The Life You Give: Sammy Davis, Jr. *1925

Sammy Davis, Jr., born December 8, 1925 in New York, New York, was a singer, dancer, and entertainer. At age three Davis began performing in vaudeville with his father and uncle, Will Mastin, in the Will Mastin Trio. Davis studied tap dancing under Bill (“Bojangles”) Robinson but never received a formal education. After serving in… Continue reading The Life You Give: Sammy Davis, Jr. *1925

Happy Birthday, Ray Shulman *1949 (Gentle Giant)

Ray Shulman was born on December 8 1949, as the younger of three boys to a family of Scottish-Jewish descent in Portsmouth, England. With his brothers, Derek, and Phil, the progressive rock group Gentle Giant was active from 1970 to 1980. Ray was Gentle Giant's bassist, while also playing trumpet, violin, viola, cello, vocals, drums,… Continue reading Happy Birthday, Ray Shulman *1949 (Gentle Giant)

The Life You Give: Tom Waits *1949

Tom Waits, born December 7, 1949, in Pomona, California, is a singer-songwriter and actor whose gritty, sometimes romantic depictions of the lives of the urban underclass won him a loyal if limited following and the admiration of critics and prominent musicians who performed and recorded his songs. Born into a middle-class California family but enamoured… Continue reading The Life You Give: Tom Waits *1949