Cyril Davies died over 50 years ago on 7th Jan 1964,
two weeks before his 32nd birthday.
This is his story
The story of Cyril Davies, the first British blues harmonica player, told by Roger Trobridge to Jonathan Baillie Strong,
We are sad to announce the death of Steve Lane, leader of the Southern Stompers Jazz Band, where Cyril played his early jazz and blues music in the 1950s. He died in hospital on 22 August, 2015, aged 93.
We are building a history of the life and times of Cyril Davies through the memories of many of the artists who appeared with him - Musicians' Recollections - and the many other people who remember seeing and hearing Cyril as they were growing up through these years - Guest Book. If you have anything you want to add please send your recollections to us for inclusion. Check the recent updates by musicians who played with Cyril.
We are also working on a book about the life and times of Cyril Davies and we invite any interested parties (be it from friends, associates or just admirers) to get in touch with us.
The site is divided up into sections on Cyril's Career, the Recollections of Musicians of the times, a Discography of Cyril's Recording, and a Section for the People who Documented the Times is being written. Links to these sections are provided at the bottom of this page.
We have had lots of support from another Rock Historian, Bruno Ceriotti, from Italy. He maintains three blogs, "The British Sound", "Rock Prosopography 102" and "The San Francisco Sound". The latest article on the British Sound blog gives a comprehensive account of Rod Stewart's spell with the Southampton band The Soul Agents in 1965 after he left Long John Baldry and The Hoochie Coochie Men. There are also family trees for the Cyril Davies All Stars and the Long John Baldry Hootchie Coochie Men.
Decades of unpaid work go into these blogs, as you will see from the detailed information they contain. If you enjoy what he has put together, maybe you could donate a small amount, via the PayPal button, to keep this valuable research going.
Cyril Davies Tribute @ Ealing Club - 14th Feb 2013. Here is the link for the video's of the evening
The Eel Pie Club is based in the Cabbage Patch Pub in Twickenham High Street and it has been active for many years. It hosted a Cyril Davies Tribute Night on Thursday 4 April 2015. Recently a new web site has been created which extends scale of activies, films and events from this famous R&B club venue. You can see more here - The Eelpieland
The Ealing Blues/Rock Club is active again and celebrating the great heritage of the club and the music which developed in the local area 50 years ago. Cyril and Alexis opened the first club and the Rolling Stones were amongst the many young musicians who cut their teeth there. www.ealing-club.com and www.facebook.com/ealingclub.
A Blue Plaque commemorating 50 years since the first R&B nights at the Ealing Club was unveiled by Bobbie Korner outside the club on 17 March. Check out the videos of this and the fund raiser events.
Here is the interview I did at the event about Cyril's musical history and contribution to the UK blues boom..
Another collection of tracks by Cyril Davies and Alexis Korner recorded in the years up to the end of 1962 has been released by Jasmine. The Cyril Davies All Stars recordings have been trapped by the recent increase in copyright restrictions which apply to recordings from 1963.
Chris Barber has issued a double CD of unreleased tracks Memories of my Trip from his career starting back in the 1950s with tracks from the bluesmen he brought over and played with in the 1950s and 60s.
Here is Cyril Davies and the All Stars playing on TV in 1963.
We are also seeking information on the infamous 'London Blues & Barrelhouse Club', the intimate up-stairs venue found on the corner of Wardour and Brewer Streets in London's Soho. This venue is most commonly referred to as 'The Roundhouse or Round House' - which was actually the public house below the 'London Blues & Barrelhouse Club' on the street level. If you have any memories or photographs, please let us know!
Recent uploads to YouTube have included another Hulabaloo clip, where Cyril and the All Stars playedSee See Rider, and the interview with Long John Baldry, which appeared as part of the bonus track (Track 13) on the 1996 LJB album, Right to Sing the Blues..
There is also an interesting interview on Resonance 104, by Henry Scott-Irving of Cyril's sax player Art Themen which starts with his time with Blues Incorporated.
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