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R&B legend Joe Simon who sang 'Power of Love' and scooped Grammy award has died.
It is reported by music magazine Billboard that Simon passed away on Monday in his hometown near Chicago, US.
Currently, Simon's cause of death is unknown.
The 85-year-old was born in Simmesport, Louisiana and hated picking cotton so packed up and moved to Los Angeles to make it as a singer.
The R&B star was homeless for his earlier years and wrote between 20 to 30 songs a night developing his voice until a record label owner paid him just over a thousand dollars to record four songs written by others.
In 1968, Simon told the outlet “I don’t want to rush my career.
“I’ll take my time, because the artist who rushes overlooks a lot of things.”
However, his career did move pretty quickly after he gained three No.1s and 14 top 10s.
Over his career, Simon charted 51 pop and R&B chart hits between 1964 and 1981, including eight times in the US top 40, 38 times in the top 40 of the US R&B charts, and 13 chart hits in Canada.
In 1970, Simon was award a Grammy award for best male R&B vocal performance and this year, he was nominated as an inductee in the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame.
For all his success, Simon turned away from R&B.
He revealed in his 2016 documentary, Looking Back with Joe Simon: “To sing rhythm and blues, you had to act like a fool. Everybody out there was doped up.”
In 1983, Simon became an ordained minister, according to his grandson.
He made the change after completely forgetting the words to his hit songs he'd been singing for 25 years like on stay in front of 10,000 people.
He said: "Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like for everyone to sit down. I want you to know that I’m not able to sing these songs tonight…. I want everyone to go to the front door to the office and get your money back. Because I’m going to church."
Despite this Simon's hits and his influence in the industry continue all over the world today.
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