Will Mastin

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Will Mastin, also credited as Will Maston (June 20, 1878 – March 14, 1979) was a dancer and singer.

Career on the dance floor[edit]

Will Mastin Trio - (L-R) Sammy Davis Sr., Sammy Davis Jr., and Will Mastin

Mastin was the leader of the Will Mastin Trio which included Sammy Davis, Sr. and his son Sammy Davis, Jr. Will Mastin was also the "uncle" of Sammy Davis, Jr.. Sammy's father Sammy Davis, Sr. and Will were good friends.

The Will Mastin Trio started out as just Will Mastin and Sammy Davis, Sr., but then Sammy Davis, Jr. joined at the age of three, and the group was named the Will Mastin Trio. Sammy performed "unbilled" in 1929 at the Veterans Memorial inColumbus, Ohio. The three appeared in the 1956 Broadway musical Mr. Wonderful.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Mastin was born in Madison, Alabama on June 20, 1878 to a single mother named Sally Mastin, according to the 1880 Federal Census of Enumeration and the California Death Index.

Death[edit]

Will Mastin died on March 14, 1979, at age 100, according to the California Death Index. He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, near Sammy Davis, Sr. and Sammy Davis Jr.[2][3] The epitaph on his tomb, says only: He Was A Vaudevillian, it does not provide birth and death dates.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. Wonderful". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Retrieved March 15, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Will Mastin (1878 - 1979) - Find A Grave Memorial". www.findagrave.com. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  3. ^ "Will Mastin (1878 - 1979) - Find A Grave Photos". www.findagrave.com. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  4. ^ "Will Mastin (1878 - 1979) - Find A Grave Photos". www.findagrave.com. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 

External links[edit]

RESOURCES 2003) In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis, Jr. Billboard Books. ISBN 978-0-8230-8395-4;