Cyril Davies

Cyril Davies ( born January 23, 1932 in Denham, England; † January 7, 1964 in London) was a British blues musicians. He sang and played 12 string guitar but is best known for his harmonica playing. Davies is considered along with Alexis Korner and John Mayall as one of the fathers of the European blues. By his early death took his career to an abrupt end and he got more and more into oblivion.


Davies grew up in Denham and worked as a car mechanic before he went to London. The bluesfan Davies operating there along with Alexis Korner since 1955 the London Blues And Barrelhouse Club was previously a Skiffleclub, according to statements Alexis Korner 's the Skiffleclub was always full, but on the first evening of blues clubs only three people had come. , Of the nucleus of British blues movement was. Davies and Korner played together as a duo. With Korner Davies founded in 1961, the band Blues Incorporated, out of which were a number of well known blues and rock musicians and bands. In the London borough of Ealing they operated the Ealing Club, where she met with the blues scene and played together. Blues Incorporated often played in the club, as the opening act served no less than the Yardbirds and the Rolling Stones, who were then still very unknown and arrived first appearances by Davies and Korner.

1963 Davies left Blues Incorporated and Cyril Davies founded the ' All Stars. Korner wanted to bring a horn section in the band and go more towards jazz, blues purist Davies for an unacceptable step. As the successor to Graham Bond came to Blues Incorporated. Davies took with Blues Incorporated apart from a few singles only studio album R & B From The Marquee on, which is considered the first European blue plate. With the All Stars, he released two singles just once before his death. The All Stars had been most of the band of Screaming Lord Sutch.

Cyril Davies died in early 1964 from leukemia. Long John Baldry took the band under the name Hoochie Coochie Men on.


  • The Legendary Cyril Davies ( 1957)
  • Cyril Davies ( 1962)
  • R & B From The Marquee (1962 )
  • The Sound of Cyril Davies; EP ( 1964)
  • Dealing With The Devil: Immediate Blues, Vol 2 (1992 )
  • Stroll On ( 1992)