J. D. Souther

Musician and Actor
Born Nov 2, 1945

John David Souther is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and actor. He has written and co-written numerous hits songs recorded by artists such as Linda Ronstadt and Glenn Frey of the Eagles.

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1945 Birth Born on November 2, 1945.


1969 23 Years Old Souther married Alexandra Sliwin in March 1969, but divorced in 1972. … Read More
1972 26 Years Old 1 More Event
After recording an eponymous solo album in 1972 Souther teamed up with Chris Hillman and Richie Furay to form the Souther Hillman Furay Band. … Read More
1975 29 Years Old He wrote "Run Like a Thief" which appeared on Home Plate by Bonnie Raitt in 1975. … Read More


1976 30 Years Old Souther has also contributed as a singer to works written by other artists, including backing vocals with Don Henley on "The Light Is On" for Christopher Cross on his eponymous debut album; on the songs "False Faces" and "Loose Ends" on the late Dan Fogelberg's 1976 LP Nether Lands; and, with Fogelberg, on "The Hot Damn Brothers" on Fogelberg's 1975 LP Captured Angel.
1979 33 Years Old He scored his biggest hit with the 1979 song "You're Only Lonely", from the album of the same name, which reached number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and held the #1 spot on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart for five consecutive weeks.
1981 35 Years Old A collaboration with his old friend James Taylor called "Her Town Too" (from Taylor's platinum-certified Dad Loves His Work album) reached #11 on the Hot 100 and went Top Five on AC radio in 1981.


1987 41 Years Old In 1987, he contributed, performed, and did the vocal arrangements for the Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night concert and video, sang The Platters' "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" in Steven Spielberg's 1989 film Always, and wrote the theme song to the 1989-1992 sitcom Anything But Love. … Read More
1990 44 Years Old Souther co-wrote "Doin' Time For Bein' Young", a song performed by James Intveld for the soundtrack of the 1990 Johnny Depp movie Cry-Baby.


2004 58 Years Old He remarried in 2004 but divorced a second time in 2010.


2008 62 Years Old On October 14, 2008, Souther released If the World Was You, his first new release in 25 years.
2009 63 Years Old In the fall of 2009, he released a follow up live album entitled Rain - Live at the Belcourt Theatre, featuring a blend of old and new material.
2011 65 Years Old On May 31, 2011, Souther released Natural History, featuring new versions of his songs recorded by other artists.
On October 9, 2012, he released Midnight in Tokyo, an EP that was recorded live.
2013 67 Years Old On June 14, 2013, Souther was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and called "a principal architect of the Southern California sound and a major influence on a generation of songwriters."
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