BLIND JOHN DAVIS
Blind John Davis was an accomplished session pianist who played on many seminal records in Chicago in the 30s and 40s and who was later a missionary of the Blues as it took root in Europe. John went blind at nine years of age and began playing piano in his father’s Chicago ‘speakeasy’ in the late 20s. His obvious talents brought him to the attention of Bluebird Records in 1938 where he cut several solo tracks, but it was his work on the records of John Lee ‘Sonny Boy’ Williamson, Tampa Red, Lonnie Johnson and Big Bill Broonzy that made his name. Outside his session work, John led his own small band on the vibrant Chicago club scene. In 1952 he joined Big Bill on his ground-breaking tour of Europe that did so much to spark interest in the Blues beyond America, and opened a new chapter in John’s career.