The Soundtrack For The Baby Boomer Generation

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

The Rat Pack, Part Two

Artist: Sammy Davis Jr.
Song: It's Bigger Than You And Me (b-side) (a-side is Back Track!)
Label: Decca 9-29649 (Pink Label Sample Copy - Not For Sale)
Number: 45-L 8562
Songwriter: Jule Styne - Leo Robin
Time: 2:21
Released: 1955

Here is part two of my special Rat Pack edition of posts. This one features Mr. Wonderful himself, Sammy Davis Jr.
Sammy Davis Jr., who could have been called the hardest working man in show business, started appearing on stage when he was only 3 years old. Born on December 8th, 1925, his parents divorced when he was three. His father received custody of him and immediately took the boy with him on the vaudeville curcuit. Except for a stint in the Army during World War II, his career would last until he died in 1990. He lost an eye when he was involved in an automobile accident in 1954, which almost cost him his life.
This record dates from the following year, when he had regained control of his life and career. Columbia Pictures released the movie Here Comes Eileen, in 1955, and the song It's Bigger Than You And Me was featured in it. Although Sammy didn't appear in the movie or sing the version on the soundtrack, it was nevertheless included as the b-side of his latest single, Back Track! Featuring an orchestra led by Sy Oliver, Sammy sings it in his own inimitable way and ends up making the song his own. Here is that swinging cat Sammy Davis Jr. doing It's Bigger Than You And Me. You won't want to miss this other fine addition to the Rat Pack canon.

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