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|Died||2008 (aged 59–60)|
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
|Occupation(s)||Drummer, songwriter, record producer|
|Instruments||Drums, vocals, piano, xylophone|
|Associated acts||Roy Young Band, If, Ted Nugent, Grand Funk Railroad|
Clifford "Cliff" Davies (c. 1948 – 13 April 2008) was a British drummer, songwriter and producer.
After receiving tuition from pipe band drummer Jock Cree, and playing local gigs in the Aldershot area, in the early 70s he went on to join the Roy Young Band then the second incarnation of British jazz-rock band If from 1972 to 1975. He played on four albums by the band and contributed many of their songs.
Following If's break-up, Davies joined US hard rock guitarist Ted Nugent from 1975 to 1982 as drummer, producer, co-producer and even an occasional vocalist of all Nugent's recordings over those years, in collaboration with Lew Futterman, who had also produced If.
In 1975, Nugent dropped The Amboy Dukes name and the band became The Ted Nugent Band. The other members didn't want to be considered a backing band and one of the conditions of Derek St. Holmes joining them, was it would be treated like a collective band. So, they toured as The Ted Nugent Band and, in 1975, after replacing Staffield with Cliff Davies on drums, they went into the studio to do their first album, which at the time was unnamed, for Epic Records. Cliff was instrumental in organizing and producing the album (and provided lead vocals on the track "You Make Me Feel Right at Home'"), which later went multi-platinum. He was never given full credit for producing this album.
At this point, David Krebs of Leber & Krebs Management, convinced Nugent to drop "Band" from the title and just call it "Ted Nugent". This was a total surprise to the rest of the group and it was the beginning of the end. The nucleus of Rob Grange, Derek St. Holmes, and Cliff Davies for songwriting, as well as arranging, was forever broken. In 1978, three years later and with four platinum albums titled Ted Nugent , Free-for-All , Cat Scratch Fever and Double Live Gonzo! , Grange and St. Holmes moved on to form St. Paradise, because Nugent did not want a "band concept". Their last concert together, as the original line-up, was Cal Jam 2 on 18 March 1978.
In the 1980s, he worked for Next City Productions, also owned by Futterman, in New York City recording with Grand Funk Railroad among others. Since the late 1990s he lived in Atlanta teaching piano and drums. He was also instrumental in founding the Rock and Roll Remembers Foundation with storyteller Michael Robert Krikorian (And Speaking of Scorpions... The Autobiography of Scorpions Drummer Herman Ze German Rarebell, "From Cabbagetown to Tinseltown... The autobiography of Tommy Roe, Goldilocks and the Three Bears – The Autobiography of Goldie Locks, Tomorrow Will Be Yesterday-The Story of BASH, The Male Sensitivity Test series).
Clifford Davies was found dead in his home in Atlanta on 13 April 2008. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.Reed Beaver, the owner of Equametric Studio where Davies was employed as chief engineer, reported that Davies called him the night before his body was found and was "extremely distraught" over medical bills.
Cat Scratch Fever is the third studio album by American rock musician Ted Nugent. It was released on May 13, 1977, by Epic Records. Vocalist Derek St. Holmes, who had left the band during the recording of the album Free-for-All, had come back for touring in 1976 and was again the principal lead singer on this album.
Ted Nugent is the debut studio album by American hard rock musician Ted Nugent. The album was released in September 1975, by Epic Records. It was released after the disbanding of his former group The Amboy Dukes.
Derek St. Holmes is an American musician, best known as the vocalist and rhythm guitar player for Ted Nugent's early solo career. After splitting from Nugent in 1978, St. Holmes worked with various artists, most notably the Whitford/St. Holmes project with Brad Whitford, who had recently parted ways with Aerosmith.
Tooth, Fang & Claw is the seventh album by The Amboy Dukes, credited as "Ted Nugent's Amboy Dukes". The band's second release on DiscReet Records, it was the final album released under the Amboy Dukes name before Ted Nugent launched his solo career the following year.
Weekend Warriors is the fourth studio album by American hard rock musician Ted Nugent. The album was released in September 1978, by Epic Records.
Live at Hammersmith '79 is a live album by Ted Nugent, consisting of a performance originally broadcast on the King Biscuit Flower Hour, recorded during the second set of a sold-out night at London's Hammersmith Odeon in 1979 and not released until 1997.
Scream Dream is the sixth studio album by American hard rock musician Ted Nugent. The album was released in June 1980 by Epic Records, and reached number 13 on the Billboard 200. It was his last studio album to feature drummer Cliff Davies.
State of Shock is the fifth solo studio album by American hard rock musician Ted Nugent. The album was released in May 1979, by Epic Records.
If was a British progressive rock and jazz rock band formed in 1969. In the period spanning 1970–75, they released eight studio-recorded albums and undertook 17 tours of Europe, the US and Canada.
Damnocracy was a heavy metal supergroup formed on, and for, the VH1 TV show Supergroup in 2006. The members of the band ultimately dubbed their band project Damnocracy.
Free-For-All is the second studio album by American hard rock musician Ted Nugent. The album was released in October 1976, by Epic Records. It was his first album to go platinum.
Double Live Gonzo! is a live album by the American hard rock guitarist Ted Nugent, released as a double LP in 1978. In addition to live versions of songs from previous albums, this double album also contains original material played live, including: "Yank Me, Crank Me" and "Gonzo". The album has reached 3× Platinum status in the United States.
The Ultimate Ted Nugent is a greatest hits album by Ted Nugent released in 2002. In 2010, the album was reissued under the title The Essential Ted Nugent, as a part of Sony Music's The Essential series.
Intensities in 10 Cities is the second live album by the American guitarist Ted Nugent, released in 1981 and consisting of ten songs recorded during the last ten dates of Nugent's 1980 tour. Nugent played 2 or 3 new songs every night on the tour, and told audiences he was recording them for possible inclusion in a new live album featuring all previously unreleased songs. None of the songs had appeared on any previous Ted Nugent album. Nugent explained at the time that about twenty previously unreleased songs were played at the beginning of the tour, and at the end the best ten were recorded live rather than in the studio later, because they were well-honed from months of performances and had the extra spark of a live setting. It was Ted Nugent's final album for Epic Records and the last album to feature drummer Cliff Davies.
Theodore Anthony Nugent is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and pro-gun political activist. He initially gained fame as the lead guitarist of The Amboy Dukes, a band formed in 1963 that played psychedelic rock and hard rock. After dissolving the band, he embarked on a solo career. Nugent is known for his Gibson Byrdland, his bluesy and frenzied guitar playing and his energetic live shows. Despite possessing a distinctive, wide-ranging singing voice, Nugent recorded and toured with other singers during much of his early solo career, including Derek St. Holmes, Brian Howe, and Meat Loaf, only taking on full lead vocal duties later on. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he was part of the supergroup Damn Yankees.
Great Gonzos!: The Best of Ted Nugent, is the first compilation album by Ted Nugent, collecting his best-known tracks from his time with Epic Records. The album was originally released in 1981 with ten tracks and reissued in 1999 with three bonus tracks.
Ted Nugent: Extended Versions is a compilation album of by the American hard rock guitarist Ted Nugent, featuring songs extracted from his live albums.
"Wang Dang Sweet Poontang" is a hard rock song written and performed by Ted Nugent. It was first released in 1977 on the Epic album Cat Scratch Fever and as the B-side of the Epic single, Cat Scratch Fever. The song was produced by Lew Futterman and Cliff Davies. An extended live version of the song was released in 1978 on the Double Live Gonzo! album. The song has also been covered by various artists, including a 2020 cover by heavy metal supergroup BPMD.
Playlist: The Very Best of Ted Nugent is a 2009 compilation album by the American hard rock musician Ted Nugent. It is one of the titles in the Playlist album series.
Rob Grange, is an American rock bass guitarist, best known for his work with Ted Nugent and his unique phase bass lines in the song "Stranglehold".