Songs of Dan Penn

The Songs of Dan Penn

With a new album just released, Dan Penn reminds everyone that there are few songwriters, and only one living, that have influenced (if not defined) the Memphis soul sound as he has. At 78, Dan Penn’s legacy is already sealed with songs that are enduring:  “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man”, “Dark End of the Street”, “Cry Like a Baby”, and so many more. Our show this Friday had to carefully curate tracks from Irma Thomas, Percy Sledge, Solomon Burke, Arthur Alexander, and a couple dozen more to pay proper tribute. As a musician and songwriter, this Muscle Shoals legend deserves a spot in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame and, while never considered a performer, his catalog includes three solo studio albums, one from 1973, another from 1994, and this year’s Living On Mercy. You’ll hear tracks from these and so much more in this morning’s episode of Deeper Roots.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Dan Penn Living On Mercy Living On Mercy Amazon
3Otis Redding You Left The Water Running The Muscle Shoals Sound Amazon
4Janis Joplin & The Full Tilt Boogie Band A Woman Left Lonely Pearl Amazon
5Aretha Franklin Do Right Woman, Do Right Man 30 Greatest Hits [Disc 1] Amazon
6James Carr The Dark End of the Street The Essential James Carr Amazon
7Jimmy Hughes Slippin' Around With You After Hours 3 – More Northern Soul Masters Amazon
8The Sweet Inspirations Sweet Inspiration Something's Got A Hold On Me Amazon
9Solomon Burke Take Me (Just As I Am) King Solomon / I Wish I Knew Amazon
10Arthur Alexander Rainbow Road (Album Version) Rainbow Road Amazon
11Marshall Crenshaw I'd Do It All over Again Adios Amigo: A Tribute to Arthur Alexander Amazon
12James & Bobby Purify I'm Your Puppet The Best Of Amazon
13Arthur Conley Take Me (Just As I Am) The Complete Fame Singles Volume 1 Amazon
14Dan Penn Strangest Feeling The Fame Recordings Amazon
15Irma Thomas I Count the Teardrops If You Want It, Come and Get It Amazon
16Irma Thomas Blue in the Heart My Heart's in Memphis: The Songs of Dan Penn Amazon
17Irma Thomas The Joke Is on You My Heart's in Memphis: The Songs of Dan Penn Amazon
18Dan Penn Let Them Talk The Complete Fame Singles Volume 1 Amazon
19The Box Tops Cry Like A Baby The Classic Sixties Collection: 1968 – The Hits That Rocked A Whole Generation Amazon
20The Box Tops People Gonna Talk The Ultimate Box Tops Amazon
21Percy Sledge It Tears Me Up The Atlantic Recordings – Disc 1 Amazon
22Percy Sledge Out Of Left Field It Tears Me Up: The Best Of Percy Sledge Amazon
23Cat Power Woman Left Lonely Jukebox Amazon
24Marcia Ball Look Before You Leap Roadside Attractions Amazon
25Art Freeman Slippin' Around With You The Complete Fame Singles Volume 1 Amazon
26Dan Penn The Puppet AKA I'm Your Puppet The Fame Recordings Amazon
27Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham Ol' Folks Moments From This Theatre Amazon
28Irma Thomas Zero Willpower My Heart's in Memphis: The Songs of Dan Penn Amazon
29Dan Penn Edge Of Love Living On Mercy Amazon

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