The balladeer whose soul and country numbers proved most successful on the easy listening market retired from performing shortly after his single ’65 Love Affair became a top ten hit on the Billboard charts, but he continued to be involved in the music industry as a writer and producer.
Paul Davis had recently returned to the studio with two new songs. Art Matthews, a long-time friend and former radio DJ, said of the track Today, “The song could’ve been a reflection back on his own life. Although he didn't say it, that song could’ve very easily been about the question of our mortality.”
Source: By Lasting Tribute
Paul Davis Biography From Wikipedia
Paul Lavon Davis (April 21, 1948 – April 22, 2008) was an American singer, best known for his radio hits and solo career which started worldwide in 1970. His career encompasses soul, country and pop music. Although Davis has ultimately retired from the music industry, he has written many memorable country music hits.
Davis was a member of a local group called the "Six Soul Survivors" around 1966 and later in another group called the "Endless Chain." In 1968 he was a writer for Malaco Records, based at Jackson, MS.
Ilene Berns, widow of Bert Berns, signed Davis to Bang Records in 1969, and in 1970, released a cover of The Jarmels' hit song "A Little Bit of Soap", reaching #52 on the Billboard pop charts. His first album, A Little Bit of Paul Davis, was released in 1970. in 1974 he recorded his third album, Ride 'Em Cowboy, which garnered a Top 40 for the title track. The same song also became a hit for Juice Newton in 1984.
Paul 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 Paul Davis signed with Arista Records and had two more Top 20 singles, "Cool Night" (which rose to #11) and "'65 Love Affair" (which rose to #6). Davis retired from making records, except for two duet singles. The first was in 1986 with Marie Osmond on "You're Stll New To Me" while the second was in 1988 was a collaboration with Tanya Tucker and Paul Overstreet on "I Won't Take Less Than Your Love".
He survived a shooting in Nashville on July 30, 1986.
Before his death on April 22, 2008, Paul returned to singing and songwriting recording two songs, "You Ain't Sweet Enough," and "Today." He died of a heart attack at Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian, Mississippi.
65 Love Affair By Paul Davis