Sammy"Davis, Jr. (December 8, 1925 – May 16, 1990) was an American entertainer. Primarily a dancer and singer, he was also an actor of stage and screen, musician, and impressionist, noted for his impersonations of actors, musicians and other celebrities.

Sammy"Davis, Jr. (December 8, 1925 – May 16, 1990) was an American entertainer. Primarily a dancer and singer, he was also an actor of stage and screen, musician, and impressionist, noted for his impersonations of actors, musicians and other celebrities.

"The Candy Man" is a song which originally appeared in the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.  It was written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley specifically for the film. The song is best known through Sammy Davis, Jr.'s version, which appears on the Sammy Davis Jr. Now album. Though he admitted to hating the song, finding it too saccharine, it became his only number-one hit, spending three weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

"The Candy Man" is a song which originally appeared in the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. It was written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley specifically for the film. The song is best known through Sammy Davis, Jr.'s version, which appears on the Sammy Davis Jr. Now album. Though he admitted to hating the song, finding it too saccharine, it became his only number-one hit, spending three weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Samuel George "Sammy" Davis, Jr. (December 8, 1925 – May 16, 1990)

Samuel George "Sammy" Davis, Jr. (December 8, 1925 – May 16, 1990)

♔ Style #2Style Rat Pack - Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop

Caught on camera... the intimate photos that show the Rat Pack in full swing

♔ Style #2Style Rat Pack - Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop

Actor Sammy Davis Jr. brings his character to life on set of "Porgy and Bess." See more rare photos from the controversial Broadway play with LIFE. (photo: Gjon Mili—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Rare Photos From the Set of 'Porgy and Bess'

Actor Sammy Davis Jr. brings his character to life on set of "Porgy and Bess." See more rare photos from the controversial Broadway play with LIFE. (photo: Gjon Mili—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Sammy Davis Jr., 6 years old - one of the greatest tap dancers of all time.  um YESSSSS!!!!!!

Sammy Davis Jr., 6 years old - one of the greatest tap dancers of all time. um YESSSSS!!!!!!

Sammy DAVIS Jr. (1925-1990) * AFI Top Actor nominee > A "contract" was put out by Harry Cohn due to his interracial affair with Kim Novak, threatening 'you will lose your other eye' if it continued. Allegedly Frank Sinatra intervened and saved the day, but Davis married black showgirl Loray White, out of fear for his life. Lasted a few months before Davis got it annulled. Loray allegedly received $10,000 and a cadillac.

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Sammy DAVIS Jr. (1925-1990) * AFI Top Actor nominee > A "contract" was put out by Harry Cohn due to his interracial affair with Kim Novak, threatening 'you will lose your other eye' if it continued. Allegedly Frank Sinatra intervened and saved the day, but Davis married black showgirl Loray White, out of fear for his life. Lasted a few months before Davis got it annulled. Loray allegedly received $10,000 and a cadillac.

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