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|Prologue: Yes He Can||3|
|3||The Kid in the Middle||81|
|4||And Sammy Shall Lead Them||105|
|5||White Sammy, Black Sammy||116|
|6||Through a Glass Eye Brightly||151|
|7||The Great White Sammy Way||205|
|8||The Wonder of It All||228|
|9||A Hitchcockian Affair||252|
|10||On to Catfish Row||273|
|11||The Sands of Las Vegas and Beyond||294|
|12||Sammy and Hilly||317|
|14||Fade to Black||357|
|16||Sammy and Tricky Dick||399|
|17||Ode to the Vaudevillian||439|
|18||The Ides of Time||465|
|19||The Final Curtain||475|
|Epilogue: Mother of a Motherless Child||481|
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Posted July 4, 2004
Wil Haygood's book is the most compulsively readable biography I've ever had the good fortune to pick up. Sammy Davis, Jr. is my favorite performer of all time - his versatility was astonishing. Mr. Haygood's writing style reflects the energy of this incredible entertainer, capturing and chronicling Sammy's drive for perfection, love, fame. His gusto and greed for attention, affection, and life itself permeates every page. Mr. Haygood postulates at the outset and again at the end that Sammy's mother's indifference was a key influence in his life, yet I did not see much to support this idea in between. Sadly, Sammy turned out to have few parenting skills himself, and largely ignored his three children. The author also hints at the entertainer's alcoholism, but this is not fully explored. Nonetheless, this is a deliciously riveting tale of a nonstop performer, and almost impossible to put down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 30, 2004
I have just finished this book about the great Sammy Davis, Jr. Not only does the book relate to the person but also to the times in history and in the entertainment field. As an English major and one who respects the field, I found this book to be most enjoyable. The book Starts with vaudeville days when the young Sammy was only four. He became the lead in the Will Mastin Trio and would soon find his way to the big time. He doted on Frank Sinatra so much so that he learned to mimic him; this would lead to a fond relationship with the songster and later, into the Rat Pack. Sammy was a happy person on the inside but he was tortured inside. He wanted to be white. His father and Will had protected him from racial slurs until he was in WWII. This terrified the young man. He was a person who wanted unconditional love is whole life. Sadly he tried to buy love from those around him. Sammy would become the greatest dancer of his time, a singer, a musician, and a film star. Sammy did it all in the showbiz circuit. He will and should be remembered.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 13, 2004
Sammy Davis, Jr., the true 'I Gotta Be Me,' man was not only a topnotch entertainer but also a tortured individual according to this exhaustive biography by journalist Wil Haygood. More than simply a comprehensive biography 'In Black and White' is an intriguing chronicle of black entertainment in our country. Trained by his father and uncle Sammy had no classroom education but a world of stage smarts. As a small child he mastered soft shoe and tap to become the star of the vaudeville threesome 'The Will Mastin Trio.' There seemed to be nothing the youngster couldn't do whether it was singing, dancing, playing an instrument or miming other performers. This energetic bundle of talent couldn't be contained. He burst upon the television screen and was soon a member of Hollywood's celebrated 'Rat Pack' paling around and joking on stage with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Joey Bishop. Nonetheless, Sammy was black and they were white. He was very aware of the difference - where he could stay and where he could not. Once married to a black girl he later started dating blond white actresses and eventually wed May Britt, a union that shocked. He survived a 1954 car accident which caused him to lose an eye, and his face with the black eye patch soon became familiar. For reasons unknown and only surmised he converted to Judaism. When he told Jerry Lewis of his plan, Lewis asked, 'Don't you already have enough problems?' Problems were to dog him for all of his life. Beneath the happy veneer was a wellspring of anguish. 'In Black and White' is a memorable biography of a one-of-a-kind entertainer and an eye-opening glimpse of the world of entertainment as it once was.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 5, 2004
A BLOCKBUSTER!!!!! a must read for any who loves great bios,and entertainment books-a glimpse into a life that was lived at a frenetic pace by a one of a kind man. Well researched and well written -thought provoking-honest. the next best thing to talking to sammy yourself...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 9, 2004
Being an avid reader of biographies of call kinds, I was very impressed by this wonderful book. The author takes us through the years of vaudeville with Sammy and explains Sammy's desire to go on his own after starting in Vaudville at age three. Lots of information regarding how Sammy grew up, his unfortunate accident to his triumphs and many personal and professional relationships. Even his worship of Frank Sinatra and the Jewish faith(in that order!). Read this book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.