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Paul Lavon Davis

  • Birth 21 Apr 1948 Meridian, Lauderdale County, Mississippi, USA
  • Death 22 Apr 2008 Meridian, Lauderdale County, Mississippi, USA
  • Burial Meridian, Lauderdale County, Mississippi, USA
  • Memorial ID 26198317

Musician. He is best remembered for his 1978 hit single, "I Go Crazy." The song which was featured on his 1977 album, "Singer Of Songs--Teller Of Tales", went to number seven on the music charts and stayed there for a full eights months after it was released. It also spent an additional 40 weeks on the Top 100 and it would go onto become his signature hit. Born in Meridian, Mississippi, he began his music career by playing in several local country rock bands, and worked for as a writer for Malaco Records before being discovered by music producer Bert Berns during the 1960s. He was quickly signed to Bern's Bang Record Label and released his first single as a solo artist-a remake of the Jarmels 1961 doo wop hit "A Little Bit Of Soap" in 1970. His soulful, soft country voice also helped his popularity rise with his next albums, "A Little Bit Of Paul Davis" (1972), "Ride 'Em Cowboy" (1974), and "Southern Tracks And Fantasies" (1976). During the rest of the 1970s and into the 1980s, Davis continued his successes with more minor hits. In 1981, he signed with Arista Records and recorded the LP "Cool Night", which spawned two Top 20 hits including "65 Love Affair." He also recorded two singles with Marie Osmond in 1986, and also did a collaboration with country singers Tanya Tucker and Paul Overstreet in 1988. He retired from the music business following the collaborations. His later years were spent in Nashville, Tennessee, where in July 1986 he survived a shooting. In 2008, Davis returned to music and began singing, producing, and songwriting. His last two singles, "Today" and "You Ain't Sweet Enough", were released shortly before his death. He passed away unexpectedly one day after his 60th birthday.


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  • Originally Created by: Peterborough "K"
  • Added: 22 Apr 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 26198317
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Paul Lavon Davis (21 Apr 1948–22 Apr 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 26198317, citing Magnolia Cemetery, Meridian, Lauderdale County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .