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Wild Bill Davis
Bill (*1918) got his first piano lessons from his father. Very early, the music of Fats Waller and Art Tatum influenced the young Bill, and after musical studies at Tuskegee Institute and Wiley College, Bill moved to Chicagio, where he worked as a pianist for Louis Jordan from 1945 to 1949.
 
It was in 1950 that Bill discovered the Hammond organ as his instrument. 1951, he formed his own organ trio (organ/guitar/drums). In the 60's, Davis toured together with Johnny Hodges and made several recordings with him. Between 1969 and 1971, Bill played in the band of Duke Ellington. In the following years, Wild Bill played mainly as a soloist. Recordings in Europe led him together with Buddy Tate, Slam Stewart and Illinois Jacquet. Later, he worked with Lionel Hampton (1978-1980). In the 80's and early 90's, Bill appeared at several festivals. He died on 17 August 1995.
contact:
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Discography
Wild Bill Davis At Birdland
Epic LN 3118
released 1955
reissued on CD COL 471427-2 recorded live 1955 at the Birdland in New York City/USA
Wild Bill Davis, organ
Floyd Smith, guitar
Chris Columbus, drums
Frank Morgan
GNP Crescendo GNPS 9041
released 1955
recorded January and March 1955 in Los Angeles, CA/USA
Frank Morgan, alto sax
Wild Bill Davis, organ
Wardell Gray, tenor sax
Conte Candoli, trumpet
Howard Roberts, guitar
Carl Perkins, piano
Leroy Vinnegar, bass
Robert Rodriguez, bass Lawrence Marable, drums
Machito's Rhtyhm Section
Evening Concerto
Epic LN 3308
released 1956

Wild Bill Davis, organ
no further details known
Flying High
Everest LPBR 5052
released 1959

Wild Bill Davis, organ
George Clark, sax
Bill Jennings, guitar
Grady Tate, drums
Go Power!!!
Prestige 7151
released 1959
recorded January 1959 in Hackensack, NJ/USA
Arnett Cobb, tenor sax
Eddie Lockjaw Davis, tenor sax
Strethen (Wild Bill) Davis, organ
George Duvivier, bass
Arthur Edgehill, drums
Dis Heah
Everest LPBR 5125
released 1960
Wild Bill Davis, organ
Wild Bill Davis' Orchestra
Bill Jennings, guitar
Grady Tate, drums
George Clark, tenor sax, flute
Dance The Madison!
Everest SDBR 5094
released 1961
also released as Organ Grinder's Swing, Everest SDBR 1116
Wild Bill Davis, organ
Bill Jennings, guitar
Grady Tate, drums
George Clark, tenor sax, flute
Blue Hodge
Verve V6-8406
released 1961
recorded August 1961 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Johnny Hodges, alto sax
Wild Bill Davis, organ
Les Spann, guitar, flute
Sam Jones, bass
Louis Hayes, drums
The Music From Milk & Honey
Everest SDBR 1133
released 1961
Wild Bill Davis, organ
Charlie Shavers, trumpet
Les Spann, flute, guitar
Tommy Bryant, bass
Grady Tate, drums
One More Time
Coral 9208
released 1962
recorded May 1962 in USA
Wild Bill Davis, organ
Paul Gonsalves, tenor sax
Calvin Newborne, guitar
Les Spann, flute
Grady tate, drums
Janet Putnam, harp
Lover
Coral 57427
released 1962
Wild Bill Davis, organ
no further details known
These Are The Blues
Verve 829536-2
released 1963
recorded October 1963 in New York/USA
Ella Fitzgerald, vocals
Wild Bill Davis, Hammond B-3 organ
Roy Eldridge, trumpet
Ray Brown, bass
Herb Ellis, guitar
Gus Johnson, drums
Mess Of Blues
Verve V-8570
released 1964
recorded September 1963 in New York/USA
Johnny Hodges, alto sax
Wild Bill Davis, organ
Kenny Burrell, guitar
Joe Wilder, trumpet
Osie Johnson, drums
Ed Shauhnessy, drums
Much In Common
Verve V6-8580
released 1964
recorded January 1964 in New York City/USA
Ray Brown, bass
Milt Jackson, vibes
Kenny Burrell, guitar
Hank Jones, piano
Wild Bill Davis, organ
Marion Williams, vocals
Albert 'Tootie' Heath, drums
Blue Rabbit
Verve V6-8599
released 1964
recorded May 1963 and April 1964 in New York City/USA
Johnny Hodges, alto sax
Wild Bill Davis, organ
Ray Jackson, organ
Jack Lesberg, bass
Richard Davis, bass
Wendell Marshall, bass
Bobby Donaldson, drums
Osie Johnson, drums
Kenny Burrell, guitar
Mundell Lowe, guitar
Free, Frantic And Funky
RCA LSP-3314
released 1965
recorded 1965 in New York/USA
Wild Bill Davis, organ
George Duvivier, bass
Jimmy Hopps, drums
Osie Johnson, drums
Dicky Thompson, guitar
Mundell Lowe, guitar
Bob Brown, tenor sax, flute
Jerome Richardson, tenor sax
Seldon Powell, tenor sax
Con Soul And Sax
RCA LSP-3393
released 1965
recorded January 1965 in New York/USA
Johnny Hodges, alto sax
Wild Bill Davis, organ
Dickie Thompson, guitar
Mundell Lowe, guitar
Milton Hinton, bass
Osie Johnson, drums
George Duvivier, bass
Joe's Blues
Verve V-6 8617
released 1965
recorded January 1965 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Johnny Hodges, alto sax
Wild Bill Davis, organ
Grant Green, guitar
Lawrence Brown, trombone
Bob Bushnell, bass
Bob Cranshaw, bass
Grady Tate, drums
The Matadores Meet The Bull
Roulette SR-25339
released 1965
recorded March 1965
Sonny Stitt, alto sax, tenor sax
Eddie Lockjaw Davis, tenor sax
George Berg, baritone sax
J.J. Johnson, trombone
Urbie Green, trombone
Joe Newman, trumpet, flugelhorn
Clark Terry, trumpet, flugelhorn
Les Spann, guitar
Barry Galbraith, guitar
Billy Taylor, piano
Junior Mance, piano
Wild Bill Davis, organ
Eddie Safranski, bass
Milt Hinton, bass
Walter Perkins, drums
Ray Barretto, congas
Tito Puente, timbales
Joe Cuba, timbales
Wings And Things
Verve V-6 8630
released 1965
recorded July 1965 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Johnny Hodges, alto sax
Wild Bill Davis, organ
Ben Dixon, drums
Grant Green, guitar
Hank Jones, piano
Lawrence Brown, trombone
Blue Pyramid
Verve V-6 8635
released 1966
recorded November/December 1965 and January 1966 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Johnny Hodges, alto sax
Wild Bill Davis, organ
Lawrence Brown, trombone
Jimmy Hamilton, clarinet
Billy Butler, guitar
Bob Bushnell, bass
Herbie Lovell, drums
Joe Marshall, drums
Johnny Hodges jr, drums
Jimmy Jones, piano
Live At Count Basie's
RCA LPM-3578
released 1966
recorded live 1966 in New York/USA
Wild Bill Davis, organ
James "Dickie" Thomson, guitar
Freddie Waits, drums
In Atlantic City
RCA LSP-3706
released 1967
recorded October/November 1966 in Atlantic City, NJ/USA
Johnny Hodges, alto sax
Wild Bill Davis, organ
Lawrence Brown, trombone
Bob Brown, tenor sax, flute
Dickie Thompson, guitar
Bobby Durham, drums
Midnight to Dawn
RCA LSP-3799
released 1967
recorded in Atlantic City, NJ/USA
Johnny Hodges, alto sax
Wild Bill Davis, organ
Lawrence Brown, trombone
Bob Brown, tenor sax, flute
Dickie Thompson, guitar
Bobby Durham, drums
Flying Home
Sunset Records SUM-1191
released 1968
compilation
Wild Bill Davis, organ
no further details known
Wonderful World Of Love
Tangerine Records TRCS 1509
released 1969

Wild Bill Davis, organ
no further details known
Doin' His Thing
RCA LSP-4139
released 1969
recorded November 1967 in New York, NY/USA
Wild Bill Davis, organ
Bob Brown, tenor sax
Dicky Thompson, guitar
Orville Mason, bass
Jymie Merritt, bass
Chris Columbo, drums
Earl Curry, drums
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, drums
New Orleans Suite
Atlantic SD 1580
released 1970
recorded April/May 1970 in New York City/USA
Duke Ellington, piano
Wild Bill Davis, organ
Cootie Williams, trumpet
Money Johnson, trumpet, flugelhorn
Mercer Ellington, trumpet, flugelhorn
Al Rubin, trumpet, flugelhorn
Fred Stone, trumpet, flugelhorn
Booty Wood, trombone
Julian Priester, trombone
Dave Taylor, bass trombone
Russell Procope, alto sax, clarinet
Johnny Hodges, alto sax
Norris Turney, alto sax, clarinet, flute
Harold Ashby, tenor sax, clarinet
Paul Gonsalves, tenor sax
Harry Carney, baritone sax, clarinet, bass clarinet
Joe Benjamin, bass
Rufus Jones, drums
Impulsions
Black & Blue 33037
released 1972
recorded live May 1972 in Paris/France
Wild Bill Davis, organ
Floyd Smith, guitar
Chris Colombo, drums
Key Bone
Black And Blue 33.041
released 1972
recorded July 1972 in Vallauris/France
Al Grey, trombone
Wild Bill Davis, organ
Floyd Smith, guitar
Chris Colombo, drums
Illinois Jacquet with Wild Bill Davis
Black And Blue 33.044
released 1973
recorded January 1973 in Vallauris/France
Illinois Jacquet, tenor sax
Wild Bill Davis, organ
Al Bartes, drums
Floyd's Guitar Blues
Black & Blue 33.046
released 1973
recorded July 1972 in Vallauris/France
Floys Smith, guitar
Wild Bill Davis, organ
Chris Colombo, drums
Jaws Strikes Again
Black & Blue 33101
released 1976
recorded January 1976 in France
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, tenor sax
Wild Bill Davis, organ
Billy Butler, guitar
Oliver Jackson, drums
Midnight Slows, Vol. 2
Black & Blue 333045
released 1976

Wild Bill Davis, organ
Buddy Tate, tenor sax
Floyd Smith, guitar
Chris Colombo, drums
Live in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vol. 1
Black & Blue 33303
released 1976
recorded January 1976 in Châteauneuf-du-Pape/France
Eddie Lockjaw Davis, tenor sax
Wild Bill Davis, organ
Billy Butler, guitar
Oliver Jackson, drums
Live in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vol. 2
Black & Blue 33308
released 1976
recorded January 1976 in Châteauneuf-du-Pape/France
Eddie Lockjaw Davis, tenor sax
Wild Bill Davis, organ
Billy Butler, guitar
Oliver Jackson, drums
All Right Ok You Win
Black & Blue GP 346
released 1976
recorded January 1976 in Paris/France
Wild Bill Davis, organ
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, tenor sax
Billiy Butler, guitar
Oliver Jackson, drums
The Intimate Ellington
Pablo 2310-787
released 1977
recorded 1969 through 1971 in USA
Duke Ellington, piano
Wild Bill Davis, organ
Cootie Williams, trumpet
Mercer Ellington, trumpet
Fred Stone, trumpet
Cat Anderson, trumpet
Booty Wood, trombone
Julian Priester, trombone
Chuck Connors, trombone
Paul Gonsalves, tenor sax
Harold Ashby, tenor sax
Harry Carney, baritone sax
Joe Benjamin, bass
Rufus Jones, drums
Swing System 'D', Vol. 1
Disques DOM JZ 7901
released 1978
recorded live March 1978 in Limoges/France
Wild Bill Davis, organ
Dany Doriz, vibes
Michel Denis, drums
Swing System 'D', Vol. 2
Disques DOM JZ 7902
released 1978
recorded live March 1978 in Limoges/France
Wild Bill Davis, organ
Dany Doriz, vibes
Michel Denis, drums
Live At The Muzeval
Timeless SJP 120
released 1978
recorded live at the Muzeval May 1978 in Emmen/The Netherlands
Lionel Hampton, vibes
Wild Bill Davis, organ, piano
Joe Newman, trumpet
Victor Paz, trumpet
Paul Moen, tenor sax
Eddie Chamblee, alto sax
Milly Mackel, guitar
Barry Smith, bass
Frankie Dunlop, drums
Hamp In Haarlem
Timeless SJP 133
released 1979
recorded live at the Concertgebouw May 1979 in Haarlem/The Netherlands
Lionel Hampton, vibes
Wild Bill Davis, organ, piano
Joe Newman, trumpet
Wallace Davenport, trumpet
Paul Moen, tenor sax
Steve Slagle, alto sax
Paul Jeffrey, bariton sax
Curtis Fuller, trombone
Gary Mazzaroppi, bass
Richie Pratt, drums
Outrageous
Timeless SJP 163
released 1982
recorded February 1980, October 1980 in USA, September 1981 in Japan
Lionel Hampton, vibes
Lionel Hampton's Big Band
Wild Bill Davis, organ
The Duke Ellington Small Bands
Fantasy F-9640
released 1986
recorded January 1970 in Las Vegas/USA and March 1967/June 1970 in New York City/USA
Duke Ellington, piano
Wild Bill Davis, organ
Willie Cook, trumpet
Lawrence Brown, trombone
Paul Gonsalves, tenor sax
Victor Gaskin, bass
Paul Kondziela, bass
Rufus Jones, drums
Norris Turney, flute
Joe Benjamin, bass
The Zurich Concert
Jazz Connaisseur JCCD 8701-2
released 1987
recorded live November 1986 in Zürich/Switzerland
Wild Bill Davis, Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes, vocals
Clifford Scott, alto sax, tenor sax, flute
Dickie Thompson, guitar, vocals
Clyde Lucas, drums
Greatest Organ Solos Ever!
Jazz Connaisseur JCCD 8702-2
released 1987
recorded live November 1986 at Swiss Radio Zürich/Switzerland
Wild Bill Davis, Hammond organ, vocals
70th/30th Anniversary Live Concert
die Mühle A 850581
released 1988
recorded 1988 at Kulturgelände Nonntal, Salzburg/Austria
Wild Bill Davis, Hammond Organ B3
TC Pfeiler, Hammond Organ B3
Rudi Renger, guitar
Michael Honzak, drums
Live from the Caveau de la Huchette, Paris
LaserLight 17156
recorded live 1977 in Paris/France
released also as Americans In Paris - Swing & Shout, EMI 7243 5396652
Wild Bill Davis, Hammond organ
Dany Doriz, vibes
Stéphane Guerault, tenor sax
Dave Pochonet, drums
Kenny Clarke, drums
Maurice Martin, drums
In The Groove!
Fresh Sound FSR-CD 308
recorded 1959 and 1960 in New York City/USA
Wild Bill Davis, organ
George Clarke, tenor sax
Bill Jennings, guitar
Grady Tate, drums
In A Mellow Tone
Fresh Sound FSR-CD 309
recorded 1969 and 1970 in New York City/USA
Wild Bill Davis, organ
George Clarke, tenor sax
Bill Jennings, guitar
Grady Tate, drums
Live At Sonny's Place 1985
Squatty Roo Records SQU 217
recorded live 1985 at Sonny's Place in Seaford, NY/USA
Wild Bill Davis, organ
Chuck Thompson, guitar
Joseph "G Clef" Cavaseno, alto sax
Clyde Lucas, drums
Live At Sonny's Place 1986
Squatty Roo Records SQU 218
recorded live 20 September 1986 at Sonny's Place in Seaford, NY/USA
Wild Bill Davis, organ
Chuck Thompson, guitar
Joseph "G Clef" Cavaseno, alto sax
Bill Easley, tenor sax
Clyde Lucas, drums
Manhattan
Vintage Records
compilation
Wild Bill Davis, organ
no further details known

 
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