Joe Simon

Also known as J Simon, J. Simon, J. Simone, J. Somon, Jo Simon, Simon, Somon

Discography of Joe Simon:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 River 2 Audio 1974-03-00 Polydor
2 Step By Step 2 Audio 1973 Polydor
3 Love Vibration 2 Audio 1978 Polydor
4 Drowning In The Sea Of Love 10 Audio 1972
5 Love Vibrations 9 Audio 1978 Spring Records
6 Bring It On Home To Me / When I'm Gone / Let's Do It Over 3 Audio 1980 Charly R&B
7 One Step At A Time 2 Audio 1977 Spring Records
8 Today 8 Audio 1976 Spring Records
9 Easy To Love 8 Audio 1977 Spring Records
10 Pool Of Bad Luck / Glad To Be Your Lover 2 Audio 1972 Spring Records
11 The Best Time Of My Life / What We Gonna Do Now 2 Audio 1974-09-00 Polydor
12 Carry Me / Do You Know What It's Like To Be Lonesome? 2 Audio 1973 Spring Records
13 Power Of Love / The Mirror Don't Lie 2 Audio 1972 Spring Records
14 Love Vibration 2 Audio 1978 Spring Records
15 Funny How Time Slips Away / Message From Maria 2 Audio 1976 Sound Stage 7
16 ...Better Than Ever 11 Audio 1969 Monument
17 The Power Of Joe Simon 10 Audio 1973 Polydor
18 That's The Way I Want Your Love / When 2 Audio 1970 Sound Stage 7
19 Get Down, Get Down (Get On The Floor) / In My Baby's Arms 2 Audio 1975 Spring Records
20 Drowning In The Sea Of Love 2 Audio L.M.C.E.
21 Cleopatra Jones- (Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture) 12 Audio 1973 Warner Bros. Records
22 The Best Of 12 Audio 1977 Polydor
23 Today 8 Audio 1976 Spring Records
24 Happy Birthday, Baby 7 Audio 1979 Spring Records
25 The Best Of Joe Simon 12 Audio 1970 Sound Stage 7
26 Joe Simon's Greatest Hits 10 Audio 1972 Sound Stage 7
27 The Power Of Joe Simon 10 Audio 1973
28 The Sounds Of Simon 10 Audio 1971 Spring Records
29 Baby, Don't Be Looking In My Mind / Don't Let Me Lose The Feeling 2 Audio 1969 Sound Stage 7
30 When I'm Gone / When You're Near 2 Audio 1965 Vee Jay Records
31 Drowning In The Sea Of Love 2 Audio 1971 Spring Records
32 The Chokin' Kind 2 Audio 1969 Sound Stage 7
33 Cleopatra Jones (Original Soundtrack) 12 Audio 2001
34 Get Down 8 Audio 1975 Polydor
35 Easy To Love 8 Audio 1977 Spring Records
36 Love Vibrations / Happy Birthday Baby 18 Audio 2000 Southbound
37 (You Keep Me) Hangin' On / Long Hot Summer 2 Audio 1968 Sound Stage 7
38 Joe Simon 12 Audio 1963 JOY Records (3)
39 The Chokin' Kind 2 Audio 1969 Monument
40 Nine Pound Steel / The Girl's Alright With Me 2 Audio 1969 Sound Stage 7
41 Step By Step 2 Audio 1973 Mojo
42 Music In My Bones / Fire Burning 2 Audio 1975 Spring Records
43 Fallin' In Love With You / Magnolia 2 Audio 1981 Posse Records
44 Are We Breaking Up / We're Together 2 Audio 1981 Posse Records
45 Glad You Came My Way / I Don't Wanna Make Love 2 Audio 1980 Posse Records
46 Baby, When Love Is In Your Heart (It's In Your Eyes) / Are We Breaking Up 2 Audio 1980 Posse Records
47 Go Sam 2 Audio 1982 Posse Records
48 It Be's That Way Sometimes / Get Down, Get Down "82" 2 Audio 1982 Posse Records
49 Deeper Than Love / Step By Step 2 Audio 1983 Posse Records
50 It Turns Me Inside Out / Morning, Noon And Night 2 Audio 1985 Compleat Records


b. 2 September 1943, Simmesport, Louisiana, USA.

Simon's professional career began following his move to Oakland, California, where a 1962 release, "My Adorable One", 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 Records subsidiary Spring.

He maintained his ties with Richbourg until 1971, when a Gamble And 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 dancefloor.

His late 70s 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 turn of the 80s Simon joined the Nashville Posse label, making a very welcome return to country soul.

Cuts like “Magnolia”, the lively “Love Look At Us Now” and the delicate “Baby When Love Is In Your Heart” are simply magnificent.

But the pick is the beautiful “Glad You Came My Way”.

This classic had a super melody and Joe at his most introspective almost caresses the lyric.

Such dynamic range and control. This return to form continued as he signed for Compleat in the mid-80s. “Morning Noon And Night” and “Let Me Have My Way With You”, despite the lack of sweetening, are amongst the best black music from that decade.

Simon’s last secular 45 found him back with Richbourg cutting the fine Tony Joe White penned "Alone At Last"/ “Stay Love” but JR passed away and Simon lost heart.

These days Bishop Joe Simon leads his congregation in song, his glorious mellow voice still capable of sending shivers down your spine. Long may he continue to do so.


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