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Subject: The OP is largely correct in that Paul Davis is largely forgotten. But that was by Paul's own doing.


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Date Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 02:26:08pm
In reply to: ...Hardly 's message, "What makes you think he was forgotten?" on Wednesday, April 22, 10:51:10am

Paul Davis was an extremely odd individual. An uncle of mine worked in Nashville as an A&R man at Arista Records and worked with him at the end of his career. Highly talented, he also had a bitter streak a mile wide. He turned on the music industry just as MTV began. When Cool Night was a crossover hit, there was some interest in making a music video. Some executive suggested to him that he needed to shave his beard and cut his hair. He said if it was a choice between his hair and his career, he'd choose his hair. Guess what? That's exactly what he did. After the release of his album Cool Night, he simply quit the music biz. Aside from one or two guest single appearances--done with friends who had to drag it out of him--he retired, with no new music nor live appearances.

He was really into technology. He felt the compact disc phenomenon was soulless. He refused to allow his music to be released in the format. He was highly upset at the one or two times his albums were released in Japan, but he had no say in the matter. He begrudgingly relented to allow only a handful of songs to be released on a greatest hits package.
It wasn't until after his death that his albums proper were reissued on CD, and even then the estate had orders to keep them discreet and limited.

He was also somewhat reclusive. He was friendly and outgoing, but when he got into his music, he really got into his music, disappearing for days--even weeks--into his home studio of modern-day gadgets, composing and recording hundreds and hundreds of hours of music, none of which has ever been heard--or will be heard.
Paul simply didn't care about the industry, he didn't care about the fame, he didn't care about the success. Once he was commercially successful, he didn't need any of it.

So when it's said he is largely forgotten, that's true. And Paul wouldn't have wanted it any other way...

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My understanding his only child (now 41) was with special needs, and whose long term needs were dutifully met by his former wife until her death in 2017. (NT)Any details?Wednesday, April 22, 02:45:43pm


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