DETROIT (PRNewswire) – Roll through the credits for the 1968 hit “Whose Making Love” and the mega-hit “Disco Lady” and the name Don Davis pops up as producer. Davis, a Grammy Award-winning producer who made historical contributions to the music industry, died Thursday after a brief illness. He was 75.
A lifelong entrepreneur, Davis was CEO and chairman of First Independence Bank, Michigan’s only African-American owned and operated commercial bank, with multiple branches around the City of Detroit. With $204 million in assets (as of Dec. 31, 2013), First Independence Bank ranks as one of the top ranked African-American owned banks in the United States, according to Black Enterprise Magazine.
Many knew Davis for his pioneering musical work at Motown Records, his independent label Groovesville Music/BMI, and for his success as an independent, Detroit music producer and hit-making executive at Stax Records.
Davis’ compositions included many that became Billboard chart-topping, platinum-selling hits. He was known for his work with music artist Johnnie Taylor, where he worked as the producer and songwriter on “Whose Making Love.” In his musical career, which spanned 60 years, his long lasting music has been sampled by many artists, including Destiny’s Child and rap mogul Jay-Z. He produced the history making “Disco Lady,” which was the first single ever to be certified Billboard Platinum.
And acknowledged leader in Detroit’s business community for almost five decades, Davis leaves his wife Kiko, and three children.
Swanson Funeral Home in Detroit has charge.