A songwriter, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist, New Orleans native George Davis was a member of the Hawketts, who recorded the classic Crescent City hit "Mardi Gras Mambo" for the Chess label. Additionally, he played on numerous sessions, including the ones that birthed Willie Tee's "Teasin' You" and Lee Dorsey's version of Allen Toussaint's "Working in the Coal Mine." Around the time those songs were released, Davis teamed with saxophonist Alvin "Red" Tyler and ex-school teacher Warren Parker to start a production company. Davis' childhood friend Aaron Neville was their first signee. Songwriting partner Lee Diamond gave Davis a song idea, basically a title, for him to work on. The idea developed into "Tell It Like It Is," recorded by Neville. Davis shopped the song to record labels in New Orleans and New York, but it was ...
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