Joe Dowell Biography

23 January 1940, Bloomington, Indiana, USA. Pop singer-songwriter Dowell bought a $10 guitar and wrote his first song ‘Tell Me’ when he was 13 years old. In later years he took part in talent contests and just before his 21st birthday decided to try his luck in Nashville. He signed to Smash Records, and a version of ‘Wooden Heart’ (Muss I Denn) - using bass guitar and organ instead of tuba and accordion - reached number 1 in the US charts in August 1961. The main reason for this was that Elvis Presley’s original was only available in Europe. After two other US hits, Joe went into advertising and had his own radio show in Illinois.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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