Legendary Entertainment Pioneer, Banking Industry Mogul Don Davis Passes Away At Age 75-Visitation, Service Information Released - Northern Michigan's News Leader

Legendary Entertainment Pioneer, Banking Industry Mogul Don Davis Passes Away At Age 75-Visitation, Service Information Released

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SOURCE The Wilmore Agency

DETROIT, June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wilmore Agency regrets to announce Detroit's own award-winning entertainment trailblazer and banking industry tycoon Don Davis recently passed away after a brief illness. 

Native Detroiter Mr. Don Davis, Grammy Award-winning music pioneer and CEO and Chairman, First Independence Bank. photo credit: John Urbanek

The official arrangements for Mr. Don Davis are as follows:

Public Visitation held at the Swanson Funeral Home located at 14751 West McNichols Road, Detroit, Michigan 48235:
Thursday, June 19th from 2:00 p.m.8:00 p.m. and
Friday, June 20th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  

Memorial Tribute Service
Friday, June 20th at 6:00 p.m.8:30 p.m. at the
Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts located at 350 Madison in Detroit, Michigan 48226

Celebration of Life Service
Saturday, June 21st at 10:00 a.m. at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts  

Donations may be sent c/o The Don Davis Scholarship Foundation – 44 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48226.          

Don Davis was CEO and chairman of First Independence Bank, Michigan's only African-American owned and operated commercial bank, with multiple branches in Detroit.  Mr. Davis led First Independence Bank with $204 million in assets (as of December 31, 2013), and was ranked as one of the top ranked African American owned bank in the United States, according to Black Enterprise Magazine.

Don, a three time Grammy Award-winning producer made so many historical contributions to the music industry. He was known 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.

Many of Davis' compositions became Billboard chart-topping, platinum-selling hits. Davis was known for his work with music artist Johnnie Taylor, where he worked as the producer and songwriter on the 1968 hit "Whose Making Love." In his musical career which spanned 60 years, his long lasting music has been sampled by many artists from Destiny's Child, to rap icon Jay-Z. Davis also produced the history making mega hit "Disco Lady," which was the first single ever to be certified Billboard Platinum.

Davis was a lifelong entrepreneur and acknowledged leader in Detroit's business community for almost five decades.  His contributions in both the music and banking industries delivered a profound influence on modern culture throughout America and around the world.

Don Davis is survived by his wife Kiko, and three children.

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