Related Information for David Ackles David Ackles (February 27, 1937 - March 2, 1999) was a Californian singer-songwriter of the 1960s and 1970s.Although he never gained wide commercial success, he influenced other artists, especially British singer-songwriters such as Elvis Costello, Elton John and Phil Collins all of whom are self-declared fans of Ackles. When Collins was on the British radio show Desert Island Discs, he selected Ackles' song "Down River" as one of his eight most favorite songs. When Costell.. read more