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Blind John Davis

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Versatility was essential to the music state of mind of John Davis. Although he was world-renowned being a blues pianist, he was pleased with his innate capability to play ragtime, just a little jazz, a good schmaltzy Tin Skillet Alley ditty or two. And he achieved it all for over fifty percent a century. Blessed in Mississippi, Davis was the truth is a Chicagoan, having transferred there prior to the age group of three. He dropped his eyesight after moving on a toe nail when he was nine, but that didn’t prevent him from learning the 88s as a teenager. This way, he could grab a few cash by playing in his father’s “sporting homes.” Davis kept down the enviable placement of home pianist for prolific record maker Lester Melrose from 1937 to 1942, moving the ivories behind the illustrious wants of Sonny Boy Williamson, Tampa Crimson, and Memphis Minnie for Bluebird, Columbia, Decca, and some other company the effective Melrose was linked to. After World Battle II, the blind pianist constructed his personal trio, documenting for MGM in 1949-1951. He journeyed to European countries with Broonzy in 1952 in what may have been the very first abroad jaunt for just about any American blues artist. The pianist continued to be musically active from then on but seldom documented domestically, saving the majority of his studio room energy for his Western trips (a jaunty, typically eclectic 1985 recording for Chicago’s Crimson Beans label being truly a significant exception). Davis’ suave, genteel strategy didn’t jibe using the rough-edged Chicago blues from the ’50s, but his class was timeless.

Quick Facts


Full Name Blind John Davis
Died October 12, 1985, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Profession Singer, Jazz Pianist
Nationality American
Music Songs My Own Boogie, No Mail Today, How Long Blues, Pretty Blues For Listening, Davis Boogie, Your Love Belongs To Me, Alley Woman Blues, I Love My Josephine, I Heard An Echo, Rockin' In Boogie, Booze Drinking Benny, Anna Lou Breakdown, Run Away Boogie, C. C. Rider, Every Day I Have the Blues, Telegram To My Baby, Jersey Cow Blues, Sunrise Boogie, When The Blues Birds Come Out To Sing, I Know The Baby Loves Me, Home Town Blues, If I Had a Listen, Cow Cow Blues, Moanin' The Blues, Texas Tony, Let's Move to the Outskirts of Town, Got The Blues So Bad, The Day Will Come, Everybody's Boogie, Bartenders Bounce, Rockin' Chair Boogie, Pinetop Boogie
Albums The Incomparable Blind John Davis, No Mail Today, Blind John Davis Vol. 1 (1938-1952), My Own Boogie, The Silverline 1 - My Own Boogie, Moanin' The Blues, Blind John Davis, The Blues Jumped the Rabbit (Nothing But the Blues), In Memoriam, Blind John Davis, Volume 1 (1938-1952), Jazz Figures / Blind John Davis , (1938 - 1953), Blind John Davis (Doxy Collection), Nothing but the Blues, Blues Jams featuring Blind john Davis


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#Fact
1 First job was as an usher in his father's movie theater in a Denver suburb. He fell in love with movies, and would watch up to 300 movies a year.
2 Has produced or executive produced 84 movies and movies for television.
3 Quietly partnered in an animation company with South Korean animators in 2007, and Davis Entertainment is busy developing and producing animation features and DVD programming, including a feature animated musical.
4 Parlayed his success as a moviemaker into a separate career as a savvy business man, originally buying and selling at a sizable profit Wetzel's Pretzels, Pasta Pomodoro, etc. He is partnered in national cosmetics chain Jane Cosmetics, as well as the frozen yogurt chain, Red Mango, and auto parts maker Catalina Precision Products.
5 Recognized by The Hollywood Reporter as Hollywood's most prolific producer (August, 2005).
6 HaD an ownership stake in the Italian restaurant chain, Pasta Pomodoro.
7 Born and raised near Denver, Colorado.
8 His obsession with film began as a youth when his father purchased the neighborhood movie theater, where he sold popcorn.
9 Developing for Fox 2000 a screen adaptation of Michael Dobbs' book, "One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushehev and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War.".
10 Uncle of Nick Raynes.


Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Predator 2018 producer pre-production
Zara 2018 producer pre-production
The Blacklist: Redemption 2017 TV Series executive producer announced
Behind Enemy Lines TV Series executive producer announced
I, Robot 2 producer announced
Our House executive producer post-production
Protection producer announced
Selling Time producer pre-production
The Blacklist 2013-2016 TV Series executive producer - 68 episodes
Timeless 2016 TV Series executive producer - 3 episodes
Dr. Ken 2016 TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
Joy 2015/I producer
Victor Frankenstein 2015 producer
The Player 2015 TV Series executive producer - 4 episodes
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 2015 producer
Devil's Due 2014 producer
Ironside 2013 TV Series executive producer - 2 episodes
Chronicle 2012 producer
Mr. Popper's Penguins 2011 producer
A Little Bit of Heaven 2011 producer
Locke & Key 2011 TV Movie producer
Gulliver's Travels 2010 producer
Predators 2010 producer
Marmaduke 2010 producer
Garfield's Pet Force 2009 Video producer
Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts 2009 Video producer
Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia 2009 Video executive producer
The Express 2008 producer
Garfield's Fun Fest 2008 Video producer
Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief 2008 Video producer
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem 2007 producer
Garfield Gets Real 2007 Video producer
The Heartbreak Kid 2007 executive producer
Daddy Day Camp 2007 executive producer
Norbit 2007 producer
Jump In! 2007 TV Movie executive producer
Eragon 2006 producer
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties 2006 producer
Dr. Dolittle 3 2006 Video producer
When a Stranger Calls 2006 producer
Life Is Ruff 2005 TV Movie executive producer
Nadine in Date Land 2005 TV Movie executive producer
At Last 2005 executive producer
Flight of the Phoenix 2004 producer
Fat Albert 2004 producer
First Daughter 2004 producer
AVP: Alien vs. Predator 2004 producer
I, Robot 2004 producer
Garfield 2004 producer
Paycheck 2003 producer
Devil's Pond 2003 producer
Daddy Day Care 2003 producer
Happy Hour 2003 executive producer
29 Palms 2002 executive producer
Bobbie's Girl 2002 TV Movie executive producer
Life or Something Like It 2002 producer
Sunk on Christmas Eve 2001 TV Movie documentary producer
Behind Enemy Lines 2001 producer
Dr. Dolittle 2 2001 producer
Heartbreakers 2001 producer
Labor Pains 2000 co-executive producer
Little Richard 2000 TV Movie executive producer
Rites of Passage 1999 executive producer
Dudley Do-Right 1999 producer
The Jesse Ventura Story 1999 TV Movie executive producer
The Settlement 1999 executive producer
Doctor Dolittle 1998 producer
Miracle at Midnight 1998 TV Movie executive producer
Bad Manners 1997 executive producer
Out to Sea 1997 producer
Digging to China 1997 producer
Volcano: Fire on the Mountain 1997 TV Movie executive producer
Asteroid 1997 TV Movie executive producer
Lewis & Clark & George 1997 executive producer
Daylight 1996 producer
The Chamber 1996 producer
Courage Under Fire 1996 producer
Grumpier Old Men 1995 producer
The Grass Harp 1995 producer
Waterworld 1995 producer
Denise Calls Up 1995 executive producer
The Hunted 1995 producer
Ri¢hie Ri¢h 1994 producer
One Christmas 1994 TV Movie producer
Tears and Laughter: The Joan and Melissa Rivers Story 1994 TV Movie producer
This Can't Be Love 1994 TV Movie executive producer
Grumpy Old Men 1993 producer
The Last Outlaw 1993 TV Movie producer
The Thing Called Love 1993 producer
Caught in the Act 1993/I TV Movie executive producer
The Firm 1993 producer
Voyage 1993 TV Movie producer
Gunmen 1993 producer
Fortress 1992 producer
Wild Card 1992 TV Movie executive producer
Storyville 1992 executive producer
Shattered 1991 producer
Silhouette 1990 TV Movie executive producer
Predator 2 1990 producer
Curiosity Kills 1990 TV Movie executive producer
Enid Is Sleeping 1990 producer
Dangerous Passion 1990 TV Movie executive producer
The Last of the Finest 1990 producer
Little Monsters 1989 producer - as John A. Davis
License to Drive 1988 producer - as John A. Davis
Three O'Clock High 1987 co-producer
Predator 1987 producer

Production Manager

Production Manager

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Doomsday Gun 1994 TV Movie production manager: Spain
The Two Mrs. Grenvilles 1987 TV Mini-Series production supervisor - 2 episodes
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984 production supervisor: UK
Never Say Never Again 1983 production manager: U.K.

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Evolution of the Species: Predators Reborn 2010 Video documentary special thanks
Texasville 1990 many thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Making of Victor Frankenstein 2016 Video documentary short Himself
Evolution of the Species: Predators Reborn 2010 Video documentary Himself
The Express: Making History - The Story of Ernie Davis 2009 Video short Himself
The Express: Making of 'The Express' 2009 Video short Himself
HBO First Look 2001-2008 TV Series documentary Himself / Producer
AVP-R: Preparing for War - Development and Production 2008 Video documentary short Himself
AVP: Production 2004 Video documentary Himself
AVP: The Beginning 2004 Video documentary short Himself
If It Bleeds We Can Kill It: The Making of 'Predator' 2001 Video documentary short Himself
The Making of 'Heartbreakers' 2001 Video short Himself
Predator: The Life Inside 2001 Video documentary short Himself
Predator: The Unseen Arnold 2001 Video documentary short Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008 Andrew Carnegie Medal Association for Library Service to Children Jump In! (2007) · Kevin Lafferty
· Amy Palmer
· Danielle Sterling
2004 ShoWest Award ShoWest Convention, USA Producer of the Year
1998 Film Award Santa Clarita International Film Festival Best Feature Drama Film Miracle at Midnight (1998) · Merrill H. Karpf
1994 Silver Angel Angel Awards Excellence in Media One Christmas (1994) · John Philip Dayton
· Merrill H. Karpf

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Film, Drama I, Robot (2004) · Topher Dow
· Laurence Mark
· Wyck Godfrey
1996 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Picture Waterworld (1995) · Charles Gordon
· Kevin Costner
1995 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Picture Waterworld (1995) · Charles Gordon
· Kevin Costner
1995 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards The Sequel Nobody Was Clamoring For Grumpier Old Men (1995) · Richard C. Berman


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#Quote
1 I've always really wanted to make a successful love story. I think a lot of us in this business do. It's hard. It's hard to find really great unique stories. And it's very, very hard to get the Studios to want to finance them.


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