Wild Bill Davison
'Wild' Bill Davison (January 5, 1906, Defiance, Ohio – November 14, 1989, Santa Barbara, California) was an American jazz cornet player. He emerged in the 1920s but did not achieve 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 through the 1960s. Born William Edward Davison, his nickname "Wild Bill" reflected a reputation for heavy drinking and womanizing.
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Birth and Death Data: Born January 5, 1906 (Defiance), Died November 14, 1989 (Santa Barbara)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924 - 1950
Roles Represented in DAHR: cornet, trumpet
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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 March 22, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102402.
Davison, Wild Bill. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 22, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102402.
"Davison, Wild Bill." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 22 March 2023.
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Wikipedia: Bill Davison
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Linked Open Data Sources
LCNAR: Davison, Wild Bill, 1906-1989 - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n79070428
Wikidata: Bill Davison - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q2570296
MusicBrainz: Wild Bill Davison - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/9a28858b-f931-4bc0-810d-f7274c1c3d8a
ISNI: 0000 0000 7975 8877 - http://www.isni.org/isni/0000000079758877
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