Carl Adams, 4 April 1934, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Davis was the prime mover in the flourishing of Chicago as a soul centre during the 60s and early 70s. In 1961, while moonlighting from his Columbia Records promotion job, Davis, in partnership with Bill Bunky Sheppard, established the Nat/Pam/Wes label complex. Shortly afterwards, he established himself as a producer to be reckoned with when he produced Gene Chandlers million-selling Duke Of Earl. Columbia, seeing his talents were misplaced, in 1962 hired him as a producer, first for some acts on its own imprint and later on their moribund OKeh label. Within a year Davis had OKeh thriving again, producing hits with the help of Curtis Mayfield compositions and Johnny Pate arrangements. Notable artists that he made into national hitmakers were Major Lance, Billy Butler And The Chanters, Walter Jackson, and the Artistics. Meanwhile, independently from OKeh he produced several hits for...
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