“Join in the Rock-n-Roll fun and memories on Saturday July 26th, when we welcome Hall-of-Famer, Billy Davis. The Bektash Shrine Center on Pembroke Rd in Concord will be rocking and rolling from 7-11pm. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased from the Bektash Shrine (#603.225.5372).
Doo-Wopp producer and entertainer, Harvey Robbins, is bringing the memories of the 1950s and 60s to NH with Billy Davis. Mr. Davis took up the guitar and formed Billy Davis and The Upsetters in 1956 – a hot little group managed by a young Berry Gordy. Eighteen months later he was spotted by Hank Ballard who persuaded him to join the Midnighters. Together they recorded hit after hit and toured the country incessantly and it was during this time that he first met and befriended his close friend the young Jimi Hendrix in Seattle.
Drafted into the army in 1962 he handed both his guitar and place in The Midnighters over to Hendrix and spent the next two years in Korea. Rejoining the Midnighters for a three year stint Billy then moved to New York and quickly became a sought after session guitarist, recording behind a multitude of artists like Joe Tex, Isley Brothers, Drifters, Ben E King and Millie Jackson and for numerous companies such as Atlantic, Budda, Dial and Polydor. In 1974 he moved back to Detroit and got out of the music business. Nine years later, together with Hank Ballard, they reformed the Midnighters and cashed in on the oldies circuit, which eventually led them to their last hurrah at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1987. From them on he laid down his guitar, apart from gigs in local bars just for the fun of it, until in 2004 when he was coaxed out of retirement by No Cover Records and recorded the extremely well received ‘Blue Teardrops’ album.
A sampling of Billy Davis' talent -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-LzhNWsH7I
Grab your favorite girl, hitch up your bobby socks and poodle skirts, then slap on those blue suede shoes – join us at the Bektash Shrine Center for an evening stroll down memory lane.
This concert is open to the public and everyone is invited! Proceeds to benefit the Shriner’s Burn Hospital in Boston.”
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