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“Sammy Davis, Jr.”

Al Stewart

When I first started playing for Sammy he was a member of the Will Mastin Trio. It included his father and his uncle Will. They, in fact, were billed as "The Will Mastin Trio with Sammy Davis, Jr." I played for them a number of times before Sammy went out on his own, and many times since he went solo. In 1972 I played for Sammy when he performed in Westbury, New York. It was a theatre-in-the-round with a revolving stage. During the show he did an extremely sensitive tribute in song and soft shoe to the great dancer, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. The name of the song was "Mr. Bojangles." This photograph was taken during his performance one evening as the stage came around to just above and in front of where I was sitting in the orchestra. The words of the song that Sammy was singing in this picture were "...old top hat and worn-out shoes."

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