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Sammy Davies Jr 's Godson, Finis Henderson III, on his life's journey finding "someone of note"

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It was only natural that Finis Henderson III would go into show business. His father was a successful song and dance man and one time Vice-President of Sammy Davis, Jr. Finis grew up being surrounded by he REAL "RAT PACK' at the time, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, and Deam Martin amongst many notables and famous Hollywood elite cliche. Being exposed to that kind of talent and encouragement, he followed up with formal training at the Chicago School of the Arts and Columbia College.1980, he moved to Los Angeles, where he formed an alliance with Al McKay, former rhythm guitarist/composer of the supergroup Earth, Wind & Fire. He worked with McKay for several years and started doing comedy at night. in 1981 when he took to the stage at the famed Comedy Store in West Hollywood on Audition Night. "It was a star-studded night with people like Sally Field and Richard Pryor in the audience. After a bit of clowning around, to my amazement, Richard Pryor came on stage. Then Robin Williams came on stage. We do an improv together, and that's the first night of many nights things happened like that. One night he he got a special telephone call from Pryor's office, "Richard wants you to be his opening act for the filming of "Live On Sunset." This opened the door for opportunities of association with many other great superstars His growing popularity led to a recording contract with Motown Records.There is something about Finis Henderson's performance that makes him stand out from every other musical impressionist in the business