The Sammy Davis Jr. All-Star Spectacular

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The Sammy Davis Jr. All-Star Spectacular
Sammy Davis Jr. The Sammy Davis Jr. All-Star Spectacular Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by Sammy Davis Jr.
Released 1962
Recorded 1962
Genre Vocal jazz
Length 38:37
Label Reprise
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The Sammy Davis Jr. All-Star Spectacular is a 1962 studio album by Sammy Davis Jr. arranged by Morty Stevens. The first half of the album features Davis' impersonations of popular entertainers and celebrities.[1]

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Professional ratings
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Allmusic4/5 stars[2]

Lindsay Planer on Allmusic.com gave the album four stars out of five. Planer commented that Davis had been recorded like never before, both as a dynamic vocalist and as an actor of equally impressive proficiency. Planer described All-Star Spectacular as a unique album, capitalising on Davis' sizable talents as a "seminal master of melody and allowing for a peek into his infectious sense of humor".[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "That Lucky Old Sun" (Haven Gillespie, Beasley Smith) - 5:27 - In the style of Ray Charles and Frankie Laine
  2. "Be My Love" (Nicholas Brodszky, Sammy Cahn) - 3:28 - In Mario Lanza and Louis Armstrong
  3. "Lulu's Back In Town" (Al Dubin, Harry Warren) - 2:57 - In the style of Mel Tormé and Jerry Lewis
  4. "Stranger in Paradise" (Mel Tormé, Robert Wells) - 2:40 - With impersonations of Tony Bennett (with speech impediments) and Billy Eckstine
  5. "Ballerina" (Bob Russell, Carl Sigman) - 2:57 - In the style of Huckleberry Hound, Kingfish from Amos 'n' Andy and Nat King Cole NOTE: The rereleased version currently on Spotify is over :30 shorter and omits all impersonations.
  6. "Sonny Boy" (Lew Brown, Buddy DeSylva, Ray Henderson, Al Jolson) - 4:01 - With impersonations of Al Jolson (the song's originator), James Cagney, Bela Lugosi, Jimmy Stewart, Dean Martin, Edward G. Robinson, Boris Karloff
  7. "I Married an Angel" (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) - 2:02
  8. "Falling in Love Again" (Frederick Hollander, Sammy Lerner) - 3:28
  9. "You Can't Love' Em All" (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen) - 3:10
  10. "If You Are But a Dream" (Nat Bonx, Jack Fulton, Moe Jaffe) - 2:34
  11. "'Deed I Do" (Walter Hirsch, Fred Rose) - 2:14
  12. "Without a Song" (Edward Eliscu, Billy Rose, Vincent Youmans) - 3:39

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