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Wild Bill Davis

Wild Bill Davis (November 24, 1918 – August 17, 1995) was the stage name of American jazz pianist, organist, and arranger William Strethen Davis. He is best known for his pioneering jazz electric organ recordings and for his tenure with the Tympany Five, the backing group for Louis Jordan. Prior to the emergence of Jimmy Smith in 1956, Davis (whom Smith had reportedly first seen playing organ in the 1930s) was the pacesetter among organists.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 24, 1918 (Glasgow), Died August 17, 1995 (New Jersey)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1945 - 1963

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, organ, vocalist

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 83 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 72978 7/16/1945 Don't worry 'bout that mule Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 72979 10-in. 7/16/1945 Salt Pork, West Virginia Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 72980 10-in. 7/18/1945 No baby, nobody but you Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 72982 10-in. 7/18/1945 Don't worry 'bout that mule Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 73073 10-in. 10/8/1945 Stone cold dead in de market Ella Fitzgerald ; Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 73074 10-in. 10/8/1945 Petootie pie-1 Ella Fitzgerald ; Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 73081 10/15/1945 Petootie pie Ella Fitzgerald ; Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 73082 10-in. 10/15/1945 Reconversion blues Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 73302 1/23/1946 It's so easy Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 73303 1/23/1946 Beware! Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 73304 1/23/1946 Don't let the sun catch you cryin' Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 73305 1/23/1946 Choo choo ch' boogie Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 73306 1/23/1946 Ain't that just like a woman Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 73307 1/23/1946 That chick's too young to fry Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 73642 6/26/1946 No sale Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 73643 6/26/1946 If it's love you want baby, that's me Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 73644 6/26/1946 Ain't nobody here but us chickens Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 73645 6/26/1946 Let the good times roll Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 73716 10/10/1946 All for the love of Lil Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 73717 10/10/1946 Texas and Pacific Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 73718 10/10/1946 Jack you're dead Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 73719 10/10/1946 Reet petite and gone Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 73720 10/10/1946 Sure had a wonderful time Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 73721 10/10/1946 I know what you're puttin' down Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 73882 4/23/1947 Boogie woogie blue plate Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 1-25 of 83 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Davis, Wild Bill," accessed April 22, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/202414.

Davis, Wild Bill. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 22, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/202414.

"Davis, Wild Bill." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 22 April 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/202414

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