Sammy Davis Jnr

When impresario Bernard Delfont presented Sammy Davis Jr. Swings and Sings at the Hippodrome for two performances in 1961, it was because Sammy owed Bernard a favour. During his stint at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London, Sammy asked Bernard if he could take time off to honour the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur. Bernard, also Jewish, agreed, which meant that two London shows had to be cancelled at the last minute and at great cost. To compensate, Sammy offered to perform at two shows in Birmingham for free.