Artists in Action #768


Sammy Davis, Jr. looks down

5 comments:

John said...

I wonder what Sammy Davis would be doing if he were a young artist today. The guy could sing, dance, act, play multiple musical instruments. He evn did impressions - some of them not half bad. What is the current outlet for that particular "skill set" of talent? What sort of music would he actually be singing today? Hip-hop? Can't picture it somehow. What does a male dancer do with that piece of talent today? Other than hustle for work in various chorus lines and other such things? Maybe he'd just be a Vegas lounge act, virtually indistinguishable from the Sammy Davis Jr. of the 50's and 60's. I'm guessing he'd be a huge star, with one of the Vegas Strip casinos building a dedicated theater for his performances, paying him a few hundred grand a week to do 8 or 9 90-minute shows a week, running around the stage like a banshee. But it's sort of a singular talent set - not easily translatable to some other venue or stage setting.

Sock MonKey 1 said...

Good question, John. Perhaps people would be creating vehicles for Sammy and his talents. Another maybe: if Michael Jackson had been a little more stable in the psychology, he could have been what Sammy could have been if not for the racial barriers he faced.

Don't forget another of Sammy's talents: he was a great quick draw artist.

James P. Walsh said...

Sammy Davis Jr. was also a photographer and took many backstage shots. Some of them were pretty good but mostly it was the famous subjects that were the highlights of his stuff, as is and was the case with many celebrity / photographers it was the access to the backstage scenarios that was the attraction.

genn jene said...

being so versatile and adaptible, I'm sure he would have found a way to suit his talent to these times
(as would others of that era)

Yes, he can

swac said...

I've seen this image on an LP cover (not a SDJ record), but for the life of me I can't remember which one. Anyone out there know which one?