Remembering Paul Davis

By: Chris Brennaman Email
By: Chris Brennaman Email

Paul Davis is a name that may not be the most recognizable by the general public in the music industry, even for people of his hometown of Meridian. But nearly everyone knows some of his hit songs.

"If you take Paul Davis' biography, it's going to be very small," said Van Mac of WOKK/The Radio People. "If you start stacking up his contributions to the music industry, it's very large. It's funny; he had so many hit records and the average person might not even know who Paul Davis is."

Davis released eight albums in his career with six singles reaching the top 20 on the Adult Contemporary charts, his highest being "Cool Night" which reached number two.

Mac said some of his fondest memories of Davis were when he was on stage for singer/songwriter nights at the Jimmie Rodgers Festival. Mac only knew Davis on a professional basis, but knew how to get on the man's good side.

"I guess the last time I saw Paul was on the golf course. If you wanted to influence him to come and do an event with you, say 'come and play golf,' and Paul would probably be there," Mac said.

Throughout the day, stations in The Radio People family honored Paul Davis' memory by playing some of his hits.

"Paul Davis, a singer/songwriter with a little bit of country influence, but with pop songs from the 60s and 70s that gave us great songs kind of like this one that we are going to start our double shot with, as we pay tribute to a Meridian legend. This is a double shot for Paul Davis on 106.9 The Buzz," said announcer Scott Stevens on 106.9 the Buzz.

Davis passed away at Rush Hospital from a heart attack. He was 60 years old.

His hit "I Go Crazy" reached Number 7 on the Billboard Top 100 Charts, and remained in the Top 100 for an incredible 40 weeks.

His songs "Cool Night," and "'65 Love Affair" also reached the Top 10 in 1981 and 1982, respectively.

Six of his recordings reached into the Top 10 on either the Billboard or Country charts. Davis was inducted into the Jimmie Rodgers Hall of Fame in Meridian in 1987.


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  • by Mark T Location: Detroit, MI on Mar 23, 2012 at 10:19 AM
    Just thinking about you today Mr Davis. My wife Tammy and I are listening to your songs today, they brought us together in 2011 after 30 yrs apart also, and we married in 2011. My kids all know your songs too, and love them. You made a difference, my friend, thank you!
  • by Brad Location: Thousand Oaks, CA on Mar 7, 2012 at 05:16 AM
    God Bless you Paul for giving us such amazing music! As a musician myself, I hear your "musical genius" every time I hear your recordings. The world has truly lost a highly under-rated-artist... I just wish I could have known you. It is difficult to approach your song-writing talent. Your use of analog synthesizers in your compositions is both genius, tasteful and timeless. (I hear the Moog, ARP's, & Fender Rhodes etc - all my favorite instruments). Tears roll down my eyes as I realize you have left this world for God's home, where you have truly earned a place. Thank you for sharing, "Do Right". God Bless you brother Paul, you will always be a mentor to me.
  • by mike teague Location: oklahoma on Oct 4, 2011 at 04:55 AM
    It' s sad to hear Paul has passed away. His song " Sweet Life " was me and my fiancee's song back then as it still is our song. His music was special to me. He stood apart with his music and words. He will always be remembered by us through his music. Me and my fiancee(Terri) back then reconnected recently after 31 years of separation and are to be married soon. We were hoping we could get Paul to sing at our wedding. He can't be there in person, but you can bet his songs and words will be there!
  • by Suzie Location: New mexivo on Jul 18, 2011 at 07:06 PM
    I love Paul Davis music I wish I could have met him and heard him sing. When in miss I will stop and place flowers on his grave to say howdy
  • by Jen Location: Moreno on Apr 2, 2011 at 12:31 PM
    Sorry to hear of his passing. May he rest in peace. his songs take me back when I was 15 years old.
  • by Scott Conners on Apr 2, 2011 at 06:48 AM
    Just discovering his stuff on Wounded Bird which is his Bang period. It's amazing, would make a terrific Bway show. "Dream of a Dreamer" sounds like Laura Nyro meets Felix Cavliere. He spans genres like no other American songwriter.
  • by Sherry Location: Temple GA on Feb 14, 2011 at 06:41 PM
    Wow! I was surfing the web and came across this. I had no idea he had passed away. My uncle was a tennis instructor in Roswell GA where Paul lived for a period of time. I talked him into taking an album for him to autograph for me. Paul was ever so kind to do it. Even though I never personally met him, my uncle said he was a really nice man.
  • by Peter Location: Florida on Feb 3, 2011 at 05:55 PM
    Paul was the best friend anyone could wish for. He help me when I moved from England to Roswell, GA in 1978. He was a man with the biggest of hearts, he was always expressing love and concern for other people rather than himself. God bless you Paul, I hope that one day we will meet again on a golf course up there and I can finally cure you of your slice. Take care my friend I miss you.
  • by dave Location: concord nh on Jan 15, 2011 at 05:47 PM
    no matter where I am or what I'm doing, his songs always take me back to my youth. There is no one like him and the comination of his voice and lyrics are just so good. RIP Mr. Davis
  • by Steve Location: Williamsburg, VA on Dec 20, 2010 at 06:53 PM
    I'm 49 and definitely a child of the 70s. What an amazing voice Paul Davis had - smoothe as silk. I joked with some of my childhood friends about how we thought Greg Alman was Paul Davis and vice versa. The great ones of the 70s are getting older. I will sorely miss Paul Davis and the great vocals he blessed us with.
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