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Tips on Tables - by Robert W. Dana - December 18, 1959

Nightclubs Deck Their Halls With Stars for Holidays

Like a mirror, in which great artists of show business appear in abundance and recognized artistry, sammy davis jr.Sammy Davis Jr.'s latest performance at the Copacabana, which began last night reflected with well-planned conception and masterful execution the many facets of his own gifted talent.

Surely, there is no other person who, as the Copa so aptly puts it on the face of its table card, works such miracles of song and dance and impressions of great performers. Out of a small body, with a waistline a high-fashion model might aspire to, comes such richness of tone, such high voltage movement and such facile wit as to astound even the most inveterate cafegoer.

With Paul Shelley and the Copacabana orchestra augmented by a group of Sammy's own musicians and directed by his clarinet playing conductor, Morty Stevens, Sammy opens with a special arrangement dedicated to New York town, in which cordial mention is made of the preceding star, Tony Bennet.

Bow to the Fiddles.

He recalls Fred Astair's earlier dancing flyerdays in the movies with an engaging version of "Change Partners." Then bowing to the fiddle section and stating it is the only time they'll be heard all evening, he sings "When I Fall in Love." Blue are next on Sammy's schedule, with a big Sammy at the trumpet sendoff followed by a cavalcade of blues. Then with a warning that he's doing it for fun, he goes into his impersonations, from Sinatra singing "Road to Mandalay" to Jerry Lewis singing "Rock-a-By My Baby."

With a good natured kidding of Sinatra, and his big hit "All the Way" he sings the number the way Nat Cole, Tony Bennet, Billy Eckstine, Vaughan Monroe, Jimmy Cagney, Marlon Brando, Louis Armstrong and Dean Martin would.

Jam Session Finale.

Spearing some special tap shoes with a sword left over from some mythical duel, Sammy taps his head off to "Fascinating Rhythm." He then sing the most poignant number of the evening, "The Clown," does cartoonhis boat leaving for the New York number from the movie "Porgy and Bess" and winds up with a jam session in which he plays the vibraphone, piano and trumpet. Surely nobody can say less of Sammy Davis Jr. than that he is great.

As its opening act the Copa is presenting a new comedian, Bob Melvin. Off to a painfully slow start, he punched away until he had at least 80 percent of the audience with him at his clever finale. If the audiences will give him half a chance he can go a long way.

Pictured above is a flyer from Sammy's Copacabana performance complete with oversized head on cartoon body which was a popular art style at that time. The Will Maston Trio (including Sammy's dad) is still dancing in the background during performances but didn't seem to warrant a mention in this review. Below, an interesting letter addressed to Mr. Dana entitled "Moral Behavior." I blocked the last name and street address from the letterhead and signature but the author (Richard A...) is questioning Mr. Dana for "plugging" Davis because at this time, he is about to marry blonde Swedish actress May Britt. Remember Sammy was compelled to stall his wedding day until AFTER Kennedy's presidential inauguration. This was a tough time to give this act a glowing review.

THE REVIEWS
Andrews Sisters - Latin Quarter 1957
Desi Arnaz - w/Diosa Costello 1948
Count Basie - Lincoln 1943
Tony Bennett - Copacabana 1958
Milton Berle - Latin Quarter 1948
Joey Bishop - w/Andy Williams 1959
Ray Bolger - Wizard of Oz Scarecrow, Empire Room 1956
Cab Calloway - Greenwich Inn 1949
Diahann Carroll - Persian Room 1961
Betty Clooney - Waldorf Astoria 1954
Nat King Cole - Copacabana 1958
Perry Como - Versailles 1944
Copacabana - famous night club restaurant is reviewed 1953
Crosby Brothers - Latin Quarter 1961
Xavier Cugat - Waldorf Astoria 1951
Vic Damone - Riviera 1953
Billy Daniels - Copacabana 1952
Sammy Davis Jr. - Copacabana 1959
Phyllis Diller - w/Bobby Short 1958
Nancy Donovan - Copacabana 1952
Jimmy Durante - Copacabana 1951
Billy Eckstine - Copacabana 1951
Duke Ellington - Basin St. East 1961
Eddie Fisher - Empire Room 1959
Judy Garland -Town & Country 1958
Jackie Gleason - La Vie en Rose 1953
Benny Goodman - Empire Room 1956
Dolores Gray - Waldorf Astoria 1954
Buddy Hackett - Copacabana 1956
Connie Haines - Terrace Room 1951
Dick Haymes - Versailles 1956
Horace Heidt - 30th Anniversary 1954
Florence Henderson w/Bill Hayes 1958
Hildegarde - Pierre 1953
Celeste Holm - Plaza 1958
Eddy Howard - Roosevelt 1955
Burl Ives w/Wally Cox - Persian Room
Lisa Kirk - Persion Room 1958
Frankie Laine - Latin Quarter 1955
Julius La Rosa - Romanian 1958
Peggy Lee - Copacabana 1958
Jerry Lewis - Town & Country 1957
Joe E. Lewis - Copacabana 1945
Ted Lewis - Latin Quarter 1953
Liberace - Persian Room 1947
Guy Lombardo - Roosevelt 1957
Vincent Lopez - Grill Room 1954
Tony Martin - Riviera 1953
Martin and Lewis - Copacabana 1950
Ray McKinley - Glenn Miller Band 1957
Mills Brothers - Latin Quarter 1956
Vaughn Monroe - Astor 1955
Constance Moore - St. Regis 1958
Johnnie Ray - Copacabana 1953
Della Reese - Copacabana 1961
Sugar Ray Robinson - French Casino
Dorothy Shay - St. Regis 1961
Frank Sinatra - Wedgewood 1943
Danny Thomas - Copacabana 1949
Sophie Tucker - Latin Quarter 1950
Mae West - Latin Quarter 1956
Julie Wilson - Persian Room 1954
EDITORIALS
Dean Martin - thoughts on Mr. Sauve
Peter Lawford - retrospective
Rise & Fall of the big bands
INTERVIEWS
K Baggelaar- Copacabana author
Denny Farrell - big band disc jockey
Hal Turner - Performer/Conductor
B Zickafoose - played in WWII Europe
ASSORTED
Bernie Bierman bio
Sammy Kaye - Roosevelt 1957
Dinah Shore - press release and autograph from the 50's
A Letter about a WWII song
Harbers & Dale - Dance Team
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