Davis (December 4, 1936 – April 19, 1994) was an American electric
Texas blues and soul blues musician. He is best known for co-composing the
song "Texas Flood", later recorded to greater commercial success by
Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Davis
swapped playing the drums to learn to play the bass guitar. In the mid
1950s, Davis had a working partnership with Fenton Robinson, and following
the recommendation of Bobby Bland was given a recording contract by the Duke
label. Davis had three singles released, which included "Texas Flood" and
"Angels in Houston". Thereafter, Davis had limited opportunity in the
recording studio. He resided in St. Louis, Missouri for a while, and played
bass in Albert King's group. He also learned
conventional guitar at this time, as the original guitar playing on Davis's
recording of "Texas Flood" was by Robinson.
Several single releases on the Virgo and Kent labels followed, but in 1972 a
motorcycle accident temporarily paralyzed Davis' left side. He returned a
decade later with an album released by Rooster Blues, Funny Stuff, which was
produced by Oliver Sain. He won four W.C. Handy Awards in 1982, yet a decade
on he was known only to blues specialists. His 1987 Pulsar LP, I Ain't
Beggin' Nobody, proved difficult even for blues enthusiasts to locate.
In 1992, Bullseye Blues issued another Davis offering, Sooner or Later, that
highlighted his booming vocals and Albert King influenced guitar work. Fate
then came calling again and Davis died of cancer in April 1994, at the age