SAMMY DAVIS, JR. & FRANK SINATRA:
Frank Sinatra's black valet George Jacobs reveals in his book, "Mr. S, My Life With Frank Sinatra," 'Sammy Davis, Jr. was always trying hard to please everyone, he was like a court jester, even more of a servant that I was. He may have been the most exciting, entertaining servant in the world but still a servant.'
By playing the jester, Sammy made Frank Sinatra feel like a king. While he played his "yes, master," game. Sammy was also the only person in Sinatra's world who made me aware of being black.
He was even more insecure than Sinatra about his lack of education. He basically begged people to teach him what they knew. He was like a hangdog. His personality cried out, "Help me!" Nobody who met him could resist.
Sammy could also be a naughty boy. Sammy appeared to have designs on Ava Gardner (he was one of the horniest guys) and Ava was crazy about him but he knew the repercussions from Sinatra would be swift, so he backed off.
Sammy was also the most fabulous dresser. Even his lounge clothes were theatrical. The silk robes, Chinese pajamas, the ascots. When Sammy was doing a weekend in Vegas, his valet would carry eighteen big suitcases of clothes.
You might have thought Sammy and I would have bonded as brothers since we were both black but we didn't. He was polite but distant, as if there was a certain pressure for him to get to know me. I think I made him uncomfortable. One black guy in the circle was enough.