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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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Brings back the old days, we may be grey but we still rock
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incredible voice one of the best
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Takes me back to early 80s
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Love. I go crazy
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cheergeorgia 2 0 0 4
one of my favorites
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Brings back some good memories.
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Such songs like this bring tears to your eyes, making you think of the great times you had during this period of GREAT song writers.
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t_heath
The guy could sing!!!
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Play '65 Love Affair once in awhile Pandora! Miss you Paul.
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Paul Davis greatest singer and song writer. Truely miss him. R.I. P. Marcy C. Cano
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garzausps
Best music ever I still listen to it
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Great memories listening to this song
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Has always been a favorite. Soothing. Such a Beautiful song.
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right on Paul...summe r of 77'..miss U...Dane
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A beautiful song!
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Awesome voice . I go crazy , when I look into your eyes !
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Paul...great voice and your own song writing...mi s s u ...Dane in 77'
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It keeps me relaxe and think of the old days. God bless
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haven't heard Sweet Life since...1977 . . . . o h wow ,,didn't know u passed away in 08'..good music Paul..GOD BLESS U
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I was a woman with a different husband and a wonderful growing family then...you are right, my lord those long evenings after the kids wound down, those were the best times of all...one of the best love songs ever, one I treasure in my heart even though it is alone...
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I was a man with a wife and a family stationed in California, my lord those long evenings after the kids wound down, those were the best of all times, Its a different wife now and a different time but this one is as into love songs as I am.
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������ love this song
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COOL
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His songs were so great and brings back wonderful thoughts and times
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Wonderful and gifted artist. I could listen to Paul Davis sing all day. So sorry he has passed. I am grateful for the time he was here to write and sing his beautiful songs.
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A great song!
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Old days when we talked- loved face to face NO smart Phone adult pacifiers / texts
RIP My Love 5/5/10 Great while it lasted Till l death do us part
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Precious minute well up those same feelings . Type-o
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Yes I to remember those days . We would sit and talk for hours face to face and really get to know and love people. Opening the door for your girl friend, flowers , romance. No cell phones etc. actually knew how to dance. The heart fluttering as we approached the door, the simple love songs that for a precious well up the same feelings.
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I love this song....High School...... w h e n people talked in person....
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I remember sitting on the floor with boyfriends, listening to the radio and talking. Seems we talked with people more in the 70's. I also miss those old days, and just listening to the great music, talking with friends and feeling like it would go on forever.
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A great song writer,singe r . I was a big fan.Is sorely missed.
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The 70s had the supreme songs for chilling with a glass of wine with your mate. I echo what is often seen on Pandora posts ie: I miss those times
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When I First Heard I Go Crazy,I Was On My First Date At 14 And I Still Think About Debbie Porter What A Beauty She Probably Still Is. Love You Girl 4EVER!!!
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Great Song by a true Artist.
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To my son and his wife...and thier new baby girl... have a sweet life son
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Southern soul man he was so great dynamic voice .. ♡♡♡♡♡
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Nice
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This song brings back sooooooo many memories. Love it!
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Amazing song.
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Hey Karen...if you are out there, this still applies, love never ended...
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feelings i can ses on your face
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Love love love
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