Dan Penn

Columbus Arts Council presents

An evening with


Dan Penn is a singer-songwriter, producer and musician who is perhaps best known for being the co-writer of such hits as Aretha Franklin’s “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” and James Carr’s “The Dark End of the Street.” He is also famous for his partnership with Spooner Oldham, which produced James and Bobby Purify’s “I’m Your Puppet,” Percy Sledge’s “It Tears Me Up,” and other pop-soul classics. As a songwriter for FAME and its predecessor, SPAR Music, during the early 1960s, Penn played a significant role in the development of the Muscle Shoals music scene.
Penn is also renowned for his abilities as a vocalist, evident on his 1972 solo album Nobody’s Fool, and on The Fame Recordings, a 2012 compilation of singles, demos and other tracks dating from the 1960s.

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