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November 24

A Cover of “Almost Persuaded” by David Houston

“Almost Persuaded” is a song written by Glenn Sutton and Muscle Shoals songwriter Billy Sherrill. In 1966, David Houston made a record of it.

To tell its story, the song is about a married man. While he is standing by a tavern, the man sees a beautiful young woman and is instantly head over heels in love. Forgetting that he is married, he nearly gives in to temptation. However, when the two shared a slow dance, he sees the reflection of his wedding band in her eyes. Remembering his vows to his wife, he immediately leaves.

“Almost Persuaded” occupied the number 1 spot on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart for nine weeks. Since August 1966, it has continued to be a country standard. The song was also a moderate pop hit. The track reached number twenty-four on the Billboard pop chart and was David Houston’s only top 40 entry on the pop charts.

For nearly 50 years, 46 years and two months, no number 1 song matched the chart-topping longevity of “Almost Persuaded”. Until the week of December 15, 2012, Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” notched its ninth week. Swift totally outdid Houston on January 12, 2013, when the song returned at the top for a 10th non-consecutive week. Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” quickly overtook Swift and reigned for 24 weeks.

The song won a Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording of 1966.

David Houston apparently came from good lineage, including Sam Houston and Gen. Robert E. Lee. Born and raised in Bossier City, Louisiana, Houston became a regular on the Louisiana Hayride as a teenager. Having a soaring tenor voice was not totally appreciated. Getting his way to the music industry became quite a challenge. At first, he ended up as an insurance underwriter. Fortunately, in the early 60’s record producer Billy Sherrill brought Houston into Epic Records when it was still a young label. Houston brought the company its first real hit with “Mountain of Love”. In 1966, he broke through to major status with “Almost Persuaded”. He netted a pair of Grammy awards and brought pop recognition. As a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1971, he racked up 28 hit records over a decade. As part of these records, he had duets with Tammy Wynette and Barbara Mandrell.


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