Eddy Davis - The Manhattan Ministrel

Eddy has passed away, and I thought we must just do something to honor him.

I was thinking about digitalizing his whole library of Youtube. Does someone want to help out?

Thank you


  • Posts: 75

    I wish I was helpful but alas I don’t have the ability nor time for that kind of thing. I will say I’ve watched and learned from Eddie Davis since I started learning tenor at 17 years old over 10 years ago and would love to see this work done.

  • Posts: 4

    You could help us to start to transcribe some of his music on a piece of paper... I can digitize them...

  • Lango-DjangoLango-Django Niagara-On-The-Lake, ONModerator
    edited May 2023 Posts: 1,857

    I’m a plectrum player but always enjoyed Eddie’s many contributions to the BHO.

    Somewhere in my basement I have a couple of LP’s from Eddy’s early days.


    PS And also… how about a shoutout to all the other closet banjo players who may be lurking out there…?

    Paul Cezanne: "I could paint for a thousand years without stopping and I would still feel as though I knew nothing."

    Edgar Degas: "Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.... To draw, you must close your eyes and sing."

    Georges Braque: "In art there is only one thing that counts: the bit that can’t be explained."
  • plankityplankity CTNew
    edited May 2023 Posts: 108

    Hey! I only recently started checking out Eddy - and have begun digging in on a nice tenor banjo which I picked up for a song. I'm playing DGbe (Chicago tuning) bare fingered -- looking to continue a project from pre-pandemic times with tuba, trombone, clarinet, and guitar (now tenor banjo)

    Maybe we should start a tenor banjo topic/category? @Jack told me he's been playing his tenor

    pictured: 1928 B & D Special #1

  • Posts: 4

    I play CGDA, the tuning Eddy used. But I can't transcribe his whole thing all by myself, as Irving Berling would say...

    Would it not be better if we team up by email? I don't know how this "topic" here works...

    Let me know

  • plankityplankity CTNew
    Posts: 108

    I was recently gifted with a zip file containing 3.4 GB of videos (mainly mp4 but a few FLV) of Eddy's postings - in case anything happens, I have those off-line should anyone need something, I probably have it.

  • plankityplankity CTNew
    Posts: 108

  • Posts: 4

    Just read this comment. Can you upload it there?

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