Gussie L. Davis

Gussie Lord Davis (December 3, 1863 – October 18, 1899) was an African-American songwriter born in Dayton, Ohio. Davis was one of America's earliest successful African-American music artists, the first Black songwriter to become famous on Tin Pan Alley as a composer of popular music.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 3, 1863, Died December 18, 1899

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1896 - 1949

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 161 7-in. 4/17/1896 Down in Poverty Row Artists vary Male vocal solo lyricist  
Berliner 980 7-in. Before June 1896 The fatal wedding George J. Gaskin Male vocal solo composer  
Berliner 1601 7-in. 11/14/1896 In the baggage coach ahead Dan W. Quinn Male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Berliner 1899 7-in. 9/15/1898 Sing again that sweet refrain Albert Campbell Male vocal solo composer  
Berliner 0659 7-in. 10/24/1899 My Creole Sue Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]96 7-in. 6/16/1900 Sing again that sweet refrain Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]96 10-in. 1/2/1903 Sing again that sweet refrain Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1254 7-in. 2/14/1902 My Creole Sue Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1254 10-in. 2/14/1902 My Creole Sue Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1824 10-in. 12/12/1902 An evening with the minstrels Minstrels [Victor Records group] Minstrels composer, lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3081 10-in. 2/6/1901 Sing again that sweet refrain Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo composer  
Victor A-204 7-in. 7/28/1903 My Creole Sue Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-204 10-in. 7/28/1903 My Creole Sue Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor A-206 7-in. 7/28/1903 An evening with the minstrels, no. 2 Minstrels [Victor Records group] Minstrels, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-206 10-in. 7/28/1903 An evening with the minstrels, no. 2 Minstrels [Victor Records group] Minstrels, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor C-206 12-in. 5/24/1905 An evening with the minstrels, no. 2 Victor Minstrel Company Minstrels, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor A-640 7-in. 11/6/1903 Sing again that sweet refrain Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor A-713 7-in. 11/18/1903 Sing again that sweet refrain Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor C-16217 12-in. 7/21/1915 Songs of the past, no. 5 Victor Mixed Chorus Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-28829 10-in. 11/1/1923 My Creole Sue Shannon Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-32016 10-in. 2/26/1925 In the baggage coach ahead Vernon Dalhart Male vocal solo, with violin and guitar (takes 1 and 2); with violin and piano (takes 3 and 4) composer, lyricist  
Victor B-32226 10-in. 3/19/1925 In the baggage coach ahead Vernon Dalhart Male vocal solo, with violin, guitar, and male vocal trio composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-35696 10-in. 6/17/1926 We sat beneath the maple on the hill Vernon Dalhart ; Carson Robison Male vocal duet, with violin and guitar composer  
Victor BVE-49424 10-in. 6/6/1929 The boy in blue Stuart Hamblen Male vocal solo, with guitar composer  
Victor BVE-56410 10-in. 10/17/1929 If I only could blot out the past Monroe Lamb ; Frank Wheeler Male vocal duet, with guitar (self-accompaniment) lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-83135 10-in. 5/8/1934 One little word Carter Family Mixed vocal trio, with guitar and autoharp composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-043396 10-in. 11/20/1939 My Creole Sue Norsemen Male vocal quartet, with instrumental quintet composer  
Victor BS-047613 10-in. 2/8/1940 Let us all stay at home Tobacco Tags Male vocal solo with instrumental ensemble composer, lyricist  
Victor D9VB-0835 10-in. 2/1/1949 The fatal wedding Jones Sisters Female vocal duet, with string band composer  
Columbia 353 7-in. ca. 1901 Sing again that sweet refrain Artists vary Male vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia 353 10-in. ca. 1901 Sing again that sweet refrain Artists vary Male vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia 750 7-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 My Creole Sue Artists vary Male vocal quartet, with piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia 750 10-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 My Creole Sue Artists vary Male vocal quartet, with piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia 38163 10-in. 7/26/1912 My Creole Sue Columbia Quartette Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 140035 10-in. 9/12/1924 In the baggage coach ahead Ernest Errott Thompson Male vocal solo, with harmonica and guitar composer, lyricist  
Columbia W140407 10-in. 3/2/1925 In the baggage coach ahead Vernon Dalhart Male vocal solo, with fiddle (violin) and guitar composer, lyricist  
Columbia W141149 10-in. 10/17/1925 The fatal wedding Vernon Dalhart Male vocal solo, with violin and guitar composer  
Columbia W142923 10-in. 11/8/1926 We sat beneath the maple on the hill Al Craver ; Charlie Wells Male vocal duet, with fiddle (violin) and guitar composer, lyricist  
Columbia W147295 10-in. 10/25/1928 The fatal wedding Jess Young's Tennessee Band String band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia 147880 10-in. 1/23/1929 In the baggage coach ahead Vernon Dalhart Male vocal solo, with fiddle (violin) and guitar composer, lyricist  
Columbia W152096 10-in. 1/28/1932 In the baggage coach ahead Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
OKeh S-73034 12-in. 12/18/1924 The baggage coach ahead Fiddlin' John Carson Male vocal solo, with fiddle (violin) composer, lyricist  
OKeh W80360 10-in. 1/29/1927 The fatal wedding Ernest V. Stoneman Male vocal solo, with fiddle (violin) and guitar composer  
OKeh W400807 10-in. 6/20/1928 In the baggage coach ahead Andrew Jenkins ; Carson Robison Male vocal duet, with 2 fiddles (violins) and guitar composer, lyricist  
Brunswick E2796-E2797 10-in. 4/17/1926 If I could only blot out the past Sam McGee Male vocal solo, with guitar lyricist, composer  
Brunswick E4062-E4063 10-in. 11/10/1926 We sat beneath the maple on the hill Vernon Dalhart Male vocal solo, with violin and guitar composer, lyricist  
Brunswick E22880-E22882 10-in. 5/3/1927 He carved his mother’s name upon the tree Robert A. Gardner ; Lester McFarland Male vocal solo, with guitar and mandolin composer  
Brunswick E22894-E22895 10-in. 5/3/1927 ‘Tis home because Mother is there Robert A. Gardner ; Lester McFarland Male vocal duet, with instrumental trio composer  
Brunswick E25467-E25468 10-in. 12/8/1927 The baggage coach ahead Robert A. Gardner ; Lester McFarland Male vocal duet, with guitar and mandolin composer, lyricist  
Brunswick DAL492 10-in. 10/27/1929 The fatal wedding J. W. Graham ; Red Headed Fiddlers ; Red Steeley Instrumental ensemble composer  
Brunswick 1032W-1033W 10-in. 8/5/1925 The fatal wedding Charlie Oaks Male vocal solo, with guitar and harmonica composer  
Brunswick 1498W-1500W 10-in. 10/16/1925 The fatal wedding George Reneau Male vocal solo, with guitar composer  
Edison 10315 10-in. 4/13/1925 In the baggage coach ahead Vernon Dalhart and Company Male vocal solo, with fiddle (violin) and guitar composer, lyricist  
Edison 11512 10-in. 2/10/1927 My Creole Sue Walter Scanlan Male vocal solo and mixed vocal ensemble, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 11693 10-in. 5/10/1927 The fatal wedding Ernest V. Stoneman Male vocal solo, with guitar and harmonica composer  
Vocalion 13689-13691 10-in. 9/15/1924 The baggage coach ahead George Reneau Male vocal solo, with guitar and harmonica composer, lyricist  

Citation

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