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James “Thunderbird” Davis

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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