Belle Davis (1874-)
Last updated: 10.10.23
p_davisb.jpgAccording to the Internet sources given below, Belle Davis was an Afro-American song and dance artist, entertainer, choreographer, and director born in Chicago, Illinois (or New Orleans, Louisiana).
Billed "The Queen of Ragtime Singers", she was a member of Sam T. Jack's The Creole Show in 1891 and then The Octroons before moving to England in 1901.
She toured Europe extensively between 1901 and 1929 recording and performing with her Piccaninnies. She was described as a mezzo-soprano; tall black girl, native from New Orleans, very beautiful and that Piccaninnies used to tap-dance and play harmonica.
In 1925 she was the choreographer at the "Casino de Paris" Music Hall.
Her whereabouts and demise after returning to USA in 1938 remain unknown.
url15.gif Belle Davis and Her Piccaninnies Biography by Rainer E. Lotz  
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     Title Remarks Supplier
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cd15.gif  Music Hall   flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
     Title Attribution Instruments Source Remarks
pdf15.gif I Ain't A-Goin to Weep No More (1900) H. von Tilzer (music)
Geo. Totten Smith (words)
Belle Davis (perf.)
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     Composer Title Performer
youtube15.jpg H. Cannon Just Because She Made Dem Goo-Goo Eyes (1900) (2:05) Belle Davis
youtube15.jpg W.H. Penn The Honeysuckle and the Bee (1901) (2:37) Belle Davis
This list is arranged by composer and contains 8 works performed by Belle Davis who is featured on sheet music covers. It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: (w&m) ER
     Title Composer Attribution Remarks
perf15.jpg Just Because She Made Dem Goo Goo Eyes - Song (1900) Hughie Cannon John Queen (words)
Belle Davis (perf.)
perf15.jpg Ain't I Yer Honey Boy No More? (1896) Gussie Lord Davis(w&m) Belle Davis (perf.) Pub.
perf15.jpg I'm Tired of Dodging Dat Installment Man (1899) Lawrence Deas Jack Wilson (words)
Belle Davis (perf.)
perf15.jpg Honeysuckle and the Bee (1901), The William H. Penn Alb. H. Fitz (words)
Belle Davis (perf.)
Della Fox (perf.)
Lulu Glaser (perf.)
Margaret Lee (perf.)
Ellaline Terriss (perf.)
perf15.jpg Ma Rainbow Coon - Song (1900) Alfred Baldwin Sloane Clay Meredith Green (words)
Belle Davis (perf.)
perf15.jpg He's Got to Be a Lamp-Black Cullud Man (1900ca) Alfred Baldwin Sloane Jean C. Havez (words)
Belle Davis (perf.)
perf15.jpg I Ain't A-Goin to Weep No More (1900) Harry von Tilzer Geo. Totten Smith (words)
Emma Carus (perf.)
Belle Davis (perf.)
perf15.jpg He Ain't No Relation O' Mine (1898) Ned Wayburn(w&m) Belle Davis (perf.) Pub.