Monday, January 26, 2015

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Joe Simon

Artist:Joe Simon
Song:Drowning In The Sea Of Love
Album:The Power Of Joe Simon

Joe Simon is an outstanding soul singer who had success mostly in the 70s with songs like Drowning In The Sea of Love. He left secular music for the ministry in the late 70s. He was born Sept. 2, 1943 in Simmesport, LA and he grew up singing in his dad's church. He decided to become a professional singer after his family moved to Oakland, CA. He sang with the Golden West Gospel Singers who became the Golden Tones in 1959. Simon recorded for Vee Jay just as they were going out of business in 1965. Then he recorded for Nashville DJ John Richbourg's Sound Stage 7 label and The Chokin' Kind reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1969. That record won him a Grammy. Then he moved to the Polydor label Spring Records and legendary Philly Soul producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Their smooth production and Simon's country soul was a potent mix. Drowning In The Sea Of Love and Power Of Love both reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100. He also wrote the music for the 1973 film Cleopatra Jones. Simon also scored with the 1975 disco song Get Down, Get Down. Unfortunately there isn't a comprehensive Joe Simon comp in print right now. But Ace Records has added Drowning In The Sea Of Love to this release of The Power Of Joe Simon. By the late 70s, Simon decided to follow in his dad's footsteps and become a preacher in Illinois. He still does that and has recorded gospel occasionally. Here's a video for Drowning In The Sea Of Love by Joe Simon.

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