Sammy Davis, Jr. and Jane and Burt Boyar
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
On The New York Times bestseller list for 28 weeks, Yes I Can has subsequently stood the test of time as a seminal celebrity autobiography. It was, however, almost exclusively the work of Sammy’s close friends Burt and Jane Boyar. Sammy told Newsweek in advance of the publication: “I did not type a letter. I did not put one syllable on a piece of paper.” Specific stylistic decisions made by the Boyars contributed to Yes I Can keenly capturing the zeitgeist in 1965.