Blind John Davis, a Blues piano legend on Chicago’s West
Side, accompanied many great blues musicians on their
records, but released few of his own. Born in 1913, in
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, his family moved to Chicago in
1916 making that his home since the age of three. He lost
his sight at age nine and was playing piano by his early
His father ran several speakeasies during the 1920s. As a
teenager, he begged to play the piano and to be an
entertainer. He learned blues, jazz and boogie woogie from
the performers in his father`s establishments, he also
became a fixture at the now famous rent parties.
Davis formed his first group in 1933, Johnny Lee’s Music
Masters, which evolved into Johnny Davis’ Rhythm Boys.
This group was widely traveled and by 1940 had acquired
quite a reputation and repertoire of material