1966 saw the debut of the iconic hit musical Sweet Charity on Broadway: Combining the music of Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields, the direction and choreography of the legendary Bob Fosse, and a book written by Neil Simon, Charity literally reinvented the look and sound of contemporary musical theater. Of the many standards that came out of the show, “If My Friends Could See Me Now” remains one of musical theater’s most hummable classics. Originally immortalized by Gwen Verdon from the original cast album (and later by the star of the film adaptation, Shirley MacLaine), “Friends” had been covered by a select bunch over the years. Pearl Bailey and Dr John both put their stamps on unique covers; Curtis Mayfield produced a cover by Linda Clifford in 1978 which reached #1 on the Disco chart. But here we present you with Sammy Davis Jr‘s defining take from 1969… cool, swingin’ and sung as only Sammy could.
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