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Reverend Gary Davis

Reverend Gary Davis

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birthday
30th
April, 1896
Death
5th
May, 1972
Birth Place
Laurens, South Carolina, United States
Birth Sign
taurus
Biography

Reverend Gary Davis, also Blind Gary Davis (born Gary D. Davis, April 30, 1896 – May 5, 1972), was a blues and gospel singer who was also proficient on the banjo, guitar and harmonica. Born in Laurens, South Carolina and blind since infancy, Davis first performed professionally in the Piedmont blues scene of Durham, North Carolina in the 1930s, before converting to Christianity and becoming a minister. After relocating to New York in the 1940s, Davis experienced a career rebirth as part of the American folk music revival that peaked through the 1960s. Davis’ most notable recordings include “Samson and Delilah” and “Death Don’t Have No Mercy”.
Davis’ fingerpicking guitar style influenced many other artists. His students included Stefan Grossman, David Bromberg, Steve Katz, Roy Book Binder, Larry Johnson, Nick Katzman, Dave Van Ronk, Rory Block, Ernie Hawkins, Larry Campbell, Bob Weir, Woody Mann, and Tom Winslow. He also influenced Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, Wizz Jones, Jorma Kaukonen, Keb’ Mo’, Ollabelle, Resurrection Band, and John Sebastian (of the Lovin’ Spoonful).

instruments played
banjo
Guitar
Vocals
Also Known As

Blind Gary Davis

Birth Name

Gary D. Davis

Genres

Gospel blues. Piedmont blues, country blues, folk blues

Years Active

1930s 1970s

Name

Reverend Gary Davis

Nationality

United States of America

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