Gary Davis

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Gary Davis (born January 5, 1954), also known as "The Professor", is an American Filmmaker, Director, Screenwriter, Composer, Record Producer, Actor, Arranger, Musician, Television Producer, Film Producer, Instrumentalist, Martial Artist and Teacher. His career spans nearly five decades.

Davis is probably known best today for Clyde Alexander's version of Got to Get your Love (Also known as Gotta Get Your Love).[1] "Gotta Get Your Love has become a cult phenomenon around the world. The German Internet radio program Ebony Cuts (www.metronomic-family.com) recently named the song the most famous, mysterious, and sought after disco classic of all time." And on September 23, a collector in Japan bought an original 12-inch single of "Gotta Get Your Love" from a Dutch seller on eBay. The final bid: $700." [2] The tune is an international hit and still is being sample, mixed, remixed, re-recorded and reissued. Davis wrote and co-produced the tune for Peter Brown of Fame New York City's P&P Records, Heavenly Star Label. It was recored at Opal Studio, which was housed in the same building as Studio 54.

When Davis was a senior in College, he was introduced to Peter Brown by Wayne Ford/Darryl Feld on February 13, 1979 at Sound Idea Studio. Davis became P&P's in house arranger and session muscian, going so far as to build their in house band (Sanction) for Peter. [1] He wrote tunes for several of Peter's Artist. Some tunes never got to be produced by Peter and were done by Davis for his own Chocolate Star Label. His rap tune "Super Jake" was written to be recorded for Peter, who was going from Disco, Funk and Soul to Rap and Hip Hop.

"He started Chocolate Star with his long time Camden compatriot Dennis “DJ” Jones after a few years spent under the wing of Peter Brown at P&P Records. But Gary’s storied involvement in music goes back further than that, having studied composition and arrangement with the late jazz great Manny Albam. Gary’s musical education actually started earlier than that as one of the people he learned the most from was his Uncle, famed jazz organist Richard “Groove” Holmes. When you combined the funk Mr. Davis inherited from “Groove”, with the street-sense of Peter Brown with the skillful composition and arrangements learned from Manny Albam, you’ve got Chocolate Star." [3]

Davis first release the Chocolate Star EP on his Chocolate Star Label in the Philadelphia Area, Camden, New Jersey. It was followed up by a 12" Single "The Pop". Shortly thereafter in the mid 80's Davis moved from Camden to West Palm Beach, Florida where he got involved in Miami Bass Music. He discovered, produced and or worked with many early Maimi Bass Artists such as Kooley C & DJ KJ, Jock D, Danny D, DJ Whiz, Fresh to Rock before they signed with bigger labels. He continued to work with some of them after they were with major labels. Others like Princess MC he composed movie themes with for movies he was producing at the time.

By the mid 90's Davis wanted to produced music videos which lead him into producing local television shows to highlight the Hip Hop Artists in the area. The lead him into making at first mini-movies for the show and by 1996 feature films. The first was "He is a Spy?". The movie starred his Martial Artist's Kendo Master George Alexander.

Davis has directed and produced over 30 feature films and has scored music for over ten.[4]

References[edit]

1 <"PappaWheelie" (Sept 20,2006) "Gary Davis, nephew of Richard "Groove" Holmes: From P&P Disco to Hip-Hop to Miami Bass to indie films" ilxor.com Retrieved July 26, 2017

2<"Jonathan Zwickel" (Sept 29, 2005) "Success, Vinylly" The New Times Retrieved July 26, 2017

3<"Chocolate Star The Very Best Of Gary Davis:Editorial Reviews" (March 28, 2006) Amazon.com/Chocolate-Star-Very-Best-Davis/d Retrieved July 26, 2017

4<"Gary Davis(IX)" imbd.com Retrieved July 27, 2017