Don Davis

Date: 1983 January 28
Length: 124 min.
Call Number: OHC82


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 28
(2 hours, 4 minutes)
Musician and producer Don Davis talks about his career in country music, focusing on his experiences as a musician. Discussion includes working with the Pee Wee King band and the Tex Ritter band; working on the Grand Ole Opry as a staff musician; experiences working with various performers, including George Morgan and Ernest Tubb; the role of comedy in country shows; Roy Acuff’s style of showmanship; his musical influences; country music styles in the late 1940s and early 1950s; the country music audience of the 1940s; and changes at the Opry.