Poets and Prophets: Salute to Legendary Songwriter Dan Penn

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October 16, 2010 - Southern soul craftsman Dan Penn wrote “Dark End of the Street,” “I’m Your Puppet,” “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man,” “ Cry Like a Baby,” “Sweet Inspiration,” “It Tears Me Up,” “Out of Left Field,” and many other time-honored favorites. He achieved his first songwriting success with Conway Twitty’s 1960 Top Forty hit “ Is a Blue Bird Blue.” Soon Penn was writing, playing, and producing songs at Rick Hall’s Florence Alabama Music Enterprises (FAME). Penn relocated to Memphis, where he worked at Chips Moman’s American Recording Studio, before eventually moving to Nashville. Country acts from Charlie Rich and Jerry Lee Lewis to the Flying Burrito Brothers and Lee Roy Parnell have recorded Penn’s songs. A great vocal stylist in his own right, he makes a rare Nashville appearance to discuss his career and perform briefly.

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