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Charles David Houston (born December 9, 1938 in Bossier City, Louisiana; died November 30, 1993 in Bossier City) was an American Grammy award winning country music singer. His peak in popularity came between the mid-1960s through the early 1970s. David Houston died of a brain aneurysm on November 30, 1993, less than two weeks before his 55th birthday.

In 1963, David Houston 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 No. 2 on Billboard magazine’s Hot Country Singles chart. Another song, 1965’s “Livin’ in a House Full of Love” did just as well.

1966 brought Houston’s breakthrough smash, “Almost Persuaded”. Having nothing to do with the Philip Paul Bliss hymn of the same title (based on Acts 26:28 (KJV)), the tale of a married man managing to fight off a temptress he had just met in a tavern quickly rocketed to No. 1 that August, eventually spending nine weeks atop Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. In the 40 years since “Almost Persuaded” became a country standard, no song has equaled or bettered this feat. However, two country songs have spent eight weeks at No.

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