Lem Davis

Lem Davis (22 June 1914 – 16 January 1970), born Lemuel A. Davis, was an American swing music and jazz alto saxophonist born in Tampa, Florida. His career began in the 1940s with pianist Nat Jaffe. Davis is best known for playing with the Coleman Hawkins septet in 1943 as well as Eddie Heywood's group. Throughout the 1940s, he played in a variety of jazz groups. In 1953, he appeared on Buck Clayton's "Hucklebuck" recording. He continued to play in New York City throughout the 1950s, but as bebop surpassed swing in popularity, he recorded little thereafter.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 22nd, 1914 (Tampa), Died January 16th, 1970 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1939 - 1946

Roles Represented in DAHR: alto saxophone

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 65917 10-in. 7/5/1939 De donkey want water Harold Boyce ; Harlem Indians instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 65918 10-in. 7/5/1939 De bush to boil tea Harold Boyce ; Harlem Indians instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 65919 10-in. 7/5/1939 Willie, Willie, don't go from me Harold Boyce ; Harlem Indians instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 65920 10-in. 7/5/1939 Bajun gal Harold Boyce ; Harlem Indians instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 65921 10-in. 7/5/1939 Knock ya'self out Harold Boyce ; Harlem Indians instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 65922 10-in. 7/5/1939 So what Harold Boyce ; Harlem Indians instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 72635 10-in. 12/15/1944 Begin the beguine Eddie Heywood Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 72636 10-in. 12/15/1944 Blue Lou Eddie Heywood Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 72668 10-in. 12/29/1944 Please don't talk about me when I'm gone Eddie Heywood Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 72669 10-in. 12/29/1944 Lover man (oh where can you be) Eddie Heywood Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 73767 12/27/1946 The blues are brewin' Billie Holiday instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 73768 12/27/1946 Guilty Billie Holiday instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 73769[a] 12/27/1946 Careless love Billie Holiday instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 3910 10-in. 8/9/1945 Save your sorrows for tomorrow Bing Crosby instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 3911 10-in. 8/9/1945 Baby won't you please come home Bing Crosby instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 3918 10-in. 8/17/1945 That little dream got nowhere Bing Crosby instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 3919 10-in. 8/17/1945 Who's sorry now? Bing Crosby instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 3949 10-in. 9/5/1945 I've found a new baby Bing Crosby instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 3950 10-in. 9/5/1945 Who's sorry now Bing Crosby instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 3978 10-in. 9/26/1945 The man I love Eddie Heywood Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 3979 10-in. 9/26/1945 On the sunny side of the street Eddie Heywood Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 4006 10-in. 11/20/1945 Just you, just me Eddie Heywood Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 4007 10-in. 11/20/1945 Coquette Eddie Heywood Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Davis, Lem," accessed September 18, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/311126.

Davis, Lem. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 18, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/311126.

"Davis, Lem." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 18 September 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/311126

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