Known as “Cleo Davis” when Bluegrass pioneer and innovator Bill Monroe hired him to play guitar and mandolin for his Blue Grass Boys in August, 1938, J.C. was a member of the band when they made their debut on the Grand Ole Opry but left the group shortly before its first recording session.
In late 1940 Davis moved to Florida and began his own radio show on WLAK which lasted about a year before being interrupted by World War Two. J.C. returned to Lakeland after the war, formed his own band with longtime friend Floyd Lewis, and resumed his radio program on WLAK which lasted into the late 1950’s.
J.C. passed away in 1986.
1940 - 1941 WLAK (Featured Program)
1945 - 1959 WLAK (Featured Program)