Grammy-Winning Band Leader Danny Davis Dead at 83

Danny Davis, a Grammy-winning band leader and record producer who blended swing music with a country style, died Thursday, his publicist said. He had turned 83 May 29.

Davis, a trumpet player and singer, suffered a heart attack at home on Saturday and had been hospitalized since then, spokeswoman Betty Hofer said.

Davis formed the Nashville Brass in 1968 after a career with big bands and as a record producer.

The group, with seven to 11 members, won a Grammy award in 1969 for best country instrumental performance for "The Nashville Brass Featuring Danny Davis Play More Nashville Sounds."

The band also won the Country Music Association's instrumental group of the year award from 1969 through 1974.