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Gussie L. Davis

Gussie Lord Davis (December 3, 1863 – October 18, 1899) was an 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, songwriter

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Recordings (Results 51-57 of 57 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 51-57 of 57 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Davis, Gussie L.," accessed June 24, 2024,

Davis, Gussie L.. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 24, 2024, from

"Davis, Gussie L.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 24 June 2024.

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