A return to my Apropos of Nothing series, in which I feature something in quite a lot of detail, for no particular reason.
This month: Sammy Davis Jr.
“Why?” Because he was one of the greatest entertainers in living memory.
“So what? Why does everyone keep going on about the Rat Pack, and why Sammy Davis Jr particularly?”
Those are three separate questions, and only the last one is interesting. Because he was extraordinarily talented. Because he was a very interesting guy. Because he went through some very hard times and they didn’t defeat him. Because he risked his life on a daily basis to speak out against endemic racism.
But the same could still be said of lots of people.
Basically, I think he was proper bona-fide 24 carat star. Let me try to give some examples why:
Never mind the opening Pete Townsend powerchords and the general Who riffage. Never mind that, after the torch is switched on, everything looks like a scene from Tommy. (You can’t get much more Mod than taking a trip to Cuckoo Land on a helter skelter.) Never mind the fact that the dog Wordsworth is the spitting image of Keith Moon.
When Jamie finally flies out at the bottom of the helter skelter… take a look what he lands on.
One of the great things about the internet is that, when you think of an idea, specifically a joke, to post online, you can very quickly check to see how many people have already made it, and with a lot more effort than you were prepared to put into it.