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Walter Davis

Walter Davis (March 1, 1911 or 1912 – October 22, 1963) was an American blues singer, pianist, and songwriter who was one of the most prolific blues recording artists from the early 1930s to the early 1950s. He was unrelated to the jazz pianist Walter Davis, Jr.

Davis had a rich singing voice that was as expressive as the best of the Delta blues vocalists. His best-known recording, a version of the train blues standard "Sunnyland Blues", released in 1931, is more notable for the warmth and poignancy of his singing than for his piano playing. His best-known songs included "Come Back Baby", "Ashes in My Whiskey" and "Blue Blues". Davis was sometimes billed as "Hooker Joe".

Birth and Death Data: Born March 1, 1912 (Grenada), Died October 22, 1963 (St. Louis)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929 - 1947

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, composer, piano, lyricist

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Recordings (Results 76-100 of 200 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-07645 10-in. 5/5/1937 Shady Lane Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-07646 10-in. 5/5/1937 What else can I do? Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-07647 10-in. 5/5/1937 Nightmare blues Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-07648 10-in. 5/5/1937 Good gal Walter Davis Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-016510 10-in. 11/11/1937 Holiday blues Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-016511 10-in. 11/11/1937 Let me dig your basement Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-016512 10-in. 11/11/1937 Streamline woman Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-016513 10-in. 11/11/1937 Let me meg your water Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-016514 10-in. 11/11/1937 Big jack engine blues Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-016515 10-in. 11/11/1937 Guiding rod Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist  
Victor BS-016516 10-in. 11/11/1937 Talk's all over town Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist  
Victor BS-016517 10-in. 11/11/1937 My babe Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist  
Victor BS-020100 10-in. 3/13/1938 If you ever get lonesome Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-020101 10-in. 3/13/1938 I did everything I could Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-020102 10-in. 3/13/1938 When nights are lonesome Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-020103 10-in. 3/13/1938 Million dollar baby Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-020104 10-in. 3/13/1938 Candy man Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-020105 10-in. 3/13/1938 If you only understand Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano and mandolin vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-020106 10-in. 3/13/1938 I hear my baby crying Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-020107 10-in. 3/13/1938 Walking the avenue Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-020108 10-in. 3/13/1938 Easy goin' mama Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-020109 10-in. 3/13/1938 Friendless Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-020834 10-in. 6/17/1938 Angel child–part 2 Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with mandolin and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-020835 10-in. 6/17/1938 13 Highway Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with mandolin and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-020836 10-in. 6/17/1938 Homesick Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
(Results 76-100 of 200 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Davis, Walter," accessed June 19, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107423.

Davis, Walter. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 19, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107423.

"Davis, Walter." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 19 June 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107423

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