Danny Davis

Danny Davis was a band leader, vocalist and producer and founder/leader of the Nashville Brass. Born into a large Irish-Catholic family. His father died when Davis was five years old. His mother supported the family by giving music lessons (piano and voice) in the family home.

Davis began playing trumpet at a very early age under the guidance of a man named Joseph Donovan. By age 14 he was trumpet soloist with the Massachusetts All-State Symphony Orchestra and was granted admittance to the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music. He decided to leave the conservatory after only six weeks when he was offered a job as a trumpeter with the band of legendary drummer, Gene Krupa (ca. 1940).

During the remainder of the 1940's and into the 1950's Davis continued working as a trumpeter/vocalist in several big bands including the band's of Bobby Byrne, Sammy Kaye, Art Mooney (he played 1st Trumpet on Mooney's huge seller “I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover) , Vincent Lopez and Freddy Martin. In Martin's band, in addition to his duties on trumpet, Davis sang as one of the “Martin Men” and roomed on the road with the band's male vocalist, Merv Griffin.

During the early 50's Davis found some moderate success as a vocalist releasing several singles including “Object of My Affection” and “Crazy Heart.” The late 1950's was a transitional period in Davis' career. He found himself in New York City working as a producer for the MGM label. He also made an important contact in Nashville with Fred Rose. Davis cut pop demos of country songs for Rose. His demo of “Cold, Cold Heart” lead to the pop recording by Tony Bennett.

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