Sammy Davis Jr – The Candy Man

My Florida friend Dave (Fungus) posts this…. 

The Wiki Page for the song, originally sung in the 1971 version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Candy_Man

The Wiki page for Sammy Davis Jr. who was an amazing man.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sammy_Davis,_Jr.

When Sammy was married to May Britt interracial marriages were still illegal in 31 states. Sammy was left of the invite of the inaugural ball, hosted by Frank Sinatra because of this. Sammy was later invited to sleep over at the White House by President Nixon and is believed to be the first African American to be invited to do so.

He has won a Grammy and an Emmy and been nominated for a Golden Globe and a Tony.

The Rat Pack was originally known as the Clan but changed because Sammy objected because it was too similar to the Ku Klux Klan.

There are many more interesting facts about this great entertainer, born in Harlem and died in Beverly Hills, who first toured at age 3. He died the same day as Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets.

If you’re so inclined, here’s another link to an amazing video of Sammy that brings a tear to my eye… after TEN years I still grieve when the dog up and died…

http://youtu.be/SMcfUjIguSs

In your honor today, Samuel Davis Jr., I am going to make myself a groovy lemon pie…

and I just might even eat the dishes.

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Vladimir Putin Sings ‘Blueberry Hill’

In St. Petersburg, Russia’s prime minister Vladimir Putin played the piano and sang ‘Blueberry Hill’ at a charity fundraiser dedicated to fighting children’s cancer. International celebrities including Kevin Costner, Gerard Depardieu, Mickey Rourke, Sharon Stone, Kurt Russell, Vincent Cassel, Monica Belucci, Ornella Muti, Goldie Hawn and many others attended the benefit concert.

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McCartney and Fallon – Scrambled Eggs

Paul McCartney on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon the other night.  I don’t think McCartney at 68, has the voice he used to have but I really enjoy seeing him playing and being interviewed.  He seems like such a nice guy.  He also was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on Saturday.

Apologies to people outside the U.S. who can’t view this video.

Thanks Sander