Live Performances

This page lists some of Sammy Davis, Jr.’s live concert or show performances. The sheer volume of appearances Sammy made through his career make it pointless to attempt to fully document them. Below will be included only notable appearances, and/or appearances linked to entries on this site’s blog. For a more complete catalogue of Sammy’s live stage appearances, the book Beyond Bojangles is highly recommended.

Michigan Theater, Detroit 1941 Opening for Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra (Frank Sinatra vocalist)
Capitol Theater, New York November 1947 Opening for Frank Sinatra
Ciro’s, Los Angeles March 1951 Debut at LA’s premiere nightclub 
The Copacabana, New York March 1954 Debut at America’s premiere nightclub
The Last Frontier, Las Vegas November 1954 Engagement during which Davis had his car accident
Ciro’s, Los Angeles January 1955 Return to performing following car accident
Town Hall, New York 4 May 1958 First live album recorded, for Decca
Victoria Palace Theatre, London 16 May 1960 Royal Variety Performance in presence of Queen Elizabeth II