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Golden Boy 1964 Original Broadway Cast

Remastered

4.4 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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Sammy Davis Jr. had already scored 14 pop hits by the time he made his Broadway-musical debut in this Clifford Odets classic. The interracial kiss between Sammy and Paula Wayne drew lots of attention at the time, but what interests us is this fabulous jazz score, featuring many tunes that became staples of Sammy's nightclub act.

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Golden Boy already had quite a showbiz legacy by the time this 1964 Broadway musical debuted. Clifford Odets's heavy drama was originally produced (sans music) in 1937 as part of New York's Group Theater, featuring in its cast, among others, Lee J. Cobb, Elia Kazan, and Francis Farmer; John Garfield starred in a 1952 Broadway revival of Golden Boy, while the film version was what turned William Holden (in the title role) into a star. Sammy Davis Jr. was already a star--the Rat Pack was in full bloom--when he made his Broadway musical debut as the title character in the Charles Strouse-Lee Adams transformation of Odets's original play, directed by soon-to-be-great film director Arthur Penn, no less. Davis's presence added a racial theme to this story of a prize boxer, addressed in such songs as "Colorful." Unfortunately, the Strouse-Lee score isn't nearly as impressive as their earlier Bye Bye Birdie--no standards were created here--although the fine "Gimme Some," with its rock & roll progression, could have been an outtake from that show. And "Don't Forget 127th St." is the kind of grand production number Broadway rarely delivers anymore. Sammy, meanwhile, is in full, uh, Sammy glory here, and a few of these songs were part of his nightclub repertoire during the mid-'60s. His fans will undoubtedly cheer this remastered rerelease on CD at last. --Bill Holdship

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Workout * The Boxers
  2. Night Song * Sammy Davis
  3. Everything's Great * Kenneth Tobey And Paula Wayne
  4. Gimme Some * Terrin Miles And Sammy Davis
  5. Tick Around * Sammy Davis
  6. Don't Forget 127th Street * Johnny Brown, Sammy Davis And Company
  7. Lorna's Here * Paul Wayne
  8. This Is The Life * Billy Daniels, Sammy Davis And Company
  9. Golden Boy * Paul Wayne
  10. While The City Sleeps * Sammy Davis
  11. Colorful * Billy Daniels
  12. I Want To Be With You * Sammy Davis And Paula Wayne
  13. Can't You See It * Sammy Davis
  14. No More * Sammy Davis And Company
  15. Finale - The Fight * Louiss Gossett And Sammy Davis


Product details

  • Audio CD (February 21, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Drg
  • ASIN: B000CQNVQC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #500,386 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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