US SINGLES

1966

A local release on the Meridian label, Rap, by Paul's first group, the Six Soul Survivors (no connection with the "Expressway to Your Heart" act of the same era). Paul wrote both tracks, which were produced by his colleague, George Soule. If anyone can supply MP3s of these tracks, I'd be very grateful.

I Gotta Find A Way / It's Over My Head (Rap R105)

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Thanks to Marcus LaRue for this information.

 

A little later, the Six Soul Survivors became the Endless Chain, and released another 45 under the name The Livin' End:

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A promo shot from Malaco -(left to right) Donnie Kittrell, Julian Sparacino, Paul, Frank Morris, Gary Knight.

Soul Ghost / Groovin' (Mistown 1001)

Thanks to Frank Morris for the scans

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1969

 

Mississippi River / If I Wuz a Magician (Bang 568)

1970

 

 

 

A Little Bit of Soap / Three Little Words (Bang 576) - Billboard No. 52

 

I Just Wanna Keep It Together / Pollyanna (Bang 579) - Billboard No 51

 

Can't You / Gonna keep On Lovin' You (Bang 581) - Billboard No 118

 

 

 

1971

 

When My Little Girl Is Smiling / I Feel Better (Bang 587)

 

(Legendary songwriter and producer Jeff Barry was involved in this release; he produced and co-wrote "I Feel Better". The song also turned up on a Brazilian soundtrack LP to the TV series "O Cafona". Hard to find, although a few copies have turned up in recent years. A previously-unknown UK demo release is also now confirmed.

Click here to see scan of UK issue

 

Got To Find My Way Back / I Can't Get Her Off My Mind (Bang 590)

 

1972

Come On Honey / Livin' On Your Love (Bang 593)

 

Let Me Be The One (Bang 596)

 

(This single was never commercially released, and exists only as a promo and/or acetate)

 

Simple Man / What Would We Do Without Music (Bang 597)

 

Boogie Woogie Man / Johnny Poverty (Bang 599) - Billboard No 68

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1973

 

Mississippi River / Broken Hearted and Free(Bang 702)

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???????? / Love Don't Come Easy (Bang 705)

The most elusive single in the Paul Davis discography. Several published guides list the A-side as "Daydreamer", but it is now clear that Paul never recorded a song of that title. I am told by a reliable source that the A-side was actually "Dream Of A Dreamer" from the "Paul Davis" LP. No copy has been seen by me, however.

 

1974

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Ride 'Em Cowboy / I'm the Only Sinner (In Salt Lake City) (Bang 712) Billboard No 23

Released under name Grand Canyon: Evil Boll-Weevil (not by Paul Davis) / Got to Find My Way Back (by Paul Davis) (Bang 713) - Billboard No 72

Discovered by Mark Moerman and revealed on the Paul Davis Yahoo group, this is a bizarre addition to the PD discography. A previously-unreleased, largely instrumental version of Paul's 1971 single "Got to Find My Way Back" appears as the flip of this novelty single. The A-side is a "break-in" record with an interviewer posing questions answered by brief clips of various hit songs. The theme is the daredevil stunt rider, Evel Knievel. For no obvious reason, Paul's song on the B-side (also listed as being by Grand Canyon) has no vocal verses, just the chorus. There is some extra instrumentation in places that gives the track a lot more punch, and unlike the original Paul Davis 45, it's in stereo. Thanks to Mark for original information about Grand Canyon. See also section on "The Reivers" for details of another Paul Davis 45 released under a different name.

1975

Make Her My Baby / Can't Get Back to Alabama (Bang 717)

 

Keep Our Love Alive / I Got A Yearning (Bang 718) - Billboard No 90

 

 

1976

 

Thinking of You / Karma Baby (Bang 724) - Billboard No 45

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Superstar / Magnolia Blues (Bang 726) - Billboard No 35

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Medicine Woman / Hallelujah Thank You Jesus (Bang 729)

 

1977

 

I Go Crazy / Reggae Kinda Way (Bang 733) - Billboard No 7

Famously, held record for longest run on Hot 100 - an astonishing 40 weeks

 

1978

 

Darlin' (featuring Susan Collins) / You're Not Just a Rose (Bang 736) Billboard No 51

Sweet Life / Bad Dream (Bang 738) - Billboard No 17

 

1980

Do Right / He Sang Our Love Songs (Bang 4808) - Billboard No 23

 

Cry Just a Little / Do You Believe in Love (Bang 4811) - Billboard No 78

 

1981

 

Cool Night / One More Time for the Lonely (Arista 0645) - Billboard No 11

 

1982

 

'65 Love Affair / We're Still Together (Arista 0661) - Billboard No 6

 

Love Or let me Be Lonely / Oriental Eyes (Arista 0697) - Billboard No 40

 

1986

 

You're Still New To me (with Marie Osmond) (Capitol/Curb 5613) - ( Billboard Country No 1)

 

1987

 

I Won't Take Less Than Your Love (with Tanya Tucker and Paul Overstreet) (Capitol 44100) - (Billboard Country No 1)

 

1988

 

Sweet Life (with Marie Osmond) (Capitol / Curb 44215) - (Billboard Country No 47)

 

Reissue singles:

 

Ride 'Em Cowboy / Darlin' (Bang ZS8 5201)

 

Sweet Life / I Go Crazy (Bang ZS8 5202)

 

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