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Sammy Davis Jr Sammy Davis Jr was born in Harlem on December 8 1925 to Elvera Sanchez a chorus girl and Sam Davis a dancer He was raised by his father and grandmother His father was in an act with Will Mastin who was a close friend of the family At a young age Sammy joined the act as a singer and dancer They were known as the Will Mastin Trio It was not the best job but it put food on the table Sammy tried to join the army when Pearl Harbor was bombed but he was too young The next year he got in He had to go through basic training eight times because there was not much room in the army for performers He was put down and spit on in the army but that made him want to perform more Upon his discharge the trio got back together and Sammy met Frank Sinatra for the first time Sammy wanted to be a big star and he realized this major difference between most black artists and the famous white artists Most black artists came on stage played some songs joked at or to each other and left The white artists talked with the audience It was as if the black artists were not fit to talk to the audience Sammy changed this at a nightclub in Hollywood He touched the audience This got him a record deal with Decca When Sammy was a rising star he was driving from Las Vegas to LA He had an accident that took away his left eye This gave him publicity and boosted his career After this he converted to Judaism and started to refer to God as The Cat Upstairs Sammy worked hard You already know he had many talents What you probably did not know is that he often worked on several projects at the same time He never received an award but he
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