Starring Sammy Davis Jr.

Released January 1955
Recorded 1954
Genre Vocal
Length 37:02
Label Decca

Starring Sammy Davis Jr. is the debut studio album by Sammy Davis Jr., recorded in 1955.

Five of the songs on Starring Sammy Davis Jr. had been previously released as singles (“Hey There,” “And This Is My Beloved,” “Because of You,” “Glad to Be Unhappy,” and “Birth of the Blues”), one of which, “Hey There” had reached the Top 20.

Davis was involved in a serious car accident on November 19, 1954, that resulted in the loss of his left eye. He was still wearing an eye patch on the cover of this, his debut LP, released five months later.

Track listing

“The Lonesome Road” (Gene Austin, Nathaniel Shilkret) – 2:10
“Hey There” (Richard Adler, Jerry Ross) – 2:48
“And This Is My Beloved” (Robert C. Wright, George Forrest) – 2:52
“September Song” (Maxwell Anderson, Kurt Weill) – 2:51
“Because of You” (Arthur Hammerstein, Dudley Wilkinson) – 5:28
“Easy to Love” (Cole Porter) – 2:24
“Glad to Be Unhappy” (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) – 3:05
“Stan’ Up an’ Fight” (Georges Bizet, Hammerstein) – 4:09
“My Funny Valentine” (Hart, Rodgers) – 3:07
“Spoken For” (Mickey Rooney) – 2:56
“Birth of the Blues” (Lew Brown, Buddy DeSylva, Ray Henderson) – 5:14

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