Carl Davis (left) with The Chi-Lites
The iconic music producer who shaped what became known as "the Chicago Sound" died Thursday at his home in Summerville, S.C. He was 77 years old. Mr. Davis had been suffering from lung disease. Mr. Davis and wife Dedra Davis relocated from Chicago to South Carolina in 2009.Carl Davis left behind a legacy that included producing hits by Gene Chandler, Major Lance, Jackie Wilson, The Chi-Lites, Barbara Acklin and many more. RIP Carl Davis, but thanks for making the music happen.
Mr. Davis was one of the first African-American A&R directors and produced numerous hit songs for the Columbia Records subsidiary Okeh Records.
He was to Chicago soul music what the Chess brothers were to blues. - [Chicago Sun-Times]