THE STRANGE CHART HISTORY OF “I GO CRAZY’ BY PAUL DAVIS 1977-78

The other day I saw one of the Billboard Top 100 singles charts from 1978. Paul Davis’s “I Go Crazy” was at its peak position #7 on that chart. “I Go Crazy” had one of the craziest chart histories of any  hit song ever.

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“I Go Crazy” entered the Billboard Top 100 on August 27th, 1977 at #89. It would take over six months before it peaked at #7. It went like this #89 to #78 to #68 to #58 to #47 to #45 to #43 to #41, then it stayed at #41 for a second week, then it made the top 40 coming in at #37, to #34 to #31, to #29 to #28 to #25, it would stay at #25 for a second week then to #23 for two weeks then to #21 -again it looked like it peaked when it stayed at #21 for a second week. Then it jumped up 2 spots to #19 to #18 to #16 to #14 to #12 to #11 to #9 to #8 and then it reached its peak #7 where it stayed for three weeks in late March, early April of 1978. After three weeks at #7 it finally dropped to #28 then to #35 and then out of the Top 40. It would stay in the Top 100 from August 27th, 1977 to May 27th, 1978- a total of 40 weeks. It was a record at the time.

Paul Davis would have seven top 40 hits in his career, his last coming in 1982, he even had a hit that went one position higher than “I Go Crazy”- “’65 Love Affair” which went to #6 although it wasn’t as memorable as “I Go Crazy.”  Paul Davis died in 2008 of a heart attack one day after turning 60.

 

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