Blind Gary Davis Harlem Street Singer on LP
A masterful guitarist and a powerful singer whose music was influenced by country blues, ragtime and religious pieces, Gary Davis was a consistently memorable performer. Almost completely blind from birth and totally blind by the time he became an adult, the self-taught Davis began playing guitar when he was just six. He soon became a street musician in his native South Carolina where his guitar playing greatly impressed his contemporaries. He made his first solo recordings in 1935, became an ordained minister in 1937 and a street singer in New York in the early 1940s.
However, he did not re-enter the recording studio again until the mid-50s. By the time Davis recorded Harlem Street Singer in 1960, he was being rediscovered by the folk and blues revival movements. While his singing on this Bluesville set deals with religious matters and faith, his guitar playing is as heated as any blues players. Includes his very popular “Samson and Delilah.” One of the most popular performers on the blues circuit of the 1960s, Blind Gary Davis became a favorite of younger folk and blues performers. Even today, few blues guitarists can match his intensity, passion, and sincerity!
Blind Gary Davis Harlem Street Singer Track Listing:
1. Samson and Delilah
2. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
3. I Belong to the Band
4. Pure Religion,
5. Great Change Since I Been Born
6. Death Don't Have No Mercy
7. Twelve Gates to the City
8. Goin' to Sit Down on the Banks of the River
9. Tryin' to Get Home
10. Lo, I Be With You Always
11. I Am the Light of This World
12. Lord, I Feel Like Just Goin' On