Wild Bill Davison
William Edward Davison (January 5, 1906 – November 14, 1989), nicknamed "Wild Bill", was an American jazz cornetist. He emerged in the 1920s through his work playing alongside Muggsy Spanier and Frank Teschemacher in a cover band where they played the music of Louis Armstrong, but he did not achieve wider recognition until the 1940s. He is best remembered for his association with bandleader Eddie Condon, with whom he worked and recorded from the mid-1940s until Condon’s last concert at the New School for Social Research in New York in April 1972 (Chiaroscuro Records, CRD 110).
His nickname of "Wild Bill" reflected a reputation for heavy drinking and womanizing in his younger years.
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 29 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|OKeh||8631||10-in.||4/10/1924||Walking, talking dolly||Chubb-Steinberg Orchestra of Cincinnati||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|OKeh||8632||10-in.||4/10/1924||From one till two (I always dream of you)||Chubb-Steinberg Orchestra of Cincinnati||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|OKeh||8633||10-in.||4/10/1924||Blue evening blues||Chubb-Steinberg Orchestra of Cincinnati||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|OKeh||8634||10-in.||4/10/1924||Horsey! Keep your tail up (Keep the sun out of my eyes)||Chubb-Steinberg Orchestra of Cincinnati||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||73279||1/16/1946||After you've gone||Bing Crosby||instrumentalist, cornet|
|Decca||73280||1/16/1946||Personality||Bing Crosby||instrumentalist, cornet|
|Decca||73278||1/16/1946||Blue (and broken hearted)||Bing Crosby||instrumentalist, cornet|
|Decca||73308||1/25/1946||Deep delta blues||Denver Darling ; Wild Bill Davison ; The Range Rider Singers||instrumentalist, cornet|
|Decca||73309||1/25/1946||When I get to where I'm goin'||Denver Darling ; Wild Bill Davison ; The Range Rider Singers||instrumentalist, cornet|
|Decca||73310||1/25/1946||Silver dew on the blue grass||Denver Darling ; Wild Bill Davison ; The Range Rider Singers||instrumentalist, cornet|
|Decca||73311||1/25/1946||I wish I had never met sunshine||Denver Darling ; Wild Bill Davison ; The Range Rider Singers||instrumentalist, cornet|
|Decca||73480||3/27/1946||Farewell blues||Eddie Condon Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||73481||3/27/1946||Improvisation for march of time||Eddie Condon Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||73482||3/27/1946||She's funny that way-1||Eddie Condon Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||74030||8/6/1947||Aunt Hagar's blues||Eddie Condon Orchestra||instrumentalist, cornet|
|Decca||74031||8/6/1947||Down among the sheltering palms||Eddie Condon Orchestra||instrumentalist, cornet|
|Decca||74032||8/6/1947||Rose of the Rio Grande||Eddie Condon Orchestra||instrumentalist, cornet|
|Decca||74033||8/6/1947||Ida, sweet as apple cider||Eddie Condon Orchestra||instrumentalist, cornet|
|Decca||75988||3/20/1950||Maple leaf rag-1||Eddie Condon Orchestra||instrumentalist, cornet|
|Decca||75989||3/20/1950||Dill pickles-1||Eddie Condon Orchestra||instrumentalist, cornet|
|Decca||75990||3/20/1950||Sweet cider time, when you were mine||Eddie Condon Orchestra||instrumentalist, cornet|
|Decca||75991||3/20/1950||At the jazz band ball||Eddie Condon Orchestra||instrumentalist, cornet|
|Decca||76000||3/22/1950||At the jazz band ball||Eddie Condon Orchestra||instrumentalist, cornet|
|Decca||76001||3/22/1950||Jazz me blues||Eddie Condon Orchestra||instrumentalist, cornet|
|Decca||76002||3/22/1950||Everybody loves my baby||Eddie Condon Orchestra||instrumentalist, cornet|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Davison, Wild Bill," accessed September 30, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102402.
Davison, Wild Bill. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 30, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102402.
"Davison, Wild Bill." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 30 September 2023.
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