David & David

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David & David
OriginUnited States
Years active1979–1987
LabelsA&M Records
Past membersDavid Baerwald
David Ricketts

David & David (stylized as David + David) was an American rock duo composed of Los Angeles-based studio musicians David Baerwald and David Ricketts. They are best known for their debut single "Welcome to the Boomtown" from the album Boomtown.[1] The single reached #37 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1986 and #8 on the Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart.[2]. It also peaked at 27 in Australia.

Boomtown was produced by Davitt Sigerson. It peaked at #39 on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold in the U.S. by the RIAA. The follow-up single, "Swallowed by the Cracks" reached #14 on the Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart, while "Ain't So Easy" peaked at #51 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #17 on the Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart.

David & David disbanded shortly after Boomtown, and Baerwald and Ricketts continued to work with other musicians. They both collaborated with Sheryl Crow on her debut LP, Tuesday Night Music Club.

In 2016 it was reported that the duo were working on a second album.[3][4][needs update]

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed David & David among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.[5]


Studio albums
Year Title Peak chart positions Album
Hot 100 Main Rock Australia
1986 "Welcome to the Boomtown"
(b/w "A Rock for the Forgotten")
37 8 27 Boomtown
"Swallowed by the Cracks"
(b/w "All Alone in the Big City")
14 96
1987 "Ain't So Easy"
(b/w "Swimming in the Ocean")
51 17 87
"—" denotes the single did not appear on this chart.


  1. ^ "David and David, a Couple of Musical Moralists Who Look at L.A. from Down the Up Staircase". People. January 12, 1987.
  2. ^ "David & David". AllMusic.
  3. ^ Stoplovingeverything.com
  4. ^ Facebook
  5. ^ Rosen, Jody (June 25, 2019). "Here Are Hundreds More Artists Whose Tapes Were Destroyed in the UMG Fire". The New York Times. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel. Joel Whitburn Presents Rock Tracks 1981-2008. p. 70.

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