Agent Double-O-Soul - Feature on Melvin Davis by Michael Hurtt
Thanks to Rob W for passing on word that Melvin Davis was recently featured in the Detroit Metro Times.
A brief clip of the article follows below, well worth hitting the link and viewing the full article as you will find not only some great photos to go with the article but also a sound clip of an interview with Melvin as well.
By Michael Hurtt
The song, pressed on the local Wheel City label, is one of the most obscure in the history of recorded Detroit soul music. Yet when the band breaks into its intro, the packed house of testifying dancers erupts, and when Melvin Davis sings that first line, they're right there with him. They know every word. It's uplifting. It's soulful. It's downright spiritual.
Thirty-seven years after its 500-copy run sank without a trace in 1965, 5,000 " yes, 5,000 " Melvin Davis fans are flipping Wales' Prestatyn Soul Weekender on its collective ear. To this throng of music fanatics, DJs and record collectors, the song in question, "Find a Quiet Place (and be Lonely)," is an anthem, and its rarity has only amplified its legend.
Davis turns in an electrifying set. Then he signs autographs, just as he does after other overseas shows (most recently this past June). Later, he presides over a panel discussion that gives fans a glimpse of what it was like to be a full-fledged participant in one of the most astounding music scenes of all time. His even-keeled outlook, lucid memory, outgoing nature and philosophical perspective make him a natural ambassador for both his city and its music....
full article can be viewed at
along with recent photos and a sound clip of a recent radio interview