Personalities | Cow Cow Davenport | Twenties | Jazz & Blues

(Vocals, piano, c. 1894–1955)

Charles Davenport’s best-known recording is 1928’s ‘Cow Cow Blues’, a barrelhouse workout that kicks off with a chiming stop-time intro before plunging into a proto-boogie-woogie theme. Davenport recorded over 30 sides for various labels, and he worked in venues ranging from vaudeville theatres to house rent parties. Although slowed by a stroke in 1938, he continued to perform sporadically (sometimes as just a vocalist) until his death almost 20 years later.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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