Category: News

Apr 17 2013

George Jackson

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With over 500 songs written or co-written by him in the BMI database, George Jackson’s songwriting was prolific. He wrote or co-wrote hits for Clarence Carter (the gold single “Too Weak to Fight”), Wilson Pickett (“A Man and a Half”), Bob Seger (“Old Time Rock and Roll,” “Trying to Live My Life Without You”) Z.Z. Hill (“Down Home Blues”), and the Osmonds (the million-selling “One Bad Apple” and “Double Lovin’”), among others.

George Jackson wrote and cut several tracks at the Sounds of Memphis Studio in the 70s. A fantastic compilation of these songs was released by Ace Records, “George Jackson in Memphis 1972-1977: The Sounds of Memphis and XL Recordings.” His personal releases were on the MGM/SOM, Chess and ER Music labels. The vaults of Sounds of Memphis, now Simply Grand Music, Inc. were preserved by president, Linda Lucchesi. These releases are timeless Memphis soul gems. His work with Dan Greer, Raymond Moore, The Ovations, Spencer Wiggins is woven into the Sounds of Memphis tapes. Songs like, “Aretha, Sing One for Me”, “Things Are Getting Better”, “How Can I Get Next to You”, “Walking the City Streets”, “(If I Could Get On That) Soul Train”, and “I Don’t Need You No More” highlight his range and storytelling ability.

George also never hesitated to work with new songwriters and share his experiences and knowledge. He proved to be a mentor to countless songwriter’s aspiring to be as successful as George Jackson.  Although George lived in Mississippi for most of his life, the time he spent in Memphis left a definite mark.

It is a shame that George didn’t receive the accolades he deserved for being such a prolific songwriter while he was alive. Thankfully, his recordings and songs will live on forever and many generations to come will enjoy his talent. We will miss our “Old Friend”.

Apr 17 2013

Nathaniel “Pedro” Lewis – The Ovations

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We have learned that Nathaniel “Pedro” Lewis passed away in Memphis on April 10th, 2013. As a member of The Ovations, he delighted many soul fans throughout the world.  Working with Louis Williams and William Young, they recorded two albums at Sounds of Memphis Studio and numerous tracks that didn’t make the cuts.

Two great albums have been released by Ace Records in the UK – “The Ovations Featuring Louis Williams: The Complete Sounds of Memphis Albums” and “One in a Million: The XL and Sounds of Memphis Recordings“.

Pedro was the last surviving member of The Ovations. We hope their legacy lives on with these releases and the world hears what a great Memphis soul group The Ovations were.

Mar 18 2013

Bad Feelings EP Release Party

Join us at Ardent Studios on 3/22/13 from 6-8 pm for Ciera Ouellette’s debut EP release party! We will have copies of the CD and Ciera will be performing.

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Cocktails and light refreshments will be served. Come and listen to some great Memphis music!

Jan 18 2013

SGM Adds Nashville Office

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Memphis Publisher Expands to Nashville

Nashville, Tenn. - Simply Grand Music, Inc. is proud to announce the expansion of their offices to Nashville, on January 15th. Simply Grand Music, the original home of “Wooly Bully,” is expanding with new artists and songwriters into the Nashville market.

President Linda Lucchesi said, “I’ve been a voting member of CMA and GRAMMY awards for nearly 30 years. I feel like this is a great time to expand to the Nashville scene. I have a fantastic new artist and songwriter, Ciera Ouellette, releasing her debut EP in March. We want to have a presence in Nashville.”

Simply Grand Music, Inc. owns a catalog of over 1,500 songs and 3,000 masters. Songwriters in the catalog include Bob McDill, Stan Kesler, Stacy Davidson, Charles Chalmers, Bobby Wood and many more. Songs have been recorded by Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Etta James, George Jackson, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, Bettye LaVette, the Memphis Horns and numerous others. They are actively looking for new songwriters and taking music submissions. Find information on how to submit at their website,

For more information call 615-515-7772, mail 1507 16th Avenue South Nashville, TN 37212, or email

Oct 15 2012

B.B. Cunningham

Memphis lost another legend over the weekend when B.B. Cunningham was murdered. Hopefully justice will prevail as the shooter has been taken into custody. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone that was affected by this senseless tragedy.

B.B. worked at Sounds of Memphis Studio for several years and was always a valued friend. As part of The Hombres, he scored a hit with “Let it All Hang Out”

B.B. had a great ear for music and he will surely be missed
by fans and friends all over the world!

Aug 03 2012

Bob McDill to be Honored at ASCAP Awards

ASCAP has announced it will honor Country music songwriter Bob McDill with the prestigious Golden Note Award at its 50th Annual Country Music Awards, to be held Oct. 29 at Opryland Hotel.

The Texas-born songwriter has written 31 No. 1 songs throughout his three decade career. He has garnered four Grammy nominations, ASCAP Songwriter of the Year (1994), NSAI Songwriter of the Year three times and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985.

After Perry Como recorded his song, “Happy Man” in the ’60s, McDill moved to Nashville. He went on to score hits and cuts by Johnny Russell (“Catfish John”), Don Williams (“It Must Be Love” and “Good Ole Boys Like Me”), Waylon Jennings (“Amanda”), Alabama (“Song of the South”), Mel McDaniel (“Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On” and “Louisiana Saturday Night”), and Keith Whitley (“Don’t Close Your Eyes”).

McDill’s success continued into the ’90s with titles including “Gone Country,” “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful,” “Why Didn’t I Think of That,” and “All The Good Ones Are Gone.”

We have several songs by Bob McDill in our catalog including:

Black Sheep – Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs

Everybody Needs Somebody – James Carr

Railroad Man – Louis Paul

Jul 20 2012

Leela James sings “It Hurts Me So Much”

Check out Leela James performing our song,
“It Hurts Me So Much” written by Charles Chalmers.

The song has been recorded by
Barbara & the Browns (1967) and Etta James (1968).

Leela has done a wonderful job bringing it to a new audience that loves classic R&B! Purchase your copy on iTunes or Amazon.

Jul 02 2012

Saving Hope

Rudolph Taylor’s “I’m Moving Out Fast” will be in this Thursday’s episode of “Saving Hope” on NBC!


Purchase Single on iTunes or purchase EP of Rudolph Taylor

Jun 08 2012

Lost Soul Gems From Sounds Of Memphis

Coming July 10th!!

More great soul music from our vaults!!

Released by Ace Records on the Kent Soul label.

Pre-order now!!

Pre-Order from Amazon

May 30 2012

Old Stock Movie

We are excited to announce that three of our songs will be featured in the movie “Old Stock”. Look for “I Hurt” by Clarence Nelson, “Fool’s Paradise” by Bobby Wood, and “The Day After Forever by Bobby Wood.


OLD STOCK is the story of 19 year-old STOCK BURTON (Noah Reid), who became a legend after he was involved in a car accident his small town has never forgotten. Unable to deal with the consequences of the crash, Stock chose to retire, by dropping out of life and joining his recently separated Grandfather, HAROLD (Danny Wells), at the Golden Seasons senior’s home. After two years of crokinole playing, pipe smoking and blissful denial of his problems, Stock is forced to return to reality. Outside the safety of Golden Seasons, Stock’s past quickly catches up with him and he must finally face DAHLIA (Meghan Heffern, “Blue Mountain State”), the person who suffered most of all. With the help of PATTI (Melanie Leishman), a cute girl with a quick temper and a criminal record, Stock learns to look life in the eye, accept its imperfections and re-open his heart for a chance to move on.