Sammy Davis Jr.
Sammy Davis, Jr., was a colossal talent who was not only a major recording star but also a luminary on the stage, film and television. Born into showbiz, Davis started out as a tap-dancing tyke whose skills were so dazzling that he kept his family act in business. He got into recording after befriending Frank Sinatra and developed a singing style that combined an outsized "Broadway" voice with a feel for jazz and R&B. Davis actually outsold Sinatra in the early 1960s with Top 10 ballads like "I've Gotta Be Me" and "What Kind of Fool Am I," which he alternated with more jazz-oriented work such as The Wham of Sam and Our Shining Hour (recorded with his pals Count Basie and Quincy Jones). His place in the Rat Pack along with friends Sinatra and Dean Martin now overshadows his truly impressive solo credentials, as well as his work bravely helping end segregation in America, often at the expense of his career and personal safety. Davis was nominated for or won numerous Grammys, Emmys and Tony Awards. He kept working and entertaining audiences until cancer claimed him in 1990. Davis remains an icon of glitzy showbiz at its best.
Sammy Davis Jr. Concert Films
Legends in Concert
Sammy Davis Jr.
Runtime: 43 minOnce again the legends in concert series captures all the atmosphere and magic enjoyed by millions in awe of Sammy Davis Jr. a.k.a (mr wonderful) in concert a must for any fan of his.
15 tracks live in concert by the original black Jewish rat-packer. Mr. Wonderful himself, Mr. Sammy Davis Jr. captured live in his prime, performing his best-known hits including 'Birth Of The Blues' and .You Rascal You.'
Sammy Davis Jr. Top Tracks
Adventures in the Kingdom of Swing
Runtime: 1 hr 2 minThis biography of musical legend Benny Goodman contains testimonials from various contemporaries and scholars, and offers several clips of the man in performance. Nearly two-dozen songs can be heard including "California, Here I Come," "A Fine Romance," "Why Don't You Do Right," "I've Got a Heart Full of Music," and "Bugle Cal Rag."
The Life of a Jazz Singer
Runtime: 1 hr 31 minAnita O’Day was one of the greatest of American jazz singers and this is her astonishing story—a journey of survival, and above all the endurance of her talent, told in a number of frank interviews with her and with those who knew her. Her career was long and eventful, spanning seven decades, her last album recorded when she was 84. Anita O’Day only ever wanted to be a singer and the film showcases performances that date back to the 50s with such artists as Gene Krupa, Roy Eldridge, Stan Kenton, Louis Armstrong and Hoagy Carmichael. She is shown teaching Billy Taylor how to be a jazz vocalist. She speaks candidly, always candidly, with Dick Cavett, Bryant Gumble and David Frost, with clips from interviews done on 60 Minutes and CBS This Morning. Bert Stern, commenting on his experience filming Anita perform Sweet Georgia Brown for his film Jazz on a Summer’s Day, said it was the greatest rendition of the song ever made. Anita was a musical genius and pioneer who broke reverse race barriers. She was commonly regarded as one of the top female artists of her time, together with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday. The film portrays her as a woman who lived her life the way she wanted without ever looking back. She speaks openly about how she had to overcome great adversities, including a 20-year addiction to heroin and alcohol. She chose never to have children and married for only a brief period. She lived an often lonely life that was sustained only by her passion for music. Personalities talk about her quirky personality, while jazz critics and her few still living contemporaries speak of her extraordinary talent and how amazing it is that she continued to sing for so long. The film shows Anita on tour in Europe well into her eighties and her making that final recording, shortly before her death, the death of an icon.
Judy, Frank, and Dean: Once in a Lifetime
Runtime: 48 minThis CBS special, filmed in 1962 and colorized in this version, brings together three legends in a once-in-a-lifetime concert. Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin indulge in their usual Rat Pack high jinks, swilling drinks, trading barbs and crooning catchy tunes. But it's Judy Garland in the spotlight here, the crown jewel among gems, belting out classics such as "The Man That Got Away," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" and more.
Legends in Concert
Runtime: 46 minIn the 1950s, the easy listening singer embarked on a solo career with a string of hits, propelling him into the limelight as a star. Andy Williams also hosted his own TV show which ran for nine years and this show features him singing with the elite of that era. Also featured on this show are fifteen of Wiliiam's all time classics, including "Just In Time," "You Do Something To Me," "I've Grown Accustomed To Your Face" and many more.
Sing Your Song
Runtime: 1 hr 45 minTold with a remarkable sense of intimacy, visual style and musical panache, Susanne Rostock's inspiring biographical documentary SING YOUR SONG surveys the life and times of singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte. From his rise to fame as a singer and his experiences touring a segregated country to his provocative crossover into Hollywood, Belafonte's groundbreaking career personifies the American civil rights movement. Rostock reveals Belafonte as a tenacious hands-on activist who worked intimately with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., mobilized celebrities for social justice, participated in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and took action to counter gang violence, prisons, and the incarceration of youth.
Runtime: 1 hr 11 minWorld-renowned vocalist and all-around cool guy Tony Bennett brings a touch of old-school class to MTV's Unplugged . Includes guest performers Elvis Costello and K.D. Lang and the songs It Had to Be You, Fly Me to the Moon, They Can't Take That Away from Me, Rags to Riches and more.
Runtime: 1 hr 11 minThe life, style and performances of legendary crooner Dean Martin are showcased on this film. Hits include 'That's Amore', 'Carolina In The Morning' and 'I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now'.
At The Royal Festival
Runtime: 51 min‘At The Royal Festival Hall’ was filmed at London’s famous venue on November 16, 1970.The concert was introduced by HSH Princess Grace of Monaco, the former Grace Kelly, who had co-starred with Sinatra in the film “High Society”. The setlist includes a superb rendition of George Harrison’s classic love song “Something” alongside classic songs such as “Pennies From Heaven,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “My Kind Of Town” and “My Way.”
Legends in Concert
Runtime: 57 minBobby Darin, was an American singer who performed in a range of music genres, including pop, rock, jazz, folk, and country.
Through the 1960s he became more active politically and worked on Robert Kennedy's presidential campaign. He was present with his campaign at the hotel in Los Angeles on the evening of his assassination. Occurring during the same year as he learned of the true nature of his birth, these events deeply affected Darin and sent him into a long period of seclusion.
Although he made a successful television comeback, his health was beginning to fail, as he had always expected, following bouts of rheumatic fever in childhood. This knowledge of his vulnerability had always spurred him on to exploit his musical talent while still young. He died at 37, following a heart operation in Los Angeles.
Legends in Concert
Runtime: 42 minSelling over 100 million records worldwide over 6 decades, with hits such as "hey good looking" and "papa loves mambo" both performed here in front of the cameras and presented on this fabulous dvd compilation