Joe Simon

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Joe Simon (born 7 September 1936, Simmesport, Louisiana, USA – died 13 December 2021) was a 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 Simon Pure Soul — Joe Simon Joe Simon Simon Pure Soul (Album) Sound Stage 7 SSS-15003 US 1966 Sell This Version
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SMO 5017 No Sad Songs — Joe Simon Joe Simon No Sad Songs (Album) Sound Stage 7, Sound Stage 7 SMO 5017 UK 1968 Sell This Version
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SLP 5008 ...Better Than Ever — Joe Simon Joe Simon ...Better Than Ever (Album) Sound Stage 7, Sound Stage 7 SLP 5008 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
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SSS-15005 Simon Sings — Joe Simon Joe Simon Simon Sings (Album) Sound Stage 7 SSS-15005 Canada 1968 Sell This Version
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SSS-15006 The Chokin' Kind — Joe Simon Joe Simon The Chokin' Kind (Album) Sound Stage 7, Sound Stage 7 SSS-15006 US 1969 Sell This Version
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2918 001 The Sounds Of Simon — Joe Simon Joe Simon The Sounds Of Simon (Album) Spring Records 2918 001 UK 1971 Sell This Version
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SPR-5702 Drowning In The Sea Of Love — Joe Simon Joe Simon Drowning In The Sea Of Love (Album) Spring Records, Spring Records SPR-5702 US 1972 Sell This Version
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2391 080 Simon Country — Joe Simon Joe Simon Simon Country (Album) Spring Records 2391 080 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
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WBLP-5.053 Cleopatra Jones (Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture) — Joe Simon 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
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SPR 5704 The Power Of Joe Simon — Joe Simon Joe Simon The Power Of Joe Simon (Album) Spring Records, Spring Records SPR 5704 US 1973 Sell This Version
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2391 132 Mood, Heart And Soul — Joe Simon Joe Simon Mood, Heart And Soul (Album) Spring Records, Spring Records 2391 132 UK 1974 Sell This Version
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SPR-6706 Get Down — Joe Simon Joe Simon Get Down (Album) Spring Records, Spring Records SPR-6706 US 1975 Sell This Version
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RL 7-6 Get Down / Let's Take It To The Stage — Joe Simon 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
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SP-1-6710 Today — Joe Simon Joe Simon Today (Album) Spring Records SP-1-6710 US 1976 Sell This Version
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SPRING SUPER 2391 260 Easy To Love — Joe Simon Joe Simon Easy To Love (Album) Spring Records SPRING SUPER 2391 260 UK 1977 Sell This Version
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2391 307 A Bad Case Of Love — Joe Simon Joe Simon A Bad Case Of Love (Album) Spring Records, Polydor 2391 307 UK 1977 Sell This Version
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2391 375 Love Vibrations — Joe Simon Joe Simon Love Vibrations (Album) Spring Records, Spring Records 2391 375 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
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SP-1-6724 Happy Birthday, Baby — Joe Simon Joe Simon Happy Birthday, Baby (Album) Spring Records SP-1-6724 US 1979 Sell This Version
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POS 10002 Glad You Came My Way — Joe Simon Joe Simon Glad You Came My Way (Album) Posse Records POS 10002 US 1981 Sell This Version
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CLTLP 354 Mr. Right — Joe Simon Joe Simon Mr. Right (Album) Compleat Records CLTLP 354 UK 1985 Sell This Version
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JS-101 Simon Preaches Prayer — Joe Simon Joe Simon Simon Preaches Prayer(LP) Skull Records (13) JS-101 US 1988 Sell This Version
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2258 This Story Must Be Told — Joe Simon Joe Simon This Story Must Be Told(CD, Album) Ripete 2258 US 1998 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

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