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Roquel Davis
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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".
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Billy Davis (2) Discography Tracks

Billy Davis (2) - Mattie, Leave Me Alone / The Drunkard album art The Thrillers (6) The Thrillers (6) - Mattie, Leave Me Alone / The Drunkard Big Town (2) US 1953 Sell This Version
9147 Billy Davis (2) - Walk Along With Kings / There Goes My Heart album art Roy Hamilton (5) There Goes My Heart Roy Hamilton (5) - Walk Along With Kings / There Goes My Heart(Shellac, 10") Epic 9147 US 1956 Sell This Version
Billy Davis (2) - All I Could Do Was Cry / Girl Of My Dreams album art Etta James All I Could Do Was Cry (as B. Davis) Etta James - All I Could Do Was Cry / Girl Of My Dreams (Single) Argo (6) US 1960 Sell This Version
1123 Billy Davis (2) - Free album art Ty Hunter & The Voice Masters* Everytime (as Davis) and 1 more… Ty Hunter & The Voice Masters* - Free(7", Single) Anna Records 1123 US 1960 Sell This Version
1755 Billy Davis (2) - A Broken Heart / Long Lonely Nights album art Larry Cummings (2) A Broken Heart (as B. Davis) Larry Cummings (2) - A Broken Heart / Long Lonely Nights(7", Single, Mono) Chess 1755 US 1960 Sell This Version
Billy Davis (2) - At The Castle album art The Fabulous Wailers* All I Could Do Was Cry (as Davis) The Fabulous Wailers* - At The Castle (Album) Etiquette Records (2), Etiquette Records (2) US 1961 Sell This Version
Billy Davis (2) - Seven Day Fool album art Etta James Etta James - Seven Day Fool (Single) Argo (6) US 1961 Sell This Version
Billy Davis (2) - At Last! album art Etta James All I Could Do Was Cry (as B. Davis) Etta James - At Last! (Album) Argo (6), Argo Records (2) US 1961 Sell This Version
Billy Davis (2) - Just To Be Loved album art La Mont Anthony* I Didn't Know (What A Good Thing I Had) (as B. Davis) and 1 more… La Mont Anthony* - Just To Be Loved (Single) Check-Mate US 1961 Sell This Version
1003 Billy Davis (2) - Action Speaks Louder Than Words album art David Ruffin You Can't Get What I Got (as B. Davis) and 1 more… David Ruffin - Action Speaks Louder Than Words(7") Check-Mate 1003 US 1961 Sell This Version
1002 Billy Davis (2) - Memories / Envy Of Every Man album art Ty Hunter Envy Of Every Man (as B. Davis) and 1 more… Ty Hunter - Memories / Envy Of Every Man(7", Single, Promo) Checkmate 1002 US 1961 Sell This Version
1002 Billy Davis (2) - Memories / Envy Of Every Man album art Ty Hunter Envy Of Every Man (as B. Davis) and 1 more… Ty Hunter - Memories / Envy Of Every Man(7", Promo) Check-Mate 1002 US 1961 Sell This Version
Billy Davis (2) - The (Bossa Nova) Bird / Eternally album art The Dells The (Bossa Nova) Bird (as Davis) The Dells - The (Bossa Nova) Bird / Eternally (Single) Argo (6) US 1962 Sell This Version
Billy Davis (2) - Lonely Baby / Gladness To Sadness album art Ty Hunter Lonely Baby (as Billy Davis) and 1 more… Ty Hunter - Lonely Baby / Gladness To Sadness (Single) Chess US 1962 Sell This Version
UX 4988 Billy Davis (2) - Little Gert And The Streaplers album art Little Gert*, Streaplers You Got What It Takes (as Davis) Little Gert*, Streaplers - Little Gert And The Streaplers(7", EP) Telefunken UX 4988 Sweden 1962 Sell This Version
Billy Davis (2) - I'll Do The Best I Can / Nobody album art Rubien Fort Rubien Fort - I'll Do The Best I Can / Nobody Check-Mate US 1962 Sell This Version
Billy Davis (2) - Bo Diddley & Company album art Bo Diddley (Extra Read All About) Ben (as Davis) Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley & Company (Album) Checker US 1962 Sell This Version
1014 Billy Davis (2) - Why Oh Why album art Allen Story Chubby Chubby (Louby Dove Dove) (as B. Davis) Allen Story - Why Oh Why(7", Promo) Check-Mate 1014 US 1962 Sell This Version
Billy Davis (2) - Etta James album art Etta James Let Me Know (as Davis) Etta James - Etta James (Album) Argo (6) US 1962 Sell This Version
1010 Billy Davis (2) - Mr. Bus Driver - Hurry! album art David Ruffin Knock You Out (With Love) (as B. Davis) and 1 more… David Ruffin - Mr. Bus Driver - Hurry!(7") Check-Mate 1010 US 1962 Sell This Version
Billy Davis (2) - Pushover / I Can't Hold It In Anymore album art Etta James Pushover (as Davis) Etta James - Pushover / I Can't Hold It In Anymore (Single) Argo (6) US 1963 Sell This Version
Billy Davis (2) - Crazy Lovin' / Love Me Tonight album art Sugar Pie Desanto And The LaFemmes Featuring Joe Hudson's Band Love Me Tonight (as Davis) Sugar Pie Desanto And The LaFemmes Featuring Joe Hudson's Band - Crazy Lovin' / Love Me Tonight Checker US 1963 Sell This Version
Billy Davis (2) - Dancing Danny / Dancing Danny (Instrumental) album art The Vibrations The Vibrations - Dancing Danny / Dancing Danny (Instrumental) (Single) Checker US 1963 Sell This Version
Billy Davis (2) - Two Sides (To Every Story) / I Worry Bout You  album art Etta James Two Sides (To Every Story) Etta James - Two Sides (To Every Story) / I Worry Bout You (Single) Argo (6) Italy 1963 Sell This Version
Billy Davis (2) - Pay Back / Be Honest With Me album art Etta James Pay Back Etta James - Pay Back / Be Honest With Me (Single) Argo (6) US 1963 Sell This Version