1966 David Houston – Almost Persuaded
David Houston grew up in Louisiana and was a direct descendent of both Sam Houston and Robert E. Lee. He began recording for RCA Victor in 1956. A year later, he moved over to a record company based in Atlanta: National Recording Corporation.
When no hits were forthcoming, he eventually moved to Epic Records. Once there, he finally reached the charts with Mountain Of Love, which reached #2 on the Country chart in 1963.
Several singles that peaked in the teens followed. In 1966, he released a single written by Billy Sherrill and Glenn Sutton, Almost Persuaded. The record did more than give David his first number one hit on the Country chart: it also reached #24 on the Hot 100.
The single spent nine weeks at #1 on the Country chart, a record that no other artist matched for over 46 years. Taylor Swift’s single We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together finally joined Almost Persuaded in the record books in 2012.
David had five more chart-topping singles, eleven top ten singles, and quite a few top forty singles on the US Country chart by the end of the seventies. He only reached the Hot 100 twice more, but those records stalled at #75 and #98 despite topping the Country chart.
A brain aneurysm caused David’s death in 1993. He was almost 58 years old.
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