Melvin davis - new cd release
Last edited by MIKEW-UK; 05-05-2015 at 09:47 AM.
Cd release party
Last edited by MIKEW-UK; 05-05-2015 at 09:42 AM.
Is this a CD or a download only.
Very cool. I'll stick this thread on the top for a while for all to see. Best of luck with the release Melvin.
The tracks are excellent.
AMAZON ALBUM IN MP3 both on USA and UK sites
CD BABY CD AND MP3 formats
Bought the cd from CD baby.
I had to re-register. Why I do not know.
Some spanking new nice Melvin performances..... with McKinley Jackson on keyboards
Last edited by MIKEW-UK; 05-14-2015 at 03:34 PM.
And a concert featuring tracks from the new cd and old classics.....
Last edited by MIKEW-UK; 05-14-2015 at 04:04 PM.
One of Melvin's early recordings which is a classic...... produced by Mike Theodore and Dennis Coffey
A new interview with Melvin in which he talks of his career and the revitalising of Detroit..Melvin Davis brings it all back home with ‘Double or Nothing’
'If I don't believe it, I don't write it'
By Dennis Burck
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Detroit soul ambassador Melvin Davis' new album, Double or Nothing, is the singer and songwriter's first original production since the 1970s. The warm, funky offering showcases Davis' continued determination to write and produce music. He's had a 50-year career in Detroit, from cutting records for the incomparable Fortune label to working with David Ruffin and writing hits for Motown. There is a warning label on the record that reads "Contents contain extensive truth, positive messages and an addictive groove that may become habit forming." We sat down with Davis to learn more.
Full article at Detroit Metro Times
Soul City is playing Classic Soul R&B from the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, to present day..WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2015
Hey! All you lover’s of soul music, a flash from the past is back and doing his thing. I’m talking about Melvin Davis. He was the lead singer with the 70’s group “The 8th Day”. He’s a singer, songwriter, drummer, and bandleader from Detroit. Melvin was born in 1942 and was around in the Motown era. Melvin worked with artists such as Smokey Robinson, David Ruffin, Wayne Krammer and Dennis Coffey. Their hit song was “You’ve Got To Crawl Before You Walk.”
A podomatic program by soul discovery / solar radio featuring a play list of lesser known soul songs with a great interview with Melvin Davis and a load of tracks taken from his repetoire.
Melvin Davis “You can’t run away” (Rockmill)
Tim Murray “Thinking of you” (Detroit Tracks) 7’
Tony Minvielle feat: Personal Life “Distance can be sweet”
Joyce Elaine Yuille “Running in to my life” (Schema)
Ty Causey “Just another love affair” (Promo)
Dynamic Sounds Orchestra “Take me back” (Soul Junction Promo) 7’
Leon Timbo “You're my darling” (A Riverphlo Production)
The Avons “When the boy that you love (is loving you)” (Kent)
Freddie Scott “I love you” (Probe) 7’
Bobby Barnes “You make my life (a sunny day)” (Poormans) 7’
La Rombe' “The Ultimate” (Lovelyte Musique)
Joyce Elaine Yuille “It’s madness” (Schema)
Don Adams “Here we go again” (World Shaker)
E.J. and the Echoes “Put a smile on your face” (Jim Diamond) 7’
Special Guest: Melvin Davis
Melvin Davis “Find a Quiet place” (Wheel City) 7’
Melvin Davis “This love was meant to be” (Mala)
Melvin Davis “I must love you” (Groovesville) 7’
J.J. Barnes “Chains of love” (Groovesville) 7’
Jackey Beavers “I need my baby” (Revilot) 7’
Melvin Davis “I’m not worried at all” (Invictus)
Melvin Davis “Thinking of you” (Rockmill)
Charisma “Let love into your live” (Rockmill)7'
Melvin Davis “Cherish each moment” (Rockmill)
Melvin Davis “Double od nothing” (Rockmill)
Melvin Davis “Cherish each moment” (Rockmill)
Melvin Davis “Thinking of you” (Rockmill)
Last edited by MIKEW-UK; 07-02-2015 at 02:54 AM.
Some of you may know "Thinking Of You" by Tim Murray, an excellent sought after track for many years. It was co written and produced by Melvin Davis and Melvin's own superb version is featured on Melvin's new album....... as a taster, here is Tim Murray's version...
Melvin Davis is to be inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame at the Charles H. Wright Museum on October 4.
Show preview: Melvin Davis at Cliff Bell's this Sat., Aug. 15
Posted By Dennis Burck on Mon, Aug 10, 2015 at 1:19 pm
See the "Detroit Soul Ambassador” live in action this Saturday, August 15 at Cliff Bell's. At 72,Melvin Davis still consistently puts on an impassioned performance that covers a spectrum of his best Fortune and Motown songs. Davis began recording in Detroit for the Jackpot label in 1961, cutting the classic “I Don’t Want You”/ “About Love” before heading over to Fortune to cut “I Won’t Be Your Fool” and “Playboy.”
Davis is pushing his latest album Double or Nothing and is set to be inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame at the Charles H. Wright Museum on October 4.
With a legendary venue hosting a local legend, you’d be a fool to miss it. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. and the cover is $10.
Cracking record by Melvin Davis on MALA Records. Written by Melvin, Clyde Wilson and Dennis Coffey.... produced by Mike Theodore and Dennis ..... Save It (Never Too Late)
And the excellent flip....
This is for me Melvin's Magnum Opus....... peerless! Just keeps on building and bucket loads of pathos in Melvin's vocals.....
Another Invictus goodie....
Another Melvin performance as lead vocalist in The 8th Day on their first album, but also released as a shortened single under Melvin's own name - Just As Long
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A recent live performance by Melvin on Some Things I just Don't Do.... I notice Drew Schultz is
Everything you could know about Melvin Davis and his career, and all the Detroit legends he worked and lived with.....David Ruffin, Funk Brothers, Dennis Coffey, Cornelius Grant, and Motown...... interview hosted by the excellent Drew Schultz - quintessential Soulful Detroit history
Last edited by MIKEW-UK; 11-03-2015 at 05:34 PM.
Superb HD recording of Thinking Of You
Melvin Davis & Steven Mancha - I Need My Baby
MELVIN DAVIS - Save It (Never Too Late)
CO WRITTEN WITH Dennis Coffey & Clyde Wilson
Composed and produced by Melvin Davis
Edward Hamilton And The Fifes - I'm Gonna Love You
Same song by Edward Hamilton but this time with the Arabians...... produced by Lou Beatty
Crying In a Whisper - alternate version with shared vocals by Drew Schultz and Melvin and cello...
This version of Crying In a Whisper features many soul greats including James Jamerson Jr RIP
THE DREW SCHULTZ FUNK MACHINE
Drew Schultz -- drums
Emilio Tostado -- guitar
Jent LaPalm -- bass
John Guari -- keyboard
Chris Ams -- vocals
Steve Adams -- drums, percussion
Jimmy Smith -- trumpet
James Hughes -- tenor sax
Matt Martinez -- trombone
Melvin Davis -- vocals
Spyder Turner -- vocals
James Jamerson, Jr.
Mike were you in Detroit recently?
No Marv, my last visit to Detroit was in 2001. I would be sure to look up Ralph and yourself if I come that way again!
By the way, more than 4000 visits to the Melvin Davis Page, but only three people have posted a comment, Ralph, you and boyfromxtown. You're in the exclusive club LOL...
I was in Detroit last week and had the chance to speak to Melvin briefly along with some very nice people from the U.K. The woman was from Leeds and the gentleman was a promoter I believe.
Originally Posted by MIKEW-UK
Concert line up - Melvin's 74th birthday celebration
God Bless him...he was to have come to Cleveland a couple of years ago (to the Beachland Ballroom), but got snowed in in Detroit. I hope he'll come back to the area sometime.
Melvin Davis, singer, songwriter, drummer, and bandleader who worked with everyone from Smokey Robinson and David Ruffin to Wayne Kramer, Dennis Coffey and the Detroit Soul Ambassador, is my guest Friday morning at 9 EST. We're going to talk his history, Detroit music history and so much more. Catch us on COMCAST 91 in Detroit and online at www.tv33whpr.com on our "WHPR app" on your smartphone or tablet and on Roku. You can call in to the show at 313.868.0351and 313.868.4336.
This Saturday Feb 25th PJs Lager House Detroit
MELVIN DAVIS / FUNKWAGON / MOTOR CITY SOUL STREET
Sat, Feb 25, 2017 @ 8:00 pm to 2:00am
VIEW EVENT ON FACEBOOK
Saturday, February 25 / 8pm doors, 9pm music / $12
Melvin Davis (Soul/R&B)
Motor City Soul Street (3 piece trombone ensemble)
Melvin Davis never scored the crossover hit that would have made him a star, but few artists on Detroit’s soul music scene had a more impressive résumé than Davis, a singer, songwriter, drummer, and bandleader who worked with everyone from Smokey Robinson and David Ruffin to Wayne Kramer and Dennis Coffey. Davis was born on August 29, 1942, and as a child, his family moved back and forth between Detroit and Milledgeville, Georgia, where his grandparents had a farm. As a boy, he developed a passion for music, seeing Little Richard perform at a juke joint near the family farm and hearing Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers at a church potluck dinner. At the age of 17, Davis joined the Navy and in his spare time began teaching himself to play the piano and guitar and started writing songs. In 1961, he released his first record, “I Don’t Want You” b/w “About Love,” on the local Jack Pot label, and his next single, “Playboy” b/w “I Won’t Be Your Fool,” was issued by the fabled Fortune Records, home of such local legends as Andre Williams, Nolan Strong, and Nathaniel Mayer. While Davis had already established himself as a powerful vocalist and skilled pianist, he also took up the drums and landed a regular gig at the Ebony Club in Muskegon, Michigan with his band the Jaywalkers, which included a promising young singer named David Ruffin. The Jaywalkers played regularly all over Michigan and cut a session for Fortune, but it was never released, and Davis’ next record, “Wedding Bells” b/w “It’s No News,” appeared on the short-lived Ke Ke label. Davis then formed an alliance with Mike Hanks’ D-Town Records, and cut “Find a Quiet Place (And Be Lonely)” for their Wheel City imprint in 1965; while the record barely made a ripple on its initial release, it later became a staple at Northern Soul weekenders in the United Kingdom. By this time, Davis was also attracting notice as a songwriter, and in addition to writing material for himself, his work was being recorded by noted Detroit acts such as J.J. Barnes (“Chains of Love”), Johnnie Mae Matthews (“Lonely You’ll Be”), Lonette McKee (“Stop, Don’t Worry About It”), and Jackey Beavers (“I Need My Baby”), with producer Don Davis frequently turning to Melvin for material. In 1966, with the Jaywalkers long gone after Ruffin left to join a vocal group called the Distants (they enjoyed greater success under the name the Temptations), Davis formed a trio with guitarist Dennis Coffey and keyboard man Lyman Woodard. The trio played a long and successful standing engagement at Detroit’s Frolic Show Bar and later at Maury Baker’s Showplace Lounge. Coffey ended up producing some sessions for Davis that led to a deal with Mala Records, where Davis enjoyed a regional hit with “”This Love Is Meant to Be” b/w “Save It (Never Too Late).” As soul and R&B took on a tougher, more psychedelic tinge as the ’60s wore on, Coffey’s guitar style evolved with the times, and Davis played drums on his first solo album, Hair and Thangs, while Woodard’s keyboard work also became more experimental and Davis’ drumming helped anchor his newly renamed Lyman Woodard Organization. In 1970, Davis signed on as the drummer in Smokey Robinson’s road band and spent two years touring with the legendary singer and songwriter, as well as playing on several studio sessions, including “Tears of a Clown.” Meanwhile, former Motown producers and songwriters Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland had founded Invictus Records and released a single created by their studio team that was issued under the name 8th Day. H-D-H needed a band that could tour behind the record, so Davis became 8th Day’s lead singer (Woodard was on keyboards), and later he was the voice behind their biggest hit “You Got to Crawl Before You Walk.” However, as 8th Day evolved into a proper, self-contained group, they found themselves at odds with Invictus, and Davis decided to strike out on his own, forming a label called Rock Mill Records and a soulful hard rock band called Radiation, with Davis and Dave Penny on double drums and guitarists Wayne Kramer (formerly of the MC5) and Mark Manko. Radiation gigged regularly in Detroit but failed to click in the recording studio, and as Rock Mill’s releases faltered in the marketplace and Detroit club gigs became scarce, Davis got out of music full-time, taking his first day job at the age of 42. However, as “Find a Quiet Place (And Be Lonely)” took on a new life in the U.K. and collectors began discovering Davis’ other rare sides, he started playing occasional shows in England and licensed his Rock Mill material to reissue labels in Japan and Europe, while Vampisoul Records collected some of his finest ’60s material on the anthology Detroit Soul Ambassador. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Last edited by MIKEW-UK; 02-23-2017 at 11:48 AM.
Wedding Bells by Melvin, issued on Ace's latest CD release Birth Of Soul Detroit Edition. Who would have thought he would still be performing this tune some 50 years after first recording it?
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