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J.D. Souther

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While J.D. Souther might have produced his biggest effect on the country-rock audio behind the moments or in a assisting role for some of the larger pop names from the ’70s, he previously an extraordinary and critically acclaimed group of single albums which have unfortunately basically vanished from music enthusiasts’ radar. Created in Detroit, Souther grew up in Amarillo, Tx, which might help clarify his stylistic origins in both nation and rock and roll music. He was inside a music group known as John David & the Senders (also called the Cinders) during senior high school, and later on relocated to LA. He worked like a program musician, interacting with Glenn Frey and finally renting a residence with him; both were authorized to Amos Information and documented an album beneath the name Longbranch Pennywhistle. Souther’s contacts with Frey would demonstrate fruitful later on when he collaborated on a number of the Eagles’ biggest strike tracks like “Greatest of My Like,” “Heartache Tonight,” and “New Child around.” Before developing the Eagles, Frey got also performed in Linda Ronstadt’s music group; their cooperation would result in a long-term operating collaboration between Souther and Ronstadt. He created her 1973 recording Don’t Cry Right now and performed history vocals onto it. A lot of Ronstadt’s albums would feature Souther’s tracks after that, and he frequently performed like a vocalist in it aswell. David Geffen urged Souther to create the Souther-Hillman-Furay Music group with Chris Hillman and Richie Furay. The trio would record two albums before disbanding in 1975. Souther’s country-rock design was presented on four critically acclaimed — however, not especially commercially effective — single albums, 1972’s John David Souther, 1976’s Dark Rose, 1979’s You’re Just Unhappy, and 1984’s House by Dawn. Regular label adjustments plagued Souther, with each fresh company struggling to market his music. Between albums, he also worked well as a program participant with Don Henley and Danny Kortchmar and collaborated with Wayne Taylor on his music “Her Town As well,” which made an appearance on Taylor’s 1981 recording. The past due ’80s brought a tiny career modification for Souther as he garnered performing tasks for film and tv. He previously a recurring part on the tv screen series thirtysomething, in addition to tasks in two 3rd party films, To Mix the Rubicon and Steps to make the Cruelest Month. A apparently revitalized Souther released When the Globe Was You on Sluggish Curve Information in 2008. He came back to his past with 2011’s Organic Background, revisiting his crucial tracks (“Greatest of My Like,” “New Child around,” “Prisoner in Disguise,” “Faithless Like,” “You’re Just Lonely,” among others) in extra, muted preparations that quietly color a global where many people are desperate for like. Souther came back to acting aswell. He played the casual yet recurring part of songwriter Watty White colored in the 1st three months. In early 2015, Souther performed in the inaugural Tucson Jazz Event with pianist Billy Childs, who had written the string and horn graphs for the singer’s Might release, Tenderness. Made by Larry Klein using the vocalist/songwriter on acoustic guitar and vocals, his studio room music group included pianist Chris Walters and saxophonist Jeff Coffin; in addition to vocalist Lizz Wright and trumpeter Right up until Brönner.

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Full Name J. D. Souther
Profession Actor, Singer, Songwriter
Education Tascosa High School
Nationality American
Spouse Alex Sliwin
Parents John Souther, Loty Finley
Siblings Susan Burt, Shari Smeaton
Music Groups Souther–Hillman–Furay Band, Longbranch Pennywhistle
Music Songs You're Only Lonely, Faithless Love, New Kid in Town, How Long, Go Ahead And Rain, Songs of Love, Simple Man, Simple Dream, White Rhythm and Blues, The Last in Love, I'll Take Care Of You, Hearts Against the Wind, Something in the Dark, If You Don't Want My Love, Run Like a Thief, The Sad Café, I'll Be Here at Closing Time, If You Have Crying Eyes, The Moon Just Turned Blue, The Fast One, ‘Til the Bars Burn Down, Jesus in 3/4 Time, Silver Blue, Some People Call it Music, Kite Woman, Border Town [Remastered], Fifteen Bucks, Say You Will, Chorus of Your Own, Secret Handshake of Fate, Banging My Head Against the Moon, Trouble in Paradise, Journey Down the Nile
Albums Black Rose, If the World Was You, Home by Dawn, Natural History, Tenderness, John David Souther, You're Only Lonely, Black Rose - Live At The Troubadour Nightclub, West Hollywood, Ca. April 8Th 1976 (Remastered), Midnight In Tokyo, Rain - Live at the Belcourt Theatre, Rhino Hi-Five: J.D. Souther
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Country Song
Movies Deadline, The Pennsylvania Miners' Story, Purgatory, My Girl 2, To Cross The Rubicon, Always, Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night


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1 His favorite songs are "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" by Nat King Cole, "So What" by Miles Davis, "Angel Eyes" by Frank Sinatra, "Blue Rondo A La Turk" by Dave Brubeck, "Havana Moon" by Chuck Berry, "Nessun Dorma" by Luciano Pavarotti, "Crying" by Roy Orbison and "Shelter From The Storm" by Bob Dylan. (Source: BBC Radio 2 "Tracks of My Years").
2 Songs include "New Kid in Town," "Heartache Tonight," "You're Only Lonely," "Best Of My Love," "How Long," "I'll Be Here At Closing Time," "Faithless Love," "I'll Take Care Of You," and "The Last In Love.".
3 Singer/Songwriter/Actor.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Strictly Come Dancing 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
History of the Eagles Part One 2013 Documentary writer: "James Dean", "Victim of Love", "Heartache Tonight"
Sex and the City 2008 writer: "Heart of The Matter" - as John Souther
The Simpsons 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Eagles: The Farewell 1 Tour - Live from Melbourne 2005 Video writer: "New Kid in Town", "Heartache Tonight"
Bernadette Peters in Concert 1998 TV Movie writer: "Faithless Love" - uncredited
Eagles: Hell Freezes Over 1994 TV Special documentary writer: "The Heart of the Matter"
Pure Country 1992 writer: "LAST IN LOVE"
MTV Video Music Awards 1991 1991 TV Special writer: "The Heart of the Matter"
Queens Logic 1991 performer: "You're Only Lonely" / writer: "You're Only Lonely"
Always 1989 performer: "SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES" / producer: "SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES"
Permanent Record 1988 performer: "Wishing on Another Lucky Star" / producer: "Wishing on Another Lucky Star" / writer: "Wishing on Another Lucky Star"
The Color of Money 1986 writer: "Who Owns This Place?"
About Last Night... 1986 writer: "STEP BY STEP", "IF ANYBODY HAD A HEART"
Fire with Fire 1986 writer: "If Anybody Had a Heart"
The Sure Thing 1985 performer: "The Fast One" - as J. D. Souther / writer: "Heartache Tonight", "The Fast One" - as J. D. Souther
The Last Horror Film 1982 writer: "Trouble in Paradise" - as J.D. Souther
The Best Little Girl in the World 1981 TV Movie writer: "Heartache Tonight"
Coast to Coast 1980 performer: "You're Only Lonely" / writer: "You're Only Lonely"
Urban Cowboy 1980 performer: "Hearts Against The Wind", "The Moon Just Turned Blue" / writer: "Hearts Against The Wind", "The Moon Just Turned Blue"
Olivia Newton-John: Hollywood Nights 1980 TV Special writer: "Heartache Tonight"
FM 1978 writer: "Bad Man"
Top of the Pops 1977 TV Series writer - 1 episode

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nashville 2012-2013 TV Series Watty White
Deadline 2012/I Lucas Harper (as J.D. Souther)
The Pennsylvania Miners' Story 2002 TV Movie Dennis 'Harpo' Hall (as John David Souther)
Providence 2000 TV Series Dwayne Ballard
Purgatory 1999 TV Movie Brooks / Jesse James (as John David Souther)
How to Make the Cruelest Month 1998 Uncle Jerry (as John David Souther)
My Girl 2 1994 Jeffrey Pommeroy (as John David Souther)
To Cross the Rubicon 1991 David Berry (as J.D. Souther)
Postcards from the Edge 1990 Ted (as J.D. Souther)
Thirtysomething 1989-1990 TV Series John Dunaway
Always 1989 The Singer (as J.D. Souther)

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night 1988 TV Movie documentary vocal arranger - as J.D. Souther

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Good Day L.A. 2013 TV Series Himself
History of the Eagles Part One 2013 Documentary Himself
Troubadours 2011 Documentary Himself (as J.D. Souther)
American Masters 2011 TV Series documentary
Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night 1988 TV Movie documentary Himself (as J.D. Souther)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1990 ASCAP Award ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Top TV Series Anything But Love (1989)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1981 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special Urban Cowboy (1980) · Boz Scaggs
· David Foster
· Jerry Foster
· Bill Rice
· Brian Collins
· Robby Campbell
· Joe Walsh
· Bob Morrison
· Johnny Wilson
· Dan Fogelberg
· Bob Seger
· Wayland Holyfield
· Bob House
· Wanda Mallette
· Patti Ryan


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