Monday, October 13, 2008

Sammy does Bogie

Sammy Davis Jr., in addition to being a versatile singer, dancer and comedian was also a skilled impressionist. It was Mickey Rooney who encouraged Sammy to perfect this talent and persuaded him to work it into his act, which at the time was mainly song and dance. Among his best impressions were Louie Armstrong, Jerry Lewis, Peter Lawford and Nat King Cole. He was also quite good at Humphrey Bogart. In this 1972 commercial for GE portable tape recorders, Sammy Davis Jr. does one of his patented impressions of Bogie.

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