Cow Cow Davenport is remembered as a pionneer of the boogie woogie. He began playing as professionnal in vaudeville with blues singers and made his first recording in the late 20's. His piano solo "Cow Cow Blues" was a good success and is an early tentimony of boogie woogie style.
Following a stroke in 1938, his right hand was partially paralized. Thereafter he tried to come back in the forefront without success, dispite a revival of interest in his music in 1942 with the hit title "Cow Cow Boogie" sang by Ella Mae Morse.