Singer-Songwriter Paul Davis Dies


Tanya Tucker photo courtesy of Kirt Webster & Assoc.

April 24, 2008 - Paul Davis, whose knack for fluid melodies made him a successful singer-songwriter in both pop and country music during the 1970s and '80s, died Tuesday from a heart attack at Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian, Miss., according to the Associated Press.

Paul was best known for the 1977 pop ballad "I Go Crazy," which set a record for chart longevity at the time. He also earned hits during the early 1980s with "Do Right," "Cool Night" and "'65 Love Affair," then found his way into country music where he joined Marie Osmond on the duet "You're Still New To Me" and appeared with Tanya Tucker and Paul Overstreet on "I Won't Take Less Than Your Love."

Shy of the spotlight, he found songwriting suited him better than performing because he preferred not to tour. And he did quite well as a writer. He authored Dan Seals' nostalgic anthem "Bop" and Ronnie Milsap's pulsing "Turn That Radio On." But he found his greatest success writing songs for Tanya Tucker. Among the titles he created for her were "Just Another Love," "Down To My Last Teardrop," "One Love At A Time" and "Love Me Like You Used To."

Paul died just one day after his 60th birthday.