‘I Go Crazy’ star Paul Davis is no more

April 23rd, 2008 - 11:28 pm ICT by amritpal  

It is indeed a sad news. Paul Davis is no more. He died on Tuesday after a heart attack at Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian. People who have seen the golden 70’s reverberating with soul, country and pop music, will never be able to forget him. Known for his radio hits and solo career which started worldwide in 1970. , he has written many memorable country music hits.

Born in 1948 in Meridian, Mississippi, Davis became a major player on his home-town music scene around 1966 in the well-loved local bands, the Six Soul Survivors, later the Endless Chain.

Davis went on to attract attention in 1968 as a songwriter at the legendary soul label, Malaco, based at Jackson, MS . Signed as a performer by Ilene Berns to the famous Bang label in 1969, Davis ran up a string of hits throughout the seventies and, on Arista, the early eighties. Since then, Paul Davis has written numerous songs for other performers, mainly in the field of country music.

Davis had his first American Top 10 single with the ballad “I Go Crazy,” which peaked at #7 in 1978. “I Go Crazy” spent 40 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, which at the time set the single-song record for most consecutive weeks on the chart in the rock era. The corresponding album Singer of Songs - Teller of Tales was a modest success, peaking at #82 on the Billboard pop album chart.

After one more album, in 1981 he signed with Arista Records and had two Top 20 singles “‘65 Love Affair” (which rose to #6) and “Cool Night” (which rose to #11). Davis retired from making records, except for two duet singles. The first in 1986 with Marie Osmond and in 1988 a collaboration with Tanya Tucker and Paul Overstreet on “I Won’t Take Less Than Your Love”.

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