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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.

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 26-29 of 29 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 76473 6/9/1950 Black bottom Eddie Condon Orchestra instrumentalist, cornet  
Decca 76474 6/9/1950 Original Charleston Eddie Condon Orchestra instrumentalist, cornet  
Decca 76475 6/9/1950 Yellow dog blues Eddie Condon Orchestra instrumentalist, cornet  
Decca 76476 6/9/1950 Ragging the scales Eddie Condon Orchestra instrumentalist, cornet  
(Results 26-29 of 29 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Davison, Wild Bill," accessed June 18, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102402.

Davison, Wild Bill. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 18, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102402.

"Davison, Wild Bill." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 18 June 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102402

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