(April 30, 1896-May 5, 1972)
Born in Laurens, South Carolina
Blues and gospel singer
Played guitar, banjo and harmonica
Also recorded as Blind Gary Davis
Ordained as Baptist minister (1937)
Songs include 'Cocaine Blues,' 'Candy Man,' 'You Gotta Move,' 'Baby, Let Me Follow You Down,' 'If I Had My Way,' 'Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning,' 'The Angel's Message to Me' and 'Death Don't Have No Mercy'
Why he might be annoying
He would constantly change the details of his life in interviews, making writing a biography of him a bitch.
Despite preferring to be considered a gospel artist, his best known songs are secular ones, like 'Cocaine Blues' (covered by Jackson Browne) and 'Baby, Let Me Follow You Down' (covered by Bob Dylan).
A musician noted, 'Once, Buffy Ste. Marie was touring with Rev. Gary Davis, and the Reverend was spending the entire tour trying to feel her up. Pretending to fall out of the car -- whatever he could do.' (Similarly, another musician observed, 'For a blind man he could sure find a woman's parts real easy.')
Despite being blind, he would sometimes settle disputes with concert promoters by whipping out a pistol and waving it around.
Why he might not be annoying
He went blind as an infant.
His finger-picking guitar style influenced Jerry Garcia, Ry Cooder and Jorma Kaukonen.
He was rediscovered during the 60s folk revival and played the 1963 Newport Folk Festival.
Even after becoming a successful recording artist, he continued to give $5 guitar lessons at his home, which would sometimes last all day and include dinner.
Credit: C. Fishel
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Year In Review:
For 2017, as of last week, Out of 1 Votes: 100% Annoying
In 2016, Out of 3 Votes: 100% Annoying
In 2015, Out of 3 Votes: 100% Annoying
In 2014, Out of 7 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
In 2013, Out of 9 Votes: 33.33% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 7 Votes: 71.43% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 13 Votes: 61.54% Annoying
In 2010, Out of 9 Votes: 33.33% Annoying
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