Alabama Songwriter Dan Penn to Perform at Fayette


Songwriter Dan Penn will perform at the Fayette Civic Center from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday in the auditorium. Dan performed on “The Late Show with David Letterman” at the end of last year.

Penn is a writer of legendary soul, R&B and pop hits including “I’m Your Puppet,” “Dark End of the Street,” “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” and “Cry Like a Baby.”

Penn’s songs have been covered by artists including Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Percy Sledge, Janis Joplin, Irma Thomas, James and Bobby Purify, Jimmy Hughes, Arthur Conley and Alex Chilton’s band the Box Tops.

Penn grew up in Vernon, Alabama, and spent much of his teens and early twenties in the Quad Cities/Muscle Shoals area. He was a regular at Rick Hall’s FAME Studios as a performer, songwriter, and producer. It was during his time with FAME that Penn cut his first record, “Crazy Over You” in 1960, and wrote his first hit, “Is a Bluebird Blue?” which was recorded by Conway Twitty in the same year. The success of the #6 pop hit “I’m Your Puppet” by James & Bobby Purify in 1966 convinced him that songwriting was a lucratively worthwhile career choice.