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Joseph Harry “Joe” Dowell, geboren am 23. Januar 1940 in Bloomington, Indiana, wurde 1961 durch seinen Nummer-eins-Hit Wooden Heart (Muss i denn) bekannt. Er starb am 4. Februar 2016 in Bloomington an den Folgen eines Herzinfarkts.


Joe Dowell studierte Kommunikationswissenschaften an der University of Illinois, als 1960 Elvis Presley für den Film G. I. Blues (Kaffee Europa) den Song Wooden Heart aufnahm, eine Adaption des deutschen Volksliedes Muss i denn, muss i denn zum Städtele hinaus


Am 26. Mai 1961 nahm Joe Dowell für den US-Markt und den Produzenten Shelby Singleton im Rahmen seiner ersten Session überhaupt Wooden Heart auf. Wooden Heart wurde innerhalb von drei Tagen auf dem Smash-Label veröffentlicht. Dowell wurde auf eine vierwöchige Promotiontour geschickt. Am 26. Juni stieg seine Single in die Billboard-Charts ein, setzte sich gegen und am 28. August 1961 eroberte sie die Spitzenposition von Bobby Lewis und verkaufte sich mehr als eine Million mal. Zwei weitere Singles mit Platzierungen in den Top 50verhinderten, dass er ein echtes One-Hit-Wonder wurde.


2004 veröffentlichte Bear Family Records eine Retrospektive mit 32 Titeln aus den frühen 1960ern, darunter die drei Hits.



"I'm not so proud of this, that I did a little bragging," Joe Dowell recalls. As a 21-year-old student from the University of Illinois in Champaign with a little time to spare during final exams, he and a friend, John Coleman, drove to Nashville, Tennessee in a borrowed Volkswagen. They visited every record label and publishing house on Music Row as Dowell tried to raise interest in his songs and singing ability. He told the music biz skeptics, "I know my first record is going to go to #1. I just feel it! I know it will!"  Dowell later heard from Red Sovine that he became the butt of jokes up and down Music Row, this unknown kid full of braggadocio. But when his debut single, Wooden Heart, sailed to the top of the charts a few months later, "All the backstabbing stopped on Music Row," Dowell says. "They didn't say anything more."

Wooden Heart  was one of the biggest hits of 1961 and the beginning of Dowell's two-year stint at Smash, a then-new subsidiary of Mercury Records. Dowell's Smash recordings encompassed a variety of styles—rock 'n' roll, teen idol pop, traditional pop—as Dowell struggled to assert himself as a serious vocalist and songwriter while his label made him cut a series of teen-oriented novelties. Dowell likened the artistic process at Smash to an assembly line, but his tenure with the label yielded several chart hits, two albums, and some fun novelty music he performed well even when it was not to his liking.

Joseph Harry Dowell was born January 23, 1940 in Bloomington, Indiana, a small college town an hour's drive south of Indianapolis. His father, Harry Francis Dowell, taught high school physics and French, led the high school orchestra, and coached basketball and swimming. While teaching in Terre Haute, Indiana, he married one of his former students, Ruth Reupke. Dissatisfied with his low pay, Harry became involved with the Boy Scouts and moved to Bloomington, Indiana to work as an assistant Scout executive. Joe was born there and his family—father, mother, and older sister Joann—lived in a tidy house on Union Street.

Harry was offered a position as head Scout executive in 1941 that required the Dowells to relocate to another Bloomington--Bloomington, Illinois, 130 miles southwest of Chicago. Ruth took a job at Haywood High School where she taught English and Latin and served as the school's librarian and play director, a job she held for 22 years.

Joe's older sister Joann died of encephalitis from a tick bite in 1943 at the age of 7, and in 1950 tragedy struck again when Joe's 47-year-old father died of a heart attack. His mother was left to support Joe and his younger sister Susie while trying to deal with the blow of losing half her family. At thirteen Joe picked up the guitar and began writing songs as a way of working through his feelings of loss.

"I wrote my first song, the lyrics of which are pretty telling," Joe remembers. "I felt as if I were being abandoned by the world. There was a lot of anguish. And the first song lyric I ever wrote with a guitar was 'Tell me why you don't love me anymore.' Obviously expressing a sense of sorrow and loneliness, because it was not written to a girl or to a broken boy-girl relationship. It was a statement of psychology to the world in general: Tell me why I'm unloved."

Within his family, Dowell says, "Mother was dealing with her own emotions and could not be expected to be phenomenal child psychologist, God, teacher, homemaker, cook, and all that. So she really did not know what I was going through."

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