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The Melody Man – Joe Davis and the New York Music Scene, 1916-1978 - University Press of Mississippi
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The Melody Man: Joe Davis and the New York Music Scene, 1916-1978

Bruce Bastin and Kip Lornell


Joe Davis, the focus of this book, enjoyed a 50-year career in the music industry, which covered nearly every aspect of the business. He hustled sheet music in the 1920s; copyrighted compositions by artists as diverse as Fats Waller, Carson Robison, Otis Blackwell, and Rudy Vallee; oversaw hundreds of recording sessions; and operated several record companies, beginning in the 1940s. Davis also worked fearlessly to help insure that black recording artists and song writers gained equal treatment for their work. Much more than a biography, this book is an investigation of the role played by music ... More

Keywords: Joe Davis, music industry, sheet music, Fats Waller, Carson Robison, Otis Blackwell, Rudy Vallee, recording sessions, record companies, black recording artists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9781617032769
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617032769.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruce Bastin, author

Kip Lornell, author