Rock's Backpages Library Rock's Backpages

Joe Simon: Lookin’ Back

Barney Hoskyns, Charly Records, August 1988

JOE SIMON IS one of soul’s great deepies, possessor of a richly mellow voice that puts him up there with such deep-throated greats as Jerry Butler and James Carr. His velvet-smooth timbre and lazy, dreamy phrasing epitomize ‘60s country soul, borrowing apparently as much from the diffident inflections of a Lefty Frizzell as from the supper-club crooning of his early influence Arthur Prysock. Never very successful in Britain — too mellow by half for soul cultists besotted with shrieking Picketts and barking Reddings — his languid performances earned him over twenty big American hits between 1966 and 1975.

Total word count of piece: 1862

Subscribe

Becoming a member is easy. Membership gives you access to all the thousands of articles in the library.

Click here to go to Subscribe page.

Click here for academic and other group subscriptions.

Login


Login via your library

If your local library has signed up with Rock's Backpages, please enter your card number below: