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Sammy Davis Jr In 'Tap'

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As pulled from Motown Magic, the clip below is a “…live performance of the song [Hello Detroit] on The Tonight Show. It’s a charming version of the song where the piano player throws in the “New York, New York” riff in the beginning. You can tell Sammy hears it, too. He gives a smile as if he’s in on a joke with musicians that he’s trying to do with “Hello Detroit” what Sinatra did with “New York, New York”. After the performance, Sammy apologizes to Detroiters for mispronouncing Belle Isle and asks for permission to continue to eat barbecue on Hastings Street. ‘

On this day in 1990 Sammy Davis, Jr. succumbed to cancer and went thru the Motown Gates of Heaven.

Real success is not on the stage, but off the stage as a human being, and how you get along with your fellow man. -Sammy Davis,Jr.

However, his legacy will never be forgotten.

Entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. Died On This Day In 1990


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