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Cow Cow Davenport, Vol. 2 (1929-1945) [with Sam Tarpley & Ivy Smith]

Cow Cow Davenport

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The second half of the Cow Cow Davenport story (the two Document CDs in this series have all of his recordings as a leader) features Davenport in a variety of settings: solo in 1929; sharing vocal duets with Sam Tarpley and Ivy Smith during 1929-30; sticking to vocalizing on a lone date from 1938; and performing eight selections (six of which are piano solos) in 1945 for what would be his final recordings. Although Cow Cow Davenport ended up quite destitute and forgotten, his music was generally quite joyous, and he was certainly a fine, underrated pianist. Among the more memorable selections on this recommended disc are "Mama Don't Allow No Easy Riders," "Everybody Likes That Thing," "The Mess Is Here," "Jeep Boogie" and "Hobson City Stomp."

Biography

Born: 27 April 1894 in Anniston, AL

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s

Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport is one of those seldom remembered names in the annals of early blues history. But a little investigation will unearth the salient fact that he played an important part in developing one of the most enduring strains of the music; yes, "Cow Cow" Davenport was one hell of a boogie-woogie piano player. Davenport worked on numerous vaudeville tours on the TOBA circuit in the '20s and early '30s, usually in the company of vocalist Dora Carr. While he's principally noted as the...
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Cow Cow Davenport, Vol. 2 (1929-1945) [with Sam Tarpley & Ivy Smith], Cow Cow Davenport
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Blues, Music, Jazz
  • Released: 02 June 1994

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