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Fats Comes Aboard

Bruce Bastin and Kip Lornell

in The Melody Man: Joe Davis and the New York Music Scene, 1916-1978

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617032769
eISBN:
9781617032776
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617032769.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter focuses on Joe Davis’s collaboration with jazz musician Fats Waller, which started in 1929. It explains that this year also kicked off nicely for Davis’s own career with the recording of ... More


“That’s Got ’Em”

Bruce Bastin and Kip Lornell

in The Melody Man: Joe Davis and the New York Music Scene, 1916-1978

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617032769
eISBN:
9781617032776
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617032769.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter discusses the childhood of Joe Davis and his early career in the music industry. Davis had his first song, titled “Down Where the Old Road Turns,” published in 1914 and founded his own ... More


How Joe Davis Did Business

Bruce Bastin and Kip Lornell

in The Melody Man: Joe Davis and the New York Music Scene, 1916-1978

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617032769
eISBN:
9781617032776
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617032769.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter focuses on Joe Davis’s way of doing business in the 1940s. It explains that Davis was looking at new trends in black popular music and that repeat deals with satisfied customers were ... More


I Learned a Lesson I’ll Never Forget

Bruce Bastin and Kip Lornell

in The Melody Man: Joe Davis and the New York Music Scene, 1916-1978

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617032769
eISBN:
9781617032776
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617032769.003.0012
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study of Joe Davis’s career in the music industry and highlights the role of Davis in creating an industry that he would barely recognize today. It also ... More


The Melody Man

Bruce Bastin and Kip Lornell

in The Melody Man: Joe Davis and the New York Music Scene, 1916-1978

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617032769
eISBN:
9781617032776
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617032769.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter focuses on the radio broadcasting work of Joe Davis, who, a year after the introduction of network broadcasting in 1926, made his debut as an on-air personality. Davis broadcast on a ... More


Jay-Dee Records and Otis Blackwell

Bruce Bastin and Kip Lornell

in The Melody Man: Joe Davis and the New York Music Scene, 1916-1978

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617032769
eISBN:
9781617032776
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617032769.003.0010
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter focuses on Joe Davis’s return to the record producer’s scene in 1953. Davis signed and recorded a number of artists during this time, including the young girl Leslie Uggams, The ... More


Caribbean Music and Albums

Bruce Bastin and Kip Lornell

in The Melody Man: Joe Davis and the New York Music Scene, 1916-1978

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617032769
eISBN:
9781617032776
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617032769.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter examines the shift in Joe Davis’s business focus in the 1946. It explains that the rapidly dwindling sales of November and December 1945 continued into 1946, and that Davis made a failed ... More


Listen to Dr. Jive

Bruce Bastin and Kip Lornell

in The Melody Man: Joe Davis and the New York Music Scene, 1916-1978

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617032769
eISBN:
9781617032776
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617032769.003.0011
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter focuses on Joe Davis’s work with the song “Listen to Dr. Jive” with vocals by Dean Barlow. It explains that although the song was not released until 1983, Davis took the precaution of ... More


The Gennett Connection

Bruce Bastin and Kip Lornell

in The Melody Man: Joe Davis and the New York Music Scene, 1916-1978

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617032769
eISBN:
9781617032776
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617032769.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter focuses on Joe Davis’s collaboration with Gennett Records. It explains that when Gennett returned to disc production in September 1944, Davis was given complete charge of selecting the ... More


God Bless Our New President

Bruce Bastin and Kip Lornell

in The Melody Man: Joe Davis and the New York Music Scene, 1916-1978

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617032769
eISBN:
9781617032776
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617032769.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter discusses the business activities of Joe Davis in 1945. It explains that Davis has completed the official reorganization of his music business into Joe Davis Record Co. in January and ... More


Back to the Brill Building

Bruce Bastin and Kip Lornell

in The Melody Man: Joe Davis and the New York Music Scene, 1916-1978

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617032769
eISBN:
9781617032776
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617032769.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter focuses on Joe Davis’s retirement from being a full-time record executive in 1948. During this time, Davis sold his West 51st Street building and returned to Brill Building in Broadway. ... More


The Melody Man: Joe Davis and the New York Music Scene, 1916-1978

Bruce Bastin and Kip Lornell

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617032769
eISBN:
9781617032776
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617032769.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

Joe Davis, the focus of this book, enjoyed a 50-year career in the music industry, which covered nearly every aspect of the business. He hustled sheet music in the 1920s; copyrighted compositions by ... More


The Deep River Boys

Bruce Bastin and Kip Lornell

in The Melody Man: Joe Davis and the New York Music Scene, 1916-1978

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617032769
eISBN:
9781617032776
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617032769.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter focuses on Joe Davis’s business activities in the early 1950s. It explains that during this time, Davis again ventured into music publishing. He signed and recorded several artists and ... More


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