Melvin Davis and The United Sounds

Melvin Davis and The United Sounds

 Detroit, Michigan, USA
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Melvin Davis is an elder statesman of Detroit rock n roll, r & b, and soul. A typical Melvin show exudes high-energy and positive good times. His skilled and rehearsed band features members young and old; together, they put on a rocking celebration of Detroit's legacy and future.

Biography

Singer, songwriter, and musician, Melvin Davis is an elder statesman of Detroit rock n roll, r & b, and northern soul. He was a member of the Motown house band, toured with Smokey Robinson, recorded with the MC5, and has been covered by popular modern rock bands.
Melvin's first musical memories include listening to Little Richard and The Upsetters performing in a juke joint on his grandparent's farm in Georgia. From there, Melvin went on to cover a lot of ground in the bustling soul, rock and funk scenes of Detroit in the 60's and 70's.
Included in his current band, The United Sounds, is pianist, Mckinley Jackson. Jackson Has worked with many industry legends and received album credits as arranger of Marvin Gaye's Sexual Healing album.
The rest of the United Sounds include devoted music lovers and studied musicians. Guitarist, Matt Thibedeaux has a degree in jazz studies from Wayne State University, Drew Schultz has a degree in percussion from New York University, while Todd Boschma and Adam Stanfel have spent years playing in rock, garage, and r & b bands in and around Detroit.

Discography

Melvin Davis has a long recording history. Late in the fall of 2010, Vampi Soul, a label out of Madrid, Spain, released a compilation lp and cd of many of Melvin's 60's recordings. Also in 2010, New York City's Norton records released two previously unissued recordings from the early 60's on limited edition 45 rpm discs. A version of Melvin's song, "Chains of Love" was enthusiastically covered by Detroit garage rockers, The Dirtbombs. Their version was included in the award winning movie, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly."

Partial Historical discography:
Singles & EPs
Wedding Bells / It's No News (7") Ke Ke 1963
Melvin Davis (2) With Nite Sounds, The - I Won't Be Your Fool / Playboy (7") Fortune Records (2) 1963
I Must Love You / Still In My Heart (7") Groovesville 1966
Save It (Never Too Late) / This Love Was Meant To Be ? (3 versions) Mala Records 1968
Save It (Never Too Late) / This Love Was Meant To Be (7") Mala Records 1968
Save It (Never Too Late) / This Love Was Meant To Be (7", Promo) Mala Records 1968
Save It (Never Too Late) / This Love Was Meant To Be (7") Action 1969
I'm Worried / Just As Long (7") Invictus 1972
You Made Me Over / I'm Worried ? (2 versions) Invictus 1973
You Made Me Over / I'm Worried (7") Invictus 1973
You Made Me Over / I'm Worried (7", Promo) Invictus 1973
Double Or Nothin (7", Promo) Rock Mill Records 1976
Saving Myself For You / Wacky World (7", Promo) Rock Mill Records 1983
Cash Flow (7", Promo) Rock Mill Records 1985
Double Or Nothin / You Can't Run Away (7") Rock Mill Records 1991

Recent Re-issues:

I Won't Come Crawling Back To You / I Don't Want You (7") Norton Records (2) 2010
Find A Quiet Place (And Be Lonely) (7") Wheel City Unknown
Melvin Davis (2) / John Hampton (2) - Find A Quiet Place (And Be Lonely) / Not My Girl (7", RE) Goldmine Soul Supply, Goldmine Soul Supply Unknown

Detroit Soul Ambassador (LP, Comp)

Set List

Chains Of Love
This Aint The Way
Find A Quiet Place
Wedding Bells
Won't Come Crawlin' Back
Communicate