Davis was born in a rural community twenty miles outside of Greenville, Mississippi to Willie Branch and Ora Lee Jones. He spent most of his formative years in Saginaw, Michigan, but moved to Chicago in 1959.
Working as a valet/chaffeur for blues singer Freddie King, he started singing in local clubs where he was discovered by record executive/musician Harold Burrage.
His early records for small record labels in the city failed to register. Successful Chicago record producer Carl… read more