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Joe Dowell, singer, "Wooden Heart", dies 76

Joe Dowell (January 23, 1940 – February 4, 2016) was an American pop singer.

He sang the tune "Wooden Heart", which had been a hit for Elvis Presley in Europe, but which was never released as a single stateside. "Wooden Heart", became the first single released on Smash Records to shoot to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.  In the wake of his success, Dowell wanted to become a songwriter in his own right, but due to contractual obligations, he was required to sing music owned by Smash's parent company, Mercury Records. He had two further hits, "The Bridge of Love" (US #50) and "Little Red Rented Rowboat" (US #23), but after struggles with his management he was dropped from the label.

Joe Dowell died on February 4, 2016 in Bloomington, Illinois after suffering a heart attack in the prior weekend.

Wooden Heart - Joe Dowell

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