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Davis was a headliner at The Frontier Casino in Las Vegas, but he was required (as were all black performers in the 1950s) to lodge in a rooming house on the west side of the city, instead of in the hotels as his white colleagues did.
No dressing rooms were provided for black performers, and they had to wait outside by the swimming pool between acts.
Even prejudiced white men admired and respected his performances.
"My talent was the weapon, the power, the way for me to fight.
He also recorded blues songs for Capitol Records in 1949, under the pseudonyms Shorty Muggins and Charlie Green.
His father, not wanting to lose custody of his son, took him on tour.Davis learned to dance from his father and his "uncle" Will Mastin.Davis joined the act as a child and they became the Will Mastin Trio.At the age of three, Davis began his career in vaudeville with his father and Will Mastin of the Will Mastin Trio, which toured nationally.After military service, Davis returned to the trio.