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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 176-200 of 200 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-053980 10-in. 4/17/1941 You keep on crying Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-053981 10-in. 3/21/1941 Soon forgotten Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-053982 10-in. 3/21/1941 I just can't remember Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-053983 10-in. 3/21/1941 Ever since you been gone Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-053984 10-in. 3/21/1941 All my money gone Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-070448 10-in. 12/5/1941 Don't you want to go? Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-070449 10-in. 12/5/1941 One sweet letter from you Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-070450 10-in. 12/5/1941 Teasin' brown skin Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-070451 10-in. 12/5/1941 Just want to talk awhile Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-070452 10-in. 12/5/1941 Hello blues Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-070453 10-in. 12/5/1941 Goodbye Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-070454 10-in. 12/5/1941 I feel all right Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-070455 10-in. 12/5/1941 Hello baby Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, composer, vocalist  
Victor BS-070456 10-in. 12/5/1941 Frisco blues Walter Davis Piano solo instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-070457 10-in. 12/5/1941 Biddle Street blues Walter Davis Piano solo instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor D6AB-1808 10-in. 2/12/1946 My friends don't know me Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano and drums vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor D6AB-1809 10-in. 2/12/1946 New B & O blues Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano and drums vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor D6AB-1810 10-in. 2/12/1946 When you need my help Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano and drums vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor D6AB-1811 10-in. 2/12/1946 Please remember me Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano and drums vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor D7VB-0304 10-in. 2/5/1947 Things ain't like they use to be Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano, guitar and traps vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor D7VB-0305 10-in. 2/5/1947 Oh! Me! Oh! My! Blues Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano, guitar and traps vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor D7VB-0306 10-in. 2/5/1947 Just one more time Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano, guitar and traps vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor D7VB-0307 10-in. 2/5/1947 It's been so long Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano, guitar and traps vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Brunswick KC619 10-in. Nov. 1929 Froggy Bottom Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick KC620 10-in. Nov. 1929 Froggy Bottom Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy Jazz/dance band composer  
(Results 176-200 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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