Sonny Davis to appear in Charleston

Will sign photos at Music Hall of Fame store

The Davis Twins, from left, Honey and Sonny, a mandolin-and-guitar vocal duo that bridged the gap between country and rockabilly, were an integral part of the West Virginia music scene from the 1940s-1970s. They are best known as regulars on the “The Sleepy Jeffers Show,” which aired on Charleston station WCHS-TV in the 1960s. (Photo Provided)

CHARLESTON — Sonny Davis, one-half of brother-sister duo The Davis Twins, will be at the W.Va. Music Hall of Fame’s exhibit/store in the Charleston Town Center Mall from 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

Celebrating their career, Sonny, 92, will be signing photos and telling stories while The Davis Twins’ music plays.

Also, the WVMHoF’s “Guit-Art” exhibit will be across the hall, a collection of vintage guitars and amplifiers.

The Davis Twins, Sonny and Honey, a mandolin-and-guitar vocal duo that bridged the gap between country and rockabilly, were an integral part of the West Virginia music scene from the 1940s-1970s, playing regularly on radio station WWVA and Fairmont’s Sagebrush Roundup, said the state Music Hall of Fame. They are best known as regulars on “The Sleepy Jeffers Show,” which aired on Charleston station WCHS-TV in the 1960s.

Sonny and Honey Davis were born in 1926 in New Lexington, Ohio. This brother-sister duo began their career at the age of 12 after winning the Ohio State Fair Amateur Contest in 1938. As a result, they were asked to become regulars on the WWVA Jamboree in Wheeling.

Honey Davis, left, and Sonny Davis were born in 1926 in New Lexington, Ohio. (Photo Provided)

Their parents thought they were too young at 14 to go alone, so they moved to Wheeling with their mother.

The twins next stop was Fairmont, where they played with Grandpa Jones on the Sagebrush Roundup. After stints on WKBN (Youngstown, Ohio) and KTBS (Shreveport, La.), The Davis Twins moved to Charleston, where they performed on WTIP with Honey’s husband, musician Sleepy Jeffers.

At one point, the duo was receiving nearly 7,000 pieces of mail a day, said the W.Va. Music Hall of Fame. One year they were rated the No. 2 duet in the country.

Sonny also was a popular disc jockey on Charleston station WCHS and Logan station WVOW, and was the first disc jockey on St. Albans station WKLC.

The Davis Twins released three 45s and their late 1960s release “Pretending Is a Game” has been included on at least five rockabilly compilations, said the Music Hall of Fame.

The WVMHoF store is across the street from the Marriott, on the second floor at the top of the Court Street escalator (across from the AT&T store).

For more information call 304/342-4412 or go to wvmhof@gmail.com

Also, the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame will be presenting “Garden Party VII” on May 27 from 3-9 p.m. at Cafe Cimino in Sutton.

Singer-songwriter John Ellison returns for an evening of rock ‘n’ soul. Also featured will be 2013 WVMHoF inductee Bob Thompson and W.Va. jazz guitarist Vince Lewis, and W.Va.’s Jesse Milnes and the T-Mart Rounders.

Ellison, who wrote the song “Some Kind of Wonderful,” will be backed by The Carpenter Ants, WVMHoF inductee Russ Hicks on pedal steel and Randy Gilkey on keyboards.

Tickets are $75 in advance and $90 at the door and include Cafe Cimino’s buffet and the WVMHoF’s beer and wine bar. An auction will feature local art and gift items and packages. There will be a shuttle available to-and-from The Days Inn.

Proceeds will support the W.Va. Music Hall of Fame’s Traveling Museum and Music Career Counseling Program. Information/reservations: 304/342-4412; wvmhof@gmail.com or Cafe Cimino at 304-765-2913.

Cafe Cimino is at 616 Main St., Sutton, Braxton County. The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame, 1427 Lee St. in Charleston, is a registered nonprofit organization.

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