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Playlist of James Thunderbird Davis

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  • James Thunderbird Davis - Instrumental #4

    2:05

    James Thunderbird Davis (1938-1992) with Instrumental #4 from The George Mitchell Collection Vol. 5. Davis got his name from Guitar Slim. They got into a drinking bout & Davis ended up in the hospital. Guitar Slim gave him the name of Thunderbird for the wine Davis was drinking to tease him. Davis stopped drinking after that. He passed away from a heart attack on stage at The Blues Saloon in St. Paul, Minnesota on Jan. 24, 1992.

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  • James Thunderbird Davis & Ron Levy Come By here

    3:01

    RL original sung by Mr. James 'Thunderbird' Davis on Blacktop records. Produced by Hammond Scott, recorded in New Orleans from the 'Checkout Time' album.

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  • JAMES DAVIS-Sing.wmv

    2:56

    JAMES DAVIS- Sing (1963)
    Duke 368
    (Flip side of Blue Monday)
    FIRST TIME ON YOU TUBE

  • James Davis - Chains Around My Heart

    2:20

    A Superb Slice Of MOD R&B...

    Artist Biography by Bill Dahl:

    James Davis went out the way entertainers often dream of. While performing at the Blues Saloon in St. Paul, MN, he suffered a fatal heart attack in mid-set and died on-stage. The tragic event ended a comeback bid that warmed the heart of blues aficionados; Davis' whereabouts were so unknown prior to his triumphant re-emergence that he was rumored to be dead.

    His melismatic vocal delivery betraying strong gospel roots, Davis secured his first pro gig in 1957 as opening act for Guitar Slim. The flamboyant guitarist was responsible for tagging Davis with his Thunderbird moniker. Davis lost a drinking contest to his boss that sent him to the hospital; the singer's libation of choice that fateful day was Thunderbird wine (which Davis swore off for life).

    Davis signed on with Don Robey's Houston-based Duke Records in 1961. Robey utilized his new discovery as a demo singer for Bobby Bland when Davis wasn't cutting his own singles. Two of Davis' Duke offerings, the tortured blues numbers Blue Monday and Your Turn to Cry, rank with finest blues 45s of the early '60s, but did little for Davis at the time. He left Duke in 1966, opening for Joe Tex and O.V. Wright on the road before settling down.

    After just about giving up entirely on show biz, Davis was tracked down in Houma, LA, by Black Top Records boss Hammond Scott and two cohorts. A 1989 album called Check Out Time was the happy result; sidemen on the date included two former cohorts, bassist Lloyd Lambert (Guitar Slim's bandleader) and guitarist Clarence Hollimon. The resultant acclaim catapulted Davis back into the limelight for the last years of his life.

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  • JAMES DAVIS Blue monday

    2:46

    JAMES DAVIS- Blue Monday (1963) Duke 368
    (Sing on the flip side)
    By request from Calindesmoines1
    Enjoy!
    FIRST TIME ON YOU TUBE

  • Thunderbird

    6:54

    Provided to YouTube by Rhino/Warner Records

    Thunderbird · Rod Stewart

    The Rod Stewart Sessions 1971-1998

    ℗ 2009 WEA Records B.V.

    Drums, Percussion: Al Jackson Jr.
    Keyboards: Albhy Galuten
    Saxophone: Andrew Love
    Keyboards: Barry Beckett
    Bass Guitar: Bob Glaub
    Backing Vocals: Bob Singers
    Assistant Engineer: Burt Szerlip
    Backing Vocals: Cindy Singers
    Assistant Engineer: Dan Augustino
    Bass Guitar: David Hood
    Mandolin, Violin: David Lindley
    Bass Guitar: Donald Duck Dunn
    Saxophone: Ed Logan
    Guitar: Fred Tackett
    Engineer: Gabby Garcia
    Trombone: Jack Hale
    Trombone: Jack Hale, Sr.
    Saxophone: James Mitchell
    Engineer: Jerry Masters
    Guitar: Jesse Ed Davis
    Guitar: Jimmy Johnson
    Bass Guitar: Lee Sklar
    Drums, Percussion: Nigel Olsson
    Engineer: Patrick Kraus
    Guitar: Pete Carr
    Engineer: Rich Blakin
    Lead Vocals: Rod Stewart
    Drums, Percussion: Roger Hawkins
    Horn: Roger Hopps
    Guitar: Steve Cropper
    Assistant Engineer: Steve Gursky
    Engineer: Steve Melton
    Backing Vocals: The Clappers
    Backing Vocals: The Pets
    Producer: Tom Dowd
    Saxophone: Tom McGinley
    Trumpet: Wayne Jackson
    Drums, Percussion: Willie Correa
    Engineer: Willie Mitchell
    Writer: Rod Stewart

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  • James Davis, Old county rock #1

    3:54

    I do not own the copyrights to this recordings, so if it needs to be removed, I will remove it.

  • Hold Your Head Up

    3:37

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    Hold Your Head Up · James Davis

    Seasons of Praise

    ℗ 2007 BMI

    Released on: 2007-01-01

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  • Free

    4:39

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    Free · James Davis

    Seasons of Praise

    ℗ 2007 BMI

    Released on: 2007-01-01

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  • You Came

    4:24

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    You Came · James Davis

    Seasons of Praise

    ℗ 2007 BMI

    Released on: 2007-01-01

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  • James Davis - Bad Dream 1966

    2:48

    James Davis
    Bad Dream
    Duke 392
    1966

  • Blue Monday

    2:59

    Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group

    Blue Monday · James Davis

    The Best Of Duke-Peacock Blues

    ℗ A Geffen Records Release; ℗ 1963 UMG Recordings, Inc.

    Released on: 1992-02-16

    Associated Performer, Vocals: James Davis
    Composer Lyricist: Don D. Robey
    Composer Lyricist: Gilbert Caple

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  • Be There

    5:04

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    Be There · James Davis

    Seasons of Praise

    ℗ 2007 BMI

    Released on: 2007-01-01

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  • I can be anything

    4:10

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    I can be anything · James Davis

    Seasons of Praise

    ℗ 2007 BMI

    Released on: 2007-01-01

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  • James Davis - Aint It Great 1964

    2:31

    James Davis
    Ain't It Great
    Duke 392
    1964

  • Ill Say Yes

    5:49

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    I'll Say Yes · James Davis

    Seasons of Praise

    ℗ 2007 BMI

    Released on: 2007-01-01

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  • With You

    5:23

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    With You · James Davis

    Seasons of Praise

    ℗ 2007 BMI

    Released on: 2007-01-01

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  • More of You

    2:15

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    More of You (reprise) · James Davis

    Seasons of Praise

    ℗ 2007 BMI

    Released on: 2007-01-01

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  • More of You

    4:51

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    More of You · James Davis

    Seasons of Praise

    ℗ 2007 BMI

    Released on: 2007-01-01

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  • Thunderbird

    2:55

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    Thunderbird · the toughcats

    piñata

    ℗ 2006 joseph robert nelson, colin jason gulley & jacob james greenlaw

    Released on: 2006-01-01

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  • Music Calms me

    4:50

    Provided to YouTube by CDBaby

    Music Calms me · James Davis

    Seasons of Praise

    ℗ 2007 BMI

    Released on: 2007-01-01

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  • My Interpretation

    2:15

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    My Interpretation · James Davis

    Seasons of Praise

    ℗ 2007 BMI

    Released on: 2007-01-01

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  • Seasons of Praise

    4:57

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    Seasons of Praise · James Davis

    Seasons of Praise

    ℗ 2007 BMI

    Released on: 2007-01-01

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  • James Shorter, Home going

    3:09

    I do not own the copyrights to this recordings, so if it needs to be removed, I will remove it.

  • Check Out Time

    5:54

    Originally done by James Thunderbird Davis........ a great but under appreciated bluesman. This is my version.......thanks for listening......Jerry Lucky Lee

  • James Davis - Blues Monday

    2:58

    With James Booker on piano

  • Thunderbird Sally

    3:50

    Provided to YouTube by CDBaby

    Thunderbird Sally · Paul Gabriel

    Fate

    ℗ 2001 Electric Botzoland Music

    Released on: 2001-01-01

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  • McKinley James - Tuskegee Boogie 1965

    3:42

    Boogie on down to the Macon County Jail Written in 1962 recorded in 1965 . About Tuskegee's first black sheriff, Lucious Amerson and his personal war on public drunkenness.

  • Toledo - Beat Up Thunderbird.wmv

    6:53

  • James Davis - You Gotta Say Yeah

    2:40

  • Volunteer Blues.wmv

    4:06

    Guitar based blues song which is dedicated to all the volunteers across this great country. For the volunteer fire and ems squads, those who work in soup kitchens , hospital volunteers, big brothers and sisters, hospice volunteers and the list goes on and on. This is my way to thank all of you and I pray it will make people realize how much we depend on your helping hands. maybe help all to stop and think about you all when we aren't in need!

  • James Davis - Old Country Rock #1

    3:51

    from the George Mitchell Collection

    -uploaded in HD at

  • James Davis - Your Turn To Cry

    3:04

  • J. C. Davis ◄ The Splib Pt. 1&2 ►

    4:25

    For listen others J.C. Davis tunes GO on my blog

    James C. Davis, saxophone R&B player, active in the 50s & 60s, mostly with James Brown and Hank Ballard. « The Splib Pt. 1&2 » is taken on his Chess single 5382 in 1961.

    * ORIGINAL VINYL * from my personal collection. Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for fair use for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. I do not claim rights or ownership to any of the copyrighted material used in this video. All rights belong to their respective owners. I own a legal copy of this product and support the official release. This video only serves to promote the original author.

    By Mightygroove

  • Book Binder Rag

    1:47

    This tune is inspired by a lesson on ragtime guitar by Roy Bookbinder.

    Roy Book Binder (born October 5, 1943) is an American blues guitarist, singer-songwriter and storyteller.[1] A student and friend of the Rev. Gary Davis, he is equally at home with blues and ragtime. He is known to shift from open tunings to slide arrangements to original compositions, with both traditional and self-styled licks. His storytelling is another characteristic that makes his style unique.

    Book Binder was born in Queens, New York.[1] Upon graduation from high school, he joined the Navy and undertook a tour of duty in Europe. He bought his first guitar at a military base in Italy. After completing his enlistment, he returned to New York, where he met and became friends with his guitar hero, Dave Van Ronk. Book Binder soon sought out Davis, who also lived in New York, and became his student and later his chauffeur and tour companion.[1] Much of Book Binder's original material is based on his time on the road with Davis.

    By the mid- to late 1960s Book Binder was recording for both Kicking Mule and Blue Goose Records.[1] In 1969, he toured England with Arthur Big Boy Crudup and Homesick James.

    After meeting another of his musical influences, the bluesman Pink Anderson, Book Binder released his first album, Travelin' Man, on Adelphi.[1] The album was named after one of the songs he learned from Anderson.

    In 1973 he began a partnership with the fiddler Fats Kaplin, and they recorded Git Fiddle Shuffle in 1973.[1] They performed together for three years, playing numerous concerts and recording a second album, Ragtime Millionaire, in 1977. After this partnership dissolved, Book Binder began touring the country, living in a motor home, and concentrating on live performances.[1]

    Book Binder has been described as a guitar-picking hillbilly bluesman. He has released 12 albums and has performed at most major blues and folk festivals in the U.S. and Europe, including Merlefest. Notables that have shared the stage with Book Binder include Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, John Jackson, Sonny Terry, Doc Watson, Ray Charles, and Brownie McGhee. He has appeared regularly on Nashville Now. He is listed in Blues Who's Who, by the music historian Sheldon Harris.

    Book Binder is a veteran guitar instructor and teaches at the Fur Peace Ranch with Jorma Kaukonen and others whose lives have been influenced by Davis. There he demonstrates songs, turnarounds, chord variations, right-hand methods, and many of his own powerful adaptations and unique approaches to the blues.

    Book Binder's album Hillbilly Blues Cats (Rounder) was named as one of the ten most essential acoustic guitar albums of 1992. The 1992 category winners also included Eric Clapton's Unplugged, Lyle Lovett's Joshua Judges Ruth and Neil Young's Harvest Moon.

  • James Peck Curtis Jerusalem Blues

    2:11

    I do not own the copyright to this recording. This video is for historical and educational purposes only.

    James Peck Curtis:Vocals & Drums

    Poss. W.C. Clay:Guitar

    Robert Dudlow Taylor:Piano

    Either Sonny Boy Williamson II, Driftin' Slim or Frank Hawkins:Harmonica

    Recorded in Helena, AR. c. January 22, 1952

    Originally issued on and this recording taken from the 1969 album Anthology of the Blues:Arkansas Blues (Kent LP 9007) (LP)

  • Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis - Alberta

    2:58

    from Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis

  • Donna Davis, Erik Lawrence and Paul Thompson at Backstage Bar, Pittsburgh, PA

    11:17

    Live at Backstage Bar with Erik Lawrence (saxophone), Paul Thompson (bass) and The High Priestess Donna Davis (keys) - In a Mellow Tone by Duke Ellington.

  • thunderbird jam the lonesome boatman

    3:06

    Shane, Tom, 14yr old Craig and 6yr old Odhran jam the Lonesome Boatman...

  • JAMES DAVIS YOUR TURN TO CRY

    3:04

  • The Burt Sisters & Jimmy Ellidge Band Rock & Roll Thunderbird

    2:06

  • LARRY DAVIS - Funny Stuff

    3:41

    From LP Funny Stuff 1982 ----
    Bass – Eugene Johnson (tracks: A2, B2), Jimmy Hint (tracks: A3, A5, B3 - B5), Phil Westmoreland (tracks: A1, A4, B1) Drums – Billy Gayles (tracks: A3 - A5, B4, B5), Don Smith (17) (tracks: A2), Jimmy Hint (tracks: A1, B1 - B3) Guitar – Phil Westmoreland Lead Guitar – Larry Davis (4) Organ – Oliver Sain (tracks: A1 - A3, A5, B1) Piano – Johnny Johnson (tracks: A2, A4, A5, B2, B5), Oliver Sain (tracks: A1, A3, A5, B1, B3, B4) Saxophone – Oliver Sain (tracks: A2- A4, B2 - B4) Vocals – Larry Davis

  • Funky Fiesta! - Ron Levys Wild Kingdom

    7:30

    The 'original - live' version of this fan favorite - Full album w/exciting 'live' cuts available @ Levtron.com - Follow the Lost Session link for personal, track information & liner notes.

  • Robert Dudlow Taylor Lonesome

    2:15

    I do not own the copyright to this recording. This video is for historical and educational purposes only.

    Robert Dudlow Taylor:Vocals & Piano

    Alex Miller (Sonny Boy Williamson II):Harmonica

    Elmon Mickle (Driftin' Slim):Harmonica

    James Peck Curtis:Drums

    Recorded in Helena, AR. Tuesday, January 22, 1952

    Originally issued on and this recording taken from the 1969 album Anthology of the Blues Vol. 7:Arkansas Blues (Kent KST-9007) (LP)

  • Big Joe Turner - Doggin The Blues

    3:07

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    Big Joe Turner (born Joseph Vernon Turner Jr., May 18, 1911 -- November 24, 1985) was an American blues shouter from Kansas City, Missouri, United States. According to the songwriter Doc Pomus, Rock and roll would have never happened without him. Although he had his greatest fame during the 1950s with his rock and roll recordings, particularly Shake, Rattle and Roll, Turner's career as a performer endured from the 1920s into the 1980s. Turner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, with the Hall lauding him as the brawny voiced 'Boss of the Blues'.
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  • Rays Drums For Never Stopped Loving You By Tyrone Davis

    3:53

    Ray's Drums For Never Stopped Loving You By Tyrone Davis
    2015 Drum Video 1964 Ludwig Black Beauty 5 x 14

  • Sky View High School Marching Band @ Davis 10/14/2017

    8:22

  • HUBERT SUMLIN - I Dont Want To Hear About Your

    3:30

    From LP ''Healing Feeling'' 1989 [Black Top Records ‎– BT-1053, USA]
    Vocals – James Thunderbird Davis
    Guitar – Ronnie Earl
    Guitar, Vocals – Hubert Sumlin
    Bass – Steve Gomes
    Harmonica, Vocals – Darrell Nulisch
    Organ, Piano – Richard Dickie Reed
    Saxophone [Tenor] – Mark Kaz Kazanoff
    Drums – Per Hanson

  • Little Walter - Just A Feeling Digitally Remastered

    2:55

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  • HUBERT SUMLIN - Without A Friend Like You

    3:24

    From LP ''Healing Feeling'' 1989 [Black Top Records ‎– BT-1053, USA]
    Vocals – James Thunderbird Davis
    Guitar – Ronnie Earl
    Guitar, Vocals – Hubert Sumlin
    Bass – Steve Gomes
    Harmonica, Vocals – Darrell Nulisch
    Organ, Piano – Richard Dickie Reed
    Saxophone [Tenor] – Mark Kaz Kazanoff
    Drums – Per Hanson

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