Friday, June 8, 2012

40 Year Itch: The Candy Man


My home has always been show business.
 Sammy Davis, Jr.

From the same album as "I Am Over 25-But You Can Trust Me", Sammy Davis Jr hit #1 for three weeks in June of 1972 with "The Candy Man", a cover of the Leslie Bricusse/ Anthony Newley song from the soundtrack of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. Davis got a Grammy Nomination for Pop Male Vocalist. That's the same year he gave Archie Bunker a kiss on All In The Family.

Apparently Sammy hated the song even more than you do...and yet he had to perform "The Candy Man" almost every time he hit the stage for the rest of  his life. 

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