Paired with dynamite albeit cantakerous drummer and long-time friend Buddy Rich and his brand new Buddy Rich Orchestra, Sammy swings this album something fierce. Buddy had such energy bursting out of him. Sammy did too. The audience just lit up! Rich had left the Harry James big band the previous year with the aim of starting his own orchestra, a curious decision given this was a time when the popularity of big band jazz was on the wane. Sure enough, the band struggled to get traction and secure bookings in the era of the British rock invasion. Having finished up his run on Broadway in Golden Boy in March, this was his first visit to Las Vegas in several years.
An incredible moment on Parkinson when Roy Castle, Buddy Rich and a surprise guest - Sammy Davis Jr - showed what pure talent truly was in an unplanned moment. All while Kenny Everett looks on. Jump to.
Richard L. But Bowen was cooling his heels inside a Las Vegas rehearsal studio with an increasingly irritated Buddy Rich and his piece big band, who had just opened with a bang at the Aladdin hotel and casino down the street. Eventually, Bowen was able to talk the agitated drummer back inside the studio to rehearse with Davis, his friend of two decades, who used to pal around together with fellow jazz performer Mel Torme when all three were cutting their show business teeth in the s. We were eating raw meat in those days. Sammy introduced Buddy, Buddy started playing and we just took off. Then we got down to business. The business at hand?