Posted by themusicsover on August 26, 2012
September 19, 1934 – August 9, 2012
Carl Davis was an acclaimed record producer and one of the architects of the “Chicago Sound” – Chicago soul music of the 1960s. Davis began his music career as the assistant to a local Chicago disc jockey in 1955. During the early ’60s, he went to work at Nat Records where he produced a regional hit, “Nite Owl,” for the DuKays. He followed that up with “Duke Of Earl” which was credited to the group’s lead singer, Gene Chandler. The song quickly became a #1 hit and one of the biggest selling records of the era. Davis went on to produce hits like “Monkey Time” for Major Lance, Jackie Wilson’s “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher,” Barbara Acklin’s “Love Makes A Woman, and the Chi-Lites’ “Oh Girl” to name a few. In 1976, Davis founded Chi Sounds Records which he ran well into the 2000s. Carl Davis was 77 when he died of pulmonary fibrosis on August 9, 2012.
Thanks Henk de Bruin for the assist.