Joe Simon: “Don’t Give Up, You Can Make It If You Try, You Can Win”
Dr. E. Faye Williams, National President of the National Congress of Black Women, says The Autobiography of Joe Simon Speaks to the Heart, Mind, and Soul of the Community
Dr. E. Faye Williams
— Spickum Publishing reporting….Dr. E. Faye Williams, National President of the National Congress of Black Women, has plenty of good things to say about The Autobiography of Joe Simon, the life story of the Grammy Award-winning former R&B singing star now known as Bishop Joe Simon.
“He tells his life story in his own words,” says Dr. Williams. “When you read this exhilarating book, as I have more than once, it’s going to enlighten the reader and enhance your passion and your wisdom and appreciation for those who succeed no matter what. And that’s what I see Joe having done. The book is really a masterpiece for living and for learning—-to adjust to whatever you’re facing in life.
“Often a message hits deeply that speaks to the heart, the mind, the soul, and the community. Joe does just that.”
The Autobiography of Joe Simon relates in riveting fashion how Bishop Simon overcame tremendous hardship and poverty as he grew up in Simmesport, Louisiana to beat the odds and embrace stardom in the rhythm and blues arena during the 1960s and ’70s, only to give it all up to follow a higher calling that continues to this day.
“I’ve been talking about it wherever I am. I tell people about the book and the lessons there,” says Dr. Williams. “Because he did have a very hard time, even after he left Simmesport. But he overcame it. It didn’t matter what happened in his life. He found a way to get around it and still could be successful. I don’t know many people who had as many successful songs as Joe had. I guess they came through very difficult times. When you read the book, you will learn about some of them.
“His is still great music, even though he doesn’t do it anymore. He just no longer cared about the R&B lifestyle. I don’t think it was a problem he had with his music, because it’s still great. He made a choice that some of us didn’t understand at the time. But thinking back over his decision, we see a lot of people who were ruined by that very lifestyle. And I’m just glad to call him my friend, and I feel blessed that he did leave some of these things behind. He’s doing something even more wonderful. We still enjoy his music, and I will always be a fan of his.”