David Houston, singer
birth name: Charles David Houston

David Houston

December 9, 1938, Bossier City, LA ~ November 30, 1993, Bossier City, LA

A member of The Grand Ole Opry since 1971, he racked up 28 hit records over a decade, including duets with Tammy Wynette and Barbara Mandrell. David Houston made his last appearance on the show on November 6, 1993; later in the month he suffered a ruptured brain aneurism and remained in a coma for five days until his death on November 30. ~ Allmusic: David Houston ~ retrieved October 7, 2013 © Allmusic

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Houston made his debut on Louisiana Hayride when aged only 12. He continued with his studies and, encouraged by his manager, Tillman Franks, made a one-off single for Sun Records in Memphis, ‘Sherry's Lips/Miss Brown.’ In 1963 he was signed to Epic Records, who wanted to break into the country market. His first release, ‘Mountain Of Love’ made number 2 in the US country charts, and was followed by further hits including 'Livin' In A House Of Love' and 'Sweet, Sweet Judy'. In 1966, a song partly written by his producer Billy Sherrill, ‘Almost Persuaded', topped the US country charts and also made the Top 30. It established him as one of country music's top balladeers, and he had further country chart-toppers with ‘With One Exception,’ ‘My Elusive Dreams’ (a duet with Tammy Wynette), ‘You Mean The World To Me,’ ‘Have A Little Faith,’ ‘Already In Heaven’ and ‘Baby Baby (I Know You're A Lady).’ He also appeared in the 1967 country film Cotton-Pickin' Chicken Pluckers. He never repeated his success with Tammy Wynette and she says in her autobiography, Stand By Your Man, “If he was the last singer on earth, I'd never record with him again.” ~ Sing 365: David Houston ~ retrieved October 7, 2013 © Sing 365

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