|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass|
|Tags:||country blues folk louisiana all|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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James Houston Davis, 11 September 1899, on a farm at Beech Springs, near Quitman, Jackson Parish, Louisiana, USA, d. 5 November 2000, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. (Davis regularly claimed to have been born anytime between 1899 and 1902). One of 11 children in a sharecropping family, Davis progressed through local schools and in the early 20s gained a BA at Louisianas Pineville College. Here he sang in the College Glee Club and in a group known as the Tiger Four. He returned to Beech Springs, where he became the first high school graduate ever to return to the school as a teacher. After school, he worked in the fields and busked on street corners until he had raised enough money to allow him to study for his masters degree at the State University in Baton Rouge. In the late 20s, he taught history and social science at Dodd College in Shreveport, but left to become the clerk at Shreveport city court.
He also began to make regular...