The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show

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NBC (ended 1966)

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The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show

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The Sammy Davis Jr. Show was hosted by song-and-dance man Sammy Davis Jr. showcased his talents in this Musical Variety series. At the series start however Sammy was under contract for a "Special" with ABC and the stipulation was that he not appear on television until three weeks preceding the airing of that special. So after the premiere episode Sammy had three guest hosts fill in for him, they were Johnny Carson, Sean Connery and Jerry Lewis. Produced by Joe Hamilton with Associate Producer Carol Kritz. Sammy enlisted marvelous George Rhodes to head the orchestra and the Lester Wilson Dancers. His autobiographical book which had just been published in 1965 called Yes, I Can! told exactly all the odds this multi-talented performer had to overcome. He was only the second Black to host his own show. Nat King Cole was the first in the late 50's. However, the world of music was changing and with the Beatles invasion and more modern shows cropping up his show lasted a scant 15 episodes.

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