Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music
(b 21 April '48, Meridian MS) Singer, songwriter and producer Davis first came to prominence mid-'70s as a contemporary country act with pop singles on Bang Records: 'Ride 'Em Cowboy' no. 23 '74, 'I Go Crazy' no. 7 '78, 'Sweet Life' no. 17 '78. Album Ride 'Em Cowboy had a lavish gatefold sleeve cut out as saloon doors. When pop hits dried up he emerged as a successful Nashville-based writer penning hits for Tanya Tucker, Marie Osmond, Dan Seals, etc. Survived a shooting '86; signed to Capitol and had no. 1 country hits 'You're Still New To Me' '86 (duet with Osmond) and 'I Won't Take Less Than Your Love' '87 (for Tanya Tucker and Paul Overstreet), also working as a successful producer.