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Cow Cow Davenport
( born April 23, 1894, Anniston, Ala.;
died December 2, 1956, Cleveland, Ohio)

Cow Cow Davenport was one of the earliest boogie-woogie pianists. His walking bass figures and rag-flavored rhythms along with his trademark tune, "Cow Cow Blues," helped give life to the fledgling boogie-woogie piano style in the 1920s.

Davenport had some piano training as a youth but was mostly self-taught. Basing his early style on what he heard from ragtime piano players, Davenport worked with carnivals and vaudeville troupes, eventually creating an act called Davenport and Co. with singer Dora Carr. Together they played the TOBA (Theater Owners' Booking Association) circuit in the early 1920s and recorded together.

Although the duo was fairly successful, Carr left Davenport in the mid-'20s, after which Davenport wrote "Cow Cow Blues," one of the most popular boogie-woogie piano tunes ever recorded. Robert Santelli -- The Big Book of Blues : A Biographical Encyclopedia


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MY MUSICAL LIFE
By Carl P. McConnell

Mabel McConnell talks about the Carter Family, Doc & Carl,
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