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"Twice in a Lifetime": Celebrating Sammy Davis, Jr. & Anthony Newley

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"Twice in a Lifetime": Celebrating Sammy Davis, Jr. & Anthony Newley

“Twice in a Lifetime” - Celebrating Sammy Davis, Jr. & Anthony Newley

Obba Babatundé; “Once in a Lifetime -
A Celebration of Sammy Davis Jr. and the Great American Songbook”
Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall
Broadway at 60th Street, 5th Floor
Thursday, December 6

Eddie Bruce: “An Anthony Newley Songbook”
Don’t Tell Mama
343 W 46th St (between 8th & 9th Ave)
Saturday, December 8

Sammy Davis, Jr. and Anthony Newley represent two completely unique, genre-busting icons of 20th century culture who had virtually nothing in common with anyone else - even each other - and yet their careers were intrinsically interconnected. The first was an African-American dancer-singer-comedian-impressionist and the second an early British rock star-composer-actor; both became Broadway stars and wound up getting on the American pop charts together, by means of Davis singing Newley’s classic songs, like “Once In a Lifetime” and “What Kind of Fool Am I.” As of now, I have not yet heard either Obba Babatundé, who celebrates the Sammy Davis legacy at Dizzy’s (with an all-star Harlem band) on Thursday, or Eddie Bruce, who sings the Anthony Newley songbook at Mama’s on Saturday, but both performers come highly recommended - and the intertwined songbooks of both of these 1960s landmark entertainers are well-worth further investigation.

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, November 2017)