Rev. Gary Davis

Real Name:Gary Davis

African-American blues, gospel singer and guitarist.
Born: April 30, 1896 - Laurens County, SC, USA.
Died: May 5, 1972 - Hammonton, NJ, USA.

For his early 78 recordings before being ordained a minister, please go to Blind Gary Davis.

Born partially blind, Davis lost what little was left of his sight at a young age. Self-taught on the guitar, he assumed a unique multi-voice style produced solely with his thumb and index finger, playing ragtime, traditional, blues and original tunes in four-part harmony. He frequently performed on the streets of New York near Harlem, where he also came to be a well-known figure. In the 1930s occasionally accompanied Blind Boy Fuller or Bull City Red on recordings as a 2nd guitarist. It should be noted that as a man of faith in his later year, he rarely recorded blues after becoming a Reverend.

He has been an influence on dozens of musicians such as Bob Dylan, Taj Mahal, Donovan, Jorma Kaukonen, Ry Cooder, David Bromberg, Wizz Jones and Blind Boy Fuller.

Aliases:Blind Gary Davis
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