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John Simon (11th August Birthday)

PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:16 am
by john poole
John Simon - born 11th August, 1941 (Norwalk, Connecticut) - producer; musician; singer-songwriter. 70 today.

He wrote 'My Name is Jack' (for the film "You Are What You Eat") - a hit for Manfred Mann. Produced & played on "Music from Big Pink"; co-producer and played on the Band's second album and Bobby Charles' Bearsville LP.

'Talkin' to Your Toothbrush' - song he wrote & produced for (Mama) Cass Elliot's first album
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-4_uyKrH1U

Only clip of him I could find - playing piano for Taj Mahal on "Beat Club" in 1970 - 'Tomorrow May Not Be Your Day'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1S7lLE37l4

http://www.johnsimonmusic.net/

Interview on his work with The Band and (towards foot of page) Bobby Charles
http://theband.hiof.no/articles/the_truth.html

Re: John Simon (11th August Birthday)

PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 1:16 pm
by john poole
Mentioned on SoTW the other day in connection with “You Are What You Eat”, John is 75 today.

‘Davey’s on the Road Again’ from “John Simon’s Album” (1970) recorded with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section - the song was a collaboration with Robbie Robertson - or not (see YT comments); a hit for Manfred Mann’s Earth Band in 1978, ten years to the month since ‘My Name is Jack’ by an earlier Manfred group
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lo7uKpwszCU

should anyone be interested, a four part interview with John concerning his work as a producer -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ol5A7iUc9nw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sh0ct3Aeid8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_LQV7vBIoc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNghXJ4bJ70

Re: John Simon (11th August Birthday)

PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 2:42 pm
by NormanD
john poole wrote:Only clip of him I could find - playing piano for Taj Mahal on "Beat Club" in 1970 - 'Tomorrow May Not Be Your Day'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1S7lLE37l4 This is excellent.
Thanks (five years belated thanks) for unearthing it.

Interview on his work with The Band and (towards foot of page) Bobby Charles
http://theband.hiof.no/articles/the_truth.html
Ta for this too. I'm not sure how easy it was for the interviewer, but I rather liked his anti-rock mythology approach, eg
Q:What was the reason for you going over to the Isle of Wight?

A: Free trip. I just got a free ride. I don't know exactly where we were in the course of things, but we working on something together and the Isle of Wight Festival came up and, 'Do you wanna come? Sure.' That's all.


And
Q: I guess its fair to say that the Beatles didn't turn up to just jam with anyone.

A: Yeah, yeah. A lot of jamming. But what consequent is it? They're playing the blues and someone picks up a guitar and starts playing along. It wasn't any big deal. (Laughs) George says, 'Golly, I'm playing with Levon Helm.' And Robbie says, 'Golly, I'm playing with George Harrison.' Big deal.