Davis Import was a family
group with strong connections to the music industry but could not
parlay them into a successful career.
Cameron, Bruce, and Glen Davis were the sons of George Davis, who
administered his brother Carl's publishing company. Fans of Chicago soul
will recognize Carl Davis as one of the city's most important producers
during the 1960s and 70s thanks to his work on the Okeh,
Brunswick, and Chi-Sound labels.
The brothers were signed to
AVI Records in 1977 and promptly released the "Starchild" single.
This mellow groove should have been a national hit, but it was not
promoted outside of Chicago and failed to have a major impact on the
Part of the problem was that AVI was primarily a disco
label that catered to studio producers like Ian Levine and Rinder
& Lewis and Davis Import was a more traditional soul group who
produced their own material. To their credit, they followed up
"Starchild" with "I'm Glad You're Mine," a minor club classic that
the label promoted more effectively.
Davis Import recorded
some fine disco-soul material for the next two years, but without adequate
support from the label, success was out of reach. After the failure
of "You're The One," they broke up without cutting a full-length
album and established careers outside of the music