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Scott S

You are totally right on on two counts: Puzzlement over the obscurity of Dick Davy and that he is part of the Sahl/Bruce/Pryor/Hicks school of progressive comedy. I picked up You're a Long Way From Home about 15 years ago and was surprised that such a funny, smart, & insightful record wasn't at least a B-team mention, and instead forgotten. Thanks for writing some on it.

Michael Powers

I'd never even heard of Dick Davy myself (what a reversible name). I haven't had a chance to listen to his recordings yet but if he was good, and I suppose he certainly must've been, it's indeed bizarre that he's not only forgotten but apparently completely erased from memory. It's quite a mystery.

Dick Cox

I knew Dick Davy in the mid-60's. (We had a mutual friend in Jim McGraw) I have audographed copies of Dick's albums and was back stage with him at the Appolo. (Rev.) Dick Cox www.dickcox328@verizon.net I'd like to reconnect with Dick

Joe Asaro

Came across Dack Davy comedy ep 45 Stronger than Dirt. Agree with everything written above.

David Berger

The links provided to his performances no longer work, but I think I saw Dick Davey once under very unusual but typical conditions for him.

Back in, I think 1964, I was a member of the chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality that Mickey Schwerner had been a member of, called Downtown CORE. We had an office at Delancey and Allen streets, but for one reason or another, we had to leave it, and we rented a storefront on East 3rd Street, between Avenues B & C. To inaugurate out new headquarters, we threw a party, and there was live entertainment. Among the entertainment was white comic who had the persona of what was then called a hill billy. I don't remember much of his act, but he did refer to coming to New York on a "dog bus," by which was meant a Greyhound.

I think from the milieu and the description, this was Dick Davey.

Steve Z.

Phil Berger's book said that Dick Davy went into teaching in New York City. He was living in East Harlem.

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