Rev. Gary Davis

Real Name:
Gary Davis
Profile:
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 becoming revered 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.
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Albums

RLP 12-611 Rev. Gary Davis - American Street Songs album art Reverend Gary Davis* / Pink Anderson Reverend Gary Davis* / Pink Anderson - American Street Songs (Album) Riverside Records RLP 12-611 US 1956 Sell This Version
BV 1032 Rev. Gary Davis - A Little More Faith album art Reverend Gary Davis* A Little More Faith (Album) Prestige Bluesville BV 1032 US 1961 Sell This Version
BV 1049 Rev. Gary Davis - Say No To The Devil album art Reverend Gary Davis* Say No To The Devil (Album) Prestige Bluesville BV 1049 US 1962 Sell This Version
FL 14033 Rev. Gary Davis - The Guitar & Banjo Of Reverend Gary Davis album art Reverend Gary Davis* The Guitar & Banjo Of Reverend Gary Davis (Album) Prestige Folklore FL 14033 US 1964 Sell This Version
XTRA 1009 Rev. Gary Davis - Rev. Gary Davis / Short Stuff Macon album art Rev. Gary Davis / Short Stuff Macon* Rev. Gary Davis / Short Stuff Macon* - Rev. Gary Davis / Short Stuff Macon (Album) XTRA XTRA 1009 UK 1965 Sell This Version
SRV-73008 Rev. Gary Davis - The Reverend Gary Davis At Newport album art Rev. Gary Davis The Reverend Gary Davis At Newport (Album) Vanguard SRV-73008 US 1968 Sell This Version
SFJL 914, 886 505 JCY Rev. Gary Davis - Bring Your Money, Honey! album art The Reverend Gary Davis* Bring Your Money, Honey!(LP) Fontana, Fontana SFJL 914, 886 505 JCY UK 1968 Sell This Version
BLP-12034 Rev. Gary Davis - Volume 2 - 1971 / Lord I Wish I Could See album art Reverend Gary Davis* Volume 2 - 1971 / Lord I Wish I Could See (Album) Biograph BLP-12034 US 1971 Sell This Version
TRA 249 Rev. Gary Davis - Children Of Zion : Reverend Gary Davis In Concert album art Reverend Gary Davis* Children Of Zion : Reverend Gary Davis In Concert (Album) Transatlantic Records TRA 249 UK 1971 Sell This Version
BLP-12030 Rev. Gary Davis - Volume 1 - New Blues And Gospel album art Reverend Gary Davis* Volume 1 - New Blues And Gospel (Album) Biograph BLP-12030 US 1971 Sell This Version
TRA 244 Rev. Gary Davis - Ragtime Guitar album art Rev. Gary Davis Ragtime Guitar (Album) Transatlantic Records TRA 244 UK 1971 Sell This Version
PRST 7805, PR 7805 Rev. Gary Davis - Pure Religion! album art Reverend Gary Davis* Pure Religion! (Album) Prestige, Prestige PRST 7805, PR 7805 US 1972 Sell This Version
AD 1008 Rev. Gary Davis - O, Glory album art Rev. Gary Davis O, Glory (Album) Adelphi Records Inc. AD 1008 US 1973 Sell This Version
SNKD 1 Rev. Gary Davis - Lo' I Be With You Always album art Rev. Gary Davis Lo' I Be With You Always(2xLP, Album) Sonet, Kicking Mule Records SNKD 1 UK 1973 Sell This Version
SNKF 103 Rev. Gary Davis - Let Us Get Together album art Rev. Gary Davis Let Us Get Together (Album, Comp) Sonet, Kicking Mule Records SNKF 103 UK 1974 Sell This Version
FS 3542 Rev. Gary Davis - Sun Is Going Down album art Rev. Gary Davis Sun Is Going Down (Album) Folkways Records FS 3542 US 1976 Sell This Version
HT 307 Rev. Gary Davis - I Am A True Vine album art Rev. Gary Davis I Am A True Vine (Album) Heritage (2) HT 307 UK 1985 Sell This Version
HT CD 03 Rev. Gary Davis - At The Sign Of The Sun 1962 album art Reverend Gary Davis* At The Sign Of The Sun 1962(CD, Album) Heritage (2) HT CD 03 UK 1990 Sell This Version
CD SF 40035 Rev. Gary Davis - Pure Religion And Bad Company album art Reverend Gary Davis* Pure Religion And Bad Company (Album) Smithsonian Folkways CD SF 40035 US 1991 Sell This Version
UACD103 Rev. Gary Davis - Reverend Gary Davis: Delia Late Concert Recordings 1970-71 album art Rev. Gary Davis Reverend Gary Davis: Delia Late Concert Recordings 1970-71(CD, Album) American Activities UACD103 UK 1991 Sell This Version
BCD 123 Rev. Gary Davis - From Blues To Gospel album art Reverend Gary Davis* From Blues To Gospel (Album) Biograph BCD 123 US 1992 Sell This Version
JAM 9133-2 Rev. Gary Davis - Live And Kickin' album art Reverend Gary Davis* Live And Kickin'(CD, Album) Just A Memory JAM 9133-2 Canada 1997 Sell This Version
6117 Reverend Gary Davis* I Am The True Vine (At Home 1964-1966 CD2)(CD, Album) Shanachie 6117 US 2000 Sell This Version
KATCD146 Rev. Gary Davis - I Am The True Vine album art Rev. Gary Davis I Am The True Vine(CD, Album) Catfish Records KATCD146 UK 2000 Sell This Version
2005 Rev. Gary Davis - The Sun Of Our Life  album art Reverend Gary Davis* The Sun Of Our Life (CD, Album) World Arbiter 2005 US 2002 Sell This Version