December 6, 1973
Sammy Davis, Jr. was named “ Entertainer of the y e a r” and Carol Burnett, Roberta Flack, Redd Foxx, Sonny and Cher* Bette Midler and Roy Clark are among the other w inners of the recent fourth annual poll of the membership of the AGVA, the American Guild of Variety Artists,Â the largest show business union, to determ ine the outstanding “ live” performers of, the year.
The winners will appear on “ The Entertainer of the Y ear” Special hosted by Ed Sullivan nd telecast over the CBS-TV Network on Jan. 26 from 9-10:30 p.m.
The announcement of the results of the AGVA poll was made by Danny Thomas, president of AGVA and, by Jack Haley, Sr., executive vice president of the union.
The winners of the awards are comedy Star of the year (m ale): Redd Foxx; comedy Star of the year (fem ale): Carol Burnett; singing Star of the year (m ale): Sammy D avis.Jr.; singing Star of the year (female): Roberta Flack; vocal Act of the year: Sonny and Cher; country and western act of the year: Roy Clark; novelty act of the year: Gunther-Gebel Williams; animal act of the year: Tanya the Elephant; risingÂ star of the year: Bette Midler; entertainer of the year; Sammy Davis. Jr.
For the first time. an entertainer has won two awards, Sammy Davis’ Jr. came in first as the male singing star of the year and won the top award, entertainer of the year.
The awards, which are replicas of showman, George M. Cohan, are called “ Georgies.”
Producers of the special are Bob Arthur and Joe Bigelow.
John Moffitt will direct ”˜”˜The Entertainer of the Y ear,” and Bob Precht is the executive producer for Sullivan Productions Inc.