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John David Souther

g, voc, US
Singer of Rock

American singer-songwriter and actor, as well as a multi instrumentalist. Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013. He is a well known country rock performer, writer and co-writer of hit songs for other artists, most famously Linda Ronstadt and association of the Eagles band. Souther was greatly influenced by Texan Roy Orbison, whose sound he tried to emulate. Following his move to Los Angeles in the late 1960s, he met a young guitarist from Detroit named Glenn Frey. They bonded over their Detroit roots and a common love of country and R&B music. In short order, they began working together while sharing a small apartment in Los Angeles' Echo Park area (their downstairs neighbor was Jackson Browne with whom both Souther and Frey would collaborate on numerous projects). Shortly after meeting, Souther and Frey formed a folk duo called Longbranch Pennywhistle. Their lone album, released in 1970 on Jimmy Bowen's Amos Records, featured significant contributions from guitarists James Burton and Ry Cooder, fiddler Doug Kershaw, drummer Jim Gordon, pianist Larry Knechtel and bassist Joe Osborn. After recording an eponymous solo album in 1972, persuaded by David Geffen, Souther teamed up with Chris Hillman and Richie Furay to form the Souther Hillman Furay Band The group released two albums, but creative tensions and lack of record sales (not to mention Furay's discomfort with playing secular music following his conversion to Christianity) led to the band's demise. Souther is probably best known for his well-crafted 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. He also produced Linda Ronstadt's "Don't Cry Now" album, and wrote songs for several of Ronstadt's multi-platinum albums, including "Faithless Love" from Heart Like a Wheel and "White Rhythm and Blues" included in her Living in the USA album. He also recorded several notable duets with Ronstadt, including "Hasten Down the Wind," "Prisoner in Disguise," and "Sometimes You Can't Win." He wrote "Run Like a Thief," which appeared on Home Plate by Bonnie Raitt. Souther has also contributed as a singer in works written by other artists, including backing vocals with Don Henley in "The Light Is On" by Christopher Cross on his eponymous debut album. His biggest hit as a solo artist was his 1979 Orbison-influenced song "You're Only Lonely" from the album of the same name, which reached number 7 on the Billboard charts. A collaboration with James Taylor called "Her Town Too" from Taylor's Dad Loves His Work album reached number 11 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart. He was a contributor on the Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night 1987 concert and video, sang The Platters' "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" in the 1989 movie Always and sang the theme song to the 1989-1992 sitcom Anything But Love. On October 14, 2008 Souther released If the World Was You, his first new release in 25 years. In the Fall of 2009, Souther released a follow up live CD entitled Rain - Live at the Belcourt Theatre, featuring a blend of old and new material. As an actor, he has played several roles, including the character of John Dunaway in the (1989–1990) third season of the television drama thirtysomething and Ted in the film Postcards from the Edge (1990). He also performs in the audio book genre including the recent Jimmy Buffett sequel to Tales from Margaritaville, A Salty Piece of Land. He played Jesse James in the Television movie "Purgatory" in 1999. He was also Jeffrey Pommeroy in "My Girl 2".

  • Guitar
  • Vocals
  • Backing Vocals
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Drums
  • Rock
  • Pop
  • Jazz
  • World
  • Folk

Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
The California Live Yokohama Stadium 1981Ronin · John David Souther · Linda Ronstadt · James Taylor2018Album
The California Hungerton Benefit 1988Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young With Jackson Browne & John David Souther2015Album
TendernessJohn David Souther2015Album
Midnight In TokyoJohn David Souther2012Album
Natural HistoryJohn David Souther2011Album
If The World Was YouJohn David Souther2008Album
Border Town - The Very Best Of J.D. SoutherJohn David Souther2007Compil.
On The Day Nobody Likes YouJohn David Souther2006Single
¿Qué Pasó Anoche?John David Souther1986Single
Step By StepJohn David Souther1986Album
Step By StepJohn David Souther / Nancy Shanks1986Single
Selections From Home By DawnJohn David Souther1984Single
Home By DawnJohn David Souther1984Album
Go Ahead And RainJohn David Souther1984Single
Her Town Too / Believe It Or NotJames Taylor And John David Souther1981Single
You're Only Lonely / If You Don't Want My LoveJohn David Souther1980Single
The Last In LoveJohn David Souther1979Single
You're Only Lonely / Once In A LifetimeJohn David Souther, Bonnie Raitt1979Single
White Rhythm And BluesJohn David Souther1979Single
You're Only LonelyJohn David Souther1979Album
If You Don't Want My LoveJohn David Souther1979Single
You're Only Lonely / Songs Of LoveJohn David Souther1979Single
Black RoseJohn David Souther1976Single
Black RoseJohn David Souther1976Album
Black RoseJohn David Souther1976Single
Faithless Love / Midnight ProwlJohn David Souther1976Single
John David SoutherJohn David Souther1972Album
How LongJohn David Souther1972Single
You're Only Lonely: Last Night In JapanJohn David SoutherAlbum
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