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#SammyDavis jr

– Sammy Davis Jr. (Harlem, 8 dicembre 1925 – Beverly Hills, 16 maggio 1990) è stato un ballerino, cantante, vibrafonista, batterista, attore e comico statunitense.

Sammy Davis Jr. era figlio di due ballerini di Vaudeville, Sammy Davis Sr. e Elvera Sanchez. Il lavoro nel mondo dello spettacolo li teneva lontani da casa per lunghi periodi, così fu la nonna materna ad occuparsi di lui nei suoi primi anni di vita. Quando Sammy Davis Jr. aveva tre anni, i genitori si separarono. Suo padre, che non voleva perdere la custodia del figlio, lo portò in tournée con sé.

 

– Samuel George Davis Jr. (December 8, 1925 – May 16, 1990) was an American singer, dancer, actor and comedian. He was noted for his impressions of actors, musicians and other celebrities. At the age of three, Davis began his career in vaudeville with his father and Will Mastin as the Will Mastin Trio, which toured nationally. After military service, Davis returned to the trio. Davis became an overnight sensation following a nightclub performance at Ciro’s (in West Hollywood) after the 1951 Academy Awards. With the trio, he became a recording artist. In 1954, he lost his left eye in a car accident, and several years later, he converted to Judaism.[1]

Davis’s film career began as a child in 1933. In 1960, he appeared in the Rat Pack film Ocean’s 11. After a starring role on Broadway in Mr Wonderful (1956), he returned to the stage in 1964’s Golden Boy. In 1966 he had his own TV variety show, titled The Sammy Davis Jr. Show. Davis’s career slowed in the late 1960s, but he had a hit record with “The Candy Man” in 1972 and became a star in Las Vegas, earning him the nickname “Mister Show Business”.[2][3]

Davis was a victim of racism throughout his life, particularly during the pre-Civil Rights era, and was a large financial supporter of the Civil Rights Movement. Davis had a complex relationship with the black community, and drew criticism after publicly supporting President Richard Nixon in 1972 (although he later returned to being a Democrat). One day on a golf course with Jack Benny, he was asked what his handicap was. “Handicap?” he asked. “Talk about handicap. I’m a one-eyed Negro Jew.”[4][5] This was to become a signature comment, recounted in his autobiography, and in countless articles.[6]

After reuniting with Sinatra and Dean Martin in 1987, Davis toured with them and Liza Minnelli internationally, before he died of throat cancer in 1990. He died in debt to the Internal Revenue Service,[7] and his estate was the subject of legal battles.[8] Davis was awarded the Spingarn Medal by the NAACP and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award for his television performances. He was the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 1987, and in 2001, he was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

 

 

 

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#FrankSinatra

Francis Albert Sinatra (Hoboken, 12 dicembre 1915 – West Hollywood, 14 maggio 1998) è stato un cantante, attore e conduttore televisivo statunitense di origine italiana.

Noto in Italia soprattutto come The Voice, in America e nel resto mondo era conosciuto anche con i soprannomi di Ol’ Blue Eyes, Frankie, Swoonatra (derivato dal verbo swoon, “svenire”, e riferito all’effetto che produceva sulle sue ammiratrici) e molti altri. Fu un personaggio importante e carismatico dell’intrattenimento americano e mondiale, ed entrò nella leggenda per l’eterna giovinezza delle sue canzoni, oltre che della sua voce, riuscendo ad imporsi nel panorama musicale mondiale dal primo dopoguerra fino ai giorni nostri, grazie ad una intensa attività durata ben 63 anni, dal 1932 al 1995, anno in cui tenne il suo ultimo concerto dal vivo.

Con 150 milioni di dischi venduti[ è considerato uno dei più prolifici artisti musicali, insieme a Chuck Berry, The Beatles, i Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Tom Jones, Madonna, Michael Jackson, i Queen, Cliff Richard e gli U2. Nella sua lunghissima carriera, che ha coperto ben sette decenni, si è aggiudicato due premi Oscar (più un Premio umanitario Jean Hersholt), due Golden Globes, ventuno Grammy Awards, un Emmy Award, il Cecile B. DeMille Award, un Peabody, il Kennedy Center Honors nel 1983.

Nel 1985 ricevette la Presidential Medal of freedom (Medaglia presidenziale della libertà) e nel 1997 gli Stati Uniti lo onorarono con la Congressional Gold Medal (Medaglia d’oro del Congresso). Oltre 2200 brani e più di 60 album di canzoni inedite pubblicati (esclusi i postumi e le raccolte), ne fanno uno dei cantanti con la maggior produzione musicale della storia.

– Francis Albert ” Frank Sinatra​ ” (/sɨˈnɑːtrə/; December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998[3]) was an American singer, actor, director, and producer.

Beginning his musical career in the swing era as a boy singer with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, Sinatra found success as a solo artist from the early to mid-1940s after being signed by Columbia Records in 1943. Being the idol of the “bobby soxers”, he released his first album, The Voice of Frank Sinatra, in 1946. His professional career had stalled by the early 1950s, but it was reborn in 1953 after he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in From Here to Eternity. He signed with Capitol Records in 1953 and released several critically lauded albums (such as In the Wee Small Hours, Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!, Come Fly with Me, Only the Lonely and Nice ‘n’ Easy). Sinatra left Capitol to found his own record label, Reprise Records in 1961 (finding success with albums such as Ring-a-Ding-Ding!, Sinatra at the Sands and Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim), toured internationally, was a founding member of the Rat Pack and fraternized with celebrities and statesmen, including John F. Kennedy.

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