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James “Thunderbird” Davis

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James Davis went just how entertainers often imagine. While performing in the Blues Saloon in St. Paul, MN, he experienced a fatal coronary attack in mid-set and passed away on-stage. The tragic event finished a comeback bet that warmed the center of blues aficionados; Davis’ whereabouts had been so unknown ahead of his triumphant re-emergence that he was rumored to become deceased. His melismatic vocal delivery betraying solid gospel origins, Davis guaranteed his 1st pro gig in 1957 as starting act for Acoustic guitar Slim. The flamboyant guitarist was in charge of tagging Davis along with his “Thunderbird” moniker. Davis dropped a drinking competition to his manager that delivered him to a healthcare facility; the singer’s libation of preference that fateful day time was Thunderbird wines (which Davis swore off forever). Davis authorized on with Don Robey’s Houston-based Duke Information in 1961. Robey used his new finding as a demonstration vocalist for Bobby Bland when Davis wasn’t trimming his personal singles. Two of Davis’ Duke offerings, the tortured blues figures “Blue Mon” and “Your Consider Cry,” rank with finest blues 45s of the first ’60s, but do small for Davis at that time. He remaining Duke in 1966, starting for Joe Tex and O.V. Wright on the highway before settling down. After nearly giving up completely on display biz, Davis was monitored down in Houma, LA, by Dark Top Records manager Hammond Scott and two cohorts. A 1989 recording called HAVE A LOOK AT Period was the content result; sidemen over the time included two previous cohorts, bassist Lloyd Lambert (Electric guitar Slim’s bandleader) and guitarist Clarence Hollimon. The resultant acclaim catapulted Davis back to the limelight going back many years of his life.

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Full Name James "Thunderbird" Davis
Died January 24, 1992, Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Profession Singer
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Chase 2010 TV Series Congressman Nevins
Dexter 2009 TV Series Cop
House M.D. 2009 TV Series Chris Carrick
Cold Case 2007 TV Series Phil Corado
Close to Home 2006 TV Series Chief Tom Higgins
In Justice 2006 TV Series Captain Furini
Pickle Power 2005 Short Father Goldberg
The West Wing 2004 TV Series Cable News Pundit
The Tracy Morgan Show 2003 TV Series Doctor
A One Color System 2003 Short Richard Anderson
Without a Trace 2002 TV Series Corporate Attorney
Star Trek: Enterprise 2002 TV Series Risan Man
The Guardian 2002 TV Series Robert Colden
The Bold and the Beautiful 2001 TV Series Dr. Elderkin
The Parkers 2000 TV Series Minister #1
The Steve Harvey Show 1999 TV Series Jack
Dinner with Huckleberry Sawyer 1999 Short Roger Coldlefeild
The Practice 1998 TV Series Mr. Edward Harrelson
JAG 1997-1998 TV Series Chaplain Howard / Clerk
The Wayans Bros. 1998 TV Series Security Guard
Sparks 1997 TV Series
Melrose Place 1996-1997 TV Series Contractor / Senator Wilcox
Silk Stalkings 1997 TV Series Mr. Parker
3rd Rock from the Sun 1997 TV Series Mr. Patterson
Diagnosis Murder 1997 TV Series Businessman
The Secret World of Alex Mack 1996 TV Series Mr. Hanson
Kindred: The Embraced 1996 TV Series Police Sergeant
The Glass Shield 1994 Jury Foreman
Murder, She Wrote 1994 TV Series Timothy Milner
The Secrets of Lake Success 1993 TV Mini-Series
Dark Justice 1993 TV Series Lawyer
When No One Would Listen 1992 TV Movie Cop #4
Without a Pass 1991 Officer #2 - 1965
MacGyver 1991 TV Series J. Tyler Knox
Columbo 1990 TV Series John
Parker Kane 1990 TV Movie Dr. Bill Powers
Mancuso, FBI 1989 TV Series
Highway to Heaven 1989 TV Series Samuel Hays (age 37)
Guns of Paradise 1989 TV Series Luther
Quantum Leap 1989 TV Series Clayton Trafford
I Know My First Name Is Steven 1989 TV Mini-Series Joe Allen
Ohara 1987 TV Series William Rawlings
The Colbys 1987 TV Series Neonatalogist
Our House 1987 TV Series
Starman 1987 TV Series Major Holmes
Matlock 1986-1987 TV Series Lawyer / National Informer Reporter
The Judge 1986 TV Series
Back to School 1986 Judge
Second Serve 1986 TV Movie Dale
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1986 TV Series Policeman #1
Perfect Strangers 1986 TV Series Man
The Naked Cage 1986 Father
T.J. Hooker 1986 TV Series William Murphy
Knight Rider 1985 TV Series Dr. Gottlieb
The Fall Guy 1985 TV Series FBI Agent Weston
Airwolf 1984 TV Series Sam Kowal
Call to Glory 1984 TV Series Shellenback
V 1984 TV Series Theater Manager
Remington Steele 1984 TV Series Sam Woodman
London and Davis in New York 1984 TV Movie Dan Carr
Whiz Kids 1984 TV Series Hotel Clerk
Diff'rent Strokes 1983 TV Series F.B.I. Man #1
Manimal 1983 TV Series Lyle Wittington
Lottery! 1983 TV Series
Cheers 1983 TV Series Mr. Anderson #2
Knots Landing 1983 TV Series Detective #2 / Policeman #2
Sunset Limousine 1983 TV Movie 2nd Television Executive
Hotline 1982 TV Movie Policeman
Romance Theatre 1982 TV Series James
The Waltons 1981 TV Series Mike O'Brien
All Night Long 1981 Hutchinson
Flamingo Road 1981 TV Series
Alligator 1980 Helms
Eight Is Enough 1980 TV Series Cameraman
Quincy M.E. 1977-1980 TV Series Duane / Assistant D.A.
In Search of Historic Jesus 1979 Documentary Centurion #1
Captain America 1979 TV Movie Lester Wiant
Project U.F.O. 1978 TV Series
Man from Atlantis 1977-1978 TV Series Officer
A Question of Guilt 1978 TV Movie Dan Mazzo
The Six Million Dollar Man 1975-1977 TV Series Hal / Air Controller Wilson / Ted Harter
Kingston: Confidential 1977 TV Series Nicholas
The Man with the Power 1977 TV Movie Driver
McCloud 1977 TV Series David Kessler
Stonestreet: Who Killed the Centerfold Model? 1977 TV Movie Eddie Schroeder
Once an Eagle 1977 TV Mini-Series Mel
Black Sheep Squadron 1976 TV Series Lt. Mike Carter
Emergency! 1975-1976 TV Series Guard Sergeant / David Cort / Jim Long
Midway 1976 Pilot, PBY 'Strawberry 12'
The Bionic Woman 1976 TV Series Radio Man
Switch 1976 TV Series Jack
The Rockford Files 1976 TV Series Steve Sorenson
McMillan & Wife 1976 TV Series Jay Bell
Dark Victory 1976 TV Movie Dr. Snyder
Rich Man, Poor Man 1976 TV Mini-Series Talbott Hughes
Joe Forrester 1975 TV Series
Mobile One 1975 TV Series Quinlan
Marcus Welby, M.D. 1975 TV Series Don Riggs
Kolchak: The Night Stalker 1975 TV Series 1st Young Man

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The Bold and the Beautiful 2001 TV Series Dr. Elderkin

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