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Dan Penn

Songwriter/producer Dan Penn has been a quiet force behind Southern soul music for over thirty years. Always moving just out of view of the limelight, Penn has produced and written hits for the Box Tops, Solomon Burke, Aretha Franklin and Ronnie Milsap, among others.

Originally from Vernon, Alabama, Penn began his career as a performer, leading several white R&B bands around the Muscle Shoals area. Achieving early success by selling a hit song to Conway Twitty ("Is a Bluebird Blue?"), the songwriter eventually moved to Memphis, joining producer Chips Moman at his American Studios. Together the two, along with Penn's writing partner, organist Spooner Oldham, wrote and/or produced several hits for the Box Tops, such as "The Letter" and "Cry Like a Baby," throughout the late '60s.

Penn eventually returned to Muscle Shoals during the period when Atlantic Records vice president Jerry Wexler was bringing acts like Aretha Franklin and Solomon Burke down from New York to record there. This led to Franklin cutting the Penn/Oldham composition "Do Right Woman," and for the next several years, Penn compositions such as "Dark End of the Street," "Woman Left Lonely" and "I'm Your Puppet" became soul classics and were recorded by such greats as James Carr, Janis Joplin and Dionne Warwick, respectively.

Never really considered a performer, in 1994 Penn released the long awaited follow up to his 1973 solo album Nobody's Fool. This album contains Penn performances of songs that others are known for such as "I'm Your Puppet," as well as new material. Moments from This Theater followed in 1999. ~ Steve Kurutz
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Vanthology: A Tribute To Van Morrison

1. Tupelo Honey

2. Jackie Wilson Said

3. Have I Told You Lately

4. Brown Eyed Girl

5. Into The Mystic

6. Real Real Gone

7. Crazy Love

8. Gloria

9. Warm Love

10. Queen Of The Slipstream

11. Bright Side Of The Road

12. My Lonely Sad Eyes

13. I Like It Like That

14. Bulbs

15. Moondance

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Track List: In The Mood For Memphis

2. Memphis Women And Chicken

3. Memphis Town

6. Memphis In May

8. In The Mood For Memphis

11. Memphis Til Monday

12. I've Been To Memphis

13. Walking In Memphis

14. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again

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Track List: Man Of Somebody's Dreams - A Tribute To Chris Gaffney

1. Lift Your Leg

2. Midnight Dream

3. Man Of Somebody's Dreams

4. Artesia

5. Six Nights A Week

6. If Daddy Don't Sing Danny Boy

7. Frank's Tavern

8. Fight (Tonight's The Night)

11. Get Off My Back Lucy

12. 1968

13. King Of The Blues

14. Quiet Desperation

16. Silent Partner

17. I'm So Proud

18. The Guitars Of My Dead Friends

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Track List: Sounds From The South: At The Crossroads Of Rock, Country And Soul

Disc 1

1. The Seasons

2. Smokies

3. Hush

4. Papa Won't You Let Me Go To Town With You

5. Stone Fox Chase

6. God Rest His Soul

7. I Walk On Guilded Splinters

8. Please Be With Me

9. Ain't Wastin' Time No More

10. Be What You Want To

11. I'll Be Long Gone

12. Comin' Home

13. Seasons Come, Seasons Go

Disc 2

1. Out In The Woods

2. Polk Salad Annie

3. Come To Me Tonight

4. Morning Dew

5. If Love Was Money

6. I Won't Be Hangin' 'Round

8. Thirteen

9. Mississippi Delta

11. If I Were A Carpenter

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