Charles David Houston
- This article is about the country music singer. For other uses, see David Houston.
(December 9, 1935 – November 30, 1993) was an American country music
singer. His peak in popularity came between the mid-1960s through the early 1970s.
Houston, who was born in Bossier City
, was a descendant of General Robert E. Lee
and President of Texas Sam Houston
. His godfather was 1920s pop singer Gene Austin
. 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.
Houston was one of the earliest artists with National Recording Corporation
. In 1963, he rose to national stardom with the single "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, 1965's "Livin' in a House Full of Love" 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. Ever since "Almost Persuaded"... Read More