Benny Davis

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Benny Davis
Born (1895-08-21)August 21, 1895
Origin New York City, U.S.
Died December 20, 1979(1979-12-20) (aged 84)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Occupation(s) Songwriter

Benny Davis (August 21, 1895 – December 20, 1979) was a vaudeville performer and writer of popular songs. He composed the classic 1926 standard "Baby Face" with Harry Akst.

Davis started performing in vaudeville in his teens. He began writing songs when working as an accompanist for Blossom Seeley. In 1917, he wrote "So Long Sammy" with Jack Yellen[1] and "Good-Bye Broadway. Hello France" with C. Francis Reisner.[2]

His first success was 1920's "Margie", with music by Con Conrad and J. Russel Robinson. His most popular song was "Baby Face", written in 1926 with Harry Akst. For Broadway, Davis wrote the score for the 1927 rendition of Artists and Models and for the 1929 show Sons o' Guns. His career lasted until the mid-1930s.[3][4] He was voted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame.[5]

Davis died in 1979 in Miami, Florida.[5]


  1. ^ Parker, Bernard S. (2007). World War I Sheet Music - Volume 2. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 590. ISBN 0-7864-2799-X. 
  2. ^ Parker, Bernard S. (2007). World War I Sheet Music - Volume 1. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 198. ISBN 0-7864-2798-1. 
  3. ^ Bush, John. "Benny Davis". Allmusic. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Benny Davis". Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Benny Davis | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-06-28. 

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