Paul Davis (Droop) – R.I.P.

Paul Lavon Davis (April 21, 1948 – April 22, 2008), known to Macjams members as Droop, died yesterday of a heart attack at Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian, Mississippi.

Professionally, he was best known for his radio hits and solo career which started worldwide in 1970. His career encompassed soul, country and pop music, and he wrote many memorable country music hits, including “Ride ‘Em Cowboy” (1974), “Sweet Life” (1978) and “Sweet Life”(1988 duet with Marie Osmond).

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.

Spotted playing with his country-rock band by Bang Records in 1970, Paul Davis was signed to the label as a solo artist. That year, he released a cover of The Jarmels’ hit song “A Little Bit of Soap”, reaching #52 on the Billboard pop charts.

He released his first LP with Bang in 1972, A Little Bit of Paul Davis. His next album, Ride ‘Em Cowboy, 1974, produced a signature song of the same name (which also became a hit for Juice Newton in 1984.) He followed up that album with Southern Tracks & Fantasies in 1976. The album featured the ballad “I Go Crazy,” which would become his biggest hit, peaking at number seven a full eight months after its release. Its continuing appeal helped keep it in the Top 100 for 40 more weeks. The album peaked at #82 on the Billboard pop album chart.

After one more album, in 1981 he 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 that went to #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts. The first was in 1986 with Marie Osmond on “You’re Still 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 song writing recording two songs, “You Ain’t Sweet Enough,” and “Today.”

He was a relatively newcomer to Macjams, but his talent was immediately notable. His friendly manner in the chat room, wonderful music, and helpful personality will be greatly missed.

Albums:
A Little Bit of Paul Davis (1970)
Paul Davis (1972)
Ride ‘Em Cowboy (1974)
Southern Tracks & Fantasies (1976)
Singer of Songs: Teller of Tales (1977)
Paul Davis (1980) – different album to 1972 release
Cool Night (1981)
Best of Paul Davis (1982)

Macjams forum thread honoring Droop
Paul Davis’ MySpace page

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57 Responses to “Paul Davis (Droop) – R.I.P.”

  1. Feter Says:

    Yeah …will be missed …surely been honored to know this guy
    I said it before and will keep sayin it ..he was a true Gent !!
    Rip Droop !!

  2. Richard Schletty Says:

    Yes, a sad day at MacJams.com. Paul was a benevolent and talented addition to the mix here. We are saddened by his early and sudden demise. Rest in peace. “Droop low, sweet chariot.”

  3. Yeman Al-Rawi Says:

    A real sad day. I had no chance to talk to him or even contact him here but one thing I know and all knows that his music will live. He’s really gentle with a pro. degree of composing and singing skills. I’m glad he joined us here even though it was just for 4 months. My heart and best wishes goes for his family. May God Rest Him in Peace.

  4. woofer3 Says:

    I am sad tonight. Paul e mailed me a few times when I first started at MacJams. He made me feel welcome and wrote in a way that made me feel I’d known him for years when in fact it was only a few months. I didn’t think I could be so upset by the loss of someone who I’d never actually met but his warmth came down the line. My heart is with you wherever you are Paul, and my sympathy goes to your family and friends.
    John

  5. Bill Says:

    Thanks again Tobin for posting this special blog and all the work you put into the blogs!

  6. age isbell Says:

    tobin, this was really cool of you to do…i know paul would have really appreciated all the love and support given by his fellow macjammers in this sad, sad time. thank you…and paul, you will be missed!

  7. Neil Porter Says:

    Paul’s talent shone through so obviously on his first (and subsequent) posts at MJ – his voice was so smooth and confident and his songs so well crafted. I had no idea of his background, although I was always wondering how someone gets this good.

    Paul was very generous in his praise of others’ music and most humble when talking about his own tunes.

    I wish I’d had more time to get to know him through music and MJ.

    Paul’s passing is perhaps a valuable lesson that we all have a limited time on the planet – I for one plan to use it in ways that are positive and make me happy. Paul sure made a lot of us happy through his music.

    You will indeed be missed Paul.

    Neil

  8. Jaynie Says:

    Thank you all for this…he was my Uncle (2nd cousin actually but he always told us to call him uncle). My dad and here were only a month apart in age so they grew up together like brothers.

    His voice always sounded like home, and it always will.

    Eternally,

    Jaynie Davis-Rodriguez

  9. From MS Says:

    Anybody have info on how to find the song Sweet Magnolia Blues? I’d love to hear it!

  10. Paul's family Says:

    I just wanted to thank everyone on macjams for corresponding with Paul the last few months. Thank you for your encouragement as well. Paul had not been active in music in quite some time. Macjams meant alot to him and so did his fans and friends here. If I had not read his last post and wondered where he was going I would not have called him the night before he became ill. I just want everyone here to know how sweet and humble Paul was. I am technically challenged so if anyone can help me get word to garnersnake how much that little song meant to him please do. He had so much fun with that and was so pleased that her Dad liked what he did. Thank you all soooo much!
    Angela
    Paul’s niece

  11. Michelle Davis Says:

    I just wanted to thank everyone for being a fan of paul’s . And to hear of his passing was a huge loss to me . But his music will live on for decades to come. I listen to his music everyday and imagine him singing to our family up in heaven. I am his biggest fan and always will be even if he’s in heaven now. I miss him so much i tried to stay in touch but didn’t know he moved back to meridan till i heard of his passing . My family is sad at the loss of paul . Again thank you everyone for liking paul’s music. All my love Paul miss you deeply everyday . Your up there with our family now singing your heart out.

    All my Love,
    Michelle Davis- Leach
    Paul’s cousin

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  13. Patricia Protzman Says:

    Angela,

    Do you know what happened to Paul’s fan club website? It’s no longer available. I really enjoyed reading and participating in the postings and it was great to see the pictures of Paul & his family that you posted. I hope you and your family are doing well.

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