Joe Simon

Genres: Disco R&B / Soul
Tags: soul 60s deep soul blues Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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2 September 1943, Simmesport, Louisiana, USA. Simon’s professional career began following his move to Oakland, California, where a 1962 release, ‘My Adorable One’, was a minor hit. In 1964, Joe met John Richbourg, a Nashville-based disc jockey who began guiding the singer’s musical path, initially on the Sound Stage 7 label. ‘Let’s Do It Over’ (1965), Simon’s first R&B hit, emphasized Richbourg’s preference for a blend of gentle soul and country, and the singer’s smooth delivery found its niche on such poignant songs as ‘Teenager’s Prayer’, ‘Nine Pound Steel’ (both 1967) and ‘The Chokin’ Kind’, a US R&B number 1 in 1969. The following year, Simon moved to the Polydor Records subsidiary Spring. He maintained his ties with Richbourg until 1971, when a Gamble And Huff production, ‘Drowning In The Sea Of Love’, was an R&B number 3. Further success came with...

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