Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Mac Davis - "I'll Paint You a Song" (1970)

Mac Davis - "I'll Paint You a Song" (Billboard #110, entered 7/18/70; country #68). Written by Mac Davis. Produced by Jimmy Bowen. Arranged by Artie Butler. 45: "I'll Paint You a Song"/"Closest I Ever Came" (Columbia 1970). LP: Song Painter (Columbia 1970).

Mac Davis's second charting single as a vocalist was his own version of a song he'd written for Glen Campbell to sing on Norwood in a train car in the middle of the night - fully orchestrated but waking no one. "I'll Paint You a Song," with its rainbows and bluebirds, featured a comparable easy listening backdrop arranged by Artie Butler that laid the groundwork for Davis's forthcoming stream of crossover MOR-country hits. By 1972, his "Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me" would turn him into a multi-media figure in the mold of Campbell.

(In the late seventies a song came through my dad's Salt Lake City recording studio that turned into a familiar tearjearker for the Mormon church educational system. It was called "I'll Build You a Rainbow" and clearly used Davis's song as a template.)

Mac Davis - "I'll Paint You a Song"

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