Joe Simon

Joe Simon

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b. 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 "The Power Of Love" (1972), "Step By Step" (1973 - his only UK hit), "Theme From Cleopatra Jones" (1973) and "Get Down Get Down (Get On The Floor)" (1975), but the artist increasingly sacrificed his craft in favour of the dancefloor.
His late 70s releases were less well received and in 1980 he returned to Nashville. From that time, Simon's work was restricted to local labels.
At the turn of the 80s Simon joined the Nashville Posse label, making a very welcome return to country soul.
Cuts like “Magnolia”, the lively “Love Look At Us Now” and the delicate “Baby When Love Is In Your Heart” are simply magnificent.
But the pick is the beautiful “Glad You Came My Way”.
This classic had a super melody and Joe at his most introspective almost caresses the lyric.
Such dynamic range and control. This return to form continued as he signed for Compleat in the mid-80s. “Morning Noon And Night” and “Let Me Have My Way With You”, despite the lack of sweetening, are amongst the best black music from that decade.
Simon’s last secular 45 found him back with Richbourg cutting the fine Tony Joe White penned "Alone At Last"/ “Stay Love” but JR passed away and Simon lost heart.
These days Bishop Joe Simon leads his congregation in song, his glorious mellow voice still capable of sending shivers down your spine. Long may he continue to do so.
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Joe Simon Discography

Albums

Joe Simon Simon Pure Soul (Album) Sound Stage 7 US 1966 Sell This Version
Joe Simon No Sad Songs (Album) Sound Stage 7, Sound Stage 7 US 1968 Sell This Version
Joe Simon ...Better Than Ever (Album) Sound Stage 7, Sound Stage 7 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
Joe Simon The Chokin' Kind (Album) Sound Stage 7 US 1969 Sell This Version
Joe Simon Simon Sings (Album) Sound Stage 7 Venezuela 1968 Sell This Version
Joe Simon The Sounds Of Simon (Album) Spring Records UK 1971 Sell This Version
Joe Simon Drowning In The Sea Of Love (Album) Spring Records, Spring Records US 1972 Sell This Version
Joe Simon / Millie Jackson Joe Simon / Millie Jackson - Cleopatra Jones- (Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture) (Album) Warner Bros. Records Brazil 1973 Sell This Version
Joe Simon The Power Of Joe Simon (Album) Spring Records, Spring Records US 1973 Sell This Version
Joe Simon Simon Country (Album) Spring Records Germany 1973 Sell This Version
Joe Simon Mood, Heart And Soul (Album) Spring Records, Spring Records UK 1974 Sell This Version
Joe Simon Get Down (Album) Spring Records, Spring Records Germany 1975 Sell This Version
RL 7-6 Joe Simon / Funkadelic Joe Simon / Funkadelic - Get Down / Let's Take It To The Stage(LP, Transcription) AFRTS RL 7-6 US 1975 Sell This Version
Joe Simon Today (Album) Spring Records US 1976 Sell This Version
Joe Simon A Bad Case Of Love (Album) Spring Records UK 1977 Sell This Version
Joe Simon Easy To Love (Album) Spring Records UK 1977 Sell This Version
Joe Simon Love Vibrations (Album) Spring Records, Spring Records UK 1978 Sell This Version
Joe Simon Happy Birthday, Baby (Album) Spring Records US 1979 Sell This Version
Joe Simon Glad You Came My Way (Album) Posse Records Canada 1981 Sell This Version
Joe Simon Mr. Right (Album) Compleat Records UK 1985 Sell This Version
JS-101 Joe Simon Simon Preaches Prayer(LP) Skull Records (5) JS-101 US 1988 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

G-103 Joe Simon It's A Miracle / Land Of Love(7") Hush (5) G-103 US 1960 Sell This Version
G 107 Joe Simon Troubles(7") Hush (5) G 107 US 1961 Sell This Version
Joe Simon Just Like Yesterday/Only A Dream (Single) Irral Records US 1963 Sell This Version
104 Joe Simon Call My Name(7", Single, Mono) Hush 104 US 1963 Sell This Version