Joe Simon

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Joe Simon (born 2 September 1943, Simmesport, Louisiana, USA) is an American soul and R&B singer, record producer, songwriter.

Simon's professional career began when he moved to Oakland, California and released, "My Adorable One" in 1962, which 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 subsidiary Spring Records. He maintained his ties with Richbourg until 1971, when a Gamble & 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 dance floor. His late 1970s 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 beginning of the 1980s, Simon joined the Posse Records label, making a return to country soul. He signed with Compleat Records in the mid-1980s. Simon’s last secular 45 found him back with Richbourg cutting the Tony Joe White penned "Alone At Last"/ “Stay Love”. When Richbourg passed away Simon lost heart and turned away from the secular music world and devoted his life to Christianity becoming an evangelist preacher.
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Albums

SSS-15003 Joe Simon - Simon Pure Soul album art Joe Simon Simon Pure Soul (Album) Sound Stage 7 SSS-15003 US 1966 Sell This Version
SSS 15004, SSS15004 Joe Simon - No Sad Songs album art Joe Simon No Sad Songs (Album) Sound Stage 7, Sound Stage 7 SSS 15004, SSS15004 US 1968 Sell This Version
SLP 5008 Joe Simon - ...Better Than Ever album art Joe Simon ...Better Than Ever (Album) Sound Stage 7, Sound Stage 7 SLP 5008 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
SSS-15005 Joe Simon - Simon Sings album art Joe Simon Simon Sings (Album) Sound Stage 7 SSS-15005 Canada 1968 Sell This Version
SSS-15006 Joe Simon - The Chokin' Kind album art Joe Simon The Chokin' Kind (Album) Sound Stage 7, Sound Stage 7 SSS-15006 US 1969 Sell This Version
2918 001 Joe Simon - The Sounds Of Simon album art Joe Simon The Sounds Of Simon (Album) Spring Records 2918 001 UK 1971 Sell This Version
SPR-5702 Joe Simon - Drowning In The Sea Of Love album art Joe Simon Drowning In The Sea Of Love (Album) Spring Records, Spring Records SPR-5702 US 1972 Sell This Version
2391 080 Joe Simon - Simon Country album art Joe Simon Simon Country (Album) Spring Records 2391 080 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
WBLP-5.053 Joe Simon - Cleopatra Jones (Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture) album art Joe Simon / Millie Jackson Joe Simon / Millie Jackson - Cleopatra Jones (Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture) (Album) Warner Bros. Records WBLP-5.053 Brazil 1973 Sell This Version
SPR 5704 Joe Simon - The Power Of Joe Simon album art Joe Simon The Power Of Joe Simon (Album) Spring Records, Spring Records SPR 5704 US 1973 Sell This Version
2391 132 Joe Simon - Mood, Heart And Soul album art Joe Simon Mood, Heart And Soul (Album) Spring Records, Spring Records 2391 132 UK 1974 Sell This Version
2391 181 Joe Simon - Get Down album art Joe Simon Get Down (Album) Spring Records, Spring Records 2391 181 Germany 1975 Sell This Version
RL 7-6 Joe Simon - Get Down / Let's Take It To The Stage album art 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
SP-1-6710 Joe Simon - Today album art Joe Simon Today (Album) Spring Records SP-1-6710 US 1976 Sell This Version
SPRING SUPER 2391 260 Joe Simon - Easy To Love album art Joe Simon Easy To Love (Album) Spring Records SPRING SUPER 2391 260 UK 1977 Sell This Version
2391 307 Joe Simon - A Bad Case Of Love album art Joe Simon A Bad Case Of Love (Album) Spring Records, Polydor 2391 307 UK 1977 Sell This Version
2391 375 Joe Simon - Love Vibrations album art Joe Simon Love Vibrations (Album) Spring Records, Spring Records 2391 375 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
SP-1-6724 Joe Simon - Happy Birthday, Baby album art Joe Simon Happy Birthday, Baby (Album) Spring Records SP-1-6724 US 1979 Sell This Version
POS 10002 Joe Simon - Glad You Came My Way album art Joe Simon Glad You Came My Way (Album) Posse Records POS 10002 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
CLTLP 354 Joe Simon - Mr. Right album art Joe Simon Mr. Right (Album) Compleat Records CLTLP 354 UK 1985 Sell This Version
JS-101 Joe Simon - Simon Preaches Prayer album art Joe Simon Simon Preaches Prayer(LP) Skull Records (13) JS-101 US 1988 Sell This Version
2258 Joe Simon - This Story Must Be Told album art Joe Simon This Story Must Be Told(CD, Album) Ripete 2258 US 1998 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

G-103 Joe Simon - It's A Miracle / Land Of Love album art Joe Simon It's A Miracle / Land Of Love(7") Hush (5) G-103 US 1960 Sell This Version
G 106 Joe Simon - It's All Over album art Joe Simon It's All Over(7", Single) Hush (5) G 106 US 1961 Sell This Version
G 104 Joe Simon Call My Name(7", Single, Mono) Hush (5) G 104 US 1961 Sell This Version