Chuck’s Classics, featuring Sammy Davis Jr.


I’ve Gotta Be Me

Sammy Davis, Jr one of the popular members of The Rat Pack He could sing, dance, act, do comedy. One of the most talented individuals of his time. In 1969 he road to the top of the charts with I’ve Gotta Be Me.
Sammy Davis, Jr.

Chuck Benson

Chuck Benson – Started his broadcast career in 1960 as a writer at CKYL, Peace River, AB, where in 1965 he won the Gold Leaf Award (now called the Juno) for Top Disc Jockey for Canada. From there, a brief stint at CFRN, Edmonton, AB as Promotions Manager for AM/FM Radio. Then in ’62 helped open CKNL Fort St. John, BC. In ’68 Chuck and two others (Ernie Mushtuk and Ernie Mykyte) started up Yellowhead Broadcasting Ltd out of Edson, AB, eventually ending up with satellites in Grande Cache, Jasper, Whitecourt and Hinton, AB. He sold his interests and moved to Vancouver, ending up with CFVR, Abbotsford as General Sales Manager, then Manager of CHPQ, Parksville, and eventually as a Sales Consultant with CIGV-FM in Penticton. Chuck is retired from broadcasting and living with his wife in Parksville


  1. Sammy also liked to strap on a pair of 6-guns and perform a variety of twirling routines with the revolvers. He also had a mean fast-draw!

    He also played drums in keeping with Buddy Rich, Bobby Darin and others.

    The picture is from one of his many performances of Mr. Bojangles.

  2. Darn right about the drumming. Great tap-dance moves also.
    Actually the drum battle between Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa on one episode of the Sammy Davis Show was for the ages. I believe that Sammy Davies giving his shoes to the drummers was a show of respect from a tap dancer to a drummer.
    BTW. Throw in Mel Torme for having some drumming skillz.


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