Monday, 8 February 2016

Death Of The Day Joe Dowell, 76, American pop singer ("Wooden Heart"), heart attack

Joe Dowell

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Joe Dowell (January 23, 1940 – February 4, 2016) was an American pop singer.


He was born in Bloomington, Indiana, but moved to Bloomington, Illinois, as a child. He first performed at a ninth-grade talent show, and later attended the University of Illinois. At his first recording session (backed by organist Ray Stevens), he sang the tune "Wooden Heart", which had been a hit for Elvis Presley in Europe, but which was never released as a single stateside. "Wooden Heart", became the first single released on Smash Records to shoot to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.[1] In the wake of his success, Dowell wanted to become a songwriter in his own right, but due to contractual obligations, he was required to sing music owned by Smash's parent company, Mercury Records.[2] He had two further hits, "The Bridge of Love" (US #50) and "Little Red Rented Rowboat" (US #23),[3] but after struggles with his management he was dropped from the label.
Dowell went on to record one single for Monument Records and a folk album in the 1960s, and a number of singles and a gospel album for his own Journey label in the 1970s and 1980s. He also recorded a bicentennial EP for the Boy Scouts of America and radio jingles.[4]
Bear Family Records released a CD on Joe Dowell's music, including unreleased recordings. He died on February 4, 2016 in Bloomington, Illinois after suffering a heart attack in the prior weekend.[5]



Hot 100
Easy Listening
1961"Wooden Heart"/"Little Bo Peep"11Smash 1708
1961"The Bridge Of Love"/"Just Love Me"5010Smash 1717
1962"Little Red Rented Rowboat"/"The One I Left For You"23--Smash 1759
1962"Poor Little Cupid"/"No Secrets"----Smash 1786

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