Friday, February 12, 2021

"I Can't Get Started," performed by Sammy Davis, Jr.

Sammy Davis, Jr. on Late Night: "I Can't Get Started" - YouTube

I was perusing tables of contents and noticed in the Library of America’s anthology of twentieth-century poetry, lyricists are included, and Ira Gershwin’s lyrics to the song “I Can’t Get Started” is one of the entries. (Vernon Duke wrote the music.)  Coincidently, my friend Neil Novello and I had been sharing some video clips and comments featuring Sammy Davis, Jr., and one of the clips is Sammy singing “I Can’t Get Started,” from David Letterman’s show in 1989. Click here. Wow.


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  1. I'm the one mentioned in this post. No not Davis! And Not Letterman. The other guy. In a recent documentary about Sinatra, there's detail information about the relationship of Sinatra and Davis, about the racism in Vegas. Davis and Sinatra were part of one era and never gave up when the new eras came along. Davis overcame addition and was stronger for it. The proof is the vocals. Thanks for posting.

  2. I mean, addiction not addition. Sorry about that.