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Music Archives at the National Library of Canada

DAVIS, MORRIS, 1904-1968
MUS 121

Morris Davis fonds.  - [ca. 1930]-[ca. 1960].  - 60 cm of textual records.  - 1 photograph. 

Biographical sketch
Born in Ottawa, Morris or "Rusty" Davis began a radio career in 1929 as a pianist and conductor.  While a radio producer at the CBC (1937-47), he wrote numerous orchestral arrangements.  In 1948 he founded his own production agency in Montréal.  He composed some 200 jingles, music for over 30 films, and incidental music for approximately 100 radio and television programs. 

Scope and content
The fonds consists of records illustrating the musical activities of Morris Davis:  ca. 100 jingles; ca. 100 arrangements of popular music for big band and three arrangements of popular music by pianist Ed Assaly; one scrapbook containing clippings; photograph of an advertisement. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from Eldon Rathburn, Ottawa, in 1980. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  none. 

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