Friday, September 14, 2012
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-J.D. Souther
Song:You're Only Lonely
Album:Border Town: The Very Best of J.D. Souther
John David Souther was a very successful songwriter in the 70s. The 1979 top ten hit You're Only Lonely was his only hit as a solo artist. He has also had success as an actor. He was born Nov. 2, 1945 in Detroit and grew up in Amarillo, TX. His main influence was Roy Orbison. Souther moved to Los Angeles in the late 60s. He became roommates with Glen Frey and Jackson Browne lived downstairs. Souther and Frey formed Longbranch Pennywhistle and they recorded an album in 1970. Then Souther recorded a solo album for Elektra in 1972. Then he formed Souther Hillman Furay Band with Chris Hillman of The Byrds and Richie Furay of Poco. Their two albums did not sell and Furay had become a born again Christian and didn't want to record secular music anymore. So they split up. Meanwhile Souther wrote Best Of My Love, Heartache Tonight and New Kid In Town for Eagles. He worked a lot with Linda Ronstadt and produced her album Don't Cry Now. And he did a lot of session singing. You're Only Lonely first appeared on the soundtrack of the 1978 film Coast To Coast. With James Taylor's help, it got Souther a deal at Columbia. You're Only Lonely reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1979. Also Souther's duet with Taylor Her Town Too reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100. You're Only Lonely was his only album for Columbia. You can get the song on this comp from the British label Salvo which also includes songs by Souther Hillman Furay Band and his duets with Linda Ronstadt. After a 1984 album on Warner Bros., Souther turned to acting. He played John Dunaway in the TV series thirtysomething. He also appeared in the films Postcards From Thev Edge and My Girl 2. Souther is playing songwriter producer Watty White in the upcoming ABC TV series Nashville. Last year he re-recorded many of his old songs for the CD Natural History on EOne Music. Here's J.D. Souther performing You're Only Lonely 1979.