May 11

A 1977 Worldwide Hit: “Don’t Give Up On Us” by David Soul

A 1977 Worldwide Hit: "Don't Give Up On Us" by David Soul 1
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About the Song, A Global No. 1 Hit

Don’t give up on us, baby
We’re still worth one more try
I know we put a last one by
Just for a rainy evening
When maybe stars are few
Don’t give up on us, I know
We can still come through

Released in 1976 in the UK and 1977 in the US, “Don’t Give Up on Us” was recorded and made popular by American-British singer David Soul. The song was originally written and produced by Tony Macaulay, an English author, composer, and songwriter. In addition, “Don’t Give Up on Us” was Soul’s debut single.

A global smash that topped almost every music chart worldwide, “Don’t Give Up on Us” spent four weeks at no. 1 on the UK Singles Chart. Moreover, it also topped the Billboard Hot 100 spending a single week at no. 1. The song then entered and became no. 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary and also on the US Cash Box Top 100.

Don’t Give Up on Us” topped the music charts in other countries like Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the UK. In Canada, it reached no. 1 on both RPM Top Singles and RPM Adult Contemporary. To note, the song has sold 1.16 million copies in the UK. Furthermore, “Don’t Give Up on Us” was rated no. 93 in VH1’s 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders.

A 1977 Worldwide Hit: "Don't Give Up On Us" by David Soul 2
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David Soul’s Thoughts

In an interview with 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh, Soul revealed:

“I made an album in San Francisco for Private Stock but there was nothing suitable for a single. The company told me that Tony Macaulay had some good tunes and he came over and played me Don’t Give Up On Us and Going In With My Eyes Wide Open. Within 10 days, I had leant the songs and recorded them and Tony had mixed them and taken them back to England. They bazoomed to the top and they are 2 songs which have stood the test of time.”

Watch David Soul perform “Don’t Give Up On Us” below:

Don’t Give Up on Us: A Reflection

There are songs that catch your heart every time you hear them. Once you hear them play, your childhood memories come running back through your mind. One of the most nostalgic songs that have given me this feeling is “Don’t Give Up on Us.” Obviously, from its lyrics alone, the song centers on a love story between two people. It talks about not giving up and holding on. But more than the love story that it brings, we can also focus on other things that we don’t want to give up. Life, for example, is something precious and is God’s gift.

One time, I remember when one of my friends talked to me about ending his life. He has been frustrated with himself. He considered himself a failure, disappointing other people especially his family and friends. This thought overcame him and he tried ending his life. Fortunately, it was not his time to go back to the Lord yet. He was saved and recovered in the hospital after a few weeks. In one of my visits to his room, I purposely turned the radio on to lighten the mood in the room. This song, “Don’t Give Up on Us,” came playing. We suddenly looked at each other’s eyes and tears started rolling down our cheeks. A massive tight hug was then felt and the words, “Thank You So Much” were whispered. With just a simple song, a simple act, a simple gesture, everything was well and fixed.

I am so happy that both of us did not give up. I am so happy that we both held on to life as it held onto us.

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David Soul, Don't Give Up On Us

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