David Houston (singer)

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David Houston
David Houston in 1965
David Houston in 1965
Background information
Birth nameCharles David Houston
Born(1935-12-09)December 9, 1935
OriginBossier City, Louisiana, U.S.
DiedNovember 30, 1993(1993-11-30) (aged 57)
  • Guitar
  • vocals
Years active1963–1989
Associated acts

Charles 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.[1]


As a child, David Houston lived in this house in Minden, Louisiana, directly across Marshall Street from the residence of later Mayor Jack Batton

Houston was born in Bossier City in northwestern Louisiana on December 9, 1935. He was a descendant of Sam Houston, the first president of the Republic of Texas and Confederate General Robert E. Lee. His godfather was 1920s pop singer Gene Austin, no relation to Stephen F. Austin, another founder of Texas. 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. Another musician from Minden, Tommy Tomlinson, collaborated with Houston in the single "Mountain of Love".

Houston was one of the earliest artists with National Recording Corporation in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1963, he rose to national stardom with "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, "Livin' in a House Full of Love" (1965), 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. For 46 years, no song equaled or bettered Houston's feat until Taylor Swift matched the nine-week record of "Almost Persuaded" on December 15, 2012, with "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." (Swift's song went on to surpass the nine-week run of "Almost Persuaded," spending a 10th week at No. 1 in early 2013.)

Houston was awarded 2 Grammy Awards for Best Country & Western Recording and Best Country & Western Performance, Male in 1967 for "Almost Persuaded".

He entertained troops at Fort Polk, Louisiana in 1968 which was very much appreciated.

"Almost Persuaded" began a string of top five Houston singles through 1973, including six more number ones: "With One Exception" and "You Mean the World to Me" (1967); "Have a Little Faith" and "Already It's Heaven" (1968); "Baby, Baby (I Know You're a Lady)" (1970); and 1967's "My Elusive Dreams" duet with Tammy Wynette. In later years, Houston dueted with Barbara Mandrell on several of her early hits, most notably 1970's "After Closing Time" and 1972's "I Love You, I Love You".

Houston's last Top 10 country hit came in 1974 with "Can't You Feel It", though he continued making records until 1989.

Houston died of a brain aneurysm on November 30, 1993, in Bossier City, one week before his 58th birthday. He had been residing in the New Orleans suburb of Kenner, and is now interred in the Rose-Neath Funeral Home Cemetery in Bossier City. Houston is survived by his only child, David L. Houston, who currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado.



Year Album Chart Positions Label
US Country US
1964 New Voice from Nashville Epic
1965 Twelve Great Country Hits
1966 Almost Persuaded 1 57
1967 A Loser's Cathedral 12
Golden Hyms
My Elusive Dreams (with Tammy Wynette) 11
You Mean the World to Me 3
1968 David Houston's Greatest Hits 20
Already It's Heaven 9
1969 Where Love Used to Live / My Woman's Good to Me 27
David 14 143
1970 Baby, Baby 7 194
The World of David Houston 35
Wonders of the Wine 13 170
1971 A Woman Always Knows 22 218
David Houston's Greatest Hits, Volume II 21
1972 The Day That Love Walked In 14
A Perfect Match (with Barbara Mandrell) 38
1973 The Many Sides of David Houston 45
Good Things 17
1975 A Man Needs Love
1976 What a Night
1977 David Houston Starday
1978 Best Gusto
1979 From the Heart of Houston Derrick
1980 Next Sunday I'm Gonna Be Saved Excelsior
1981 From Houston to You
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country US CAN Country
1963 "Mountain of Love" 2 132 New Voice from Nashville
1964 "Passing Through" 37
"Chickashay" 17
"One If for Him, Two If for Me" 11
"Love Looks Good on You" 17
1965 "Sweet, Sweet Judy" 18 A Loser's Cathedral
"Rose Colored Glasses"
"Livin' in a House Full of Love" 3 117 Almost Persuaded
1966 "Sammy" 47 single only
"Almost Persuaded"A 1 24 Almost Persuaded
"Where Could I Go? (But to Her)" 14 133 A Loser's Cathedral
"A Loser's Cathedral" 3 135
1967 "With One Exception" 1
"You Mean the World to Me" 1 75 1 You Mean the World to Me
1968 "Have a Little Faith" 1 98 1 Already It's Heaven
"Already It's Heaven" 1 1
"Where Love Used to Live" 2 1 Where Love Used to Live/
My Woman's Good to Me
1969 "My Woman's Good to Me" 4 1
"I'm Down to My Last 'I Love You'" 3 4 A Woman Always Knows
"Baby, Baby (I Know You're a Lady)" 1 1 Baby, Baby
1970 "I Do My Swinging at Home" 3 4 Wonders of the Wine
"Wonders of the Wine" 6 5
"After Closing Time" (with Barbara Mandrell) 6 4
1971 "A Woman Always Knows" 2 1 A Woman Always Knows
"Nashville" 9 24 David Houston's Greatest Hits, Volume II
"Home Sweet Home" 32 Good Things
"Maiden's Prayer" 10 19
1972 "The Day That Love Walked In" 18 20 The Day That Love Walked In
"Soft, Sweet and Warm" 8 6 Good Things
"I Wonder How John Felt (When He Baptized Jesus)" 41 single only
"Good Things" 2 3 Good Things
1973 "She's All Woman" 3 6
"The Lady of the Night" 22 95 single only
1974 "That Same Ol' Look of Love" 33 A Man Needs Love
"Ten Commandments of Love" (with Barbara Mandrell) 14 9
"Can't You Feel It" 9 13
1975 "A Man Needs Love" 36
"I'll Be Your Steppin' Stone" 40 45 What a Night
"Sweet Molly" (with Calvin Crawford) 69
"The Woman on My Mind" 35
1976 "What a Night" 51
"Lullaby Song" singles only
"Come on Down (To Our Favorite Forget-About-Her Place)" 24
1977 "So Many Ways" 33 David Houston
"Ain't That Lovin' You Baby" 68
"The Twelfth of Never" 98
"It Started All Over Again" 56 Best
1978 "No Tell Motel" 72
"Waltz of the Angels" 51 From the Heart of Houston
"Best Friends Make the Worst Enemies" 46
1979 "Faded Love and Winter Roses" 33
"Let Your Love Fall Back on Me" 57
"Here's to All the Too Hard Working Husbands (In the World)" 60
1980 "You're the Perfect Reason" 64 singles only
"Sad Love Song Lady" 78
1981 "My Lady" From Houston to You
"Texas Ida Red" 69
1989 "A Penny for Your Thoughts Tonight Virginia" 85 single only
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.
  • A"Almost Persuaded" also peaked at No. 45 on the RPM Top Singles chart in Canada.

Singles from collaboration albums[edit]

Year Single Collaborator Chart Positions Album
US Country US CAN Country
1967 "My Elusive Dreams" Tammy Wynette 1 89 My Elusive Dreams
1968 "It's All Over" 11
1971 "We've Got Everything but Love" Barbara Mandrell 20 A Perfect Match
1972 "A Perfect Match" 24
1973 "I Love You, I Love You" 6 18
1974 "Lovin' You Is Worth It" 40
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


Missing from David Houston's 45 Discography are "We Got Love" (1964) and "My Little Lady" (1965).


  • Roy, Don. (1998). "David Houston". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 249.

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