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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: 14 April 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. 103 Chloe - 2:23(Gus Kahn, Charles Daniels, Neil Moret)
d. 104 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.


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), Sy Oliver, Morty Stevens (dir), Sam Taylor (ts), 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, Alexander Borodin)
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)

Sy Oliver (dir) on a-b, e; Morty Stevens (dir) on c-d; Sam Taylor (ts) on e.


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

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Sy Oliver, 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)

Sy Oliver (dir) on a-b; Morty Stevens (dir) on c-d.


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), Morty Stevens (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(Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
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(Stella Unger, Victor Young)
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, Al J. Neiburg, Jerry Livingston)
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(Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn)
c. L 8561 Tenderly - 3:45(Walter Gross, Jack Lawrence)
d. L 8562 It's Bigger Than You And Me - 2:21(Jule Styne, Leo Robin)
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(Lynn Russel, Gilbert Becaud, Lee Wilson)
b. L 8565 The Clown - 3:19(Paul Frees, Ruby Raksin)
c. L 8566 Circus - 3:02(Bob Russell, Louis Alter)
d. L 8567 Body And Soul - 3:45(Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton, Johnny Green)

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(Johnny Green, Sammy Cahn)

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), The Will Mastin Trio (tap)

a. 89241 Too Close For Comfort - 2:18(Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener, George David Weiss)
b. 89242 The World Is Mine (Tonight) - 3:13(George Posford, Andrew Marvel)
c. 89243 Jacques D'Iraque - 2:25(Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener, George David Weiss)
d. 89244 Without You I'm Nothing - 2:55(George David Weiss, Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener)

The Will Mastin Trio (tap) on c.


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

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

a. Too Close For Comfort - 1:34(Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener, George David Weiss)
b. Jacques D'Iraque - 3:15(Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener, George David Weiss)
c. Ethel, Baby - 2:18(Jerry Bock, George David Weiss, Lawrence Holofcener)
d. I've Been Too Busy - 2:56(Jerry Bock, George David Weiss, Lawrence Holofcener)
e. Without You I'm Nothing - 3:46(George David Weiss, Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener)
f. Sing You Sinners - 2:04(Sam Coslow, W. F. Harling)
g. Mr. Wonderful - 1:57(Lawrence Holofcener, Jerry Bock, George David Weiss)

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


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

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

a. 89253 Get Out Of The Car (Uh, Oh!) - 2:56(Claude Trenier, Cliff Trenier)
b. 89254 There - 2:45(Lawrence Holofcener, George David Weiss, Jerry Bock)

Sam Taylor (sax) on a.


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(Frank Loesser, Burton Lane)
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(Ben L. Trace, Clem Watts, 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 of Jamaica(June Carroll, Arthur Siegel)
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(Cowboy Copas)
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(Josef Myrow, Mack Gordon)
c. 101115 Perdido - 2:31(Juan Tizol, Hans Lengsfelder, Ervin Drake)
d. 101116 Temptation - 2:56(Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed)

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(Cowboy Copas)

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

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(Vincent Youmans, Irving Caesar)
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(Frank Loesser, Hoagy Carmichael)
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 - 2:45(Earl Robinson, Lewis Allen)
d. 101745 That Old Black Magic - 2:37(Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
e. 101766 Black And White - 3:08(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 McCarthy, Joseph Meyer)
d. 102546 I Push My Heart Through A Horn(Joel S. Herron)
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(Vernon Duke, Ira Gershwin)
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(Frederick Loewe, Alan Lerner)
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(Marvin Fisher, Mack Discant)
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(Billy Eckstine, Bob Russell)
c. 103418 The Blue Room(Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
d. 103419 I Cried For You(Gus Arnheim, Abe Lymen, Arthur Freed)

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(Vernon Duke, Erwin "Yip" Harburg)
b. 103511 Why Shouldn't I? - 4:06(Cole Porter)
c. 103512 Love Me - 3:18(Ned Washington, Victor Young)
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(Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
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(Ira Gershwin, George 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(Mack Discant, Dave Mann)
b. 104748 I Ain't Gonna Change (The Way I Feel About You) - 2:13(Johnny Lange, Phil J. Tuminello)
c. 104749 Song And Dance Man - 3:07(Barry Mann, Bob Hilliard)

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(Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn)
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(Dubose Heyward, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
b. L 11271 Buenas Noches, Mi Amor(Alexandre Schwab, Hubert Giraud)

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(Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim)
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(Arthur Johnston, Johnny Burke)
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(Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn)
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(Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
e. 107519 Change Partners - 2:48(Irving Berlin)
f. 107520 Too Late Now - 3:09(Burton Lane, Alan Lerner)
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(Ahmet Nugetre, Ray Charles)
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(Ahmet Nugetre, Ray Charles)

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)

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(Jack Wolf, Joel S. Herron, Frank Sinatra)
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(Oscar Levant, Edward Heyman)
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. 19 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(Robert Craig Wright, George 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. 6 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(Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn)
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(Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse)
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(Lee Adams, Charles Strouse)
b. 453 That Great Come-And-Get-It Day - 2:42(Burton Lane, Erwin "Yip" Harburg)
c. 454 Make Someone Happy - 3:00(Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne)
d. 455 Two Ladies In De Shade Of De Banana Tree - 3:01(Truman Capote, Harold Arlen)

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(Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers)
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: 15 January 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(Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
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: 22 June 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: ca. 23 June 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: 26 June 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: 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(Dave Dreyer, Al Jolson, Billy Rose)
b. 1510 Sam's Song - 2:44(Jack Elliot, Lew Quadling)

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


Date: 14 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(Stella Unger, Victor Young)

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


Date: 19 November 1962

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

a. 1550 Here's A Kiss For Christmas - 2:55(Don George)

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


Date: 25 February 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(Peter Farrow, Robert Allen, 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: 8 March 1963

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

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

Date: 18 April 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(Irving Mills, Mitchell Parish, Duke Ellington)
c. 2240 Ballin' The Jack - 2:16(James Henry Burris, Chris Smith)
d. 2241 Over The Rainbow - 4:10(Harold Arlen, Erwin "Yip" Harburg)

Recordings at this session also included master number 2237, a spoken introduction to the LP being recorded.


Date: 22 April 1963
Location: Pye Records' Studios, London

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

a. 2242 Brokenhearted (Here Am I) - 3:30(Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
b. 2243 Jalousie - 4:35(Winifred May, Vera Bloom, Jacob Gade)
c. 2244 Smile - 3:10(Charles Chaplin, John Turner, Geoffrey Parsons)

Peter Knight (arr) on a-b, (con) on a-b.


Date: 23 April 1963
Location: Pye Records' Studios, London

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

a. 2245 This Was My Love - 4:21(Jim Harbert)
b. 2246 Lazy River - 2:52(Hoagy Carmichael, Sidney Arodin)
c. 2247 Give Me The Moonlight - 2:19(Albert von Tilzer, Lew Brown)
d. 2248 Tenement Symphony - 5:26(Hal Borne, Ray Golden, Sid Kuller)

Recordings at this session also included 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: 24 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: 10 July 1963
Location: Los Angeles

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

a. 2149 We Open In Venice - 2:10(Cole Porter)

Date: 12 July 1963
Location: Los Angeles

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Warren Barker, George Rhodes (arr), Morris Stoloff (con), Terry Rosen (g), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v)

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

Warren Barker (arr) on d; George Rhodes (arr) on a-b; Terry Rosen (g) on c.

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

"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: 13 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. 2198 That Old Black Magic(Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)

Date: 14 August 1963

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

a. 2199 It's All Right With Me - 5:56(Cole Porter)
b. 2200 In A Persian Market - 2:30(Albert W. Ketelbey, Hal David)
c. 2201 Hey There - 2:54(Richard Adler, Jerry Ross)
d. 2202 They Can't Take That Away From Me - 3:01(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Date: 15 August 1963

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

a. 2203 That Old Black Magic - 1:54(Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
b. 2204 Without You I'm Nothing - 2:08(George David Weiss, Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener)

Date: 16 August 1963

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

a. 2205 Spoken For - 3:07(Mickey Rooney)
b. 2206 And This Is My Beloved - 2:50(Robert Craig Wright, George Forrest, Alexander Borodin)
c. 2207 Oh, Bess, Oh Where Is My Bess - 3:24(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
d. 2208 Stan' Up An' Fight - 3:55(Oscar Hammerstein II, George Bizet)

Date: 17 September 1963

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

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

Date: 30 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: 21 November 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)

Date: 22 November 1963

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

a. 2431 Welcome To The Club - 3:28(Mel Torme)
b. 2432 California Suite - 24:21(Mel Torme)

Date: 29 January 1964

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

a. 2549 Some Days Everything Goes Wrong - 2:50(Ervin Drake)
b. 2550 Fools Rush In - 2:44(Rube Bloom, Johnny Mercer)
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(Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer)

Date: 30 January 1964

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

a. 2554 Blue Velvet - 2:44
b. 2555 It's All In The Game - 2:56(Carl Sigman, Charles G. Dawes)
c. 2556 Deep Purple - 3:06(Peter DeRose, Mitchell Parish)
d. 2557 Tracey - 3:19(Jule Styne)
e. 2558 Walk Right In - 2:43(Gus Cannon, Hosea Woods)

Date: 31 January 1964

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

a. 2559 Beautiful Things(Leslie Bricusse)
b. 2560 Kansas City - 2:46(Mike Stoller, Jerry Leiber)
c. 2562 A Stranger Called The Blues - 3:59(Mel Torme, Robert Wells)

Marty Paich (arr) on c, (con) on c.


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(Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn)
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.


Date: 13 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)

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

There was also a master number 2641, unhelpfully only titled “Once” recorded at this session.


Date: 20 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(Robin Beaumont, Leslie Bricusse)

Date: 22 April 1964

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

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

Date: 27 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(Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn)
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(Vernon Duke, Erwin "Yip" Harburg)
g. 2726 These Foolish Things - 3:54(Jack Strachey, Harry Link, Holt Marvell)

Date: 28 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. 2727 I Should Care - 2:51(Sammy Cahn, Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston)
b. 2728 Cry Me A River - 3:25(Arthur Hamilton)
c. 2729 Don't Cry Joe - 2:47(Al Piantados, Joe Marsala)
d. 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(Lee Adams, Charles Strouse)
b. There's A Party Goin' On(Lee Adams, Charles Strouse)
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: 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(Vernon Duke, Erwin "Yip" Harburg)
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(Fats Waller, Andy Razaf)
h. 64VK72 Blues For Mr. Charlie - 3:42(Bobby Sharp)
i. 64VK73 Why Try To Change Me Now - 3:24(Cy Coleman, Joseph McCarthy)
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(Quincy Jones, Sammy Davis, Jr., 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: 3 October 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: 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 - 1:38(Lee Adams, Charles Strouse)
f. 26062 Don't Forget 127th Street - 5:43(Lee Adams, Charles Strouse)

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 - 3:48(Charles Strouse, Lee Adams)
b. 26063 Can't You See It - 2:20(Lee Adams, Charles Strouse)
c. 26064 Gimme Some (Whiskey And Beer) - 1:52(Charles Strouse, Lee Adams)
d. 26065 Night Song - 3:39(Lee Adams, Charles Strouse)
e. 26066 Colourful - 2:39(Charles Strouse, Lee Adams)
f. Gimme Some (Whiskey And Beer) - 1:48(Charles Strouse, Lee Adams)

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

Assumed also recorded during this session is a reprise of “Gimme Some”, which was used to close the original LP. For the 1965 re-issue, Capitol instead included the orchestral accompaniment to the finale of the show, a boxing bout.


Date: 28 March 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)

Date: 30 March 1965

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

a. H-5087 Ramblin' Rose - 2:23(Noel Sherman, Joe Sherman)
b. H-5088 It's Only A Paper Moon - 2:19(Harold Arlen, Billy Rose, Erwin "Yip" Harburg)

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(Lee Adams, Charles Strouse)
b. 27069 Can't You See It - 2:24(Lee Adams, Charles Strouse)
c. 27070 Night Song - 4:04(Lee Adams, Charles Strouse)
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: 12 April 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(Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim)
e. H-5109 People - 2:56(Jule Styne, Bob Merrill)
f. H-5110 A Married Man - 2:22(Marian Grudeff, Raymond Jessel)

Date: 13 April 1965

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

a. H-5111 A Room Without Windows - 3:15(Ervin Drake)
b. H-5112 Do I Hear A Waltz? - 2:44(Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim)

Date: 14 April 1965

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

a. H-5113 The Joker - 2:07(Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
b. H-5114 A Wonderful Day Like Today - 2:24(Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
c. H-5115 Hello, Dolly - 2:37(Jerry Herman)
d. H-5116 Sunrise, Sunset - 3:48(Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick)
e. H-5117 The Other Half Of Me - 2:45(Stan Freeman, Jack Lawrence)

Date: 15 April 1965

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

a. H-5118 I Want To Be With You - 3:06(Charles Strouse, Lee Adams)
b. H-5119 Sweet Lorraine - 2:56(Mitchell Parish, Cliff Burwell)
c. H-5120 Straighten Up And Fly Right - 2:42(Irving Mills, Nat 'King' Cole)

Date: 16 April 1965

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

a. H-5121 For Sentimental Reasons - 2:11(Deek Watson, William Best)
b. H-5122 Ballerina - 2:20(Bob Russell, Carl Sigman)
c. H-5123 Unforgettable - 2:30(Irving Gordon)
d. H-5124 Mona Lisa - 5:00(Jay Livingston, Ray Evans)
e. H-5124 Too Young - 5:00(Sylvia Dee, Sidney Lippman)
f. H-5124 Nature Boy - 5:00(Eden Ahbez)

d, e, f performed as medley.


Date: 12 June 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)

Date: 13 June 1965

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

a. H-5203 This Dream - 2:52(Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
b. H-5204 More Than One Way - 3:11(Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)

Date: 8 August 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)

Date: 9 August 1965

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

a. HX-5128 When I Look In Your Eyes(Leslie Bricusse)
b. HX-5129 It's Christmas Time All Over The World - 2:34(Hugh Martin)

Date: 10 August 1965

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

a. HX-5130 I Wanna Be In Love Again(Johnny Mercer)
b. HX-5131 Jingle Bells - 1:11(James S. Pierpont)

Date: 11 August 1965

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

a. HX-5132 Paris Is At Her Best In May - 2:52(Gene Lees, Charles Aznavour, Roche)
b. HX-5133 Sweet Beginning(Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse)
c. HX-5134 The Golden Rule(Unknown)
d. HX-5135 The Joker(Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)

Date: 12 August 1965

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

a. HX-5136 Feeling Good - 2:51(Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse)

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(Benny Carter, Al Stillman)

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(Ronald F. Rose, Kenneth Kahn)
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(Harry Warren, Mack Gordon)
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: 28 June 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)

Date: 29 June 1967
Location: Olympic Studios, South London

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

a. KA-6071 After Today - 2:22(Leslie Bricusse)
b. KA-6072 Talk To The Animals - 2:55(Leslie Bricusse)
c. KA-6073 Fabulous Places - 2:30(Leslie Bricusse)
d. KA-6074 I've Never Seen Anything Like It - 2:04(Leslie Bricusse)
e. KA-6075 Where Are The Words - 2:52(Leslie Bricusse)

Date: 1 February 1968

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), 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)

Date: 5 February 1968

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

a. L-6454 If My Friends Could See Me Now - 2:36(Dorothy Fields, Cy Coleman)
b. L-6455 I'm A Brass Band - 1:34(Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields)
c. L-6456 Here I'll Stay - 3:06(Alan Lerner, Kurt Weill)
d. L-6457 My Personal Property - 2:22(Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields)
e. L-6458 Don't Take Your Time - 2:37(Roger Nichols, Tony Asher)

Richard Wess (arr) on a-d.


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(Sid Wayne, Ben Weisman)

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: 19 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(Jesse Colin Young)
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(Carole King, Gerry Goffin)
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(Leo Friedman, Edward Heyman)
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(Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields)

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)

Date: 25 November 1970
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(Vincent Youmans, Irving Caesar, 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. Bad Water(Jimmy Holiday, Jackie DeShannon, Randy Myers)

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.


Date: 26 November 1970

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

a. Fire And Rain(James Taylor)
b. Aquarius(Galt MacDermot, James Rado, Gerome Ragni)

Date: 27 November 1970
Location: Los Angeles

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

a. Honest Queen(Peter Allen)
b. (71L 3925) In My Own Lifetime - 2:35(Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick)

Ernie Freeman (arr) on b.

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: 18 January 1971

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

a. (72L 3202) Put Your Hand In The Hand - 2:13(Gene MacLellan)
b. (72L 3203) I'll Begin Again - 2:30(Leslie Bricusse)

Perry Botkin, Jr. (arr) on a; Ernie Freeman (arr) on b.


Date: 7 April 1971
Location: Las Vegas

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

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

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(Mike Curb, Mack David)
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: 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: 16 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)
b. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most(Fran Landesman, Tommy Wolf)
c. Because You're Mine(Sammy Cahn, Nicholas Brodsky)
d. Don't Believe The Laughter(Perry Botkin, Jr.)

Perry Botkin, Jr. (arr) on a, (con) on a.


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(Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse)

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: 7 September 1972
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(Cy Coleman, Joseph McCarthy)
e. 64VK65-1 April In Paris - 2:48(Vernon Duke, Erwin "Yip" Harburg)

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: 8 September 1972

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

a. 64VK70-1 New York City Blues - 2:56(Peggy Lee, Quincy Jones)
b. 64VK66-1 You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You - 3:06(Larry Stock, Russ Morgan, James Cavanaugh)
c. 64VK68-1 The Girl From Ipanema - 4:09(Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius DeMoraes, Norman Gimbel)
d. 64VK71-1 Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now - 2:56(Fats Waller, Andy Razaf)

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: 30 September 1973
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(Roger Edens, Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane)
b. 74L 6323 Get Happy - 2:34(Ted Koehler, Harold Arlen)
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 (Theme from "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.


Date: 12 February 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. VCA-7522 I Can Do That - 2:15(Marvin Hamlisch, Edward Kleban)
b. VCA-7526 Showtime (For Everyone) - 2:58(Joel Hirschhorn, Al Kasha)
c. Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow (Theme From "Baretta") - 2:24(Morgan Ames, Dave Grusin)
d. Love Is All Around (Theme From "Mary Tyler-Moore Show") - 3:28(Sonny Curtis)
e. We'll Make It This Time (Theme From "Kojak") - 3:10(Billy Goldberg, Bill Dyer)

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

"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: 13 February 1976

Sammy Davis, Jr. (ldr), Al Capps (arr), Mike Curb, Michael Lloyd, Jim Vienneau (pdr), Sammy Davis, Jr. (v), The Mike Curb Congregation (bkv)

a. I Heard A Song - 2:49(Marty Cooper)
b. Snap Your Fingers - 2:51(Grady Martin, Alex Zanetis)
c. You Can Count On Me (Theme From "Hawaii 5-O") - 2:08(Morty Stevens, Hermine Hilton)
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. Mary Hartman (Theme From "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman") - 3:16(Wally Holmes)
g. And Then There's Maude (Theme From "Maude") - 3:28(Dave Grusin, Andrew Bergman)

Al Capps (arr) on c, f; Michael Lloyd (pdr) on a; Jim Vienneau (pdr) on b; The Mike Curb Congregation (bkv) on d-e.

"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: 2 March 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: 24 April 1978

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

a. VCA-7555 Life Is A Woman - 3:36(Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse)
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: 4 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(Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse)
d. WCA-7933 Lumbered - 3:19(Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)

Marian Mercer (v) on a.

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: 5 May 1978

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

a. WCA-7934 Once In A Lifetime - 2:56(Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)

Date: 6 May 1978

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-7935 Someone Nice Like You - 4:00(Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
b. WCA-7936 Meilinki Meilchik - 4:15(Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse)

Date: 7 May 1978

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-7937 Typically English - 5:30(Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse)
b. WCA-8006 Gonna Build A Mountain - 4:35(Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse)
c. WCA-8010 Mumbo Jumbo - 3:50(Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)

Marian Mercer (v) on a.


Date: 5 February 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(Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)

Date: 22 July 1981
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)

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: 29 July 1981
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. Come Sundown - 3:20(Kris Kristofferson)
b. You're Gonna Love Yourself (In The Morning) - 3:12(Donnie Fritts)
c. What I've Got In Mind - 2:46(Kenny O'Dell)
d. Mention A Mansion - 2:20(Deborah K. Hupp, Bob Morrison)
e. Smoke, Smoke, Smoke (That Cigarette) - 3:02(Merle Travis, Tex Williams)
f. Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends - 3:26(Kris Kristofferson)

Date: 17 August 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: 5 February 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.


Sessions Reported: 188

Performances Reported: 675

Unique Songs Reported: 590

Unique Issues Reported: 447