Originally from Paris, Tennessee, Sammy Goldstein's early career was as a musical comedy actor in summer stock theatre performing in such shows as "Finian's Rainbow" (as "Og, the Leprechaun") and two productions of "Fiddler on the Roof". At age 20, he moved to Los Angeles where he took a job as a singer/pianist in a piano lounge to support his acting career. Instead, he found a second career, one he has nurtured and with which he has found great success.
Over the years, Sammy's nightclub work, as a singer/pianist, has taken him to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Washington D.C., Memphis, Chicago, New York, Norway and Greece, and on several cruise lines around the world (including Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, American/Hawaii Cruises and Celebrity Cruises). His ships have visited ports of call to Hawaii, the South Pacific, Alaska, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, South America, Antarctica, Russia, China, Southeast Asia, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and West Africa, the British Isles, Greenland, Iceland, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, as well as numerous trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific crossings.
In New York and Los Angeles, Sammy has performed at several private affairs for Barbara Walters with guests-of-honor including Henry Kissinger, Mrs. Anwar Sadat, Carol Channing, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, and the former King Constantine of Greece.
In addition to performing at numerous private affairs for NBC-TV in Los Angeles and New York, Sammy's private party client list includes Miramax Films, the Friar's Club, David Geffen of Geffen Records, Marvin Hamlisch, Kelly Lange (KNBC Newscaster), Mike Medavoy (former Chairman, TriStar Pictures), Wink Martindale, actor Gene Barry, U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler and others. For several years, Sammy was a regular entertainer at Chasen's Restaurant in Beverly Hills for private parties catering to celebrities, film studios and corporations. And, in New York he has performed at private parties in such landmarks as Sardi's, Tavern on the Green, and Rainbow and Stars. In addition, he has appeared as a featured solo artist "in concert" at New York's 1,500-seat theatre 'The Town Hall' and at 'Jazz at Lincoln Center.'
As an actor, Sammy has co-starred on episodes of "Murder, She Wrote," "The Trials of Rosie O'Neill" and a "Columbo" movie-of-the-week, as well as appearances on "Magnum, P.I.," "Superior Court," "Divorce Court," the soap operas "Generations" and "Loving," and in such films as "Xanadu" and "Ghostbusters."
Sammy's vast repertoire -- over 3,000 songs -- includes a combination of the standards of the 20's, 30's, 40's and 50's (including the Gershwins, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin), Broadway showtunes, Big Band music, contemporary standards, Dixieland jazz, and the old-time sing-a-longs. His debut CD recording, "I'm Glad There Is You," was released in January, 1998, and appeared on the first-round ballot for the 1999 Grammy Awards for "Traditional Pop Vocal Performance." His second CD recording, "So Far It's Wonderful," was released in October, 2001.