Blind John Davis (December 7, 1913 —
October 12, 1985) was an African American, blues, jazz and boogie-woogie
pianist and singer. He is best remembered for his recordings including 'A
Little Every Day' and 'Everybody's Boogie'.
Davis was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, but he relocated with his family
to Chicago at the age of two. Seven years later he had lost his sight. In
his early years Davis backed Merline Johnson, and by his mid-twenties he was
a well known and reliable accompanying pianist. Between 1937 and 1942, Davis
recorded with Big Bill Broonzy,
Sonny Boy Williamson I,
Tampa Red, Merline Johnson, and others,
playing on many recordings of that time. He also waxed several efforts of
his own, using his own lightweight voice.
After playing on various earlier recording sessions with him, in the 1940s
Davis teamed up with Lonnie Johnson. Recording later on his own, 'No Mail
Today' (1949) became a minor hit for Davis. Most of Doctor Clayton's later
recordings featured Davis on piano.
He toured Europe with Broonzy in 1952, the first blues pianist to do so. In
later years Davis toured and recorded frequently in Europe, where he enjoyed
a higher profile than in his homeland.
Davis died in his adopted home town of Chicago, at the age of 71, in October
Alive 'Live' and Well (1976) - Chrischaa
Stompin' on a Saturday Night (1978) - Alligator
You Better Cut That Out (1985) - Red Beans
Blind John Davis [Story of Blues] (1991) - Story Of Blues
The Incomparable Blind John Davis (1997) - Oldie Blues (Munich)
My Own Boogie (2002) - Past Perfect (UK)