John David Souther

John David Souther

Real Name:
John David Souther
American singer-songwriter and actor, as well as a multi instrumentalist.

Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013.

He is a well known country rock performer, writer and co-writer of hit songs for other artists, most famously Linda Ronstadt and association of the Eagles band.

Souther was greatly influenced by Texan Roy Orbison, whose sound he tried to emulate. Following his move to Los Angeles in the late 1960s, he met a young guitarist from Detroit named Glenn Frey. They bonded over their Detroit roots and a common love of country and R&B music. In short order, they began working together while sharing a small apartment in Los Angeles' Echo Park area (their downstairs neighbor was Jackson Browne with whom both Souther and Frey would collaborate on numerous projects).

Shortly after meeting, Souther and Frey formed a folk duo called Longbranch Pennywhistle. Their lone album, released in 1970 on Jimmy Bowen's Amos Records, featured significant contributions from guitarists James Burton and Ry Cooder, fiddler Doug Kershaw, drummer Jim Gordon, pianist Larry Knechtel and bassist Joe Osborn.

After recording an eponymous solo album in 1972, persuaded by David Geffen, Souther teamed up with Chris Hillman and Richie Furay to form the Souther Hillman Furay Band The group released two albums, but creative tensions and lack of record sales (not to mention Furay's discomfort with playing secular music following his conversion to Christianity) led to the band's demise.

Souther is probably best known for his well-crafted songwriting abilities, especially in the field of country rock. He co-wrote some of the biggest hits for the Eagles, including "Best of My Love", "Victim of Love", "Heartache Tonight", and "New Kid in Town". "How Long", which appears on the Eagles Long Road Out Of Eden was written by Souther and originally recorded on his first solo album in 1972. He also produced Linda Ronstadt's "Don't Cry Now" album, and wrote songs for several of Ronstadt's multi-platinum albums, including "Faithless Love" from Heart Like a Wheel and "White Rhythm and Blues" included in her Living in the USA album. He also recorded several notable duets with Ronstadt, including "Hasten Down the Wind," "Prisoner in Disguise," and "Sometimes You Can't Win." He wrote "Run Like a Thief," which appeared on Home Plate by Bonnie Raitt.

Souther has also contributed as a singer in works written by other artists, including backing vocals with Don Henley in "The Light Is On" by Christopher Cross on his eponymous debut album.

His biggest hit as a solo artist was his 1979 Orbison-influenced song "You're Only Lonely" from the album of the same name, which reached number 7 on the Billboard charts. A collaboration with James Taylor called "Her Town Too" from Taylor's Dad Loves His Work album reached number 11 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart.

He was a contributor on the Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night 1987 concert and video, sang The Platters' "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" in the 1989 movie Always and sang the theme song to the 1989-1992 sitcom Anything But Love.

On October 14, 2008 Souther released If the World Was You, his first new release in 25 years. In the Fall of 2009, Souther released a follow up live CD entitled Rain - Live at the Belcourt Theatre, featuring a blend of old and new material.

As an actor, he has played several roles, including the character of John Dunaway in the (1989–1990) third season of the television drama thirtysomething and Ted in the film Postcards from the Edge (1990). He also performs in the audio book genre including the recent Jimmy Buffett sequel to Tales from Margaritaville, A Salty Piece of Land. He played Jesse James in the Television movie "Purgatory" in 1999. He was also Jeffrey Pommeroy in "My Girl 2".
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John David Souther Discography


SYL.9003 John David Souther John David Souther (Album) Asylum Records SYL.9003 New Zealand 1972 Sell This Version
AS 53 037 John David Souther Black Rose (Album) Asylum Records AS 53 037 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
JC 36093 J.D. Souther* You're Only Lonely (Album) Columbia JC 36093 US 1979 Sell This Version
1-25081, 9 1-25081 J.D. Souther* Home By Dawn (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 1-25081, 9 1-25081 US 1984 Sell This Version
SC001V JD Souther* If The World Was You (Album) Slow Curve Records SC001V US 2008 Sell This Version
VICP-64957 JD Souther* Natural History (Album) Slow Curve Records VICP-64957 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
MOVLP1494 John David Souther Tenderness (Album) Sony Music, Masterworks (3) MOVLP1494 Europe 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

2C 006-93922, 2C 006-93.922 John David Souther How Long (Single) Asylum Records 2C 006-93922, 2C 006-93.922 France 1972 Sell This Version
E-45332 John David Souther Black Rose(7", Promo) Asylum Records E-45332 US 1976 Sell This Version
BA 222578 J. D. Souther* You're Only Lonely / Songs Of Love (Single) Columbia BA 222578 New Zealand 1979 Sell This Version
1-11196 John David Souther The Last In Love (Single) Columbia 1-11196 US 1979 Sell This Version
1-11302 J. D. Souther* If You Don't Want My Love (Single) CBS, CBS 1-11302 US 1979 Sell This Version
11-60514 James Taylor (2) And J.D. Souther* James Taylor (2) And J.D. Souther* - Her Town Too / Believe It Or Not (Single) Columbia 11-60514 US 1981 Sell This Version
7-29289 J.D. Souther* Go Ahead And Rain (Single) Warner Bros. Records 7-29289 US 1984 Sell This Version
PRO-A-2140 J.D. Souther* Selections From Home By Dawn(12", Single, Promo) Warner Bros. Records PRO-A-2140 US 1984 Sell This Version
P-B-8344 J. D. Souther* / Nancy Shanks J. D. Souther* / Nancy Shanks - Step By Step (Single) EMI America P-B-8344 US 1986 Sell This Version
SPRO-9779 John David Souther Step By Step(12") EMI America SPRO-9779 US 1986 Sell This Version
545 20 1423 7 John David Souther ¿Qué Pasó Anoche?(7", Single, Promo) EMI 545 20 1423 7 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
13-02422 J. D. Souther* You're Only Lonely / If You Don't Want My Love(7", Single) Columbia 13-02422 US Unknown Sell This Version


SALVOCD013 John David Souther Border Town - The Very Best Of J.D. Souther(CD, Comp) Salvo SALVOCD013 UK & Europe 2007 Sell This Version