Best of Q: Sammy Davis Jr.'s daughter on dad behind the scenes

Tracey Davis on the lesser-known life and times of her famous father, Sammy Davis, Jr.

In a conversation from the Best of Q, Tracey Davis joins Jian to talk about the lesser-known life and times of her famous father, Sammy Davis, Jr. Her new book -- Sammy Davis Jr: A Personal Journey with My Father -- takes a closer look at the racist brutality Davis endured in the army, the controversy around his interracial marriage to Swedish actress May Britt, and other lesser-known stories about the singer, dancer, actor, and Rat Pack entertainer. 

Davis says it's important to her, and that it was important to her dad, that his legacy be kept alive. 

"He wanted me to keep it going. He wanted people to know his music and what he stood for and what he did and what kind of person he was. And I think he knew intuitively that I was the one to do it." 

The multi-talented Sammy Davis Jr. 

If Davis's glory days came and went before your time, below you'll find three performances that showcase his on-stage charisma: a tap dance, an impersonation and a beautiful rendition of Mr. Bojangles.

Original segment aired July 9, 2014


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