1-CD-Album Digipak (4-plated) with 60-page booklet, 34 tracks. Playing time approx. 82 mns.
The complete OKeh/Columbia and Starday recordings of this classic Texas singer collected together for the first time, most from the original master tapes. Includes the version of Big Mamou that became a country-Cajun standard. Comes with four unissued OKeh sides, and two alternate takes from Starday masters. Contains a newly researched biography of Link Davis by Andrew Brown, with rare unpublished photos from the Link Davis family.
Link Davis began in the Fifties as a forward-looking white R&B singer and saxophonist, recording a storming version of Good Rockin' Tonight five years before Elvis Presley's supposedly ground-breaking attempt at the same song. Link Davis then morphed into a Cajun fiddler, scoring a big regional hit with the ancient-sounding waltz 'Big Mamou', which helped introduce America to Cajun music. By mid-decade, when rock 'n' roll came along and forced most of his country music friends into early retirement, Link Davis instead re-emerged as a born-again rocker, cutting some of his most memorable records.