Something to Say- Sammy Davis Jr.

Today, from the program Something to Say, we have an hour of Sammy Davis Jr. Davis was a hipster known for many things- his conversion to Judaism after an almost fatal accident, for being one of the members of Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack and for his outspoken opposition to racism and segregation. He came of age at a time of great change, and was never was afraid to speak his mind, whether it was to convince Sinatra not to call their gathering The Clan, because of its racist implications or when he decided to back Richard Nixon for president. One day on a golf course with comedian Jack Benny, he was asked what his handicap was. "Handicap?" he asked. "Talk about handicap - I'm a one-eyed Negro Jew." It was vintage Davis.

In this conversation, which aired in October 1969, Davis was in a bit of a lull in his career. His big hit "Candy Man" from the children's movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was still a couple of years away- and he was trying to revatilize his sagging career.

From 1969, here is the program Something to Say. A warning, there is some language that some listeners might find objectionable.