Sammy Davis Jr., Now, MGM SE-4832, 1972
I’ve already covered Sammy Davis Jr. with a schlocky album he did as an Alka-Seltzer a few years after this record came out. So why go back to the well, cough, Now?
Well, there is the fact that the hit version of The Candy Man that became Sammy’s only Number One hit. Not that on it’s own, me, or really anyone, is looking to hear that even on a $2 album. No, it’s this amazing cover that wowed me. It unfolds into an amazing double sided poster of the world’s greatest entertainer. I was quickly sold.
Sammy sure knew a lot of people. I mean, Richard Nixon and The Queen Mother, even Arte Johnson don’t associate with just anyone. Maybe that’s why MGM signed him, even after years of no hits for his best friend Frank Sinatra’s Reprise Records.
And it explains why MGM went all out for his debut album. Turns out, it’s pretty nice to listen to too. It’s Sammy just before his creative and physical decline began. I wouldn’t go out of my way to look for this record, but anyone looking will eventually find it.
Cost: $2, $793 Remaining