November 23, 1995 |
He's folksy and down-to-earth, a bearded 47-year-old, let's-have-a-beer kind of guy. But Louis "Chip" Davis Jr. is also a sharp-as-a-tack entrepreneur who has built one of the most remarkable success stories in the music world. And he's done it with a group called Mannheim Steamroller, his own record company--American Gramaphone--and a virtual lock on the Christmas music market. Mannheim Steamroller? You say it's not a name that conjures up images of mistletoe and Christmas trees?