memories of the ’70s – Don’t Give Up on Us by David Soul

David_Soul_-_Don't_Give_Up_On_Us_single_coverA star on the small screen, then a top 40 hitmaker with Billboard: the one hit wonder Don’t Give Up on Us by David Soul.

Soul was starring in the hit cop show Starsky & Hutch, and decided to turn his hand to a singing career, which had been his first choice as a performer.

Working with producer/writer Tony Macaulay, Soul recorded his song for a single, and recorded the B side – Black Bean Soup – with his girlfriend at the time, actress Lynne Marta.

Released in January 1977, the song had a steady climb on the US and UK music charts, and selling 1.6 million copies in the UK.

The song rode the wave of Soul’s popularity, becoming a number one hit for one week in the UK as well as number one for one week on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1977.

Soul’s song also hit the adult contemporary charts in the US – and also hit number one in Canada, Ireland and New Zealand.

The song officially became a one hit wonder as Soul never recorded again.  The song was covered by actor Owen Wilson in the 2004 film remake of Starsky & Hutch, which encouraged Soul to re-record the song.

About Waheeda Harris

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