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Joe Simon

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His plaintive baritone equally conversant with R & B and country phrasing, Joe Simon married the two genres with startling success during the late '60s, adapting Nashville material to the soul sound and repeatedly coming up a winner. Simon began recording in the Bay Area, but a switch in recording sites (first to Muscle Shoals for Vee-Jay and then to Nashville, upon signing with disc jockey John Richbourg's Sound Stage 7 label in 1966) heightened his national appeal. With easy access to prime country-oriented material, Simon soon found his true calling, scoring major hits with "Nine Pound Steel," "(You Keep Me) Hangin' On," and the number one R & B smash "The Chokin' Kind," penned by Music Row tunesmith Harlan Howard. Still dabbling in country covers after switching to the Spring imprint in 1970, Simon was even more successful when assigned to Philadelphia wizards Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, who produced the moody "Drowning in the Sea of Love" the next year. Simon tried his hand at disco in 1975 with the sizzling "Get Down, Get Down (Get on the Floor)" and "Music in My Bones," two of the most palatable artifacts of the era. Simon eventually retired from active performing to devote his life to the church.

-- Bill Dahl of All Music Guide.

Drowning In the Sea of Love Drowning In the Sea of Love
Theme from Cleopatra Jones Theme from Cleopatra Jones

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1967Pure Soul
1968No Sad Songs
1969The Chokin' Kind
1969Simon Sings
1969Better Than Ever
1971The Sounds of Simon
1972Drowning in the Sea of Love
1973Power of Simon
1973Simon Country
1974Mood, Heart and Soul
1975Get Down
1977Easy to Love
1978A Bad Case of Love
1979Love Vibrations
1981Glad You Came My Way
1998The Story Must Be Told
2007Time to Change


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1967 Pure Soul

01. Too Many Teardrops
02. Travelin' Man
03. Nobody But You
04. My Special Prayer
05. What Makes a Man Feel Good
06. That's All I Want (From You)
07. Teenager's Prayer
08. The Girl's Alright with Me
09. Long Hot Summer
10. When a Man Loves a Woman
11. Miss You So
12. Too Many Rivers

1968 No Sad Songs

01. (You Keep Me) Hanging On
02. My Special Prayer
03. Long Hot Summer
04. No Sad Songs
05. I Worry About You
06. Nine Pound Steel
07. Put Your Trust In Me (Depend On Me)
08. Travelling Man
09. In The Same Old Way
10. Can't Find No Happiness
11. Come On And Get It

1969 The Chokin' Kind

01. Baby Don't Be Looking in My Mind
02. The Dock of the Bay
03. Little Green Apples
04. Lonely Man
05. Chokin' Kind
06. Yours Love
07. Help Yourself (To All My Loving)
08. Wichita Lineman
09. Don't Let Me Lose That Feeling
10. I'm Too Far Gone (To Turn Around)
11. In the Still of the Night

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1969 Simon Sings

01. Message From Maria
02. Misty Blue
03. It's Too Late
04. Standing In The Safety Zone
05. In Reach Of Your Arms
06. I'm Going Home
07. Twinkle
08. Dreamin'
09. Looking Back
10. Funny How Time Slips Away
11. She Went A Little Bit Farther

1969 Better Than Ever

01. Silver Spoons And Coffee Cup
02. It's Hard To Get Along
03. In The Ghetto
04. I Got A Whole Lot Of Lovin'
05. Wounded Man
06. Time And Space
07. Straight Down To Heaven
08. When
09. After The Lights Go Down Low
10. San Francisco Is A Lonely Town
11. Rainbow Road

1971 The Sounds of Simon

01. To Lay Down Beside You
02. I Can`t See Nobody
03. Most Of All
04. No More Me
05. Your Time To Cry
06. Help Me Make It Through The Night
07. My Woman, My Woman, My Wife
08. I Love You More (Than Anything)
09. Georgia Blue
10. All My Hard Times
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1972 Drowning in the Sea of Love

01. Drowning in the Sea of Love
02. Glad to Be Your Lover
03. Something You Can Do Today
04. I Found My Dad
05. The Mirror Don't Lie
06. Ole Night Owl
07. You Are Everything
08. If
09. Let Me Be the One (The One Who Loves You)
10. Pool of Bad Luck

1973 Power of Simon

01. Step by Step
02. Your Time to Cry
03. Drowning in the Sea of Love
04. You Are the One for Me
05. Trouble in My Home
06. Talk Don't Bother Me
07. To Lay Down Beside You
08. Power of Love
09. Help Me Make It Through the Night
10. Georgia Blue
11. I Ain't Givin' Up
12. Who Was That Lady
13. River
14. Ever Since Then
15. Indiana Wants Me
16. Where Did All the Good Times Go
17. As My Thoughts Go Back to You
18. Weekend on the West Coast

1973 Simon Country

01. Do You Know What It's Like To Be Lonesome?
02. Five Hundred Miles
03. Woman Without Love
04. You Don't Know Me
05. To Get To You
06. Before The Next Teardrop Falls
07. Someone To Give My Love To
08. Good Things
09. Kiss An Angel Good Morning

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1974 Mood, Heart and Soul

01. Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye)
02. I Would Still Be There
03. Good Time Charle's Got The Blues
04. Covering The Same Old Ground
05. Walking Down Lonely Street
06. The Best Time Of My Life
07. What We Gonna Do Now
08. I'm In The Mood For You
09. Carry Me
10. Come Back Home

1975 Get Down

01. Get Down, Get Down (Get On The Floor)
02. Fire Burning
03. It Be's That Way Sometimes
04. Music In My Bones
05. You Don't Want To Believe It (My Man)
06. In My Baby's Arms
07. Still At The Mercy Of Your Love
08. It's Crying Time In Memphis

1976 Today

01. Let's Spend The Night Together
02. I Just Want To Make Love To You
03. Let The Good Times Roll
04. Come Get To This
05. What A Wonderful World
06. I Need You, You Need Me
07. I'll Take Care (Of You)
08. Music For My Lady
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1977 Easy to Love

01. You Didn't Have To Play No Games
02. Easy To Love
03. It Must Be Love
04. What's Left To Do
05. With You In Mind
06. Before The Night Is Over
07. She's My Lady
08. Sweet Memories

1978 A Bad Case of Love

01. Show Must Go On
02. Baby It's You For Me
03. Coming Down With A Bad Case Of Love
04. One Step At A Time
05. I've Got A Jones On You Baby
06. I Can't Live Without Your Love
07. Trace Of Your Love
08. Which Way Is Love
09. For Your Love, Love, Love
10. You Don't Know What You Got

1979 Love Vibrations

01. Love Vibration
02. Can We Come And Share In Love
03. Going Through These Changes
04. I Can't Stand A Liar
05. Somebody For Everybody
06. To Get To You
07. If You Got The Time (I've Got The Place)
08. It Must Be Love
09. I.O.U.

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1981 Glad You Came My Way

01. Falling In Love With You
02. Love Look At Us Now
03. Magnolia
04. All Over Me
05. Glad You Came My Way
06. Are We Breakin' Up
07. We're Together
08. No Relief In Sight
09. Baby, When Love Is In Your Heart (It's In Your Eyes)

1998 The Story Must Be Told

01. He's Gonna Smile On Me
02. Glad You Came My Way
03. Things Didn't Save Me
04. Amazing Grace
05. Lord You Heard My Cry
06. What A Time (666)
07. Lay My Burden Down (Glory Glory Hallelujah)
08. The Sun's Gonna Shine Again
09. Come IntoThe Arms Of Jesus
10. This Story Must Be Told
11. Soul Stirrers Medley:
    (Lead Me Jesus;
    The Last Mile Of The Way;
    Stand By Me Father;
    Jesus Be A Fence

2007 Time to Change

01. Time to Change
02. Lay My Burden Down
03. It's On World Order It's Strong
04. I Will Never Forget
05. There's a God Somewhere
06. I'm Not Making This Up
07. Number 23
08. Certainly Lord I Love Everybody
09. Glad You Came My Way
10. Time to Change (Remix)
11. There's a God Somewhere (Remix)
12. Number 23 (Remix)

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