (the specific songs included is unknown).


Date: 18 August 1973
Location: Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Don Costa, Lon Norman (arr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v), The Mike Curb Congregation (bkv)

a.73L 5563   Singin' In The Rain - 2:50  (Arthur Freed, Nacio Herb Brown)
b.73L 5564   Chattanooga Choo-Choo - 2:30  (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren)
c.73L 5565   King Of Fools  (Unknown)

Don Costa (arr) on a; Lon Norman (arr) on b; The Mike Curb Congregation (bkv) on a-b.


Date: ca. 1974
Location: Japan (?)

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

a.   Chi-ki Chi-ki Sammy - 1:01  (Sammy Davis, Jr.)
b.   Get With It - 1:05  (Unknown)

These songs recorded for a Japanese commercial for "Suntory" Whisky, and were released only on an MGM promotional EP. "Chi-ki Chi-ki Sammy" is barely a song, and is simply the audio track of a commercial which features Sammy bopping along as he pours himself a drink!


Date: 17 April 1974
Location: Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Nelson Riddle (arr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.74L 5818   All The Things You Are - 3:30  (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II)
b.74L 5819   It Only Happens (When I Dance With You) - 4:09  (Irving Berlin)
c.74L 5819   They Can't Take That Away From Me - 4:09  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
d.74L 5819   I Concentrate On You - 4:09  (Cole Porter)
e.74L 5819   I've Got You Under My Skin - 4:09  (Cole Porter)
f.74L 5819   I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan - 4:09  (Arthur Schwartz, Harold Dietz)
g.74L 5819   By Myself - 4:09  (Arthur Schwartz, Harold Dietz)
h.74L 5820   Lover, Come Back To Me - 2:55  (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg)
i.74L 5821   Sweet And Lovely  (Unknown)

b, c, d, e, f, g performed as medley.


Date: 18 April 1974
Location: Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Nelson Riddle (arr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.74L 6322   Pass That Peace Pipe - 3:04  (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin, Roger Edens)
b.74L 6323   Get Happy - 2:34  (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
c.74L 6324   Be My Love - 3:03  (Sammy Cahn, Nicholas Brodsky)
d.74L 6326   That's Entertainment - 1:33  (Arthur Schwartz, Harold Dietz)

Date: 19 April 1974
Location: Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Nelson Riddle (arr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.74L 6325   I Don't Know Why (I Just Do) - 3:10  (Roy Turk, Fred E. Ahlert)
b.74L 6327   I'll Build A Stairway To Paradise - 2:04  (Buddy DeSylva, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
c.74L 6328   A Shine On Your Shoes - 2:33  (Arthur Schwartz, Harold Dietz)
d.74L 6387   That's Entertainment - 0:46  (Arthur Schwartz, Harold Dietz)

Date: 24 August 1974
Location: Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Don Costa, Lon Norman (arr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v), The Mike Curb Congregation (bkv)

a.74L 6575   Sing! - 2:38  (Joe Raposo)
b.74L 6576   This Is The House Of The People - 4:12  (Sullivan, Gill)

Don Costa (arr) on a; Lon Norman (arr) on a; The Mike Curb Congregation (bkv) on b.


Date: 25 October 1974
Location: Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Don Costa (arr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v), The Mike Curb Congregation (bkv)

a.74L 6617   Chico And The Man - 2:39  (Jose Feliciano)
b.74L 6618   Song And Dance Man - 2:44  (Wilburn S. Rice, Jerry G. Foster)

Don Costa (arr) on a; The Mike Curb Congregation (bkv) on b.


Recording Arrangements 1975-1980

The exact arrangements of Sammy's recording career from the mid-1970s onward are somewhat unclear. MGM was sold to PolyGram in 1972, and once they started to phase out the label, Mike Curb left to found Curb Records (which had a distribution deal with Warner Bros.) and formed the Warner-Curb label. Meanwhile, in 1976, PolyGram signed a distribution deal with 20th Century Records.

Therefore, Sammy's recording output from this point onward appears mostly on releases from Warner Bros., Curb Records and 20th Century. In the latter case, many releases were European only. It seems a constant was Mike Curb, who helped produce Sammy's few recordings during this period, which were mostly versions of TV themes. Davis also released live recordings of a concert in Australia in 1977.

The timeframe 1973-1977 saw Davis' heaviest period of drug and alcohol addiction. He became a somewhat unreliable and demanding live performer, and a cariacture of himself on such television shows as his barely watchable (even to Davis in retrospect) syndicated talk-show "Sammy and Company", which ran from April 1975 to early 1978. So it is not surprising that this period also saw Sammy's recorded output wane.

In 1978, Sammy's life began to turn around significantly, in part due to intervention from Frank Sinatra about Davis' substance abuse, in part due to intervention from Davis' own doctors about his alcohol abuse, and in part due to his involvement in a new production of the musical "Stop the World - I Want To Get Off". The production began rehearsals in April, toured from May to July, and opened on Broadway on 3rd August, 1978. The cast album would become Davis' second last LP release.

By 1982, Davis was back on top of his game, and had become a respected headliner again, touring the world to his former acclaim. But his time as a recording artist had long since come and gone. His final full length LP, a Country and Western album recorded in Nashville, was probably a labour of love for someone with a great affinity for all things Western (he had acted in several Westerns on film and television, and in his hey-day he was said to be one of the two fastest draws in Hollywood).

It did, however, provide easily licensable material for a million cut-price CD producers to use in their phony Davis 'Greatest Hits' or Rat Pack collections. This was a final indignity to a recording career that, until recently, has been criminally under-reissued on CD. Part of the blame for this lies with the various problems suffered by the Davis estate in the years following Sammy's death in 1990.


Date: ca. 1976

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Al Capps (arr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v), The Mike Curb Congregation (bkv)

a.VCA-7522   I Can Do That - 2:15  (Edward Kleban, Marvin Hamlisch)
b.VCA-7526   Showtime (For Everyone) - 2:58  (Al Kasha, Joel Hirschhorn)

Al Capps (arr) on a.

"I Can Do That" is a studio recording inserted (with applause) into Warner Bros' release of live performances at the Sydney Opera House in August, 1977 (see the Live Recordings page on this discography). The back-up vocals from this studio recording of "Showtime" were also included on that album over the top of Sammy's live performance of the song.


Date: ca. 1976

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Mike Curb, Michael Lloyd, Jim Vienneau (pdr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.   I Heard A Song - 2:49  (Marty Cooper)
b.   Snap Your Fingers - 2:51  (Grady Martin, Alex Zanetis)

Michael Lloyd (pdr) on a; Jim Vienneau (pdr) on b.

"I Heard A Song" is a tribute to great figures of then-recent American history, recorded for a special double LP featuring multiple artists which was released to celebrate the United States' bicentennary in 1976.


Date: ca. 1976

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Al Capps (arr), Dave Grusin (arr, con), Mike Curb (pdr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v), The Mike Curb Congregation (bkv)

a.   Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow (Theme From "Baretta") - 2:24  (Morgan Ames, Dave Grusin)
b.   You Can Count On Me (Theme From "Hawaii 5-O") - 2:08  (Morty Stevens, Hermine Hilton)
c.   We'll Make It This Time (Theme From "Kojak") - 3:10  (Billy Goldberg, Bill Dyer)
d.   Those Were The Days (Theme From "All In The Family") - 2:58  (Charles Strouse, Lee Adams)
e.   Movin' On Up (Theme From "The Jeffersons") - 3:01  (Ja'net DuBois)
f.   Love Is All Around (Theme From "Mary Tyler-Moore Show") - 3:28  (Sonny Curtis)
g.   Mary Hartman (Theme From "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman") - 3:16  (Wally Holmes)
h.   And Then There's Maude (Theme From "Maude") - 3:28  (Dave Grusin, Andrew Bergman)

Al Capps (arr) on b-c, g; Dave Grusin (arr) on a; (con) on a; The Mike Curb Congregation (bkv) on a, d-e.


Date: ca. 1978

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

a.   Plop Plop, Fizz Fizz - 2:36  (Miles Laboratories, Inc.)
b.   Plop Plop, Fizz Fizz - 2:38  (Miles Laboratories, Inc.)

Two versions of the Alka Seltzer advertising jingle "Plop Plop, Fizz Fizz" were recorded, one a 'Rock Version' and the other a 'Big Band Version'. Each contained a verse of the song that the other version did not have.


Date: ca. late 1970s

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

a.VCA-7555   Life Is A Woman - 3:36  (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
b.VCA-7556   It's Not Easy  (Unknown)
c.VCA-7557   When You Start Believing  (Unknown)

This performance of "Life Is A Woman" sees Sammy doing impressions. Its only release so far has been on on a Curb Records 'live' album, and so has had audience applause added.


Date: ca. May 1978
Location: Either Burbank or San Diego

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Billy Byers, Joe Lippman (arr), Ian Fraser (arr, con), George Rhodes (con, dir), Sammy Davis, Jr., Marian Mercer (v)

a.WCA-7930   I Wanna Be Rich - 3:01  (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
b.WCA-7931   What Kind Of Fool Am I - 4:04  (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
c.WCA-7932   Life Is A Woman - 4:12  (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
d.WCA-7933   Lumbered - 3:19  (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
e.WCA-7934   Once In A Lifetime - 2:56  (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
f.WCA-7935   Someone Nice Like You - 4:00  (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
g.WCA-7936   Meilinki Meilchik - 4:15  (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
h.WCA-7937   Typically English - 5:30  (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
i.WCA-8006   Gonna Build A Mountain - 4:35  (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
j.WCA-8010   Mumbo Jumbo - 3:50  (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)

Marian Mercer (v) on a, f-h.

Sources indicate that the cast album for "Stop The World - I Want To Get Off" was recorded during the show's tour on the road in May. From May to July, the show toured San Diego, Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto, before opening on Broadway on 3rd August, 1978.


Date: ca. 1979

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), John D'Andrea (arr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v), The Mike Curb Congregation (bkv)

a.XCA 8963   That Old Black Magic - 3:29  (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)

Date: ca. 1982
Location: Sound Emporium, Nashville

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), The Sheldon Kurland Strings (acc), Bill Justin (arr), Larry Butler (pdr, p), James Capps, Steve Chapman, Ray Edenton, Leon Rhodes, Billy Sanford, Jerry Shook (g), Bob "King" Moore (b), Hargus "Pig" Robbins (p), Jerry Carrigan (d), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v), James "Buzz" Cason, Don Gane, Sherlyn Huffman, Lisa Silver, Dianne Tidwell, Bergen White (bkv)

a.   Oh, Lonesome Me - 2:38  (Don Gibson)
b.   Hey, Won't You Play (Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song) - 3:23  (Chips Moman, Larry Butler)
c.   We Could Have Been The Closest Of Friends - 3:14  (John Slate, Stevan Pippin)
d.   The River's Too Wide - 2:44  (Bob Morrison)
e.   Come Sundown - 3:20  (Kris Kristofferson)
f.   You're Gonna Love Yourself (In The Morning) - 3:12  (Donnie Fritts)
g.   What I've Got In Mind - 2:46  (Kenny O'Dell)
h.   Mention A Mansion - 2:20  (Bob Morrison, Deborah K. Hupp)
i.   Smoke, Smoke, Smoke (That Cigarette) - 3:02  (Merle Travis, Tex Williams)
j.   Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends - 3:26  (Kris Kristofferson)

A (somewhat) hideous collection of Country and Western songs. These 10 titles have been released in countless bargain-basement CDs and cheap (and misleading) 'Rat Pack' collections.


Date: ca. 1984

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Willie Hutch (arr, pdr), Gene Page (arr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

a.   Hello, Detroit - 4:57  (Berry Gordy, Jr., Willie Hutch)

Motown 1738 features an instumental version of "Hello, Detroit" on flip side of Sammy Davis, Jr.'s vocal "Hello, Detroit". This was Davis' last hit record, being a chart-topper in Belgium in 1984.


Date: ca. 1988

Lena Horne (ldr), Mike Renzi (arr), Sammy Davis, Jr., Lena Horne (v)

a.   I Wish I'd Met You - 4:20  (Johnny Mandel, Richard R. Bennett, Frank Underwood)

Sammy Davis, Jr.'s final studio recording.


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