Joe Simon had achieved scored two hits on the R&B chart in 1966 and 1967 with "Teenager's Prayer" and "My Special Prayer", both on the Nashville-based Sound Stage 7 label. Both had featured on his debut album.Through 1967 and into 1968 he released several more great singles. The three others which became hits were "Nine Pound Steel" (#19 R&B), written by Dan Penn and Wayne Carson Thompson, "No Sad Songs" (#22 R&B), originally recorded by Oscar Toney Jr., and "(You Keep Me) Hangin' On" (#11 R&B), which had originally been a country hit for The Gosdin Brothers in 1967.
His second album came out in 1968. It wasn't an entirely new set of songs, as most of them had already seen release as singles or b-sides, including his three most recent hits. Three of the other songs were also featured on his first album. Nevertheless it came together perfectly, showcasing Simon's distinctive brand of country-soul.
Pure Soul (1966) <|> Simon Sings (1969)
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