1938 - 1993
Born on December 9, 1938 in Shreveport Louisiana, David was descendant of Sam Houston and Robert E. Lee. His love for music began early in life, and by the time he reached age 12 began performing for the "Louisiana Hayride" radio show, while continuing his studies in school.
Inspired by his manager, young David cut a
single for SUN records in Memphis.
By 1963 he scored his first number one hit "Mountain of Love" on Epic records and continued to supply chart topping tunes such as "Almost Persuaded", "You Mean the World to Me", and "Already it's Heaven".
David will also be remembered for his duets with Tammy Wynette, and partnership with Barbara Mandrell in 1970 when they gave us duets like "After Closing Time" and "I Love You, I Love You".
During his career, David scored with 7 number one country hits, and 61 chart entries,
In 1972 he Joined the Grand Ol' Opry and was a regular there until his final performance on November 6, 1993.
Later that month, David suffered from a brain aneurysm from which he never regained consciousness.
He was 57.
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