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Celebrating the life of
Watson Anthony Davidson
June 24, 1954 - December 23, 2015
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Memorial Service
  • 11:00am - Friday, January 08, 2016
  • Trinity Episcopal Church
  • 1015 Holman (Map)
    Houston, Texas 77004

  • 713-528-4100
  • Visitation
  • 6:00pm - Thursday, January 07, 2016
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066

I first met Tony about 30 years ago at KAMU-FM in College Station. I was a new student worker at the station, and drew the Friday evening shift. It was that meeting with Tony as he hosted his "Red, Hot, & Blue" show that began our friendship. We both loved music, and while we came from different parts of the country, we were able to find common ground, as well as share the artists we were passionate about with each other. Tony's passion for music was unequaled, and it came across each week when he did his shows or would write his column for The Eagle. Tony was also a great friend. He was always quick to open his doors if one needed a place to stay. Even when I moved away from Texas, we still kept in touch. We used to exchange year-end "Best of" tapes and CDs, most of which I still have. He was a larger-than-life personality who always seemed to have a smile on his face and a chuckle in his voice. My heart goes out to his children and family, as well as to the many people Tony touched in some way, shape, or form during his time with us. I have a heavy heart when I realize that there will be no "Best of..." CD this year. I will miss my friend. Tony, thanks for all of the memories and for just being you. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/houstonchronicle/watson-anthony-davidson-tony-condolences/177116373?cid=full#sthash.W7LYsIND.dpuf

Ralph Fantasia, Woodlannd, ME

Nothing I can write here will describe both the joy and friendship I was blessed to have with Tony. For over 35 years he was my source for all things musical, political and kindness. His heart was as big as he was. He never took credit for all he did and was immediately on hand if work was to be done or recreation was to be had. He dearly loved his family. One of my most memorable times with Tony was when he was a Coach volunteer for his daughter, Sarah's, basketball team. Tony patiently took them from dribbling, to shooting, past 'clump ball', to passing and sharing shots, and ultimately giving every member of that little band of pony tailed girls memories that will last a lifetime. Tony was a valuable man. He will be missed by his many, many friends. Ernie Bruchez

Ernest Bruchez, Bryan, TX

Tony's Top 10 Live Shows

"There have been so many and I reserve the right to amend these at any time due to remembering other shows or due to changing my mind about these or other shows I currently remember. Anyway, here in no particular order are a few that really stand out:"

Bob Dylan and the Band - Hofheinz Pavalion, January 1974
Neville Brothers - Tipitina's, April 1993
Herbie Hancock - Caravan Of Dreams
D'Angelo - Aeriel Theater, Houston April 2000
Orchestra Baobab - Sommerville Theatre, Boston June 2008
Willie Nelson - Austin Opry House, Summer 1975?
Gil Scott-Heron - Rockefellers, 1990?
Bruce Springsteen - Erwin Center, Austin December 1978
Wagoneers - Fitzgerald's, Houston 1988 or 1989
Doug Sahm - Soap Creek Saloon, (snap your fingers) and take your pick, early to mid 70s

[Sent to me in November, 2015]

Greg Rickard, Dallas, TX

I met Tony only once, on his wedding day to Suzie. It was apparent how much he loved music and cared for family. My deepest sympathies to Suzie, Stephen, Jake and family in his slipping on out of here. Our sympathies are with you during this difficult time. Love, Marty

Marty Wine and Tim Troxel, Portland, OR

Tony Davidson was known as a scholar of Texas Music, but Tony’s knowledge ran extremely deep for many genres — blues, jazz, rock, soul, and a myriad of subsets. Wide ranging as his taste was, it never surprised me that Tony placed the versatile Doug Sahm in his top tier of the musicians he admired most. I met Tony when working at radio station KAMU (FM) in College Station. I was new to Texas, and Tony patiently made me aware of what I needed to know to live in his state — from George Strait and Dwight Yoakam to Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland and Arnett Cobb. Tony was generous with his knowledge, and it was easy to talk with him about music for hours at a stretch. Once I moved from Texas to the north country, our conversations continued by phone. As we talked, I always wrote down the names of several musicians and album titles that Tony was enthused about, from Jimmy Donley to Fela Kuti. Tony was the ideal audience member for any musician — smart, informed, perceptive, and an extremely close listener. He had a great respect for music’s past, but was always open for what was new. I learned a huge amount from Tony Davison over the past 30 years, but we had so much music yet to discuss and to hear. I wish he would call me right now. Tom Wilmeth Grafton, Wisconsin

Tom Wilmeth, Grafton, WI

Sorry to hear about the passing of Tony. Tony and I were close friends growing up together in Houston just a few streets apart from each. Another close friend of ours was Kenneth Smith who lived on the same street as Tony (Warm Springs if my memory is still good). We attended the same schools, Red Elementary, Johnston Jr. High, and graduated from James Madison High School in 1972. Tony and I also attended the University of Texas. I enjoyed our time together as kids when life was fun, simple, and not as demanding and complex as it is today. My best wishes to the family, and may you always cherish the great memories of Tony.

David C. Johnson, Richmond, Texas

We are so sad to say good bye to a great friend way too soon.

The Wilmeth Family, Grafton, WI

On December 23, 2015, Tony Davidson passed away at his home in Houston, Texas. Watson Anthony “Tony” Davidson was born in Hobbs, New Mexico on June 24, 1954, but his family soon returned to their hometown of Houston. He was active in boy scouts. He graduated in 1972 from Madison High School, where he played varsity basketball. He frequently attributed his basketball success to “smart” play. He studied government at The University of Texas at Austin, where he made life-long friends. While living in Austin he started the Texas Music radio show at KUT in 1979, the first of three radio shows he would host. Music was a lifelong passion on which he spoke authoritatively and frequently.

After college Tony moved to Bryan, Texas where he worked as an oil and gas Landman. He was responsible for the land department at B.W.O.C., Inc., which undertook one of the most complicated unitizations in the State of Texas. He served as president of B.W.O.C. and was sought out as an oil and gas consultant in the Woodbine and surrounding oil and gas formations. While living in Bryan he hosted Red, Hot, and Blue on KAMU FM--Texas A&M University every Friday night for 20 years, always ending his show with a song about midnight and his sign-off, “…it’s time for me to slip on outta here.” He also wrote a weekly music column for the Bryan College Station Eagle called, "The Big Beat," and served on the Board of Directors for the Arts Council of Brazos Valley. Tony loved interviewing and working with a variety of musicians, many of whom became life-long friends. He zealously attended musical events whether in the form of a black tie affair, a late night jam session, or the tiniest dive bar. His taste in music was wide and deep, with a love for jazz, blues, country, rock, and gospel. He took personal pride in owning everything ever recorded by Doug Sahm and spent many hours in Greenwich Village, Paris and Tokyo sorting through records for rare bootlegs and imports.

A lifelong democrat and active in the Brazos County Democratic Party, he served as campaign chair for local elections and was an attentive delegate to several Democratic Conventions in the State of Texas.

Tony was a voracious reader, with a special place in his heart for mysteries, especially Sherlock Holmes. He passed this love for reading onto all of his children--most recently reading “The Hound of the Baskervilles” to his sons —dramatic voices included.

Sports were a passion throughout Tony’s life. However, his love of NFL football never fully recovered once the Oilers left Houston. He turned his sporting energy to the Houston Rockets and was a devoted fan. He enthusiastically coached basketball teams for each of his children.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Billie Davidson, his uncle, Carl Schwarz, and cousin, Barry Schwarz.

Tony is survived by sons Stephen Allen (11) and Jacob William Davidson (9), their mother Suzanne Kupiec, daughter Sarah Davidson Keyton (34), her mother Teri Lathum Czajkowski, son-in-law Jefferson Keyton, granddaughter Ivy Mae Keyton, brother Allen Davidson, his aunt, Joan Schwarz and cousins Blake and Brent Schwarz, and Fran Schwarz Daniel, as well as friends too numerous to list.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six o’clock until nine o’clock in the evening on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at the Bradshaw-Carter Home, 1734 West Alabama Street in Houston. The funeral service celebrating Tony’s life will be held at eleven o’clock in the morning on Friday, January 8, 2016 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1015 Holman Street in Houston. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his memory to KAMU FM—College Station, Texas or The Joy School of Houston’s continuing professional education for the faculty, who held a special place in his heart.

Tony was a non-conformist with an irreverent, dry sense of humor who had the rare gift to meaningfully connect with people across all walks of life. There is no doubt he would want us to remember him as a man who enjoyed finding humor in times such as these and think of him just, “slipping on out of here.”

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I first met Tony about 30 years ago at KAMU-FM in College Station. I was a new student worker at the station, and drew the Friday evening shift. It was that meeting with Tony as he hosted his "Red, Hot, & Blue" show that began our friendship. We both loved music, and while we came from different parts of the country, we were able to find common ground, as well as share the artists we were passionate about with each other. Tony's passion for music was unequaled, and it came across each week when he did his shows or would write his column for The Eagle. Tony was also a great friend. He was always quick to open his doors if one needed a place to stay. Even when I moved away from Texas, we still kept in touch. We used to exchange year-end "Best of" tapes and CDs, most of which I still have. He was a larger-than-life personality who always seemed to have a smile on his face and a chuckle in his voice. My heart goes out to his children and family, as well as to the many people Tony touched in some way, shape, or form during his time with us. I have a heavy heart when I realize that there will be no "Best of..." CD this year. I will miss my friend. Tony, thanks for all of the memories and for just being you. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/houstonchronicle/watson-anthony-davidson-tony-condolences/177116373?cid=full#sthash.W7LYsIND.dpuf

Ralph Fantasia, Woodlannd, ME

Candle tribute lit by Ernest V. Bruchez — Texas

Nothing I can write here will describe both the joy and friendship I was blessed to have with Tony. For over 35 years he was my source for all things musical, political and kindness. His heart was as big as he was. He never took credit for all he did and was immediately on hand if work was to be done or recreation was to be had. He dearly loved his family. One of my most memorable times with Tony was when he was a Coach volunteer for his daughter, Sarah's, basketball team. Tony patiently took them from dribbling, to shooting, past 'clump ball', to passing and sharing shots, and ultimately giving every member of that little band of pony tailed girls memories that will last a lifetime. Tony was a valuable man. He will be missed by his many, many friends. Ernie Bruchez

Ernest Bruchez, Bryan, TX

Tony's Top 10 Live Shows

"There have been so many and I reserve the right to amend these at any time due to remembering other shows or due to changing my mind about these or other shows I currently remember. Anyway, here in no particular order are a few that really stand out:"

Bob Dylan and the Band - Hofheinz Pavalion, January 1974
Neville Brothers - Tipitina's, April 1993
Herbie Hancock - Caravan Of Dreams
D'Angelo - Aeriel Theater, Houston April 2000
Orchestra Baobab - Sommerville Theatre, Boston June 2008
Willie Nelson - Austin Opry House, Summer 1975?
Gil Scott-Heron - Rockefellers, 1990?
Bruce Springsteen - Erwin Center, Austin December 1978
Wagoneers - Fitzgerald's, Houston 1988 or 1989
Doug Sahm - Soap Creek Saloon, (snap your fingers) and take your pick, early to mid 70s

[Sent to me in November, 2015]

Greg Rickard, Dallas, TX

I met Tony only once, on his wedding day to Suzie. It was apparent how much he loved music and cared for family. My deepest sympathies to Suzie, Stephen, Jake and family in his slipping on out of here. Our sympathies are with you during this difficult time. Love, Marty

Marty Wine and Tim Troxel, Portland, OR

Tony Davidson was known as a scholar of Texas Music, but Tony’s knowledge ran extremely deep for many genres — blues, jazz, rock, soul, and a myriad of subsets. Wide ranging as his taste was, it never surprised me that Tony placed the versatile Doug Sahm in his top tier of the musicians he admired most. I met Tony when working at radio station KAMU (FM) in College Station. I was new to Texas, and Tony patiently made me aware of what I needed to know to live in his state — from George Strait and Dwight Yoakam to Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland and Arnett Cobb. Tony was generous with his knowledge, and it was easy to talk with him about music for hours at a stretch. Once I moved from Texas to the north country, our conversations continued by phone. As we talked, I always wrote down the names of several musicians and album titles that Tony was enthused about, from Jimmy Donley to Fela Kuti. Tony was the ideal audience member for any musician — smart, informed, perceptive, and an extremely close listener. He had a great respect for music’s past, but was always open for what was new. I learned a huge amount from Tony Davison over the past 30 years, but we had so much music yet to discuss and to hear. I wish he would call me right now. Tom Wilmeth Grafton, Wisconsin

Tom Wilmeth, Grafton, WI

Sorry to hear about the passing of Tony. Tony and I were close friends growing up together in Houston just a few streets apart from each. Another close friend of ours was Kenneth Smith who lived on the same street as Tony (Warm Springs if my memory is still good). We attended the same schools, Red Elementary, Johnston Jr. High, and graduated from James Madison High School in 1972. Tony and I also attended the University of Texas. I enjoyed our time together as kids when life was fun, simple, and not as demanding and complex as it is today. My best wishes to the family, and may you always cherish the great memories of Tony.

David C. Johnson, Richmond, Texas

Candle tribute lit by Tony Dyson — Texas

We are so sad to say good bye to a great friend way too soon.

The Wilmeth Family, Grafton, WI

Candle tribute lit by Maria Hernandez — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Penny Zent — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Suzy Rickard — Texas


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