When he could get a day off from the theater, he would be recording new songs in the studio, or performing live, often at charity benefits as far away as Miami, Chicago, and Las Vegas, or doing television variety specials in Los Angeles.
Davis knew he was cheating his family of his company, but he could not help himself; as he later said, he was incapable of standing still.
On March 23, 1951, the Will Mastin Trio appeared at Ciro's as the opening act for headliner Janis Paige.
No dressing rooms were provided for black performers, and they had to wait outside by the swimming pool between acts.
Davis and other black artists could entertain, but could not stay at the hotels where they performed, gamble in the casinos, or dine or drink in the hotel restaurants and bars.
Although he did not particularly care for the song and was chagrined that he was now best known for it, Davis made the most of his opportunity and revitalized his career.
Although he enjoyed no more Top 40 hits, he did enjoy popularity with his 1976 performance of the theme song from the Baretta television series, "Baretta's Theme (Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow)" (1975–1978), which was released as a single (20th Century Records 2282).
"My talent was the weapon, the power, the way for me to fight.
It was the one way I might hope to affect a man's thinking," he said.Davis learned to dance from his father and his "uncle" Will Mastin, who led the dance troupe his father worked for.Davis joined the act as a child and they became the Will Mastin Trio. When Davis served in the United States Army during World War II, however, he was confronted by strong racial prejudice.In 1966 he had his own TV variety show, titled The Sammy Davis Jr. Davis's career slowed in the late 1960s, but he had a hit record with "The Candy Man" in 1972 and became a star in Las Vegas, earning him the nickname "Mister Show Business".Davis was a victim of racism throughout his life, particularly during the pre-Civil Rights era, and was a large financial supporter of the Civil Rights movement. I'm a one-eyed Negro Jew." After reuniting with Sinatra and Dean Martin in 1987, Davis toured with them and Liza Minnelli internationally, before he died of throat cancer in 1990.After his discharge, Davis rejoined the family dance act, which played at clubs around Portland, Oregon.