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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 101-125 of 200 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-020837 10-in. 6/17/1938 If you treat me right Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-020838 10-in. 6/17/1938 What is wrong with you Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with mandolin and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-020839 10-in. 6/17/1938 Love will kill you Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with mandolin and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-020840 10-in. 6/17/1938 Just tell me your trouble Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with mandolin and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-020841 10-in. 6/17/1938 Call me anytime Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with mandolin and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-030828 10-in. 12/19/1938 I like the way you spread your wings Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano and guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-030829 10-in. 12/19/1938 Cuttin' off my days Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano and guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-030830 10-in. 12/19/1938 You don't know right from wrong Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano and guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-030831 10-in. 12/19/1938 Bad luck and trouble Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano and guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-030832 10-in. 12/19/1938 Smoky mountain Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-030833 10-in. 12/19/1938 Your time is comin' Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano and guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-030834 10-in. 12/19/1938 Everything is OK Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano and guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-030835 10-in. 12/19/1938 Troubled and weary Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano and guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-030836 10-in. 12/19/1938 Early this morning Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano and guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-030837 10-in. 12/19/1938 Mercy blues Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano and guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-040507 10-in. 7/21/1939 Corinne Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-040508 10-in. 7/21/1939 New Orleans Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-040509 10-in. 7/21/1939 Big Four Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-040510 10-in. 7/21/1939 Airplane blues Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-040511 10-in. 7/21/1939 Let me in your saddle Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-040512 10-in. 7/21/1939 Green and lucky Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-040513 10-in. 7/21/1939 I love you more and more Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-040514 10-in. 7/21/1939 Bachelor blues Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-040515 10-in. 7/21/1939 Just another day Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-040516 10-in. 7/21/1939 Froggy Bottom Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
(Results 101-125 of 200 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Davis, Walter," accessed June 25, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107423.

Davis, Walter. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 25, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107423.

"Davis, Walter." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 25 June 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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