Sunday, February 22, 2009


...not to be confused, of course, with Roy O's huge hit, "Only the Lonely," although it does have a kind of Orbisonian feel to it. You know, like a slow dramatic "rock ballad" with a gently swaying melody and long plaintive notes - if it was a waltz, you could waltz clear across Texas to it. Well, he may have been born in the Motor City, but he was raised in Amarillo. Later in the 60s, Souther teamed up with another Detroit boy, the future Eagles memeber, Glenn Frey and formed his first musical partnership, the very country-sounding duo called Longbranch Pennywhistle. Souther's collaborations and associations sound like a who's who of early SoCal rock and country - Jackson Browne, Richie Furay, Chris Hillman to name a few. And then there was The Eagles.

This is really the only solo hit that I recall from J.D. Souther, but he's been there writing and co-writing some of my favorite songs for a long time, going back to early Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor, right on up to his work with The Eagles, co-writing well-known songs like "New Kid in Town" and "Best of My Love." All the artists mentioned here are scattered throughout my CD shelves, including this one from. And I heard that just last year, Souther released his first new work in 25 years! I just might have to check that out, but for now, let's here "You're Only Lonely" one more time...

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Linda-SE PA said...

I know I'm late on this...

I am a huge fan of JD - regretfully, I missed his show in our area of recent times.

J.D. was a fan of Roy Orbison's - actually did a recording with him as well as Phil Everly.

His big hit was Faithless Love which Linda Rondstadt recorded. He also recorded it as well as other artists.

When I think of J.D. Souther, I think of someone who did this truly on his own terms. Check out his bio as well as an article available on the net by Goldmine.

Poetikat said...

Wow! He co-wrote "Best of My Love"? That was one of my first 45s (the very first was Vicki Lawrence's "Night the Light Went Out in Georgia". I know every word and note of "Best of My Love".