Don Davis

Date: 1983 January 18
Length: 124 min.
Call Number: OHC81


Country musician, publisher, producer, and television personality. Career most active 1940s-1960s. Steel guitarist. Joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1945 as a member of Pee Wee King’s band. As a session musician he appeared on over 3,000 recordings. His producing credits include Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Lefty Frizzell.

Interview Summary

1983 January 18
(2 hours, 4 minutes)
Musician and producer Don Davis recalls his career in country music. Discussion includes brief childhood history; working for Pee Wee King; description of a Roy Acuff tent show; his development as a steel guitar player; description of the Pee Wee King band and show; playing on the Grand Ole Opry; recording sessions; his move from musician to publisher and then to producer; his view on changes in the country music industry; and an overview of working as a musician during the late 1940s.