|Reverend Gary Davis|
Rev. Gary Davis
|Birth name||Gary Davis|
|Also known as||Blind Gary Davis|
|Born||April 30, 1896|
|Origin||Laurens, South Carolina, USA|
|Died||May 5, 1972 (aged 76)|
|Years active||1930s – 1970s|
Reverend Gary Davis, also Blind Gary Davis, (April 30, 1896 – May 5, 1972) was a blues and gospel singer and guitarist. Events 313 - Roman emperor Licinius unifies the entire Eastern Roman Empire under his rule Year 1896 ( MDCCCXCVI) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar (or a Leap year Laurens is a city in Laurens County, South Carolina, United States. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Events 553 - The Second Council of Constantinople begins 1215 - Rebel Barons renounce their allegiance to King John Year 1972 ( MCMLXXII) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other This article is about the canonical books of the New Testament The Piedmont blues (also known as Piedmont fingerstyle or East Coast' blues) is a type of Blues music characterized by a unique fingerpicking method on the Country blues (also folk blues, rural blues, backwoods blues, or downhome blues) refers to all Country blues (also folk blues, rural blues, backwoods blues, or downhome blues) refers to all A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified for the purpose of making Music. The guitar is a Musical instrument with ancient roots that is used in a wide variety of musical styles Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with Speech. Events 313 - Roman emperor Licinius unifies the entire Eastern Roman Empire under his rule Year 1896 ( MDCCCXCVI) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar (or a Leap year Events 553 - The Second Council of Constantinople begins 1215 - Rebel Barons renounce their allegiance to King John Year 1972 ( MCMLXXII) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The Blues is a vocal and instrumental form of Music based on the use of the Blue notes It emerged as an accessible form of self-expression Gospel music is Music that is written to express either personal or a communal belief regarding Christian life as well as (in terms of the varying music styles to His unique finger-picking style influenced many other artists and his students in New York City included Stefan Grossman, Roy Book Binder, Woody Mann, Nick Katzman, Dave Van Ronk, Tom Winslow, and Ernie Hawkins. Fingerstyle guitar is the technique of playing the Guitar by plucking the strings directly with the fingertips fingernails or picks attached to fingers as opposed to The City of New York Stefan Grossman (born April 16, 1945) is an American guitarist teacher and businessman A student and friend of the Rev Gary Davis, Roy Book Binder is a blues Guitar entertainer Woody Mann is an American Acoustic guitarist First studying with Blues legend Reverend Gary Davis, Mann also received formal training at the Nick Katzman (born 1951 is an American Blues musician Katzman was born in New York City, and lives in both Manhattan and Berlin Dave Van Ronk ( June 30 1936 – February 10 2002) was a Folk singer born in Tom Winslow (born 1940 is a prominent American folk singer and writer who is best known as a "disciple" of Reverend Gary Davis and a former His musical influence extends from the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Wizz Jones and Jorma Kaukonen to Keb Mo, Ollabelle and Resurrection Band. The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Bob Dylan (born Robert Zimmerman, May 24 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota) is an American singer-songwriter author poet and painter who has been a major Raymond Ronald Jones ( 23 April 1939, Croydon, Surrey) better-known as Wizz Jones is an English Acoustic guitarist Jorma Ludwik Kaukonen Jr (born December 23, 1940 in Washington D Keb' Mo' (born October 3, 1951 in South Central Los Angeles, California as Kevin Moore) is an American Blues Ollabelle is a New York based Folk music group named after the influential Appalachian songwriter Ola Belle Reed. Resurrection Band, also known as Rez Band or REZ, is a Christian rock band
Born in Laurens, South Carolina, Davis became blind at a very young age. Laurens is a city in Laurens County, South Carolina, United States. He took to the guitar and assumed a unique multi-voice style produced solely with his thumb and index finger, playing not only ragtime and blues tunes, but also traditional and original tunes in four-part harmony. Ragtime (alternately spelled Rag-time) is an American musical genre which enjoyed its peak popularity between 1897 and 1918
In the mid-1920s, Davis migrated to Durham, North Carolina, a major center for black culture at the time. Durham is a city in the US state of North Carolina. It is the County seat of Durham County North Carolina ( is a state located on the Atlantic Seaboard in the southeastern United States Durham is a city in the US state of North Carolina. It is the County seat of Durham County African American culture in the United States refers to the cultural contributions of African ethnic groups to the culture of the United States either as part of or distinct from There he collaborated with a number of other artists in the Piedmont blues scene including Blind Boy Fuller and Bull City Red. The Piedmont blues (also known as Piedmont fingerstyle or East Coast' blues) is a type of Blues music characterized by a unique fingerpicking method on the Blind Boy Fuller (born Fulton Allen) ( July 10, 1907 - February 13, 1941) was an American Blues Guitarist In 1935, J. B. Long, a store manager with a reputation for supporting local artists, introduced Davis, Fuller and Red to the American Record Company. James Baxter Long, Sr ( December 25, 1903 &ndash February 25, 1975) was an American store manager owner and record company talent scout responsible American Record Company was a United States Record label, in business from about 1904 to 1908. The subsequent recording sessions marked the real beginning of Davis' career. During his time in Durham, Davis converted to Christianity; he would later become ordained as a Baptist minister. In general religious use ordination is the process by which individuals are consecrated, that is set apart as Clergy to perform various religious rites and ceremonies Baptist is a term describing individuals belonging to a Baptist church or a Baptist denomination. In Christian churches, a minister is someone who is authorized by a church or religious organization to perform clergy functions such as teaching of beliefs Following his conversion and especially his ordination, Davis began to express a preference for inspirational gospel music.
In the 1940s, the blues scene in Durham began to decline and Davis migrated to New York City. The City of New York By the 1960s, he had become known as the "Harlem Street Singer" and also acquired a reputation as the person to see if you wanted to learn to play guitar. Harlem is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan, long known as a major African American cultural and business center As a teacher, Davis was exceptionally patient and thorough, making sure students would learn and adapt his original left-hand fingerings. The folk revival of the 1960s re-invigorated Davis' career, culminating in a performance at the Newport Folk Festival and the recording by Peter, Paul and Mary of "Samson and Delilah", also known as "If I Had My Way", originally a Blind Willie Johnson recording that Davis had popularized. A roots revival ( folk revival) is a trend which includes young performers popularizing the traditional musical styles of their ancestors The Newport Folk Festival is an American annual folk -oriented Music festival in Newport Rhode Island, which began in 1959 Peter Paul and Mary (often called PP&M) are a musical group from the United States who were one of the most successful folk-singing groups of the " Samson and Delilah " is a traditional song based on the Biblical tale of Samson and his betrayal by Delilah. "Blind" Willie Johnson ( January 22, 1897  &ndash September 18, 1945) was an American Singer and Guitarist
Many of his records were published posthumously.