LADIES OF R&B... PART SEVEN (BONNIE DAVIS)
Above: Photo of Bonnie Davis, who was born in New Orleans. Her family later moved to Alabama, where she finished high school and went on to attend Alabama State and Miles Colleges. She left Alabama to sing with a band appearing in New York. Shortly after, she met Clem Moorman, who was with The Bunny Banks Trio. She then became featured vocalist of this group, who soon changed their name to The Piccadilly Pipers.
Above: Savoy 5517-A and DeLuxe 1179 labels. The Savoy side was recorded in NYC on December 10, 1945. Personnel are Clem Moorman (piano), Ernie Ransom (guitar), Ed McKaine (bass), Shelly Manne (drums), and Bonnie Davis (vocal). "Say, what is upstairs" anyway? Maybe the companion piece to their "I Want To Play With Your Poodle." The DeLuxe side may have been purchased from Raven, a small Philadelphia label.
Listen to this week's selections by "The Piccadilly Pipers": [Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]
Click on an option below to listen using Streaming RealAudio.Upstairs - Savoy 5517-A - 1946
Shout It! - DeLuxe 1179 - 1948
"BOTH SONGS" played in sequence
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Above: Photo of The Piccadilly Pipers featuring Bonnie Davis from 1945. (L-R) Ed "Skeets" McKaine, Bonnie Davis, Ernie Ransom, Clem Moorman.
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