Lost or Forgotten Oldie of the Day 11/27/2019

In the sixties, Paul Davis was a member of several groups, including the Six Soul Survivors and the Endless Chain. He began his own solo career in 1969 singing pop/country and began writing and recording his own songs in the early seventies.

Paul’s recording of I Go Crazy entered the Hot 100 in August 1977 and remained on the Hot 100 through May 27, 1978, when it fell back to #99. The 40-week run was a record that lasted until Tainted Love by Soft Cell stayed on the chart for 43 weeks beginning in 1982. Songs can more easily hang around on the charts now that streaming is more important than actual sales, resulting in Radioactive by Imagine Dragons staying on the Hot 100 for an unimaginable 87 weeks.

His next release after his record-setting single was a cover of the Beach Boys’ Darling that he recorded with Susan Collins. The record peaked at #51 that Summer.

In August 1978, Paul’s recording of Sweet Life reached #17 on the Hot 100 and #7 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The single stayed on the charts for “only” 21 weeks.

He didn’t reach the Hot 100 again until 1980 when he began a string of four more top forty singles.

Paul stopped recording for almost a half-dozen years and then found a new career on the Country chart. He had moved to Nashville and continued to write songs. Paul wrote the song Meet Me In Montana which was a #1 hit on the Country chart for Marie Osmond and Dan Seals in 1985. He then wrote another #1 Country hit for Dan.

Paul then returned to the studio and sang and co-wrote on a #1 duet with Marie Osmond and another #1 record with Tanya Tucker and Paul Overstreet.

After being shot during a robbery in 1986 Paul stopped recording and concentrated on his songwriting.

Paul died after a heart attack in 2008. Many of Paul’s recordings and songs are now owned by the MPL Publishing Company which in turn is owned by Paul McCartney.


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