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Johnnie Davis

John Gustave Davis (April 11, 1910 – October 28, 1983) was an American actor, singer and trumpeter.

Born in Brazil, Indiana, into a family of musicians, Davis developed an interest in music during his childhood. He learned to play the trumpet and by the age of 13 was performing with his grandfather's band. After graduating from high school he worked as a musician for several orchestras, including theater orchestras in nearby Terre Haute, Indiana such as Paul Johnson's orchestra and the Leo Baxter Orchestra. Art Davis, his younger brother, also worked for Leo Baxter. By 1933 was living in New York City. He formed his own trio and recorded several songs with them. From the mid-1930s he worked with Fred Waring as a musician and vocalist, and his success during this time led him to Hollywood.

He appeared in his first film in 1937, and the same year appeared in the film Hollywood Hotel, where he introduced the Johnny Mercer song "Hooray for Hollywood". His lively rendition became popular and became closely associated with the film industry. He appeared in fifteen films including Campus Cinderella (1938), Cowboy from Brooklyn (1938), Brother Rat (1938), Mr. Chump (1938),'A Child Is Born (1939) and Sarong Girl (1943).

Davis continued to work in the music industry throughout the 1940s and 1950s, and spent several years in Detroit, Michigan where he was a popular television performer. He eventually settled in Texas, and died in Pecos from a heart attack during a hunting trip.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 11th, 1910 (Brazil), Died November 28th, 1983 (Pecos)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1932 - 1935

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, trumpet

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BRC-71980 10-in. 3/22/1932 You're the one (You beautiful son-of-a-gun) Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo, trio, and chorus vocalist  
Victor BRC-72235 10-in. 4/5/1932 How am I doin'? Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet and vocal chorus vocalist  
Victor BRC-72583 10-in. 5/13/1932 I heard Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio vocalist  
Victor BS-73748 10-in. 10/4/1932 How could you be so mean Davis Trio Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-73749 10-in. 10/4/1932 Angeline Davis Trio Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist  
Victor BS-73750 10-in. 10/4/1932 Ain't I the lucky one Davis Trio Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist  
Victor BS-73751 10-in. 10/4/1932 Down among the he-jee-wee jees Davis Trio Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist  
Decca 38844 10-in. 10/15/1934 You gotta give credit to love Johnnie Davis Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist  
Decca 39252 10-in. 1/16/1935 You're the top, part 1 Decca All-Star Review vocalist  
Decca 60007 10-in. 9/27/1935 Truckin' Johnnie Davis instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist  
Decca 60008 10-in. 9/27/1935 Loafin' time Johnnie Davis instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Davis, Johnnie," accessed November 27, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105702.

Davis, Johnnie. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 27, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105702.

"Davis, Johnnie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 27 November 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105702

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