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Album: Cool NightReleased: 1982Charted:
This is a nostalgic look back at a high school romance which went nowhere, but at the time was light and fun, without the weight of grown-up responsibilities. This was the most successful song for Davis, who died of a heart attack in 2008.
In spite of this song's popularity, Davis himself disliked the song, regarding it as bubblegum and a sell-out. In fact, it was one of the reasons that he retired from performing in the mid-1980s.
Any show business veteran knows that besides talent, the two most important qualities needed for success are hard work and perseverance. Take the case of Paul Davis. The Southern singer-songwriter began his recording career at the dawn of the 1970s, and spent half the decade searching for a winning musical identity. At first, he was a socially conscious folk singer; next he became an Eagle-styled country rocker. Finally, Davis began to blend his folk and country sides together into a contemporary pop sound, and this approach proved the charm - he began scoring regular hits, including this one.
Davis wrote this as "'55 Love Affair," but like US speed limits, 55 got bumped for 65. His record company wanted the song to appeal to a younger audience and had Davis change the title. The lyrics, however, remained squarely in the '50s, with references to drive-ins, car hops and Doo Wop.