• The Golden Tones (2)


    The Golden Tones (2) (Richmond, Ca.)




    Personnel :

    Joe Simon (Lead)

    Bill johnson Jr

    James Spells

    Lynn Foster

    Lawrence Thomson




    Discography :

    1959 - Little Island Girl / Doreetha (Hush 101)
    1959 - You Left Me Here To Cry Alone / Ocean Of Tears (Hush 102)



    Biography :

    Joe Simon (born September 2, 1943, Simmesport, Louisiana) is a chart-topping, Grammy Award winning, soul and R&B artist. Like many other African-American artists from the era, Simon began singing in his father's Baptist church.


    The Golden West Gospel Singers

    He pursued his vocal abilities full-time once the family moved to Richmond (near Oakland, California) in the late 1950s. There Simon joined the Golden West Gospel Singers and became influenced by Sam Cooke and Arthur Prysock.

       
    Joe Simon                                                                                       

    In 1959, Golden West Bass Bill Johnson persuaded Joe Simon to quit gospel singing and try his hand at R&B. Johnson offered Simon a place in his son's secular quartet the Echo Tones. The Echo Tones were then composed ofJames Spells, Lynn Foster, Lawrence Thomson & Bill johnson Jr.

       

    With this, the group  decided to turn secular and recorded 2 singles under the name the Golden Tones for the hush Label in 1959. Following the release, Hush Records owners, Gary and Carla Thompson, urged Joe to take on a solo career, which he pursued with the Veejay imprint releasing 'My Adorable One' in 1964. He later had a successful career as a soul singer in the 60's and '70s




    Songs:

      
    Doreetha                                    Little Island Girl

      
    You Left Me Here To Cry Alone                Ocean Of Tears



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