Some artists study hard to learn their craft and others, like our examples in this article, are just born into greatness.  These YOUTUBE clips show with all certainty that our selected few have the GIFT… and they’ve always had it; even WHEN THEY WERE KIDS.  Dig this.

This clip from the 1933 film, Rufus Jones For President, shows off 7 year old Sammy Davis, Jr. as tap dancing and singing Rufus Jones.  This movie starred a young and very pretty Ethel Waters.  Little Sammy was up for the task in his first film; you could already tell he was destined for stardom as an uninhibited showman.

posted by agathabernard

I almost couldn’t figure out who the kid was in this clip until he did two things; smiled, showing off his gapped teeth and started playing the organ… then I knew it was the unconquerable Billy PrestonBilly was 11 years old at the time and Nat King Cole wasn’t an old guy himself.  It’s hard to believe that Nat King Cole had his own TV show in the 1950’s in America.  He was one of the few they let through the cracks for quite some time… him and Sam Cooke.  But dig on Billy Preston and the “King” in a duet classic for the history books performing, “Blueberry Hill.”

posted by davidepilloni1

Clearly Jazmine Sullivan’s voice is a gift from God because she had such control and rich tones already at age 11.  Check her out in her elementary school production of, The Wiz.  Yes, she takes the Soprano song, “Home,” and runs and riffs her way into a standing ovation performance in an Alto voice.

posted by TheMusicVisionary

Eartha Kitt was always sexy and frisky… way-y-y-y before she played Cat Woman on the Batman.  In the 50’s, her risqué persona, I’m sure, had the TV Censors nervous as could be… with their hands on the “Bleep” button at all times when Eartha was in front of the camera.  Sure, it got her the attention and she parlayed it into a long lasting career but she could always back the hype and sensationalism up with TALENT.

posted by kaatjeaster

Here’s a bonus clip of Sammy Davis, Jr. on the way out.  I didn’t appreciate him as a kid like I do now;  probably because I didn’t see his early work.  He had all the skills that vaudeville acts required… basically, they had to do everything extremely well.  Those days are gone and so are performers with such diversity but if you look back on those who came out of that era, they were overflowing with talent and creativity… and Sammy Davis, Jr. was at the top of a very impressive list of greats.  Peace!

posted by agathabernardo