Watson Davis

Watson Davis

Original Name William Watson
Birth
Death 23 Mar 2005 (aged 92)
Stuttgart, Arkansas County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Clarendon, Monroe County, Arkansas, USA
Memorial ID 10954658 · View Source
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Actor, Television Host, Entertainer. He was an advertising director for the Memphis, Tennessee, based Malco Theatre chain in 1963 when he first came up with the character of "Sivad" (Davis spelled backwards). He donned a cape, cane, top hat and false vampire teeth to become the local "Monster of Ceremonies" for the WHBQ-TV weekly horror program "Fantastic Features." The Saturday evening show debuted September 1962 and showed old horror and sci-fi movies to a new generation of kids. The show began with "Sivad" driving a horse-drawn hearse (in a foggy Overton Park near the Brooks Art Gallery in Memphis, Tennessee), pulling a coffin from the back of the hearse and then opening it all to the strains of Leigh Stevens' score from the 1950 sci-fi film "Destination Moon." Savid made many personal appearances around the Mid-South in the 1960s and 1970s drawing an estimated 30,000 fans at an appearance at the Mid-South Fairgrounds in 1963. At these appearances he would play several musical instruments including the "ghoulaphone" and the "coffinola," both instruments Davis concocted. He made several novelty records including "Sivad buries Rock & Roll" which features "Dickey Drakeller" on it's flip side. "Fantastic Features" aired from September 1962 until February of 1972 on the local ABC Affiliate, WHBQ-TV, Channel 13 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Bio by: Kim Inboden


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  • Originally Created by: Kim Inboden
  • Added: 13 May 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10954658
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Watson Davis (6 Sep 1912–23 Mar 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10954658, citing Shady Grove Cemetery, Clarendon, Monroe County, Arkansas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .