Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Heroes of the Blue's Weekly Featured Artist: Reverend Gary Davis

Blind Gary Davis (1896-1972)

Heroes of the Blues Trading Tees Card #24

Art by R. Crumb Text by Stephen Calt

A native of Laurens, South Carolina, Reverend Gary Davis, learned to play the guitar around 1903, at the age of seven. As a street singer, he specialized in gospel songs. When first recorded in 1935, he lived in Durham, North Carolina, and counted the popular Blind Boy Fuller as a protege. Davis magnificent guitar playing earned him an avid following among northern audiences after he moved to New York in the 1940's, and he toured and made numerous records before his 1972 death. Reverend Gary Davis was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 2009.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this Keep On Truckin' Apparel exclusive t-shirt will be donated to Music Maker Relief Foundation.

Reverend Gary Davis - "Death Don't Have No Mercy"
This song was later covered by The Greatful Dead, Dave Von Ronk & Bob Dylan, I think Reverend Davis did it best.

Grateful Dead covers "Death Don't Have No Mercy"

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