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He was one of the key architects in the development of the soul music we so love today!
The late Billy Davis was born on
July 11th 1932 in . He started his career in the entertainment industry as a songwriter with Berry Gordy in Detroit during the mid 1950s, creating
successful songs for his cousin the late Jackie
Wilson, under the pseudonym of Tyran Carlo. Detroit
Their first major international hit was “Reet Petite” released in 1957 on Brunswick Records, which peaked at number six on the British Pop singles chart listings. Interestingly the record repeated its success in the UK Pop singles chart listings by going to number one on 27th December 1986, for 4 weeks, almost 30 years after its original release and selling in the excess of 700,000 copies to be certified platinum by the BPI (British Phonographic Industry).
Billy Davis also did tremendous work with two legendary recording labels noted for their significant contributions to the popularity of Soul and R&B music amongst the record buying public, Chess Records and Motown Records. He was one of the key architects in the development of the soul music we so love today!
Davis was also involved in the development of Anna Records which started in 1958 and
was jointly owned by himself and ’s
sister Gwen Gordy, whom he dated at that time, before it was brought out by Berry Gordy and became part of the Motown organization. Berry
Researched and compiled by
Mr K Tomlin Music Historian
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