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Blind Willie Davis


The classic American spiritual “Once the Saints Go Marching In” is carefully identified with Louis Armstrong and New Orleans jazz. At Preservation Hall within the last mentioned city, there’s even a indication indicating that the combo is going to be glad to try out the melody — for the 50 dollar suggestion. (All the requests are just ten dollars per melody.) However one pay attention to the Delta blues or rural gospel edition of the melody by Blind Willie Davis, originally documented for the Paramount “competition” record series in the past due ’20s, will make a listener totally your investment Dixieland “Saints” — and that is quite an fulfillment. The recordings of Davis, a amount whose personal background has yet to become uncovered, are section of many out of this period that symbolized the beginnings from the gospel documenting industry. Therefore, Davis’ work continues to be widely anthologized in a variety of compilations specialized in early dark gospel or sanctified performing, including the wonderful Fresh Pre-War Gospel, 1926-36 over the Revenant label. Furthermore, blues fans have discovered the task of Davis to become of value also taken off its gospel framework. Like the effective function of Blind Willie Johnson, the recordings of Davis possess everything a blues enthusiast will need or want, including gritty vocals and challenging electric guitar playing. Davis’ bottleneck electric guitar arrangements are very exclusive. His thumb choosing style is known as extremely unorthodox, in fact seeming to become something similar to a backward edition of how many other Mississippi Delta players perform. Davis also appeared to believe and move quicker than a few of his contemporaries, meaning his mix of strumming and choosing patterns is thick and filled with details. The large blues content of the Davis functionality also provides his gospel materials much less of the joyous personality. The efficiency included on the Revenant disc, “I REALLY BELIEVE I’ll GO HOME,” features sorrowful and shifting interplay between tone of voice and bottleneck; and represents a robust debate that gospel music happens of tragedy instead of ecstatic joy, a minimum of in the thoughts of some blues and gospel critics.

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Full Name Blind Willie Davis
Music Songs Your Enemy Cannot Harm You, I've Got A Key To The Kingdom, I Believe I'll Go Back Home, Trust In God And Do The Right, Rock Of Ages Chicago, Trust in God and Do the Right Thing, When the Saints Go Marching In, Rock of Ages
Albums Rock of Ages

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1 Willie Davis hit likely the most famous Grand Slam Home Run against the New York Mets - nobody never seen. He received no RBI's, Home Run nor Credits on Betwitched, but is immortalized in the series.
2 Played with the Dodgers from 1960-1973, Expos in 1974, Rangers & Cardinals in 1975, Padres in 1976 & Angels in 1979, 3 time all-star, 3 time gold glove centerfielder, all-time LA Dodgers leader in total hits 2091, runs scored 1004, triples 110, 2nd in doubles with 321, 5th in home runs 154, 3rd in RBI 849. Played two seasons in Japan ('77-'78).
3 Centerfielder for the 1963 and 1965 World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers. Also played for the Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres, and California Angels.



The Love Machine 1971 Police Officer (uncredited)
Which Way to the Front? 1970 Lincoln
The Flying Nun 1969 TV Series the Manager



1979 American League Championship Series 1979 TV Mini-Series Himself - California Angels Pinch Hitter
1973 MLB All-Star Game 1973 TV Special Himself - NL Outfielder
1971 MLB All-Star Game 1971 TV Special Himself - NL Outfielder
The Real Tom Kennedy Show 1970 TV Series Himself
1966 World Series 1966 TV Mini-Series Himself - Los Angeles Dodgers Center Fielder
1965 World Series 1965 TV Mini-Series Himself - Los Angeles Dodgers Center Fielder
The Joey Bishop Show 1964 TV Series Himself
1963 World Series 1963 TV Mini-Series Himself - Los Angeles Dodgers Center Fielder
Mister Ed 1963 TV Series Himself

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