Billy Davis (2)

Billy Davis (2)

Real Name:
Roquel Davis
Billy Davis (born July 11, 1932, Detroit, Michigan USA - died September 2, 2004, New Rochelle, New York, USA) was a songwriter, record producer and singer.

Davis was a cousin of Lawrence Payton and became the manager of his doo wop group, The Aims, submitting their recordings to Chess Records - where the label eventually changed their name to the Four Tops. A relationship with Gwen Gordy lead to his compositional skills being teamed with her brother Berry Gordy. Under the pseudonym Tyran Carlo he penned a raft of hits with Gordy, including "Reet Petite" for another of his cousins, Jackie Wilson. In 1958, Davis and Gwen Gordy formed Anna Records - eventually merged with Berry Gordy's Motown label. Feeling sidelined he moved to Chess Records to help them compete in the burgeoning soul music market, leading to seminal hits such as "Rescue Me" by Fontella Bass.

In 1968, Davis joined the McCann-Erickson Agency in New York as an advertising executive rising to become Senior Vice President and Music Director. He helped create commercial 'jingles' for brands such as Coca Cola ("I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke" - later re-written as "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing"), Miller Beers, Sony, Nabisco and Nescafé. His inspiration for the Coca Cola jingle is evident in the Cook-Greenaway song "Mom, True Love And Apple Pie".

Billy Davis (2) Discography

Singles & EPs

Billy Davis (2) Three Steps From True Love ABC Records US 1975 Sell This Version
none Bill Backer, Billy Davis (2), Rod McBrien Bill Backer, Billy Davis (2), Rod McBrien - Spiel Den Song(Flexi, 7", S/Sided) Coca-Cola none Germany 1976 Sell This Version
Billy Davis (2) Stanky (Get Funky) (Single) Cobblestone US Unknown Sell This Version
CB 731 Billy Davis (2) / The Vonettes Billy Davis (2) / The Vonettes - Stanky (Get Funky) / Touch My Heart(7", Single, RE) Cobblestone CB 731 UK Unknown Sell This Version