Larry Davis (blues musician)

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Larry Davis
Larry Davis.jpg
Davis in 1983
Background information
Born (1936-12-04)December 4, 1936
Pine Bluff, Arkansas, United States
Died April 19, 1994(1994-04-19) (aged 57)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Texas blues, soul blues, electric blues
Occupation(s) Singer, guitarist, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass guitar
Years active Mid-1950s–1994
Labels Rooster Blues, various

Larry Davis (December 4, 1936 – April 19, 1994)[1] was an American electric Texas blues and soul blues musician. He is best known for co-writing the song "Texas Flood", later recorded to greater commercial success by Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Biography[edit]

Davis was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas while raised in England, Arkansas and Little Rock, Arkansas. He swapped playing the drums to learn to play the bass guitar. In the mid-1950s, he had a working partnership with Fenton Robinson, and following the recommendation of Bobby Bland was given a recording contract by Duke Records. Davis had three singles released, which included "Texas Flood" and "Angels in Houston". Thereafter, he had limited opportunity in the recording studio. He resided in St. Louis, Missouri, for a while, and played bass in Albert King's group.[2] He also learned to play the guitar at this time; the guitar on Davis's recording of "Texas Flood" was by played by Robinson.[3]

Several single releases on the Virgo and Kent labels followed, but in 1972 a motorcycle accident temporarily paralyzed Davis's left side.[2] He returned a decade later with an album released by Rooster Blues, Funny Stuff, produced by Oliver Sain.[3] He won four W. C. Handy Awards in 1982, but a decade later he was known only to blues specialists.[3] His 1987 Pulsar LP, I Ain't Beggin' Nobody, was difficult even for blues enthusiasts to locate.[2]

In 1992, Bullseye Blues issued another album, Sooner or Later, highlighting his booming vocals and guitar playing influenced by Albert King.

Davis died of cancer in April 1994, at the age of 57.[2]

Selected discography[edit]

  • Funny Stuff (1982), Rooster Blues
  • I Ain't Beggin' Nobody (1987), Evidence
  • Sooner or Later (1992), Bullseye Blues
  • B. B. King Presents Larry Davis (2002)
  • Sweet Little Angel (2002), P-Vine Records[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Doc Rock. "The Dead Rock Stars Club 1994–1995". Thedeadrockstarsclub.com. Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  2. ^ a b c d Dahl, Bill. "Larry Davis: Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-09-16. 
  3. ^ a b c Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books. p. 106. ISBN 1-85868-255-X. 
  4. ^ "Larry Davis: Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-09-16.