Instruments: Drums
Date of Birth: May 31, 1953
Place of Birth: Gadsden, Alabama
Date of Death: September 28, 2000

Music was a big part of Joe's life in one way or another from the time he was old enough to hold a pair of drumsticks. He began by tapping on tables or whatever was handy until his father bought his first set of drums at age six.

At age eight he started playing professionally making nightclub appearances, benefit concerts, and various stage performances. At age eleven he, as part of a group called "the Searchers" played in concert at the Madison County Coliseum along with Billy Joe Royal, the featured artist, and all the proceeds going to the Talladega School for the blind.

As a determined 13 year old, Joe then took his drums (and his talent) to Atlanta where he made connections with Bill Lowry Talent Theatrical Agency. For the next ten years his career was at it's peak when he played for many top names in music such as Dennis Yost (the Classics Four), Freddie Weller (of Paul Revere & the Raiders), Joe South, James Hopkins - better known as Jimmy Jerdan (writer of "Chapel in the Moonlight"), Jim Single (writer of several songs for Red Sovine), and backup for Linda Ronstadt and Emmy Lou Harris. He also was studio musician for Star Day King recording studio in Macon, Georgia.

Then in 1976 Joe's career came to a sudden standstill when serious health problems forced him to give up the life he loved and he came back to Alabama. Refusing to give up music completely, though, he since returned to Atlanta on various occasions to do separate recording sessions including a remake in 1991 of the hit single with Dell & Grace called "Leavin' It All Up To You" and then going on to finish the album. As his health would allow he did stage appearances with people such as The Righteous Brothers, David Houston and Waylon Jennings.

While Joe was a drummer by profession he could also play guitar and keyboard. He wrote songs and had a beautiful singing voice as well.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

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