Country music writer, producer and artist Paul Davis is best remembered for his hit songs “I Go Crazy”, “Sweet Life”, “65 Love Affair” and “Cool Night” but the artist also gained wide attention for his chart topping, Christian tinged hit song “Do Right”.
On September 6th 1980 “Do Right” was the top Christian Music Single in the land. At the same time other artists such as Bob Dylan and BJ Thomas were releasing faith influenced songs. Somewhat incredibly all three shared space on the mainstream charts with songs that received airplay on Christian radio as well. This may not sound like such a big deal in 2015 but in 1980 it was unique because of how few music focused Christian radio stations there were throughout the country. Most Christian stations delivered a mix of teaching programs, hymns, southern gospel, country music with Contemporary Christian Music resigned for “specialty” or “youth” programming.
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You can easily find “Do Right” on the expanded original release of his self titled project or you can get all of his most memorable songs on any one of several GREATEST HITS compilations that have been produced.
After “Do Right” Mr. Davis delivered his own mainstream hits “Cool Night” and “65 Love Affair” but spent the majority of his time as a a songwriter and producer.
In 1997 he teamed with Harmonic Session Musician Extraordinaire Terry McMillan for a new version of the song which can be found on McMillan’s project “Somebody’s Comin’” on Giant Records.
Paul Davis passed away April 22, 2008 just one day after his 60th birthday.
Interestingly much of his music rights are owned by Paul McCartney though Macca has yet to record any of the material himself.