J. D. Souther
American musician and actor
J. D. Souther
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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Grammy Special Merit Awards tribute concert special for April 23
LATimes - 11 months
The Recording Academy is saluting this year’s batch of special merit award recipients with an all-star concert that also will be a PBS “Great Performances” music special. Earth, Wind & Fire, Lila Downs, Martina McBride, J.D. Souther, Lucretia, Andy Garcia & the CineCon All-Stars are on the first...
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J.D. Souther wrote songs, invented a sound
NPR - over 3 years
He took a long break, but now he's back in the studio, on tour and on television.
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Michael Sigman: Eagles Land, Then Soar in New Documentary
Huffington Post - about 4 years
In 1972, I was the singles reviewer for the music trade Record World. It was an awesome job, but someone had to do it. There were lots of mediocre records to plow through, but what a thrill it was when a clear-cut hit arrived -- like Carly Simon's "You're So Vain," "Oh, Girl" by the Chi Lites and "Take It Easy," the first single from the Eagles. The breezy, hooky "Take it Easy," written by Jackson Browne (the "Winslow, Arizona" verse was added by Eagle Glenn Frey), distilled the California country rock sound pioneered by such winged-mates as the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers. The Eagles -- Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner -- soon scored again with the spooky "Witchy Woman." Their third straight 1972 hit, "Peaceful Easy Feeling," assured their place in history as the only act to have two "Easy" chartmakers in the same year. I asked Henley whether the band knew they had a hit with "Take It Easy." He said, "We had no idea what would happen. We ...
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A Pop Zelig On Screen and Off: J D Souther on 'Nashville' and His Colorful Career
New York Times - ArtsBeat Blogs - over 4 years
J D Souther discusses "Nashville" and his career.
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J.D. Souther In Concert
NPR - about 5 years
The Grammy-nominated hitmaker goes back to his roots and performs jazzy material from his new album, Natural History. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of J. D. Souther
  • 2013
    Age 67
    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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  • 2012
    Age 66
    He had a recurring role in the drama series Nashville, which premiered in October 2012.
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    Souther also appeared in the 2012 mystery thriller Deadline.
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    On October 9, 2012, he released Midnight in Tokyo, an EP that was recorded live.
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  • 2011
    Age 65
    On May 31, 2011, Souther released Natural History, featuring new versions of his songs recorded by other artists.
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  • 2009
    Age 63
    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.
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  • 2008
    Age 62
    On October 14, 2008, Souther released If the World Was You, his first new release in 25 years.
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  • 2004
    Age 58
    He remarried in 2004 but divorced a second time in 2010.
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  • 1990
    Age 44
    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.
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  • 1987
    Age 41
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He wrote the song "Wishing on Another Lucky Star", featured on the soundtrack of the movie Permanent Record.
  • 1981
    Age 35
    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.
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  • 1979
    Age 33
    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.
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  • 1976
    Age 30
    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.
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  • 1975
    Age 29
    He wrote "Run Like a Thief" which appeared on Home Plate by Bonnie Raitt in 1975.
    More Details Hide Details Souther briefly dated Linda Ronstadt, co-produced her Don't Cry Now album, and wrote songs for several of her multi-platinum albums, including "Faithless Love" from Heart Like a Wheel and "White Rhythm and Blues" on Living in the USA. Souther also recorded several duets with Ronstadt, including "Hasten Down the Wind," "Prisoner in Disguise," "Sometimes You Can't Win", and "Hearts Against the Wind" which was featured in the 1980 film Urban Cowboy.
  • 1972
    Age 26
    Souther is probably best known for his songwriting abilities, especially in the field of country rock. He co-wrote some of the biggest hits for the Eagles, including "Best of My Love", "Victim of Love", "Heartache Tonight", and "New Kid in Town". "How Long", which appears on the Eagles' Long Road Out of Eden, was written by Souther and originally recorded on his first solo album in 1972.
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    After recording an eponymous solo album in 1972 Souther teamed up with Chris Hillman and Richie Furay to form the Souther Hillman Furay Band.
    More Details Hide Details The group released two albums, but creative tensions and lack of record sales led to the band's demise.
  • 1969
    Age 23
    Souther married Alexandra Sliwin in March 1969, but divorced in 1972.
    More Details Hide Details He dated Linda Ronstadt and Stevie Nicks in the 1970s. Judee Sill's song "Jesus Was a Crossmaker" was written for Souther, who she says broke her heart after a short affair. In December 2002, Souther moved from the Hollywood Hills, California, to Nashville, Tennessee.
  • 1945
    Born on November 2, 1945.
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