Singer and songwriter Paul Davis passed away on April 22,
2008, one day after his 60th birthday. firstname.lastname@example.org
sent me the following email:
Today I was contacted by Paul Davis family. Paul Davis has passed
He will be greatly missed by all! May he rest in peace. God
Bless him and his family. Please show the love to his family
that they deserve.
Here is the email below:
I'm sorry to deliver such bad news today. His
Birthday was yesterday April 21st and he turned 60 years old.
He had a severe heart attack yesterday at his home and was taken
by ambulance to the nearest hospital where he passed away at
7am this morning, April 22, in Meridian, Mississippi. There will
be no funeral or memorial service but just a small family gathering
where they will lay him to rest tomorrow April 23rd, at noon
in Meridian, Mississippi, as it sounds now. He is survived by
his loving son Jonathan who suffers from autism. He is approximately
26 years old. Paul had shared custody with his ex-wife Pam, who
also lived near by in Meridian. Paul was a loving father more
then anything and always there for his son.
Flowers can be sent to Marshall Florist (601)483-4538 but
Paul was a big supporter of T J Martell Foundation in Nashville,
TN. where donations are always welcomed to be sent. http://www.
My aunt, Ilene Berns signed Paul to her label Bang Records,
in Atlanta, Georgia in 1970 after discovering him in Meridian.
Paul lived for years in Alpharetta, GA. It was there where he
lived at the height of his career. It was at that time when his
song "I Go Crazy" went to number one on Billboard's
adult contemporary chart and crossed over to the top of the pop
charts placing as high as number 7 I believe. At that time he
broke the previous record held by Johnny Mathis of a song lasting
39 weeks in Billboards Top 100 when "I Go Crazy" made
the new record lasting 40 weeks. Paul had numerous top hit songs
as many of you already know. His son was born there in Atlanta.
Paul made numerous concert appearances, but was a very shy person
and preferred the studio and writing.
He loved to fish and is one of the warmest people I have ever
met. Back when I had my 15th birthday party in 1979 I had all
my high school friends over my aunt's farm in Alpharetta, GA
where she was on a huge lake where Paul would often go out fishing
on. He just happened to come into her ranch house after fishing
all day at the time I was getting surprised by a Birthday cake
and he joined in singing Happy Birthday to me with all my wide
eyed friends when they recognized who was standing right beside
them. My aunt sold Bang Records and moved to Nashville, and Paul
soon followed where he lived in a beautiful home on a farm surrounded
by horses and geese, where I last visited him with my cousin
while visiting my family in town. He did writing for Dan Seals,
Tanya Tucker, Marie Osmond, and (Monty Holmes who my aunt signed
when she started Bang Records II), and so many more!
A few years back he moved back to Meridian, to retire and
has been living there ever since. He just started back recently
working on some awesome writing and we were looking forward to
having the pleasure of hearing it as soon as it was completed.
My aunt had an opportunity to hear some and was very excited
saying it was some of his best work ever.
My cousins and I called him "Uncle Paul" but to
my aunt, he was her very best friend in the entire world. They
spoke almost every day all these years and always stood by each
other through thick and thin. We are all in a state of shock
right now as it happened so unexpectedly. Our family has suffered
a giant loss at this time and is in deep mourning.