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