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Wild Bill Davison

One of the great Dixieland trumpeters, Wild Bill Davison had a colorful and emotional style that ranged from sarcasm to sentimentality with plenty of growls and shakes. His unexpected placement of high notes was a highlight of his solos and his strong personality put him far ahead of the competition. In the 1920s, he played with the Ohio Lucky Seven, the Chubb-Steinberg Orchestra (with whom he made his recording debut), the Seattle Harmony Kings, and Benny Meroff. After he was involved in a fatal car accident that ended the life of Frankie Teschemacher in 1932 (his auto was blindsided by a taxi), Davison spent the remainder of the 1930s in exile in Milwaukee. By 1941, he was in New York and in 1943 made some brilliant recordings for Commodore (including a classic version of "That's a Plenty") that solidified his reputation. After a period in the Army, Davison became a fixture with Eddie Condon's bands starting in 1945, playing nightly at Condon's. In the 1950s, he was quite effective on a pair of albums with string orchestras, but most of his career was spent fronting Dixieland bands either as a leader or with Condon. Wild Bill toured Europe often from the 1960s, recorded constantly, had a colorful life filled with remarkable episodes, and was active up until his death. A very detailed 1996 biography (The Wildest One by Hal Willard) has many hilarious anecdotes and shows just how unique a life Wild Bill Davison had. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Essential Jazz Masters (1943-1946)

1. Sensation Rag

2. Original Dixieland One-Step

3. Riverboat Shuffle

4. I'm Confessin' That I Love You

5. I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate

6. Clarinet Marmalade

7. Baby, Won't You Please Come Home?

8. Someday Sweetheart

9. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams

10. A Monday Date

11. Wabash Blues

12. At The Jazz Band Ball

13. Big Butter And Egg Man

14. Panama

15. That's A Plenty

16. Squeeze Me

17. Little Girl

18. Jazz Me Blues

19. Muskrat Ramble

20. Who's Sorry Now?

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Track List: In Copenhagen

1. If I Had You

2. Sunday

3. I Can't Get Started

4. Georgia

5. But Beautiful

6. B Flat Blues

7. Someday You'll Be Sorry

8. Am I Blue

9. You Took Advantage Of Me

10. Ghost Of A Chance

11. I'm Confessin'

12. A Rainy Day

13. Everything Happens To Me

14. Memories Of You

15. Blue Turning Grey Over You

16. Exactly Like You

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Track List: The Commodore Master Takes

1. That's A Plenty

2. Panama

3. Riverboat Shuffle

4. Muskrat Ramble

5. Clarinet Marmalade

6. Original Dixieland One Step

7. At the Jazz Band Ball

8. Baby, Won't You Please Come Home

9. (I Don't Stand A ) Ghost Of A Chance (With You)

10. Jazz Me Blues

11. Little Girl

12. Squeeze Me

13. A Monday Date

14. (I'm) Confessin' (That I Love You)

15. Big Butter And Egg Man

16. I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate

17. Sensation Rag

18. Who's Sorry Now

19. On The Alamo

20. Someday Sweetheart

21. High Society

22. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams

23. I'm Coming Virginia

24. Wabash Blues

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Track List: Together Again

1. Everybody Loves My Baby

2. Blue Room

3. Time After Time

4. Old Cape Cod

5. Exactly Like You

6. Shine

7. After I Say I'm Sorry

8. Try A Little Tenderness

9. Cute

10. Squeeze Me

11. Runing Wild

12. Everybody Loves My Baby

13. Blue Room

14. Shine

15. Runing Wild

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Track List: But Beautiful

1. If I Had You

2. Sunday

3. I Can't Get Started

4. Georgia

5. But Beautiful

6. B Flat Blues

7. Someday You'll Be Sorry

8. Am I Blue

9. You Took Advantage Of Me

10. Ghost Of A Chance

11. I'm Confessin'

12. A Rainy Day

13. Everything Hapens To Me

14. Memories Of You

15. Blue Turning Grey Over You

16. Exactly Like You

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Track List: Jazz Giants

1. Struttin' With Some Barbecue

2. Dardanella

3. Black & Blue

4. I Would Do Anything For You

5. I Found A New Baby

6. Blue Again

7. I Surrender Dear

8. Yesterdays

9. Them There Eyes

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Terrific!
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This is probbbly the greatest
Dixieland jazz record ever made!
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one of my all timers.rite up there with bix, bunny, muggsy, & max! funny, when we usta go in to condons way back in the 40s & 50s we werent so crazy about bill, preferring a more technical purer tone like bobby hackett, but like the taste of beer, bill grew on me. he could kick it bettern anybody. god bless you wild willy, catch you soon at the big bandstand in the sky!
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saw him at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, around 1968, as the undercard to Frank Sinatra. Sinatra flew in on helicopter, as until that time he said he would not perform in NYC, because he'd been denied a cabaret license to perform. Wild Bill was great though. I had seen him at Eddie Condon's before.

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