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Dan Penn

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Dan Penn (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages audio, 16 September 1985

A short chat with the country-soul legend, talkin' about writing 'Cry Like A Baby', producing the Box Tops and the sadly MIA Eddie Hinton. (Chipping in with occasional comments: Dan's wife Linda...)

File format: mp3 File size: 9.2mb Interview length: 10 minutes Sound quality: ****

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Dan Penn

Interview by John Pidgeon, Record Hunter, March 1991

DAN PENN WROTE his first hit ('Is A Bluebird Blue?' for Conway Twitty) at fourteen, and collaborated prolifically with Spooner Oldham, turning out mid '60s ...

Cheatin' Meeting of Minds: 'The Dark End of the Street'

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Independent on Sunday, 9 January 1994

"THIS IS probably one of the greatest songs that's ever come out of black American music," announces Ricky Ross over the piano intro to Deacon ...

Southern Soul Rises Again : Dan Penn's Do Right Man Out on Top Label

Report and Interview by Steven R Rosen, Denver Post, 10 July 1994

IF THE RACIAL history of the American South was a book, it would be a tragedy - but not without inspirational chapters about black and ...

Dan Penn, Allen Toussaint, Guy Clark, Joe South, Vic Chesnutt: Southern Songwriters' Circle, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Live Review by Paul Sexton, The Times, 27 July 1994

A southern heaven ...

Dan Penn: A Career Made of Being Where He Doesn't Belong

Profile and Interview by Amy Linden, The New York Times, 31 July 1994

DAN PENN is propped against a graffiti-covered wall in Harlem. The photographer motions to him and Mr. Penn responds by pushing his sunglasses down and ...

Dan Penn: Once More With Feeling

Interview by Robert Gordon, MOJO, March 1995

Otis. Janis. Aretha. Gram. Each cut classic songs by the hallowed Dan Penn. Coaxed out of retirement, he recorded last year’s universally acclaimed Do Right ...

Sumpn' Funky Goin' On: True Tales of Blue-Eyed Backwoods Soul

Sleeve notes by Barney Hoskyns, 'Country Got Soul' (Casual Records), July 2003

THERE WAS SOMETHING funky happening in the American South in the late ‘60s and you didn’t know what it was, did you, Mr Jones? ...

Muscle Shoals: Soul of the South

Retrospective and Interview by Chris Campion, unpublished, September 2004

Muscle Shoals and Fame Studios are synonymous with the golden era of soul music. But the musicians who wrote and played on the songs that ...

see also Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham


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