David Soul – “Don’t Give Up On Us”

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David Soul was a breath of fresh air. I remember his smooth, soft voice. In my teens my friends and I used to love buying the Tiger Beat and Teen Beat magazines. Of course, David Soul could be found on the cover of or in a pin up along with the other greats of the ‘70s. Being a teenager, my friends and I would find a comfortable place to sit so we could open our magazines and smile, giggle and kiss the photos of our favorites and read up on what they were up to. This was our Facebook, Instagram, Extra and TMZ of that day. These were fun years, there were no bad lyrics, just song lyrics magically written that was enough for not only my friends and I, but others around the world to enjoy, fall in love with and continue listening to in 2019.

Don’t Give Up on Us Baby was written by Tony Macaulay, who co-wrote 4 other UK #1s: “Baby Now That I’ve Found You” for the Foundations, “Let The Heartaches Begin” for Long John Baldry, “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)” for Edison Lighthouse and “Silver Lady” for David Soul. The song was from his album “Don’t Give Up on Us Baby” which was released in 1976 and was a #1 hit in both the UK and USA.

David Soul played Hutch (the blonde) on the TV cop show Starsky & Hutch. Soul was a singer before he became an actor, and recorded folk and pop singles in the early ’70s without any success. In desperation he sent a photograph of himself to the top New York entertainment agency William Morris. His ploy of disguising his face with a ski mask caught their imagination and he was immediately contracted to become the Covered Man, the resident singer on the Merv Griffin TV show. After completing the first series of Starsky & Hutch, Soul released an album before teaming up with Tony Macaulay and recording this, which became his first hit single. In the US this remained his only chart entry but in the UK he achieved four more Top 20 singles including another #1 with “Silver Lady” and a #2 with “Going In With My Eyes Wide Open.”

Soul: (from 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh): “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.”

In the UK, this was the top single of 1977.

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Song Lyrics – Don’t Give Up on Us

Don’t give up on us, baby
Don’t make the wrong seem right
The future isn’t just one night
It’s written in the moonlight
Painted on the stars
We can’t change ours
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
I really lost my head last night
You’ve got a right to start believin’
There’s still a little love left, even so
Don’t give up on us, baby
Lord knows we’ve come this far
Can’t we stay the way we are?
The angel and the dreamer
Who sometimes plays a fool
Don’t give up on us, I know
We can still come through
It’s written in the moonlight
and painted on the stars
We can’t change ours
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
Don’t give up on us, baby
Don’t give up on us, baby
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Tony Macaulay

 

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11 thoughts on “David Soul – “Don’t Give Up On Us”

            1. The boys, men, girls, and women who love fast cars. That red car with a white stripe was bold and enhanced that already cool muscle car. When people saw that car coming they knew they had better get out of the way and fast. Didn’t you love the way Starsky ran and slid over the top of that car?!? Just imagine how many people tried that…and failed! 😄

                1. I actually remember some stories of young men and women who tried that and spent time in the emergency room. I am happy to say none of those people where yours truly!! I hate others including someone you knew had to spend time in the E.R., but that’s what happens when a person get’s exited over something like a Muscle Car!

                  1. LOL… yea I can see people doing that.
                    Now I love Muscle Cars! I couldn’t fix anything on one but yea they excite me. I love the look of them. My first car was a 66 Mustang…in 83 they didn’t cost a lot and my mom gave 1000 for one…bad decision for a 16 year old…I didn’t take care of it of course…no wrecks but I drove it to death.

                    1. In 1983 it really wasn’t a classic yet but I loved it because it represented freedom…I haven’t locked one up yet but it’s a wonder I didn’t.