"Sammy Davis, Jr. was one of America’s greatest entertainers of the twentieth century. He could do it all: dancing, singing, acting, impressions. What’s more, he did this at a time when it was difficult to be an African-American in the United States—during a period where even the entertainment industry provided as many obstacles as opportunities. Davis was a champion of civil rights, and he constantly pushed against the boundaries of segregation on- and off-stage. Even though he could have made a fortune playing clubs all over the country, he starred on Broadway in several shows—and shared the first interracial kiss in a Broadway musical. Among his many attributes, he performed for the civil rights movement in Selma and was an avid and gifted photographer. The list goes on.
Because of that we took an even deeper dive with Broadway musical theatre expert Laurence Maslon, the writer of Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me, into which songs inspired and resonated with Davis, complete with a curated Spotify playlist below."