Tyrone Davis began his radio career in 1972 in Laurel, Mississippi. He spent several years in Lafayette, Louisiana. From Lafayette he moved to Memphis and did promotions for Malaco Records. Tyrone believes “everyone experiences the blues” he says “it’s just a way of life, from the corns on your feet to getting that pay check on Friday and heading to the blues club. It’s just a way of life”.
Happy Birthday Tyrone “Da Don Davis”!
THE HEAT: Tyrone “Da Don” Davis, how’s everything going?
DA DON: Everything’s good…I can’t complain about anything.
THE HEAT: We’ve been trying to catch up with you for a minute. You’ve been busy.
DA DON: Well, I’m sure everybody’s busy at this stage.
THE HEAT: They better be in today’s times or get left behind.
DA DON: Yeah, I’m just doing my thang. This coming June it’ll be “forty” years.
THE HEAT: Wow! What a great feat in life to have accomplished. Much love to you in your dedication to the love of music. You are one of the reason’s I love what I do. Meeting people who have a love for music. You are the top Blues DJ on the radio right now, congratulations.
DA DON: Thank you. I’m glad that you thank I am. It’s an honor that you would even say that. I’m not sure that statement is true, but nevertheless, I thank you for saying that.
THE HEAT: I mean given your ratings and your status quo in the radio industry, I don’t think there are many that would dispute that. Especially since you recently received the 2011 JUS BLUES AWARD FOR BEST BLUES & SOUL RADIO SHOW.
DA DON: Since you put it like that, I guess it could be true. (we giggle) I’m with a great network. We’re syndicated in over forty markets. Recently welcoming: WIGO Atlanta, GA & KCOH Houston, TX. Our other larger markets are Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, Birmingham, AL, and the list goes on and on.
THE HEAT: I’m often criticized from the younger generation when I try to educate them on the fact that if it weren’t for the Blues, we’d have no music at all. What’s your take on that?
DA DON: I think that this genre of music is really on the upswing. I recently read an article where Gail King, OperaWinfrey friend, said that her favorite music was this genre of music, one in particular, Mel Waiters. She said that she was introduced to the Blues by Bruce Springsteen, isn’t that something. I think this genre of music is really on an upswing. It’s just like that New Orleans “bounce” was about fifteen or so years ago. You can look at how things have grown for them. I think this music is really getting ready to take off.
THE HEAT: This is why people like you are so vitally important to the continuous movement of Blues/Southern Soul music. If it weren’t for DJ’s, to go along with the Blues, where would we be? (we laugh)
DA DON: Gotta love the DJ’s!
THE HEAT: It is always a pleasure to search through the crevices of the worlds shakers and bakers, from what the new generation is calling, “The Sip”, (Mississippi), especially from my hometown Laurel, MS, where so many legends and stars are born, to shout out to them and say, “Hey, I see you and I love what you’re doing! Keep it moving little L.A.”.
DA DON: Yeah, over 40 years ago I started loving the airwaves in Laurel, Ms.
THE HEAT: So when you go home and visit, are you swamped with youngsters wanting to get some of that knowledge you have acquired in your career as a disc jockey?
DA DON: Not one! I can’t believe it either. I can remember “The Great Ookie Dookie” was a DJ in New Orleans, we didn’t get a chance to really talk but we talked some and I took what I needed to help me. Not one youngster from home has ever approached me about a career as a successful DJ. If you know of anyone please send them my way, I want to pass this knowledge on to them.
THE HEAT: Sounds fantastic. That’s love. Most people are selfish and want to hoard what they know and how they got to be who they are hindering others. I love the fact that you’re much like me; willing to share.
DA DON: I’m here for those who want it.
THE HEAT: Sounds great. Is there anything you want to leave us with to pass on to the fans or the artist from “The Heats” #1 Blues/Southern Soul DJ?
DA DON: American Blues Network is doing well. There’s one thing I want to leave to the artist. Please, the only way this music is going to grow, your production has to grow with it. Make sure you get the best quality sound you can get. Many artist wonder why their music doesn’t get played on the radio, for me, it’s because the quality of the sound isn’t it’s best.
THE HEAT: Now that you’ve mentioned that. Where can someone get in touch with you in reference to getting their music on your show?
DA DON: They can contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll listen and see what we can do and I will have an opinion.
THE HEAT: Da Don, don’t be a stranger to The Heat. Come back and keep us posted with what’s happening in the Southern Soul world so we can bridge the gap of what the artist is saying is a style of music that needs rejuvenating and you, the DJ, saying it’s on an upswing.
DA DON: Well to that I have one last thing, I’m a glass half full type of guy, I’m not a glass half empty. I think the guys who don’t see the music growing, their glass is half empty, not half full, that’s where I’m coming from. (he giggles)
THE HEAT: Before we get out of here, I just want to be one of the first to congratulate you on your up coming 2nd year Anniversary. May you and your lovely wife be blessed with many years in the riches of health, happiness, and prosperity and always walk in your journey together hand-in-hand.
DA DON: Thank you, I appreciate that and it’s a beautiful thing being married to the beautiful woman I have. Thank you Nik and The Heat for recognizing me and my continued efforts in radio supporting Blues/Southern Soul. It’s a great thing you guys are doing over there. Keep up the great work.
Tyrone “Da Don” Davis, congratulations on 40 years of giving us great Blues & Southern Soul music! Happy Anniversary!
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Much Love! One Love!
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