Wed like to talk to the manager if we could.
Something I can help you with? Colin said.
Weve got this act, see. We were wondering if maybe we could
perform at your resort.
He shrugged his tanned shoulders. Weve got a Vegas-quality
We wouldnt ask for much. Only a room, if youve got it. We
could play afternoons.
Well have to ask the boss.
Niles cut a striking figure in a tan linen suit and white cotton
shirt. His dreads had been oiled and pulled back in a bandana. His
face was unnaturally smooth and mask-like.
Lets see what you got, he said.
They played Mr. Bojangles and The Girl From Ipanema.
That was terrible. When can you start?
Well, weve got another partner. Looks a bit like a young Sammy
Davis actually. Hes still over on the big island.
Weve already got one Sammy. But okay. Lets try you out. We
cant pay you, but well give you free room and food.
Great. Welcome to St. Martys. Go enjoy the show. Well have
you start at lunchtime tomorrow.
Tomorrows lunch rolled around and Roy had still not shown up so
they played without him. At the end of the show Sammie Davis, Jr.
came up to congratulate them.
That was wonderful. Absolutely wonderful. Except for a few bits
which were lousy. But I can help you with those.
They were semistarstruck. Up close it was apparent that it was
only an impersonator, but the mannerisms, voice and style were
spot-on. Dolores took off her glasses.
Baby, what fabulous eyes you have! Sammie bubbled. She
We loved your show last night, Mr. Davis, Bern told him,
Tapdancing before the ark! What a great touch.
That was Niles idea. The whole Rasta thing. Took me a while to
adjust, but now I dig it. Sammy was half-Caribbean, so I think of this
as a sort of homecoming.
Heres to old Sammy, Bern said, raising his glass.
Dolores asked, Sammie, that song you sang. The one about