Tuesday, September 07, 2004

SOULOBIT: The death has been announced of Billy Davis, American soul legend. Davis co-wrote with Motown's Berry Gordy, producing many of Jackie Wilson's standards, inlcuding Reet Petite. In 1961he moved from Motown to Chess, turning the label into a soul powerhouse: Etta james, Billy Stewart, the Dells. It was from Davis' exit to become music director at an advertising agency thatn the decline of Chess is dated; his production, A&R and management skills had given the label a clear sense of cohesion and direction it never quite regained. Davis continued to work in the music industry until his death.

Billy Davis, 76, died after a long illness, in New York, on the 3rd of Spetember.


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