Talk:Reverend Gary Davis

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Former good article nomineeReverend Gary Davis was a Music good articles nominee, but did not meet the good article criteria at the time. There are suggestions below for improving the article. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.
September 2, 2007Good article nomineeNot listed


I think that there should be an article on the first "world citizen" Gary Davis, bomber pilot during World War II. I'll be looking to add to the page.

Feel free to make one. I suggest calling it Gary Davis (bomber pilot), and removing the redirect to this page, and making the Gary Davis page a disambiguation page -- TimNelson 05:37, 30 May 2007 (UTC)

Many Great Students, but not Jorma[edit]

The Rev. Gary Davis had many famous students, and influenced many more, But Jorma Kaukonen was a member of the latter group, not the former.

It was Jorma's roommate at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio-- Ian Buchannon [1]-- who actually took the lessons from the Blind Reverend; Kaukonnen, in turn, learned from Buchannon. In Jorma's own words (at least according to a 2000 Cincinatti Enquirer article [2]):

“Ian was a student of the Rev's (Rev. Gary Davis). We lived in this house together, and it occurred to me much later that my playing was probably so obnoxious that, out of pure self-defense, he just took me under his wing. And I pretty much quit going to classes the next quarter and played eight hours a day.”

--Jorma Kaukonen

For more infromation on other students of The Reverend, see a brief webpage I knocked together one Saturday morning at [3]

-- 04:41, 2 June 2006 (UTC)

GA review[edit]

I'm sorry to break this to you, but this article needs alot of work before it can be considered a Good Article.

  • The main thing here that immediately makes it fail is its length. This article needs much expansion, as the current article body looks like it could be substituted for the lead. Expand, expand, expand!
  • Get some more sources. That will help your expansion work, and make the article more credible.
  • Once some expansion is completed, take those sources that you have, and make inline citations.

It's a good start, but it's still a bit far to be considered GA status. I would also suggest submitting this to peer review before renominating it. Cheers. -- Reaper X 19:18, 2 September 2007 (UTC)

Music Theory statement[edit]

Why the statement, "(such as a root position chord which he informed was an "F sharp diminished 7th", illustrating his knowledge of theory.)"?

It serves no purpose in the article-most guitarists worth their salt know what an "F sharp diminished 7th" is. I've removed it for the time being.

Farpov (talk) 12:04, 14 April 2008 (UTC)


By including "Reverend" in the title, does this article violate the guideline at Wikipedia:Manual of Style (biographies)#Honorific prefixes? --Bejnar (talk) 03:27, 26 March 2010 (UTC)

In my view, he falls into this category: "In the cases of certain historic persons, an honorific is so commonly attached to their names that it should be included." Most (though I admit not all) of the refs to him are of Reverend (or Rev.) Gary Davis, his website is named , and so on. Ghmyrtle (talk) 11:29, 26 March 2010 (UTC)


I've expanded and reformatted the discography, and will add footnotes regarding sources for it. I haven't included the more recent releases and am hoping someone will add those. There are some well-known releases (such as Gospel, Blues and Street Songs) that are not listed separately, but instead as re-release notes under their original titles (in this case, American Street Songs). I debated how to handle this, and if someone feels like it's important to add the re-releases as separate entries, see Pure Religion! as an example. Chuckiesdad/Talk/Contribs 23:09, 28 November 2010 (UTC)

The juxtaposition of, "recorded live in spring 1976" in the discography with a date of death in 1972 is, at best, confusing. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:34, 13 January 2014 (UTC)

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