Rev.Gary Davis – Harlem Street Singer


I have just been listening to Paul Jones interviewing Woody Mann about his documentary film project on Blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis.

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An often copied song – Samson and Delilah

As stated in the film he was a great influence on a number of musicians such as Pete Seeger, Bob Weir, Jerry Garcia, Jorma Kaukonen, David Bromberg, Bob Dylan and countless others.

This is a take from the Dead:

Others were influenced –  such as Eric Bibb and Ralph McTell

Here’s Gary on I heard the Angels singing:

and Eric Bibb’s version:

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Hesitation Blues from The Rev Gary Davis

and a  good rag time version of Hesitation Blues from Ralph McTell

and a version by Janis Joplin –

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In another blog I looked at the versions of Candyman

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Here is a reminder of Rev Gary’s version…

and if you want to know how to play it -just listen to Stefan Grossman who is a great fan of Gary Davis:

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and a rare piece of video footage of The Rev Gary playing the famous “Death have no mercy’

and a less rare clip but soulful acoustic version by  Hot Tuna:

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Memories of Rev Gary Davis by Stefan Grossman

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Some nice ragtime on this one:

 

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and finally The Rev Gary Davis performance – June 1967.

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~ by Ray Harris on October 2, 2014.

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