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Sammy Davis Jr – Phantom Dancer 5 Jul 2022

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Sammy Davis Jr was an American singer, dancer, actor, comedian, film producer and television director. You’ll hear him selling Savings Bonds on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

Sammy Davis began his career at age 3 in vaudeville with his father Sammy Davis Sr. and the Will Mastin Trio, which toured nationally. His film career began in 1933, age 7…

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DANCER

Davis learned to dance from his father and his godfather Will Mastin. Davis joined the act as a child, and they became the Will Mastin Trio.

Throughout his career, Sammy Davis included the Will Mastin Trio in his billing. Mastin and his father shielded him from racism, for example by dismissing race-based snubs as jealousy. However, when Davis served in the United States Army during World War II, he was confronted by strong prejudice.

He later said: “Overnight the world looked different. It wasn’t one color any more. I could see the protection I’d gotten all my life from my father and Will. I appreciated their loving hope that I’d never need to know about prejudice and hate, but they were wrong. It was as if I’d walked through a swinging door for 18 years, a door which they had always secretly held open.”

TV

After his discharge, Davis rejoined the family dance act. He also recorded blues for Capitol Records in 1949 under the pseudonyms Shorty Muggins and Charlie Green.

In 1953, Davis was offered his own television show on ABC, Three for the Road—with the Will Mastin Trio. The show presented African Americans as people, instead of stereotypes, with a cast including Frances Davis, who was the first black ballerina to perform for the Paris Opera, actresses Ruth Attaway and Jane White, and Frederick O’Neal, who founded the American Negro Theater.

Davis appeared on the premiere of The Steve Allen Show in 1956.

In 1959 he starred in his own TV special, Sammy’s Parade, on the Canadian network CBC.

He had his own New York-based afternoon talk show in 1964.

Davis was a huge fan of daytime television, particularly the soap operas produced by the American Broadcasting Company. He made a cameo appearance on General Hospital and had a recurring role as Chip Warren on One Life to Live, for which he received a 1980 Daytime Emmy Award nomination. He was also a game show fan, appearing on Family Feud in 1979 and Tattletales with his wife Altovise in the 1970s.

He appeared on numerous television shows from the 1950s on, including The Rifleman, where he showcased his gunspinning skills. In ABC‘s 1960s hit medical drama Ben Casey, Davis addressed the loss of an eye.

When Westerns waned in popularity, he accepted parts in Emmy winning sitcoms like 1960s I Dream of Jeannie or in politically charged satires, including the 1973 episode of All in the Family, in which Davis famously kisses Archie Bunker (Carroll O’Connor) on the cheek. He ironically played to comic effect both himself and a Sammy Davis impersonator in the 1970s PI drama Charlie’s Angels, along with his wife, Altovise Davis.

He made a cameo appearance in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever, but the scene was cut.

In Japan, Davis appeared in television commercials for coffee and Suntory Whiskey.

He joined Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in a radio commercial for a Chicago car dealership.

MUSIC AND MUSICALS

In 1954, Davis was hired to sing the title song for the Universal Pictures film Six Bridges to Cross. He starred in the Broadway musical Mr. Wonderful in 1956

He was a headliner at The Frontier Casino in Las Vegas

Although he was still popular in Las Vegas, he saw his musical career decline by the late 1960s.

He had a No. 1 hit on the Easy Listening singles chart with “I’ve Gotta Be Me” in 1969. He signed with Motown to update his sound and appeal to young people.

His unexpected No. 1 hit was “The Candy Man” for MGM Records in 1972. He did not particularly care for the song and was chagrined that he had become known for it, but Davis made the most of his opportunity to revitalise his career.

In 1976 he sang the theme song for the Baretta television series, “Baretta’s Theme (Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow)” (1975–1978), which was released as a single (20th Century Records).

MOVIES

In 1959, Davis became a member of the Rat Pack, led by his friend Frank Sinatra, which included fellow performers Dean MartinJoey Bishop, and Peter Lawford.

The Rat Pack made several movies together, including Ocean’s 11 (1960), Sergeants 3 (1962), and Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964).
Shortly before his death in 1990, ABC aired the TV special Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration, produced by George Schlatter. An all-star cast, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Eddie Murphy, Diahann Carroll, Clint Eastwood, and Ella Fitzgerald, paid tribute to Davis.

5 JULY PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER Tuesday 5 July 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2SEA Eden Tuesday 6 – 7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
Breakfast Radio
Theme + Sugar Blues
Harry Kogan Orchestra (voc) Jack Baker, The Romeos
‘The Breakfast Club’
NBC Blue Chicago
17 Jun 1943
Clarinet Polka + Solitude + Instrumental
Harry Kogan Orchestra (voc) Marian Mann
‘The Breakfast Club’
NBC Blue Chicago
17 Jun 1943
Mid-show Theme + The Way You Look Tonight
Harry Kogan Orchestra (voc) Marian Mann, Don McNeil, Jack Baker
‘The Breakfast Club’
NBC Blue Chicago
17 Jun 1943
Violetta + CloseHarry Kogan Orchestra
‘The Breakfast Club’
NBC Blue Chicago
17 Jun 1943
Set 2
Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney
Open + When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bobbin’ Along + I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plans
Bing Crosby (voc) Buddy Cole Music
‘Crosby-Clooney Show’
KNX CBS LA
18 Sep 1961
It Will Be You
Rosemary Clooney (voc) Buddy Cole Music
‘Crosby-Clooney Show’
KNX CBS LA
18 Sep 1961
Brazil
Buddy Cole Music
‘Crosby-Clooney Show’
KNX CBS LA
18 Sep 1961
I’m Losing Control + Close
Rosemary Clooney (voc) Buddy Cole Music
‘Crosby-Clooney Show’
KNX CBS LA
18 Sep 1961
Set 3
Selling Bread
Open + Let’s Dress for Dinner Tonight
Ben Selvin Orchestra  (voc) Billy Jones and Ernie Hare
‘Taystee Loafers’
Radio Transcription
New York City
14 May 1934
Wake Up and Dream
Ben Selvin Orchestra  (voc) Billy Jones
‘Taystee Loafers’
Radio Transcription
New York City
14 May 1934
I Hate Myself
Ben Selvin Orchestra  (voc) Edith Murray
‘Taystee Loafers’
Radio Transcription
New York City
14 May 1934
Old Man Jingle + Close
Ben Selvin Orchestra  (voc) Billy Jones and Ernie Hare
‘Taystee Loafers’
Radio Transcription
New York City
14 May 1934
Set 4
Sammy Davis Jr
Open + That Ol’ Black Magic
Harry Sosnick and the Savings Bonds Orchestra
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1957
Something’s Got to Give
Sammy Davis Jr
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1957
Instrumental
Harry Sosnick and the Savings Bonds Orchestra
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1957
Earthbound  + Close
Sammy Davis Jr
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1957
Set 5
Dick Jurgens
Daydreams Come True at Night (theme)
Dick Jurgens Orchestra (voc) Eddy Howard
Radio Transcription
1941
I Wish I Was a Willow
Dick Jurgens Orchestra (voc) Eddy Howard
Radio Transcription
1938
Elmer’s Tune
Dick Jurgens Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1941
There’s Honey on the Moon Tonight
Dick Jurgens Orchestra (voc) Ronnie Kemper
Radio Transcription
1938
Set 6
Duke Ellington
Take the A-Train (theme) + Hayfoot Strawfoot
Duke Ellington Orchestra
WEAF NBC NY
1 May 1943
Frankie and Johnny
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘A Date with the Duke’
Regal Theatre
ABC Chicago
26 May 1945
Midriff
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘A Date with the Duke’
Regal Theatre
ABC Chicago
26 May 1945
Perdido
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘A Date with the Duke’
Paradise Theatre
ABC Detroit
19 May 1945
Set 7
Raymond Scott
Pretty Little Petticoat (theme) + Huckleberry Duck
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
1940
Blueberry Hill
Raymond Scott Orchestra (voc) Nan WynnPanther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
1940
And So Do I
Raymond Scott Orchestra (voc) Nan Wynn
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
1940
Four Beat Shuffle + Pretty Little Petticoat (theme)
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
1940
Set 8
Bop 1949
Tiny’s Blues
Chubby Jackson Orchestra
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
1220 Mar 1949
I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles
Jackie Kane & Roy Kral
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
1949
Father Knickerbocker
Chubby Jackson Orchestra
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
5 Mar 1949
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