Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Paul Davis Dies

Category: Obituary

The song "I Go Crazy" is a soft rock/pop staple. It was written and performed by Paul Davis. Davis also wrote (and originally recorded) "Ride 'Em Cowboy," some nine years before Juice Newton had a top 40 hit with the song.

Paul Davis died April 21, just one day after turning 60. He suffered a heart attack in his hometown of Meridian, Mississippi.

Davis had more pop hits than country hits, the biggest being "65 Love Affair." However, he did make the country chart five times, including two #1 hits, "You're Still New to Me" in 1986 and "I Won't Take Less Than Your Love" (with Tanya Tucker and Paul Overstreet) in 1987.

Davis survived a shooting in July, 1986, when a criminal shot him in the stomach outside a hotel. Early in his career, he did shows with Jim Croce just days before Croce's fatal plane crash in 1973. He said in an interview that Croce's death, as well as the death of another rock singer Davis considered a dear friend, Ronnie Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd, kept Davis out of airplanes.

Farewell to Paul Davis, gone at age 60.

Paul Davis' MySpace site

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