Final Notes, Clyde Davis

Musician Clyde Davis died on March 15, at the age of 75, in Greensboro, North Carolina. A native of Piedmont North Carolina, Davis was a Korean War Veteran, having served as a Specialist Third Class in the Army’s 123rd Signal Battalion. Coming home to North Carolina after the war, he would work in a variety of professions throughout his life, and develop his considerable talents for the restoration and repair of antique automobiles and campers, hit-and-miss engines, and musical instruments. Davis served the northern Piedmont’s musical community for many years, first working as a manager, instrument repairman, and piano tuner, with C. B. Ellis Music Company in Burlington, and later, as proprietor of his own Clyde Davis Music Repair. Also an accomplished musician, Davis, with his wife Pammy, played with Mebane fiddler Joe Thompson. They were featured on guitar and bass, respectively, on Thompson’s 1999 album Family Tradition. The Davises were also members of the old-time band Old Blue, with Rich Hartness, Tolly Tollefson, and Greg Osteen.

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