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Sammy Davis JuniorSammy Davis Junior
Album: I've Gotta Be Me - The Very Best Of Sammy Davis Junior
Label: Charly
Tracks: 20

I was familiar with some of Sammy Davis Junior's work, but not all, so this seemed to me a perfect opportunity to do some exploring. It has often been the view that Davis was at least as good a singer than his fellow Rat Pack performer, Frank Sinatra, and listening to this collection, it is not difficult to see why.

This 20-track compilation of some of his greatest hits includes some of his less well-known hits, stand up easily and naturally amongst well- loved and classic hits, hits such as That Old Black Magic and my personal favourite, Mr Bojangles.

In the true style of the aforementioned Rat Pack, Davis effortlessly blends the varying sounds of Broadway, Big band, blues, soul and jazz, whilst on some tracks he also infuses his own country sound, to create an overall vocal style which could only be his. The songs hail from the 60s, yet there is something about their sound that is timeless.

It is hard to believe that Sammy Davis Junior died in 199, aged just 64 years old. I wonder what he would have gone on to produce, had he had the opportunity. However, there is no disputing that whilst he left us too soon, he left behind a remarkable musical legacy.

I have enjoyed exploring the songs I didn't know and rediscovering those I did. As such, this would be a great collection for long-time fans, or a great starting point for those new to his music. It is probably the best compilation of his material you will find.

Helen Mitchell