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Joe Simon The Power Of Joe Simon...plus

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Joe Simon: The Power Of Joe Simon...plus

(2000/ACE) 18 tracks 1971-73

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  • Interpret: Joe Simon

  • Albumtitel: The Power Of Joe Simon...plus

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Label SOUTHBOUND

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0029667713221

  • Gewicht in Kg: 0.107
Simon, Joe - The Power Of Joe Simon...plus CD 1
01 Step By Step Joe Simon
02 Your Time To Cry Joe Simon
03 Drowning In The Sea Of Love Joe Simon
04 You Are The One For Me Joe Simon
05 Trouble In My Home Joe Simon
06 Talk Don't Bother Me Joe Simon
07 To Lay Down Beside You Joe Simon
08 Power Of Love Joe Simon
09 Help Me Make It Through The Night Joe Simon
10 Georgia Blue Joe Simon
11 I Ain't Givin' Up Joe Simon
12 Who Was That Lady Joe Simon
13 River Joe Simon
14 Ever Since Then Joe Simon
15 Indiana Wants Me Joe Simon
16 Where Did All The Good Times Go Joe Simon
17 As My Thoughts Go Back To You Joe Simon
18 Weekend On The Westcoast Joe Simon
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"Joe Simon"

Joe Simon

The Chokin' Kind 

Joe Simon

The Chokin' Kind 

Call Joe Simon the reluctant soul star. "My heart was never in it, but I could sing rhythm and blues," he claims. Often sounding like his collar was a little too tight, his tense, emotionally charged baritone was particularly attuned to transforming country songs into soul gold.

 

He was born September 2, 1943 in Simmesport, Louisiana. "When I was a kid, I was a gospel singer," he says. He moved to Oakland, California in 1959, joining a vocal group, The Golden Tones, that debuted on Garrie Thompson's little Hush label in 1959 with Doreetha. Jealousy over a deejay mentioning Joe's name on the air broke them up, and Simon recorded consistently as a solo for Hush and its Irral and Gee Bee logos after that. His devotional soul ballad My Adorable One got picked up by Vee-Jay in 1964, and Simon was on his way. "It was me," he says. "I had found myself."

Vee-Jay sent Joe down to Rick Hall's Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, where he cut his first hit, the Dan Penn/Spooner Oldham-penned '65 deep soul classic Let's Do It Over. But a problem arose. "Vee-Jay was in bankruptcy court, and they couldn't press it," says Joe. Nashville's top R&B deejay, WLAC's John Richbourg, was basically in charge of Monument's Sound Stage 7 R&B subsidiary. "We did a shake-hand agreement," says Simon, whose first SS7 offering, Teenager's Prayer, was a 1966 hit.

The plaintive My Special Prayer followed suit in 1967, as did Penn and Wayne Carson Thompson's chain gang lament Nine Pound Steel. "Most of my records was country songs," says Joe. "I took 'em out of country and put 'em in rhythm and blues." The hits came hot and heavy in 1968: the Memphis-cut pounder No Sad Songs was followed by a country-soaked (You Keep Me) Hangin' On and the weepy epic Message From Maria. But they were all eclipsed by The Chokin' Kind, a '67 C&W hit for Waylon Jennings.

Cut in Nashville and driven by Wayne Moss' churning bass, The Chokin' Kind went to #1 R&B and #13 pop, winning Simon a Grammy. "I got it from Harlan Howard," he says. "They put it on my desk. And we listened to it and went in the studio." Many more SS7 hits were around the bend, and that handshake deal was so firm that John R stayed at the helm even when Simon moved to Spring Records. Eventually Joe teamed with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff to wax his early '70s Spring smashes Drowning In the Sea Of Love and Power Of Love

In 1987, Simon enthusiastically abandoned his secular career to preach, never looking back. He's now a minister at a church in a southern suburb of Chicago.

 

- Bill Dahl -

Various - Sweet Soul Music

Various - Sweet Soul Music 28 Scorching Classics From 1969

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