Don Davis (2)

Real Name:
Donald Davis
Profile:
Detroit-based producer, label owner, songwriter, and guitarist.

b. October 25, 1938, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
d. June 05, 2014, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.

Davis’ music career started in the mid-1950s at which time the Central High School graduate formed a jazz group called the Don Davis Trio. However, the trio was short-lived and Davis opted to become a studio musician. He played guitar for an array of Detroit based record companies, including Motown, Golden World and Ric-Tic Records.

In the late 1960s Davis began focusing on producing and writing, becoming a key figure with Memphis-based Stax Records, though he continued to live in Detroit. He landed a national No. 1 hit in the fall of 1968 with “Who's Making Love / I'm Trying” by Johnnie Taylor and several other hits by the singer, including “Jody’s Got Your Girl and Gone” and “Take Care of Your Homework.” His greatest success was “Disco Lady,” also by Taylor, which was certified Platinum in early 1976 and remained No. 1 on the national R&B chart for six weeks and spent four weeks in the No. 1 spot on the Pop chart. Another No. 1 hit — Pop and R&B — was “You Don't Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show) / We've Got To Get It On Again” by former 5th Dimension members Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., also in 1976.

In the ’70s, Davis formed a record production and music publishing company called Groovesville Productions, Inc.. He also purchased United Sound Studios, utilized by such artists as the Dramatics, George Clinton, the Dells and David Ruffin.

It came as a major surprise when Don Davis moved into the banking field. Always business minded, he was able to take over First Independence Bank, which was struggling at the time, as a result of having purchased a large number of shares. With Davis at the helm, First Independence became a major success, eventually recognized as the 12th largest African-American owned bank in the United States.
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Remix

2325 070 Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get — Don Davis (2) The Dramatics The Dramatics - Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get(LP, Album) Stax 2325 070 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
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STS-5512 Soul Street — Don Davis (2) Eddie Floyd Eddie Floyd - Soul Street (Album) Stax STS-5512 US 1974 Sell This Version
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ZCHR.1052, ZCHR 1052 High Life — Don Davis (2) Frankie Miller Frankie Miller - High Life (Album) Chrysalis, Chrysalis ZCHR.1052, ZCHR 1052 UK 1974 Sell This Version
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NB 7012 You Are Everything I Need — Don Davis (2) Larry Santos Larry Santos - You Are Everything I Need (Album) Casablanca, Bellaphon NB 7012 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
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CCH 1148 In City Dreams — Don Davis (2) Robin Trower Robin Trower - In City Dreams (Album) Chrysalis, Chrysalis CCH 1148 US 1977 Sell This Version
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STX-4115 Who's Making Love — Don Davis (2) Johnnie Taylor Johnnie Taylor - Who's Making Love (Album) Stax STX-4115 US 1968 Sell This Version
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Vocals

BDS 5135 ST The Burning Of Atlanta — Don Davis (2) The Spirit Of Atlanta The Spirit Of Atlanta - The Burning Of Atlanta (Album) Buddah Records BDS 5135 ST US 1973 Sell This Version
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Instruments & Performance

137926 Eargasm — Don Davis (2) Johnnie Taylor Johnnie Taylor - Eargasm (Album, Comp) Columbia 137926 Brazil 1976 Sell This Version
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25 091 XOT Shake It Well — Don Davis (2) The Dramatics The Dramatics - Shake It Well (Album) ABC Records 25 091 XOT Germany 1977 Sell This Version
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7094, RELIC CD 7094 Hot Stuff — Don Davis (2) Robert Ward And The Ohio Untouchables Deeper In Love and 3 more… Robert Ward And The Ohio Untouchables - Hot Stuff(CD, Comp) Relic (2), Relic (2) 7094, RELIC CD 7094 US 1995 Sell This Version
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3SCD-4432-2 Lifetime - A Retrospective Of Soul, Blues & Gospel 1965-1999 — Don Davis (2) Johnnie Taylor Love Bones (as Davis) and 2 more… Johnnie Taylor - Lifetime - A Retrospective Of Soul, Blues & Gospel 1965-1999 (Comp) Stax 3SCD-4432-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
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PROPERBOX 39 Hillbilly Hero — Don Davis (2) Hank Williams Hank Williams - Hillbilly Hero(4xCD, Comp, RM, Box) Proper Records (2) PROPERBOX 39 UK 2002 Sell This Version
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00602577189852 Hell Freezes Over — Don Davis (2) Eagles Eagles - Hell Freezes Over(2xLP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Geffen Records, Eagles Recording Company, Universal Music Group 00602577189852 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
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Writing & Arrangement

45-265 We (Belong Together) / Three Little Loves — Don Davis (2) The Tones (5) With Al Caiola Orch.* Three Little Loves (as Davis) The Tones (5) With Al Caiola Orch.* - We (Belong Together) / Three Little Loves(7", Promo) Baton Records 45-265 US 1959 Sell This Version
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437-X45 J. J. Barnes & The Dell Fi's* My Love Came Tumbling Down (as D. Davis) and 1 more… J. J. Barnes & The Dell Fi's* - My Love Came Tumbling Down (Single) Kable Records 437-X45 US 1960 Sell This Version
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3735 The Groove / Let's Do It — Don Davis (2) Don Davis & His Groovers The Groove (as Davis) and 1 more… Don Davis & His Groovers - The Groove / Let's Do It(7") Northern Records (5) 3735 US 1960 Sell This Version
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852 All I Do Is Cry  — Don Davis (2) Joe Weaver & His Blue Note Orchestra* Too Hot To Trot Joe Weaver & His Blue Note Orchestra* - All I Do Is Cry (7") Fortune Records (2) 852 US 1960 Sell This Version
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758A-45, 758B-45 Nervous — Don Davis (2) The Fabulous Playboys Forget The Past (as D. Davis) and 1 more… The Fabulous Playboys - Nervous(7", Single, Promo) Apollo Records (2), Apollo Records (2) 758A-45, 758B-45 US 1961 Sell This Version
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760-45 Honkey Tonk Woman — Don Davis (2) Fabulous Playboys* Honkey Tonk Woman and 1 more… Fabulous Playboys* - Honkey Tonk Woman Apollo Records (2) 760-45 US 1961 Sell This Version
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4-41951 True Love / It's You — Don Davis (2) Herman Griffin Herman Griffin - True Love / It's You(7", Single, Promo) Columbia 4-41951 US 1961 Sell This Version
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T-101 Crazy — Don Davis (2) Emanuel Lasky* Crazy Emanuel Lasky* - Crazy Thelma Record Co. T-101 US 1963 Sell This Version
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ZTSC 90796, ZTSC 90797 This And That / It Takes Two — Don Davis (2) Will Hatcher Will Hatcher - This And That / It Takes Two(7") Thelma Record Co., Thelma Record Co. ZTSC 90796, ZTSC 90797 US 1963 Sell This Version
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none The Groove — Don Davis (2) The Magnificent Seven (5) The Leap Frog (as D. Davis) and 1 more… The Magnificent Seven (5) - The Groove(7", Single) Thelma Record Co. none US 1963 Sell This Version
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Ge Ge 503 She's Going To Leave You / This Love I Have For You — Don Davis (2) Fabulous Peps* This Love I Have For You and 1 more… Fabulous Peps* - She's Going To Leave You / This Love I Have For You Ge Ge Record Co. Ge Ge 503 US 1964 Sell This Version
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NPC 303 I Need Somebody — Don Davis (2) Emanuel Lasky* Tomorrow (as Donald Davis) and 1 more… Emanuel Lasky* - I Need Somebody (Single) Thelma Record Co. NPC 303 US 1964 Sell This Version