This Bernard Davis is one guy who never spent a New Year's Eve alone with his tuba. He was one of the original stalwart members of Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians, meaning the oomph that he put into the oomph-pah-pah with his tuba has no doubt been heard by millions of sets of ears, most of which belonged to people who were too drunk to remember anything. Davis' participation in landmark events of entertainment such as the original 1938 radio broadcast of Irving Berlin's "Alexander's Ragtime Band" is not a memory that will dribble away in the alcoholic fog, though, at least not to nostalgia buffs.
But to not let this artist's stature get puffed up beyond all proportions, it should definitely be pointed out that he is not the same Bernie Davis who played viola on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and was also much too old to be the guy with the same name who played drums on Mariah Carey sessions in the '90s.
That is not to suggest that this tuba player was never featured on a hit, however. While most everything recorded in the '30s is of the vintage to have the word "classic" attached as casually as an inspection sticker on airplane luggage, surely the sides cut by Bing Crosby with backup from the Lombardo organization actually deserve such praise. These records include an especially addictive recording of "You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me." The Vintage label has released a CD version of the aforementioned Irving Berlin broadcast, but the sound quality might not be good enough to allow a detailed inspection of Davis' tuba tone.