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April 16, 1977

David Soul, one half of TV cop show "Starsky & Hutch", went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Don't Give Up On Us', his only US hit.

Riding high on the success of playing in the hit TV show Starsky and Hutch, Soul returned to one of his early career choices as a singer. His debut, the Tony Macaulay-written-and-produced "Don't Give Up on Us" was a worldwide smash, spending four weeks at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart in January and February 1977, and a single week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1977. In addition, the song spent one week at No. 1 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart. It has sold 1.16 million copies in the UK. Its B-side, "Black Bean Soup", was a duet with actress Lynne Marta, whom Soul was involved with at the time.

David Richard Solberg was born in Chicago, Illinois, on August 28, 1943, and is of Norwegian extraction. 

​Soul first gained attention as the "Covered Man" appearing on The Merv Griffin Show in 1966 and 1967, on which he sang while wearing a mask. He explained: "My name is David Soul, and I want to be known for my music."
Soul appeared on many TV shows but his breakthrough came when he portrayed Detective Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson on Starsky & Hutch, a role he played from 1975 until 1979. Soul also directed three episodes of Starsky and Hutch. 

"Don't Give Up On Us" was #1 in April 1977, beating out such songs as "Hotel California" by The Eagles, "Maybe Im Amazed" by Paul McCartney and the classics "Disco Lucy" by Wilton Place Street Band and "Aint Gonna Bump No More (with No Big Fat Woman) by Joe Tex. 

Soul was married 5 times and had a bunch of kids. Soul moved to England and appeared on British TV and stage. He currently resides in the UK. 

Soul was never able to recreate the success of "Don't Give Up On Us". It was his "Stairway to Heaven". Some say a classic, and some say "the greatest song ever recorded"!

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