Wild Bill Davis

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

William Strethen Davis, 24 November 1918, Glasgow, Missouri, USA, d. 17 August 1995, Moorestown, New Jersey, USA. Davis’ early career found him playing piano, guitar, or simply writing arrangements for the bands of Milt Larkin, Earl Hines and Louis Jordan. At the end of the 40s he began concentrating on playing the Hammond organ. His organ-led trio was very successful and he also worked with Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton and Count Basie. He was due to record his arrangement of Vernon Duke’s ‘April In Paris’ with Basie but arrived late at the studio so Basie proceeded without him and as a result had one of his bestselling hits. Davis worked extensively in Europe, recording with a succession of visiting Americans including Buddy Tate and Al Grey. In the late 70s and early 80s he once again worked with Hampton but was mostly engaged in leading his own small groups and appearing solo at concerts and festivals around the world. He died in 1995...

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