PicTellMe: Sammy Davis Jr. was a multitalented entertainer with all the earmarks of a classic vaudevillian. He could sing, dance, act, and perform different comedy styles, and his peer impersonations were amazing. Davis had to rise above the indignities of racism, which made him a stronger person. His tenacity served him well when an early morning car accident left him without his left eye.
Davis was born on December 8, 1925, in New York City to an African American father, Sammy Davis Sr., and Puerto Rican mother, Elvera Sanchez. His grandmother raised him but could not prevent his father from bringing the 3-year-old Davis onstage to perform with the Will Mastin Trio. On November 19, 1954, a 28-year-old Davis, along with his friend and assistant Charley Head, were traveling south on Route 66 when his world changed suddenly and irrevocably. The Akron Beacon Journal reports Davis had just performed his first hit song “Hey There” on NBC’s “The Colgate Comedy Hour” and a late-night gig at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas.
He was scheduled to record the soundtrack for the 1955 film “Six Bridges to Cross,” so he drove his brand-new lime green Cadillac El Dorado back to Los Angeles instead of getting a hotel room. MORE HERE