Monday, June 9, 2008

Frederick

Frederick (born Frederick Millard Davis on April 7, 1957) is an R&B singer from the 80s. He started singing and playing musical instruments when he was 10 years old.

He was a member of a band called the Soul Reactions during high school which broke up when Frederick joined the Navy.

Frederick took up boxing, training with the Navy Olympic Boxing team. After his discharge from the Navy, he started singing again, becoming a regular at gong & talent shows held at the Sir Rah House and the Native Son Lounge, winning 1st prize many times.

A witness to Frederick's talent recommended him to record producer & owner of Time Traxx Productions, Le Rey Ruffin.
Frederick cut a demo of "Gentle (Calling Your Name)" when local djs Jeffrey Charles & Lynn Tolliver visited Time Traxx Productions, heard the tape and convinced Le Rey to let them take it with them to listen later.

To their amazement, Jeffrey played Frederick's demo on his number one-rated quiet storm music program, "For Lovers Only" on WZAK that same evening. The phone lines ended up going crazy that night and the next day as well & people were searching record stores trying to buy the song.

The song managed to peak at #108 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #48 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks. Le Rey convinced Frederick to sign a one-year record deal with Time Traxx and got Akron, Ohio record label Heat Records to release and distribute "Gentle."

There were problems with the arrangement. A female singer, Janice Dowlen never signed a contract with Time Traxx and instead Heat Records owner, James McCants convinced her to sign a long-term exclusive contract with his label. Frederick never signed anything with Heat Records and would only commit to a one-year deal with Time Traxx Productions.

While touring to promote the single, Frederick went to many cities where record store owners complained about not being able to get copies. Because Frederick never signed a contract with Heat Records, James McCants wouldn't allow Janice Dowlen to tour with him.
In 1985, Heat Records released Frederick's debut album. Two more singles were released from the album: "Games" (which did well in some areas and received some spins in England) and "Somebody Won't Sleep Tonight."
After Frederick's contract with Time Traxx Productions expired, he didn't renew it and chose to venture out on his own, but to little success. He released three 12-inch recordings "You're the Best (That Ever Happened)," "That Kind of Lady," and "Shoulder to Cry On."

Frederick also recorded a gospel song with Janice Dowlen in 1991 entitled "Find Your Way Home" shortly before she passed away of a heart attack.

In the 90s, he sang and played with a local music group called Eugene Ross & Company. He also had his own band, 1SU (or 1 Step Up). In 2003, Frederick joined the renowned Jerry Bruno Orchestra as a front man.
These days, he continues to perform live and in 2015, he released the single "I Can't Help But Love You".

To see Frederick's official website, go to:
http://www.frederickdavis.com/

To see a fan-made video for "Gentle (Calling Your Name)," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GOzirhE5eo

To see a fan-made video for "Somebody Won't Sleep Tonight," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-CmpBU5MUo

To see a fan-made video for "Games," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6i8_BRYlpvI


[updated on 04\19\2016]

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