Tuesday I talked with Deacon John (another unsung hero of New Orleans music) who sadly informed me that the great George Davis passed away. George Davis was a guitarist, bassist, and reedman who did numerous sessions for Instant, Minit, and NOLA records in the 1960s. You can hear him playing on most of the June Gardner and Smokey Johnson tracks including the guitar solo in It Ain't My Fault. That's him also on Willie Tee's Teasin' You and playing bass on Earl King's "Come On." However, his biggest claim to fame (and it's a big one) is that he co-wrote "Tell It Like It Is," Aaron Neville's smash classic hit. Davis also worked with Ernie K-Doe, Johnny Adams, Nancy Wilson, Jerry Butler, and others. Davis had been living in Atlanta for the last few years.
And RIP Earl Palmer.