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Paul Davis

Mississippi singer and songwriter Paul Davis enjoyed a long and diverse career in the music business, but will always be best remembered for a handful of hit singles he released in the '70s and '80s, most notably "I Go Crazy," which reflected the influence of both country and vintage Southern soul. Paul Lavon Davis was born in Meridian, Mississippi on April 21, 1948. Davis grew up with a strong interest in music, and began playing in local bands like the Six Soul Survivors and the Endless Chain when he was in his teens. In 1968, Davis' gifts as a tunesmith earned him a gig as a staff songwriter with Mississippi's Malaco Records. By 1970, Davis scored a minor regional hit with "Revolution in My Soul," a country-rock number he sang, wrote, and co-produced for White Whale Records under the group name the Reivers, and later that year he fared even better when Ilene Burns, widow of the well-respected songwriter and record man Bert Berns, offered him a contract with her late husband's label, Bang Records. Davis' first single for Bang was a cover of the Jarmels' 1961 hit "A Little Bit of Soap," which rose to number 52 on the Billboard singles chart. The single's success led to the release of Davis' first album, 1970's A Little Bit of Paul Davis, and Davis would turn out three more albums for Bang (1972's Paul Davis, 1974's Ride 'Em Cowboy, 1976's Southern Tracks & Fantasies) and more minor hit singles (1974's "Ride 'Em Cowboy," 1976's "Thinking of You" and "Superstar") before scoring his career-defining hit in 1977.

"I Go Crazy," from the album Singer of Songs -- Teller of Tales, rose to number seven on the Billboard singles chart, and would stay in the Hot 100 for 40 weeks, setting a record that would stand until 1982. After one more album for Bang (1980's Paul Davis, which featured the Top 30 single "Do Right"), Davis signed with Arista Records and cut his most successful album, 1982's Cool Night, which peaked at number 52 on the LP charts and included three hits singles, "Cool Night," "'65 Love Affair" (which was his highest charting single, rising to number six), and "Love Me or Let Me Be Lonely." However, despite its success, Cool Night proved to be Davis' last album; he popped up on the country charts in the mid- to late '80s, singing duets with Marie Osmond (1986's "You're Still New to Me") and Tanya Tucker (1988's "I Won't Take Less Than Your Love"), but after being shot during an attempted robbery in Nashville in 1986, Davis stepped back from the spotlight and concentrated on songwriting rather than performing. In the new millennium, Davis reportedly upgraded his home recording studio and began using synthesizers to write and record new material, but before he could strike a deal to release his new songs, Davis succumbed to a heart attack, which claimed his life on April 22, 2008, only a day after he turned 60. ~ Mark Deming
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Track List: Sweet Life: His Greatest Hit Singles

1. Cool Night

2. Sweet Life

3. 65 Love Affair

4. I Go Crazy

5. A Little Bit Of Soap

6. Thinking Of You

7. Superstar

9. Ride 'Em Cowboy

11. Keep Our Love Alive

12. Love Or Let Me Be Lonely

13. Do Right

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Track List: Cool Night

1. Cool Night

6. '65 Love Affair

8. Love Or Let Me Be Lonely

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Track List: Singer Of Songs, Teller Of Tales

1. I Go Crazy

4. Sweet Life

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So many songs which bring back good memories, but I never realized it was the same artist - who knew? Paul Davis, the man! Cool Night is my FAV!
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kings_kid
Cool night cool water
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I Go Crazy..... My Favorite of all times!!!!
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sdmoore4509
. . . what I'd give for hair like that . . . !
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sdmoore4509
. . . an angel sings . . .
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I'd love to hold you by the firelight you can hold me too
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The Sweet Life is my life song!
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One of my all time favorites and still gives me chills every time I hear that first note. Takes me way back..
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blanca822
Have always loved this song, but never knew anything about the artist. RIP Paul!
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If I saw you today after so many years I'd still go crazy for you....
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Good sounds
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slucerecorde r
Brings back such memories!
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Best to the best
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garzausps
Love the sweet life 1980s high school years.
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I love this song. Paul Davis RIP.
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Yes he died too young. Love his music. I pray we all live past 61. I'll try... ✌️ Well now theyre playing lionel richie and diana ross. I may die sooner Lol ����
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Died two young
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lbrewer461
best music ever
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I miss music like this....
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if you could love love love this one.....i go crazeeeeeee
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So love his music ✨❣
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Beautiful!
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how I miss this type of realism in music
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Lots of memories to this music
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awesome summer nights with his music
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Such great music!! Love Paul Davis.
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Most beautiful music ever made....love you Paul Davis R.I.P. ❤️
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drh41887
Greg Allman look alike beautiful music dude
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A REAL O.G. ✌

#RESPECTFORM r D a v i s
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R.I.P Paul Davis love your music the good ones always die to soon.
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Now this was one of my songs from back in the day, the Man could sing effortless but when I saw who it was I was like WOW ok....He was one of the Original Blue Eyed Soul Brothers!
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The love of my life
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linnpierce4
I am sad to learn he has passed; great contribution s to music history.
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crossjr98
Cool beard dude
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Great music the seventies and eighties grown up to this music was fantastic to listen to and still is to this day
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Great song to sing no matter how u sing u will sound good. Great song love this song.
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makes my heart ache....beau t i f u l l y
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What a classic right here! Luv it!
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Classic music lyrics which are understood
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Reached all demographics , I'm proof. Respect In Peace ✌ PD
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Beautiful voice! Beautiful song! Beautiful music!
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still another example of the great singer/songw r i t e r talent from the 60's and 70's...today ' s 'music' is such garbage...th e radio has become useless...th a n k God for Pandora...Th a n k s Paul, for your talent and your legacy.
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