#1 R&B, #13 Pop
Selling over one million copies in 1969, “Chokin’ Kind” won Mr. Joe Simon the 1969 Grammy for Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Male! Composed by the great song writer Harlan Howard, the award winning “Choking Kind” stayed on the charts for twelve weeks!
I love Simon’s smooth sounding ” Country with Soul delivery” — don’t you? I especially liked his dance music of the Seventies while under the tutelage of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.
Joe Simon began singing in the church and before his secular/pop music success his first recordings were made as a member of the Gospel group The Golden Tones.
Even though Simon was enjoying much success in his secular music career he eventually retired from performing to devote his life to the church — where his singing talents first were nurtured.
Here is Bishop Joe Simon performing “Amazing Grace” in his ever so smooth baritone.