Joe Simon Was Drowning In the Sea of Love

Joe Simon was one of the artists that I reperesented back in the day, he had a great voice and like many of the folks from Louisiana, a polite gentlman. John Hale takes a look at this career and life. -- TDR

Maybe it's all the rain we've been getting lately, but I listened to, and was reminded of a great, Grammy-winning R&B single from back in 1972 by Louisiana-born soul singer Joe Simon. The song is "Drowning In The Sea Of Love," a Top Three hit on Billboard's R&B chart in '72 that also made it to Number 11 on the Hot 100 chart, and sold a million-and-a-half copies.

The song was written by Leon Huff and Kenny Gamble of Philadelphia International records. Simon, from Simmesport, Louisiana, scored three number one R&B hits from the mid-sixties through the early seventies, and won the 1970 Grammy award for best male R&B performance for his version of the country standard "The Chokin' Kind," written by Harlan Howard and a hit earlier on the country charts for Waylon Jennings.

As an aside, Joe Simon's manager and producer through much of his career was John Richbourg. You probably remember Richbourg better as the velvet-voiced late night R&B disc jockey "John R." on Nashville super-station WLAC from back in the sixties.

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