David Houston (Charles David Houston)

David Houston

David Houston was born in Bossier City in northwestern Louisiana. He was a descendant of Sam Houston, the first president of the Republic of Texas and Confederate General Robert E. Lee. His godfather was 1920s pop singer Gene Austin, no relation to Stephen F. Austin, another founder of Texas. Like Austin, Houston lived briefly as a youth in a house at the intersection of Marshall and Goodwill streets in Minden, the seat of Webster Parish in northwestern Louisiana. Another musician from Minden, Tommy Tomlinson collaborated with Houston in the single “Mountain of Love”. David Houston was one of the earliest artists with National Recording Corporation in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1963, he rose to national stardom with “Mountain of Love”; the song, which was different from the tune made famous by composer Harold Dorman, Johnny Rivers, and Charley Pride, rose to number two on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. Another song, “Livin’ in a House Full of Love” (1965) did just as well. In 1966, Houston recorded his breakthrough secular smash, “Almost Persuaded.” This song, which is unrelated to the Philip Paul Bliss hymn of the same title, is the tale of a married man managing to resist a temptress he meets in a tavern. Houston’s recording of it quickly rocketed to number one that August, eventually spending nine weeks atop Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. For 46 years, no song equaled or bettered Houston’s feat until Taylor Swift matched the nine-week record of “Almost Persuaded” on December 15, 2012 with “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” (Swift’s song went on to surpass the nine-week run of “Almost Persuaded,” spending a 10th week at No. 1 in early 2013.)

David Houston was awarded 2 Grammy Awards for Best Country & Western Recording and Best Country & Western Performance, Male in 1967 for “Almost Persuaded”. “Almost Persuaded” began a string of top five Houston singles through 1973, including six more number ones: “With One Exception” and “You Mean the World to Me” (1967); “Have a Little Faith” and “Already It’s Heaven” (1968); “Baby, Baby (I Know You’re a Lady)” (1970); and 1967’s “My Elusive Dreams” duet with Tammy Wynette. In later years, Houston dueted with Barbara Mandrell on several of her early hits, most notably 1970’s “After Closing Time” and 1974’s “I Love You, I Love You”. Houston’s last Top 10 country hit came in 1974 with “Can’t You Feel It”. Although he continued making records until 1989. Houston died of a brain aneurysm in Bossier City some two weeks before his 58th birthday. He had been residing in the New Orleans suburb of Kenner. He is interred in the Rose-Neath Funeral Home Cemetery in Bossier City. Houston is survived by his only child, David Houston, Jr., who currently resides in Shreveport.

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Born

  • December, 09, 1935
  • Bossier City, Louisiana

Died

  • November, 30, 1993
  • Bossier City, Louisiana

Cause of Death

  • died from a ruptured brain aneurysm

Cemetery

  • Rose-Neath Cemetery
  • Bossier City, Louisiana

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