Sammy Gets The Cold Shoulder

Although Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. were friends for years, the blue-eyed singer felt disrespected when Davis told a Chicago radio station in 1959, “I love Frank and he was the kindest man in he world to me when I lost my eye and wanted to kill myself. But there are many things that he does that there are no excuses for. Talent is not an excuse for bad manners. I don't care if you are the most talented person in the world. It does not give you the right to step on people and treat them rotten. That is what Frank does, occasionally.”

That same year, Sammy Davis Jr. was supposed to co-star with Sinatra in Never So Few, but was replaced by Steve McQueen. Fan site Franksville says, “Sinatra cut him (Davis) off for several months after hearing about these statements, without ever talking to him about them. Davis, of course, was devastated—as Sinatra knew he would be.”