Can I Change My Mind (2:46)

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Davis was born in a rural community twenty miles outside of Greenville, Mississippi[1] to Willie Branch and Ora Lee Jones. He spent most of his formative years in Saginaw, Michigan, but moved to Chicago in 1959.

Working as a valet/chaffeur for blues singer Freddie King, he started singing in local clubs where he was discovered by record executive/musician Harold Burrage.

His early records for small record labels in the city failed to register. Successful Chicago record producer Carl Davis (no relation) signed him in 1968 to a new label, Dakar Records that he was starting as part of a distribution deal with Atlantic.

His first release, “A Woman Needs To Be Loved” was flipped when the b-side started to get radio attention. The song, “Can I Change My Mind” featured a change of vocal style for Davis with a softer, more pleading approach and tone.
The record now shot up the listings and spent three weeks on the top of the Billboard R&B chart while climbing to #5 in the Hot 100. It sold over one million and received gold disc recognition.


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