Not only did Andy Davis love entertaining people of all ages he also shared the same birth date with Elvis Presley. Andy is a veteran of the United States Air Force and has a great love and support for Veterans everywhere.
Andy’s first music job was playing piano for the Long Horn Ball Room in Dallas, Texas, in 1978. The owner Dewy Groom was like a father in a way, says Andy. This is where he met Bob Wills Jr. who made Davis his lead vocalist for the now defunct Western Playboys. Andy recorded his first album with Mr. Wills the next year which never released but had three Davis tunes included.
In 1980 Andy became a bus driver with Dallas Transit Systems known today as DART, Dallas Area Rapid Transit. Shortly thereafter he earned the nickname “The Singing Bus Driver”. While as a driver, Andy met and collaborated some of his early works with his new friend Ray Winkler, writer of the song “Welcome to My World.” Ray would later introduce Andy to Phil York. Phil engineered Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger Album in 1983. Andy recalls watching Willie as a kid on the Bill Mack, Fort Worth Jamboree, a local show in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Andy says he was truly blessed by the people that surrounded him. A passenger friend of Andy’s Dallas Bus introduced him to Mike Patterson he said his musical life changed dramatically. Mike was the best arranger/conductor I had ever been around. Mike began to put some great arrangements around my tunes and by 1985 I was fortunate enough to record my first solo album, “You Are The Most Beautiful Star” and treasured what was our second release “Only Half My Heart” in 1986. “I was very fortunate to have worked with these great people”, “I would never have had this kind of opportunity otherwise”, says Andy. Andy says he gives credit to those great men around him, Mike Patterson – Arranger/Conductor, Phil York - Engineer and DH Brooks – producer and also was the father of singer Karen Brooks who also is a Dallas native.
This song “Only Half My Heart” just grows on you and it’s also a hit with the locals, recalls Bill Baum of KVCM radio in Colorado City, TX, Davis’s second home. Bill, said that usually the B side of a single is not that good but that “She’s Gone Away Somewhere” could be a release on its’ own. The one thing I liked about Andy, he was just content with whatever he had or did and he was a humble guy. Joyce Smith says, “Had the internet been around then like it is today, who knows just how far he could have grown”. It's here now! WOW!
In the Dallas Times Herald November 18, 1989 issue, Curtis Austin wrote, “His service will never need a tune-up”. It doesn’t matter if you’re an old fan or a new fan of Andy we’d love to hear from you and hope you’ll come back for more!
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