Wailin’ Daddy: The Best Of Maxwell Davis 1945-1959

Maxwell Davis
FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
Release date: 24 Oct 2011


This is an important reissue and hopefully there will be a follow-up ."  IN A BLUE MOOD

'A superb collection with excellent sound'  ROOTS & RHYTHM


CAT No: FVTD130UPC TEXT: 5055311001302

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I think Phil [Spector] made some good records, but I know a lot of people who made better records and more of them, and no one knows who they are! Maxwell Davis…I doubt if you’ve ever heard that name – but Maxwell Davis made records, he was the quiet producer/arranger for the Mesner brothers at Aladdin, the Bihari brothers at Modern and Art Rupe at Specialty. Maxwell Davis must have made a hundred hits, not 12 or 17. And nobody knows who Maxwell Davis is today!Jerry LeiberWailin’ Daddy is the inaugural volume in our new Architects of Rock ’n’ Roll series tracing the forefathers of the Big Beat.

Fantastic Voyage is thrilled to be able to kick off this new series with the first ever overview of the Wizard of the West Coast: Wailin’ Maxwell Davis. His work as a saxophonist, bandleader, arranger and producer has earned him the title Father of West Coast R&B.CD1 is devoted to the best sides released by Davis in his own right between 1945 and 1956, while on CDs 2 & 3 R&B expert Dave Penny has concentrated on recordings (from the ’40s and ’50s respectively) on which Davis appears as accompanist, be it band member, session player or band leader…but always contributing an exciting tenor sax solo or two!The labels with which Davis was associated represent a stunning role call of the major players in Post war R&B: legendary indies such as Aladdin/Philo, Modern/RPM, Imperial/Colony , King/Federal, Exclusive/Excelsior, Specialty, Down Beat/Swing Time and Black & White, as well as major labels like Capitol, Decca/Brunswick, Mercury and RCA Victor, and smaller operations like Supreme, Pacific, Miltone and Chesterfield.

Likewise the artists with whom Davis worked reads like a Who’s Who of Post War blues and R&B: Helen Humes, Amos Milburn, Charles Brown, Floyd Dixon, Johnny Otis, Joe and Jimmy Liggins, Gene Phillips, Lloyd Glenn, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Big Joe Turner, Little Willie Littlefield, Pete Johnson, Lowell Fulson, T-Bone Walker, Louis Jordan, Percy Mayfield, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Etta James and B B King. Davis also fitted in comfortably with the jazz scene (Charlie Mingus, Marshal Royal, Jay McShann, Lee and Lester Young, Ray Anthony and June Christy) and the rock ’n’ rollers (Oscar McLollie, Dolly Cooper, Donna Hightower and Rusty McDonald).

Genre aficionados will appreciate the lesser names featured here and the rare, new-to-digital sides…some of which have never been reissued in any form until now!



  1. M T Boogie (Maxwell Davis)
  2. Lonesome Road Blues (Maxwell Davis)
  3. Honey Dripper (Maxwell Davis)
  4. Hung Out (Maxwell Davis)
  5. Th’ Adams Bop Hop (Maxwell Davis)
  6. September In The Rain (Maxwell Davis)
  7. Little White Lies (Maxwell Davis)
  8. Boogie Cocktails (Maxwell Davis)
  9. Belmont Special (Maxwell Davis)
  10. Bristol Drive (Maxwell Davis)
  11. Resistor (Maxwell Davis)
  12. Welcome Home Baby (Maxwell Davis)
  13. Get Out (Maxwell Davis)
  14. Hey, Good Lookin’ (Maxwell Davis)
  15. I’m Waiting Just For You (Maxwell Davis)
  16. I’ll Always Be In Love With You (Maxwell Davis)
  17. Blue Tango (Maxwell Davis)
  18. The Glory Of Love (Maxwell Davis)
  19. Popsicle (Maxwell Davis)
  20. Blue Shuffle (Maxwell Davis)
  21. Side Car (Maxwell Davis)
  22. The Way You Look Tonight (Maxwell Davis)
  23. Hot Point (Maxwell Davis)
  24. Strange Sensation (Maxwell Davis)
  25. Ooh! (Maxwell Davis)
  26. Look Sharp - Be Sharp (The Gillette March) (Maxwell Davis)
  27. Hey Boy (Maxwell Davis)
  28. Thunderbird (Maxwell Davis)
  29. Bluesville (Maxwell Davis)
  30. Tempo Rock (Maxwell Davis)
  31. Cool Diggin’ (Maxwell Davis)


  1. Riffin’ Without Helen (Helen Humes All Stars)
  2. Goody Goody Baby (Jo Evans)
  3. Hard Headed Woman Blues (Jo Jo Adams)
  4. Opus Five – Jake’s Jive (Jake Porter)
  5. Jump Safari (Jake Porter)
  6. It’s Better To Give Than To Receive (Helen Humes)
  7. Boogie Woogie Man (Mary De Pina )
  8. Effie’s Boogie (Effie Smith)
  9. Swingin’ An Echo (Charles Mingus Sextet)
  10. T-Town Jump (Geechie Smith)
  11. Big Legs (Gene Phillips)
  12. Love Awhile (Crown Prince Waterford)
  13. Jumpin’ With Lloyd (Lloyd Glenn All Stars)
  14. Without Me Baby (Gatemouth Brown)
  15. Don’t Talk Me To Death (Joe Turner)
  16. The Same Old Boogie (Betty Hall Jones)
  17. Half Tight Boogie (Pete Johnson Sextette)
  18. Cornshucks’ Blues (Little Miss Cornshucks)
  19. Call My Baby (Jimmy Witherspoon)
  20. Alligator Meat (Joe Swift)
  21. The Jumping Boogie Blues (Big Speed McDaniels)
  22. Gee (Mabel Scott)
  23. Jimmy’s Blues (Lowell Fulson)
  24. Peaceful Lovin’ (Felix Gross)
  25. Seeing Double (Lee Young Band)
  26. When I Had Money (Micky Cooper)
  27. Half Awoke (Percy Mayfield)
  28. Pot Luck Boogie (Amos Milburn)


  1. Waiting And Drinking (Calvin Boze)
  2. Real Lovin’ Mama (Floyd Dixon)
  3. He May Be Yours (Helen Humes)
  4. Going Back To New Orleans (Joe Liggins)
  5. Get High (La Melle Prince)
  6. Goodbye (Meredith Howard)
  7. Chico’s Boogie (Red Callender Sextette)
  8. Let The Back Door Hit You (Peppermint Harris)
  9. Welcome Blues (T-Bone Walker)
  10. Mr Juice Head (Eddie Johnson)
  11. Wailin’ Daddy (Mabel Scott)
  12. Some Folks Do (June Christy)
  13. Blow, Man, Blow! (Ray Anthony Orchestra)
  14. Rock Heart’s Blues (Rock Heart Johnson)
  15. Talk To Me (Bob Williams)
  16. Cry Hard Luck (Jimmy Nelson)
  17. Loose Lips (Percy Mayfield)
  18. Pachuko Hop (Ike Carpenter Orchestra)
  19. Hog Wash (Louis Jordan)
  20. I’m Hurt (Clarence Garlow)
  21. I Want Your Loving (Earl Curry)
  22. I’m In Love (B B King)
  23. Shtiggy Boom (Patti Anne)
  24. Dirty Pool (Rusty McDonald)
  25. Flip Your Daddy (The Cocoas)
  26. Hot Banana (Oscar McLollie)
  27. I Ain’t Gonna Hush (Cordella De Milo)
  28. Mary Lou (Young Jessie)
  29. Cross-Eyed Suzie Lee (George Smith)
  30. Kansas City (Little Willie Littlefield)