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December 15, 2021 5:32 pm  #1

Joe Simon, Chart-Topping R&B Singer, Dead at 85
Joe Simon, a Grammy-winning R&B singer whose hits included 1969’s “The Chokin’ Kind” and 1972’s “Power of Love” and was sampled in OutKast’s “So Fresh, So Clean” and other hip-hop classics, died Monday (Dec. 13) in his longtime hometown near Chicago. He was 85.
Born in Simmesport, La., Simon hated picking cotton and moved to Los Angeles to make it as a singer, spending his early years there homeless and living in a chicken coop. With nothing to do at night, he wrote 20 to 30 songs daily and developed his voice to the point that a label owner paid him $1,100 to record four songs written by others. He brought in local musicians including future funk greats Sly Stone and Larry Graham to play on 1964’s “My Adorable One,” which became Simon’s breakthrough hit.


December 16, 2021 10:09 pm  #2

Re: Joe Simon, Chart-Topping R&B Singer, Dead at 85

Really sad to hear that.  He was great.  He had also given up secular music and became a minister.  His album "This Story Must Be Told"  was without doubt the best secular to Christian transition ever.  It was a masterpiece.


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