Although this record has seen better days, it was still exciting to find.
Charles Edward "Cow Cow"
(April 23, 1894 – December 3, 1955) was an American boogie woogie piano player.
He also played the organ and sang.
He was born in
Arnold Caplin, on the liner notes to the album Hot Pianos 1926-1940 reports
that Anniston, Alabama Davenport started playing the
piano at age 12. His family objected strongly to his musical aspirations and
sent him to a theological seminary, where he was expelled for playing ragtime.
His best-known tune was "Cow Cow Blues". In 1953, "Cow Cow Blues" was an influence on the Ahmet Ertegün-written "Mess Around" by Ray Charles' which was Charles' first step away from his Nat "King" Cole-esque style, and into the style he would employ throughout the 1950s for Atlantic Records.
"Cow-Cow Boogie (Cuma-Ti-Yi-Yi-Ay)"  was probably named for him, but he did not write it. It was penned by Benny Carter, Gene de Paul and Don Raye. It combined the then popular "Western song" craze (exemplified by Johnny Mercer's "I'm an Old Cowhand") with the big band / boogie-woogie fad. The track was written for the Abbott and Costello film, Ride 'Em Cowboy.