Dan Penn

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Wallace Daniel Pennington, 16 November 1941, Vernon, Alabama, USA. His reputation as a songwriter was secured when one of his early compositions, ‘Is A Bluebird Blue?’, was a hit for Conway Twitty in 1960. Penn also led a local group, the Mark V, which included David Briggs (piano), Norbert Putnam (bass) and Jerry Carrigan (drums). Also known as Dan Penn And The Pallbearers, these musicians later formed the core of the first Fame studio house band. Their subsequent departure for a more lucrative career in Nashville left room for a second session group, among whose number was pianist Spooner Oldham. Over the next few years, Penn’s partnership with this newcomer produced scores of excellent southern soul compositions, including ‘Out Of Left Field’, ‘It Tears Me Up’ (Percy Sledge), ‘Slippin’ Around’ (Clarence Carter) and ‘Let’s Do It Over’ (Joe Simon) and ‘The Dark End Of The Street’, a...

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