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Dan Penn on The Soulful Situation

Dan Penn on The Soulful Situation
Monday, June 18, 2007

Wallace Daniel Pennington was born in Vernon, Alabama, November 16th, 1941. In the early 60s Dan Penn began writing songs. Today, many of those songs are such a part of the cultural history of the 60s that you are likely to recognize song after song that he penned during that era. Here are just a few: "Dark End of the Street", "Do Right Woman", "Cry Like a Baby", "Do Right Man" and finally, many folks favorite sixties song "I'm Your Puppet" done by James & Bobby Purify.

The following are just a few of the groups known for their covers of Dan Penn songs: the Box Tops, James & Bobby Purify, Sweet Inspirations, Percy Sledge, James Carr, Solomon Burke, Joe Simon, Bobby Womack, Bobby Bare, Aretha Franklin, Charlie Rich and Otis Redding. There are literally hundreds more.

Robin Tomlin encountered Penn during the latest Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans and he agreed to an interview. Tune into Soulful Situation, Noon-2:00pm for an interview with Dan Penn interspersed with several of his songs only on 91.1 WTJU-FM.

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