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Lights to Dim On Vegas Strip in Memory of Entertainer With AM-Sammy Davis Jr

May 18, 1990 GMT

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Exterior lights and marquees at resorts along the Las Vegas Strip will go dark for 10 minutes Friday night in memory of Sammy Davis Jr., the star who entertained millions in this city over four decades.

Davis died of cancer at his Beverly Hills, Calif., home Wednesday. Funeral services are scheduled Friday.

Lights along the Strip were darkened after the assassinations of President John Kennedy and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Debbie Munch, a spokeswoman for Caesars Palace, said that resort would darken all non-essential exterior lights from 9 to 9:10 p.m. Friday in honor of Davis.


″He was the dearest song and dance man this city has ever seen,″ Ms. Munch said. ″We owe him this tribute.″

Don Payne, head of the Las Vegas News Bureau, said all hotels on the glittering Strip were being urged to join in the tribute.

″It’s one way for this town to show the respect that we all owe Sammy Davis Jr.,″ Payne said Thursday. ″This city has particular reason to honor this man.″

″Sammy Davis represented a significant part of the entertainment world for many decades and this is our way of thanking him,″ said Ira David Sternberg, a spokesman at the Tropicana Hotel.

Davis was one of the city’s top entertainers and was a member of the famed Rat Pack in the 1950s, joining Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop in appearances at the Sands Hotel.

He last appeared here with comedian Jerry Lewis at Bally’s Hotel in July of 1989, shortly before he quit performing because of throat cancer.