JAMES "THUNDERBIRD" DAVIS





SINGLES

DUKE 187 (possibly unissued)  JAMES DAVIS  What Else Is There To Do / Come To The Rock And Roll 5/1958 US
DUKE 343 (yellow & brown label promo, reissue)  JAMES DAVIS  What Else Is There To Do / Come To The Rock And Roll
(Note: The matrix codes FR 3065/FR 3066 indicate these recordings to year 1958)
12/1961 US
DUKE 343 (yellow & brown label, reissue) JAMES DAVIS  What Else Is There To Do / Come To The Rock And Roll   12/1961 US 
DUKE 359 (purple label promo) JAMES DAVIS  I'm Gonna Tell It On You / My Precious Darling 2/1963 US
DUKE 359 (orange label) JAMES DAVIS  I'm Gonna Tell It On You / My Precious Darling 2/1963 US
DUKE 368 (purple label promo) JAMES DAVIS  Blue Monday / Sing 9/1963 US
DUKE 368 (orange label) JAMES DAVIS  Blue Monday / Sing 9/1963 US
DUKE 374 (purple label promo) JAMES DAVIS  Your Turn To Cry / Chains Around My Heart 2/1964 US
DUKE 374 (orange label) JAMES DAVIS  Your Turn To Cry / Chains Around My Heart 2/1964 US
DUKE 392 (purple label promo) JAMES DAVIS  Bad Dream / Ain't It Great 3/1966 US
DUKE 392 (orange label) JAMES DAVIS  Bad Dream / Ain't It Great 3/1966 US
PEACOCK 3181 JAMES DAVIS & THE SOUL REVIVORS 45  Sing A Song / This Little Light Of Mine 1970 US

In addition, James Davis on 45 rpm single Sivad-J 1002 ("You Gotta Say Yeah" / "Pillow Talk") is very likely a different artist.



ALBUMS

BLACK TOP BT-1043/CD BT-1043 JAMES "THUNDERBIRD" DAVIS AND THE BLACK TOP ALL-STARS: CHECK OUT TIME  (LP/CD)
I'm Ready Now / You Did Me Wrong / Hello Sundown / Check-Out Time / What Else Is There To Do / If I Had My Life Over / Your Turn To Cry / Come By Here / I Should've Known Better / A Case Of Love / Bloodshot Eyes / Dark End Of The Street
(recorded at Southlake Recording Studio, Metairie, LA with Anson Funderburgh:gtr, Clarence Hollimon:gtr, Ron Levy:pno/org, Grady Gaines:ten.sax, Kaz Kazanoff:bar.sax, Tony Klatka:tp, Lloyd Lambert:bs, David Lee:dms + George Porter:bs, Earl King:gtr)
-- European lp edition: Demon FIEND 149, 1989 UK / cd reissue: Demon FIENDCD 149, 1993 GER/UK --
1989 US




COMPILATIONS AND GUEST APPEARANCES

PEACOCK PLP-2000 V/A: THE BIG ONES FROM DUKE AND PEACOCK RECORDS  (LP)
Blue Monday
1967 US
ACE YS-8062-AB V/A: BIG BLUES FROM DUKE & PEACOCK - BLUES ANTHOLOGY, VOL.2  (LP)
Blue Monday / Your Turn To Cry
1978 JPN
ROUNDER 2031 V/A: ANGELS IN HOUSTON - THE LEGENDARY DUKE BLUES RECORDINGS  (LP)
Blue Monday / Your Turn To Cry / Bad Dream
1982 US
ACE CH 154 V/A: IF IT'S NOT A HIT I'LL EAT MY HAT  (LP)
Blue Monday
1985 UK
BLACK TOP BT-1045/CD-BT-1045 V/A: BLACK TOP BLUES A RAMA #2 - LIVE AT TIPITINA'S, NEW ORLEANS  (LP/CD)
Lemon Squeezin' Daddy (Nappy Brown with James "Thunderbird" Davis on harmony vocals) / Bye Bye Baby (Nappy Brown with James "Thunderbird" Davis on harmony vocals) / Get To Gettin' (Nappy Brown with James "Thunderbird" Davis on harmony vocals) / Blue Monday Blues / Further On Up The Road / If I Had My Life To Live Over / Hello Sundown
1988 US
KENT 074 V/A: SURE-SHOTS  (LP)
Ain't It Great
1988 UK
BLACK TOP BT-1053/CD-BT-1053/BT-1053 HUBERT SUMLIN FEATURING JAMES "THUNDERBIRD" DAVIS, RONNIE EARL, DARRELL NULISCH: HEALING FEELING  (LP/CD/CS)
I Don't Want To Hear About Yours / I Don't Want No Woman
(recorded at Southlake Recording Studios, Metairie, LA, May 5-6, 1989 with Hubert Sumlin:gtr, Ronnie Earl:gtr, Richard "Dickie" Reed:org/pno, Darrell Nulisch:hca, Steve Gomes:bs, Per Hanson:dms)
-- cd reissues: Demon FIENDCD 193, 1990 FRA/UK/Shout! Factory DK 31157, 2005 US --
1989 US
BLACK TOP BTS 1/BTS CD 1 V/A: THIS IS BLACK TOP... PAVING THE WAY TO YOUR SOUL  (LP/CD)
Hello Sundown
1989 UK
BLACK TOP CD BT 002/C-BT 002 V/A: BLACK TOP BLUES-A-RAMA - A BUDGET SAMPLER  (CD/CS)
Check Out Time / Come By Here
1990 US
BLACK TOP CD-BT-1056 V/A: BLACK TOP BLUES-A-RAMA, VOLUME 3  (CD)
Theme Song And Introduction / Next Time You See Me / Your Turn To Cry / Don't Want No Woman / When There Is No Way Out / You Did Me Wrong
(recorded at Tipitina's, New Orleans, LA, May 4, 1989)
1990 US
BLACK TOP CD-BT-1066 V/A: BLACK TOP BLUES COCKTAIL PARTY!  (CD)
What Else Is There To Do?
1991 US
MCA MCAD 10667/MCAC 10667 V/A: THE BEST OF DUKE-PEACOCK BLUES  (CD/CS)
Blue Monday
-- European cd edition: MCA MCD 10667, 1992 --
1992 US
BLACK TOP CD-BT-1071/BT-1071 CAROL FRAN & CLARENCE HOLLIMON: SOUL SENSATION  (CD/CS)
Bring It On Home To Me - Old Folks Jam / This Little Light
(recorded at Ultrasonic Studios, New Orleans, LA, September 1991 feat. James "Thunderbird" Davis:vcl)
1992 US
BLACK TOP CD-BT-1075/BT-1075 CAROL FRAN & CLARENCE HOLLIMON: SOUL SENSATION  (CD/CS)
If I Had My Life To Live Over
1992 US
BLACK TOP CD-BT-1078 V/A: SOUL SURVEY - A BLUES SAMPLER  (CD)
The Dark End Of The Street
1992 US
BLACK TOP CD-BT-1116 V/A: BLUES COSTUME PARTY  (CD)
What Else Is There To Do (informal rehearsal) / Hubert Sumlin with James "Thunderbird" Davis & Darrell Nulisch: I Don't Wanna Hear About Yours
1995 US
ST. CLAIR ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, INC. EXL20352/CBL25262 V/A: THE GREAT SINGERS, VOL.2  (CD)
Carol Fran with James "Thunderbird" Davis: Bring It On Home To Me - Old Folks Jam
1997 CAN
BLACK TOP ECONO-LINE BTEL-7005 V/A: BLACK TOP - BAYOU STATE BOOGIE  (CD)
Case Of Love
1997 HOL
DISKY DOU 882502 V/A: BLUES FOR YOU  (2-CD)
Blue Monday
1997 HOL
TIME LIFE MUSIC R859-17 V/A: TEXAS & WEST COAST BLUES CLASSICS  (CD)
Blue Monday
1998 US
HIP-O HPD-40125 V/A: ONE NATION UNDER THE BLUES  (CD)
You Did Me Wrong
1998 US
EASYDISC ED CD 7058 V/A: BLUES JOINT  (CD)
Check-Out Time
1998 HOL
EASYDISC/CRS ED 7071 V/A: SWING IS THE THING  (CD)
Bloodshot Eyes
1999 HOL
BLACK CATS BCCD 155 (unofficial release) V/A: IT'S A SOUTHERN SOUL THING, VOL.10  (CD)
Your Turn To Cry
200? CAN
DUKE CD-408 (unofficial release) V/A: THE DUKE OF SOUL, VOLUME 8  (CDR)
Chains Around My Heart / Your Turn To Cry
200?
STYLETONE CD-399 (unofficial release) V/A: I HAVEN'T GOT A FRIEND - 60'S BLUES OF LONELINESS AND MISERY  (CDR)
Blue Monday
200?
SOUL FROM THE VAULTS SFTV 5 (unofficial release) V/A: A DEEP DIP INTO TEXAS SOUL, VOL.1  (CD)
Ain't It Great
200?
GOLDMINE SOUL SUPPLY GSCD194 V/A: NORTHERN SOUL OF TEXAS  (CD)
Ain't It Great
2006 UK
P-VINE PCD-93157 HUBERT SUMLIN: HUBERT SUMLIN'S BLUES PARTY  (CD)
Cathy Marie
(feat. James "Thunderbird" Davis:vcl)
2008 JPN
BEAR FAMILY BCD 16923 CP V/A: PLUG IT IN! TURN IT UP! - ELECTRIC BLUES - THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION! PART 3 - 1960-1969  (3-CD)
Blue Monday
2011 GER
YAMA TNR-031 (unofficial release) V/A: R&B HUMDINGERS, VOLUME NINE  (CD)
Come To The Rock'n'Roll
2011 US
ONE DAY MUSIC DAY3CD043 V/A: I PITY THE FOOL - THE DUKE RECORDS STORY  (3-CD)
I'm Gonna Tell It On You
2011 UK
ROCKBEAT RBCD3269 V/A: BLACKTOP BLUES-A-RAMA - LIVE FROM TIPITINA'S NEW ORLEANS 1977-1989  (2-CD)
If I Had My Life To Live Over
2014 US
HISTORY OF SOUL HOS3 V/A: TEXAS SOUL '64  (LP)
Chains Around My Heart
2015 UK
HISTORY OF SOUL HOS6 V/A: TEXAS SOUL '65  (LP)
Your Turn To Cry
2016 UK


                                                      

© Compiled by Pete Hoppula

Published sources: The Blues Discography 1943-1970 (Les Fancourt & Bob McGrath, 2006)  

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