On this day in music history: February 13, 198…

On this day in music history: February 13, 1984 – “One For The Treble (Fresh)” by Davy DMX is released. Written by David Reeves, Jr., it is debut single for the musician and DJ from Queens, NY. Born David Franklin Reeves, Jr. in Beckley, WV in 1960, Reeves’ family moves to Hollis, Queens, NY in the early 70’s. Inspired by his childhood idols The Jackson 5, Reeves acquires a guitar and learns how to play, also teaching himself the drums, piano and bass. Becoming immersed in the burgeoning Hip Hop culture, Reeves also learns how to DJ, touring with rapper Kurtis Blow as his DJ. By the early 80’s, David co-founds the band Orange Krush with producer Larry Smith, cutting the club classic “Action” with singer Alyson Williams on lead vocals. Orange Krush also acts as the backing band on Run DMC’s first two albums, with Run name checking the band and Reeves on the song “Sucker MC’s (Krush Groove 1) with the lines "And Orange Krush became amazed at me” and “Dave cut the record down to the bone…”. In 1983, Reeves begins his solo career signing to Aaron Fuchs’ Tuff City Records which has just landed a distribution deal with CBS Records. David Reeves gives himself the stage name Davy DMX, after the Oberheim DMX drum machine that he has used on many Orange Krush productions. Playing all of the instruments himself as well as scratching, he writes and records the funky “One For The Treble (Fresh)”. The track is largely instrumental, except for a handful of vocal interjections by a female rapper with a British accent. Showing off his deft turntable skills, Davy cuts and scratches parts of Beside’s “Change The Beat”, Run DMC’s “Sucker MC’s (Krush Groove 1)”, Bob James’ “Take Me To The Mardi Gras”, The Soul Searchers’ “Ashley’s Roachclip”, and the tire screech from The Gap Band’s “Burn Rubber On Me” throughout. Once released, “One For The Treble” quickly becomes an instant classic, as a favorite of break dancers as well as on club dance floors. The single hits the Billboard R&B singles chart, peaking at #59 in the Spring of 1984. Though his own recording career is relatively brief, Davy DMX’s place in hip hop history is secure. Reeves also produces classics for Spoonie Gee (“The Big Beat”), Jimmy Spicer (“Money (Dollar Bill Y’All)”), and Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde (“Transformation”). He also works with Run DMC again on the “Tougher Than Leather” album and the singles “Ghostbusters” and “Pause”, as well as Public Enemy (“Hazy Shade Of Criminal”). Over the years, “One For The Treble” is widely sampled by numerous artists including A Tribe Called Quest (“Oh My God”), Public Enemy (“Louder Than A Bomb”), Rodney O & Joe Cooley (“DJ’s And MC’s”) and the Invisibl Skratch Piklz (“Invasion Of The Octopus People”, “So Retarded”) to name a few.