|Genres:||Disco R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||soul 60s deep soul blues|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||allmusic discogs lyrics other databases VIAF wikidata wikipedia|
2 September 1943, Simmesport, Louisiana, USA. Simons 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 singers musical path, initially on the Sound Stage 7 label. Lets Do It Over (1965), Simons first R&B hit, emphasized Richbourgs preference for a blend of gentle soul and country, and the singers smooth delivery found its niche on such poignant songs as Teenagers 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...